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Western Ghats exploration drive meet - Report India is blessed to have the best of landscapes offering enthralling views & jaw dropping backdrops and We throttled down to explore our piece of paradise as we always do it. Start point - Gachibowli (ORR) End point - Pune (Hinjewadi) Start time - 05:30 a.m. Total Distance - ~1300 kms Objective - Western ghats exploration, Matheran, Lonavla and Lohagad. Participants: 1) Volks Wagen Polo (Red) 2) Volks Wagen Polo (Red) 3) Hyundai i20 (Black) 4) Swift Dzire (Pacific Blue) 5) Volks Wagen Ameo (Toffee Brown) 6) Maruti Suzuki Ertiga (Brick Red) 7) Maruti Suzuki SX4 (Azure Grey) 😎 Hyundai Creta (White) 9) Jeep Compass (Red) Route Taken: Hyderabad (Gachibowli) --> Zaheerabad --> Humnabad --> Solapur --> Indapur --> Hinjewadi (Pune) Places covered: 1) Lohagad fort 2) Pavna Lake 3) Lonavla, Khandala 4) Matheran Planning : Day 1 : Hyderabad to Pune drive details - Started at 5:30 AM in the morning ( due some delays) - Breakfast stop at around 7:30 AM at Hotel Mahindra Paradise https://goo.gl/maps/4ZU7cMJrdkG2 - Very few options on this section due to new roads - Road between Hyderabad to Humnabad is excellent. - Humnabad to Solapur is pathetic, some sections are too narrow. - Solapur to Pune is excellent, but recently new have installed speed bumps near villages. - We had a lunch break at some road side restaurant. - We reached Pune by 6PM. - According to admins, we are very quick compared to last drive. - During last drive they reached Pune at 7PM (started at 4AM) - I think roads improved! - We checked into Hotel Siesta which is excellent (Frankly, I did not expect such a luxurious rooms for the price) Day 2 : Pune to Lohagad fort - We started at 7/8 AM from Pune - Since our accommodation is in outskirts. - We reached highway within 10 minutes - We had breakfast stop Kamat. - Pune to Lohagad roads are scenic. - We reached Lohagad, explored the fort and had lunch break. - We drove to Lonavala, Tiger view point, We are literally above clouds in some sections. - We reached Pune by night Day 3 : Pune to Matheran -We repeated the same schedule of Day2, till breakfast. - We hit the famous Mumbai-Pune expressway - I can clearly see everyone is pushing their cars, it was pure fun for drivers. - Best experience of Mumbai-Pune expressway is during monsoon. - Once we divert from expressway, roads to Mahteran are pathetic. - It took us hours to complete 80 kilometres. - I loved Mathern, they don't even allow cycles. - Only transport option by walk or horse. - Hotels on the hill top are below average. - While driving back we reached pretty quick on the same route. - We reached to Pune to 9PM Day 4 : Pune to Hyderabad - Drive is was uneventful - It is similar to Day1 Apart from 1 Polo puncture, drive is fantastic throughout four days. Drive Hyderabad : Solapur : Pune : Lohagad fort : Lonavala : Pune : Matheran : Pune : Solapur : Hyderabad Road condition: Hyderabad to Solapur : Hyderabad to Humnabad is good and Humnabad to Solapur is bad Solapur to Pune : Very good, but i have seen some uneven sections, It is no where close to Hyderabad-Bangalore sections Pune to Lohagad: Road are narrow scenic and good Loahagad to Lonavala Roads are bad Lonavala to Pune Road are excellent Pune to Matheran It is a mix of good and pathetic roads
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