Monday, 4 January 2021
Saturday, 31 October 2020
After locked down in our homes for most part of 2020, we decided to make a contact free road trip from Bengaluru to Bhopal, Delhi and back during dussera vacations.
Since we had decided to make this trip contact less, the plan was to carry everything and not stop at any intermediate place. The two stops were at Bhopal and Noida where we have family.
If you prefer to see the stuff in video, here is the video for the day's travel.
Since we were going to do a non-stop drive, we left pretty early. We were on the road by 3:30am.
08:40 am We continuously drove for almost 5 hours and stopped near Mahbubnagar at a truck stop and cooked breakfast for ourselves. The whole stop, cooking and eating lasted for around one hour that gave us ample time to rest and stretch our legs as well.
10:20 am We stopped at Bharati 97 Food N fuel for topping up the car and using the restrooms in the associated food court.
1:05 pm We crossed the outer ring road and stopped at Cafe Coffee Day for using their restrooms. We ordered hot coffee to make sure we are not taking advantage of their facilities without bringing some business for them.
6:40 pm We stopped at Borkhedi toll plaza to use their restrooms. Some of the toll plazas have comparatively clean and usable toilets while some are horribly maintained. This was one of the better ones.
2:20 am After this stop, we had a continuous drive till Bhopal and arrived at Bhopal at twenty past two AM.
Next couple of days were spent in Bhopal in taking care of some things.
06:06 am We left for Noida. We planned on going from Guna highway. There are multiple paths to reach Guna highway and I seem to always get confused about them. We decided to following what google maps told us and this was even though the good route, it was not the best. The best route was via biora which we used while returning.
09:38 am Just after Guna we found this clean and hygenic resort called K-Square highway treat on the highway and we stopped for tea. We carried our own flasks and ask them to fill hot tea in those flasks.
2:04 pm We stopped just after Morena on the road to have our lunch which we had packed and carried from home.
04:10 pm We entered Yamuna expressway. Just stopped to use toilet at the rest area.
7:00 pm We arrived in Noida at our home.
Next couple of days were spent in resting and taking care of some things locally.
09:40 am We left our home in Noida and straight away we were on Yamuna Expressway.
11:20 am While coming to Noida, we had not refueled our car so we stopped on YEW and refueled our car in one of the rest areas.
2:35 PM Stopped at Subhim Highway Treat just after Morena for toilet break.
3:35 pm Stopped at road side to have our lunch which we had packed from home and were carrying it with ourselves.
6:20 pm Stopped at the same K-Square highway treat for tea break and toilet break.
10:30 pm We arrived back in our home in Bhopal.
4:35 am We left from our home in Bhopal to our home in Bengaluru. The plan was to again drive non-stop till Bengaluru.
7:30 am Refiled the car at Reliance petrol station near Hoshangabad. Toilets are bad and dirty.
11:30 am Crossed Nagpur and refilled at Reliance petrol station. We did not need to refill but needed a bio break.
2:40 pm Stopped at roadside to have our lunch which we had carried with us. Make a tea on roadside and continued on.
5:45 pm Entered Hyderabad ORR and exited at 6:30 pm
7:05 pm Stopped at Hill Park food court at Mahbubnagar but found completely useless. Most restaurants have closed down. Just used the toilets and left the place.
7:30 pm Refilled the car.
2:30 am Arrive at our home in Bengaluru.
Total toll paid on this trip was ₹ 4795. Total fuel consumed was around 475 litres. The prices varied from low eighties to high eighties per litre. So assuming an average of ₹ 85 per litre. It would be around ₹ 40000.
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Monday, 13 January 2020
The earlier trip plan was completely abandoned and it was primarily to drive around and make sure all the rituals were done on time.
3:30 PM Left after the end of school.
7:03 PM Arrived at Cafe Coffee Day in Ramrajupalle.
9:50 PM Stopped at Food Pyramid after Kurnool.
12:10 AM Arrived at Oakwood Kapil in Hyderabad for the night.
9:00 AM Checked out of the hotel and quickly we were on our way toward Nagpur on Outer Ring Road.
3:30 PM Arrived in The Breakfast Story for Lunch.
7:58 PM Stopped for a fuel refill.
9:25 PM Stopped at Studio Park near Hoshangabad for dinner.
12:30 AM Reached home.
18-December-2019 to 24-December-2019
Stayed at home in Bhopal for ceremonies.
07:00 AM Left home. The destination for the day was Noida.
08:55 AM Stopped at a Dhaba after joining Mumbai - Agra highway.
12:30 PM Stopped at Barista Gwalior for Coffee.
5:45 PM Stopped at the food court on Yamuna Expressway.
8:00 PM Reached Noida
26-December-2019 to 28-December-2019
Stayed at home in Noida.
I decided to get an early start by reaching Agra on the night itself.
07:30 PM Left Noida
09:10 PM Stopped at the food court on Yamuna Expressway.
10:45 PM Reached Agra.
We had decided to start early, but the tiredness, cold and fog made sure we started very late.
09:11 AM Started from Agra
10:34 AM Got stuck at Mehra Toll plaza for 10 minutes
10:55 AM Stopped at Barista Gwalior for Coffee but unfortunately, it was closed.
12:04 PM Fueled up the car.
01:50 PM Found a new restaurant called Gravity Family Restaurant and Bar on the highway in Lalitpur.
7:05 PM Stopped at Dhaba for Tea
10:47 PM Refueled the car
11:00 PM Reached Le Meridien Hotel
Again, like the previous day, we had planned on starting early but got late.
10:50 PM Started from Nagpur
2:34 PM Stopped at Amruthpur for a small break. Had some biryani and tea.
4:15 PM Stopped at Coffee Day at Nagulapally
5:30 PM Entered the Outer Ring Road in Hyderabad.
6:15 PM Exited ORR
7:00 PM Stopped at M Food Court at Mahbubnagar
9:00 PM Stopped at Hangout just after Kurnool.
12:00 AM Crossed over into the new year near KIA factory in Ananthpur.
2:42 AM Arrived home.
The total distance covered was approximately 4300 kilometers. As we wrapped up the new year, it was not the best of the years of life. Hoping the next year turns out to be better with better road trips and general happiness.
Sunday, 13 October 2019
- Day 1 -- Bengaluru to Nagpur
- Day 2 -- Nagpur to Bhopal
- Day 3 to Day 8 -- At Bhopal lots of cursing, sulking and feeling bad about ruined vacation
- Day 9 -- Impromptue trip to Delhi
- Day 10 -- Humayun's Tomb, Indian Gate and walk around Connaught Place
- Day 11 -- Rail Museum
- Day 12 -- Back to Nagpur, Pickup the car
- Day 13 -- Lazying around
- Day 14 & 15 -- Back to Bengaluru with an overnight stop at Hyderabad
The FasTag toll situation has dramatically improved. Except for the Pandharkawada, all other tools were processed through FasTag. Total toll amount was Rs. 3255/-
Around 330 litres of Petrol was consumed during the trip.
05:25 AM Started from Bhopal. The goal at the end of the day was to reach Hyderabad. Cattle and all other types of domesticated animals are becoming a serious problem for driving in MP. Earlier it was restricted to only UP.
Found a Reliance petrol station just after Hoshangabad. Decided to fill up the car there.
2:30 PM Crossed Hinghanghat
3:30 PM Crossed Pandharkawada
4:15 PM Crossed Adilabad
5:05 PM Crossed Nirmal
5:50 PM Crossed Nizamabad
7:55 PM Entered Hyderabad ORR
8:50 PM Reached my hotel in Hyderabad.
04:30 AM Started from my hotel back towards Bengaluru. I took ORR and got on exit towards Bengaluru.
05:30 AM Exited ORR
07:30 AM Had horrible breakfast at a roadside Dhaba after Pullur toll.
09:30 AM Entered Ananthpur.
11:30 AM Arrived at Bengaluru Airport. I had to pick up family here. So had lunch here, picked them up and then left for home.
1:30 PM Arrived at Home.
1:45 PM Left the service center, got on to Nagpur ring road towards Betul.
4:30 PM Crossed Betul, the good highway was over. Stopped at Hotel Meghna and Restaurant for belated Lunch.
The roads near Budni, Itarsi, Hoshangabad are a bittersweet story, there are portions of four laning that are complete and at the same time, some of the roads have developed large potholes.
09:45 PM Reached home in Bhopal.
Saturday, 12 October 2019
The galley contains display for all the stamps that have been issued by India Posts on railway achievements.
There are a couple of simulators in the indoor museum. I did not really like them but it is a good place to get a feel of what is going on. There is a toy train that kids like. You can also take a ride in that.
The outdoors museum is more interesting. There are actual coaches and engines from the bygone era. It is impossible to enumerate all of them but I am listing a few of those here.
This saloon was part of a special three coach train used by Maharaja Krishnaraja Wodeyar of Mysore
The 18 seater eight-wheeled, wooden-bodied milky white dining car was manufactured at Ajmer
Madras to Tambaram was the first meter gauge section on the Indian railways to be electrified in
This tiny locomotive was imported from John Fowler & Co., Leeds, and was originally used to work
When I visited the place, there was a Gandhi exhibition going on. Here are some of the pictures.
As I mentioned earlier, it is an interesting place to visit and comparatively not crowded. One can learn a lot about trains here.
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