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.
Road trip : Mumbai to Hyderabad.
Mumbai --> Pune --> Solapur --> Akkalkot --> Kalaburgai --> Sedam --> Parigi --> Chevella --> Gachibowli (Hyderabad)
Friends - here's a brief synopsis of the Mumbai to Hyderabad drive on 29th April. Needless to say, @Ranger directions and suggestions were spot-on! 👍
Left Mumbai (Powai) at 5am - this was 30 minutes delayed from plan. By 5:45am, covered the 40km stretch to the start of the e-way. Khalapur @ 6am and Talegaon @ 7 am (123 kms from home). Bad traffic on the e-way with lots of heavy vehicles. It was a crawl in the ghats even without a single truck breakdown. exited the e-way at 7:20am. 8:15am & 172 kms - Pune city exit and start of NH 65. Drive through the Pune city section and through 235 kms of NH 65 can be trying because of cross traffic. Lots of nurseries & eateries in this section till Solapur. At 188 kms, Suruchi Restaurant and many mini restaurants dot the area At 200 kms, Vithal Kamat. For the record, we did not eat at either of these restaurants Refuelling of the Yeti done at BPCL bunk @ 358 kms (10:45am) The only point of confusion was when I reached a fork where the signage indicated the left fork going towards Solapur. Enquired with a local and was told that I should be taking the right fork as that was the Solapur bye-pass The road from Solapur to Akkalkot was a single road with no divider for the majority part. A section of it was getting tarred and there was 1 KM that was particularly nasty. Hit the Moroom Akalkot road @ 445 kms at 12:20pm At 1:30pm and 524 kms away from home, entered Kalaburgai/Gulbarga - the land of toor dal. Pulled into Hotel Lumbini Grand (1:45pm and 532 kms) for lunch. Fantastic recommendation, Ranger!! Good food and neat washrooms. Post lunch at 2:45pm, hit SH10 - 2 divider-less lanes. 4pm and 670 kms fromMumbai, entered the state of Telangana. Road changes character and the smooth Karnataka roads transform into rough patches! We pass by Chevella at 5:10pm (690 kms) Finally, 747 kms later and at 6:35pm, we pull into our destination at Srinagar Colony.
Overall, a fantastic drive exposing one to newer facts of the Indian landscape. This trip was all the more brilliant thanks to Ranger razor sharp advice and suggestions . Shall update with toll details and a complete log in a few days. Return journey is yet undecided - it could be either Hyderabad-Bangalore-Mumbai or directly back to Hyderabad. Keep you all posted. Till the, ciao!
By Guest sheru
I am travelling from Hyderabad to Vizag in December.
So I just had a few queries.
We will be leaving Hyderabad at around 2 pm and we are planning to stop in Vijayawada.
I just wanted to know the road conditions and where to stay in Vijayawada(should be on or near the highway).
What is the distance and how much time will it take?
Hyderabad to Maredumilli plan
Frustrated with Hyderabad traffic and bad roads due to rains, I have decided to get out of the city and explore the farm lands of Godavari district and the forest range of Maredumilli.
Idea is to go on a quick getaway.
All the accommodations at Maredumilli are full.
This did not dampen my spirits.
Its not about the destination, It is the drive that matters to me.
Did some quick research and booked accommodation at the nearest town which is Rajahmundry.
Hyderabad to Maredumilli route plan(best route):
Hyderabad to Maredumilli has two routes
Route 1 : Hyderabad --> Suryapet --> Vijayawada --> Tanuku --> Rajahmundry --> Maredumilli
Route 2 : Hyderabad --> Suryapet --> Khammam --> Kothagudem --> Bhadrachalam --> Chintur --> Maredumilli
Route 1: It is the best route to take. Completely 4-lane till Rajahmundry
Route 2 : Avoid it unless you are planning to cover Bhadrachalam
Day 1 : Hyderabad to Rajahmundry Day 2 : Rajahmundry to Maredumilli Day 3 : Exploring villages around Rajahmundry Day 4 : Rajahmundry to Hyderabad
Places to visit in Maredumilli and Rampachodavaram (link)
Excellent post @Surya78, your post helped us a lot.
Best places to visit in Maredumilli
1. Bhupathipalem reservoir : gmaps
2. Rampa Water Falls : Gmaps
3. VanaVihari Eco tourism : Gmaps
4. Bamboo Chicken is available near VanaVihari resort : Gmaps
5. View point, there is no name to this place, you will find it en-route to Amruthadhara : Gmaps
6. Amruthadhara waterfalls : Gmaps
Best resorts in maredumilli
Vanavihari Eco Tourism Center Aranya Eco Resorts Jungle Star Nature Camp Site Birds Nest Resorts
There are few private/small resorts at exotic locations. Need to do some research on those places.
Book the resort in advance during holidays/weekends.
Hyderabad to Mulshi ghat, Tamhini ghat & Pawna lake; Maharashtra - Monsoon drive meet up - August 24th - 27th 17'
Start point - Gachibowli (ORR)
End point - Pune (Western ghats)
Start time - 4:00 a.m.
Total Distance - ~580 kms (one way)
Objective - A long drive to explore the uncharted territories of the Western ghats and thank the monsoon showers.
1) Maruthi Suzuki Alto 800
2) Volks Wagen Polo (Red)
3) Volks Wagen Polo (Red)
4) Maruthi Suzuki Baleno
5) Ford Figo Aspire
6) Ford Ecosport
7) Hyundai Creta (Red)
8) Hyundai Creta (White)
9) Renault Duster
Hyderabad (Gachibowli) ---Kalaburgai (Gulbarga) --- Solapur --- Pune
3) Pawna lake and dam
4) Tikona fort
5) Kundalika water rafting
Day 1 (August 24th - 2017):
4:00 AM - We start from off from the meet-up point (Gachibowli) towards Pune.
8:00 AM - Stop by for breakfast at Kalaburgai.
1:00 PM - We stop by for lunch after crossing Solapur.
7:00 PM - We reach Pune to break down for the day.
Day 2 (August 25th - 2017):
Kundalika White water rafting, followed by Western Ghats exploration drive
5:30 AM - We start from off from the Pune accommodation towards Kundalika water rafting.
8:30 AM - Have breakfast en-route and reach water rafting point.
12:00 PM - We will complete the rafting, start exploring the Western Ghats till evening.
7:00 PM - We reach Pune to break down for the day.
Day 3 (August 26th - 2017):
Western Ghats exploration drive, followed by Tikona fort trek.
Day 4 (August 27th - 2017):
4:00 AM: We start early to escape the Pune city traffic and proceed towards Hyderabad.
Things to carry:
Please do carry your own water bottles and snacks which could be sufficient for 4 days and 3 nights. Trekking shoes, track pants, T-shirts, winter wear and a rain coat. Toiletries, Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Mosquito repellent cream and Glucose / Electrol (personal medical kit) Camera kits and Telescopes if any star gazing enthusiasts or night photography enthusiasts. Most importantly loads of energy and positive attitude.
'Hyderabad to Mahabaleshwar , Panchgani' - Monsoon Drive Meetup
Hyderabad to Koilsagar - Overnight BBQ camp under the stars - Report