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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. -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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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!
  8. 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
  9. 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?
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. One of our member Mr. Vamshi shared this video on WhatsApp, we were amazed to know about this beautiful place. We never heard or came across the Mancherial town. I'm consolidating the places mentioned in the video, which can be helpful to our fellow members. If time permits, we shall explore this place within a month and share more details on this. List of places to explore in Mancherial 1. Gandhari Khilla Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/yqQS2qkQT222 2. Bugga Rajeswara swamy temple Maps:https://goo.gl/maps/Le4webmHPjn 3. Shivaram wild life sanctuary Maps :https://goo.gl/maps/mm28dQMNpKT2 4. MCC quarry lake Maps : Couldn't find location. 5. Yellampalli project Maps : https://goo.gl/maps/pGE3rc94eWH2 6. Kawal Tiger reserve Maps : https://goo.gl/maps/mm28dQMNpKT2 Are these places accessible by road? Info shared by Mr. Srikanth: All these places are accessible by road. The fort is also called as Indaram Fort and lies between Mancherial and Ramagundam road. The MCC quarry lake has no access now as it's closed but we have access to the park. Bugga temple is very nice and its bit inside. Its between Ramagundam and Hyderabad highway. Wild life Sanctuary is also good but very less spotting of animals. But it is worthy to visit all these places. A two day trip will be good enough to explore all of the above mentioned.
  16. Hyderabad to Dindi reservoir Distance : 140 kilometres Road condition : One of the best road to drive. Super good. Purpose : Monsoon drive Route: Hyderabad --> Kadthal --> Kalvakurthi --> Dindi reservoir This drive meet-up turned out to be more exciting than expected. Plan was decided at 8 a.m. in the morning and we started from Gachibowli at 10 a.m. This was the quickest 'India-Drive' meet so far. Event flow: 8:00 AM : Plan to drive, destination unknown. 9:30 AM : Meetup 10:00 AM : We were on the ORR.
  17. Vamsi

    Hyderabad To Bidar Trip

    Hi Team, I'm planning for road trip from Hyderabad to Bidar by Car this Sunday 25 th June 2017 . Please suggest me best routes and Site seeing places. Thank You, Vamsi
  18. 'Drive to the Nilgiris to rejoice the pre-monsoon showers' (01-06-2016) After a splendid night camping & star gazing drive meet last month at Koilsagar, 'India-Drive' now invites you to camp between the Tea plantations on the hill top for those who believe in self exploration while allowing in-depth discovery of the destination. Let us drive in a union spirit to rejoice the pre-monsoon showers and continue this year on a cheerful note. So come out, join the convoy with 'India-Drive' and hunt down to our own piece of paradise. When: June 1st - June 4th 2017 Where: Kotagiri, Tamil Nadu Start point - Gachibowli (ORR) End point - Kotagiri Start time - 4:00 a.m. Total Distance - ~900 kms (one way) Objective - A short drive to enjoy the sudden drop in temperature and thank the pre-monsoon showers. Places to be covered: 1) Bandipur forest reserve 2) Ooty, Doddabetta (4th highest peak in South India) 3) Kotagiri 4) Coonoor Early morning drive into the Bandipur forest reserve Beautiful Avalanche Lake, Ooty Overlooking the picturesque sight of Ooty at Doddabetta peak. Beautiful country side of the Kotagiri tea plantations. Destination description: Bandipur National Park is a forested reserve in the southern Indian state of Karnataka which is known for its small population of tigers. This was once a private hunting ground of the Maharajas of Mysore, the park also harbors Indian elephants, spotted deer, gaurs (bison), antelopes and numerous other native species. Doddabetta is the highest mountain in the Nilgiri hills at 8,650 feet. There is a reserved forest area around the peak which is 9 kms from Ooty, on the Ooty-Kotagiri Road in the Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu. It is a popular tourist attraction with road access to the summit. It is the fourth highest peak in South India. Coonoor is located at an altitude of 6,070 ft above sea level and is the second largest hill station in the Nilgiri hills after Ooty. It is an ideal base for a number of trekking expeditions leading into the Nilgiris. Kotagiri is situated at an elevation of around 5,883 ft above sea level. It is supposed to have the best climate in Tamil Nadu. Route: Hyderabad (Gachibowli) --- Kurnool --- Bangalore --- Bandipur --- Ooty --- Kotagiri & Coonoor Meet-up point : Gachibowli ORR entrance Map location : https://goo.gl/maps/X5onups3Dxj POC : 9849021091 / 9989745688 Plan: Day 1 (June 01 - 2017): 4:00 AM - We start from off from the meet-up point towards Mysore. 8:00 AM - Stop by for breakfast at Kurnool. 1:00 PM - We stop by for lunch before we enter the Bangalore city. 6:00 PM - We reach Mysore to break down for the day. (We shall try to cover Nandi hills en-route as per the members interest) Day 2 (June 02 - 2017): 7:00 AM: We start from Mysore post breakfast towards Bandipur. 9:00 AM: Start exploring Bandipur National park and Do a forest safari. 1:00 PM: We stop by for Lunch while exploring the country side of Ooty. 4:00 PM: We reach our destination (Camp site on the hill top between the Tea plantations in Kotagiri). We settle down for the day and explore the Nilgiris at Kotagiri and close down for the night besides some fun at the Bonfire. Day 3 (June 03 - 2017): 9:00 AM: We explore the whole day around the Nilgiris i.e, Ooty, Conoor and Kotagiri (Off beat loacations) 8:00 PM: We close down early at the night for an early start the next day towards Hyderabad. Day 4 (June 04 - 2017): 4:00 AM: We start early to escape the Bangalore city traffic and proceed towards Hyderabad. Things to carry: Please do carry your own water bottles and snacks which could be sufficient for 3 days and 4 nights. Trekking shoes, track pants, T-shirts, winter wear and a rain coat. Toiletries, Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Mosquito repellent cream and Glucose / Electrol (personal medical kit) Camera kits and Telescopes if any star gazing enthusiasts or night photography enthusiasts. Most importantly loads of energy and positive attitude. Cost per head: 3,500 INR (Accommodation for one night at Mysore, 2 nights at Ooty) We go dutch on the expenses at Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and misc. ***Note: Number of slots available are 16. Disclaimer: Accepting to participate in this Drive, is an agreement that you have joined us voluntarily and you accept that organisers do not hold any responsibility for loss or damage of property (vehicle etc.). Also, you are responsible for your own safety and any act of negligence that endangers the safety of fellow passengers, guests or others. Terms and Conditions: 1) Only cars are allowed. 2) No age/sex restrictions on joining the drive until the driver is licensed. 3) Your car must have all the necessary gear. (Spare tyre etc.). 4) You need to follow the designated convoy position and keep safe distance from the adjacent cars. 5) No compromise on safety at any time seat belts are a must!, always use indicators for lane change. 6) Kindly avoid 'free-play' and 'show-off' during the trip - follow the Marshal's instructions at all times. 7) Carry enough water / refreshments / drinks for self and passengers. 8) Driving members can bring up to 3 guests. We encourage families. 9) You are required to confirm compliance to the conditions for this trip before we can register your RSVP. 10) Acceptance of your RSVP is only notional, and the organizers reserve the right to select the final list of attendees. 11) The organizers do not hold any responsibility for loss or damage of property (vehicle, gear etc.). If you are a long-drive enthusiast and visiting new places give you a high, YES, this group is just the one for you! Come join us and share your experience. Let's Dream.. Drive.. Discover!
  19. Planning: It was October 2016 when we started planning for a long road trip. It was my wife's idea of visiting a cold place (if possible, snow fall) in winter, and subsequently we ended up talking about Manali (obvious choice of transport being, ROAD ). Idea was shot down by colleagues and friends, saying 2200KM drive one-side is no joke. Having experience of driving 17 hours a day couple of times, I knew that 3-day drive to Manali was pretty much possible. When started planning, things started to look easy - one of the key aspect of this journey was choice of stops. Upon deciding stops, stay, and places to visit, there was no stopping. In general, I would love to have best possible weather when I hit the road (my usual search query on Google being "where is it raining in India?"). In this case, we knew that fresh snowfall would happen at most 4-5 times in entire season, and we finalized dates trusting Accuweather data. Places planned to visit: Manali, Shimla, and Auli (tentative). THE reason to travel: To witness snowfall (Yes, we did!) Dates: 20/01/2017 to 01/02/2017 (Based on weather prediction three months before) Drive: Ford Ecosport 1.5TDCi Number of people: 3 (Driver: Only Me! ) Preparation: Being very particular about vehicle maintenance, I got everything checked (also, 2nd service was due around the same time) a week before our drive. One major problem we previously faced was light throw from headlights (OSRAMs) - I finally decided to replace with with Philips X-treme Vision Plus H4 (+130%), and they are amazing! Protective clothing: 2 layered snow-proof jacket, thermals, multi-position headband, two layers of gloves (much needed at sub-zero temperatures). Medicines: Few strips each for headache, cough/cold, fever, indigestion, and vomiting. Food: Figured out that there won't be many restaurants (especially in MP and UP). Hence, carried home-made protein bars, instant-noodle packs, juices, etc. Other things carried: Mini air compressor, 2 umbrellas, hiking pole, whistle, and 25L jerry can (and funnel). Route and Itinerary (NH44 all the way, from Telangana till Punjab) 20 Jan: Hyderabad to Sagar (MP) 21 Jan: Sagar (MP) to Greater Noida 22 Jan: Greater Noida to Manali 22 - 26 Jan: Places around Manali 27 Jan: Manali to Shimla 28 - 29 Jan: Shimla 30 Jan: Shimla to Agra 31 Jan: Agra to Nagpur 1 Feb: Nagpur to Hyderabad Day-1: (Hyderabad to Sagar - 884KM) State: Telangana It was a key decision that we had to make about 1st stop, and the choice was between Chhindwara and Sagar (considering good places to stay). We were all super-excited the night before; woke up at 4am, and hit road by 4.30am. Roads were flawless till Adilabad, and roads turned ugly (not even bad) the moment we crossed Telangana border - it was stark difference, and a badly shaped bridge welcomed us in Maharashtra. State: Maharashtra Road construction was happening on NH44 (for betterment, I'd guess), and it was not so pleasant (at the same time, not eventful) driving in MH. We crossed Nagpur 1.15pm and stopped for lunch as soon as we entered MP. State: Madhya Pradesh Tarmac turned super smooth the moment we entered MP - driving on SH 547 was pleasant experience (we passed some hills in between). No wonder MP has some of the cleanest cities in the country - one could judge the same by looking at their roads. We crossed Chhindwara around 4.30PM, and reached destination (Sagar) by 7.45PM. We could already feel the cold that night (not so much, though); had dinner and called it a day. It was a great day overall (not eventful). It was relatively long day for us in the car (~900KM), and we intentionally front-loaded much of distance on day-1.
  20. Hello Guys, Just wanted to ask if anybody is aware of the pedestrian rules in India(Hyderabad to be specific). Yesterday a weird situation happened to me, I was walking on the right hand side(extreme right corner) of a road(I always prefer walking right hand side as I can see the traffic approaching me) I dropped my phone and stopped to pick it up. A biker with his kid sitting on the petrol tank came in wrong route and hit me from the back, he lost balance and fell down. Now the damages: Luckily nothing happened to me, a very small scratch on my lower leg Kid on the bike was bleeding due to facial injury Guy driving the bike has his shirt torn on the shoulder Damages to the bike can be ignored as it is nothing when compared to the human damages Now the blame game: Guy driving the bike got up and started blaming me for stopping suddenly. Biker: All this happened because you stopped suddenly Me: You are coming in the wrong route, you should be more careful, you could have got a helmet for your kid atleast Biker: These are not main roads and nobody follows traffic rules, you need to pay for the damages Me: Get the first aid done for your kid instead of fighting with me, I can wait if you want and I am not going to pay anything as it's your mistake Biker: I am going in this way past 5 years and nothing happened, you are the reason for this, to take a U turn I need to go for 1KM in this hot sun Few people gathered in my support and few in support for the biker, after looking at the kid's situation they moved her to nearby hospital for first aid. I searched a lot for pedestrian rules, but no concrete information is available. Any insights are highly appreciated, it can help other pedestrian too. Thanks a ton guys!
  21. I am planning to drive down from Mumbai to Kolkata in the month of September. What would be the proper route to take so that I encounter good roads? I won't mind taking detours if the road conditions are good and time is not a constraint.
  22. Dear All, Just planning to visit this 19th to trimbakeshwar temple with family so need to. Know the best route . Earlier I use to take following route: Hyderabad zaheerabad sholapur Ahmednagar then sridih then nasik. Know last time I found road was very worst so think to help in this forum to get better road route Thank you, Rajesh
  23. Exploring the East - Hyderabad to Kolkata Total Distance - ~ 1500 km Route taken : Day: 1 - Hyderabad (Gachibowli) - Suryapet - Vijayawada - Rajamundry - Vishakapatanam (Vizag) --- ~650 kms Accommodation : Dolphin hotel (very good) Day: 2 - Vishakapatanam - Bhubaneshwar - Balasore - Kolkata Accommodation - Park Street (center of city & most of the places are in 7kms radii) Here's comes my first travel for the year 2017. I happened to visit this place on an official trip but ended up exploring the local beauty of this town. A complete two day tour for Kolkata is perfect to cover all the local places. As I had only a day time I wanted to mark down all the points one can cover in a day in my part #1. Will be soon updated with part #2. Day -1 in Kolkata Places to visit 1. Mother House -Sisters of charity Our day started with visiting this holy place of peace. You can experience the love of Mother Teresa at this place visit her room where she last rest. 2. Longest Cantilever Bridge in Asia - Howrah bridge This bridge connects two twin cities Howrah and Kolkata. A 5 min walk on this bridge makes you experience the busy life style of Kolkata and other side you get to see beautiful sunset/sunrise along with good cruises across the river. 3. Victoria Memorial A place to see the history of art with a beautiful garden surrounded by it. You can also find many chariots to experience the richness. Its closed on Mondays and never miss the light and sound show after dark. 4. St Paul's Cathedral This is designed with marvellous and versatile architecture constructed with victorian age materials with unusual roof supported by shallow curve shaped iron trusses. 5. Dakshineswar Kali Temple This is one of the most old temple in Kolkata. The place is filler with a lot of positive energy and feels one self at peace. The flea market outside at temple is very colorful and happening in the night. Dont forget to try sweet peda just outside the temple. 6. Prinsep Ghat - Worth a Visit !! This place is situated on bank of river Ganga. The 30 min boat ride at this place is a treat to the eyes to see the second cantilever bridge of kolkata and beauty of the river. Do visit during nights. . After a long list of travel ....Time to find places for food and shopping Places to Eat Kolkata is place for street food. Park Street and China town are the best places to experience the authentic bengal food cuisines. Due to lack of time I had a chance to visit only one best place of Kolkata which is Peter Cat at Park Street. Chelo kebabs are a must try. My Part 2 post will cover the rest of places along with more interesting updates on food joints and shopping Collect Moments Not Things !!
  24. 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.
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