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  1. Hyderabad to Bhongir fort drive meetup - February 25th - 2017 Start point - Gachibowli (ORR) End point - Bhongir fort Start time - 6:30 a.m. Distance - ~110 kms Objective : A small gathering to meet all the new folks of the club for breakfast at Viveria hotel and drive towards Bhongir fort in a union spirit to continue this year on a cheerful note. Destination description: The Bhongir fort was built upon a single rocky hill in Bhongir, a town in Telangana, located in the Nalgonda district of the state. The Western Chalukya ruler, Tribhuvana malla Vikram aditya VI, built the fort from one single monolithic rock in the 12th century. The fort was originally named Tribhuvanagiri, and eventually the name metamorphosed into Bhuvanagiri and eventually, into Bhongir, which is its present name. It is spread across an impressive area of 50 acres at a height of around 500 feet over the top and is about 50 kms from the Hyderabad skirt. Highlights: Bhongiri fort is the highest fort in India, It is constructed on a single large stone. The shape of the hill is very unique. Bhongir fort tips: No food and water are available at the fort, carry your own water and snacks. Make sure you carry back the trash instead of littering around. Vehicle parking is available at foot hills of the fort. Less crowded. Trek is easy, no gear required as most of the ascent carved of steps on the rocky surface. Not advisable to visit after sunset. Early morning is the best time to visit. Should be extra careful during the monsoon, it may be slippery. Bhongiri Fort timings: Fort is accessible between 10AM to 5PM. Early morning is the best time to visit, you can get into the fort at 6AM from the back entry. It is against rules, but you can buy the ticket while coming back. Bhongiri Fort entry fee: 10/- per head and 50/- per camera. Hyderabad to Bhongir fort route: Hyderabad --> Ghatkesar --> Bhongir fort. Hyderabad to Bhongiri Road condition: It is a 4-lane route, it will not take you more than two hours from Hyderabad. Hotels in Bhongiri: All the hotels are available on Highway as soon as you cross Bhongiri. 1.Hotel Vivera 2. Coffee day 3.Hotel Sankalp Participants: 1) Maruti Suzuki Baleno - Sai Chand 2) Ford Aspire - Harshita 3) Skoda Rapid - Kaushik 4) Hyundai Creta - Sagar 5) Honda Civic - Saran 6) Honda Civic - Gowtham varma 7) Toyota Innova Crysta - Akhil 8) Audi Q3 - Bhargav PS: This report was compiled by pictures taken by me, Gowtham and Sagar.
  2. Distance : ~190 kilometers Drive time: 4 hours including breaks Mileage : 16 KMPL (Best mileage we have ever achieved, never crossed 120 km/hr) Total trip cost : 2600/- (Including fuel for 2 persons) Road condition 2017: Quick update Hyderabad to Nagarjunasagar road condition: Road condition has improved a lot compared to last year. First 50 kilometers has a beautiful single lane road(similar to srisailam road) Last 100 kilometers is a good single road. Places to visit at Nagarjunasagar: 1. Nagarjunakonda Island a) Visit APDC launch station.(around 10 kilometers from Dam) b) Park your vehicle at the paid parking. c) Take a boat to the Island. d) Total trip takes around 3 hours (approximately) Timings:9:30,11:30 and 1:30 Price : 120/- per Adult and 100/- per Kid 2. Nagarjunasagar dam 3. A.P tourism hotel (excellent view, no entry charges and food is good ) 4. Ethipothala Water Falls. Food option on Hyderabad to Nagarjuna sagar highway. Vegetarians: Sai Annapurna hotels , Google maps : https://goo.gl/maps/qK64agvUpqm Non-Vegetarians: Naga lakshmi Kaveri Family dhaba, Google maps : https://goo.gl/maps/nQPLuhBck5A2 Food options at Nagarjuna Sagar Hotel Siddartha , Google maps : https://goo.gl/maps/HiCqkP1TVDU2 TSDC tourism Vijay vihar, Google maps : https://goo.gl/maps/fEpVvnMfVkk Stay options: A.P tourism is the only best option available at Nagarjunasagar. There are few private hotels but most of them are not maintained properly.
  3. Hyderabad to Hamsaladeevi Beach - A hidden Paradise After a long wait for the December trip, we kick started our vacation to the most beautiful Hamsaladeevi beach located in the Krishna district, Andhra Pradesh. Usually many of them skip this place due to lack of accommodation, but you will find a decent stay in Vijayawada which is around 80 kms approximately from Hamsaladeevi. It is definitely worth travelling so far to see the beauty of this Sagara Sangamam, where river Krishna meets the Bay of Bengal. We started at an early hour from Hyderabad and reached Vijayawada by 10 AM and checked into the OYO hotel. There are no food joints available at Hamsaladeevi beach so we packed the lunch from the hotel and headed out. Vijayawada to Hamsaladeevi drive took us 3 hours with some breaks. Hamsaladeevi village is 24 kms away from Avanigadda and we reached Hamsaladeevi by 3 PM. After a long drive from Hyderabad, there was an adrenaline rush gushing out to see this most beautiful place and couldn't wait to snap the sandy beach and the 'river-beach' meeting point. This point is 2 km away from the beach (From Hamsaladeevi village, beach is 4 kms) and we drove our car on the beach side shore to the port to see the confluence. Distance : 376 km Ride: Honda City Fuel : Petrol Mileage : 15 kmpl Hotel : OYO rooms (2000/- per night) Best Route 2016 Hyderabad --> Suryapet --> Vijayawada -->Pedapulipaka --> Madduru --> Thotlavalluru --> Nimmagadda --> Avanigadda --> Nagayalanka --> Chodavaram --> Hamsaladeevi Beach Note: Don't take any diversions from the mentioned route else you might end up between bad conditioned roads and longer distances as you pass
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    Favourite travel picture.

    Share your favourite travel pictures. Please add the location details of the picture you post. Location : Hamsaladeevi beach, 350 kilometers from Hyderabad
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    Automotive photography.

    Chikmagalur road trip
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    Singur Dam, India-Drive meetup

    This exploration drive was really amazing. Place was very peaceful and beautiful. Had so much fun with the India-Drive folks today. Found few dried crab legs here and there😜. Size of them is still a mystery to me. Due to my never ending storage issues, I couldn't capture much apart from the below HDR.
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    Love of Photography

  8. We finally made it during the first week of June and one of the memorable drives so far. It was really a fascinating experience in ooty. In a short period of time, we made new friendships in this meet. few pics from my side.
  9. Thank you each and everyone for making this drive an awesome and fun filled one. It was such a successful event and pleasure to meet everyone in person. It was one stress free trip. Apparently we had a great fun from drive till food. Indeed, We made new friends..and this was absolutely one of the best meet ups. Two selfies from my side:
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    Sunsets and Sunrise

    Father son beach time, Mandavi Gujarat.
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    Love of Photography

    Awesome click!! Amazing view!![emoji106]
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    Love of Photography

    Nice!! Where was this picture taken?
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    Love of Photography

    Super shot!!
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    An exploration drive on the Hyderabad ORR.

    Wow!!! Amazing photoshoot!! Especially parting shot pic is really cool!!! How much mileage did both the cars give?
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    Trip to Thatipudi (Vizianagaram Dist.)

    Nice post!! And your car's color is really awesome!! Pictures are beautiful!! Never heard of this place before!! If we want to stay, are there any nearest good accommodations in thatipudi?
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    Premier padmini 1986 model

    Car looks amazing!! Authentic stuff!! Can't take my eye away from the car!! And the color of the car was really cool!! Nice clicks
  17. Yes you will meet all the like minded enthusiasts and I am pretty sure that you will definitely gonna love this group!! You can check our website for more information and updates.
  18. View of the Warangal highway from the top of the hill during our trek A panoramic view of the whole Bhongir town There is a railing along the steps to support you during the trek And then we were almost there The fort on the top does not have much to offer as it is very old and ruined, but you are going to love these steep rocks while you climb up By the 18th century, the fort has fallen into decay, and until recently, it had just remained a silent fortification ruin. Tej + Sruthika - One of the most cheerful couples in the crew Don't forget to climb the roof! Mission Accomplished! We then rested between the human spoilt inside walls of the fort and trekked down back to the base Over all, It has been a wonderful drive and trek with a great crew of enthusiasts.. Looking forward to join you guys for the upcoming drives this year. Cheers!
  19. Few glimpses of the trek as we moved up further View of the Bhongir town from the mid way of the trek Harshita - One of the coolest drive enthusiasts who always makes sure not to miss any of the drive meets
  20. The stairs as we moved up the ascent got a little harsh on us which in turn was quite adventurous A small breather when we found a little space in shade to rest From right to left - @sai86 @gowtham @Saran @akhil_redd @Tej @varun @bhargav @kaushik @sagar The trek up the hill wouldn't have been so much fun without these cheerful souls The rocky terrain up the hill has made the trek a little more adventurous offering more fun We never miss out on any drive with 'India-Drive' The trek up the hill throughout has been under the hot sun. Don't forget to carry your water bottles with you during your visit We thought we half covered at least half the way but then, there was a lot more to do ahead of us
  21. Sai Chand - A cheerful newbie in his smart looking Suzuki Baleno Saran - This petrol head is as dynamic as always driving his Honda Civic A juncture as we exited the ORR to meet a few other folks of the crew Our drive towards the breakfast point was set to pace on the beautiful Warangal highway from Ghatkesar All the participants lined up for a small shoot as we reached the breakfast point - Hotel Vivera, Bhongir highway After a sumptuous breakfast, we moved into the Bhongir town area bifurcating from the highway We reached the Bhongir fort and a quick click from the foot hill The sun was shining bright on us as we started to take the stone carved stairs If you can call them 'The Powerpuff Girls' , they have been as energetic as always throughout the trek
  22. Akhil - a youngest newbie in the crew of the drive meet up Can anything get better than a foggy morning sunrise on the open road! We never fail to miss out on such a line up which we are quite evident of.. Hyundai Creta leading the convoy towards its destination The new Skoda Rapid looked so elegant during the drive We have taken the Exit-09 and moved towards the Warangal highway exiting the ORR
  23. All the 'India-drive men' have lined up at the start point for usual introductory session. And the drive towards our destination has begun around 6 30 a.m. with our marshall leading the convoy The whole crew has displayed a perfect co-ordination throughout the drive spacing up quite beautifully Good to see slow moving vehicles sticking to the left most lanes. The pinks and oranges in the sky showed us some tranquility during the sunrise hour while we burnt the rubber on this beautiful ORR The early morning fog obscures the sunlight and road while we cruised ahead ORR has more lights than before and the toll price hike is pretty steep, we paid 120/- from Gachibowli to Warangal exit. Kaushik - proud owner of his new Skoda Rapid
  24. Wow!! Those cars are really fabulous!! That raptor showroom is somewhere in jubilee hills I guess!? Nice clicks!!!