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  1. The most memorable journey into the magical mountain range of North East Planning Booking for Sikkim Gangtok Darjeeling - 8 Days & 7 Nights | Cities : Lachen Day 1 (07 May 2017) ================= Arrival at IXB (Airport) NJP (Railway Station) and Transfer to Darjeeling (Duration: 3 ½ hours Approx) (Distance: 69 kms) Arrive & Meet Our Official Representative at New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) / Bagdogra Airport (IXB)–He will be assisting for the transfer - Darjeeling - Check into hotel – Evening free to roam around Mall or local Shopping centre - Over Night stay at Darjeeling. Day 2 (08 May 2017) ================= Darjeeling Local Sight-Seeing (Including Tiger Hill) Go for the early morning 3-point tour at 3:45 am which covers famous sunrise from Tiger Hill, Old Ghoom Monastery and Batasia Loop where the toy train takes a dramatic loop and negotiates an Altitude of 140ft. You will be back to your hotel by 7:30am. Relax for a while and After Breakfast later take the 7-point local tour which includes Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Zoological Park, Ropeway, Tibetan Self Help Refugee Center, Lebong Race Course, Happy Valley Tea Estate etc. This tour will take about 4 hours. Day 3 (09 May 2017) ================= Darjeeling to Gangtok& Gangtok Local Sightseeing:- (Duration: 3 ½ hours Approx) (Distance: 135 kms ) Morning breakfast – Transfer to Gangtok –– Check into Hotel – After taking rest - Drive flora half day sightseeing and visit to Directorate of Handicrafts & Handloom, Research Institute of Tibetology, Do Drul Chorten (Stupa), Enchey Monastery, White Hall, Flower Show, one , etc. – Back to hotel – Evening free - Over Night stay at Gangtok. Day 4 (10 May 2017) ================= Gangtok to Lachen:- (Duration: 5–6 hours Approx) (Distance: 135 kms ) Early morning breakfast –Lunch at Chungthang – Lachen is 35 kilometers from Chungthang Reach Lachen late afternoon / early evening - Gurudongmar Lake, Chopta Valley, Tshangu are the major attraction– Like a Shangri - La – Check into a hotel - Welcome Tea – Evening free to stroll and visit the Lepcha Village – Overnight stay at Hotel in Lachen. Day 5 (11 May 2017) ================= Excursion To Gurudongmar Lake And Transfer To Lachung:- (Duration:2 ½ - 3 ½ hours Approx) (Distance: 85kms ) Early morning breakfast – Visit to Gurudongmar Lake through which Lachen Chu flows, generally covered with snow from December to April or even more is known as the Holy / Sacred Lake - Next drive through the cold desert till Tibet / China back to Resort for Lunch – After lunch drive to Lachung - Back to hotel for lunch - After lunch proceed to Lachung -Check into hotel at Lachung - Evening free to visit Lachung Monastery - Overnight stay at Hotel at Lachung. Day 6 (12 May 2017) ================= Sightseeing AtYumthang Valley + ZeroPoint (Optional) & Transfer To Gangtok:- After breakfast drive towards Yumthang situated at an elevation of nearly 11800 feet - On the way you may visit the famous hot spring which is known for its curative properties of skin diseases - Yumthang is a valley near the river Lachung Chu surrounded by mountains where the tree line ends - In spring the valley erupts in riots of colors as Primulae, Rhododendrons and many other Alpine flowers in full bloom along with snow covered valley except in autumn - During winter Yumthang is somber with snow all around and the snow clad mountains adding to the ethereal beauty. Optional Zero point(Additional Cost) is the last outpost of civilization. The road ends here. Peaceful valley and is quite windy - there was not much to hear but just stay here for some time to enjoy the beauty. With the majestic mountains and ice around - it was like being the only people in the world. Calm, quiet and a sense of insignificance - time seems to stand still here.... like nothing ever changes.Return to resort at Lachung for Lunch – Transfer to Gangtok – Reach Gangtok in the evening – Check into hotel – Night stay at Gangtok. Day 7 (13 May 2017) ================= Excursion To Tsomgo Lake& Baba Mandir:- Morning breakfast at hotel – Excursion to Tsomgo Lake & Baba Mandir nearly 40 kilometers - The Lake is oval shaped lake nearly 50 feet deep - Generally covered in snow for most of the year – This lake is home to the Brahmini ducks & many migratory birds – Nearby is the sacred Baba Mandir known to be a very holy site for all - Nathula Pass to Republic of China is nearly 20 kilometers and is optional tour - Back to Gangtok - Evening free to roam around M G Road (Mall) or local Shopping center - Over Night stay at Gangtok (In case of Landslide or due to any other reasons if Tshangu Lake is closed then an alternate sightseeing will be provided). Optional Nathula(Additional Cost)(14140 Ft / 4310 Mts / 20 Kms in 1Hrs one way from Tshangu Lake) Baba Mandir (13100Ft / 3994 Mts / 16Kms in 1Hrs one way from Tshangu Lake) is an Indo China border, controlled by the Indian Army & is situated approx 20 Kms ahead of Tshangu Lake at an height of 14140 Ft / 4310 At this point the right arm of the “V” which is 4 Kms takes one to Baba Mandir & left arm of the “V” which is 4 Kms takes one to Nathula. One can opt for Nathula Excursion by paying a supplement cost which varies from month to month. Nathula permit gets confirmed 24 hrs prior to the journey date & it is subjected to permit availability as it is allotted as per lottery. Nathula is closed on Monday & Tuesday for tourist. Organising the permit at the last moment is not possible & a clear window of 72 Hrs with proper documents is required to process the permit. To process the permit we would require 04 Passport Size Photograph & photo proof identity card such as Voter Id / Passport / Driving License. Pan card is not accepted as identity proof by authorities. There is no refund, in case the permit is confirmed by Sikkim tourism & due to whatsoever reason (Land slide, Heavy rain fall, VIP Movement, Health issue etc) one is not able to visit. Day 8 (14 May 2017) ================== DepartureAt Airport (IXB) / Railway Station (NJP) :- (Duration:4-5hours Approx) (Distance: 135kms ) After breakfast transfer to Siliguri / New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) / Bagdogra Airport (IXB) Guest are advised to start early and not to rush - Forwarding Journey. Execution: Day 1 - Hyderabad - Bhagdogara - Darjeeling Day 2 - Darjeeling: State - West Bengal Elevation - 6,700ft / 2,042.2m Tourist Attractions - Tea estates, Tiger Hill, Toy train, Japanese temple, Rock garden, Spectacular views of Kangchenjunga - the world's third-highest mountain Day 3 - Darjeeling - Gangtok On the way - Teesta river - River rafting Gangtok State - Sikkim Elevation - 5,410ft / 1,600m Tourist Attractions - A centre of Tibetan Buddhist culture and learning - Several monasteries, religious educational institutions, and centres for Tibetology, Spectacular views of Kangchenjunga - the world's third-highest mountain Day 4 - Gangtok - Lachen Lachen: State - Sikkim Elevation - 9,000ft / 2,750m Tourist Attaractions - It's the base for Chopta valley and Gurudongmar lake Chopta valley - Located at an altitude of 13,000ft / 4,000m Day 5 - Lachen - Gurudongmar lake - Located at an altitude of 17,800ft / 5,430m Lachen - Lachung Lachung: State - Sikkim Elevation - 9,600ft / 2,900m Tourist Attractions - It's the base for Yumthang valley and Zero point Day 6 - Lachung - Yumthang valley - 11,693ft /3,564m Yumthang valley - Zero point - 15,300ft / 4,664m Zero point - Lachung - Gangtok Day 7 - Nathu La pass: Elevation - 14,140ft / 4,301m About - It's one of the three open trading border posts between China and India, It is also one of the four officially agreed BPM (Border Personnel Meeting) points between the Indian Army and People's Liberation Army of China for regular consultations and interactions between the two armies Tsomgo Lake: Elevation - 12,300ft / 3,753m About - It's located 35kms from Gangtok town and on the steep route known as Jawaharlal Nehru Road which leads all the way to Nathula Pass Day 8 - Gangtok - Bhagdogara - Hyderabad ***Please carry AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) medicine along
  2. Any suggestions for the coming Jan 26th long weekend drives near Hyderabad? Less than 100 KM? Exclude(Already completed) Vikarabad Bidar Sanghi temple I can see following options. Any thing else? Singur Dam Medhak
  3. Hello everybody I am travelling from Hyderabad to Vizag in December. So I just had a few queries. We will be leaving Hyderabad at around 2 pm and we are planning to stop in Vijayawada. I just wanted to know the road conditions and where to stay in Vijayawada(should be on or near the highway). What is the distance and how much time will it take?
  4. Got very confused where to park my write-up. So keeping it under travelogue section. Mods please shift it to appropriate thread if required. Where: Pala-Pitta Cycling Track, Opposite Botanical Garden, Kondapur, Hyderabad Why: To get some fresh air, morning breeze! Timing: Weekend- Morning 6 to 12 & afternoon 3 to 6 PM. Weekdays- Morning 6 to 10 & afternoon 4 to 6 PM. Pricing: For adult it’s Rs 50 (One visit, hourly) & monthly Rs 800 if you want cycle on rent along with the park. But If you own a cycle, then Rs 25(hourly) & Rs 400 respectively for one visit & monthly. Please see an image below (though “hourly” not mentioned but the tariff is on hourly basis) Payment: Cash/Paytm. Parking: 2 wheeler parking is just in front of the main gate. 4 wheels can park their vehicles just few meters before the entrance gate, if coming from Kondapur. Below picture is for reference: Safety gear etc.: i) Helmets are available there, you can pick for yourself. They will not give you (as usual casual approach for safety). ii) Basic first aid kit is available at the counter. iii) No bottle holder in the cycles on rent. However you can take your own water bottle to keep it in the payment counter to have a sip while retuning the cycle. iv) Toilet facility is available v) No eateries are available till date for breakfast or evening snacks “Hey there’s a cycling park near botanical garden, should we try in tomorrow morning?" – My wife told saturday evening. Cycling or any sort of sport activity is always my cup of tea. Also I can have a small morning car ride to reach the place .. so agreed & plan is all set. Woke up around 6 in the morning to reach the place at least by 7 O’clock. And we took the Gachibowli-Miyapur road. At the botanical garden crossing took the right turn and few meters drive, we found the parking area on the opposite side of the road (opposite to botanical garden main gate). Parked the car & took a walk to reach the place (barely 50-100 meters). As I mentioned, two wheeler can park just in front of the main gate. But 4 wheels please find the parking area just few meters away. Your car will be safe so as our road! Please don’t park your car just like that. Just because its not mentioned where the parking is, does not mean one can park like this. It’s a common sense! Don’t know what gatekeeper or security was upto when these cars were parked here!! Tariff, Timings, contact numbers:- Cash counter, cycle shed on the left, just after entrance, people sitting with laptop are collecting fees. After payment, proceed straight to the cycle shed. Choose the cycle & helmet of your choice, show the ticket to the person in charge of the shed while taking out cycle. Cycle shed:- Helmet to collect from here: My wife was taking a sip from the water bottle while I took a snap of our ride of the day! Take only left after coming out from the counter... ... because most of the track is "one way". Notice many of the visitors are cycling without helmet. Please follow these basic rules:- This rule is applicable on road as well:- It has some twist & turns to push into those corners It has got water body, which is bliss on a morning ride:- Me & my wife while taking a photo-shoot break! Now enjoy some random shots of the cycle park. Please be considerable while taking your snaps. Park the cycle on the left side & yes better not to take if the track is crowded, its better if you take those photos while its relatively free. Overall we had a great time & planning to visit this place once again! Signing off!! Cheers.
  5. parikh.sunny

    Hyderabad to Ahmedabad best route

    I am planning to drive from Hyderabad to Ahmedabad. Can you guys suggest me the best route? Any pointer to note down?
  6. Right from childhood, I always had this inner desire to stay alone for a certain period of time, do my chores, live my life all by myself, without my mother helping me nor my dad telling me what to do. I wanted to lead an independent life. This was because I never left home for any part of my life. So I took up this oath for myself that I would travel solo for at least 1 week of the 52 weeks in a year. This year,2017, was no different. It was 4 day trip within the Telugu states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Hyderabad- Srisailam-Nalla malla forest- Nalla malla jungle camps- Gandikota- Hyderabad The numbers : Car : Hyundai elite i20 Mileage : 16.5kmpl (tank full to tank full) Total trip : 935kms It was not a pre- planned trip. Just as when things at home were at peace, a little effort to persuade mom paid off, a quick search in the India-drive paved the way for this trip. A Teaser ! Day 1 Drive day is the only day I would wake up so early in the morning (read 4 am) without even alarm setting off. Started at 5 am, and the plan was to reach Srisailam Dam before crowd sets in and explore the route from Srisailam temple to Nalla Malla Jungle resorts Gachibowli ORR - Dindi Reservoir- Srisailam Smooth roads and early morning fog made the drive refreshing! Reached Dam by 8:30am, crowd was sparse Clicking ample pictures, chugged along at a leisurely pace Moving along reached the top of Srisailam. I wanted to savour the moment, found a calm place over looking the dam. Spent a moment in tranquility and drove on. I am a self proclaimed atheist, so skipped visiting the temple and drove down the hill towards Dornala. With smooth tarmac and winding Ghats, the roads up until Dornala Junction were smooth as silk The drive got rugged and bumpy after taking a right at Dormala Junction, leading towards Bairutly on the Vijayawada- atmakur Highway.The road passes through thick and dense Nalla Malla Forest.It is a single lane, potholed road with heavy truck traffic, often veering off the road to allow truck to pass by. As irritating as it can get, and as bumpy as it could be, the silence in the forest and green cover has more than made up for the effort put in driving through this route. Stopped by a thick canopy of heavily grown bamboo trees/plants on either side of the road, turned off the engine, windows rolled down and a breath of fresh air brushes your hair. Blisss!! Savour the moment!The canopy was so dense, even sunlight couldn’t peek through, hence no photographs! Reached Nalla Malla Jungle Camps by 2:30pm. The manager was kind enough to arrange for some home made meals for my lunch. The resort had 4 double occupancy cottages and 3 tent like looking rooms and one dormitory. This was my allocated cottage! The rest of the day was spent in leisure, talking to the staff about the safari the next day and their lively hood in such dense forest. Day 2 It was quite a while since I had such peaceful sleep. Owing to such calm, non-polluted area and beautifully maintained rooms sound sleep was inevitable. Since it was holiday and festival of Diwali, the resort had no guests. I was the only moron I guess who wanted to elude the city pollution. So I had the whole day to myself and I was up and ready by 6am for the safari. A quick breakfast and off we went The safari vehicle The crew consisted of a driver (working as a driver for forest officers for the past 6 years) and local ‘gudem’ guy, Saidulu, who entered the safari vehicle with an axe. Safety I would think! It was a 8km circuit through the jungle I was told and would take about 2 hours for the safari When I asked the driver, what would be the odds of finding the Big Cat, he replied recklessly “very very very slim” Just then, he slammed the brakes of the shoddy safari vehicle and spoke to Saidulu He got down with the axe and did this .. Meanwhile,continuing my chat with the driver and looking around to spot the tiger, he asked me to get down the vehicle and walk with him. Apparently he found something odd at a distance. Walking along.. “Its a female” the driver reckoned! How? I spurted out! Looking at the edge of those pug marks, the rounded edges denote female. Male would have claws which would have dug deep into the mud, he explained! We decided to leave the vehicle behind and start walking. In excitement left my Camera in the vehicle (Facepalm Moment!) As we walked along, we found more pug marks and we were sure to find a few a small distance ahead. We walked for almost an hour, in search of the Wild cat but to no avail. We came across one of the bunkers/ rest areas for men who patrol the forests. There is one such bunker for every 40sqkm and they have 8 men guarding the area round the clock from poachers! Sadly though there have been reported cases of deaths caused by Tiger attacks on these men. This is the path taken by people who visit the Holy shrine of Srisailam during Maha Shiva ratri.This path transverses through the thick jungle, amassing a distance of 80kms. Enroute they have 3 pitstops, each at a temple which provides free food.They would cover the distance in about 11hrs flat. We were already Walking along the thick forests for almost 3hrs now and I was almost drained. Spotted a few deers here and there We sat down at a small pond under the shade of a tree. I asked Saidulu more about his life and what do they do to survive. He very simple replied “ government free rice isthadi, avi udakapedithe ganji osthadi, ullipaya & mirapakaya ikkada pandistham, aviti tho tinestham.dabbulu sampadinchali ani em undadu saaru ikkada” (Translation: Govt gives free supplies of rice, we cook and extract porridge. We grow onions and chilli, we eat rice along with it. We don’t think about earning money) He was very vivid in whatever he told us, what problem they often encounter, how his childhood was. After a while he was kind enough to invite me to his ‘Gudem’ It was an hour walk through the forest again. My eyes never stopped trying to spot a tiger though. There were about 35 people living in the ‘gudem’. They seemed content with what all they had, the kids were smiling and the ladies had their own avagatxion of either raising kids or singing their daily chores away. Lunch, was their staple food. A bowl of rice porridge, onion and chilli as accompaniment! (Left my camera in the vehicle & phone battery drained out. Hence no pictures)- Sorryyy After spending time with the local ppl , we started our long walk back to the resort. While we were walking back i was fortunate enough to spot a few cubs playing at a distance. No means to capture, it was just see and enjoy. After a long day, dozed off early as I had made plans to visit Gandikota the next day. Day 3: Plan was to reach Gandikota as soon as possible and relax during sunset time at the view point. After breakfast, spoke to the manager there and bit adieu to the staff. Bairutly- Atmakur-Jammalamadugu- Gandikota It was a 3.5hrs drive with roads varying from single late to beautiful 4 lanes. Reached Gandikota by 2pm. Explored the surrounding area of Kottalapalli, famour for windmills The service road leading to the Windmills It was too hot and humid, and I drove back to the resort to rest till evening. Made it to the view point by sunset time, and it was heavily crowded. Had an early dinner and dozed off. The beds and rooms were ill maintained at Haritha resort. I could barely sleep. Day 4: Woke up early, had little breakfast at the resort and started my drive back to Hyderabad by 8 am Gandikota-Kolimigundla-Belum Caves-Owk-Betamcherla-Orvakal-Kurnool-Hyderabad All the rounds were either 2lane or 4 lanes opening upto beautiful lush green fields on either side of the roads. Stopped by Owk Resevoir, which was full owing to bountyful rains they received this year Had lunch at food pyramid at Kothakota. Reached hyderabad by 1:30pm The car was battered to the maximum extent with dust and mud and it was cleaning time in the evening. It got all the pampering it deserved All in readiness for the next drive!!! Until then, Drive safe!!! P.S : After I forgot to carry my camera during the safari, I have decided to make this " All Mobile camera pictures only" trip. Sorry for the shady images if any
  7. Surya78

    Hyderabad to Maredumilli drive

    Hi all. I have visited this place again this week.Tried to cover some places that I have missed during the last visit. This time I covered Tigris Waterfalls(Polluru falls). One has to travel via Mothugudem to reach these falls by taking a left turn from a junction after you cross Chinturu. It is approximately 27 kms from the Y junction. Places visited: 1.Tigris Falls 2.Explored Coffee Plantation 3.Jalatharangini falls 4.Amruthadhara Falls The ride Tigris Falls Path that leads to the falls. We can drive through the path where there is enough parking space. Road to Tigris falls from Mothugudem. Road condition is very good and this is the same road that one has to take to reach Lambasingi if travelled via Bhadrachalam. Since that was a weekend, the place was fully crowded with over 200 people.Schools around brought their children for picnic mostly from a village of Chattisgarh.
  8. Hyderabad to Singur dam Road condition: Average, Single roads with decent condition. First 30 kilometers on ORR the and the next 50 kilometers on a single lane road. Drive: You will enjoy driving through the remote villages of Telangana. Distance: 80 kilometers from Gachibowli, Via ORR. Hyderabad to Singur dam route: Gachibowli (ORR) ---> Patancheru (Mumbai highway exit) ---> Sadashivpet ---> Atmakur ---> Singur Dam There are multi routes available via Sanga reddy, If you want to explore the interiors of villages. Place to visit in Singur dam: Singur dam (No restriction are permissions are required. You can explore the place without any issue) Manjeera river Singur project park (average) Circular well (Don't miss this place) Harita lake view resort Google maps: Singur Dam : https://goo.gl/maps/5vejQeyWHgQ2 Manjeera river : https://goo.gl/maps/CskbP4aPD8C2 Circular well : https://goo.gl/maps/ryKQPciEjDm Harita resort : https://goo.gl/maps/AN3fVey5gvj Important points: Carry water and snacks No proper washrooms available Food options: Haritha resort and Parmy resort. Circular well view point is a little isolated, going in a group would be preferable. No proper fuel options Singur project: Irrigation Hydro electric generation Water project It is a drinking water source for Hyderabad. According to some reports, It has a lot of crocodiles but, we couldn't spot any.
  9. Road Trip: Hyderabad - Alampur - Mantralayam - Yaganti - Ahobilam - Mahanandi - Nallamala forest - Nagarjuna sagar - Warangal - Hyderabad. Total Distance Covered: 1300+ KMS Vehicle : Nissan Micra Fuel : Petrol Mileage: 20 kmpl with 70% of A/C No. of Days: 4 From Dec 24th to 27th 2017. Route expedition Via Google Maps Day 1: Route: Hyderabad - Mahbubnagar (NH 44) - Alampur - Kurnool - Mantralayam Total distance covered on day 1 : 320+ KMS It was Christmas holidays and decided to have a long trip, planned for Lonavala at first but due to personal reasons the above mentioned trip was confirmed and this was my 3rd trip with family. Started off early in the morning 5AM from Hyderabad towards alampur through Highway NH44. Once you have crossed the shamshabad, you will directly connect to the NH 44, the road condition is excellent with 2 toll gates in between of toll fee Rs.110+ total. 4 lane national highway, cruised on the road around 80kmph and covered total distance of 220 in 3+ hrs with a small tea break in between. Reached Alampur -Jougulamba temple around 9am, stayed around 1.5hrs and visited all the temples around and the view of Tungabhadra river as well. Then started towards Mantralayam via Kurnool from Alampur, had breakfast at surroundings of Kurnool as we are not able to find anything to eat at alampur area. Alampur - Mantralaym: 115 kms. Duration: 2.5 hrs Reached mantralayam around 1pm , boarded into sreeniketham lodge for a day. Devotees were all around due to holiday season. After having some rest, explored the location of mantralayam . Day 2 : Route : Mantralayam - Kurnool - Yaganti - Ahobilam - Mahanandi Total distance covered: 328 kms Journey time: 10 Hours with 5 Halts Mantralayam - Yaganti via Kurnool. Road condition was good until we left the NH 40(As shown in the map), after that we need to pass through many villages and the road is just Okay at a speed of just above 40 kmph. But i can guarantee that the visit was worthy, even though the road condition was just Okay. Temple is surrounded by the mountains and the over view was awesome. From yaganti, we started towards the Belum Caves, but due to bad road condition and time constraint we have driven towards Ahobilam . Road was in very bad condition from Yaganti to Ahobilam, I would suggest one not to visit ahobilam as of now. Yaganti to Ahobilam: 78 kms, Single road. It was almost 4pm in the evening, visited lakshmi narshimha swamy temple ASAP at ahobilam and departed to Mahanandi. As there was no accommodation available during that day and the temple is situated in the Nallamala forest range so before its dark, decided to move on to our next destination MAHANANDI. Ahobilam to Mahanandi - 60kms , Single road Travel Time: 2+ hrs Road condition - Poor Reached Mahanandi @7:30 pm, after a lot of struggling finally got accommodation at temple devastanam. Roads are in very bad condition at Ahobilam and Mahanandi, which needs to be repaired as many devotees visit these places. My suggestion is to visit Mahanandi via Kurnool - Nandyal route. Mahanandi Temple is in vast area.. Very peaceful and lookout for monkeys all the time Day 3: Route: Mahanandi - Nallama Forest - Nagarjuna sagar Distance : 271 kms, 6 hours journey Road condition was excellent with 2 lane, drive was very smooth until we reach Yerragondapalem, After that again its a single road and it was very tough to reach a speed of 50+ kmph with lots of curves and ghat roads. In Between, we crossed the Nallamala forest Ghat road and it was an awesome experience driving through it, Wonderful view of forest from the top of the ghat road. Nagarjuna sagar: Day 4: Route: Nagarjuna sagar - Nalgonda - Suryapet - Warangal Distance : 240 kms, Journey time: 5+ hrs Started at 3pm from nagarjuna sagar and reached warangal around 8pm. Road condition was just Okay, From nalgonda to suryapet, half of the way was very poor but once we touch the vijayawada highway it was very smooth. From Suryapet to warangal its a double road with less traffic, drive was very smooth. Stayed one day at warangal and then moved on to Hyderabad. Distance 167 Kms total. Over all experience was very good throughout the Roadtrip.
  10. After lot many considerations, finally we decided to have a one day road trip to Bidar which was ~145 KM from Hyderabad towards Hyderabad - Mumbai highway. Places considered for weekend stay by road trip, - Vishakapatnam - Badrachalam - Maredumilli But since we where planning at the last moment, finding the accomodation with nominal cost was not happening. We started by 05:30 A.M. Route: Manikonda --> Khairatabad --> Kukatpally --> Patancheru --> Muthangi --> Sadashivpet --> Digwal (After this I was diverted to a patchy strip by google map) --> Bidar (Ring road). Since it was early morning, there was less traffic and so gone with the above route. But while returning, the route was: Bidar --> Digwal --> Sadashivpet --> Muthangi --> ORR --> Manikonda Reached home by 03:30 P.M. Some pictures below during the drive (this time took some pics of the drive and places we visited).
  11. I'm planning a 9 days road trip along with my wife. I have these places in my mind but not sure that the days are sufficient to travel these distance and explore the places. We are planning a stay at Dandeli for 1 or 2 days, & at Goa for another 1 or 2 Days. Your suggestions and feedback will be very helpful. I'm driving a Volkswagen polo 1.2 comfortline. Dhoodsagar & Jog falls are the few place,s I'm looking to explore on the way. Thank you.
  12. Hyderabad to Pochera water falls is around 267 kilometers. Members who are planning to cover Kuntala water falls, should not miss this place. Road condition is very good. Hyderabad to Pochera route:(Try both the roads) Route 1 Hyderabad --> Medchal --> Kamareddy --> Dichpally --> Akkapur ( Nirmal bypass) --> Pochera waterfalls Route 2 Hyderabad --> Medchal --> Kamareddy --> Dichpally --> Nirmal (town) --> Pochera waterfalls This is a photolog about the Greenery spread around Nirmal -Adilabad Highway and Pochera water falls. I have visited this place, almost a year ago in August 2016 . Nirmal to Adilabad route is fantastic, there are two routes you can take, both roads have breath taking views during the monsoon. Via Manbub Ghat (from nirmal town) Via Bypass road, which doesn't touch nirmal town. Thanks
  13. Hi all, I have read several posts on pune Nagpur road conditions but cannot get a sense of the road conditions. Can someone please help with which is a better route and how are the road conditions? My preference is for 4 lane toll roads for safety etc. Thanks.
  14. Guest

    Visakhapatnam to Mumbai

    Hi all, I am planning to travel to Mumbai from Vizag in Jan. Have few queries. 1. Hows the road condition 2. Which route to follow 3. What should be the itinerary as i want to complete the journey in 2 days. PS I am travelling with a kid. Thanks all.
  15. -Few People were asking Road Condition between Suryapet and Bhadrachalam. I thought my photos which were captured during June 2017 will be helpful. Here are the detailed pics which will explain the Road condition. Hyderabad-Suryapet : Excellent 4-lane road. Suryapet - Khammam : Event less road with medium traffic and expect some really blind curves in villages.Need to be careful. Khammam - kothagudem-Palvanche : High traffic- Road is double lane and Many RTC buses , Lorries would ply and they really drive rash, this area being coal belt area. Palvancha to Bhadrachalam Road was bit smooth and few places were under construction.Might be done till now.
  16. I guess 2017 has been one of the most significant years for me! I vowed to travel every month and look for places I have never been before and ended up driving, flying more than once to a place unexplored earlier. It was very fascinating for me to see Bali for past few months and finally in August after been refused by all my friends to fly this year, I booked a seat for myself and fly all the way to Indonesia in Diwali. When there is no one, plan one for yourself! The trip was small and sweet but glamorous enough for creating awesome memories and experiences to share with everyone. I am ready to fly again…. Not because I am crazy but because I found the province worth visiting again! My flight was from Hyderabad to Kuala Lumpur – 4 Hours with a layover of 2 hours at LCC Airport and three hours flight from Kuala Lumpur to Bali, Indonesia. The much controversy of whether we need transit visa at Malaysia…was finally resolved. If your connecting airline is leaving from the same airport, you just need to go through security twice and no visa is required. Incase your airports are different in Malaysia… you better have transit visa applied. Otherwise you need to pay a good amount of money for airport transfer and Transit Visa in Malaysia. My flight from LCC KLAI2 was decent enough. The airport has plenty of stores to scan and do window shopping, taste Malaysian cuisines and use free net, Wi-Fi and make calls, chat up with people etc. If you flight is in the morning between Malaysia and Bali… I bet you will love the blue and green ocean with island floating like lotus leaves and petals from the sky high above on the ocean below. Immigration is the easiest part of travelling to Bali. All you need return ticket to the resident country, place you will stay in Bali and that’s it! No visa… required. You get stamped and you are in Bali. The airport is cute and nice! The immigration queue is big but it moves like wind…. Quick and fast. The Green channel has snipper dog going through your bag till you get it scanned and exit the airport. We had cab booked for the day. The transfer to airport was very easy. The airport is at Denpasar. From Denpasar we headed to Kuta. It took just 25 minutes for us! Pictures on our way to Grand Inna Bali believes in rich Hindu Culture. Kuta is the place to be! The place is known for parties, shopping, sea beach, night life, food and cafes. My residence was at Grand Inna Kuta. I recommend everyone, try this hotel out. On the left you have the biggest shopping mall facing the sea and on the right and back, lanes with café, pubs and restaurants. The local stores increase the charm of the place. Happy hours and free Wi Fi everywhere make the place easy to walk and learn more about the location. The hotel has its own happening private beach! Grab a seat next to the beach restaurant and enjoy the breeze, jump in one of the pools to kill the heat or swim and drink or just walk to the beach, sit and sip a drink under palm trees. Plenty of footfalls from Australia, France and Germany! It goes without saying, everyone walk and sit in the beach around sun rise and sunset with families and special ones to enjoy the breeze and the scenic beauty. The color of the sea is deep blue and super clean! The waves are huge and froth are so white on the white sand… you will love to dip your legs in the sand at night and wash the feet in the water. The food at the Hotel was also quite good. We have tried quite a few cafes and restaurants locally. It’s worth eating and drinking at happy hours. The hotel also serve free complimentary breakfast which is a good spread next to the pool. The room at the hotel was sea facing as well. There are two wings with four levels. One wing connects you to the garden and a big pool with Indonesian feelings. The other wing connects you to the garden beach and pool with modern look and feel. Both have its own charm. All you need is to select a room of your choice and preference. The attitude of every attendant at the hotel makes you feel humbled. The smile and the way they communicate, address and delight you every other way is quite impressive. For phone connection, you can take a sim card which has a lot of options. I used 3G connectivity for outside Wi-Fi zone and WhatsApp. The network was pretty strong across all over Bali expect for few remote places. Just after the lunch, we headed towards a city trip by a cab. You can go for Blue bird taxi radio cab or you can book a cab on few hour basis. My target was to drive over Mandara Toll Bridge. It is five years old now. It connects you to all the island and area of Bali. For four wheelers, the cost of one side is 12,000 IDR and connects you to three important destinations – Jimbaran, Nusa Dua and Sanur. Day 1 The first night was at Jimbaran. It is a place filled with beach restaurants. The night with start filled sky, beautiful sea and songs around, you feel good enough to sit and leisurely have your dinner looking at the sea. The beach is clean and also have waves high enough! The sunset is beautiful. Sea food is super cheap and very tasty! Local people come and sing awesome songs for you at your table. You can turn back and see the local dance performance as well. After dinner, we returned back to the hotel. In the mist of light and darkness, it was very beautiful and relaxing to sit in the beach and hear the waves till you feel you are ready to sleep. Day 2 The next day sunrise was so beautiful from the room, it automatically recharge your legs to step out of your cozy bed and walk to the beach! After the heavy breakfast, we headed for a walk around the shore! It’s pristine and beautiful! The place has so much to explore and so much to view the sea from different spots and restaurants and clean rock beds. Around 11 AM, we had our cab picked up to Banur for water sports! Nusa Dua and Jimbaran are two places known for water sports. The island do have many other places too but we selected Nusa Dua side. Mind you, you will have many agents conducting different water sports. We did snorkeling for one hour- it was an awesome experience, sea walk, Turtle Island to see the ways government is protecting the sea life and other creatures. Turtle Island has a small sanctuary. You can see turtles ages between few months to 400 years. They also have owl, parrots, macaw, and snakes. The sail was in glass bottom boat! The exploration was beautiful. After water sports, we returned back to our Kuta beach and spend watching the sunset. The night was to explore more of Kuta and visit number one pub –Sky garden. It ranks 88th in the world ranking and worth going if you are planning for great music, fireworks, laser show and world DJs... The crowd is quite good and decent! Try your lucky early for unlimited drink and buffet which can save your money in eating and drinking. 3000 people at one place with great screen and music, has its own charm. The street remains crowded till early morning! So there is no fear of walking back to the hotel or looking for a cab to another location. Day 3 Today was the day for us to check out of Kuta and move to Nusa Dua. Unlike Kuta, Nusa Dua has serene beach with all boutique hotels and resorts and spa. This place is primarily for people looking for water sports, tranquility, and peace. The beach has rich corals and water life. Every resort has its own shore and water sports arranged. One our way to Nusa Dua... we did visit one of the high end boutique resort for coffee and spa. The walking area is high above the edge of the sea. The scenic beauty is breathe taking. The spa, infinity pool and Jacuzzi are all under the open sky facing the breath taking sea and hills. The glass boundary makes you feel to just close your eyes and enjoy relaxing for hours. The tranquility of the place is so so high, I bet you won’t feel like stepping out immediately. Our Hotel was great enough to provide us free complimentary snacks and high tea every day during our stay. We also had few other complimentary services like spa and breakfast. At late afternoon, we decided to visit Uluwatu! Its 21 kms from Nusa Dua. Uluwatu has coffee plantation on both sides, amazing view from the Uluwatu temple on the sea. The place is big and have many visitors from across the globe to enjoy the sunset and local dance inside the temple next to the sea after the sunset. The ocean beauty is unparalleled coupled with the sunset. I have never seen, so many people at one place and still there is silence, peace, serenity across the place. The local dance is very enriching. They play the story of Ramayana in two episodes. The first episodes bring the essence of Indonesian culture. The second episode is just hilarious! The performers, the artists go all across the open studio and pull up audience in different funny activities and performance. The beauty is when they address different countries and audience cheers up together for each country. The day was over and it was our turn to visit coffee plantation. I have never been to a coffee plantation before. Though it was dark, it was an experience to walk down the alley in the plantation and taste over 15 varieties of coffee free of cost! The taste of every coffee is so unique and nice, if I had all the store and money, I would have buy all of them. It was not a bad expense. I bought few varieties of coffee worth tasting and drinking everyday. One of the observations worth mentioning – Balinese follow traffic rules and queue. Just before the monsoon, Government has been very proactive in building up the roads and repair the pending work. Traffic is so smooth even in small lanes on hill region, everyone is patient, follow lanes and queue. I didn’t hear honking or experience potholes! We headed towards Jimbaran for some shopping and it was fantastic to experience the local handmade or manufactured items. Day 4 Today was the day to visit –Nusa Lembongan .One of the most popular islands of Bali. Incase you want to visit coral reef and jump from the edge on natural bathtubs in the sea, you can go to Nusa Penida as well. Nusa Lembongan swift boats leave by 9.30 AM. Every day. You need to buy tickets or book before through an agent for your trip. You will be allocated with a time line to return and check out from the island. The arrangements are awesome for passengers. You hold two tickets with you. Upon your check in, you will be given a band to wear all day. The band colors are different for different people or group. People going for water sports like scuba diving will have band color different from people going on exploring the land of Nusa Lembongan. They collect your footwear before you board the boat. Over the blue sea and high waves as go towards the coral island, your eyes do have the cucumber effect by the beauty! Nusa Lembongan has a lot of places to explore. Yellow bridge, devil’s tears, dream beach, under house, panoramic view, mango groove boating, kayaking. The day is so engaging and super-fast, you won’t realize its 4 PM and you would love to hold back yourself on the island. The beauty of the coral, sea, waves, oceanic color is so so like a dream …. It brings back a lot of peace and happiness in you. The panoramic view is from the top of the mountain which looks like Spain! The blue green Coral Sea – stretched across the white sand with red tiled casa and trees around The Devil tears spot have massive water blows and waves that can sweep people out in seconds. However nothing stop mankind to sit on the rock beds and shoot the water blow and giant waves and roar of waves every second. It’s like a tub on a swing moving right to left over a pendulum. You can befriend quite a few travelers or fellow passengers on this trip either during complimentary breakfast or over lunch or transfer to island. It’s like everyone is in consensus with - how beautiful Bali is –whether you are an Australian, French, German, Malaysian or another Indian. Indonesian people are very friendly and open. They would often greet you on roads and in hotels and shopping outlets. They would often try to impress you with singing a Hindi song or speaking some festivals of India. It’s very common for men to come and flirt with a girl in a very healthy way. Please don’t take offence. They have no bad intention. It’s just a way to appreciate you are beautiful, my lady. Always smile back to someone talking to you or asking you a simple question. Balinese are very close to their roots and religion. They offer food to souls and spirits every day. They often can ask you –Are you Hindu? Don’t get offended. You can simply smile and say yes or just in a friendly way say no. They don’t take the conversation any further even if you say “Yes”. I did enjoy the Balinese cuisines. Nusa Goreng rice or noodles is now one of my favorites. They also serve you chicken with peanut butter sauce. Try them out. The best season for visiting Bali is June to October. The season after October is very humid and have heavy rainfalls. After April, the location takes time to bring back the beauty till end of May. August and September are two pick seasons with beautiful weather and season around. Incase you love mountains, you can visit Ubud! It is not only beautiful, its breath taking. The slow life, followed with scenibeauty of rice terrace farming and facing of the hotels and villas to waterfalls and sea can take your breath away. If you want to experience volcanic activity, you can go to Batur. They come and pick you up at 1 in the morning and you can walk on the slope till 4.30 in the morning for the beautiful sunrise by 6 AM. You can see the fumes and feel the heat over the hill which brings a kind of a different experience of seeing the volcanic readiness in the hill.
  17. Hyderabad - November 21st - 2015 All I've been waiting for a week since i had this new 'White-Fang' enter my family is to get it serviced and kick long. Haven't really taken it out on the highways, but I've been completely happy maneuvering it in the city and Now, is the time when i had this recipe ready... My new Hyundai Creta and the Western ghats calling to throw in a good measure on the nature's lap. Having decided to drive through the ghats around Pune, I freezed on to few places adding a flavor of off-roading in relative comfort as i am a total newbie as far as off-roading is concerned. Not knowing if you can call this off-roading or not, but yeah I have put up my experience on different terrains i had come across the drive. Itinerary: Day 1 : Hyderabad - Pune (Pimpiri Chinchwad) Day 2 : Pimpiri - Lonavla - Khandala - Lavasa - Pimpiri Day 3 : Pimpiri - Raigad Torna - Pimpiri Day 4 : Pune - Hyderabad
  18. Hi all, i am planning to drive from Pune to Hyderabad. I am aware the road from Pune to Solapur is excellent. How is road from Solapur to Hyderabad? Is it a 4 lane highway with road separators? Any help highly appreciated!
  19. Hello all this is my first travel story and I will try to keep it as minimal as possible with all the important info. Trip distance : 450 Kilometers (one way) Drive time : 9 hours (includes multiple breaks) Hyderabad to Maredumilli can be done in two different routes. Route :1 Hyderabad --> Suryapet --> Khammam --> Kothagudem --> Bhadrachalam --> Chinturu --> Maredumilli Route:2 Hyderabad --> Suryapet --> Vijayawada --> Rajahmundry --> Rampachodavaram --> Maredumilli My choice was Via Bhadrachalam. Most scenic of the both. Hyderabad to Maredumilli : Take Route 1 Maredumilli to Hyderabad : Take Route 2 Road Condition :Route 1 Hyderabad to Suryapet : 4-lane, toll road Suryapet to Bhadrachalam : 2-lane, average road Bhadrachalam to Maredumilli : 2-lane, Most scenic road Road Condition :Route 2 Hyderabad to Vijayawada : 4-lane, toll road Vijayawada to Rajahmundry : 4-lane, toll road but poorly maintained, expect some potholes Rajahmundry to Maredumilli : 2-lane, average and scenic road Hotel details We stayed in Vana Vihari cottages, our cottage name is Bison which is very decent for the price. Costed us around 1300/- per day, rooms are very neat. Don't expect any luxury. Stay is pretty decent. I see many members asking, If the place is safe for families. Yes the resort is absolutely safe. Places to visit in Maredumilli Amruthadhara waterfalls Jalatharangini waterfalls Nature Trails Mothugudem waterfalls Medicinal Plants Conservational Area Coffee Plantation Nandanavanam Tribal Culture Swarnadhara Jungle Star Nature Camp Site Madanakunj Places to visit Rampachodavaram Rampa Waterfalls Temple of Lord Shiva Bhupathipalem reservoir
  20. I had a following conversion with my colleague. Him: I got a full tank of bad fuel. Me: What is the issue? Him: Pick up is down and engine sound increased. Me: Any jerking, smoke? Him: Nope, only less pickup. Me: Frankly speaking from the past 10 years, I was never able to distinguish the difference between fuel stations. Him: You will understand, observe closely. Me: I tried BP, HP, shell and Indian Oil, all performed same for me. Him: Are you able to understand the difference between normal and Power petrol? Me: No, I tried power petrol, felt it is not worth the money. Him: You don't concentrate on your car while driving. Me: Frankly speaking, I never understood the difference between fuel qualities. What is your opinion guys?
  21. Sunday morning weather turned out to be fantastic. We decided to go on a short drive for lunch. We picked Drive-inn dhaba in Jadcharla, food turned out to be bad. Drive was excellent. Nothing can beat Hyderabad-Bangalore highway in terms of road quality. Traffic has increased a lot between Hyderabad to Kurnool section. If you want to enjoy the drive on this road, early morning start is a must.
  22. Distance : 60 kilometers (from Gachibowli) Location : Sri Anjaneya Swamy Temple GPS : https://goo.gl/maps/vjQrN58LkBP2 On Sunday afternoon @Omik initiated a quick drive(photograpy) along with me @varunc @Saran @Ravi and @Kashyap As usual Ravi was busy and dropped out in the last minute. So this time we decided to go in a single car. Easy to park and stop. So we squezed into Varun's EcoSport. We started at 3 PM and reached the destination by 4:30 PM, including few breaks en-route. Route details : You should take Bongloor exit and drive along the service road. It is a 2 kilometer up hill drive, once we divert from the service road. You can see the arch at the entrance.
  23. Planning Purpose : Breakfast drive. Location : Singur Dam Distance : 92 Kilometers (one way) When: August 5th (Saturday) Plan : 1.Meetup at 6:45 am, (Please be on time, we will be starting at sharp 7 AM) Meetup location (Gachibowli ORR entrance) : https://goo.gl/maps/jvtUUcKrv1w 2. Breakfast stop at Silver Bawarchi Restaurant (Mumbai/Pune highway) Restaurant location : https://goo.gl/maps/KEVxmiHXwp72 We will split the breakfast expenses. 3. Circular well (Exploration) Location : https://goo.gl/maps/ryKQPciEjDm 4. Singur Dam (Exploration) Location : https://goo.gl/maps/5vejQeyWHgQ2 Tips No overtaking, Make sure you stay at your designated position(details are given below) in the Convoy. Please maintain safe distance from the car ahead of you, No tailgating. Slow down at village crossings. Make sure you fuel up today itself, We wont be having any fuel stop. Carry umbrellas/Raincoats Group A 1. Saran +1 (Lead) 2. Akhil 3. Seshendrak 4. Vinit (sweeper) Group B 1. Sridhar (Lead) 2. Nidhi +1 3. Sruthi + Arnav 4. Ranger +1 (sweeper) If you have any queries, Please reply to this post. Note : Chances of finding a decent restroom is tough at Singur Dam. Execution Drive turned out to be much more fun than expected. Weather was super good. It was cloudy throughout the drive while cool breeze added to the scene made it much more refreshing. It was great meeting Seshendra for the first time and other India-Drive members, who never fall short of enthusiasm. It is always fun to discuss about travel and cars with like minded enthusiasts. After a few dropouts, Six cars in total have made it to the drive as we explored places around the Singur dam. Thank you guys for making the drive so eventful. Waiting for the pictures from fellow members. Stopover en-route Singur dam at a beautiful lush green arena We spent a while at the place and drove towards the circular well We reached Singur dam in no time Instead of driving towards the dam, we took a detour to explore this beautiful place You can find some of us climbing the rocks (PC: Akhil) Wide angle shot. (PC: Akhil) We captured this picture from the rock aisle Wide angle shot of the field (PC: Akhil) 18MM shot. Observe the difference between wide angle and 18MM. The Crew When road trip enthusiasts meet, What do they discuss? Profound discussion about travel and cars! Selfie time! We spent around 1 hour on this small land surrounded by water. Some of our members found some ruined temples from the rock aisle We started taking an unknown trail, which may have lead us to the temple area Pocket rocket Soon the trail became tough for low GC vehicles, Duster went ahead to recce the trail Vinith and Ashwin went in search of the path, but got back with bad news as there was no proper path ahead Our next destination, Singur dam Busy taking slow-motion videos We sat on the steps, contemplating whether to go on a speed ride or not. We decided to avoid it as we felt there was lack of proper safety equipment Our next stop-over, Singur bridge Singur Dam view from the bridge Line-up Closing picture of the day
  24. First time in India, Hyderabad traffic police introduces new points system to control the traffic offenders. If a driver/rider who is regular offender will get his license suspended. Starting : August 1st 2017 Total points : 12 Time period : 24 months Important points : If a drivers exceeds 12 points in the tenure of 24 months, his/her license will be suspended for a period of 1 year. If he is second time offender, means a Driver who got back license after the suspension period and committed offense(crossed 12 points again), his license will be suspended for 2 years and It is similar for the 3rd time. Learners license will be canceled, If a driver crossed 5 points, he should apply for the new learners license. Entire system runs on cashless model, all challans should be cleared online, it is a contact less model and it is introduced first time in India. Points table: Major offense: Drink and drive and Committing a robbery or similar offence. Minor offense: Driving without Seat belt/Helmet and Carrying extra passengers.
  25. Hello guys, I am Planning to drive from Hyderabad to Leh by road . Please guide me the best route available. Car that we are planning to take is Baleno Diesel. Can Baleno handle those roads without any issue? Can you guys help in listing the things to carry. I'm travelling with my two kids, age 3 yrs and 7 yrs Thank you.
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