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    • By Ranger
      Day 0 : Hyderabad 14th December
       
      Medical check list:
      Crocin - body pains and fever Metrogyl - motions Avomine - motion sickness  Surbex- T multivitamin - resistance  Band aids - safety Soframycin ointment - safety Wikoryl - sore throat and cold Diamox - Altitude sickness  
      Vehicle check list 
      Periodic Service and all liquids top up Wheel alignment and balancing, check tyres for punctures, check spare wheel Jumper cables (available at Ranijung)   Towing ropes and  hooks (available at Ranijung)   Air pump Spare bulbs Torch  Duct tape  Knife/scissors Zip ties  Basic tool kit Dash cam Car charger (two, front/rear) PUC (pollution)   
      Camera check list :
      Don't forget to empty memory cards Tripod stand Action Camera Car mount Chargers and extra batteries  Gimbal  
      Personal check list 
      Passport Passport size photos Original license Original RC Original Insurance AAdhar card
    • By uday
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    • By Prem
      Western Ghats exploration drive meet - Report
       
      India is blessed to have the best of landscapes offering enthralling views & jaw dropping backdrops and We throttled down to explore our piece of paradise as we always do it.

       
      Start point - Gachibowli (ORR)
      End point - Pune (Hinjewadi)
      Start time - 05:30 a.m.
      Total Distance - ~1300 kms
      Objective - Western ghats exploration, Matheran, Lonavla and Lohagad.
       
      Participants:
       
      1) Volks Wagen Polo (Red)
      2) Volks Wagen Polo (Red)
      3)  Hyundai i20 (Black)
      4) Swift Dzire (Pacific Blue)
      5) Volks Wagen Ameo (Toffee Brown)
      6) Maruti Suzuki Ertiga (Brick Red)
      7) Maruti Suzuki SX4 (Azure Grey)
      😎 Hyundai Creta (White)
      9) Jeep Compass (Red)
       
      Route Taken:
      Hyderabad (Gachibowli) --> Zaheerabad --> Humnabad --> Solapur --> Indapur --> Hinjewadi (Pune) 
       
      Places covered:
      1) Lohagad fort
      2) Pavna Lake
      3) Lonavla, Khandala
      4) Matheran
       

       

       
      Planning : 
       
      Day 1 : Hyderabad to Pune drive details 
       
      - Started at 5:30 AM in the morning ( due some delays)
      - Breakfast stop at around 7:30 AM at Hotel Mahindra Paradise
      https://goo.gl/maps/4ZU7cMJrdkG2
       
      - Very few options on this section due to new roads
      - Road between Hyderabad to Humnabad is excellent. 
      - Humnabad to Solapur is pathetic, some sections are too narrow. 
      - Solapur to Pune is excellent, but recently new have installed speed bumps near villages.
       
      - We had a lunch break at some road side restaurant. 
      - We reached Pune by 6PM.
      - According to admins, we are very quick compared to last drive.
      - During last drive they reached Pune at 7PM (started at 4AM)
      - I think roads improved!
      - We checked into Hotel Siesta which is excellent (Frankly, I did not expect such a luxurious rooms for the price)
       
      Day 2 : Pune to Lohagad fort 
      - We started at 7/8 AM from Pune
      - Since our accommodation is in outskirts.
      - We reached highway within 10 minutes
      - We had breakfast stop Kamat.
      - Pune to Lohagad roads are scenic.
      - We reached Lohagad, explored the fort and had lunch break.
      - We drove to Lonavala, Tiger view point, We are literally above clouds in some sections.
      - We reached Pune by night
       
      Day 3 : Pune to Matheran
      -We repeated the same schedule of Day2, till breakfast.
      - We hit the famous Mumbai-Pune expressway
      - I can clearly see everyone is pushing their cars, it was pure fun for drivers.
      - Best experience of Mumbai-Pune expressway is during monsoon.
      - Once we divert from expressway, roads to Mahteran are pathetic. 
      - It took us hours to complete 80 kilometres. 
      - I loved Mathern, they don't even allow cycles.
      - Only transport option by walk or horse.
      - Hotels on the hill top are below average.
      - While driving back we reached pretty quick on the same route. 
      - We reached to Pune to 9PM
       
      Day 4 : Pune to Hyderabad
      - Drive is was uneventful
      -  It is similar to Day1
       
      Apart from 1 Polo puncture, drive is fantastic throughout four days.
       
      Drive 
      Hyderabad : Solapur : Pune : Lohagad fort : Lonavala : Pune : Matheran : Pune : Solapur : Hyderabad
       
      Road condition:
      Hyderabad to Solapur : 
      Hyderabad to Humnabad is good and Humnabad to Solapur is bad 
       
      Solapur to Pune :
      Very good, but i have seen some uneven sections, It is no where close to Hyderabad-Bangalore sections
       
      Pune to Lohagad:
      Road are narrow scenic and good
       
      Loahagad to Lonavala
      Roads are bad
       
      Lonavala to Pune
      Road are excellent
       
      Pune to Matheran 
      It is a mix of good and pathetic roads
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