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  1. This is my first proper post after being member of this great group. Please feel free to suggest any correction or enhancements needed. Total distance : 726Km Vehicle : Wagon R 2019 Fuel : CNG+Petrol No of Days: 1.5 days Single Driving. Toll : 520/- Route : BHEL (Lingampally --Humnabad - Basavakalyan -- Omerga -- Naldurg -- Solapur-pune bypass- Mohol -- Pandharpur Roads Naldurg are in awesome condition now, other than minor bad patches where flyovers are being constructed, you will find few speed breakers there. Beyond Naldurg, if driving at night, have to be careful about small potholes where construction is in progress but mostly road is complete upto Solapur. Day -1 Started from Lingampally at 5PM in the evening. First break at 9PM for dinner @ Hotel Sai Prasad , just before Naldurg Was back on road at 10PM, Reached Pandharpur at 12:30AM. Checked into Hotel Balaji Lodging in front of Railway station. Very clean hotel. Parking for 3 or 4 cars available. I was lucky, got the place to park. Day-2 Got ready early for Darsan in Vitthal Rukmani temple. There are ample parking place around the temple. I found one big parking ground near Shivaji chowk. Had to walk 650mtrs for the temple. One can hire auto too. Vitthal Rukmani temple is very very famous in Maharastra but it was less crowded on that day, so we were able to finish darsan in couple of hours. Had breakfast and then went to Isckon temple which is on the other side of the chandrabhaga river. Nice place and there is a nice vegeterian restaurent available there. Had Gujrati lunch at 35th Mahaprabhuji baithak pandharpur and then started towards Tuljapur at 1:15PM. Route : Pandharpur -- Mohol -- Solapur ring road -- First major exit towards Tuljapur : Distance 114KM. Can be covered easily below 2 hrs. Solapur to Tuljpur road is also toll road -- 60 rs one way We reached Tuljapur around 3PM and immidiately went for Darsan in Tulja bhawani temple. Completed darsan around 4PM . Were back on the road around 5PM. Stopped for tea break before going out of Tuljapur. Stopped at hotel Sai Prasad for a break and had some snacks and tea. After than we directly stopped at Hotel Gujrat at 8:30PM just outskirts of Basavakalyan. Food was very good. Price is very cheap. Good washroom, although not very clean. Enough parking place. there is factory owned HP petrol pump there. Started from there at 9:15PM and reached Home(Lingampally) at 11:45PM. Distance :162KM Parents were happy that they got blessings at these two famous temples on their 40th Anniversary i.e.22nd January, which makes me equally happy. Will try to upload few pics soon in the coming post.
  2. This is a Family trip to holy places in Maharashtra and Karnataka. Route taken We have taken the Hyderabad-->Vikarabad road and reached Ananthagiri hills. Ananthagiri hills, Vikarabad: There is a view point at Ananthagiri hills. To reach their take the road opposite to Sri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple. Maps : https://goo.gl/maps/JLedSZQSgpS2 View point is very good. No crowd as it was weekday. Their is ample parking space available. People are littering this place. You can enjoy cool breeze, see the nearby mountain and a far away lake from here. Spent around 1 hour here and continued our journey. Gangapur, Karanataka: We have taken Tandur--Sedam road. Road is good but their are lot of speed breakers. Sedam to Kalaburagi road is very good. Take ring road in Kalaburagi and left exit after High court complex and enter Kalaburagi - Afzalpur road. It is state highway 22. Ganagapur is 35 Kilometers away from here. We reached Gangapur and taken Darshan of Lord Dattatreya. Maps https://goo.gl/maps/nSmqQa1LjuR2 Shreekshetra Ganagapur, One of the most famous Dattatreya Peethas, is associated with Shri Narasimha Saraswati Swami, an incarnation of Lord Dattatreya. It stands on the bank of the river Bhima. We left for a visit to Sangam- Audambar (Fig / Kalpavriksha) Tree on the banks of River Bhima. This place is around 5KM from the main temple. It is said that Narasimha Saraswati's presence is felt at this place in Nirguna Rupa and so, many people sit there and read the Guru Chirtra. Akkalkot, Maharashtra: We continued our journey and reached Akkalkot via Afzalpur. The road is pretty bad shape after Afzalpur. Road widening is going on in entire stretch. Maps https://goo.gl/maps/vmK89LVPQ8m We reached Akkalkot and visited Swami Samarth ( Vatavruksh)Temple. Pandharpur, Maharashtra: Post Darshan we took Akkalkot-- Solapur road. Solapur to Pandharpur road is very good. It is Pune highway. At Mohol we need to take diversion to reach Pandharpur. It is 75kms away from Solapur. Visited Vitthal Mandir and Iskcon Krishna temples. The Pandharpur temple was built in the middle of the thirteenth century by King Visnuvardhana of the Hoysala dynasty. Solapur, Maharashtra: Next day morning started our journey towards Solapur. Visited Shri Siddheshwar Temple in Solapur. This temple is in middle of lake and we can see a bhuikot fort beside the temple. Google maps https://goo.gl/maps/qnf3WzsrMFn Tuljapur, Maharashtra: Visited Tulja bhavani temple in Tuljapur which is 46kms from Solapur.This temple is dedicated to the goddess Bhavani. It is considered as one of the 51 Shakti pithas. Google maps https://goo.gl/maps/giW6iXHUMvw Naldurg fort, Maharashtra: We continued our journey and reached Naldurg fort which is 35kms from Tuljapur on Pune-Hyderabad highway. The Naldurg fort is the biggest land fort in Maharashtra. It has 3 km long fortification wall and 114 bastions. ‘PaniMahal’ is the most attractive monument on this fort. It gives amazing view from inside of this ‘PaniMahal’, when water from ‘Bori’ river flows down from the top of this ‘PaniMahal’. This view can be enjoyed more at the end of the monsoons. Presently the water was little less. Google maps link https://goo.gl/maps/XJjbogMnW3A2 We started our journey back to hyderabad via Omerga, Humanbad and Zaheerabad route. Due to road work there were lot of diversions.Better to avoid this route in night. The total distance covered in 2 days is 900kms. Note: Fuel price in Maharashtra is slightly higher compared to Telangana and Karnataka.
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