Planning to go to Bengaluru in a while from now. Any recommendations on the route or places to stop, precautions etc.
It was October 2016 when we started planning for a long road trip. It was my wife's idea of visiting a cold place (if possible, snow fall) in winter, and subsequently we ended up talking about Manali (obvious choice of transport being, ROAD ). Idea was shot down by colleagues and friends, saying 2200KM drive one-side is no joke. Having experience of driving 17 hours a day couple of times, I knew that 3-day drive to Manali was pretty much possible. When started planning, things started to look easy - one of the key aspect of this journey was choice of stops.
Upon deciding stops, stay, and places to visit, there was no stopping. In general, I would love to have best possible weather when I hit the road (my usual search query on Google being "where is it raining in India?"). In this case, we knew that fresh snowfall would happen at most 4-5 times in entire season, and we finalized dates trusting Accuweather data.
Places planned to visit: Manali, Shimla, and Auli (tentative).
THE reason to travel: To witness snowfall (Yes, we did!)
Dates: 20/01/2017 to 01/02/2017 (Based on weather prediction three months before)
Drive: Ford Ecosport 1.5TDCi
Number of people: 3 (Driver: Only Me! )
Being very particular about vehicle maintenance, I got everything checked (also, 2nd service was due around the same time) a week before our drive. One major problem we previously faced was light throw from headlights (OSRAMs) - I finally decided to replace with with Philips X-treme Vision Plus H4 (+130%), and they are amazing!
Protective clothing: 2 layered snow-proof jacket, thermals, multi-position headband, two layers of gloves (much needed at sub-zero temperatures).
Medicines: Few strips each for headache, cough/cold, fever, indigestion, and vomiting.
Food: Figured out that there won't be many restaurants (especially in MP and UP). Hence, carried home-made protein bars, instant-noodle packs, juices, etc.
Other things carried: Mini air compressor, 2 umbrellas, hiking pole, whistle, and 25L jerry can (and funnel).
Route and Itinerary (NH44 all the way, from Telangana till Punjab)
20 Jan: Hyderabad to Sagar (MP)
21 Jan: Sagar (MP) to Greater Noida
22 Jan: Greater Noida to Manali
22 - 26 Jan: Places around Manali
27 Jan: Manali to Shimla
28 - 29 Jan: Shimla
30 Jan: Shimla to Agra
31 Jan: Agra to Nagpur
1 Feb: Nagpur to Hyderabad
Day-1: (Hyderabad to Sagar - 884KM)
It was a key decision that we had to make about 1st stop, and the choice was between Chhindwara and Sagar (considering good places to stay). We were all super-excited the night before; woke up at 4am, and hit road by 4.30am. Roads were flawless till Adilabad, and roads turned ugly (not even bad) the moment we crossed Telangana border - it was stark difference, and a badly shaped bridge welcomed us in Maharashtra.
Road construction was happening on NH44 (for betterment, I'd guess), and it was not so pleasant (at the same time, not eventful) driving in MH. We crossed Nagpur 1.15pm and stopped for lunch as soon as we entered MP.
State: Madhya Pradesh
Tarmac turned super smooth the moment we entered MP - driving on SH 547 was pleasant experience (we passed some hills in between). No wonder MP has some of the cleanest cities in the country - one could judge the same by looking at their roads. We crossed Chhindwara around 4.30PM, and reached destination (Sagar) by 7.45PM. We could already feel the cold that night (not so much, though); had dinner and called it a day.
It was a great day overall (not eventful). It was relatively long day for us in the car (~900KM), and we intentionally front-loaded much of distance on day-1.
I regularly commute on Hyderabad to Vijawayada highway, almost once in a month from the past 10 years.
Hyderabad to Vijayawada distance :275 kilometers
It is a single lane road, not enough to fit 3 vehicles at a time. It used take me 7 hours to travel from Hyderabad to Vijayawada. Blind curves. Highest accident ever occurred in the country. One of the busiest, mostly filled with trucks. Worst road condition, filled with unlimited potholes. Driving at night is a suicide.(zero visibility with those high beams) Some overtakes used to take me at least 15 minutes, Imagine 10 trucks trailing each other with no space between them, on a single lane! No proper hotels and washroom Worst fuel quality But I used to enjoy the drive, it is challenging and fun.
Year :2017(after a decade)
Now it has a 4-lane road, truck lay by lanes, emergency lanes and bridges across villages. It is taking me 4 hours from Hyderabad to Vijayawada. I am saving 3 hours. Many good hotels available, no issues with washrooms. Toll road, with road assistance and standby ambulance for safety. Continues patrol across the highway, last year a huge industrial truck was stuck on highway while taking u-turn. Patrol guys arrived within 15 minutes and took the situation under control.
Hotels between Hyderabad to Vijayawada
1. Village Aharam : Malkapur
First decent hotel on the highway
2. Highway 9 Restaurant : Nalgonda
Good for break fast
3. Hotel Vivera : Nalgonda
Recomended, If you are planning to diver towards Nalgonda.
4. Maa palle ruchulu : before suryapet
Village style hotel, don't expect luxury.
5. Hotel 7 : suryapet
Best in quality, very good washrooms. Recommended for families.
6. Numerous hotel in Suryapet.
You get all types verities over here.
7. G-hotel : Suryapet
8.Once you cross Suryapet, you won't find any proper hotels, though you can find many road side dhabas.
Please correct If i miss anything.
You can find then in every 20 kilometers radius.
It is a complete toll road, elevated 4-lane, on an average you pay around 1 rupee per kilometre, so it should be under 250/-
RTA M-Wallet App. Transport Department of the Govt. of Telangana. No need to carry physical documents of your vehicleBy uday
RTA m-Wallet is a mobile application developed for the Transport Department of the Govt. of Telangana. It allows a person have a one stop digital shop for all the documents issued by the Transport department. Salient features of the app lets one auto-fetch documents, share documents, have all the documents on one screen and add multiple vehicles owned by a single person. The documents once downloaded will be saved for future use on the application.
Download link :
If you want to download directly from play store or IOS app store search for "RTA m-Wallet"
Motorist can show the M-Wallet app on their smart phone during the RTA checking. No need to carry physical documents. Multiple vehicles can be added. License and Registration card can be added to the app. On-line digital certificate fetching. Less chances of fraud. Need internet only for the first time. No need of internet once you fetch the Digital Certificate. Auto fetching Insurance details of last updated year .
No support for Pollution certificates. (Presently). App is accepted only in Telangana. Need to carry physical documents If you are planning a travel to other state.
How to use the app?
Download and install the "RTA m-Wallet" App.It is around 17 MB.
Enter Name,Email and Mobile Number. Click on Register.
OTP is sent to the mobile,enter the OPT click on submit.
Click on RC to fetch the digital RC. Give the registration number of your vehicle and last 5 digits of your Chassis number. You can find the Chassis number on the back of your RC card. Click on Get.
Click on driving license to fetch the Digital DL Enter the license number from your Driving license card. Select the RTA from your Driving license card. Click on Get.
All the documents will be fetched automatically once you give the above details and you are good to go.