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  1. 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 mo
  2. Hello, Recently (last week) I was on the road trip to Goa from Hyderabad and as I was upset with the last route I took, which is ironically the most popular route in this post. The route via Raichur is being preferred by most of the fellow enthusiast but I took the route : Goa via Vijayapura and Belgavi. I have my own reason to like that route I took, first I got more than 150Km of perfect laid tarmac and beautiful 4 lane roads. As the highways are not so good in Karnatka, but the change can be seen in the route to Vijayapura. The route is not perfect but much better then the Route
  3. Most people consider US brands as the best, though most of them are now made in China. When I bought for myself, I went for Cobra. Cobra is considered one of the best. 500 meters is pretty low, a CB radio can easily exceed the range of 20Kms on plain terrain and at least 5 to 8 kms in forest or on hilly terrain. If 500 to 1 km is your requirement, i'd suggest a walkie talkie with 3 to 5 kms max range. These on one charge can easily work for 12 hours and keeping a spare battery would have enough juice to keep the talkie working for 24 hours straight. I brought one for myself while in UK in 2012
  4. What is a CB Radio? A CB or Citizen Band radio is for the purpose of general population use. This is a short distance radio communication system between individuals. How important is CB (Citizen Band) Radio for a trip like Ladakh? Somewhat important, it is useful when there is no mobile network available and a communication is required. But it is worth when more people have the CB radio in their vehicle and are actually tuned to the correct frequency. It is certainly useful for a group of cars travelling and wants to communicate (Clarkson - May - Hammond) while on t
  5. Really beautiful travelogue @avreddy , Enjoyed the reading and the pics are mesmerizing. Thanks for sharing.
  6. Yes an Alto K10 would definitely be able to keep up with the other cars. What I meant was the Alto Lxi with less powerful engine and smaller tyres. I am a proud owner of an Alto Lxi 2010, and when I say proud, I really am. It took me to so many places, even to Leh as well as to Bhutan. I am not questioning the car's capability, but the scenario would be totally different when on a straight highway other vehicle would do 125+ for a continuous hour, the small car wouldn't be able to keep up with that. Believe me, I've experience the same, it gets cumbersome for the car and for the driver as well
  7. Time is the crucial factor here. Taking a month off is also not very reasonable for many. But for the sake of road exploration and a dream trip, one can and should make arrangements. I believe 8 hrs per day is little less, say we start at 6am and call the day at 8pm. That makes 14 hours including the breaks. So if we drive 12 hrs a day to and fro, the on road time would be around: 91/12 = ~ 8 days * 2 = 16 days + 5 days (Stay in Thailand) = 21 days 21 days trip is possible. I've been on road for 2 continuous weeks while on Golden Quadrilateral (will add a travelogue s
  8. Definitely a group would be more beneficial in terms of Technical as well as Mental support for each other. Yes, at least 3 cars is a must, but what cars? I mean an Alto which is limited to 110kms/hr cannot match an SUV or any sedan on a plain highway. A group of cars with somewhat equal efficiency is also important so the required speed can be maintained. Travelers taking turns to drive is also important, so at least two drivers in every car. SEEMS MORE PLAUSIBLE NOW.
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    Beautiful pictures sbhamidi, I am sure if you post the collection in the Photography section, it would be a great share for the members to enjoy the beauty.
  10. It may sound extreme but is now very much possible due to the Trilateral Highway in Myanmar connecting India and Thailand. This grand tour is in my mind from the day I read about it in a newspaper. The article was about a couple who traveled from Kolkata to Bangkok via Myanmar, a small online search yelled similar trips done by others as well. Some from Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and even Chennai, but I failed to find Hyderabad to Bangkok trip. I believe this is a must do trip, which could be a trip of a life time. Please present your idea/views!
  11. Beautiful pics, Do share more information. How was the roads? Faced any bad stretch?
  12. Loved the pictures. Very well written as well. Thanks for sharing.
  13. When debating between Petrol & Diesel, we are sure missing the emerging new fuels, i.e. LPG, CNG & PNG(in some cities). Many brands like Maruti, Hyundai and Tata are offering their vehicles in LPG or CNG variants, which in some cases becomes the primary feature influencing the decision. I myself is a LPG user and must say, the cost of running the car is almost equal to my motorcycle. Yes the car loses some of its power and of course loses the peppiness. But when on a long road trip, the car gets more economical, as well as little more Eco-friendly.
  14. Is there a plan for another weekend getaway? I am sure interested for this long weekend.
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