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Baleno Owner's Club Hyderabad - Koilsagar Camping!

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What is this BOCH: This group was created to provide a platform for Baleno owners from Hyderabad to share and seek information about various aspects like sales, service, warranty, insurance, accessories, modifications et al, and also to engage in frequent meet ups. These meets have helped immensely in knowing each other and also to strengthen the bond among group members. We hope to continue to organize these meet-ups as long as we can. Now the group's count is 160 plus members.

 

Prelude:
After the 6th BOCH meet, we decided that we would be taking a long break and no more meetups anytime soon. That was in mid Novermber 2018.  But, as they say, men will be men, and rules are meant to be broken. And so we did exactly that in little over two month's time and completed the 7th meet on January 26, 2019.  And also, 8th meet is not too very far away, planning it in March. So this just goes to show 'the more that you resist the tide, the more it pulls you in'.  It is such an amazing Baleno group with enthusiastic guys who are always ready to meet and explore.

 

Preparation:
Unlike our previous short meets, the 6th meet was a special one where we had spent the whole day in a resort. So the plan for the 7th meet was to stretch it for two days with overnight stay and return the next day.  While looking at options, a member shared the travelogue of India-Drive night camping at Koilsagar (done in 2017). Many members showed interest in this and we immediately put the plan into action. With date decided, I did a quick recce of the place. We calculated per-head cost if we take camp tents for rent and carry food. Everyone volunteered to share responsibilities. But the main concern and challenge was to organize night camping (especially with ladies and families involved) at an unknown lake with a large group. We had our apprehensions about permission, locals and security.  So we contacted India-Drive admins and took all the details of the organizer (Hyderabad Adventure & Trekker's club).  After discussing with HAT's club, they agreed to do our event and it proved to be a wise decision in the end. Though the pricing was a tad high but without them we could have lost and wouldn't have enjoyed the way we did. The package included T3 tents for 2 members, dinner, astronomy session and early morning trekking.  As a complimentary, they agreed to shoot our trip without any additional charge. Thanks to Mr.Dheeraj for wonderful arrangements.

 

Itinerary:

  • Reach M Food Court (1st meeting point) located around 75 km from Hyderabad and 13 km after Raikal toll plaza by 2:00 pm.
  • Reach Deverakadra and stop for drone shooting.
  • Reach Koilsagar and search for camp site and sunset shoot.
  • Introduction of members and organizers.
  • Pitch tents and campfire.
  • Followed by Dinner, BBQ, astronomy session and star gazing.
  • At 6:30 am, early morning trekking to nearby hill
  • By 9:30 am, return journey to Hyderabad.

 

How Things Went:
The day before the meet, Hyderabad city had plunged into gloominess with not so good weather forecast the next day. We were worried about rain at the venue and it may play spoilsport to the event. To our dismay, it started to downpour on the meetup day as soon as we reached outer ring road. So we thought the trip is going to be a dampner.  Luckily, it stopped raining as we were out of the city though it remained gloomy till 1st meeting point.  All the members reached M Food Court before 2 pm (thanks to all for being punctual), but organizers were nearly 45 min late to arrive. We could only continue our journey from M Food court towards Koilsagar at 3:15 pm as opposed to itinerary time 2:15 pm.

 

Around 4:30 pm, we reached Deverakadra mandal and for about 30-40 min we had drone shooting, line up of Balenos and photo session. We reached camp site at 5:30 and scouted for a nice place to pitch tents and park our big convoy. There were some places already occupied by some others, but we managed to find a decent place. Everything went as planned after that like campfire, BBQ, astronomy session and star gazing, dinner followed by surprise activity with our Balenos, other shoots and of course lots of fun.  Many members were awake till 3 to 5 am (I slept at 3 am) with everlasting discussions.  Luckily, there wasn't a single drop of rain until the next day and we were so relieved for that.

 

Next morning, by the time we completed our trekking to a nearby hill, it was nearly 9:30 am and it started to drizzle. A few members had fun drifting their cars for 10 minutes in those wet conditions, and finally we bid adieu to Koilsagar - what was a memorable trip!

 

What We (and I) Missed:

  • We could not shoot with drone at camp site because of low light.
  • Forgot to take group pics though we had some pics taken during introductory session.
  • I could not take my Baleno to the trip as our colony road dug up for laying new drainage pipes.😡

 

I let the pictures speak the rest:

 

Dark clouds looming overhead with rain:

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Line up of Balenos at M Food Court attracted quite a few eyes:

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Stopped at this straight scenic road of Deverakadra for drone shoot:

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Classic line up shot using selfie stick:

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Balenos parked Balenos in an arc at camp site:

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Meanwhile, kids were having their own fun time:

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Something you don't often find in cities:

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Kids with kids ☺️:

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Aesthetic Sunset:

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A Baleno soaking in the sun:

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Sublime Safari (a member came in this as their count was more than 6):

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Another member came in his new Ignis (he's got Baleno and S-Cross too) 😎:

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Behold the beauty of the sunset:

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In the lap of beautiful nature:

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Introductory and Interactive session:

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Beautiful sight with camps in light:

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Astronomy session and star gazing:

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Half moon and its beauty, captured using 600 mm lens:

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With chilling weather outside, campfire warmth was comforting:

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BOCH members sans family and friends:

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Intriguing photoshoot of Baleno headlights:

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Woke up to this gorgeous view:

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Hill that was trekked:

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That conquered feeling:

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Picture-perfect picture of the campsite:

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Majestic view of Koilsagar:

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An enthusiast's drifting:

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The little one with its elder sibling:

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One final line-up shot:

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Final group pic of members before parting ways:

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Being a part of this wonderful BOCH group and leading it was quite a learning experience for me.  Needless to mention, it enabled me to meet other Baleno owners and avid car lovers from different walks of life. I hope our bond becomes even more stronger as we grow bigger as a group, and embark on many more journeys.

Hope you liked this short travelogue. Keep traveling and happy motoring!

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It was really a great experience being a part of the meet. Never expected it would go this fabulous.Its like a lifetime memory for me. As I love travelling alot this would be added to my one the best visited tourist location 😍❤️..!!

#revanth_redde.

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Awesome @ksk. Really it was a memorable trip. Got inspired by india-drive. I think i will take credit of taking reference from india-drive😜 and suggesting BOCH to have this trip. Well planned, perfectly executed. And hard work of core BOCH team added test. Wish to have many more trip in future. 

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Wonderful writeup Satish.

Happy to be part of this group. And this 7th meet is indeed a memorable one for me. And eagerly waiting for the next meet which is under discussion. Let's be busy in that.. 🙂

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13 minutes ago, mit1682 said:

Awesome @ksk. Really it was a memorable trip. Got inspired by india-drive. I think i will take credit of taking reference from india-drive😜 and suggesting BOCH to have this trip. Well planned, perfectly executed. And hard work of core BOCH team added test. Wish to have many more trip in future. 

 

Sorry @mit1682 for not mentioning your name. Yes, it was a memorable trip. Thanks to @Ranger and @sagar for all the inputs and details.

 

19 minutes ago, Revanth said:

It was really a great experience being a part of the meet. Never expected it would go this fabulous.Its like a lifetime memory for me. As I love travelling alot this would be added to my one the best visited tourist location 😍❤️..!!

#revanth_redde.

 

@Revanth Thank you! ☺️

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Always welcome 😊 bro . It's my pleasure being a part of the meet and as well as the Core team 😊😍.

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Missed this trip as i choose to be part of India-Drive road trip. Excellent pictures satish. 

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28 minutes ago, prabhum said:

Missed this trip as i choose to be part of India-Drive road trip. Excellent pictures satish. 

 

Thank you @prabhum. I think you had a great time camping at Gandikota as well.  Hope to see you in our next meetup or catch me at next India-Drive trip.

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15 hours ago, KSK said:

 

Hope you liked this short travelogue. Keep traveling and happy motoring!

 

Brilliant post @KSK. It was a breeze going through your full log which was accompanied by fantastic pictures and details. Looks like you guys had a wonderful time as the pictures look so eventful. @prabhum I think you shouldn't be missing their next drive meet. :)  What was the total count of Balenos which turned up for the drive meet? Keep it going and cheers for all the good work. Happy motoring :) 

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Fantastic pictures, very neatly executed.

You guys have refreshed our Koilsagar memories. 

 

Loved reach and every bit of the report. 

Hope to see more drives from your end. 

 

Sharing it on the home page. 

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Wow,
Good to see Hyderabad car meets are catching up.
You guys did it very well.

Weather looks fantastic. 
Dheeraj is the go to guy for such meetups. 
He being part of India-Drive helped us a lot. 

 

Pictures came out very good. 

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17 hours ago, Guest peednaS said:

Wonderful writeup Satish.

Happy to be part of this group. And this 7th meet is indeed a memorable one for me. And eagerly waiting for the next meet which is under discussion. Let's be busy in that.. 🙂

 

Thank you ☺️

 

1 hour ago, uday said:

Wow,
Good to see Hyderabad car meets are catching up.
You guys did it very well.

Weather looks fantastic. 
Dheeraj is the go to guy for such meetups. 
He being part of India-Drive helped us a lot. 

 

Pictures came out very good. 

 

@uday Thanks much for appreciation. Yes indeed Dheeraj was savior.

 

1 hour ago, Ranger said:

Fantastic pictures, very neatly executed.

You guys have refreshed our Koilsagar memories. 

 

Loved reach and every bit of the report. 

Hope to see more drives from your end. 

 

Sharing it on the home page. 

 

Thank you very much @Ranger. It was an inspired by ID trip only.  Thanks for all the guidance. Happy to be part of India-Drive, and hope to meet you guys in next meetup.

 

2 hours ago, sagar said:

 

Brilliant post @KSK. It was a breeze going through your full log which was accompanied by fantastic pictures and details. Looks like you guys had a wonderful time as the pictures look so eventful. @prabhum I think you shouldn't be missing their next drive meet. :)  What was the total count of Balenos which turned up for the drive meet? Keep it going and cheers for all the good work. Happy motoring :) 

 

Thank you very much @sagar. Total strength was 45 people including children and excluding organizers. 17 Balenos made it in the end though 3 came late, with one Safari and one Ignis.

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1 hour ago, KSK said:

 

Total strength was 45 people including children and excluding organizers. 17 Balenos made it in the end though 3 came late, with one Safari and one Ignis.

 

That's a great mark to begin with. And I'm quite amazed to know that this is your 6th drive meet. Where have you guys been to during your earlier drive meets ?

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1 hour ago, sagar said:

 

That's a great mark to begin with. And I'm quite amazed to know that this is your 6th drive meet. Where have you guys been to during your earlier drive meets ?

 

Correction @sagar: This was the 7th one.

 

Sharing some pics of our previous meetups:

 

1st meetup @Gandipet:

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2nd meetup @Movie Towers, Kokapet:

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3rd meetup @Manasa Hills:

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4th meetup @Ananthagiri hills:

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5th @The Street Sports Arena, Madhapur:

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And the 6th one @Dreamvalley Resorts:

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18 hours ago, KSK said:

 

Correction @sagar: This was the 7th one.

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Great going guys, We wish to see more of such drive meets from your crew. Glad to see the road trip culture grow in the Hyderabad chapter :) 

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@KSK.. Wonderful pictures & excellent content mate! Really great work there, more than that lovely to see happy faces with such wonderful snaps of cars!! Thanks for sharing  

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6 hours ago, Pralay said:

@KSK.. Wonderful pictures & excellent content mate! Really great work there, more than that lovely to see happy faces with such wonderful snaps of cars!! Thanks for sharing  

Thank you very much @Pralay ☺️

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11 hours ago, sagar said:

@mit1682 and @KSK Waiting for your recent drive meet details at Chirala.. Please do share :D 

 

@sagar, sure will complete it in a couple of days.

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      (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 rkamal
      This Dussehra holidays we planned a long road trip to Coimbatore in our EcoSport.
       
      Thanks to India-Drive members, especially @sagar @Ranger for suggesting trip route and staying food options along the route. 
       
      Day -1:
       
      We started around 4 AM from Miyapur, Hyderabad. Drive till Anantapur is quite familiar to me, as i have driven this route many times.
       
      Drive was excellent with good pleasant weather, around 9:30 AM We reached Anantapur for breakfast at Club RuRu.
       
      Food was good as well as the service and atmosphere. After some nice breakfast we started towards Bangalore, as we approach the outskirts of the city traffic made us slow down, and also the fear of over-speeding and getting fined made me cautious, kept at 60-80 speeds reached Devanahalli around 12:30 PM.
       
      Our EcoSport flyaudio gave us this route which bypassed the traffic areas of the city (silkboard, electronic city) and took us to the sarjapura main road and joined on the NH just after the electronic city. The route we took to bypass the city is quite scenic and some places were narrow roads. and in some parts very rough roads (2-4 KM) with construction work is ongoing. I am attaching the route map for reference.
       
      Around 2:30 we reached Hosur outskirts, despite being a Sunday afternoon the road is filled with heavy vehicles occupying all the lanes and made us slow down, managed to reach a good restaurant which serves good tamil meals by 3:00 PM.
       
      The food was good and hot. after staying so long out of Tamilnadu we always look forward to eating in Tamilnadu hotels, glad we could make it for lunch.
       
      After lunch started the journey towards Salem, Roads were quite good and smooth but not as wide as Hyderabad-bangalore highway. Not a pleasant experience as the vehicles seems to be in hurry and not giving space occupying all lanes, had to be very patient to outmatch the city buses.
       
      Kept a average speed of 60-80 KM reached Salem, thought have a break at Salem, but due to some politicians visit (i am guessing its CM visiting his native Town) the roads were filled with cops asking us not to stop and keep left. At some places the cops were confusing us with their directions, over all a confused environment, but good thing is they reroute the heavy vehicles like lorries and trucks to some other route, so we had a clear road ahead of us.
       
      The only catch is we couldn't stop for the tea break. And it started drizzling once we past Salem, it's almost 7 PM, and those rerouted trucks joined us back while we are nearing Coimbatore making our last leg of journey more interesting  At Komarapalayam we stopped for some hot Badam Milk and much needed break.
       
      After that it was nice to drive to the coimbatore city with with lit wide roads, reached around 9:15 PM to Sungam cross roads, Coimbatore. After parked the vehicle and went inside the house all of us were feeling that still we are moving. From morning 4 to night 9 this makes my longest distance driven in a day. (960 KM says speedometer)
       
       We visited the famous GeDee Car museum, Coimbatore. the beauty of the museum is we can see so many vintage cars at one place which are maintained so good.
       
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