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  1. Are you planning a road trip from Bangalore? Look no further than Bharat Taxi for your needs for the best taxi service in Bangalore. Whether heading out on a weekend getaway or a more extended adventure, Bharat Taxi offers reliable and comfortable cabs to suit your travel requirements. Let's explore why Bharat Taxi is your best choice for a memorable road trip from Bangalore. Why Choose Bharat Taxi? Wide Range of cabs: Bharat Taxi offers a diverse fleet of vehicles, including sedans, SUVs, and tempo travellers, ensuring you find the perfect ride for your journey. Experienced Drivers: With Bharat Taxi, you'll be accompanied by skilled and professional drivers who prioritize your safety and comfort throughout the trip. Flexible Booking Options: Whether you need a vehicle for a few hours, a full day, or an extended period, Bharat Taxi offers flexible booking options to accommodate your schedule. 24/7 Customer Support: Know that Bharat Taxi provides round-the-clock customer support, ensuring assistance whenever you need it during your road trip. Popular Destinations from Bangalore Mysore: Embark on a cultural journey to Mysore and explore its magnificent palaces, lush gardens, and vibrant markets. Coorg: Indulge in nature's bounty at Coorg, renowned for its lush coffee plantations, cascading waterfalls, and scenic landscapes. Ooty: Escape to the charming hill station and enjoy strolls amidst its tea gardens, tranquil lakes, and colonial-era architecture. Wayanad: Discover the untouched beauty of Wayanad, with its dense forests, wildlife sanctuaries, and picturesque hiking trails. Hampi: Immerse yourself in history at Hampi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dotted with ancient temples, ruins, and majestic boulders. Tips for a Memorable Road Trip Plan Your Route: Research and plan your route, considering road conditions, pit stops, and sightseeing opportunities. Pack Essentials: Pack essentials such as water, snacks, a first-aid kit, navigation devices, and entertainment options to ensure a comfortable journey. Stay Alert: Stay vigilant while driving and adhere to traffic rules and regulations to ensure a safe and enjoyable road trip experience. Take Breaks: Schedule regular breaks to stretch your legs, refuel, and rejuvenate, especially during long journeys to avoid fatigue. Capture Memories: Remember to capture the beautiful moments and scenic views along the way to cherish memories of your road trip from Bangalore. With Bharat Taxi as your travel companion, embark on a memorable road trip from Bangalore and explore the beauty of South India at your own pace.
  2. I am planning a trip to GOA from HYD by car next weekend. So anyone can suggest me the best route for that? I am planning to leave around 2:00 AM from Hyderabad to Goa which way i have to take?
  3. 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) Trusted steed Menu Day 1 : Hyderabad to Vishakapatnam Day 2 : Vishakapatnam to Puri Day 3: Puri to Kharagpur Day 4:Kharagpur to Malda
  4. Best Route from Hyderabad to Chikmagalur : 650 kms Hyderabad --> Kurnool --> Ananthapur --> Hiriyur --> Kadur --> Chikmagalur Route Condition from Hyderabad to Chikmagalur : Hyderabad to Ananthapur - 4 lane toll road, excellent Ananthapur to Chikmagalur - 2 lane road, average Limited food options between Ananthapur to Chikmagalur Best Time to Visit Chikamagalur : August to February Best Restaurants in chikmagalur: Khansamaa Restaurant https://g.page/KHANSAMAACKMRST?share Vishnu Delicacy - Vegetarian Restaurant https://goo.gl/maps/pUGfbyd83DZVPQVm7 Best hotels in Chikmagalur town: Hotel Aadrika Robusta Inn DC comforts Best resorts in Chikmagalur (Luxury): Vismita County Resort Trivik Resort & Hotel The Serai Chikmagalur Java Rain Resort, Chikmagalur Siri Nature roost Home stays in Chikmagalur: Mountainvalley homestay Nexstay coffee grove Day - 1 Start time : 5 : 00 AM Breakfast stop : 7 :00 AM to 7 :30 AM Location : Food Pyramid, Kothakota (Spacious parking, Good Food, Decent Washrooms, Kids Play area) Google pin : https://goo.gl/maps/Gha9UJ3A14Zvwa9E8 Fuel Stop : Reliance fuel, Anantapur Google pin : https://goo.gl/maps/kXvy8D47MFCchpDp7 Coffee break : 12 : 00 PM Location : Chowraasta Cafe and Restaurant, Anantapur Google pin : https://goo.gl/maps/798wC7JbwH1qNZiZ8 Lunch stop : 2 : 00 PM Location : Garlica Restaurant, Hiriyur Google pin : https://g.page/garlica-restaurant?share Coffee break : 4 : 30 PM Location : Sri Vinayaka Cafe, Kadur Google pin : https://goo.gl/maps/pGpi9BSuAXfQPYUD Final stop : 7 : 00 PM Day - 2 Places to visit : Kallathigiri Falls Mullayanagiri Babu Budangiri (Datta Peeta) 500 steps to climb, but the views are breath taking Day - 3 Places to visit : Ayyankere Lake Hebbe Falls (Private Jeep has to be hired which are available at the location, it will cost around 800/- for 4 people) Kemmangundi Coffee Museum (20 INR per head - Operates between 10 : 00 AM to 1 : 00 PM and 2 : 30 PM to 5 : 00 PM) Day - 4 Start back to Hyderabad Start time : 5 : 00 AM Breakfast Stop : 7: 30 AM Location : Udaya family restuarent, Hiriyur Google pin : https://goo.gl/maps/QDLnPwAKu8v2cuJk6 Lunch stop : 12 : 30 PM Location : Garlica Ananthapur Google pin : https://g.page/garlica-restaurant?share Coffee break : 5 : 00 PM Location : Food Pyramid Google pin : https://goo.gl/maps/Gha9UJ3A14Zvwa9E8 Reach Hyderabad: 7 : 30 to 8 : 00 PM Note: Additional Day-5 for Kudremukh
  5. Hi, im planning for a road trip from Hyderabad to Lucknow, with family ( 2 small kids), with a halt in Nagpur. pls suggest the best route post nagpur, and a good place for another night halt, during covid times. travelling by XUV500 planning to stay in Le Meridian in Nagpur, for night stay.
  6. Dear ALL, I am planning to travel to tirupati from Hyderabad by in a automatic car. Don't want to take bad roads. Can anyone please suggest the best route?
  7. Hyderabad to Tadoba route: Hyderabad to Tadoba forest route is a mix of 4-lane and 2-lane route. First leg of the journey is Hyderabad to Adilabad on NH7 via Nirmal. It is a beautiful 4-lane toll road one can easily maintain 100 km/hr for the first 300 Kilometers. Adilabad to Wani is mix of good and bad roads. Once you cross Wani you need to change the route depending on the gate you are planning to visit. Following are the list of Gates available. Entry Gates :: Tadoba Tiger Reserve Khutvanda Kolara (Second best option) Mohurli (Famous gate) Navegaon Pangdi Zahri (Kolsa) Note : Tuesday is a Holiday (subjected to change) Tadoba will be closed during monsoon i.e 1st July to 15th October (subjected to change) Best Route :Hyderabad to Mohurli gate Tadoba (Famous gate) Hyderabad --> Kamareddy --> Nirmal --> Adilabad -->Pandharkawada -->Karanji --> Wani --> Chandrapur --> Mohurli gate Best Route :Hyderabad to Kolara (Second option) Hyderabad --> Kamareddy --> Nirmal --> Adilabad -->Pandharkawada -->Karanji-->Wani--> Warora --> Chimur --> Kolara gate Note: Routes and Gates are always confusing around the forest arear. Even though you use Google maps make sure to recheck with locals
  8. Hello, I'm planning a trip from Hyderabad to Leh Ladakh on road in KTM 390 I'm planning to go in May,2021. Tell me the best route available on road and a road my Bike can handle. And travelling in may is good idea?(Being a student that is the onlytime I get to travel) How long drive should we drive maximum (in hours and distance wise)? Things to carry? And tell me the road which worth travelling (something else to watch) Guide me through a plan where we can have the best days in our life ! Thank you.
  9. Hi All, Please share your best mobile picture. Rules: Shot should be landscape Share some information like location/object name etc Add mobile name No category restriction, can be anything.
  10. #One Baleno#6 Souls#One destination#tones of memories#Bucket list tick#Gandikota Belum caves Trip planning started 6 months before and it kept on changing. Finally accommodation booked and trip scheduled on 24.Jan.2020. Thanks to Ksk (Sathish) and Dishari for continuous guidance on route and stay. Car: Baleno ZETA CVT Members: 4 Adults and 2 kids Places visited: Gandikota & Belum caves. One can visit places like Owk reservoir, Yaganti temple, Orvakal rock garden based on time availability. Route taken: Hyd-Kurnool-Nandyal-Gandikota-Belum caves-Banaganapali-Betamcherla-Kurnool-Hyd Road conditions: - Hyd-Kurnool-Nandyal: Roads are good - Nandyal-Gandikota: Roads are good. 50 km before Gandikota roads are average to bad and passes through villages. - Gandikota-Belum caves-Banaganapali-Betamcherla-Kurnool : Roads are average and passes through villages. Once you touch NH40 then roads are good. - Kurnool-Hyd: Roads are good. - Route map provided for ref. Distance traveled: ~ 800 KM Toll charges (Fastag): Rs. 650 Petrol expanse: Rs. 3700 Difficulties: Trip was awesome, except Aarav (my son) fall sick on day of trip with viral fever. But throughout trip he supported us with his smile. The complete success of trip goes to him. At Gandikota you need to wear good shoes to walk on rocks along with comfortable cloths. Avoid it during summer & heavy rains. People with breathing and BP related issues should avoid Belum caves. Stay option at Gandikota: Option 1: Non AC tents Cost is Rs. 1000 per person with food on twin sharing basis. The only problem is during rainy season this will not be good. Also for common washroom, you need to travel 500 m. Option 2: AC tents Very costly around Rs. 3000 per person with food on twin sharing basis. Sometime even they charge Rs 3500. Tents without food charges will be Rs. 3000 on twin sharing basis. Need online booking via freakout. Washroom is attached to tent. Opion 3: AC rooms at Hariths resorts We found this good and reasonable. Per room cost is Rs 1600 from Mon-Wed and on Thur-Sun it will be Rs. 2000 (taxes extra). Rooms are good and 500 m away from site. Rooms being limited we need to book online via AP tourism website. Food options at Gandikota Only food option is Haritha resort (if you have not booked tents). We found food is average and can be manageable. We have carried electric cooker and prepared food by our self. Food options at Belum caves There is a small hotel available near to booking window. They serve cold drink, water and snacks. We found food is average and can be manageable. You can enjoy this trips in 2 days. I advise you to make it on weekdays as there will be less rush. For us it took 3 days as we are travelling with kids and we don’t want to drive in night and early mornings. Disclaimer: Not all of the photos are taken by me. Few are from my friends mobile. Photographic device: Poco f1 Oneplus 7T Canon 1300D Xiomi note 6 pro Beauty of place you can derived from photos.
  11. Wayanad - Truly a nature's paradise Why : Monsoon drive Where : Wayanad, Kerala Distance : ~2000 kilometres Ride : Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Fuel : Petrol Mileage : 15KMPL Stay: Thejas Resorts Route Taken: Hyderabad (Gachibowli) - Kurnool - Bangalore - Mysuru - Gundlupete - Wayanad. Road condition: The road conditions throughout the drive have been splendid and we enjoyed every bit of our drive on the ghat. Except for a few bad stretches in the interiors of the village when we explored new routes, rest of the main roads are excellent. The season being monsoon, added a lot of beauty to the scene. Places to visit in Wayanad: Edakkal Caves Karapuzha dam Phantom hill point Jain Temple Banasura dam Pookot Lake Lakkidi View point Minmooty waterfalls Wayanad wildlife Sanctuary Soochipara Waterfalls Kanthampara Waterfalls A lot of Tea states enroute and amazing roads. Day-00: Hyderabad - Kurnool - Bangalore (550 kms & 7.5 hours including a dinner break) Day-01: Bangalore - Mysuru - Gundlupete - Wayanad (Sultan Bathery) (6 hours of drive time - 275 kms) We reached our stay by 9:00 AM @Thejas resorts in Sultan Bathery. It is sited amidst one of the most beautiful locations of Wayanad between the forest offering best of the authentic Kerala ambience. We started our drive to the first site, that is the Edakkal Caves post breakfast. You need to walk around 2 kms up the hill on a paved path from the parking area. Trek up the Ambukutty hills to reach the foot of the cave which was quite strenuous but adventurous. The rain during our trek added more fun to the scene. The first sight of the cave. It is technically not a cave but a rock shelter caused by a piece of rock splitting away from the main body. Beautiful view of Wayanad from the top of the Ambukutty hills. We had to get down a lot of stairs on our way back from the cave. The view throughout our descent down the hill was just splendid as we walked through the cloud cover. Few stretches of this track were quite interesting. Don't forget to carry an Umberella or a raincoat when you take this place. There are quite a few view points on the edge to get some good clicks of the views that the place has offered us. Our next drive was towards the Karapuzha dam. We took the road which was quite a loner passing through interiors of numerous number of villages as we moved towards this dam. Note: Choose the main road if one has to worry about the road condition as this track doesn't offer you the best of the roads. We chose this track to enjoy the remote beauty through the fields. Karapuzha dam is one of the biggest earth dams India has got and totally for the purpose of irrigation. The path towards this dam offers some amazing views of nature This dam was built on the Karapuzha river a tributary of the Kabini river Some pleasant and beautiful pictures of the place. One of the best places to walk around the path and spend an evening amidst nature to relax Phantom rock is one of the rarely visited archaeological sites in Wayanad which is located 13 kms from Kalpetta. Phantom rock was our last visited spot of the day. We moved back to the resort for the night to enjoy some authentic Kerala delicacies for dinner.
  12. Planning: 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! ) Preparation: 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) State: Telangana 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. State: 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.
  13. Hi, Planning for a road trip from guwahati assam to deoghar jharkhand via road by my car ertiga , can anyone help me with the best route options and how is the road condition ? , Is it safe to travel with family via road ? Kindly help
  14. We recently had a trip from Hyderabad to Bidar. Me with my wife and two other friends started at morning 6 o'clock and returned to Hyderabad by 6:45 pm. Trip Details: Date: 29 June 2019 Places Visited: Bidar Fort, Rangeen Mahal, Guru Nanak Jhira Sahib Route: Madhapur - Chanda Nagar - Zaheerabad - Bidar Fort Distance Covered: 266.4 km There was plan to visit Bidar along with Gulberga but we canceled Gulberga as we wanted to have a one day trip without hassle. Its just start of monsoon so weather was cool and while returning it rained little. So overall it was a nice trip. Attaching few pictures taken. Inner Ring Road, Bidar Bidar Fort and Rangeen Mahal Gurudwara Nanak Jhira Bahamani Tombs Hazrath Multani Baba Dargah Breakfast: At Hyderabad Delight Restaurant. They have all south indian items like idli, dosa, puri. Food was tasty and good. Irani tea was awesome. Car parking is available. Lunch: At Royal Anmol Deluxe Family Restaurant. We had Dum Biryani and Chicken Drumstick. Good ambiance and food quantity but taste was average. There is a small car parking but you have to park on road side if you are travelling on weekends. For info about upcoming trips follow us. instagram: musafir_ds Hope you have liked our topic. Thanks Musafir
  15. It was Dec of 2018, my wife had a full week plan in the Christmas to go to Calcutta to meet her family. We usually travel together, be it for a trip or a visit to our hometown, Calcutta. But this time it was impossible for me to get a leave sanction of a week or 10 days, due to my office commitments. Without any other choice she booked her flight to Calcutta during Christmas. At the same time I thought, I can get 4 days for a trip, 23rd to 26th , if I can manage 2 days leave. ( I have Saturday office). Since long, two of the many things of my bucket list were: 1) A solo road trip in my car 2) A visit to Hampi And this time I realised this is a perfect time to tick off both from my bucket list. And as we travel together, my wife was quite upset about my plan. But as a good friend, we never stopped each other for doing anything. So yes, finally I managed to get the leave sanctioned and this is the tale of my journey to tick off the two things at a go, “A solo road trip to Hampi!” There are lot of posts about Hampi in the internet; so, not posting about my stay details further. Hampi is having all sorts of hotels or stay options depending upon your budget & preferences. So just limiting my log to the route, photos I have taken and other small details. I usually do my research on the route rather than what Google is suggesting. Google was suggesting the route via Raichur but I took this route:- Hyderabad – Kurnool – Alur - Bellary – Kamalapur – Hampi. Took numerous breaks for photos, food or stretching, so I had to drive nearly 10 hours before I reach Hampi, else I could have reached much earlier. So let’s get started.. Cranked the engine at exact 6 AM:- Reached hill park restaurant, Jadcherla around 7.15 AM, to take the breakfast:- Location: https://goo.gl/maps/CYntB9cfixQ2 Around 10 o’clock reached Pullur toll plaza, near Kurnool:- Somewhere between Alur and Bellary:- There are plenty of options available once you enter the Bellary town. I avoid rice at lunch during drive. So, had a Masala Dosa at one of the food joints. I observed that, food options at Bellary are more on the opposite side of the road while going to Hampi from Hyderabad,. So in case you want to explore the town while going to Hampi, park your car on your side, cross the road & explore. Plenty of options are available. Finally around 4 O’clock in the evening I reached Hampi! Now, let some snaps taken in and around Hampi do the talking:- Next day morning, trekked all the way up to Anjana's Hill to experience this beautiful Sunrise:- Again let some pictures do some talking.. Day 3:- Near Tungabhdra River.. Evening of Day 3, once again I trekked all the way up to Matanga Hill to watch the Sunset, and the trek was quite tough than the Anajana’s Hill's.. But once I reached the top, the tough trek had paid off.. This view.. When you finally managed to get a selfie with the beautiful background, but someone photo-bombed it.. Found an interesting structure, once I get down from the top :- The famous Virupaksha Temple at dusk.. Had a lovely dinner at Mango Tree:- Location: https://goo.gl/maps/VsqAkovkBHz It was the last day and I had to head back to Hyderabad. So had my breakfast at my hotel before I started off around 8.30 in the morning:- Touched a magic figure in between.. 30000 & up!! Had a decent lunch at Food pyramid:- Location: https://goo.gl/maps/EiZQWDuuPeH2 Reached Home around 5 o’clock. “A solo road trip to Hampi!”, done & dusted!! Untill next time, much love, my love.. Cheers! Pralay
  16. A quick drive to Hidden Castle. Place is located around 100 kilometers from Hyderabad. Road condition: 4-lane with very few diversions. Once you hit the highway, You will reach the destination in an hour. Food options on highway: Enroute you can find Haritha food court.
  17. A quick video of our recent drive from Hyderabad to Himalayas. Watch in 1080P
  18. Anyone interested for Leh & Ladakh road trip in Jun 2018 From Hyderabad...?
  19. Hampi, Aihole, Pattadakal and Badami tour was indeed a three years dream ultimately became true in the first week of Jan, 2019. I took the same route as our ID group travelled in December, 2018. Hyderabad-Kurnool-Bellari-Hampi. Return I came from Badami-Lingsugur-Raichur-Desugur-Mahaboobnagar-Jadcharla-Hyderabad. I may not be able to put up all the story at one go. I will try to post it day wise. Team Me and My Wife, My Mother's sister and uncle, Their Daughter and two 11 & 9 year old kids. (5+2) Vehicle- Uncle's own Xylo Day One-05-01-2019 With a little delay than we planed we started from Vanasthalipuram just before 6.00 AM with a cofee break at M Food Court before Jedcharla and reached Kurnool by 9.15 AM. We had Buffet Breakfast at Hotel Suraj Grand @ Rs.120/- Per head and the breakfast was very good. We started just before 10.00 AM from Kurnool and reached Mayura Bhuvaneswari KSTDC Hotel at Kamalapura by 2.30 PM. My wife became sick by the time we reached the destination with three vomitings between Kodumur and Kamalapura. I was told its an infection in intestine and simple medication was told by our family doctor over phone. Every one was in anxiety and after medicationction she slept in the room forcing me to continue with visiting places. I was in a real dilemma not ready to leave her alone in that condition and other side My uncle, aunty, sister with two kids who came from Australia and depending on me for the tour. At one stage I thought of asking my uncle to go ahead by engaging a guide but my wife insisted me to go. As the distance of Vijaya Vittala Temple is close to the Hotel, We left hotel by 4.10 PM. We reached Tallari Gatta Gate by 4.25 and took a snap and proceeded to Battery car point. Due to paucity of time I could not stop over by Gajjela Mandapa. We saw all the ruins and places on drive in battery car. By 4.50 we reached the Vijaya Vittala Temple and after taking entry tickets, we engaged a guide out side the temple for Rs. 350/- Full team minus my wife ? Full temple Left side view through Wide angle lens Sun set time Right side of the Temple. By the time we saw the Vittala temple complex, it was 6 Pm and the time for closure of temple. When we came out we were told that the last battery car will depart from the temple at 6.30 PM so we did not went to Shiva Temple adjacent to Vittala Temple. We came out and wanted to see King's balance. Before that few clicks of Siva temple and Vittala Market. My wife also called me and informed me that she is feeling better. Vishnu Temple on the way to King's Balance King's Balance Few other structures near by We returned in the last battery car and reached the Hotel by 7.15 PM. We had dinner at the same hotel and went to bed early. Food is good at the hotel but the service is very slow. Room service is not available. End of day One
  20. 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.
  21. *All pictures will be posted at the end of the topic* Total Odo was 2600kms. We did it in 3 full days. The initial thought was to go Goa. But I heard that, Munnar temperature is dropping to sub zero and we can experience frost and fog. So I convinced my brother for Munnar road trip. I thought of taking my Mitsubishi Lancer (1999 model, Stock condition). but dont want to take risk in ghat section. My brother owns Hyundai Eon newly bought. Hardly we are 2 and can go without missing any space comfort. Planned to go by 10th of Jan in the early morning 3 Am. But due to my hectic second shift timings, I couldn't had enough sleep. 10th Jan 2019, Thursday Woke up at 7am and took Orr at ghatkesar entry and halted Shamshabad by 9am. Had good breakfast started by 9.30. I have taken the pilot charge and slowly accelerated to 100kmph. we feel the small car Eon is stable at 100kmph for cruising and braking. didnt gave halt anywhere. by 12:30 we skipped kurnool and halted for lunch at Ananthapur by 14:30. The temperature outside is around 30* . felt bit irritating in driving. slowly crossed penukonda and took halt for petrol pump. There I spotted KIA's new sedan. photos will be attached at end. departed from that place and seen KIA's plant for the first time. Its a very large. Realised that our average speed is coming down. then we planned to skip Bangalore city. Google maps didn't shown proper route. but I followed the suggested route by one of our members. ( He is Mr. ***) We have taken branch lane at devanahalli town and heading towards Hoskote. Its a single lane and bad road. full of traffic with loaded trucks. didnt check the time but we reached Hoskote. (Hoskote is on Bangalore- Tirupati highway * Old Madras highway formally). Then next hurdle we have to cross Hosur. Even this is a very busy road. can see lot of cabs and loaded truck. We reached Hosur by 19:00 approx. Thats where we took back our NH7/ 44. Thats full of 6 lane and full of hectic moving traffic. all people are rushing minimum speed of 80kmph. Their all driving shows full of recklessness. all junctions are equipped with blue LED lights blinking in weird way. its very disturbing. We crossed krishnagiri and felt happy after that. All chennai pax diverted completely. Slowly we reached dharmapuri by 20:30. Had Excellent dinner at Arya's bhavan. Proceeded towards Salem. Basically Salem is a very main junction. It holds roads coming from chennai side, bangalore side, coimbatore/ kochi side and kanniyakumar/ Madurai side. All the national highway through salem is like gliding on the city with one single fly over. Awesome roads those are. The advantage of taking NH7/44 is, we no need to divert anywhere. all the road join this highway and divides their own. Now, I feel bit drowsy and heading to Dundigul. Any how I managed 80kmph and used all my energy to reach dindugal. There we have to take right towards Theni/ Munnar. 11th Jan 2019, Friday Almost 00:30 we took right turn towards Theni/ Munnar. we can use same road for Kodaikanal also. I handover steering to my brother and took power-nap. Its a double road without divider. Every junction, there are strong barricades arranged in zigzag way. Somewhere before theni. A police checkpost arrived. police asked us the details and check our luggage, car and car docs. they allowed to pass from there. Later crossing then, ghat started with a strong hairpinbend. The road has fresh tarmac and having cat eyes. Lots of hairpin bends and the elevation taking us drastically up. I feel temperature is coming down for every 2-3 hairpin bends. approx 40-50 curves and easy 20 hairpin bends we crossed, (Watch for fallen stones on the road) and reached kerala border checkpost. through out ghat we got 4G internet (FYI). thats where we had great ride seriously. And from then around 80kms , its a bad road. some places with no road. We can clearly seen the roads are washed out due to land slides. The temperature is really chilling outside. finally we reached Devikulam. At this place I have seen clear sky with infinity stars shining. This will be the best place for night photography. by this time its our own risk. we cannot spot any human presence. those are very remote places during night. by 05:00 we reached munnar. and my brother booked a nice room at pallivasal. its on munnar kochi ghat. Had sleep till 10am and woke up. just took drive aback to munnar and had a very good breakfast at sangeetha restaurant(Pure veg). took drive to Top station. we can spot a big lake with dam and tea plantations while going. the climate was not so good to enjoy and photography. may be I reached in wrong time. Try some farm fresh carrots at stalls. be prepare for parking. as thats a narrow stretch, so can take parking a bit outside. I collected the information about the cold place where the temperatures goes subzero. We are completely tired and driven back to room and had sound sleep very early. 12th Jan 2019, Saturday Woke up in the morning 5 and vacated our room by 5:50. took drive to munnar first and had tea in a bakery. Thats too chilling climate outside. I can approximate 6-7* C. We were actually returning to Hyderabad by covering few places. I took the drive and heading towards Udumalpet. while going out from munnar, I saw people gathered beside a small lake. There I found water is emitting vapor. After getting down from the car, literally my fingers were freezing. I have taken my jacket and camera with me. Spotted frost on grass and photographed few moments.between beautiful sun rise moments started. So I decided to move on from that place. The road again going up from the actual plane. There we crossed so many tea plantations. these are actaully beautifull than top station plantations. the road is bit mixed with bad patches. overall you fell, this what munnar is. U can see a mile stone mentioning about sea level. thats 5500 meters. I missed to take that click. after going some distance, the road slowly takes to you to down. Later you will enter into annamalai wild life reserve. the road is bit narrow. u will follow a valley through out in the right side. be very careful on that road with upcoming traffic. By 9:00, we reached a forest checkpost. Hardly its 15 kms to Udumalpet. then we have to take to left towards Coimbatore. with the help of google maps we skipped coimbatore. reached mettupallyam by 12:00. Had good lunch at Kallar Railway gate. My brother taken the steering for nilagiri ghats. this is bit tough than munnar ghat in traffic and ghat elevation. I didnt planned any ste visits in ooty except chocalates shopping. we continued to masinagudi, thats actually 70kms to get down. there is another route, which can takes u down in just 35kms. unfortunately traffic police not allowing any vehicles. probably its a one way. we crossed mudumalai and bandipur. later halted at nunjangud for sacks. took mysore outer ring road towards bangalaore. he still we can skip bangalore city while coming from mysore side. we can take left at Maddur, towards Kunigal. the road is 2 lane without divider and occational speed brakers. thats awesome road u can drive. After reaching Kunigal, u can find an awesome Mangalore bangalore highway with 4 lane with divider. U can take that road till Nelamangala. after reaching nelamangala, u can take road to dodballapur and then to chikballapur. these two road are with bad patches and will all single road. There we have taken our NH7/ 44 towrds Hyderabad. My brother driven all the way to hyderabad with 3 power naps. 13th Jan 2019, sunday We reached Hyderabad by morning 9:30 safely. All the photos can be accessed through below link.
  22. Hi Friends, 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.
  23. Day 0 : Hyderabad 14th December Medical check list: Crocin - body pains and fever Metrogyl - motions Avomine - motion sickness Surbex- T multivitamin - resistance Band aids - safety Soframycin ointment - safety Wikoryl - sore throat and cold Diamox - Altitude sickness Vehicle check list Periodic Service and all liquids top up Wheel alignment and balancing, check tyres for punctures, check spare wheel Jumper cables (available at Ranijung) Towing ropes and hooks (available at Ranijung) Air pump Spare bulbs Torch Duct tape Knife/scissors Zip ties Basic tool kit Dash cam Car charger (two, front/rear) PUC (pollution) Camera check list : Don't forget to empty memory cards Tripod stand Action Camera Car mount Chargers and extra batteries Gimbal Personal check list Passport Passport size photos Original license Original RC Original Insurance AAdhar card
  24. I have never planned road trips in advance however planning to do the Ooty Drive this month end taking a few additional days off during the long weekend. I am planning the drive from Hyderabad to Ooty Route: Hyderabad--> Bengaluru --> Mysuru --> Ooty . I am thinking of starting early morning and reaching Mysuru by evening to halt for the night. Any suggestions on pit stops, hotels, sightseeing on way please..
  25. Hyderabad to Sikkim in December Check list Tires Brakes Head lamp bulbs Air pump Puncture kit Towing ropes Battery Snow chains Vehicle service Day 1 Hyderabad to Visakhapatnam Roads are good can be easily done in a single day. Start time : 4 AM Distance : 670 kilometers Drive time : 12 hours Road condition : 4-lane toll road Toll price : 660/- Food options: Breakfast stop : Hotel 7, Suryapet Lunch stop : Ram and Shyam, Ravulapalem Route: Hyderabad > Suryapet > Vijayawada > Rajahmundry > Visakhapatnam
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