Jump to content
India-Drive

Sridhar Tandra

Members
  • Content count

    455
  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won

    14

Everything posted by Sridhar Tandra

  1. Hello again ID! Hope you are all doing well. This is an interesting topic for me specially since this place that I am going to describe has created a lot of excitement within me because of it's special appearance for about 4 days only in an year. I was planning to do it last year but this temple place opened up on weekday and closed before weekend and hence could not do it. This year it opened on March 29, 2018 and opened through the weekend until April 01/02, 2018 and hence I have decided that I am going to do it this time irrespective of someone joining me or not. Finally, 3 of my cousins were in the plan and we set off to Saleshwaram at 3 am on Saturday (March 31, 2018) and the plan was as mentioned below March 31, 2018 - Start from Badangpet (Near Balapur) where my cousins stay at 3 am March 31, 2018 - Reach Saleshwaram temple parking by about 6 am and start Trek inside forest towards Temple which is about 5 km's in to core forest March 31, 2018 - Reach the Parking back at about 12 pm after Darshan March 31, 2018 - Drive back to Hyderabad and reach about 4 pm to the start point We started off an hour late at about 4 am from the start point and I tried my best to cover the distance and could do it until we enter the Tiger Safari with a very quick Chai break at Amangal. So, to reach the parking place before you start the trek inside forest one has to take Right in to the Tiger Safari zone (Amrabad Tiger Safari). I think this is the only time when the private vehicles are allowed inside this route, not sure though! We have reached the entrance of the Safari by about 615 am and entered the Safari route to realize it is full of loose red sand with loads and loads of dust since lots and lots of vehicles are being going inside out. Also, I have witnessed one of the best sunrise in my life from the middle of nowhere of the forest in the core tiger zone (Pictures Below). We were still positive about covering this distance as quickly as possible but it took us about an hour to cover this stretch of around 20 km's and reach the designated parking space (Location coordinates provided at the end of this thread). We have not wasted any time as planned and since we were already delayed by about 1 hour, we reached the parking by around 715 am. We started to walk from the parking towards forest and saw lot of stalls being set up by Government as well as common citizens which include emergency medical camps, promoting village stuff, water stations, snack counters and a few free food camps (Annadanam) as well, I was happy when I saw all these stalls put up which implies that there is a lot of improvement against the feedback that I have got on inquiry that we generally do not get anything once we reach this place. We continued our trek inside forest and boy believe me this is the toughest trek of my life!! My legs still continue to suffer while I pen this article here! We completed the trek almost as per the plan and returned back to the parking by around 1 pm after having lunch in one of the Annadanam counter set up by the devotees as soon as we come out of the forest where the stalls are set up. We started back to Hyderabad and I did not have any more energy left in me, somehow managed to drive until highway (Tiger Safari Entrance) and gave the wheel to my cousin and dozed off in the rear seat of my Tia baby! Thanks to my cousin, he aaram se took his time and ensured that we reached the End point again by 5 pm. I will let pictures speak more about the rest of the story! But this trek and visit to Saleshwaram Temple would remain very special to me with a lot of super memories!! I have tried to cover as much information as possible from the short yet biggest & special trek of my life!!! Saleshwaram Parking Location:
  2. Sridhar Tandra

    Sunsets and Sunrise

    Sunrise this morning in the Army area, Lalbazaar - RK Puram flyover stretch while heading to a family gathering at Malkajgiri!! Sent from my ONEPLUS A5000 using Tapatalk
  3. Sridhar Tandra

    Hyderabad to Kakinada - Exploring hidden beaches in Kakinada

    Got it! Thanks for this information
  4. Sridhar Tandra

    Hyderabad to Kakinada - Exploring hidden beaches in Kakinada

    Nice pictures @PremSai Loved that beach and sand dune combo!! @sagar @Ranger while you think of nearest accommodation, I was thinking how about camping towards the other side of sand dunes which looks flat and empty? some star gazing? camping?? so many things hitting my travel brain
  5. Sridhar Tandra

    Hyderabad Mysore Ooty (TS11 to TN 43 via KA09)

    Nice write up @travel.rtc Your pictures are very good specially the highway and tea estates pictures are eye soothing for a Friday!!
  6. Sridhar Tandra

    A solo road trip to Hampi!

    @Pralay I saw you saying 4 days for this trip and you have updated day 1 (Drive) day 2 morning and evening treks and Day 3 return is it? I mean 4th day was not utilized in this plan, is my understanding right or am I missing something here? Also, can you help us with the details and cost of the hotel you stayed in Hampi? Approximate toll costs on your route while going and returning? Your return route was also the same?
  7. Sridhar Tandra

    Sunsets and Sunrise

    Thanks @SK01 & @sagar
  8. what's the name of the place you stayed at Panchgani @sagar?
  9. Sridhar Tandra

    Hyderabad ORR

    I heard that Fast Tag will be a mandatory thing just like Insurance, Road Tax etc from the dealer when someone is buying a car from May 2019 (Basically from the beginning of BS 6 norms).
  10. Sridhar Tandra

    Sunsets and Sunrise

    Sunset somewhere on the NAM just before Orvakal, Clicked using Canon EOS750d with no edits
  11. Sridhar Tandra

    Hyderabad drive Meetups

    #MeToo cannot make it for next 2 weekends, have pre planned family commitments
  12. Sridhar Tandra

    Hyderabad to Bhutan Trip

    Speechless!! what a detailed write up @Tapahasu 1) Kudos to you to take family on such a ride 2) Kudos to your spouse for managing kids and all the support provided It is definitely not an easy task to take family with 2 kids on such a ride without planning! 🙏
  13. Sridhar Tandra

    Sunsets and Sunrise

    Here are few pictures of Sunrise and Sunset I shot at various time frames at various locations! Will share few from Amrabad Tiger Reserve, Srisailam shortly. IDPL Toll Gate, Enroute Kurnool Sunrise somewhere in Kerala, captured from moving train while heading to Shabarimala Sunrise near a random farm enroute Jogulamba, Edited on Snapseed! Sunset at Gandikota, Edited on Snapseed! Sunset from the newly constructed bridge for vehicles after crossing Uppal towards Nagole on the left! Shot on OP5 and edited on Snapseed
  14. Sridhar Tandra

    Hyderabad to Sikkim road trip

    Did Duster slip / struggle at any point on this entire stretch @Ranger in spite of the AT's that you have had? I am sure it must have at one point or the other looking at the intensity of snow / Ice on the roads! How did you manage at those stretches in case if you have come across one?
  15. Sridhar Tandra

    Hyderabad to Gandikota - Camping

    Thanks @Ranger It is a beast on our roads Gowtham, never had any issues with any kind of roads / potholes on the Betamcherla stretch. We never felt those potholes inside the cabin. noise level inside the cabin was also very less. Tried high speeding once while returning on the NAM between Orvakal and Kurnool to see how stable it is and It was rock steady even at 180 kmph and cruised without any issues. I felt a little shaky at 180 kmph and when rain started to pour while on wet roads and bought down the speeds gradually to see where the vehicle gets stability, it was around 150 kmph when I felt back the confidence on wet road. Overall, Endeavor is as tough as it looks and equally comfortable inside. Last row is a little cramped yet comfortable compared to various other cars we have in the market but need to compare it with Fortuner when I get a chance. The automatic gearbox works like a champ with almost no lag around any shifts with beautiful pull over. Will have to drive Fortuner for similar amount of time to understand the difference. It returned us about ~11+ km / liter on the kitna deti hai front which I felt is impressive overall with various road conditions and speeds we drove on.
  16. Sridhar Tandra

    Hyderabad to Gandikota - Camping

    Yay! super cool report as usual @sagar. Here are few pics from my end!! While I missed a lot of pictures with convoy, we have had super fun with the team as always. Like @prabhum said I literally feel like a family reunion when I drive with this group. My beast... Lone warrior! Admin on the job for the cover pic! Yo soy el administrador!!! Most vibrant tents & our Greyhound guy in one of them !! Most awaited Sunrise view from the tents over the gorgeous Gorge!!! I got a little creative here.. My two little devils Yashu and Oordhva! Couple of family pics I managed to click! The evergreen & ever energetic @prabhum garu and family! Super cool @Anand Singh Now you know if it is Rio De Generio or the Status of Liberty!! and few more of them!!! Thank you very much @sagar @Ranger for this beautiful drive, all the memories that you have given in this trip and wonderful pictures!! Yet another super awesometastically managed drive!! Waiting for the next one to come, Adios until then!!! ❤️❤️❤️
  17. Sridhar Tandra

    Hyderabad to Sikkim road trip

    Hotel guys arranged it?
  18. How in the world did I miss this photo log!! My wait to camp at this place is just shooting up day by day!!! super pictures guys @Saran @Sruthi @Surya78
  19. Sridhar Tandra

    Hyderabad to Kondaveedu Fort

    🤔 we are going to a different Fort next week bro @mit1682 This is related to Kondaveedu and we are doing Gandikota
  20. We are more than happy for the effort you took to provide this information buddy! @sahil
  21. Sridhar Tandra

    Hyderabad to Kondaveedu Fort

    That picture of Subrahmanya swamy reminded me of Malaysia! 🙏
  22. Sridhar Tandra

    Gandikota exploration drive meet and camping

    RSVP 1. Ranger +1 (Civic) 2. Sagar +1 (Creta) 3. Maroti +2 (Tigor) (Interested in joining)  4. Rajesh +1(Creta) 5. Sridhar Tandra +1 (Tiago) 6. Jagannadham +3 (Will confirm shortly on Car)
  23. Sridhar Tandra

    Gandikota exploration drive meet and camping

    RSVP 1. Ranger +1 (Civic) 2. Sagar +1 (Creta) 3. Maroti +2 (Tigor) (Interested in joining)  4. Rajesh +1(Creta) 5. Sridhar Tandra +1 (Tiago)
  24. Sridhar Tandra

    Hyderabad to Sikkim road trip

    Waiting for more! btw very decent pictures @Ranger that too when you end the day at 7pm
×