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55th Birthday Drive -Hyderabad to Mahabaleshwar

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We reached Satara at about 2 PM. Till Satara roads were not so good in Ghat and good in plains. We encountered a traffic Jam at Satara due to failure of a tourist bus at a Junction. When we came on to NH 48 for Kolhapur, we stopped at the first Dhaba. I was not hungry and had a coffee and my wife had a wada. We decided to skip lunch. 

 

4. We picked up the speed on NH and covered 30 Kms in no time, at that time I had to stop for taking a call which forced me to change my plan. I had set Google map to Hyderabad. Distance shown was about 580 Kms via Phalton-Pandharpur. Time of arrival at Hyderabad 2.15 AM (May be without breaks). I thought I will stay somewhere close to Solapur if I feel tired. Took the next U turn and stared back. 

 

We crossed again Satara and entered road towards Phalton. When we are about to reach Phalton, we found many police blocking the road with barricades and not allowing vehicles in to town. We were directed to another road stating that will connect Mumbai-Pandharpur  Highway. It was not a long diversion and we entered Highway in 10 Minutes.

 

5. Immediately on entering Mumbai-Padharpur road we had to change our lane to right as the Left line is full of devotees. After driving slowly for some time, 4 lane road became two lane and we had to move inch by inch and when were in the middle of town, we were stopped by police as the devotees increased. When enquired with police, they said it is Rath Yatra similar to Jaganath Rath Yatra. There were few lakh devotees walking with bajans on the road. Temporary water and food arrangements were made for them. When I requested the police officer on duty telling him that I have to reach Hyderabad, we were allowed after 5 minutes.

 

Mean time google map said further road also blocked and asked us to take diversion. We followed it and exited the town without any traffic jams. It took us about 50 Minutes to cross the town of about 5 Kms. Distance to travel increased again and showing 525 from Phalton and the road is through Baramati entering NH 65 at Bhigwan. Till Baramati Roads were good with mix of 4 Lane and two lane and after that till Bhigwan also good two lane road. We entered NH 65 at about 18.30 Hrs and the distance to home is about 475 Kms. Expected time did not change with all the delays and extra kms. It is showing 2.30 AM.

 

Just after 15 Kms on NH from Bhigwan, it started raining and it became complete dark. Though road was good, mist coming out of truck tyres brought down the speed. By the time we reached outskirts of Solapur weather became clear. I saw a OYO hotel before Solapur but my wife not shown interest. I felt I can drive further. For a moment, I thought of bad roads and diversions after Solapur but decided to face it.

 

We continued our journey without dinner. After Satara we did not stop for a tea also. Reached home sharp by 2.00 AM of Day-4 (Friday) and slept off. Finishing touch of the journey is the front right tyre was completely flat when I woke up at 10 AM. Thank god nothing happened in the middle of night. Two punctures were found in the Tyre.   DSC_0434.jpg.f3f793ef00b7fe4f96684c9d3da2e907.jpg

 

Clicks some where between Mahabaleshwar and Satara Ghat road. 

 

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This is in Mahabalshwar

 

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Thank you one and all for liking the log. 

  

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What a Wonderful , inspiring and Lovely travelogue -  One of the best one I have read this Year .

Each  Pic of Nature ,  Landscapes and Mountains are simply  Unique and eye catching . 

Keep travelling and posting Sir . 

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Excellent write-up.. I could read that you had undergone a frustrating adventure of a night with a lot of diversions. But, your patience in dealing it needs a special mention. Kudos to you. Would like to know about your next drive :D Where has it been planned to?

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Thank you @travel.rtc and @sagar and all others for liking. 

 

I would like add few places I had visited during my 50th Birthday in previous Mahabubnagar Dist for information as they are less known places close to Hyderabad. 

 

I had celebrated my 50th Birthday at Srisailam and stayed at Forest Guest House of TS at Domalapenta which was at a beautiful location. 

 

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After Darshan we stayed at this place and started early morning as soon as the road was open and reached Kollapur Mahabubnagar dist at Breakfast time 

 

We had visited Madhava Swamy Temple which was relocated from Srisailam back waters and Surabhi Palace or Kollapur Palace. 

 

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From here we went to Somasila which is close by and visited Someswara Temple complex. These temples were are also relocated from Dam area. 

 

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From Somasila We went to Jetprole and visited another beautiful temple of Venugopala Swamy which was also relocated. Nearby are another set of 20 small temples relocated from Srisailam. Present haritha is near by these temples.

 

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Our last place of visit on the day was Sri Ranganayaka Swamy Temple at Srirangapur. 

 

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From Here we entered Bangalore - Hyderabad NH at Pebbair. 

 

We had spent a day at Srisailam after late start from Hyderabad

 

Second day we had visited all the above places and reached home late in the evening. 

 

Roads from Munnanur to Kollapur was 2 lane good (Very old data). To Somasila it was single road with little damages. To Jetprole also single road good. To Srirangapur two lane good. To Pebbair two lane good.  

 

Food options were almost Nil

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@Shekar What a wonderful road trip, and what a beautiful birthday gift one can give to self.  That cake cutting in rain (though a bit risky) was icing on cake.  Appreciate for the idea and also to your travel enthusiasm.  Thanks for sharing.

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Sir This one needs a separate thread in my opinion - such wonderful captures and information - having separate thread for this travelogue might be helpful for many.

Seriously those old temples and their architecture is marvelous....Somehow i feel MBNR district has that raw look and places always bring on some Nostalgic memories or take us to the era of those times...Once again Thanks for sharing those snaps sir , 

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On 7/11/2019 at 10:51 PM, Shekar said:

From Krishna Mandir we went towards Arther seat view point, entire road was with fog and visibility is less than 50 Mtrs. We stopped at Savitry point first and as we got down from the car, heavy rain started forcing us to get back in to car. Visibility gone down further but we thought of going to Arther seat which is just 500 mtrs away. There were many cars with people inside parked there. We too parked the car and waited for some time but the rain did not stop. 

 

My birthday cake was in the car and my wife gave an idea of celebrating by cutting the cake in the rain. As we could not found a good place to stand, we came back to Savitry point where the place was isolated and the parking area is neat with stone flooring. But there were heavy winds at that place. further we went back to wards Elphinstone point and stopped the car under some tree. I had fixed my mobile on camera stand and left it in rain taking the risk of Mobile getting damaged to capture my birthday in rain. 

 

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Further we went to Lodwick point but there were also many cars in parking with people inside and it was still raining.  We thought of searching a hotel for stay and have lunch too. Couple of hotels we saw were not to our liking and mean time brokers started chasing us. We went to MTDC resort but we found all the cottages and other buildings were wrapped with plastic sheets. Then we thought of Hotel Sun Shine or Hotel Shivasagar Farm house suggested by our group members. First we went to Hotel Sun Shine, but its balcony was filled with lot of shit not cleaned may be due to in season. But  while reaching this hotel we saw another hotel named Hirakani garden resort which looked better and indeed it was good. 

 

When we went in to balcony we heard a loud roaring sound, when asked the manager, he said it is the sound of Lingamala water falls which is just behind the hill where we stayed. Rain stopped by this time and we thought of visiting it. From car parking we have to walk about a Km which includes go in down in to valley and going up on other side for a better view. When we got down from car it was very bright (Time 5PM) and we went in side without umbrella like any Hyderabadi. When we reached the last view point it was feast for eyes particularly the valley. I repented first for not carrying the camera but on return it proved as correct decision. 

 

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When we reached last view point and started taking photos with mobile, it started raining and increased in no time. We had no option to start walking back and reached the car fully drenched. If I had brought camera, I would have carried only camera without bag and there could be a chance it got damaged. 

 

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We came back to hotel and ordered food from same hotel and slept. 

 

End of day -2

 

 

Wish you a belated B'day !!! 

you proved - 'Age is just a number' !!! :) :) 

Awesome clicks, short n crisp writing ...

thoroughly enjoyed reading the details with wonderful pics... 

Stay Blessed !  , Keep Driving ! (Y) 

 

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On ‎7‎/‎23‎/‎2019 at 12:34 PM, travel.rtc said:

Sir This one needs a separate thread in my opinion - such wonderful captures and information - having separate thread for this travelogue might be helpful for many.

Seriously those old temples and their architecture is marvelous....Somehow i feel MBNR district has that raw look and places always bring on some Nostalgic memories or take us to the era of those times...Once again Thanks for sharing those snaps sir , 

Sure I will try to do it soon

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Planning to visit Mahabaleshwar Oct 1st week, request to provide more details like present road condition from Hyderabad, local site seeing possibility etc.,
due to present weather condition.

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22 hours ago, Rajagopal said:

Planning to visit Mahabaleshwar Oct 1st week, request to provide more details like present road condition from Hyderabad, local site seeing possibility etc.,
due to present weather condition.

 

Road will be in bad shape without any doubt. 
Only saving grace?

Hyderabad to Solapur is now good, except for lat 40 kilometers. 
Solapur to Mahableshwar is always average. 

If distance is not a problem, via Baramati is a better option. 
Regular route is single lane once you cross Solapur.  Via Baramati you will have 4-lane till certain extent. 

Section from Mahableshwar to Kas is sceanic, back roads with less commercial tourists, must visit.
See if this helps

https://www.india-drive.com/index.php?/topic/462-hyderabad-to-mahabaleshwar-road-trip-in-april-2018/

 

 

Did you book accommodation? 

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Thank you for the valuable reply, as you said via Baramati will be better (same thought).

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So far no accommodation reservation/booked.

 

Per plan 3rd Oct start from Lingampally, but due to bad weather condition not able to decide, need to decide on or before 2nd oct then I will book for accommodation.

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1 hour ago, Rajagopal said:

So far no accommodation reservation/booked

 

One of my colleges has booked this accommodation. 
Heard good reviews. 

https://www.zostel.com/zostel/panchgani/

Most of the view points will be blocked during a cloudy day,
But the greenery will be amazing! 

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I do recommend route from Baramathi. Return via KAS pl check with locals/ It was not good in July it self.  

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Got a feedback from a local guy (one of my friend friend, he is from Satara) about the road condition.

He told no need to worry about the road condition, sight seeing places etc., it is safe to travel Mahabaleshwar (no need to worry) and also he is looking for accommodation for us.

Based on his feedback below is my travel plan details:-

 

Hyderabad - Mahabaleshwar - panchgani - Kaas - thoseghar - Kolhapur - Pandharpur - Hyderabad

 

Start Date:- 03rd Oct 5:00 am (Nallagandla, Lingampally)

Reach Mahabaleshwar 5:00 pm (Approx.), check-in Hotel,

04th Oct - Full day Sight seeing

05th Oct - check out Hotel, Half day Sight seeing, post lunch depart from Mahabaleshwar,

Kaas (valley of flowers) - thoseghar (waterfall) - sight seeing on the way,

Reach Kolhapur - check in hotel for night stay,

06th Oct - Shree Mahalaxmi Temple darshan, check out hotel and depart from kolhapur,

Reach Pandharpur - Shri Vitthal-Rukmini temple darshan and depart from pandharpur

06th Oct - Reach Home, may be late night.

(If time not permit whatsoever reason, we will avoid to go kolhapur).

 

Any suggestion, please....

 

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On 7/7/2019 at 1:09 PM, Shekar said:

After celebrating 50th Birthday at Srisailam, I thought of spending my 55th one also some where out side. Many options were considered but most of them were dropped due to late monsoon this year. Only a day before we had decided to spend the day at Mahabalshwar. I had to convince my wife a lot as she was not ready to accept we two only travel and I will be lone driver (She does not drive and do not want to try also).

 

Any way I had booked a room online (Directly on hotel website as it was the cheapest) in Hotel Valley Nest after lot of research for a proper location away from crowds and with a valley view.

 

I had taken 4 days leave and had 6 days in hand including weekend. So I kept the program open for return journey.

 

We had planned to start at 4 AM on Tuesday 2nd July and started 15 minutes late at 04.15 AM took ORR at Rajendranagar and exited at Muthangi by 5.00 AM and took NH 65. with one small break of 10 minutes we took diversion towards Pandharpur from NH 65 at Mohol by 9.30 AM. It's about 360 Kms and we had covered it in 5 Hrs approximately excluding breaks. This includes diversions and bad patches between Basavakalyan and Solapur of about 100 Kms.

 

On the way I had received calls from my friends informing me that heavy rain forecast in Maharastra, but we had not faced any rain except a small drizzle till Mohol. 

 

We had tried to stop for breakfast before Solapur but some hotels we missed in fast drive and some of them are closed. I do not know the reason but many eateries are closed on the way. Once we took a turn at Mohol towards Pandharpur also we found couple of hotels were in locked condition. After a couple of Kms we found one hotel and stopped there afraid that we may not get food further. But it was wrong as we found may hotels in the route till Pandharpur. We had Poha and it was good but coffee was too sweet. (May be sugar is cheap there). Wash rooms were neat and average.

 

After relaxing about 40 Minutes we started again at 10.20 and reached Pandharpur by 11.15. Google is showing the expected time at Panchgani at 02.00 PM. So we thought of having darshan of lord Vittala at Pandharpur. It seems it rained on previous night and we could see all the roads are wet and parking areas were slushy. There are couple of paid parkings areas near the temple (100 Mtrs away from main temple). Though it is a pilgrim place of masses, we found the streets are neat (except the wetness of the rain) and of course temple area is maintained very neat. There seems to be multiple entries to the temple and we did not asked any one or did some research and went in to the temple from main entry towards the river Chandrabhaga only to know that it is a quick darshan (far away from sanctum) line once we entered the temple. But form that point also the Lord Vittala is clearly visible.

 

By 12.30 we were again on road towards Phaltan after reaching Phaltan, I set my google map to our hotel Valley Nest and the route changed from Via Wai to Via Kudal. We reached the Hotel through Mahu Dam at 4.15 PM exactly after 12 Hrs since we left home. At about 10 Hrs drive excluding stop overs. Entire hotel only three rooms were booked including ours. The room Mountain View Super Deluxe is good having a balcony with mountain view (not valley).

 

Road condition

 

Except Basavakalyan to Solapur Road till Mohol is 4 lane toll roads. From Mohol to Panchgani it is two lane except small stretch of single lane mostly good.

 

I will update further later.        

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Mahabaleshwar Amazing/Thrilling/Awesome Tour:-

Started 5:30am, 3rd Oct from Nallagandla, lingampally, reached Mahabaleshwar @ 6:00pm, check-in hotel and took rest.

Road from Indapur to Phalton is not good, may be due to rain.

4th Oct, full day sight seeing, Mapro Garden, Pratapgad, Elephant head point, Lodwick view points.

Unable to cover other view points due to bad weather condition, rain/clouds covered roads/no visibility etc.

5th Oct, visited Table Land panchgani and depart to Kaas plateau via Satara, then we reached Kolhapur @ 7:00pm for Maha Laxmi amma darshan and had night stay.

06th Oct, post breakfast @11:30am  we left kolhapur and reached Pandharpur @3:30pm, had lunch and Vithal Rukmini darshan and left there @6:00 pm.

Road from Kolhapur to Pandharpur is not good due to under construction.

07th Oct, reached home @2:00 am safely with dinner break Zaheerabad. 

 

 

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