Hyderabad to Sikkim road trip :
Four BTech friends,
Proper reunion after a decade.
Crossed two borders, (Nepal and Bhutan)
Drove around 5.5k kilometres.
Hanging around with old friends and saying "Remember when..."(15 days of memories)
Day 1 : Hyderabad to Vishakapatnam
Day 2 : Vishakapatnam to Puri
Day 3: Puri to Kharagpur
Day 4:Kharagpur to Malda
This is the first travel after joining the group and happened on the suggestion of the group in Whatsapp.
I saved a lot of leaves for traveling to the USA this October/November. But due to some reasons, that tour did not materialised and some 13 leaves were left to be utilised in December. First I had availed 3 days leaves from 12th Dec.
First day I had attended a marriage engagement at Hyderabad and two more days plus Saturday & Sunday were with me. I wanted to go out only for 2 days and as per the suggestions of the group decided to visit Sagar on 13th & 14th.
I made a booking in Tourism Hotel Vijay Vihar at Vijayapuri in the morning before starting. Me and my wife started at 10.10 Hrs from Hyderabad and reached Sagar by 13.00 Hrs with a stop at OOR exit on Sagar road to meet a family friend for 15 Min. and had a late breakfast at a way side hotel. (another 30 Min).
Had buffet lunch in tourism hotel and out in car by 14.00 Hrs.
My friend in Sagar project arranged for a visit to the dam and inside dam (inspection galleries). Generally visitors are not permitted to go on to earth dam and main dam for security reasons. Mean time local person called me asked us to reach the dam by 15.00 hrs as the staff have gone for lunch.
Then we made a round in the hill colony where I had stayed for couple of years in the childhood. With great difficulty I could able to find out the quarters where we had stayed. All the Sagar quarters are now seems to be occupied by locals unauthorised including some top politicians.
Quarter where I stayed in childhood
We made a round up to the road bridge on Krishna river in front of the dam and came back to Earth Dam. Took permission from special police and entered on to it by 15.00 Hrs. We were asked not stop the car in between and not to click any photos. So we obeyed.
Views of either side over the road bridge.
When we reached main dam, the security staff received my car number and opened the gate and allowed us over the dam. After speaking to Irrigation AE, we stopped at first tower (Lift).
Then we were guided in to the lift and taken to first inspection gallery at 140 Feet Down from top. There is an exit towards spillways side and a ramp which will lead us to first spill way on left bank. We did not carried the camera, but we took some snaps with mobiles.
Three more inspection galleries are available below the one we visited. Lift for the same was having some problem and we did not go down further.
These galleries are used to check the health of the dam. at every 10 Mtrs tel tale vents area available and the water leakage from these will indicate the internal leakages and the health of the dam. These galleries also used for repairing any leakages (How I do not know). We were told that every day morning staff will inspect all the four galleries each is of a length of a 1000 mtrs.
After spending some time inside, we came on to the dam. due to heavy clouds and fog, we could not see the water in dam properly. With great difficulty we could able click some photos.
After thanking the irrigation official we went to Ethipothala falls. We were not expecting any water in the falls but there were some.
On the way back to hotel we had clicked sunset over the Sagar Dam. We could not get it exactly over the gates area.
We came back to hotel before it was too dark and spent the time sitting in the balcony with Sagar backwater view. (Though the water is not visible due to fog)
End of day One.
Gandikota meetup on January 26 and 27th