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Hello fellow enthusiasts,
Recently I was on a road trip to Goa and enjoyed a lot. The hunger of being on road never ends, so with some long discussion with my better half and parents, we came on a decision to take a Road Trip to Bhutan. The plan is set, dates are fixed and I have started working on the itineraries. The chosen month is April, as very less time is left, I am turning to you guys to suggest me the required preparations for the trip. We would be four travellers, the vehicle would be Hyundai Xcent SX 2016 model with less than 10K on it. As it is my parent's car and is mostly driven by the driver, I'd be getting everything serviced. The trip would start from Jabalpur (M.P) to Thimphu (Bhutan) to Jabalpur (M.P). An approximate total of 3500Km, plus 300km miscellaneous. I have some questions and would really appreciate if get the answers from the experienced people of this forum.
1. Best route?
2. How many halts?
3. How many days in Bhutan (West)?
4. Luggage Carrier, would it be an issue for a sedan?
5. Luggage Career Vs Roof Box, which is better?
6. IceBox, is it required?
That's it for now, sure would have many more questions later.
Hello fellow enthusiasts,
From last couple of month I have been planning a road trip from Hyderabad to Goa. Though I been to Goa last December for the new year celebration, but somehow google maps messed up the whole trip and at some point of time I was driving on badly paved 8 feet wide road in some jungle which google considered the fastest(Google should also have an option to select 'Safe Roads'). Another issue I faced was the love of Karnataka for Speed breakers. So this time I am very much aware to be on the best route possible to avoid any such incidents. Some research online and on other forums yields the below routes.
Hyderabad - Goa
Gachibowli -> Zaheerabad -> Humnabad -> Gulbarg -> Vijaypura -> Bagalkot -> Belgavi -> Baga
Gachibowli -> Deosugur -> Raichur -> Bagalkot -> Belgavi -> Baga
Gachibowli -> Pargi -> Mudhol -> Shahabad -> Jevargi -> Sindagi -> Bagalkot -> Belgavi -> Baga
Which is the best route in terms of road condition at present? I hope to have better knowledge before I leave for Goa this time.
Also I want to know any Route via Maharashtra is suitable? If If after Vijayapura I can drive into Maharashtra and then to Goa.
Hyderabad --> Jadcherla --> Raichur --> Lingsugur --> Mudgal --> Hungund --> Bagalkot --> Belgavi --> Kanakumbi --> Bicholim --> Baga (Goa)
Please Suggest. Thanks in advance.
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By Sudeep Reddy
I'm planning a trip from Hyderabad to Leh Ladakh on road in Swift Dezire.
I'm planning to go in May,2018.
Tell me the best route available on road and a road my car can handle.
And travelling in may is good idea?(Being a student that is the only time I get to travel)
How long drive should we drive maximum (in hours and distance wise)?
Things to carry?
And tell me the road which worth travelling (something else to watch).
Guide me through a plan where we can have the best days in our life !
A small flashback [ As I recall, it was the summer of 2014, a group of 6 friends, 3 cars (Alto Lxi, Accent & Octavia) were on the way to get Lehd. It was a dream come true for us, after a long planning of about a year and overcoming several problems including begging the manager for 3 weeks leave. The trip initiated, Bangalore to Ladakh, a mighty trip for the little alto (a story to share). Everything was cool until we reached Manali and took a day halt to explore the region. Enjoyed the place and did what most of the grand torturers does on the way to Ladakh, get the car washed properly before leaving Manali. We left manali a little late that day maybe at around 12 PM, the Accent started having issues and we felt maybe its because of lack of oxygen in the air, we were just 80 kms away from Manali and not even my Alto was feeling that stress. We continued the trip after the group's (self proclaimed) mechanic (Octavia's owner) inspected the car and gave his verdict as 'No Issue'. Just after 40 more kilometers, the Accent stopped, and refused to start. The mechanic tried his best with his tool box but problem was nowhere to be found. We were stuck in middle of nowhere and it was dawn already. We decided that one car would go ahead and find some mechanic shop and arrange the tow, as we lacked the tow cable in our prep box. The Octavia left and we waited, been waiting from an hour now, and saw a local car passing by. Signaled them to stop and told them the situation, the friendly couple had a CB Radio in their car and they tried finding someone with a tow cable and found one Force Traveler nearby with the cable. We were saved, as the driver of the Van not only towed the car but also helped used finding the mechanic. Meanwhile the group's mechanic was roaming somewhere else trying to find something, definitely not HELP. ] End flashback
What is a CB Radio?
A CB or Citizen Band radio is for the purpose of general population use. This is a short distance radio communication system between individuals.
How important is CB (Citizen Band) Radio for a trip like Ladakh?
Somewhat important, it is useful when there is no mobile network available and a communication is required. But it is worth when more people have the CB radio in their vehicle and are actually tuned to the correct frequency. It is certainly useful for a group of cars travelling and wants to communicate (Clarkson - May - Hammond) while on the move. Yes a Walkie Talkie may fulfill the need but you would need a multi channel walkie talkie which again require a licence. Also, walkie talkie would require the charging and that means another dock on the dashboard, whereas CB radios can be connected to be battery directly and do not require any additional charging arrangements.
Are CB radios LEGAL in India and does it require any Licence?
Absolutely Legal and No licence required. As the name suggests, Citizen Band radio is meant for the general population use. There is a set frequency band that extends from 26.957 MHz to 27.283 MHz. As per the Indian Wireless Telegraphy Act, 1933, by Notification No G.S.R. 533(E) dated 12 August 2005( Click here to read the Notification), the establishment of, maintenance of, working with, possession of or dealing with in wireless equipment operating in Citizen Band (CB) was exempted from licensing.
Why is CB Radio not very popular in India?
The answer is somewhat simple to answer, Indian market has seen the uprising of personal car market in only last two decades, where as before that the sale what somewhat limited and the buying power of consumer was low. In countries where like USA where CB radios are pretty popular and are general accessory of any long hauler. Even in India, many transport companies in order to make their truck, cargo and people safe are opting to get CB radios fitted in their fleet.
Albeit the concept is very old, in India the idea of having a two way radio in cars as an accessory is seldom.
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