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  1. Hello fellow enthusiasts, Recently I was on a road trip to Goa and enjoyed a lot. The hunger of being on road never ends, so with some long discussion with my better half and parents, we came on a decision to take a Road Trip to Bhutan. The plan is set, dates are fixed and I have started working on the itineraries. The chosen month is April, as very less time is left, I am turning to you guys to suggest me the required preparations for the trip. We would be four travellers, the vehicle would be Hyundai Xcent SX 2016 model with less than 10K on it. As it is my parent's car and is mostly driven by the driver, I'd be getting everything serviced. The trip would start from Jabalpur (M.P) to Thimphu (Bhutan) to Jabalpur (M.P). An approximate total of 3500Km, plus 300km miscellaneous. I have some questions and would really appreciate if get the answers from the experienced people of this forum. 1. Best route? 2. How many halts? 3. How many days in Bhutan (West)? 4. Luggage Carrier, would it be an issue for a sedan? 5. Luggage Career Vs Roof Box, which is better? 6. IceBox, is it required? That's it for now, sure would have many more questions later. ~Sam
  2. Hello, Recently (last week) I was on the road trip to Goa from Hyderabad and as I was upset with the last route I took, which is ironically the most popular route in this post. The route via Raichur is being preferred by most of the fellow enthusiast but I took the route : Goa via Vijayapura and Belgavi. I have my own reason to like that route I took, first I got more than 150Km of perfect laid tarmac and beautiful 4 lane roads. As the highways are not so good in Karnatka, but the change can be seen in the route to Vijayapura. The route is not perfect but much better then the Route via Raichur that I took last year. Road work can be seen in most of the stretch between Vijayapura and Bagalkot and road between Bagalkot and Belgavi is really good to drive on if not perfect. But again, WHY KARNATAKA LOVE GIANT SPEED BUMPS??
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    CB Radios - Worth to have one?

    Most people consider US brands as the best, though most of them are now made in China. When I bought for myself, I went for Cobra. Cobra is considered one of the best. 500 meters is pretty low, a CB radio can easily exceed the range of 20Kms on plain terrain and at least 5 to 8 kms in forest or on hilly terrain. If 500 to 1 km is your requirement, i'd suggest a walkie talkie with 3 to 5 kms max range. These on one charge can easily work for 12 hours and keeping a spare battery would have enough juice to keep the talkie working for 24 hours straight. I brought one for myself while in UK in 2012 where it was legal but in India multi frequency scanners were illegal. But later when researched myself, found only those were illegal that can scan police frequencies. http://www.wpc.dot.gov.in/Docfiles/National Frequency Allocation Plan-2011.pdf . So mine were legal, but electronics brought on ebay don't last long, so does the talkie. It is one of the easiest DIY you can perform on your car, What is needed: 1. CB Radio [ UNIDEN , COBRA , MIDLAND ] 2. Antenna [ MIDLAND , COBRA ] Power connectors comes with the CB Radio, but sometimes depend on the brand. Cobra and Midland do deliver the power cables and connection blue prints for easy install. Do look for which model comes with the bracket if you want to install it somewhere on dashboard. Otherwise would need to buy separately. Antenna is very important, this allow the radio to transmit and receive signal more precisely. Two type of antennas are available, internal antenna which are fixed on top of front or back windshield and external antenna which are detachable and require a long wire when fixed on top of the car. The external antenna nowadays have suction cups for easy use. My experience say external antenna are much better than internal one as they have long thick copper wires and that wire also act as an antenna when power is on. Lastly, setting up and tuning the radio is also important, they come with a manual, but again they are just another gadget and I believe anybody can easily understand that part. Thanks ~ Sam
  4. A small flashback [ As I recall, it was the summer of 2014, a group of 6 friends, 3 cars (Alto Lxi, Accent & Octavia) were on the way to get Lehd. It was a dream come true for us, after a long planning of about a year and overcoming several problems including begging the manager for 3 weeks leave. The trip initiated, Bangalore to Ladakh, a mighty trip for the little alto (a story to share). Everything was cool until we reached Manali and took a day halt to explore the region. Enjoyed the place and did what most of the grand torturers does on the way to Ladakh, get the car washed properly before leaving Manali. We left manali a little late that day maybe at around 12 PM, the Accent started having issues and we felt maybe its because of lack of oxygen in the air, we were just 80 kms away from Manali and not even my Alto was feeling that stress. We continued the trip after the group's (self proclaimed) mechanic (Octavia's owner) inspected the car and gave his verdict as 'No Issue'. Just after 40 more kilometers, the Accent stopped, and refused to start. The mechanic tried his best with his tool box but problem was nowhere to be found. We were stuck in middle of nowhere and it was dawn already. We decided that one car would go ahead and find some mechanic shop and arrange the tow, as we lacked the tow cable in our prep box. The Octavia left and we waited, been waiting from an hour now, and saw a local car passing by. Signaled them to stop and told them the situation, the friendly couple had a CB Radio in their car and they tried finding someone with a tow cable and found one Force Traveler nearby with the cable. We were saved, as the driver of the Van not only towed the car but also helped used finding the mechanic. Meanwhile the group's mechanic was roaming somewhere else trying to find something, definitely not HELP. ] End flashback What is a CB Radio? A CB or Citizen Band radio is for the purpose of general population use. This is a short distance radio communication system between individuals. How important is CB (Citizen Band) Radio for a trip like Ladakh? Somewhat important, it is useful when there is no mobile network available and a communication is required. But it is worth when more people have the CB radio in their vehicle and are actually tuned to the correct frequency. It is certainly useful for a group of cars travelling and wants to communicate (Clarkson - May - Hammond) while on the move. Yes a Walkie Talkie may fulfill the need but you would need a multi channel walkie talkie which again require a licence. Also, walkie talkie would require the charging and that means another dock on the dashboard, whereas CB radios can be connected to be battery directly and do not require any additional charging arrangements. Are CB radios LEGAL in India and does it require any Licence? Absolutely Legal and No licence required. As the name suggests, Citizen Band radio is meant for the general population use. There is a set frequency band that extends from 26.957 MHz to 27.283 MHz. As per the Indian Wireless Telegraphy Act, 1933, by Notification No G.S.R. 533(E) dated 12 August 2005( Click here to read the Notification), the establishment of, maintenance of, working with, possession of or dealing with in wireless equipment operating in Citizen Band (CB) was exempted from licensing. Why is CB Radio not very popular in India? The answer is somewhat simple to answer, Indian market has seen the uprising of personal car market in only last two decades, where as before that the sale what somewhat limited and the buying power of consumer was low. In countries where like USA where CB radios are pretty popular and are general accessory of any long hauler. Even in India, many transport companies in order to make their truck, cargo and people safe are opting to get CB radios fitted in their fleet. Albeit the concept is very old, in India the idea of having a two way radio in cars as an accessory is seldom.
  5. Really beautiful travelogue @avreddy , Enjoyed the reading and the pics are mesmerizing. Thanks for sharing.
  6. Yes an Alto K10 would definitely be able to keep up with the other cars. What I meant was the Alto Lxi with less powerful engine and smaller tyres. I am a proud owner of an Alto Lxi 2010, and when I say proud, I really am. It took me to so many places, even to Leh as well as to Bhutan. I am not questioning the car's capability, but the scenario would be totally different when on a straight highway other vehicle would do 125+ for a continuous hour, the small car wouldn't be able to keep up with that. Believe me, I've experience the same, it gets cumbersome for the car and for the driver as well.
  7. Time is the crucial factor here. Taking a month off is also not very reasonable for many. But for the sake of road exploration and a dream trip, one can and should make arrangements. I believe 8 hrs per day is little less, say we start at 6am and call the day at 8pm. That makes 14 hours including the breaks. So if we drive 12 hrs a day to and fro, the on road time would be around: 91/12 = ~ 8 days * 2 = 16 days + 5 days (Stay in Thailand) = 21 days 21 days trip is possible. I've been on road for 2 continuous weeks while on Golden Quadrilateral (will add a travelogue soon), so adding one more week is doable. ~ Sam
  8. Definitely a group would be more beneficial in terms of Technical as well as Mental support for each other. Yes, at least 3 cars is a must, but what cars? I mean an Alto which is limited to 110kms/hr cannot match an SUV or any sedan on a plain highway. A group of cars with somewhat equal efficiency is also important so the required speed can be maintained. Travelers taking turns to drive is also important, so at least two drivers in every car. SEEMS MORE PLAUSIBLE NOW.
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    Spiti Circuit

    Beautiful pictures sbhamidi, I am sure if you post the collection in the Photography section, it would be a great share for the members to enjoy the beauty.
  10. It may sound extreme but is now very much possible due to the Trilateral Highway in Myanmar connecting India and Thailand. This grand tour is in my mind from the day I read about it in a newspaper. The article was about a couple who traveled from Kolkata to Bangkok via Myanmar, a small online search yelled similar trips done by others as well. Some from Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and even Chennai, but I failed to find Hyderabad to Bangkok trip. I believe this is a must do trip, which could be a trip of a life time. Please present your idea/views!
  11. Beautiful pics, Do share more information. How was the roads? Faced any bad stretch?
  12. Loved the pictures. Very well written as well. Thanks for sharing.
  13. When debating between Petrol & Diesel, we are sure missing the emerging new fuels, i.e. LPG, CNG & PNG(in some cities). Many brands like Maruti, Hyundai and Tata are offering their vehicles in LPG or CNG variants, which in some cases becomes the primary feature influencing the decision. I myself is a LPG user and must say, the cost of running the car is almost equal to my motorcycle. Yes the car loses some of its power and of course loses the peppiness. But when on a long road trip, the car gets more economical, as well as little more Eco-friendly.
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    Hyderabad drive Meetups

    Is there a plan for another weekend getaway? I am sure interested for this long weekend.
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