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The most memorable journey into the magical mountain range of North East

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Planning

Booking for Sikkim Gangtok Darjeeling - 8 Days & 7 Nights | Cities : Lachen

 

Day 1 (07 May 2017)
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Arrival at IXB (Airport) NJP (Railway Station) and Transfer to Darjeeling
(Duration: 3 ½ hours Approx) (Distance: 69 kms)
Arrive & Meet Our Official Representative at New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) / Bagdogra Airport (IXB)–He will be assisting for the transfer - Darjeeling - Check into hotel – Evening free to roam around Mall or local Shopping centre - Over Night stay at Darjeeling.

 

Day 2 (08 May 2017)
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Darjeeling Local Sight-Seeing (Including Tiger Hill)
Go for the early morning 3-point tour at 3:45 am which covers famous sunrise from Tiger Hill, Old Ghoom Monastery and Batasia Loop where the toy train takes a dramatic loop and negotiates an Altitude of 140ft. You will be back to your hotel by 7:30am. Relax for a while and After Breakfast later take the 7-point local tour which includes Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Zoological Park, Ropeway, Tibetan Self Help Refugee Center, Lebong Race Course, Happy Valley Tea Estate etc. This tour will take about 4 hours.

 

Day 3 (09 May 2017)
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Darjeeling to Gangtok& Gangtok Local Sightseeing:-
(Duration: 3 ½ hours Approx) (Distance: 135 kms )
Morning breakfast – Transfer to Gangtok –– Check into Hotel – After taking rest - Drive flora half day sightseeing and visit to Directorate of Handicrafts & Handloom, Research Institute of Tibetology, Do Drul Chorten (Stupa), Enchey Monastery, White Hall, Flower Show, one , etc. – Back to hotel – Evening free - Over Night stay at Gangtok.

 

Day 4 (10 May 2017)
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Gangtok to Lachen:-
(Duration: 5–6 hours Approx) (Distance: 135 kms )
Early morning breakfast –Lunch at Chungthang – Lachen is 35 kilometers from Chungthang Reach Lachen late afternoon / early evening - Gurudongmar Lake, Chopta Valley, Tshangu are the major attraction– Like a Shangri - La – Check into a hotel - Welcome Tea – Evening free to stroll and visit the Lepcha Village – Overnight stay at Hotel in Lachen.

 

Day 5 (11 May 2017)
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Excursion To Gurudongmar Lake And Transfer To Lachung:-
(Duration:2 ½ - 3 ½ hours Approx) (Distance: 85kms )
Early morning breakfast – Visit to Gurudongmar Lake through which Lachen Chu flows, generally covered with snow from December to April or even more is known as the Holy / Sacred Lake - Next drive through the cold desert till Tibet / China back to Resort for Lunch – After lunch drive to Lachung - Back to hotel for lunch - After lunch proceed to Lachung -Check into hotel at Lachung - Evening free to visit Lachung Monastery - Overnight stay at Hotel at Lachung.

 

Day 6 (12 May 2017)
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Sightseeing AtYumthang Valley + ZeroPoint (Optional) & Transfer To Gangtok:-
After breakfast drive towards Yumthang situated at an elevation of nearly 11800 feet - On the way you may visit the famous hot spring which is known for its curative properties of skin diseases - Yumthang is a valley near the river Lachung Chu surrounded by mountains where the tree line ends - In spring the valley erupts in riots of colors as Primulae, Rhododendrons and many other Alpine flowers in full bloom along with snow covered valley except in autumn - During winter Yumthang is somber with snow all around and the snow clad mountains adding to the ethereal beauty.

Optional Zero point(Additional Cost) is the last outpost of civilization. The road ends here. Peaceful valley and is quite windy - there was not much to hear but just stay here for some time to enjoy the beauty. With the majestic mountains and ice around - it was like being the only people in the world. Calm, quiet and a sense of insignificance - time seems to stand still here.... like nothing ever changes.Return to resort at Lachung for Lunch – Transfer to Gangtok – Reach Gangtok in the evening – Check into hotel – Night stay at Gangtok.

 

Day 7 (13 May 2017)
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Excursion To Tsomgo Lake& Baba Mandir:-
Morning breakfast at hotel – Excursion to Tsomgo Lake & Baba Mandir nearly 40 kilometers - The Lake is oval shaped lake nearly 50 feet deep - Generally covered in snow for most of the year – This lake is home to the Brahmini ducks & many migratory birds – Nearby is the sacred Baba Mandir known to be a very holy site for all - Nathula Pass to Republic of China is nearly 20 kilometers and is optional tour - Back to Gangtok - Evening free to roam around M G Road (Mall) or local Shopping center - Over Night stay at Gangtok (In case of Landslide or due to any other reasons if Tshangu Lake is closed then an alternate sightseeing will be provided).

Optional Nathula(Additional Cost)(14140 Ft / 4310 Mts / 20 Kms in 1Hrs one way from Tshangu Lake) Baba Mandir (13100Ft / 3994 Mts / 16Kms in 1Hrs one way from Tshangu Lake) is an Indo China border, controlled by the Indian Army & is situated approx 20 Kms ahead of Tshangu Lake at an height of 14140 Ft / 4310 At this point the right arm of the “V” which is 4 Kms takes one to Baba Mandir & left arm of the “V” which is 4 Kms takes one to Nathula.

 

One can opt for Nathula Excursion by paying a supplement cost which varies from month to month. Nathula permit gets confirmed 24 hrs prior to the journey date & it is subjected to permit availability as it is allotted as per lottery. Nathula is closed on Monday & Tuesday for tourist. Organising the permit at the last moment is not possible & a clear window of 72 Hrs with proper documents is required to process the permit. To process the permit we would require 04 Passport Size Photograph & photo proof identity card such as Voter Id / Passport / Driving License. Pan card is not accepted as identity proof by authorities. There is no refund, in case the permit is confirmed by Sikkim tourism & due to whatsoever reason (Land slide, Heavy rain fall, VIP Movement, Health issue etc) one is not able to visit.

 

Day 8 (14 May 2017)
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DepartureAt Airport (IXB) / Railway Station (NJP) :-
(Duration:4-5hours Approx) (Distance: 135kms )
After breakfast transfer to Siliguri / New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) / Bagdogra Airport (IXB) Guest are advised to start early and not to rush - Forwarding Journey.

 

Execution:

 

Day 1 - 
Hyderabad - Bhagdogara - Darjeeling

 

Day 2 - 
Darjeeling:
State - West Bengal
Elevation - 6,700ft / 2,042.2m
Tourist Attractions - Tea estates, Tiger Hill, Toy train, Japanese temple, Rock garden, Spectacular views of Kangchenjunga - the world's third-highest mountain

 

Day 3 -
Darjeeling - Gangtok
On the way - Teesta river - River rafting

Gangtok
State - Sikkim
Elevation - 5,410ft / 1,600m
Tourist Attractions - A centre of Tibetan Buddhist culture and learning - Several monasteries, religious educational institutions, and centres for Tibetology, Spectacular views of Kangchenjunga - the world's third-highest mountain

 

Day 4 - 
Gangtok - Lachen

Lachen:
State - Sikkim
Elevation - 9,000ft / 2,750m
Tourist Attaractions - It's the base for Chopta valley and Gurudongmar lake 
Chopta valley - Located at an altitude of 13,000ft / 4,000m

 

Day 5 - 
Lachen - Gurudongmar lake - Located at an altitude of 17,800ft / 5,430m
Lachen - Lachung

Lachung:
State - Sikkim
Elevation - 9,600ft / 2,900m
Tourist Attractions - It's the base for Yumthang valley and Zero point

 

Day 6 - 
Lachung - Yumthang valley - 11,693ft /3,564m
Yumthang valley - Zero point - 15,300ft / 4,664m
Zero point - Lachung  - Gangtok

 

Day 7 - 
Nathu La pass:
Elevation - 14,140ft / 4,301m
About -  It's one of the three open trading border posts between China and India, It is also one of the four officially agreed BPM (Border Personnel Meeting) points between the Indian Army and People's Liberation Army of China for regular consultations and interactions between the two armies
Tsomgo Lake:
Elevation - 12,300ft / 3,753m
About - It's located 35kms from Gangtok town and on the steep route known as Jawaharlal Nehru Road which leads all the way to Nathula Pass

 

Day 8 - 
Gangtok - Bhagdogara - Hyderabad

 

***Please carry AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) medicine along

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Lovely photolog and superb plan maddy.. Your plan looks quite set for a week to enjoy the beauty of NorthEast

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Excellent stuff Mady. The way you planned and executed is at professional level. Thank you for motivating us to cover north east.
Beautiful pictures, nature at its best.

 

I have few questions related to your trip.

How are the roads in North east? Is it possible to do in a sedan or SUV is a must?
How expensive are accommodations?
Any particular place that require permit in your entire trip?

 

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@Mady great execution... definitely a handbook for the future roadtrippers [emoji106]

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Brilliant images! Planning and execution top class!


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Brilliant images! Planning and execution top class!
We should plan it, pending from years.

I want to drive from Hyderabad. [emoji3]

What do you guys suggest?

41 hours

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On 6/9/2017 at 9:11 AM, Ranger said:

Excellent stuff Mady. The way you planned and executed is at professional level. Thank you for motivating us to cover north east.
Beautiful pictures, nature at its best.

 

I have few questions related to your trip.

How are the roads in North east? Is it possible to do in a sedan or SUV is a must?
How expensive are accommodations?
Any particular place that require permit in your entire trip?

 

It's patchy and bumpy all the way. You will find good roads at certain places, but some of the roads are very bad  & narrow and some more are like man made passages (as good as no roads)

 

We can't do in Sedan and also not all SUVs. Innova was struggling, we need something like Bolero which is tough and have more ground clearance. I have few videos that can clearly show the road condition. Just that I could not upload here.

 

Accommodations are not very expensive except Gangtok, just needs better planning. 3K-5K per day/night is good enough.

 

Yes permits needed for all the places around Lachen, Lachung, and Nathula pass (we need to pay per cab/vehicle for Nathula). And , on our way to Darjeeling to Gangtok there were police outposts where drive had get down and show the passenger details. Perhaps those two places don't need passes but just verification about tourists.

 

On 6/9/2017 at 2:46 PM, Ranger said:

We should plan it, pending from years.

I want to drive from Hyderabad. emoji3.png

What do you guys suggest?

41 hours

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Driving to Sikkim is absolutely fine but not inside Sikkim going about 9000 ft to 13000 ft. I would not even suggest but urge you not to do that, not safer roads.

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@Mady Super short and crisp your story looks. It has got all the necessary information needed with some amazing clicks. Thanks for putting them up. Could you suggest me the best time to tour Sikkim?

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22 hours ago, Mady said:

we need something like Bolero which is tough and have more ground clearance.


You cleared my doubts.

 

22 hours ago, Mady said:

Accommodations are not very expensive except Gangtok, just needs better planning. 3K-5K per day/night is good enough.

 

Yes permits needed for all the places around Lachen, Lachung, and Nathula pass


Will note them down, Thank you for the quick and informative answer.

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On 6/10/2017 at 10:24 AM, balag said:

@Mady Super short and crisp your story looks. It has got all the necessary information needed with some amazing clicks. Thanks for putting them up. Could you suggest me the best time to tour Sikkim?

Summers are the best..monsoon is also fine but just that rains may disrupt your trip and make you alter your plans quite a bit. 

Winter might be too difficult to handle..even the schools be closed there just like summer here as the weather be very harsh in the other way,

Drivers there told us that they spend their winters playing football most of the times, doing nothing as there be very few tourists.

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Your plan looks very much perfect @Mady and nice pictures too. Could you please post any pictures of the roads in your road trip so that I can judge on myself about the difficulty level suitable for me for my road trip in september

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I have gone through your thread in one go and it sounds super perfect. The weather condition was awesome and you just had the view of the mountains to admire at. Just beautiful!

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On 6/12/2017 at 3:22 PM, vivek said:

Your plan looks very much perfect @Mady and nice pictures too. Could you please post any pictures of the roads in your road trip so that I can judge on myself about the difficulty level suitable for me for my road trip in september

Hey Vivek,  ping me on whatsapp, so I can share the videos with you there..I have more of videos and could not upload here..and didn't want to spam our whatsapp group :) 

 

On 6/12/2017 at 5:25 PM, swez said:

I have gone through your thread in one go and it sounds super perfect. The weather condition was awesome and you just had the view of the mountains to admire at. Just beautiful!

Thanks much :)

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Amazing pictures. perfect itenary.

Can you also give hotels list to stay in each of these locations.

 

How about covering Bhutan as well apart from the above itinerary?

 

On 6/9/2017 at 2:46 PM, Ranger said:

We should plan it, pending from years.

I want to drive from Hyderabad. [emoji3]

What do you guys suggest?

41 hours

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I luv to drive but its too far and needs one extra week holidays. 

How about driving from Bagdogra after landing in airport?

 

 

On 6/11/2017 at 1:50 PM, Mady said:

Summers are the best..monsoon is also fine but just that rains may disrupt your trip and make you alter your plans quite a bit. 

Winter might be too difficult to handle..even the schools be closed there just like summer here as the weather be very harsh in the other way,

Drivers there told us that they spend their winters playing football most of the times, doing nothing as there be very few tourists.

 

when did you do this trip in the month of june?

Is it preferable in April or June 1st week?

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On 2/15/2018 at 11:28 PM, sahil said:

Amazing pictures. perfect itenary.

Can you also give hotels list to stay in each of these locations.

 

How about covering Bhutan as well apart from the above itinerary?

 

 

I luv to drive but its too far and needs one extra week holidays. 

How about driving from Bagdogra after landing in airport?

 

 

 

when did you do this trip in the month of june?

Is it preferable in April or June 1st week?

I did this trip during the mid May..and April & June are preferable too..

Only the winter time is bad there, as per the locals..

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On 17/02/2018 at 10:13 AM, Mady said:

I did this trip during the mid May..and April & June are preferable too..

Only the winter time is bad there, as per the locals..

Thank you. 

would be great if you can list some hotels list and local transport details...

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29 minutes ago, sahil said:

Thank you. 

would be great if you can list some hotels list and local transport details...

This list of hotels that we stayed - cant' say all of them are best, but either good or decent for sure. There were few options available, as we started making the bookings only a month before the actual trip. You might want to plan well ahead of time.
Day 1 & 2 - Darjeeling - Krishna Service Apartment
Day 3 - Gangtok - Rhenock House A Luxury Villa
Day 4 - Lachen - Accommodation provided by travel agency
Day 5 - Lachung - Delight Hotels Royal Lachung
Day 6 & 7 - Gangtok - The Lindsay Himalayan Heights

 

Here is the complete travel itinerary, which you can use to plan & negotiate with any of the travel agencies for the ground transport for the entire trip -

Day 1 (07 May 2017)

Arrival at IXB (Airport) NJP (Railway Station) and Transfer to Darjeeling

(Duration: 3 ½ hours Approx) (Distance: 69 kms)
Arrive & Meet Our Official Representative at New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) / Bagdogra Airport (IXB)–He will be assisting for the transfer - Darjeeling - Check into hotel – Evening free to roam around Mall or local Shopping centre - Over Night stay at Darjeeling.

Day 2 (08 May 2017)

Darjeeling Local Sight-Seeing (Including Tiger Hill)

Go for the early morning 3-point tour at 3:45 am which covers famous sunrise from Tiger Hill, Old Ghoom Monastery and Batasia Loop where the toy train takes a dramatic loop and negotiates an Altitude of 140ft. You will be back to your hotel by 7:30am. Relax for a while and After Breakfast later take the 7-point local tour which includes Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Zoological Park, Ropeway, Tibetan Self Help Refugee Center, Lebong Race Course, Happy Valley Tea Estate etc. This tour will take about 4 hours.

Day 3 (09 May 2017)

Darjeeling to Gangtok& Gangtok Local Sightseeing:-

(Duration: 3 ½ hours Approx) (Distance: 135 kms )
Morning breakfast – Transfer to Gangtok –– Check into Hotel – After taking rest - Drive flora half day sightseeing and visit to Directorate of Handicrafts & Handloom, Research Institute of Tibetology, Do Drul Chorten (Stupa), Enchey Monastery, White Hall, Flower Show, one , etc. – Back to hotel – Evening free - Over Night stay at Gangtok.

Day 4 (10 May 2017)

Gangtok to Lachen:-

(Duration: 5–6 hours Approx) (Distance: 135 kms )
Early morning breakfast –Lunch at Chungthang – Lachen is 35 kilometers from Chungthang Reach Lachen late afternoon / early evening - Gurudongmar Lake, Chopta Valley, Tshangu are the major attraction– Like a Shangri - La – Check into a hotel - Welcome Tea – Evening free to stroll and visit the Lepcha Village – Overnight stay at Hotel in Lachen.

Day 5 (11 May 2017)

Excursion To Gurudongmar Lake And Transfer To Lachung:-

(Duration:2 ½ - 3 ½ hours Approx) (Distance: 85kms )
Early morning breakfast – Visit to Gurudongmar Lake through which Lachen Chu flows, generally covered with snow from December to April or even more is known as the Holy / Sacred Lake - Next drive through the cold desert till Tibet / China back to Resort for Lunch – After lunch drive to Lachung - Back to hotel for lunch - After lunch proceed to Lachung -Check into hotel at Lachung - Evening free to visit Lachung Monastery - Overnight stay at Hotel at Lachung.

Day 6 (12 May 2017)

Sightseeing AtYumthang Valley + ZeroPoint (Optional) & Transfer To Gangtok:-

After breakfast drive towards Yumthang situated at an elevation of nearly 11800 feet - On the way you may visit the famous hot spring which is known for its curative properties of skin diseases - Yumthang is a valley near the river Lachung Chu surrounded by mountains where the tree line ends - In spring the valley erupts in riots of colors as Primulae, Rhododendrons and many other Alpine flowers in full bloom along with snow covered valley except in autumn - During winter Yumthang is somber with snow all around and the snow clad mountains adding to the ethereal beauty.

Optional Zero point(Additional Cost) is the last outpost of civilization. The road ends here. Peaceful valley and is quite windy - there was not much to hear but just stay here for some time to enjoy the beauty. With the majestic mountains and ice around - it was like being the only people in the world. Calm, quiet and a sense of insignificance - time seems to stand still here.... like nothing ever changes.Return to resort at Lachung for Lunch – Transfer to Gangtok – Reach Gangtok in the evening – Check into hotel – Night stay at Gangtok.

Day 7 (13 May 2017)

Excursion To Tsomgo Lake& Baba Mandir:-

Morning breakfast at hotel – Excursion to Tsomgo Lake & Baba Mandir nearly 40 kilometers - The Lake is oval shaped lake nearly 50 feet deep - Generally covered in snow for most of the year – This lake is home to the Brahmini ducks & many migratory birds – Nearby is the sacred Baba Mandir known to be a very holy site for all - Nathula Pass to Republic of China is nearly 20 kilometers and is optional tour - Back to Gangtok - Evening free to roam around M G Road (Mall) or local Shopping center - Over Night stay at Gangtok (In case of Landslide or due to any other reasons if Tshangu Lake is closed then an alternate sightseeing will be provided).

Optional Nathula(Additional Cost)(14140 Ft / 4310 Mts / 20 Kms in 1Hrs one way from Tshangu Lake) Baba Mandir (13100Ft / 3994 Mts / 16Kms in 1Hrs one way from Tshangu Lake) is an Indo China border, controlled by the Indian Army & is situated approx 20 Kms ahead of Tshangu Lake at an height of 14140 Ft / 4310 At this point the right arm of the “V” which is 4 Kms takes one to Baba Mandir & left arm of the “V” which is 4 Kms takes one to Nathula.

One can opt for Nathula Excursion by paying a supplement cost which varies from month to month. Nathula permit gets confirmed 24 hrs prior to the journey date & it is subjected to permit availability as it is allotted as per lottery. Nathula is closed on Monday & Tuesday for tourist. Organising the permit at the last moment is not possible & a clear window of 72 Hrs with proper documents is required to process the permit. To process the permit we would require 04 Passport Size Photograph & photo proof identity card such as Voter Id / Passport / Driving License. Pan card is not accepted as identity proof by authorities. There is no refund, in case the permit is confirmed by Sikkim tourism & due to whatsoever reason (Land slide, Heavy rain fall, VIP Movement, Health issue etc) one is not able to visit.

Day 8 (14 May 2017)

DepartureAt Airport (IXB) / Railway Station (NJP) :-

(Duration:4-5hours Approx) (Distance: 135kms )
After breakfast transfer to Siliguri / New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) / Bagdogra Airport (IXB) Guest are advised to start early and not to rush - Forwarding Journey.

Cost is Rs.48,600/-

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On 2/17/2018 at 10:13 AM, Mady said:

I did this trip during the mid May..and April & June are preferable too..

Only the winter time is bad there, as per the locals..

I missed to see your other queries :)

How about covering Bhutan as well apart from the above itinerary? 
Not that I know of or can suggest any thing as my knowledge is limited here. However, if you can keep your trip flexible, I would rather suggest you to visit the museum in Darjeeling, check for the route plan more clearly and check with the cabbies there about the possible challenges. 

 

 

I luv to drive but its too far and needs one extra week holidays. 

How about driving from Bagdogra after landing in airport?
You can save a day  each ways (Up & down)..all the plan & timing will remain as-is, traveling in the mountain range is like, you can have avg 10-20KMPH, in most of the places. The detailed travel plan should give you more details on the time it takes for commuting from one place to another

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Wow. Your itinerary looks perfect. thanks for spending time and sharing all the details!

 

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      Focus Mode: Auto, Focus Area: Wide, Metering Mode: Multi
       
      This was the mode that I have shot at first only to get the defocused face of a tiger. Thought "this is over, I'm not going to get any more beautiful photos". thought of the focusing modes and settings I have learnt before and adjusted it again to try my luck. 
       
      Focus Mode: Auto, Focus Area: Centre, Metering Mode: Spot
       
      And then I got some amazing pictures. 
       
      Used Auto Focus Continues while the subject was moving and I can say that this is the camera for super fast autofocus. never missed a detail while shooting with this in AF-C mode. 
      You can check out the langur monkey and male spotted deer jumping. shot in AF-C mode with shutter sped around 1/1000 or above. couldn't get a zoomed one because of the lens. 

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       
       

       

       

       

       

       

       
    • By Krish
      A day to be remembered forever, 2016 is the year that I have joined in this beautiful group since then Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve was always on my bucket list. many attempts plan since then and nearly after two years, I got the chance to go. I don't want to stress more on the routes and other details as there are enough threads regarding the same. rather I would like to share my favourite photos that I have shot in my three days stay and safari and Pangdi and Madnapur gate. never the less I will share with you people some necessary information like stay, safari details, gates, and some knowledge of wildlife that I have gained. 
       
      Started at 6:00 in the morning from Kompally and reached by 3:00 in the afternoon. remember that no one can help you with the routes. it's always better to contact someone at the resort and ask them to guide you in person. except Jio, no other sim card is going to work. I stayed at Mahua Tola Resorts, I can say that it is the best in the place. a  bit on the higher side, yet friendly staff, manager and good food. we were the only family the three days and never we felt insecure. Manager Shukla is a very nice person, he will come with us to the Safari and make it a very memorable and enjoyable one. 
       
      Coming to the safari, it's always good to ask the resort people to book. because at the gate I have seen few facing some problems. if it's the resort people, its hassle free. this is personal opinion though. 
       
      As people see, it's not so easy to spot a tiger. a tiger spotting depends on our luck. a tiger mainly sits just beside or few meters away from us inside the forest, yet not visible most of the time. it's just because of the bamboo trees. Tadoba is full of bamboo trees and that makes it very difficult to spot one even if it near us. you will be tempted by the pugmarks, but not always you'll see a tiger. I was really lucky to spot Tigress Junabai with her cubs on my last day safari with the resort manager Shukla at Madhapur gate. Ultimate sightings I can say. It is my father who spotted her while she was resting under a tree shade few meters away from us covered with bamboo trees. 
       
      I'm not a pro, yet telling my experience with the camera focusing modes and how I got a perfect focus mode settings by experimenting and with the knowledge I have on focus modes which I have learnt studying few books, articles and discussing it in our WhatsApp group. 
       
      The device, Sony Alpha A6000 with 55-210mm zoom lens. manual mode, shutter speed around 1/500 and above, ISO range 4000 (thanks to my cameras high ISO range ie, 25600), Aperture F:6.3
       
      Focus Mode: Auto, Focus Area: Wide, Metering Mode: Multi
       
      This was the mode that I have shot at first only to get the defocused face of a tiger. Thought "this is over, I'm not going to get any more beautiful photos". thought of the focusing modes and settings I have learnt before and adjusted it again to try my luck. 
       
      Focus Mode: Auto, Focus Area: Centre, Metering Mode: Spot
       
      And then I got some amazing pictures. 
       
      Used Auto Focus Continues while the subject was moving and I can say that this is the camera for super fast autofocus. never missed a detail while shooting with this in AF-C mode. 
      You can check out the langur monkey and male spotted deer jumping. shot in AF-C mode with shutter sped around 1/1000 or above. couldn't get a zoomed one because of the lens. 
       
      Here are the pictures. 
       
      PS: I have written Neelghai female. but that's a male Sambar deer. 
       






























    • By Kumsi
      "Lost and alone on some forgotten highway - Travelled by many, remembered by few"
      Every December, it has become a ritual for us to go an long drive over 4000 kilometers. This year after multiple discussions and drop outs, every one agreed to drive down South.
      For me it is always the drive that matters and I was never particular about the destination.
      No matter where we go, our ultimate goal is to end up in Goa to celebrate new year.
       
      Day 1: Hyderabad to Chickmagaluru
      Day 2: Chickmagaluru local sight seeing
      Day 3: Chickmagaluru to Gokarna to Goa
      Day 4 : Goa
      Day 5 : Goa
      Day 6 : Goa to Hyderabad.
       
      We split into two teams in two cars. Creta and Polo.

    • By karthik
      Hi All,

      This is my first travel story in India-Drive.
      I have been working in Bangalore from the past few years.
      Recently, I moved back to Hyderabad.
      My last drive is from Hyderabad to Himalayas with India-Drive team.
      It is my best and longest I have ever done in my Duster.
       
      Surylanka drive


      I have been to Suryalanka around 10 times, frankly speaking, I lost the count!
      Last month me and my friend decided to go on a quick weekend getaway.
      Plan is to start on Saturday morning and come back by Sunday evening. 
       
      We all know that Suryalanka is overcrowded during weekends. 
      So we constructed a strategy to beat the crowd. 
       
      Route taken
      Hyderabad --> Vijaywada --> Suryalanka
      We took this route since we had accommodation(friend's place) at Vijayawada.

      Best route from Hyderabad to Suryalanka
      Hyderabad --> Nalgonda --> Miryalaguda --> Narasaraopet --> Suryalanka
      I would suggest people to visit Chirala beach along with Suryalanka, we missed out due to time constraint. 

      We started on Saturday around 11AM.
      We took the famous the Hyderabad-Vijayawada section.
      This is one of the best section after Hyderabad-Bangalore.(my personal favorite)

      Maintained steady 110km/hr in my trusted Duster.
      We reached Suryapet by 2PM and stopped over for lunch at Hotel 7.
      Hotel 7 is one of the best in terms of Infrastructure/Food/Quality/Maintenance.
       
      Suryapet to Vijayawada took us around 2 hours +.
      Crossing Vijayawada is always pain. Multiple diversions and no proper signs leads to confusion.
      One of our friend stays in Vijayawada outskirts, we reached his place by 5PM.
      Decided to call the day off. 
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