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  1. Ranger

    Hyderabad to Chaya Someshwara Temple - day trip

    Thank you for sharing the information.
  2. Ranger

    Hyderabad to Shirdi road condition 2019

    Very helpful information, Thank you for the latest update on Hyderabad to Shiridi road condition.
  3. I read that most of the ghat sections are open. So, September should not be an issue.
  4. Ranger

    Drive to Akka Mahadevi caves

    Last weekend, We went a on a small drive from Hyderabad to Srisailam. Since, we have multiple logs on Srisailam drive. I don't want to share more information on it. I will concentrate more on Akka Mahadevi Caves (few people call it Akkamadevi devi Caves) There are two ways to visit Akka Mahadevi caves from Srisailam: AP Tourism boating Private boating Akka Mahadevi caves boating start point: Both the boats agencies start from same location : Pathala Ganga To reach Pathala Ganga, you need to either take rope-way or steps. If you have a bike you can ride down via steep path. Cars cant go down. Need to park them at rope way entrance. (designated parking is available) Location details Distance and time taken to visit Akka Mahadevi caves:(Applicable for both Private and Government operators) Boat ride takes around 90 minutes (one way) Distance is around 16 kilometers (one way) Boat speed is around 14 km/hr Total time for entire ride (including caves visit) : 4~5 hours Safety: Both government and private agencies provide life jackets. You may catch up cross winds at few locations but nothing to worry about them. Ride is smooth through out. AP Tourism boating: AP Tourism boating is managed by government. It is a big boat with 50 member capacity. Boat starts between 9AM~10AM from Pathala Ganga. (only one slot) You need to reach the point by 9AM and book the tickets for boating. Once you book the tickets, you need to wait till the boat is full (50 members) . Boat usually starts between 10AM~11AM. Price: 350/- (per head) Private Tourism boating: These are managed by private operators under government control. They have around ~15 member capacity boats which are small. Boats are basic as shown in the above image. These boats don't have any fixed timings, they are available from 6 AM, according to locals. (I feel that is the best time to visit) These guys close their operations before 2 PM. Food and Water Carry food and water, they are available just before boating point. Near the caves they charge x3, sometimes they may not be available. About Akka Mahadevi Caves: Once we get-down from the boat, we need to walk around 500 meters, path is neatly laid. No washrooms are available at the caves, plan accordingly. Caves are very small, don't expect them similar to Belum/Borra caves. But the stone formation outside the caves are amazing. Boat guys act as a guide, they will tell about the history of the place. Foot wear are not allowed into caves. Once you enter into caves:(approximate numbers) Walk : 100 meters Crawl: 50 meters Walk side ways : 20 meters Once you reach dead end you will find a Shiva lingam. Only one person can enter at a time (for Crawl/walk side way) Drawbacks Bats, it will stink inside the caves. Some people may feel suffocated inside the caves, due to narrow passages. Fine dust inside the caves, not a place for people with dust allergy Overall, I would say it is a must visit for nature lovers. Not an ideal place for Instagram crowd. Important note: Visit only during monsoon(Cloudy) and winter(December, low temperatures). Avoid this place, when the sun is out. Summer is completely ruled out. If you are taking AP tourism boat, try to occupy the last row. It has best view.
  5. Beautiful pictures. Perfect weather with a perfect drive. Thank you for sharing the details. Will very helpful for the other members.
  6. Ranger

    Drive to Akka Mahadevi caves

    Haha, I must say that we are lucky. Thank you for the information. On weekends, Yes. Weekdays should be fine. Gates are still open?
  7. Ranger

    Drive to Akka Mahadevi caves

    Thank you. Interesting information, never heard about it. I had discussion with few of the boat drivers. According to them there is a two trek facility along the Nallamalla forest regions. It can be done officially, If we take permissions from the forest department. Few people have done it recently.
  8. Ranger

    Drive to Akka Mahadevi caves

    Weather was good through the drive. People at my house will kick me out. I am on back to back drive mode, from the past three weekends. Looks like they will open dam gates today. Pictures are from D3200 (Nikon, old one) and Google Pixel (mobile)
  9. Most of the roads are blocked around Goa. i would suggest you to postpone the plan. This is the information shared in one of the groups. Not sure about credibility. We tried these roads today 1)Goa-chorla ghat-gulbarga-hyd (closed) 2)Goa-amboli ghat-sholapur-hyd (closed) 3)Goa-margao-hubli-hyd (closed) 4)Goa-karwar-hubli-hyd (closed) After taking information at checkpost at last Goa-karwar-honnavar- siddapur-sirsi-hubli(now reaching)
  10. Ranger

    Drive to Akka Mahadevi caves

    Had to convince seven lazy folks to visit this place. Took me an hour to convince them 😛 Weather played important role, If the temperatures are high/Sun is out. It would be a disaster. Coracles belong to fisherman. Those are used for fishing. They use them to commute around the small villages. Yes, It is working. Previously, it was stopped due to some repair work. Than you guys.
  11. Flow wont be very high this time of the year. Usually you find good amount of water when the dam is released. I would suggest you to consider Kuntala/Bogahta waterfalls.
  12. Ranger

    Drive to Akka Mahadevi caves

    Roads are excellent through out the drive. Mandatory stopover at the ghat section entrance. Two old work horses First leg of the journey from Hyderabad till ghat entrance is a drivers paradise Single lane road with perfect banking angles Start early in the morning to enjoy the road Ghat section is narrow, overtaking a heavy vehicle is a tough task Forest department has created few designated stopovers in the forest. Good move. There are around 6 stopovers in the forest. First view of the reservoir Soaked up in rain Still a long way to go.. Way to boating point View of the dam from the boat Private boat with less capacity Fisherman village, This is located deep in the forest. They don't have basic facilities. Very peaceful place. Beautiful views en-route We spotted around three fisherman villages. These people are disconnected with our world. Akka Mahadevi caves entrance, 500 meter walk form boat. Naturally formed entrance, this place is active from 13th century A lady is meditating at this place from the past 16 years. She never left the place. Boat operators carry food. The end
  13. Ranger

    Adventurous Sunday with the Endeavour

    Track is managed by Ravindra. Fantastic pictures. Looks like you guys had great fun.
  14. Thank you for the update. Beautiful pictures.
  15. Ranger

    Hyderabad to Nagpur Road Trip

    Do share the latest road condition status and your food stopover location details.
  16. My personal favourite? Any Western-ghats. Chikmagalur: https://www.india-drive.com/index.php?/topic/505-hyderabad-to-chikamagalur-road-trip/ Mulshi and Tamhini ghats Mahabaleshwar
  17. Location : Vikarabad interior roads Distance : ~100 kilometers Hyderabad to Vikarabad road condition is average. It was pleasure meeting up with you guys. Even though temperatures are high, Trip turned out to be more fun than expected. This trip was scheduled to Meetup our new moderators Pralay and Aritray. We had a discussion on 'how to improve' India-drive FB group WhatsApp group Website The team Machines
  18. Ranger

    Hyderabad to Vikarabad breakfast drive

    Some times we miss them. thank you for refreshing the memories.
  19. One of the biggest problems is accommodation. Make sure you prebook the accommodations. It will be tight in both Srisailam and Ahobilam . Expect over crowd in all the locations. Day 1 : Hyderabad to Srisailam Start early in the morning. You will reach by 11 AM. Complete the rituals. Explore around. You need to take lot of steps to visit Mallelatheertham. I feel that one day is good enough for Srisailam. Day 2 : Explore around Srisailam. Drive down to Mahanandi temple. Plan stopover at Ahobhilam. Day 3: Take a guide and go on the Ahobilam forest trek. It is beautiful during monsoon. Day 4: Drive back to Hyderabad via Bangalore highway. Based on accommodation availability you can change the plan. Roads are good, you wont feel them hectic since the distance is less. Single lane roads. Not suitable for high speed cruising. Return drive will be easy, since you will the Bangalore highway. You can cut short the trip to three days, go on a short trek in Ahobilam and drive back on the same day.
  20. ‘India-Drive’ now invites you to drive along to enjoy the monsoon greens. For those who believe in self exploration while allowing in-depth discovery of the destination, this is a perfect lobby to join us. Let us drive in a union spirit to continue to start this year’s drive meet-ups on a cheerful note. So come out, join our convoy with ‘India-Drive’ and hunt down to our own piece of paradise. Drive details Date 25th July - 28th July 2019 Location Western ghats exploration drive Distance ~650 Kilometers (one way) Meetup point Gachibowli (ORR entrance) Number of slots 25 SPOC (WhatsAPP) 9849021091 / 9989745688 Price 3500/- per head (twin sharing basis) Inclusive of, Four days and three nights stay. Note: Food and activities will be on sharing basis. July 25th (DAY – 1) Hyderabad to Pune July 26th (DAY – 2) Western ghats exploration drive July 27th (DAY – 3) Western ghats exploration drive July 28th (DAY – 4) Pune to Hyderabad Things to carry: 1) Carry umbrella and rain coat (Must). 2) Toiletries, Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Mosquito repellent cream and Glucose / Electrol (personal medical kit) 3) Camera kits and Telescopes if any star gazing enthusiasts or night photography enthusiasts. 4) Most importantly loads of energy and positive attitude. Disclaimer: Accepting to participate in this Drive, is an agreement that you have joined us voluntarily and you accept that organisers do not hold any responsibility for loss or damage of property (vehicle etc.). Also, you are responsible for your own safety and any act of negligence that endangers the safety of fellow passengers, guests others. Terms and Conditions: 1) Only cars are allowed. 2) No age/sex restrictions on joining the drive until the driver is licensed. 3) Your car must have all the necessary gear. (Spare tyre etc.). 4) You need to follow the designated convoy position and keep safe distance from the adjacent cars. 5) No compromise on safety at any time seat belts are a must!, always use indicators for lane change. 6) Kindly avoid ‘free-play’ and ‘show-off’ during the trip – follow the Marshal’s instructions at all times. 7) Carry enough water/ refreshments/ drinks for self and passengers. 8.) Driving members can bring up to 3 guests. We encourage families. 9) You are required to confirm compliance to the conditions for this trip before we can register your RSVP. 10) Acceptance of your RSVP is only notional, and the organisers reserve the right to select the final list of attendees. 11) The organisers do not hold any responsibility for loss or damage of property (vehicle, gear etc.). If you are a long-drive enthusiast and visiting new places give you a high, YES, this group is just the one for you! Come join us and share your experience. Let’s Dream.. Drive.. Discover!
  21. Plan Day 2 : Pune(Lonavala) to Tamhini and Mulshi Breakfast: We will start at 7AM from the accommodation. If you can't wait till 9AM~10AM for breakfast (like me) , Carry few quick bites. Breakfast is planned around 9AM~10AM The drive from 7AM to 10AM is around 50 kilometres. But it will take ~2 hours + since the routes that we are taking are scenic/less crowded (roads are bad) If there are any road closures, we will be taking alternative routes, we may take more time to reach the breakfast point. You wont find any signals on this route. You have to download the offline google maps. We will share those details in the WhatsApp group. Trek After the breakfast, We will go on a 120 minutes trek to a waterfall( name unknown). Proper permissions are taken from the officials. Trek Difficulty level : Easy (We made sure that everyone can do it comfortably) Post trek, we will be having be having lunch around 2~3PM. Things to carry for trek: Rain coats/Umbrellas Comfortable attire for the trek Shoes Water bottles Energy bars Extra pair of clothes A backpack/bag to carry your stuff Lunch Lunch will be arranged post trek, along with a room for attire changeover. Post Lunch We will visit few places around the area and drive back to the Accommodation.
  22. Plan Day 1 : Hyderabad to Pune (Lonavala) Total kilometres : ~ 600 Drive time : 11 hours We will be dividing the convoy into two groups. Based on the pace at which members are comfortable. Most of the toll gates stopovers can be used for quick breaks and regroup points. Section:1 Meet-up Point : Hyderabad ORR, Mumbai highway exit. Meet-up time : 5:00 AM Meet-up landmark : Hyderabad Delight Restaurant We will be starting at sharp 5:20 AM from the point. Make sure you reach the point on time. Reset the trip meter of the car before you start from the meetup point, so that it will be easy to find each other easily. Google maps location details of meetup point : LINK Section:2 Meet-up Point to Breakfast point Breakfast expected time : 8~9AM Hotel options : ( We will stop over in either of the hotel depending on time) Punjabi Dhami Hotel Hotel Sonai Restaurant And Food Mall Section :3 Breakfast point to lunch point This is the longest section, we cover around 240 kilometres We will fuel up once we cross Solapur Lunch expected time: 2PM~3PM Hotel options : Nisarg Family Restuarent Veg Hotel Shivar non-veg We can stop over at other hotels as well, since we have plenty of options on this section. Depending on timeline we can decide the place Section: 4 Lunch point to Tea break ( before Pune) We will be stopping for a tea break, before entering the Pune City. Random stopover at a decent dhaba with washrooms Section : 5 Tea point to Accommodation/Dinner point based on our progress. We will take highway 48, to avoid Pune traffic We will regroup just before the entrance of expressway. We will be driving around 50 kilometres on Pune-Mumbai expressway. There won't be any stopovers on this sections. Regroup/bio break point/quick snack point : LINK Accommodation exit point : Link A complete plan with GPS details will be shared in the WhatsApp group a day before the drive.
  23. Ranger

    Hyderabad to Bhutan

    You need both vehicle documents and people documents. Vehicle: 1. Original RC (Should be on drivers name) 2. Original License 3. Insurance 4. PUC People: 1. Aadhar 2. Passport 3. 6 Passport size photos You need to go through the process where they will validate the vehicle. Followed by regular visa process. There are many agents available near the border or You can do it yourself.
  24. Here is the latest plan shared by @SURYAVAMSI Very detailed and informative.
  25. Electric cars I came across this interesting forward in WhatsApp. (Source : Unknown) Have to agree with certain points. Some Very Interesting Predictions.. (To what extent it will come true - time only will tell us) Auto repair shops will disappear. A petrol/diesel engine has 20,000 individual parts. An electrical motor has 20. Electric cars are sold with lifetime guarantees and are only repaired by dealers. It takes only 10 minutes to remove and replace an electric motor. Faulty electric motors are not repaired in the dealership but are sent to a regional repair shop that repairs them with robots. Your electric motor malfunction light goes on, so you drive up to what looks like a car wash, and your car is towed through while you have a cup of coffee and out comes your car with a new electric motor! Petrol pumps will go away. Street corners will have meters that dispense electricity. Companies will install electrical recharging stations; in fact, they’ve already started in the developed world. Smart major auto manufacturers have already designated money to start building new plants that only build electric cars. Coal industries will go away. Gasoline/oil companies will go away. Drilling for oil will stop. So say goodbye to OPEC! The middle-east is in trouble. Homes will produce and store more electrical energy during the day and then they use and will sell it back to the grid. The grid stores it and dispenses it to industries that are high electricity users. Has anybody seen the Tesla roof? A baby of today will only see personal cars in museums. The FUTURE is approaching faster than most of us can handle. In 1998, Kodak had 170,000 em- ployees and sold 85% of all photo paper worldwide. Within just a few years, their business model disappeared and they went bankrupt. Who would have thought of that ever happening? What happened to Kodak and Polaroid will happen in a lot of industries in the next 5-10 years … and most people don't see it coming. Did you think in 1998 that 3 years later, you would never take pictures on film again? With today’s smart phones, who even has a camera these days? Yet digital cameras were invented in 1975. The first ones only had 10,000 pixels, but followed Moore's law. So as with all exponential tech- nologies, it was a disappointment for a time, before it became way superior and became mainstream in only a few short years. It will now happen again (but much faster) with Artificial Intelligence, health, autonomous and electric cars, education, 3D printing, agriculture and jobs. Forget the book, “Future Shock”, welcome to the 4th Industrial Revolution. Software has disrupted and will continue to disrupt most traditional industries in the next 5-10 years. UBER is just a software tool, they don't own any cars, and are now the biggest taxi company in the world! Ask any taxi driver if they saw that coming. Airbnb is now the biggest hotel company in the world, although they don't own any properties. Ask Hilton Hotels if they saw that coming. Artificial Intelligence: Computers become exponentially better in understanding the world. This year, a computer beat the best Go-player in the world, 10 years earlier than expected. In the USA, young lawyers already don't get jobs. Because of IBM's Watson, you can get legal advice (so far for right now, the basic stuff) within seconds, with 90% accuracy compared with 70% accuracy when done by humans. So, if you study law, stop immediately. There will be 90% fewer lawyers in the future, (what a thought!) only omniscient specialists will remain. Watson already helps nurses diagnosing cancer, its 4 times more accurate than human nurses. Facebook now has a pattern recognition software that can recognize faces better than humans. In 2030, computers will become more intelligent than humans. Autonomous cars: In 2018 the first self-driving cars are already here. In the next 2 years, the entire industry will start to be disrupted. You won't want to own a car anymore as you will call a car with your phone, it will show up at your location and drive you to your destination. You will not need to park it you will only pay for the driven distance and you can be productive while driving. The very young children of today will never get a driver's license and will never own a car. This will change our cities, because we will need 90-95% fewer cars. We can transform former parking spaces into green parks. About 1.2 million people die each year in car accidents worldwide including distracted or drunk driving. We now have one accident every 60,000 miles; with autonomous driving that will drop to 1 accident in 6 million miles. That will save a million lives plus worldwide each year. Most traditional car companies will doubtless become bankrupt. They will try the evolutionary approach and just build a better car, while tech companies (Tesla, Apple, Google) will do the revolutionary approach and build a computer on wheels. Look at what Volvo is doing right now; no more internal combustion engines in their vehicles starting this year with the 2019 models, using all electric or hybrid only, with the intent of phasing out hybrid models. Many engineers from Volkswagen and Audi; are completely terrified of Tesla and they should be. Look at all the companies offering all electric vehicles. That was unheard of, only a few years ago. Insurance companies will have massive trouble because, without accidents, the costs will become cheaper. Their car insurance business model will disappear. Real estate will change. Because if you can work while you commute, people will abandon their towers to move far away to more beautiful affordable neighborhoods. Electric cars will become mainstream about 2030. Cities will be less noisy because all new cars will run on electricity. Cities will have much cleaner air as well. Electricity will become incredibly cheap and clean. Solar production has been on an exponential curve for 30 years, but you can now see the burgeoning impact. And it’s just getting ramped up. Fossil energy companies are desperately trying to limit access to the grid to prevent competition from home solar installations, but that simply cannot continue - technology will take care of that strategy. Health: The Tricorder X price will be announced this year. There are companies who will build a medical device (called the "Tricorder" from Star Trek) that works with your phone, which takes your retina scan, your blood sample and you breath into it. It then analyses 54 bio-markers that will identify nearly any Disease. There are dozens of phone apps out there right now for health purposes.