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  1. It was Dec of 2018, my wife had a full week plan in the Christmas to go to Calcutta to meet her family. We usually travel together, be it for a trip or a visit to our hometown, Calcutta. But this time it was impossible for me to get a leave sanction of a week or 10 days, due to my office commitments. Without any other choice she booked her flight to Calcutta during Christmas. At the same time I thought, I can get 4 days for a trip, 23rd to 26th , if I can manage 2 days leave. ( I have Saturday office). Since long, two of the many things of my bucket list were: 1) A solo road trip in my car 2) A visit to Hampi And this time I realised this is a perfect time to tick off both from my bucket list. And as we travel together, my wife was quite upset about my plan. But as a good friend, we never stopped each other for doing anything. So yes, finally I managed to get the leave sanctioned and this is the tale of my journey to tick off the two things at a go, “A solo road trip to Hampi!” There are lot of posts about Hampi in the internet; so, not posting about my stay details further. Hampi is having all sorts of hotels or stay options depending upon your budget & preferences. So just limiting my log to the route, photos I have taken and other small details. I usually do my research on the route rather than what Google is suggesting. Google was suggesting the route via Raichur but I took this route:- Hyderabad – Kurnool – Alur - Bellary – Kamalapur – Hampi. Took numerous breaks for photos, food or stretching, so I had to drive nearly 10 hours before I reach Hampi, else I could have reached much earlier. So let’s get started.. Cranked the engine at exact 6 AM:- Reached hill park restaurant, Jadcherla around 7.15 AM, to take the breakfast:- Location: https://goo.gl/maps/CYntB9cfixQ2 Around 10 o’clock reached Pullur toll plaza, near Kurnool:- Somewhere between Alur and Bellary:- There are plenty of options available once you enter the Bellary town. I avoid rice at lunch during drive. So, had a Masala Dosa at one of the food joints. I observed that, food options at Bellary are more on the opposite side of the road while going to Hampi from Hyderabad,. So in case you want to explore the town while going to Hampi, park your car on your side, cross the road & explore. Plenty of options are available. Finally around 4 O’clock in the evening I reached Hampi! Now, let some snaps taken in and around Hampi do the talking:- Next day morning, trekked all the way up to Anjana's Hill to experience this beautiful Sunrise:- Again let some pictures do some talking.. Day 3:- Near Tungabhdra River.. Evening of Day 3, once again I trekked all the way up to Matanga Hill to watch the Sunset, and the trek was quite tough than the Anajana’s Hill's.. But once I reached the top, the tough trek had paid off.. This view.. When you finally managed to get a selfie with the beautiful background, but someone photo-bombed it.. Found an interesting structure, once I get down from the top :- The famous Virupaksha Temple at dusk.. Had a lovely dinner at Mango Tree:- Location: https://goo.gl/maps/VsqAkovkBHz It was the last day and I had to head back to Hyderabad. So had my breakfast at my hotel before I started off around 8.30 in the morning:- Touched a magic figure in between.. 30000 & up!! Had a decent lunch at Food pyramid:- Location: https://goo.gl/maps/EiZQWDuuPeH2 Reached Home around 5 o’clock. “A solo road trip to Hampi!”, done & dusted!! Untill next time, much love, my love.. Cheers! Pralay
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    Hyderabad to Vikarabad breakfast drive

    Thanks for sharing the report @Ranger Wonderful pictures. It was wonderful meeting you all. Couldn't even realize that we spent half a day together! Looking forward for the next meetup. 😊
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    Sunsets and Sunrise

    I think your question is if the shot was taken from the newly opened park. Yes. It is from the newly opened park what you can see from the food court of inorbit.
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    Sunsets and Sunrise

    Signing off for the day!
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    Sunsets and Sunrise

    Thanks @sagar😊
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    Sunsets and Sunrise

    A promise of a new tomorrow! Clicked from Raheja park, opposite Inorbit mall, Hyderabad.
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    Hyderabad Mysore Ooty (TS11 to TN 43 via KA09)

    Nice travelogue. Enjoyed reading it fully. Add to that lovely set of pictures. I liked all the photos of wide roads, great clicks. Thanks for sharing
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    A solo road trip to Hampi!

    Still 7k is fine. but 30k+ would be pain when you realise that you are not using it much. Thanks for the info & clearing the doubt. You are always spot on when it comes to sharing information. 👏🙂
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    A solo road trip to Hampi!

    Glad that you liked it. 🙂 Will it support non type-c phones? What about i phones? Still 30k+ is heavy on pocket for people like us who seldom travels and do not vlog much. I guess, with the time this gadgets will be easier on pocket.
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    A solo road trip to Hampi!

    Ok, I think then SJCAM will be fitting in your budget, may be without mount. Apart from that you can check up YI cameras as well. @Ranger can give more insights to it as he is a current YI user I guess. Be it any camera, would be cheaper if you can get it from outside country. Overall I would say, SJCAM is great considering the price point, and I am extremely satisfied with it. But still would suggest to go for a cam with good DIS if not OIS. Trust me, you will not regret. Videos with and without IS make huge difference to eyes. Happy Hunting!! 😊
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    A solo road trip to Hampi!

    Thank you 😊 Thanks a lot. 😊 The model I use is quite old and I bought it way back in 2016, when action camera is just coming in the market. Since then technology has been updated and I am sure better models are available in market today. But in these years I found there's no replacement for good version of GoPro. But SJCAM, YI are also good considering the price point. I acquired my action cam at around 15k including many mounts and accessories. That time GoPro was coming at around 50k with mounts.. So it totally depends upon your budget & preference. Only thing i would suggest is, grab one which is having IS.. It would be more pleasing to eyes. Apart from that I am extremely satisfied with the cam. 😊
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    A solo road trip to Hampi!

    +1 Add to that the ease of use, ease of sharing, editing or just about everything makes mobile camera popular. The reason I bought Note 6 pro is DIS in the video, it was really really useful. But, if you want to take some serious photos and ease of comfort then mirror-less is one of the options I guess.
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    A solo road trip to Hampi!

    Thanks a lot man.🙂
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    A solo road trip to Hampi!

    Thanks a lot mate. Glad you liked it. 😊 🤘 Thanks bunch man. Solo or family AVOID hampi during summer, as it is extremely hot out there. About camping, if Himalaya is safe for camping then it is safer in Hampi. As in general Hampi is having good vibe & locals are very friendly & helpful. Why I am telling is, Firstly weather in Hampi is not at all unpredictable as Himalaya, Wild animals are surely more in Himalayas than Hampi etc. 🙂
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    A solo road trip to Hampi!

    @Shekar, I do have lot of photos but restricted to post here, as it might be boring for the readers. Wanted a short & crisp blog. 😊
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    A solo road trip to Hampi!

    Thanks bunch man☺️ Taste of Solidarity is beyond to explain in words.. the moment when you meet yourself! Inner peace.
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    A solo road trip to Hampi!

    Thanks @Shekarfor your kind words 😊
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    A solo road trip to Hampi!

    Thanks @sagar.. 😊 Actually camping was in my mind but thought camping alone will be hectic.. Like arranging everything in one hand is too much. Yes i could go in some groups.. But then purpose of solo trip wouldn't have been served.. So decided to scrap the idea of camping and focused on driving and exploring😊😊
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    A solo road trip to Hampi!

    Was it solo? My car was there with me 😊😜. To be frank, I never felt bore and on a road trip? it is impossible! The entire stretch till Hampi is good except a patch of a 45 mins drive near around Bellary is in bad shape due to industry belt & road widening work
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    A solo road trip to Hampi!

    @Sridhar Tandra, I started on 23rd.. (Day 1) & explored Hampi a little bit during evening 24th to 25th (Day 2 & 3) Covered Hampi fully 26th (Day 4): Return journey from Hampi to Hyderabad Overall It was around Rs 4.5 to 5k except fuel & toll. Advantage of solo trip 😜 Toll Cost was Rs 225/- except ORR. (One way). From Kurnool till Hampi there is no toll. And I took the same route while return.
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    A solo road trip to Hampi!

    Thank you @Ranger 😊 I used my Redmi Note 6 Pro & SJCAM action camera in the Hampi trip.
  22. So, this is what happened with the AC vent yesterday. The AC vent adjuster just came out of the vent while adjusting:- Went to Hyundai ASS and they had given estimate of around Rs 1500-2000/- (Material is ~ 1200/- for chrome lining vent or Non chrome Lining vent ~800/- plus labour charge is ~ 800/-). The process will change the entire vent including chrome detail and it may take a full day. They will open the lower part of the dash (Beige coloured part ) and fix the new item from behind. They have also told, the actual bill will surely be less than the estimates. This made me realise that, 1) A little costly affair to what I am getting or what I am fixing 2) Fit & finish of the dash may not be as perfect as the factory fitting. And I don't want to spoil the super factory fit & finish of Hyundai which is niggle free till date. But again, I have always arrested even a small problem in my car immediately & fixed the same ASAP. So going by that, this can not give me peace of mind hence it had to be fixed. Returned home, took my weapon from dear wife: And bent it like this.. Next, I held my weapon against the vent adjuster clip (the part which was still there inside the vent): Allow me to introduce my next weapon, everyone's favorite:- And Bingo! It was fixed!! I had spent ~ 5 minutes & 5 Rupees as against nearly Rs 1500-2000/- and full one day as informed by Hyundai ASS. 😊😁 I got know that, this is a very common problem of this kind of adjuster which is very common in modern day's car. So instead of taking to ASS try fixing it by Jugaad. If it does not get fixed you can always go to fix it from outside or ASS as per your wish. That's it, a small, simple, easy & effective DIY, done & dusted! Cheers! Pralay
  23. Ok, thanks for the input. @sagar😊. Lets see how long it lasts in my case
  24. Correct point, it may loose its effectiveness. Very valid point. No problem, even if it lasts for 2-3 months I will fix it once again with Fevi-Kwik. That is any day better than opening the dash (especially with the airbags one, which I have) for this little issue.. at least to me. Cant really depend upon the workmanship of the ASS as compare to Factory fitting.
  25. Thanks for your appreciation & the valuable tips, will keep it in mind. 👍
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