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The roads look horrible in the pictures itself and I can imagine the kind of pain you guys must have undergone during your drive on this day .. How many Kilometers have you guys fared on this day ?

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3 hours ago, sagar said:

How many Kilometers have you guys fared on this day ?

 

Less than 400 kilometers.

 

I pity the truck drivers lineup at Farakka Bridge. Some drivers are even playing cards. :)

It is a chaos and the work is going on from the past four months,

Rains made the situation even bad.

 

2 hours ago, Sridhar Tandra said:

Hotel guys arranged it?

 

Yeah,
There is so much dust inside out,

It took one complete hour to clean it. 

 

Finding a proper tea point on this section is a herculean task.

 

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Day 5: Malda to Mirik

Today it was event full.

Instead of going to Siliguri we drove towards Mirik(less commercial).

 

Roads are good through out the drive,
Some sections are very narrow (village roads)
We came across many tea estates enroute.

We started gaining the altitude around 2PM.

 

We reached Mirik by 4:30PM,

Our stay is located 5 kilometers away from Mirik and it is very isolated.

 

Roads are very narrow and dangerous,
Hair pin curves are too narrow for Duster.

Not a sedan/hatch back territory.
Duster All terrain tyres came very handy.

Slipping and sliding,(due to rain from past 4 days)
We reached the mid way(2 kilometers)

 

Many locals started discouraging us not take that route.

In the mid away, it got difficult,
With some patience and navigation, we finally reached the destination.

Our expectations about the stay went down drastically looking at the road condition.

Once reached the stay,
We are blow away by the facilities and property view.

Start time: 8 AM
Reached: 6 PM

 

Hotel : Royal Suite
Rating: 5/5
Cost: 2500/- (Got an upgrade to 6k suite)

Breakfast : Malda(3/5)
Lunch : we skipped it
Dinner : Royal Suite(5/5)

 

Today it was eventful,

We started to gain some altitude 

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Beautiful tea estates enroute

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Inner roads through tea estates 

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Our first road block due to slide.

Now it is officially that we arrived :)

Tucked-IN

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One of the best sunset ever

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Duster enjoying the view,

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All the struggle from the past four days is worth it?
Thirty minutes that we spent at this sunset point, Will be remembered forever. 
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Our accommodation is located  5 kilometers away from Mirik.
Our host asked us, If we are driving a  SUV?
We said YES!, biggest mistake. 

And the next one hour drive is like switching between hell/heaven/earth

Hair pin curves that can make your car tilt side ways,

Slush,

Some sections has zero traction,

If we brake we will loose the traction.

 

At one point we decided to turn back, We felt it is not worth the risk.

Guess what? We couldn't find a place to take a U-turn.

 

After one hour of constant spotting and corrections we made it to the destination.

 

Looking at those roads,

My expectation for the stay went from 100->0.

Worst case scenario, we decided to sleep over in the car.

 

Once we got down at the property.
We were blown away by the facilities and the view.

 

We stayed awake till 4AM in the morning with monk. :)

Definitely best accommodation of the trip. 

 

Bedroom View

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Balcony 

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Second room

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View from the hall 

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Early morning rituals 

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Kitchen

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Day 6: Mirik to Nepal, Darjeeling and Gangtok.

Mirik is very close to Nepal.
We decided to drive down to Nepal.

It is a 2 hour drive from Mirik.

 

To enter Nepal,
- Own vehicle
- Owner of the car should be present
- Original documents
- Customs entry
- Vehicle details entry
- Identify card

Cost 20/- per car.

 

Process is pretty straight forward,
It took us 10 minutes to finish the formalities.

 

We went to Pashupathi market,
It is famous for clothing.(Cheap)

 

We had lunch in Nepal,
Decided to drive back to Darjeeling.
Since we don't want to miss view of kanchenjunga (world's third highest mountain)

 

Roads are excellent through out drive (considering hills)

View of Kanchenjunga is excellent from Darjeeling.
Apart from the view,
There is nothing much exciting in Darjeeling.

 

We decided to drive down to Gangtok.

On the next day, we have to try our luck with permits.(zero point)

Start time: 11 AM
Reached: 7 PM

 

Hotel

Hotel : Royal Orchid
Rating: 5/5
Cost: 2300/- (value for money and very neat property)

 

Food

Breakfast :Royal Suite Mirik(4/5)
Lunch : Nepal (4/5)(you can find plenty of bars, hookahs, Momo shops..in Pashupathi market)
Dinner : Royal Orchid(4/5)

 

Beautiful roads en-route to Nepal

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Best view of tea estates 

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Image quality from pixel is quite impressive, I did not  use DSRL for the entire trip. 

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Selfie time

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Nepal entrance 

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Enroute to Darjeling 

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First view of might Kanchenjunga

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This is first time, I missed the DSLR

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light started to fade away, this is at 4PM

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Wow, your stay at mirik looks fabulous and the price is so unbelievable. I wouldn't mind staying there for a month. Is it like an airbnb stay? Do they have a kitchen to serve the guests or do we have to prepare our own food?

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You log from now gets more and more interesting. Great going and waiting for more :)  Btw, The place looks like a never to miss out on. Has always been in my to do list and failed to make it last year. My desire to do this now goes on a heavier side :D 

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4 hours ago, mayank said:

I wouldn't mind staying there for a month.

 

We had similar thoughts. 
Ideal place to getaway for a month. 

 

4 hours ago, mayank said:

Is it like an airbnb stay? Do they have a kitchen to serve the guests or do we have to prepare our own food?


It is AirBnB.

They have fantastic restaurant. 

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Day 7: Gangtok, Zero kilometers.

 

Our aim is to get permits for North Sikkim.
North Sikkim permits are available at Mangan.

 

Documents required for permits:
- Original RC
- Original License
- Identity card (Aadhar)
- Insurance
- PUC
- Passport size photos

 

Permits:
- Lachen
- Lachung
- Zero point
- Gurudongmarg lake
- Yumthang valley

 

Entire process took half day.
Finally we managed to get permits.


Every one is curious about TS registration vehicle.
We had to explain them about newly formed state :)

Once you get the permits in hand,
You need to take photo copies of the permit (6 photo copies)

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At each check post,
We need to show the original permit and get it stamped.
Also, We should provide the photo copy of original permit.

 

We did some shopping around Gangtok,
We visited few places in MG Marg.

 

Hotel : Royal Orchid
Rating: 5/5
Cost: 2300/- (value for money and very neat property)

 

Breakfast : MG marg
Lunch : MG Marg (5/5) Many street food options are available.
Dinner : Royal Orchid(4/5)

 

Agents for permits:

Pulazor 77970 01118 for North Sikkim permits at mangan.

 

Morning view from the hotel

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MG Marg, We spent half a day, hopping different bars/food joints,

Ideal places for couples

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Sunset view from the accommodation 

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@Ranger

That is intensely visual and profound travelogue. Your write-up is like going through poems. Details provided are very helpful. Waiting for the complete report.

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17 hours ago, KSK said:

Your write-up is like going through poems.

 

Thank you. But nowhere closing to you writing skill man. 

 

Day 8: Gangtok to Lachung, Yumthang, Zero point and Lachen

Early morning start is a must.

According to local people, Winds will pickup from the afternoon.

 

Plastic water bottles are not allowed after crossing checkpoints.(Gangtok )
Only option is hot water.

 

If you carry plastic water bottle, you will be fined around 1k.

Roads are very bad,
Good ground clearance is a must on these sections.

 

These sections are dominated by cabs.
Our Duster is the only car with white plate.

 

Crowd is very less and we loved it.( due to snow )

We spent around 1 hour in some locations without any disturbance.

Roads are slippery due to snow,

 

Few sections has black ice.

Snow chains are must in winter.
In our case AT tyres helped a lot.

 

We went further, where local cabs did not dare to venture.

Start time: 5 AM
Reached: 9 PM

Hotel : Will update
Rating: 2.5/5
Cost: 3400/-

 

Only food options are Maggi and Momo

Breakfast : Road side food joints(3/5)
Lunch : Maggi
Dinner : we skipped

 

All the pictures are taken from Pixel,

Built into the nature, dream home?

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Unnamed roads begin and we love it

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We crossed numerous bridges and landslides 

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Only section of good road deserve a picture

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Duster basking in the Sun

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Lachen : The big pass

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After gaining some altitude, we started seeing snow patches

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Of all the wonders in the world, In my view Himalayas is the greatest 

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Slush

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There is not even a single sole from this point,

All the struggle from the past 10 days is worth it, best/memorable day of the trip. 

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Dreamy, My favourite picture of the trip

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Sound of silence

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Slip and slide

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It is completely snow from this point,
We pushed little ahead and decided to stop for the day.

We spent around an hour at this places and decided to drive back. (badly missed snow chains/4x4)

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Selfie of the day

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Did Duster slip / struggle at any point on this entire stretch @Ranger in spite of the AT's that you have had? I am sure it must have at one point or the other looking at the intensity of snow / Ice on the roads! How did you manage at those stretches in case if you have come across one?

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Not on the entire stretch.

Some patches only, we used to come across them every one/two kilometers at the peak.

 

AT tyres are of no use in thick snow.

Only advantage is we were able to push ourselves little ahead of others.

 

Maintain momentum,

Very less steering/brake inputs.

Don't panic and pray.

 

We had few scary moments where the car used to fishtail on curves.

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On 1/11/2019 at 2:59 PM, Ranger said:

Started exploring Vizag beaches.

It is definitely one of the cleanest City in the country.

Roads are clean, dust and pothole free.

 

Roads are beautiful in Vizag. Even the internal roads. visited Vizag in the month of Dec 2017, such a bliss driving on those roads. Very little traffic even during the peak hours compared to Hyderabad. 

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36 minutes ago, Ranger said:

We had few scary moments where the car used to fishtail on curves

 

Interesting! Was it similar to the incident which we have experienced earlier at the Prashar lake ? :D 

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4 hours ago, Ranger said:

 

IMG_20181222_143553-01.jpegThere is not even a single sole from this point,

All the struggle from the past 10 days is worth it, best/memorable day of the trip. 

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A chance to rejoice in our solitude to its purity is rare these days. Superb!

 

4 hours ago, Ranger said:

 

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Dreamy, My favourite picture of the trip

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Indeed. It is breathtaking!

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2 hours ago, Krish said:

Roads are beautiful in Vizag. Even the internal roads. visited Vizag in the month of Dec 2017, such a bliss driving on those roads. Very little traffic even during the peak hours compared to Hyderabad. 

 

Agree on it. I was surprised looking at the cleanliness of Vizag. 

I am not sure about internal roads, but the road along the beach is fantastic.

 

2 hours ago, sagar said:

we have experienced earlier at the Prashar lake ?

 

Haha, it is the most scariest one.(first time experience)

This time we got used to it.  :)

 

1 hour ago, mit1682 said:

very nice, clean and crisp photos.

 

4 minutes ago, KSK said:

Indeed.

 

Thank you

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@Ranger I have also noticed some interesting food pictures that you have shared. Can you share the names of the local delicacies in the places you've toured.

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On 2/13/2019 at 1:14 PM, Ranger said:

Not on the entire stretch.

 

Tips on driving that you give out if your experience during these kind of situations? 

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      W = 2028, X = 2029, Y = 2030

      Month Codes:
      1 = January, 2 = February, 3 = March, 4 = April, 5 = May, 6 = June, 7 = July, 8 = August, 9 = September, A = October, B = November, C = December
       
      Example: According to the above mentioned VIN, the vehicle was manufactured in October 2010. 
       
      NISSAN/DATSUN INDIA 
      VIN Characters: 17 (MDH******AA******)

      Method:
      10th character - YEAR of Manufacture  (A) refer above VIN
      11th character - MONTH of Manufacture  (A) refer above VIN

      Year Codes:
      A = 2010, B = 2011, C = 2012, D = 2013, E = 2014, F = 2015, G = 2016, H = 2017, J = 2018, K = 2019, L = 2020, M = 2021, N = 2022, P = 2023, R = 2024, S = 2025, T = 2026, V = 2027,
      W = 2028, X = 2029, Y = 2030

      Month Codes:
      1 = January, 2 = February, 3 = March, 4 = April, 5 = May, 6 = June, 7 = July, 8 = August, 9 = September, A = October, B = November, C = December
       
      Example: According to the above mentioned VIN, the vehicle was manufactured in October 2010. 
       
      FORD INDIA

      VIN Characters: 17 (MAJGXX****KG*******)

      Ford India uses a pattern that repeats every 4 years. That means the 2005-2008 pattern repeats for 2009-2012 (and so on).

      Method:
      (Use the chart below for reference)

      11th character - YEAR of Manufacture (K) refer above VIN 
      12th character - MONTH of Manufacture (G) refer above VIN 
       


       
      Anyone having Jeep, MG and KIA VIN details can mention them in the comments section in the above written format. 
       
                                                                                     
       
                                                                                                                                                               
    • By Santa86
      Trip Query: Hyderabad to Kolkata Road Trip (Hyd - Vizag - Bhubaneswar - Kolkata) , travelling on 21-Dec-19 Accommodation recommendations: Looking for accommodation in Vizag and BBSR (night halts). Highway food joint recommendations: Any suggestions on lunch point between the following: Hyderabad to Vishakhapatnam Vizag to Bhubaneswar Bhubaneswar to Kolkata No. of days: 2 nights and 3 days (onward) Vehicle : Duster RXS 85PS Places to visit: Planning to cover the below places on the way: Chilka Lake (onward) Dhabaligiri (onward) Konark Temple. (return)
    • By LoneRanger
      Precursor to the Trip: 
      Mr.Daddy calls me up on Oct 2nd in the evening. 
       
      Daddy : I had to work today , who the hell works on Gandhi jayanthi? They don't even sell Liquor today. 
      Me : Chill Macha , we chose this job. And have to take everything it throws at us. 
      Daddy: I need some relaxation , plan something for the weekend. 
      Me : Hmm, lets go to Bhuvanagiri Fort, I have been meaning to trek that fort since childhood. 
      Daddy: Done. 
       
      The plan has been made , but could not be executed the Dussehra weekend, due to the obvious reasons. Our Wives would let us go on a trek on a festival day. And i totally forgot about it , till 12th When Mr.Daddy messages to ask me if i'm available to do the trek on 13th (Sunday). I said yes , and the trip was on. 
       
      Hill Fort of Bhuvanagiri: 
      If you have ever have traveled to Warangal by road or by train you would not miss this small fort on top of the hill. I remember watching the hill for the first time as a kid, from a train window, on my way to Hyderabad. Since then i was always fascinated by this small fort and it was my long lasting desire to trek to the top of it.  
       
      The fort is constructed in the 10th century A.D by Tribhuvanamalla Vikramaditya VI. That makes this fort atleast 1000 years old. In contrast Golconda fort is 400 years old. And Since it is built by Tribhuvanamalla , the fort is called Tribhuvanagiri , Which latter became Bhuvanagiri and with the Persian and Urdu influence of the local kings became Bhongir. The fort was built on a small egg shaped hill, and there were small steps cut into the rock to climb up to the fort. 
       
      Drive To The Fort:
      I started at 8:30 A.M on Sunday morning , and started towards Mr.Daddy's home in Manikonda, Hyderabad. I picked him up and on the way we stopped at Organic hotel to have breakfast. After having quick breakfast we took the ORR to reach Warangal Highway.
      (Organic Hotel , where we had or break Fast) 
       
      As there was no hurry , we mostly drove in the middle lane at 80KMPH max speed, The ORR charged us 140/- to get down at Warangal high way, And soon after that we had to pay another toll on the highway, We took a to and fro pass for 140/- and went on our way. The toll has dedicated lanes for fastag , and if you still don't have one Get one ASAP. 
       
      As soon as you cross the toll gate and proceed further , you see something like this (Image is taken from Wiki) 
      With the help of google maps we reached the entry point of the fort. There are two gates to get into , one for regular tourists and another for rock climbing school in the premises. There is ample space to park 8-10 cars. We parked our car , proceeded to the shop next to the ticket counter bought ourselves a water bottle & moved to ticket counter to buy our tickets. Ticket cost for Adults is rs: 10/- per head.

       
      The Rock has steps cut into it , which looks fairly a recent addition to the 1000 year old Hill Fort. We started our climb from this point. 
       
      The weather forecast for Bhongir on that day was partially cloudy and with intermittent rains. But Sun god has different plans for us. It was hot and the rock reflected the heat. After a brief walk , we ended up at the first gateway to the fort. There was some shade and i sat there for a couple of minutes. 
      (The first gateway , where you will find some shade.) 
       
      After the first rest stop , there is enough tree cover and it was a little cloudy , we reached the second Gateway in some time. 

       
      The distance between the second and third Gateway is not much , but there is a increase in elevation. We soon reached the third gateway , and the the view looked like this after crossing the third gateway. 

       
      From here there is no tree cover , and to my bad luck there is no cloud cover either.  From here ,  if you walked towards right from the path , you would find some ruins. This signifies that you have reached level 1. From here the path goes on to the top of the hill. We kept on walking and discussing on how ingeniously the architect of the fort has constructed multiple Dams to conserve rain water. 

      (Level 1 ruins towards the left of the picture and Check Dams to conserve towards the right of the Picture) 
       
      From here the walk way is very steep , one has to be careful. And this can be slippery during rains. 

      (Steep Walk way , with stairs cut into the rock, Rails installed in the modern era for support, Another Check Dam towards right and Mr.Daddy gauging on how far we have to go)
       
      After this i was completely exhausted , and stopped at every 5-10 minutes on the pretext of taking pictures 😛 ,  Approximately after an hour we started , we reached the top of the fort. 
      (Celebratory pic of climbing the hill, My smile will tell you how happy i was on the top, the cannon at the back might be a late addition to the fort , as they were developed only in 15th century) 
       
      There are three structures at the top of the Hill , one ruined old fort , and two other government buildings , with Cellular tower on top of one. The other building was build on top adjacent to an old well. (The Pic of the fort). 
       
      The views from the top of the hill are simply amazing. Google maps told us that we were 1000 meters above MSL. Below are a few pics of the views from the fort. 

       (You can spot Bhongir Railway station , from where i first saw this magnificent Hill Fort. Also , at the bottom right , notice how Dams were constructed to save water.)
       

      (Another pond , and the fort wall at a distance)
       
      We explored the whole place for an hour , found a small entrance and a staircase, just out of curiosity i went in and started climbing the stairs , and Mr.Daddy followed me. 
      The stairs took us to the top of the fort. There is no higher point in Bhongir Than this.  

      (The fort view from behind)

       

      (Me after conquering the fort, instead of a sword i posed with an Umbrella, modern day weapon to fight the soldiers of the nature) 
      By 2 o clock we were hungry and decided to descend, as soon as we thought of of it , we could see dark clouds manifest out of no where and weather became cloudy and pleasant.  I wonder where these clouds were when i was climbing up the hill.   

       
      We climbed down, and there were 6 other cars parked in the parking. We went to the shop next to ticket counter had another bottle of water. Went to a nearby restaurant in Bhongir and had our lunch. After and uneventful lunch , we started back to Hyderabad , and it started raining just as we were ready to leave Bhongir. 
      Tips for Trek to the Top : 
      Carry your own water one bottle per person. Carry an umbrella , Sun or Rain it will help you a lot.  Avoid Summers , It was tiring to climb in October Sun. Imagine April Sun beating down on you.   
      Suggest to go in groups, Half of the time i was engrossed in deep conversations with Mr.Daddy , and didn't feel the tiredness. 
      Wear shoes and avoid Slippers and Flip flops at all costs

      PS: For those who are wondering , why i call him Daddy , You can find the explanation in my previous write up






    • By Ranger
      Hi all,

      This is the Pune-Bangalore road condition as on 14th Oct 2019.
       
      This is a detailed explanation and a long post so kindly read it at your leisure.
       
      A stretch of almost 870 kms from Pune.  Until Hubli you dont have to fall down under. It is a beautiful highway to drive on. Your patience is taken for a toss from Hubli. Your real journey starts now :p After Hubli, almost close to 150-200 kms, you have to deal with some rough patches of the road because a lot of construction activity is in progress. May be two years down the line it will be the best highway. After the trouble with all the rubble, here comes the best stretch of the highway which is the last two hundred kilometres where you feel you are in heaven. You can easily touch speeds upto 130-140 kmph with ease and it is a 6-Lane highway. In most parts of the highway until Kolhapur or may be little further you will find some shoddy white strips (refer video) which spread across hundred metres before you cross every village. These are nasty, so you may want to speed up a bit; instead of travelling at 40 or 60 kmph, travel at speeds of nearly 80-100 kmph so that you don't feel these jerks. However, be careful of two wheeler and pedestrians crossing the roads in these villages.  After Hubli, you may not find too many food options so carry lot of snacks with you. Especially, when you are travelling with kids ensure that you take decent quantity of food. However, here and there you might find small outlets which are just average. But if you are looking for some good options you will have to wait until the last 100 to 130 kilometres stretch towards Bangalore. Last but not the least, as far as possible, avoid driving in the night in this stretch from Hubli because in certain places you will not find diversion symbols near construction areas, you wont see shoulder line markings, lane markings in most of the places thus making it a difficult drive during nights. Both the driver and navigator have to be really careful to ensure that everyone is safe   
      by Praneeth Palakodeti
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