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On 2/14/2019 at 8:43 AM, SK01 said:

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

 

  • Maintain steady pace
  • Stay in higher gear (as much as possible) 
  • No sudden steering inputs
  • Brake gently, no harsh braking. Plan in advance.
  • Don't panic, We panicked during the first slippage, later we got used to it :)  
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14 hours ago, ksa171983 said:

i dont mind taking 2 complete months of my leave exhausting my leaves for the year and staying here @Ranger

Beautiful ..

Hey @ksa171983 .. Waiting for your Rajasthan trip log :D 

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On 3/13/2019 at 8:25 AM, sagar said:

Waiting for your Rajasthan trip log

sab hoga sab hoga :D .. as of now FB mein pics upload done..

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On 2/28/2019 at 5:13 PM, Ranger said:

 

  • Maintain steady pace
  • Stay in higher gear (as much as possible) 
  • No sudden steering inputs
  • Brake gently, no harsh braking. Plan in advance.
  • Don't panic, We panicked during the first slippage, later we got used to it :)  

@Rangercan a cross hatch like Freestyle do this trip?

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1 hour ago, SK01 said:

@Rangercan a cross hatch like Freestyle do this trip?

 

Ofcourse it can do this trip. All you need to have is a good presence of mind, experience and confidence in handling tricky situation

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2 hours ago, sagar said:
 
Ofcourse it can do this trip. All you need to have is a good presence of mind, experience and confidence in handling tricky situation


Ivanni naaku vundunte driving lonekaadu jeevitham loguda bavupadevaadini



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2 hours ago, sagar said:

 

Ofcourse it can do this trip. All you need to have is a good presence of mind, experience and confidence in handling tricky situation

@sagar will plan for this trip in this year. @Rangerhow did it cost for the entire trip?

 

1 hour ago, SK01 said:

@sagar will plan for this trip in this year. @Rangerhow did it cost for the entire trip?

What’s the suitable time to do this trip?

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2 hours ago, SK01 said:

how did it cost for the entire trip?

 

Costed us around 1.8 lakhs for four members. Inclusive of all (shopping) expenses. 

 

2 hours ago, SK01 said:

What’s the suitable time to do this trip?

 

Roads are open though out the year, expect for peak winter. 

 

 

3 hours ago, SK01 said:

can a cross hatch like Freestyle do this trip?

 

You can do it without any issue. 

 

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@Ranger.. I have no words to explain my feelings looking at pictures & log you have shared. Feeling like watching a movie and its the intermission time. Hope the second half is even more exciting !! 😊

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2 hours ago, Pralay said:

I have no words to explain my feelings looking at pictures & log you have shared. Feeling like watching a movie and its the intermission time.

 

Thank you :)

 

2 hours ago, Pralay said:

Hope the second half is even more exciting !!


Yes it is..

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On 3/20/2019 at 11:46 AM, Ranger said:

Costed us around 1.8 lakhs for four members. Inclusive of all (shopping) expenses. 

@Ranger could you please send me the details of stay during your entire trip. 

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On ‎3‎/‎23‎/‎2019 at 12:04 PM, SK01 said:

@Ranger could you please send me the details of stay during your entire trip. 

 

I think @Ranger has already shared all the details of the stay with pictures of everyday. He is yet to finish up the post of their drive to Bhutan or is that all? :D 

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On 3/22/2019 at 10:14 PM, Anand Singh said:

Every Pic looks Fantastic

 

Thank you

 

On 3/23/2019 at 12:04 PM, SK01 said:

could you please send me the details of stay during your entire trip. 

 

I have attached accommodation names, price and rating for all the stays en-route. (at the beginning of each day) 

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16 hours ago, Ranger said:

 

Thank you

 

 

I have attached accommodation names, price and ranting for all the stays en-route. (at the beginning of each day) 

I may have missed checking it. Thank you @Ranger.

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Hello Ranger ,

 

Yesterday evening , I read the entire blog.

I felt like really I am travelling with you guys. Couple of questions as below.

 

1. It was a planned trip or sudden trip ? If sudden one, I must salute you and your friends. If it was planned it must be a very exhaustive planning.

 

2. I understood that the accommodation in each of your halts were not pre-booked and you booked them after reaching those places ?

 

The accommodation in MIRIK is like a dream house and a perfect place to have a wonderful leisure time. How you came to know about this accommodation in Mirik.

 

3. During your entire trip , I saw the stretch near FARAKKA BARRIAGE is horrible .Total how many km is so bad in this stretch ?

 

4. I saw the stretch between SIKKIM TO LACHEN,LACHUNG....etc is also equally bad, In some of these stretch , I dont see any road at all and the roads are very narrow.

I guess you were continuously climbing up while going from GANGTOK to LACHEN, LACHUNG.... ?

 

5. Is it possible to do this stretch (GANGTOK to LACHEN,LACHUNG...)  by using SEDANs like CITY/VERNA/TOYOTA ETIOS? I think SUVs are perfect for this ....Till GANGTOK no issue for SEDANs.

 

Finally a mesmerising trip and equally a wonderful travel blog. Again a big Salute.

 

About your comment on PURI. (HIGH EXPECTATION but Pretty Average).

 

I am little sad (joking) as I am  a NATIVE of BHUBANESWAR (ODISHA) which is very closed to PURI.

 

However I do agree with you. This city is not being maintained well and it is not because of city  administration but more towards mindset of the peoples.

 

In fact PURI beach is one of the most famous beach in India but it is not clean and you will find lots of wastes here and there around the beach.

 

We used to visit PURI ,Whenever we go to Bhubaneswar (almost once a year during summer vacation of kids), but our travel is solely for DARSHAN of LORD JAGANNATH and spend 1 to 2 hr in beach. 

 

Regards

BORN DRIVER

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On 3/26/2019 at 10:45 AM, BORNDRIVER said:

I understood that the accommodation in each of your halts were not pre-booked and you booked them after reaching those places ?

 

We used to book the accommodation when we are in the mid way.
Pre booking is very difficult, We can't afford to miss a single destination.

 

On 3/26/2019 at 10:45 AM, BORNDRIVER said:

The accommodation in MIRIK is like a dream house and a perfect place to have a wonderful leisure time. How you came to know about this accommodation in Mirik.

 

Airbnb

 

On 3/26/2019 at 10:45 AM, BORNDRIVER said:

During your entire trip , I saw the stretch near FARAKKA BARRIAGE is horrible .Total how many km is so bad in this stretch ?

 

There are many bad stretches in the entire drive. Most of them are manageable. 

Farakka bridge is a disaster, some trucks get stuck for more than three days. Horrible management. 

 

On 3/26/2019 at 10:45 AM, BORNDRIVER said:

4. I saw the stretch between SIKKIM TO LACHEN,LACHUNG....etc is also equally bad, In some of these stretch , I dont see any road at all and the roads are very narrow.

I guess you were continuously climbing up while going from GANGTOK to LACHEN, LACHUNG.... ?

 

5. Is it possible to do this stretch (GANGTOK to LACHEN,LACHUNG...)  by using SEDANs like CITY/VERNA/TOYOTA ETIOS? I think SUVs are perfect for this ....Till GANGTOK no issue for SEDANs.

 

Most of the roads around Sikkim are average, narrow/single lanes. 

Any car can do with some careful driving. One needs to drive with lot of caution. 

 

On 3/26/2019 at 10:45 AM, BORNDRIVER said:

Finally a mesmerising trip and equally a wonderful travel blog. Again a big Salute.

 

Thank you :)

 

On 3/26/2019 at 10:45 AM, BORNDRIVER said:

About your comment on PURI. (HIGH EXPECTATION but Pretty Average).

 

Place is decent but nothing much to encourage tourism.
Very few beach resorts options which are quite expensive. 

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Thank you Ranger.

 

Yes for us ODISHA peoples, PURI means LORD JAGANNATH TEMPLE, SRI LOKNATH TEMPLE (near to PURI) and SEA BEACH..... Nothing else...I never stayed in PURI overnight.....😃

 

Because my Hometown is Bhubaneswar which is just 60km from PURI. We normally start to PURI around 1 PM and reach by 2 or 2:30 (very high traffic every time between PURI & BHUBANESWAR ). Do the DARSHAN in the temple , take lunch inside the temple (SPECIAL FOOD called ABHADA). Take a look at the picture . This is called ABHADA or LORD JAGANNATH's PRASAD. You will get them inside the temple . We always eat this whenever we visit PURI . There are ample space inside the temple where you can sit and eat .  We eat the food on BANANA LEAF..... If you see below picture , the person has holding BANANA leaf.  We always visit PURI as a group .  ry once if you go to PURI again or come with me ...We will go together .......😃🙏

 

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Any ROAD REPAIR GOING on in  FARAKKA BARRIAGE ? This FARAKKA BARRIAGE road is how much km ?

 

Regards

BORNDRIVER

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On 3/29/2019 at 11:48 AM, BORNDRIVER said:

Any ROAD REPAIR GOING on in  FARAKKA BARRIAGE ? This FARAKKA BARRIAGE road is how much km ?

 

I think they are still pending. 
Try to check online (news).

 

It was horrible during our last visit. 

Truck drivers suffer a lot. 

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      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.
       
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      by Praneeth Palakodeti
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