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  1. Sharing few random pictures for viewing pleasure
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  2. Hello All I am back with a recent family outing that we did since lockdown. Family members were also at their peak frustration sitting at home for so many months and were badly looking for someone to take them out which gave us the thought of this family outing. We initially planned to drive to Vikarabad / Ananthagiri but then plan got changed at the last moment to visit Bodakonda / Sagar / Ethipothala since most of our family members have been to Vikarabad. 4 of our organizing committee folks have visited Bodakonda falls on 2 wheelers on Saturday which is kind of reckk
    5 points
  3. I have always felt that electric vehicle revolution in India , would be through Two wheeler than Four wheeler. Scooters and bikes are the base of commute , not just in urban congregations but all over India, a fact easily deduce-able from the sheer volume of sales. In the Fy 2019, the number of two wheelers sold in India is approximately five times the number of four wheelers. ( 21.1 Million units vs 4.4 Million Units). And with 3.15 million units sold in the year 2019 , Honda Activa is the reigning monarch. So , this EV day , i want to explore the EV options who can challenge Honda Activa an
    5 points
  4. The kids doing their own thing. The Sequel (foreground ) guarding his fort The Prequel (background ) doing what she does best - living in the moment. The sequel built a campfire but it rained. When the only Indian who has scaled Everest Sumit solo says ‘it’s only a trek ‘ , note that his definition might vary from your’s I did many things that I did not plan to or thought was capable of - scaled the cliff , cane down rappelling and got to the road trekking. The team is fantastic ! They are very encouraging and the kindest strangers I had a chance to hang
    5 points
  5. Distance: 120 kms. Road condition: Excellent (upto Zaheerabad) You divert from the highway towards Chincholi forest reserve near the Mahindra factory exit. The road is a single lane road and through the farms. We started from Miyapur around 7 AM in 3 cars. Packed all the food and water. Note: Be sure to carry your shoes as there would be a short trek to reach the banks of the lake. I will let the pictures do the talking. The road towards the Chincholi forest after getting down the NH 65 The weather was good as the sun shone gently on us th
    5 points
  6. We were literally frustrated due to lockdown and were looking for a short drive in the month of June. Then we got information about safe location - Ranganayaka Sagar reservoir. I checked with my Baleno group BOCH ( Baleno Owners Club Hyderabad) and found one more couple for ride. We started from Hyderabad at 7 am and reached by 10 am. Being 100 km away from Hyderabad you will find less crowd on weekends. But if you really want to enjoy plan travel on weekdays. Road condition from Hyderabad to Ranganayaka Sagar: Roads are excellent till reservoir. Distance is around 115 km.
    5 points
  7. Exactly , they should realize that India is a price sensitive market. And , they should try to get profits from volume and not margins. Never heard "Honda" and "Pathetic" in the same sentence before. Shows the refinement and ride quality offered by EV's. That's exciting. 1000 Kms EV trip. Hope in India too we will have similar infrastructure. Just like filling stations , EV chargers stations has to be set up with local private partnership. The break time is very nominal. even without a Tesla(Specially travelling with women and kids), we take
    5 points
  8. Thank you for sharing the wonderful post. I am also looking for a EV scooter for my dad. But he is reluctant to move away from Activa. Ather looks promising but the pricing is unbelievable. If they want to be Tesla of scooters in India, they need to bring down pricing. Pricing need to come down. Electric is future without any doubt. Until I drove Tesla, Im not keen on EVs. Once we drive any electric vehicle, combustion engines feel very crude. Power on EV feels very addictive. I am using my BIL's Tesla from the past three months. Last week I had to short-gun o
    5 points
  9. Amazingly complied travel story @tejubWe sure had an amazing time at this place and I don’t mind going to this place again and again.. Sharing a few pictures from my mobile..
    5 points
  10. My suggestion is to sleep in car at a busy fuel station (HP)/ toll plaza. Washroom I suggest you visit the nature of both of you are men, it's the best thing i can suggest considering current situation and uncertainty 😁😁
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  11. I have considered getting a tent but the question is about safety. Car alway feels much safer. During the recent NE drive, we slept in the car outside petrol station. One lorry driver stopped his vehicle got down and trying to peep into the car. We were four heavily built guys 😂 I sensed him and rolled down the window, he turned back and kept on walking. We are not sure about his intensions but situation would have been very different with family.
    5 points
  12. carrying a tent & Bedsheets would be a ideal solution.
    5 points
  13. Is it wise to invest in under construction apartment projects in Kollur. Completion period is 3.5 to 4 Years from now. If so what is the best price.
    4 points
  14. The project is Signature Avenues. It is in 6 Ac land with 10 +1+1 Floor construction abt 480 units in total. I stay East of Hyderabad near LB Nagar and do not have much knowledge about Kollur.
    4 points
  15. We looked at few options in Kollur but market situation doesn’t look good. Kollur is next housing hub for sure. But it is far away from City. if there is an economy slump, places like Kollur and Mokila will take major hit. Properties which are close to city are safe bet in the current situation. Also big brands can sustain well in these difficult times. if it is a big brand Kollur should be fine. if it is unknown/new builder avoid it.
    4 points
  16. Sharing a post by Radhika Kundur: History of Gandikota from Wiki Gandikota is a village and historical fort on the right bank of the Penna river, 15 km from Jammalamadugu in Kadapa district, Andhra Pradesh, India. The fort was the center of power for various dynasties, such as the Kalyani Chalukyas, Pemmasani Kamma Nayakas, and the Golconda Sultanate. Gandikota was the capital of Pemmasani Kamma Nayakas for more than 300 years. Pemmasani Ramalinga Nayaka constructed the huge fort at Gandikota with 101 towers replacing the pre
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  17. Very good post @LoneRanger. I never knew we had some many options in the market. This is an eye opener for me. Good one Sridhar. May be ask him to join here and share his views.
    4 points
  18. Yes, India is not ready for EV adoption yet. Imo, Govt gets only 28% Gst , and 14% Road tax as one time tax in purchase of a vehicle. But the taxes on fuel is a continuous revenue stream for both central and state govt. They only promote to an extent. And that too just for the sake of it, I don't think govt has real intention for this transition. Instead of govt, private players has to step up in building the infrastructure.
    4 points
  19. We guys still have to wait until the EV market emerges partially atleast. Few models by TVS, Hero Electric and Emflux seemed promising when compared to the other brands during my visit to the Delhi AutoShow this year.
    4 points
  20. Interesting post @LoneRanger.. Love to throw in my views to this thread. Correct me if I’m wrong.. I have been anticipating a lot about the influx of EV market in India and I was not surprised to see the spread of EVs during my AutoShow visit in Delhi Early this year.. Multiple brands have surely forayed their vision on EVs introduction into the market but in reality, I felt the country is still not ready for it. It is still in its development stage and I’m glad that government has also started promoting it though building of public Electric charging points are still due for
    4 points
  21. Your trips are very helpful for people like me. I love quick and easy getaways. Don't want to drive too long. Ideal getaways during COVID. Nice place 😀 Yeah, agree with you on this.
    4 points
  22. Thank you for sharing the details. Place looks very good. You are on the roll. TriFOD weekend getaway influencer Compared to Kondapocharam, how would you rate this place?
    4 points
  23. After unlock 4.0 we started exploring options for travel, which should be short one and safe. Got info about Kondapochamma reservoir and decided to explore it. Initial plan was to catch sunrise. But home's chief minister and leader of opposition (my son, they rules the house) objected this. So started around 8 in the morning from Miyapur. Kondapochamma entry: It has two entries, main entry and secondary entry. Some times main entry is closed, no need to disappoint. There is one more entry from the back side. Drive a little further ahead you can find a
    4 points
  24. Main entry is closed for public. There is entry from backside and is open for public.
    4 points
  25. Around 12 PM, we started our way back home and stopped by a beautiful Eucalyptus farm enroute We had spent about 30 mins in the farm clicking pictures and having fun We had set the wheels rolling to get back home. We had reached home by 2 PM to have lunch. Over all, It was a perfect day to enjoy an early morning drive and a hike to enjoy some scenic views close by Hyderabad.
    4 points
  26. Me and my brother are planning to drive down to Mumbai. He has to handover some sensitive documents. Due to COVID, we are planning to avoid hotels. We came across three major issues: Food Bed Washrooms Food Since it is a two days plan, we can carry plenty of food with us. It looks. pretty straight forward. Bed We are planning to sleep in the car(2 hour naps). We will carry pillows and blankets. Ideal locations for sleep over on highways: Toll gates Busy petrol stations Busy Hotels Washrooms We are plan
    4 points
  27. I have received an information on the open plots and villas by Vertex builders named Kingston Park bear Gulmohar Park colony, Nalllagandla. Attaching a few images which might give you a complete idea on this project..
    4 points
  28. In continuation to the previous discussion the average EMi for an apartment is between 40-80 and the rent in a villa also depending on the area is around 50-1L ... except for the emotional factor of owning a house I feel renting in a villa is a cheaper option.
    4 points
  29. I would prefer carrying a sleeping bag and sleep at a secure place near a petrol pump (do we have any secure places??? ) . Get up and use the restrooms at the petrol bunk or toll plaza and get going again
    4 points
  30. These kind of beds are not comfortable for fully grown adult. They are good for children or desperate adults.( My experience from trying the car bed, and also mine is a hatchback.) Since you already have experience sleeping in car. I suppose you are carrying all the necessary things for comfort. Covid-19 is an air borne disease. And spreads rapidly in high density population areas. Public washrooms have high density of people , some with questionable hygiene. In my opinion , a hotel room, in a hotel which follows all the precautions (little expensive , top brand
    4 points
  31. Camping definitely has safety concerns. It is high time to come up with the concept camping grounds. Ideal setup for the current situation.
    4 points
  32. Short monsoon drive to Gottam gotta As the climate outside is beautiful these days, we wanted to go to a peaceful and scenic destination by following all the safety measures. So, finalised Gottam gotta. As usual, our plan was to start early in the morning, but finally started by 10AM from our residence. Due to covid, we have prepared home made food and carried necessary items to have lunch somewhere in the nature. We have reached the place by 1PM, after few breaks at beautiful spots en-route. The most interesting part
    4 points
  33. Pitching a tent in unknown places (non camping sites) may not be safe. This culture is yet be developed in India. My vote is to sleep in car at Toll, all night Petrol Pump or Busy Hotel or Family Dhaba.
    4 points
  34. You can manage for a night. More than a night it is going to be very challenging. May be you can consider a tent and sleeping bag. Make sure you don't pitch them in isolated locations.
    4 points
  35. You can go near water. No restrictions. Yes sir I can provide you muscle power.
    4 points
  36. Hyderabad to Bangalore highway has plenty of restaurants now. It is difficult to choose an option. Few years back, hillpark is the only decent restaurant on highway. Now we have close to 20 options. New restaurants keep-on adding every year. My personal favourite is Food Pyramid, it has plenty of parking, decent washrooms and excellent food options. But service is average. It is usually overcrowded during long weekends and the service is a disaster.
    4 points
  37. Kollur pre-launch options are generally between 2200/- ~ 2500/- depending upon project/builder. Kollur is a very good option. Pre-launch in the current situation is a gamble. Construction progress can be slow compared to pre-COVID days. Many people I know have invested in different projects around Kollur. All in all, it is a gamble. It is still a good option. What is the price quoted?
    3 points
  38. Wow nice trip. Reminds me about my trip in January 2020. One of the best place for relaxation. Grand canyon of India. But we noticed the place is becoming more commercial. AC tents they were charging some where around 3k to 4k. We stayed at Haritha. And it was decent one. If got opportunity, will surely plan trip in future.
    3 points
  39. Good post Radhika. Any update on when they will open the services to general public? Planning for a quick getaway with family.
    3 points
  40. I got opportunity to visit this place. This is 14 km from Hadapsar towards diva ghat. Built around 1720 AD, Mastani Lake or Talav has a fascinating history attached to it. The lake was actually called the Wadki Talav. The name was later changed after the two love birds, Bajirao and Mastani kept visiting the spot and it was often considered to be Mastani Bai’s bathing spot. It is believed that the lake on the outskirts of Pune was frequently visited by Bajirao Peshwa and his second wife, Mastani when they went horseback riding. They would stop and take a swim in
    3 points
  41. i would rate it 10/10 -Drive way on bund is two way and big roads.. -Scenic when compared -We have middle road which makes it more beautiful and picturesque where we can drive our car till water -lesser crowd -multiple view points -Below bund ample place to hangout in lush , where u can cook and eat and hangout..
    3 points
  42. I have come across a new venture by Hallmark builders in Kollur. They are surely the reputed builders in the industry. The Hallmark Vesta has 2bhk and 3bhk in the community and the price starts from 44.3 Lakhs onwards with their claimed possession by 2022 If anyone has more information on this project, please share..
    3 points
  43. Very easy. One needs to travel few metres ahead. And from temple need to take right turn. Road is bit bad.
    3 points
  44. Sharing the Boucher that i received.
    3 points
  45. It is exciting to post a travelog after a log gap. We recently drove to a waterfalls near Karmingar. It is are very less explored place. Drive to the waterfalls is little tricky but it is fun. If you are driving towards Karminagar in monsoon please make a point to visit this place. Monsoon is the best time to visit. Avoid in summer in winter. Place is very peaceful. Less crowd due to COVID. Photos came out dull due to low light, road is little rough but swift made it without any issues Nature at its best, very calm and serine Very few people By evening is
    3 points
  46. Nice exploration. Is there any trek involved or vehicles will go close to falls.
    3 points
  47. Guys any car can do it. Sedans should be little careful. But we can do it Sedans as well. During rains track may get muddy need to be extra careful. Crowd is high on weekends(Sunday). Don’t plan during festival season. Most of the city folks visit their home town. They all end up near the waterfalls. If it is unavoidable, plan early in the morning.
    3 points
  48. Thanks much Aditya for sharing this information, This surely looks like a perfect weekend getaway for a day trip.. Will hopefully do this trip sometime during the next 2 weekends and Share my experience.. 😊
    3 points
  49. Nice pictures. I have recollected my jurala and Get visit memories way back in 2013.... Better to visit only when dam is full of water..and heavy rains..
    3 points

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