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  1. Hi All, Steps to join India-Drive whatsApp group. 1.Please introduce yourself - Name: - Location: - Favorite past weekend getaway: - Longest drive : - Car you own : -Few pictures/words of your drive(Max 5 pictures): 2.Once you post the above information, share your name and mobile number on the link given below. https://www.india-drive.com/Home/group-chat/ WhatsApp group rules 1. No promotions irrelative will be encouraged. 2. Travel and Cars/Bikes related forwards are appreciated. 3. Share your travel stories and pictures. 4. No religious/political discussions are allowed. 5. No personal attacks allowed. 6. Please mute the group if the message flow is excess. Android IOS
  2. My friend and fellow moderator Sagar always wanted to explore Gujarat. Personally, I had very less expectations on Rann of Kutch. When he came up with Gujarat, our plan started to take its shape but I tried to skip it. I have initiated different plans and suggestions, but he did not budge. On one fine day, he booked the tickets from Hyderabad to Ahmedabad. We pulled in a few more friends and Now we are a group of 10 members ready to explore Gujarat. Car booking: Our next step was to book self drive cars, Only options available were Zoom and Myles. All the 'Myles' cars were booked on our dates, So we have booked three cars from 'Zoom'. Initial plan was to book 3 Eco-sports. But due to unavailability and bad car conditions, we booked the following cars. 1. Ford Figo 2. Ford Ecosport 3. Mahindra Scorpio
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    Hyderabad to Sikkim road trip

    Hyderabad to Sikkim road trip : Four BTech friends, Proper reunion after a decade. Crossed two borders, (Nepal and Bhutan) Drove around 5.5k kilometres. Hanging around with old friends and saying "Remember when..."(15 days of memories) Trusted steed Menu Day 1 : Hyderabad to Vishakapatnam Day 2 : Vishakapatnam to Puri Day 3: Puri to Kharagpur Day 4:Kharagpur to Malda
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    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
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    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.
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    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
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    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
  8. Last weekend me and Saran decided to explore a new place called Gottamgutta. We started searching online for routes and other information. Even after spending an hour, I couldn't find anything related to routes and places to visit. We decided to start early in the morning and explore this place. Distance : Hyderabad to Gottamgutta : 120 kilometers Route : There are two routes to reach this place. One is a regular route through the village called Chandrampalli (dam). Other route is through few small villages and a forest. We obviously took the forest route. Hyderabad > Sangareddy > Zaheerabad > Govindapur > Mogudampalli > Chincholi wild life scantuary > Gottam Gutta Red marked path is not present in Google maps. Places to visit 1. Chincholi Wild life scantuary 2. Gottamgutta (trek) 3. Chandrampalli dam
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    Hyderabad to Vijayawada highway updates

    Don't remember the exact location, Close to Heritage factory on the highway.
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    HYDERABAD TO SHIRDI RECENT ROUTE CONDITION

    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).
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    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.
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    Hyderabad to Gandikota - Camping

    I joined in Sagar's Creta for the drive.
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    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
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    Hyderabad to Gandikota - Camping

    Beautiful pictures Sridhar. Very nicely composed. Any insights on how well Endeavor performed?
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    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
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    Hyderabad to Sikkim road trip

    We had similar thoughts. Ideal place to getaway for a month. It is AirBnB. They have fantastic restaurant.
  17. 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.
  18. Finally got a chance to fix my bumper scratches. Two weeks back I had small bumper damage. Minor bumper crack Broken clips Deep scratches Visited showroom: Replace rear bumper Repaint rear bumper Need to order bumper Insurance claim charges Three days time (once the bumper is available) From the past 15 years, I never gave my car outside the showroom. All the repaint jobs are done at showroom. Last weekend, I decided to explore lower Tankbund options. I contacted my friend who live around that area, He said most of them does the work well. We picked a shop that my friend visits for bumper repairs. Quote given was 1200/- I was in shock :p (my aim was to get it done under 2.5k) Price was too tempting to leave, I gave a go ahead without any bargain. Steps Reached paint booth at 10AM They remove the fuel cap Took it to paint shop Got the color premixed They applied some Patti Some rubbing work done Removed tail lamp Fixed the broken bumper clamp Tail lamp fixed back It was like a war zone, 5 members working on it. He spotted few scratches on front bumper Asked me another 300/- to fix :o I gave a go ahead Masked all the parts They sprayed 4 different types of paints At 11AM it is done and I out Pros: Cheap Quick 100% colour matching Cons: Long term reliability Not so professional Ideal for only bumper damages Finishing is not so great, I can feel some rough edges. Ideal place to fix scratches for a 5+ year old cars. For new cars it is always better to claim the insurance and fix it. (If you need professional quality) Removed the fuel cap to get the correct paint Applied some patti Removed the tail lamp to fix the bumper clamps from inside (to avoid external screws) Rubbing is done. Had few bumper scratches at the front corner, Shop owner asked for another 300/- bucks to fix it, since the paint will be left over. I gave a go ahead. They sprayed around 4-layers Let the pint dry Final output : Front bumper Rear bumper Once I get time, I will click pictures in the sunlight for the analysis.
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    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
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    HYDERABAD TO SHIRDI RECENT ROUTE CONDITION

    Current best route update 2019: Hyderabad > Zaheerabad > Omerga > Naldurg > Tuljapur > Osmanabad > Beed >Pathardi > Tisgaon > Miri > Vambori > Rauri > Shiridi
  21. I think those are due to shadows while taking pictures. Let me share some day light images. Agree on it. Paint booth details MSA Denting & Spray Painting https://goo.gl/maps/eSbbgBPHviD2
  22. Fantastic pictures, very neatly executed. You guys have refreshed our Koilsagar memories. Loved reach and every bit of the report. Hope to see more drives from your end. Sharing it on the home page.
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    Hyderabad to Sikkim road trip

    Day 5: Malda to Mirik Today it was event full. Instead of going to Siliguri we drove towards Mirik(less commercial). Roads are good through out the drive, Some sections are very narrow (village roads) We came across many tea estates enroute. We started gaining the altitude around 2PM. We reached Mirik by 4:30PM, Our stay is located 5 kilometers away from Mirik and it is very isolated. Roads are very narrow and dangerous, Hair pin curves are too narrow for Duster. Not a sedan/hatch back territory. Duster All terrain tyres came very handy. Slipping and sliding,(due to rain from past 4 days) We reached the mid way(2 kilometers) Many locals started discouraging us not take that route. In the mid away, it got difficult, With some patience and navigation, we finally reached the destination. Our expectations about the stay went down drastically looking at the road condition. Once reached the stay, We are blow away by the facilities and property view. Start time: 8 AM Reached: 6 PM Hotel : Royal Suite Rating: 5/5 Cost: 2500/- (Got an upgrade to 6k suite) Breakfast : Malda(3/5) Lunch : we skipped it Dinner : Royal Suite(5/5) Today it was eventful, We started to gain some altitude Beautiful tea estates enroute Inner roads through tea estates Our first road block due to slide. Now it is officially that we arrived Tucked-IN One of the best sunset ever Duster enjoying the view, All the struggle from the past four days is worth it? Thirty minutes that we spent at this sunset point, Will be remembered forever. Our accommodation is located 5 kilometers away from Mirik. Our host asked us, If we are driving a SUV? We said YES!, biggest mistake. And the next one hour drive is like switching between hell/heaven/earth Hair pin curves that can make your car tilt side ways, Slush, Some sections has zero traction, If we brake we will loose the traction. At one point we decided to turn back, We felt it is not worth the risk. Guess what? We couldn't find a place to take a U-turn. After one hour of constant spotting and corrections we made it to the destination. Looking at those roads, My expectation for the stay went from 100->0. Worst case scenario, we decided to sleep over in the car. Once we got down at the property. We were blown away by the facilities and the view. We stayed awake till 4AM in the morning with monk. Definitely best accommodation of the trip. Bedroom View Balcony Second room View from the hall Early morning rituals Kitchen
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    Hyderabad to Sikkim road trip

    Less than 400 kilometers. I pity the truck drivers lineup at Farakka Bridge. Some drivers are even playing cards. It is a chaos and the work is going on from the past four months, Rains made the situation even bad. Yeah, There is so much dust inside out, It took one complete hour to clean it. Finding a proper tea point on this section is a herculean task.
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