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Hyderabad to Gandikota, Grand canyon of India
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 previous sand fort constructed by Kaka Raja, Vassals of Kalyani Chalukya rulers.    Best route from Hyderabad to Gandikota Hyderabad ->Kurnool ->Nadyal -> Gandikota If you take above route you can cover following places as well: Belum Caves Ahobilam  
Below place is yet to open for public, please check before visiting has great adventure activities:
  https://www.facebook.com/Adventuresportsacademygandikota/

  A MUCH needed break from the monotony. With the wildest bunch of friends 3 days 2 nights.   Stayed at this amazingly comfortable tourism place which is not open yet. A place which will surprise you soon.( we could go because it was friend’s/family )   On offer are Rappelling , quads on a quad trail inside the property , kayaks , guided treks through the paths unknown (they open up to breath taking views ) , guided tour to the fort and its little secrets.also coming soon is a ropeway cable car scene.   One of the partners is the only Indian who has scaled Mt Everest solo. His team is just simply amazing. They were very encouraging, experienced and kind.   6.3hrs /382 km with 1 hr lunch break and 2 tea breaks. 11 of us ages ranging from 7 to 82.   Team Skoda with a Creta cretin thrown into the melee (we like our Skodas )   Lunch going to Gandikota was at Hill park at Jadcherla (we could not make it to Pyramid near Kurnool on time ) and while coming The Pyramid food park at Kothakota.   During our stay the accommodation provided us with hot piping meals on time - ragi Sangati , uggani and the likes. Simple yet hearty.   We thankfully got home before Nandyal and the area got flooded yesterday. (But we absolutely would not have minded being stranded where we stayed )
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Hyderabad to Ranganayaka Sagar reservoir - A short weekend getaway
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 - Ranganaya 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 there 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 Ranganaya Sagar:
Roads are excellent till reservoir. Distance is around 115 km.
 
Time spent at Ranganaya Sagar:
It is good location for relaxation and photography. We spend around 4 hours there, had our lunch and return back by 7PM in evening.
 
Best time to visit Ranganaya Sagar:
Note: Best time to explore is early morning or late evening to witnesses sunrise and sunset.
 
Food availability at Ranganaya Sagar:
Carry own food and water, you will find nothing around it.
 
Some of the important facts about Ranganaya sagar reservoir:
It is part of multi-stage lift Irrigation of Kaleshwaram Plan is to make Godavari river live through out the year over a streach of 274 kilometers to make farming efficient. Provides irrigation  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Road trips in Electric Car experience
Sharing electric car driving experience from the past five months. 
 
 
Vehicle: 
Tesla model X, Long range
Real world range :
500 Kilometers 

Useable range:
400 Kilometers (We usually charge before last 100 kilometers distance to empty)

 
Battery capacity:
100 KWH
 
Charge stations:
Different types of charging stations:
Tesla super chargers Home chargers Destination chargers Office commute chargers  Government chargers   
1. Tesla super chargers:
10% to 90% charge is usually completed under 40 minutes.
Tesla recently introduced V3 charging stations with 200 KWH capacity.
 
Charging is free for cars like Model S and X
Cars like Model 3 an Y has nominal fee.
 
Inside city limits, some stations are available near malls, so plug-in and by the time you done your grocery shopping.
Car is ready with 90% charge.
 
Highways, Super chargers are very helpful on highways. 
They are located near restaurants/malls/food outlets/supermarkets.
99% times one wont realise that it is a charging break. 
By the time we fresh-up, eat food and take loo break car is ready. 
 
2. Home Chargers:
Usually they take around 9 hours to charge, key word "Over nigh charging"
 
Full charge @ Home costs around 700/- (roughly comes around 1.5~2 rupee per kilometer)
 
Most of the old infra(housing) apartments sill lack charging facilities, some users completely depend on SuperChargers around their home.
No such issues for people living in independent housing facilities. 
 
3. Destination Chargers:
Destination chargers are redefining road trips in Tesla, few hotels started implementing over nigh charging stations. 
They are very helpful and reduce the overall charging time and range anxiety.
 
4. Office commute chargers :
These are located at office premises, they usually have ~ 2 hours limit. They are free of cost.
They are slow but they add around 80 kilometers range, these are built to cover your office commute.
5. Government chargers:
Government chargers are rapidly increasing in states like California. There is huge investment pumping into the charging infra.
These are generic, can be used by any car. 
 

Range/Mileage:
Traditional cars perform better on highways compared to city limits.
EVs don't loose much range inside limits, in-fact they are more efficient inside city limits.
Ev's loose range rapidly when driven at high speeds, above 120 kmph.
Under 120 kmph be it city limits or highways, range stays flat.
 
 
Performance 
There is on competition here, electric cars wins hands down.
Cars like model X and S can shame some likes of Ferrari/Lambo etc
They are super quick 0-100
They win most of the signal drags
They are unreliable quick
 
0-100(S) : 2.5 seconds
 
Long drive planner:
Tesla inbuilt road trip planner is fantastic.
900 kilometers trip plan : 15 minutes(Planned for road trip)+ 45 minutes (Lunch break) + 35 minutes (Tea break/Shopping)

 
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Hyderabad to Kondapochamma Sagar Reservoir:  A short drive gateway
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.
 
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Drive to Akka Mahadevi caves
Last weekend, We went a on a small drive from Hyderabad to Srisailam.

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Hyderabad to Rachakonda fort, Republic day breakfast drive report - 26-01-2017
'Hyderabad to Rachakonda' - Republic day breakfast drive meetup report - January 26th 2017
 
Start point - Gachibowli (ORR)
End point - Rachakonda fort
Start time - 6:30 a.m.
Total Distance - ~120 kms

Objective :
A small gathering to meet all the new folks of the club for breakfast at 'Village Aharam - An organic restaurant' followed by an exploration drive towards Rachakonda fort on this wonderful occasion of the 68th Republic day.
 
Destination description:
'Village Aharam' is an organic restaurant which is located in a peaceful environment in Koyalguda which is around 90 kms from Gachibowli on the Vijayawada highway with a village ambiance. It is rural respite for the urban tired. 

'Rachakonda fort' was constructed in 14th century by 'Recherla Singama Nayak' who ruled the region of Rachakonda after the Kakatiya dynasty.

The architecture Rachakonda Fort is of medieval Hindu fort architecture made of large stones which are of irregular size and indefinite shape.
 
At the entrance, the gates are made of stone pillars and horizontal beams. 
The structure of Rachakonda Fort was strategically developed as a defensive bastion with strong fortifications.
Presently, the fort is in a ruined state.
 
Due to its proximity to Hyderabad, Rachakonda Fort has now become an excellent weekend spot for the Hyderabadis. There is no Entry fee as it is not yet developed on a commercial end. 
 
Rachakonda fort Tips:
No food, water are available near the fort, carry your own water and food. Vehicle parking is available at foot hills of the fort. Fort doesn't have proper entrance, once you park your vehicle you need to find the path on your own, which itself is fun. Less crowded. Trek is very easy, no gear required. Not advisable to visit after sunset. Early morning is the best time to visit.  

 
Hyderabad to Rachakonda fort Route:

Hyderabad --> Ramoji film city --> Malakapur --> Koyaragudem --> Rachakonda fort.
 
Road condition :

Hyderabad to Koyaragudem : 4-lane excellent road with no tolls.
Koyaragudem to Rachakonda fort : 2-lane track with beautiful views cutting through hills.
 
Participants:
 
1) Mahindra KUV 100 - Girish
2) Hyundai i20 Elite - Ravi Teja
3) Hyundai i20 Elite - Jagadish
4) Volkswagen Polo Highline - Vamshi
5) Hyundai i20 Active - Shiv Sigh
6) Honda Amaze - Srinivas
7) Ford Fiesta - Kashyap
8) Hyundai Verna - Madhavi
9) Renault Duster - Vinith reddy
10) Hyundai Creta - Sruthi
11) Hyundai Creta - Sagar
12) Mahindra XUV 500 - Rahul
13) Honda Civic - Saran
14) Honda Civic - Gowtham varma
15) Skoda Octavia - Gautam Kumsi 
 
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Hyderabad to Gottamgutta, A short weekend getaway..
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 that morning


The entry gate of the Chincholi forest was very welcome


Though it was a mud track beyond the gate, the drive was smooth and fun.

 
The track will is pretty narrow to just fit in 1 car at a time



Our first pit stop was a small temple enroute amidst the Chincholi forest

 

 
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Hyderabad to Suryalanka beach, road trip
Hi All,

This is my first travel story in India-Drive.
I have been working in Bangalore from the past few years.
Recently, I moved back to Hyderabad.
My last drive is from Hyderabad to Himalayas with India-Drive team.
It is my best and longest I have ever done in my Duster.
 
Surylanka drive


I have been to Suryalanka around 10 times, frankly speaking, I lost the count!
Last month me and my friend decided to go on a quick weekend getaway.
Plan is to start on Saturday morning and come back by Sunday evening. 
 
We all know that Suryalanka is overcrowded during weekends. 
So we constructed a strategy to beat the crowd. 
 
Route taken
Hyderabad --> Vijaywada --> Suryalanka
We took this route since we had accommodation(friend's place) at Vijayawada.
Best route from Hyderabad to Suryalanka
Hyderabad --> Nalgonda --> Miryalaguda --> Narasaraopet --> Suryalanka
I would suggest people to visit Chirala beach along with Suryalanka, we missed out due to time constraint. 

We started on Saturday around 11AM.
We took the famous the Hyderabad-Vijayawada section.
This is one of the best section after Hyderabad-Bangalore.(my personal favorite)

Maintained steady 110km/hr in my trusted Duster.
We reached Suryapet by 2PM and stopped over for lunch at Hotel 7.
Hotel 7 is one of the best in terms of Infrastructure/Food/Quality/Maintenance.
 
Suryapet to Vijayawada took us around 2 hours +.
Crossing Vijayawada is always pain. Multiple diversions and no proper signs leads to confusion.
One of our friend stays in Vijayawada outskirts, we reached his place by 5PM.
Decided to call the day off. 
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Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach photo log
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach (5.5 km length) is a beach in the state of Kerala in southwestern India.
 
It is located parallel to National Highway 66(formerly National Highway 17) between Thalassery and Kannur.
Here you can drive on the beach legally.
 
Entry ticket is 40/-
Best time to visit, during sunset.
Sand is very firm, chances of getting stuck are very low.
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Hyderabad to Bhongir Fort - Breakfast drive report
Hyderabad to Bhongir fort drive meetup
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Journey to a Mysterious Island - Backwaters of NagarjunaSagar reservoir
Journey to a Mysterious Island in the backwaters of the Nagarjunasagar reservoir
 
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Hyderabad to Singur dam roadtrip
Hyderabad to Singur dam
 
Road condition: Average, Single roads with decent condition. First 30 kilometers on ORR the and the next 50 kilometers on a single lane road.
Drive: You will enjoy driving through the remote villages of Telangana.
Distance: 80 kilometers from Gachibowli, Via ORR.
 
Hyderabad to Singur dam route:
Gachibowli (ORR) ---> Patancheru (Mumbai highway exit) ---> Sadashivpet ---> Atmakur ---> Singur Dam
There are multi routes available via Sanga reddy, If you want to explore the interiors of villages. 
 
Place to visit in Singur dam:
Singur dam (No restriction are permissions are required. You can explore the place without any issue)  Manjeera river Singur project park (average) Circular well (Don't miss this place) Harita lake view resort  
Google maps:
Singur Dam : https://goo.gl/maps/5vejQeyWHgQ2
Manjeera river : https://goo.gl/maps/CskbP4aPD8C2
Circular well : https://goo.gl/maps/ryKQPciEjDm
Harita resort : https://goo.gl/maps/AN3fVey5gvj
 
Important points:
Carry water and snacks No proper washrooms available Food options: Haritha resort and Parmy resort. Circular well view point is a little isolated, going in a group would be preferable. No proper fuel options  
Singur project:
Irrigation Hydro electric generation Water project
It is a drinking water source for Hyderabad. According to some reports, It has a lot of crocodiles but, we couldn't spot any.
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COVID impact on housing? Trend shift?
COVID made lot of impact on our lifestyle. 
Some of the major companies unofficially extend work from home till 2021 December.

In Silicon valley, heart of IT. Many companies started canceling their lease terms.

 
 
 
Some of the families started moving to suburbs. 
Huge demand in city outskirts. 

 
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How to sleep in a car? COVID and travel problems
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 planning to use washrooms in highway restaurants. We will be carrying alcohol sprays. 
 
Any other suggestions?
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Hyderabad to Gottam Gotta monsoon drive and hike
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 was to drive through the silent Chincholi wildlife sanctuary to reach the lake. There is a small village en-route, which is beautiful. At around 1PM, we hardly saw 5-7 people at the lake and after few minutes, we were the only one at the lake.
Trek: The trek to the lake was normal (kids can do it as well). We spent sometime at the lake and returned back at 2:30PM or so. We have observed that crowd started gathering a little after 3PM but won't be more than 20-30 people.. Then we had our lunch under a tree near the chincholi wildlife sanctuary, collected the trash after our lunch and explored the place randomly. The views were really good and the place is definitely worth a visit. We started heading back home by 5:00PM and reached in 2 hours.   Drive and Road condition Distance: ~240 kms. (to and fro). Road condition: Excellent until the NH65 ends, Good from then. You will see some rough patch once you enter chincholi wildlife sanctuary (doable for any car).   Things to note: Carry everything you need and don't expect any stores nearby. It's completely remote place and group travel will be fun and secure during odd timings.
 

 

 

 

 

 
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Hyderabad to Sabitham Waterfalls Karimnagar
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 completely empty and we are the only people at waterfalls

 
It feels great to hit the road after a long gap. Forest | Waterfalls | drive made it even more refreshing.
Waterfalls has some entry restrictions due to COVID, since we now local villager, we got an entry. 
 
Avoid this place during weekends and festival seasons. It will get overcrowded some times.
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Unlock-4.0 : No pass required to travel out of state
No e-pass required for out of state travel.
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Update your mobile number to e-challan : Hyderabad
Want to get instant E-Challan details?
 
 

 
 
Now you can tag your mobile number with your vehicle. You will get instant updates on E-Challan information.
 
https://tgtransport.net/TGCFSTONLINE/OnlineTransactions/UpdateMobileNumber.aspx
 
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Dramatic crash pictures of Tesla
Crashing while racing up Pikes Peak is bound to be both pretty spectacular and scary to see. If there could possibly be any doubt about that, it is erased by these images of a Tesla Model 3 Performance driven by Randy Pobst that caught the car in mid-fiasco. Now, thankfully the professional driver is ok, but it seems like the car will not have a chance to compete in the official running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on Sunday.
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Source:IndeedEV
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Hyderabad traffic police
PRESS NOTE - 
 
Today once again Hyderabad Traffic police facilitated the transport of the live organs (Two Kidneys and One Liver) by providing non-stop movement to the ambulance carrying the organ.
 
On 24-08-2020 at 06.39 hrs, the Hyderabad and Cyberabad Traffic Police coordinated and arranged Green Channel for transportation of LIVE ORGANS (Two Kidneys and One Liver) from Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Shamshabad to KIMS Hospital, Begumpet, Hyderabad. The organs came by flight from Kolkata city. 
 
The distance between Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Shamshabad to KIMS Hospital, Begumpet, Hyderabad is 36.8 KMs which was covered in 30 minutes.
 
 The medical team carrying LIVE ORGANS (Two Kidneys and One Liver) left at 06.39 hrs from RGI Airport, Shamshabad and reached KIMS Hospital, Begumpet, Hyderabad at 07.09 hrs.
 
The efforts of Hyderabad and Cyberabad Traffic Police in the transportation of LIVE ORGANS (Two Kidneys and One Liver) were applauded by the management of KIMS Hospital, Begumpet, Hyderabad as it would help in saving precious lives.  
 
This year in 2020, Hyderabad Traffic Police has facilitated organ transport 5 times.
 
Hyderabad Traffic Police cares for our citizens.


 
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India - London - India
India - London - India in a bus!
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Automotive photography.
Automotive photography
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Hyderabad Weekend Getaways under 200 kilometers
Weekend getaways
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Hyderabad to Hampi drive meet - Report
Hyderabad To Hampi Exploration Drive Meet - Report
 
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