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  1. Ranger

    Hyderabad to Sikkim road trip

    Agree on it. I was surprised looking at the cleanliness of Vizag. I am not sure about internal roads, but the road along the beach is fantastic. Haha, it is the most scariest one.(first time experience) This time we got used to it. Thank you
  2. Ranger

    Hyderabad to Sikkim road trip

    Not on the entire stretch. Some patches only, we used to come across them every one/two kilometers at the peak. AT tyres are of no use in thick snow. Only advantage is we were able to push ourselves little ahead of others. Maintain momentum, Very less steering/brake inputs. Don't panic and pray. We had few scary moments where the car used to fishtail on curves.
  3. Ranger

    Hyderabad to Sikkim road trip

    Thank you. But nowhere closing to you writing skill man. Day 8: Gangtok to Lachung, Yumthang, Zero point and Lachen Early morning start is a must. According to local people, Winds will pickup from the afternoon. Plastic water bottles are not allowed after crossing checkpoints.(Gangtok ) Only option is hot water. If you carry plastic water bottle, you will be fined around 1k. Roads are very bad, Good ground clearance is a must on these sections. These sections are dominated by cabs. Our Duster is the only car with white plate. Crowd is very less and we loved it.( due to snow ) We spent around 1 hour in some locations without any disturbance. Roads are slippery due to snow, Few sections has black ice. Snow chains are must in winter. In our case AT tyres helped a lot. We went further, where local cabs did not dare to venture. Start time: 5 AM Reached: 9 PM Hotel : Will update Rating: 2.5/5 Cost: 3400/- Only food options are Maggi and Momo Breakfast : Road side food joints(3/5) Lunch : Maggi Dinner : we skipped All the pictures are taken from Pixel, Built into the nature, dream home? Unnamed roads begin and we love it We crossed numerous bridges and landslides Only section of good road deserve a picture Duster basking in the Sun Lachen : The big pass After gaining some altitude, we started seeing snow patches Of all the wonders in the world, In my view Himalayas is the greatest Slush There is not even a single sole from this point, All the struggle from the past 10 days is worth it, best/memorable day of the trip. Dreamy, My favourite picture of the trip Sound of silence Slip and slide It is completely snow from this point, We pushed little ahead and decided to stop for the day. We spent around an hour at this places and decided to drive back. (badly missed snow chains/4x4) Selfie of the day
  4. Ranger

    Hyderabad to Sikkim road trip

    Day 7: Gangtok, Zero kilometers. Our aim is to get permits for North Sikkim. North Sikkim permits are available at Mangan. Documents required for permits: - Original RC - Original License - Identity card (Aadhar) - Insurance - PUC - Passport size photos Permits: - Lachen - Lachung - Zero point - Gurudongmarg lake - Yumthang valley Entire process took half day. Finally we managed to get permits. Every one is curious about TS registration vehicle. We had to explain them about newly formed state :) Once you get the permits in hand, You need to take photo copies of the permit (6 photo copies) ' At each check post, We need to show the original permit and get it stamped. Also, We should provide the photo copy of original permit. We did some shopping around Gangtok, We visited few places in MG Marg. Hotel : Royal Orchid Rating: 5/5 Cost: 2300/- (value for money and very neat property) Breakfast : MG marg Lunch : MG Marg (5/5) Many street food options are available. Dinner : Royal Orchid(4/5) Morning view from the hotel MG Marg, We spent half a day, hopping different bars/food joints, Ideal places for couples Sunset view from the accommodation
  5. Ranger

    Hyderabad to Vijayawada highway updates

    Don't remember the exact location, Close to Heritage factory on the highway.
  6. Ranger


    Starting early morning makes sense. It is not a National Highway through out the drive. You need to pass through many villages/state highways. Stick to this route and start early in the morning. Hyderabad > Zaheerabad > Humnabad > Naldurg > Tuljapur > Osmanabad > Ahmednagar > Shiridi Hyderabad to Naldurg : 4-lane toll road Naldurg to Ahmednagar : 2-lane road Ahmednagar to Shiridi : 4-lane road If you are planning to drive in the nigh, plan this section carefully (Naldurg to Ahmednagar).
  7. Ranger

    Hyderabad to Gottamgutta road trip

    Beautiful pictures, Any improvement in the place/facilities. Did you guys trek all the way down? There was plenty of water during our visit. Looks like it is completly dry now.
  8. Ranger

    Hyderabad to Gandikota - Camping

    I joined in Sagar's Creta for the drive.
  9. Ranger

    Hyderabad to GOA current best route ?

    Welcome onboard Pulkit. Raichur road is under construction, avoid that route. Current best route is via Zaheerabad. South Goa route : (~baga beach) Hyderabad > Zaheerabad > Humnabad > Kalaburgai > Bagalkot > Belgaum > Kanakumbi > Bicholim > Baga beach
  10. Ranger

    Hyderabad to Gandikota - Camping

    Beautiful pictures Sridhar. Very nicely composed. Any insights on how well Endeavor performed?
  11. Ranger

    Hyderabad to Gandikota - Camping

    Excellent report @sagar Thank you for sharing. Sadly, we couldn't take the pictures of entire convoy. I think after Koilsagar, this is the meetup has highest member gathering. Few mobile pictures from my end Low light conditions, spoiled the overall pictures. Quick break, enroute to Belum Caves Bonfire Early morning trek Convoy Panorama
  12. Ranger

    Hyderabad to Sikkim road trip

    We had similar thoughts. Ideal place to getaway for a month. It is AirBnB. They have fantastic restaurant.
  13. Yeah, In my case rubbing was not done after painting. Will get it done, when I get time. They did their job very well with paint matching. Agree on it. We can't preserve our bumpers, specially rear one. No matter how careful we drive, there is a tailgater 90% of the time. (heck even we can't avoid tailgating inside city limits in congested areas) I am fed up Activa breed. These guys tail gate, brake hard and fish tail. I feel bikers are more predictable than these guys. 99% times, Showroom finish is better than outside job. But, I am fed up with the Insurance claim process.
  14. Ranger

    Hyderabad to Sikkim road trip

    Day 6: Mirik to Nepal, Darjeeling and Gangtok. Mirik is very close to Nepal. We decided to drive down to Nepal. It is a 2 hour drive from Mirik. To enter Nepal, - Own vehicle - Owner of the car should be present - Original documents - Customs entry - Vehicle details entry - Identify card Cost 20/- per car. Process is pretty straight forward, It took us 10 minutes to finish the formalities. We went to Pashupathi market, It is famous for clothing.(Cheap) We had lunch in Nepal, Decided to drive back to Darjeeling. Since we don't want to miss view of kanchenjunga (world's third highest mountain) Roads are excellent through out drive (considering hills) View of Kanchenjunga is excellent from Darjeeling. Apart from the view, There is nothing much exciting in Darjeeling. We decided to drive down to Gangtok. On the next day, we have to try our luck with permits.(zero point) Start time: 11 AM Reached: 7 PM Hotel Hotel : Royal Orchid Rating: 5/5 Cost: 2300/- (value for money and very neat property) Food Breakfast :Royal Suite Mirik(4/5) Lunch : Nepal (4/5)(you can find plenty of bars, hookahs, Momo shops..in Pashupathi market) Dinner : Royal Orchid(4/5) Beautiful roads en-route to Nepal Best view of tea estates Image quality from pixel is quite impressive, I did not use DSRL for the entire trip. Selfie time Nepal entrance Enroute to Darjeling First view of might Kanchenjunga This is first time, I missed the DSLR light started to fade away, this is at 4PM