Showing posts with label Bhopal. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bhopal. Show all posts

Sunday, 13 October 2019

Day 14 & 15 -- Back to Bengaluru with an overnight stop at Hyderabad

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.
Stopped at a Dhaba midway near the border. The place was not really great. I just had a paratha and tea and continued on.
12:30 PM Tried to take ring road for crossing Nagpur for skipping all metro construction, was not of much use. I still ended up taking 40 minutes to cross Nagpur.
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.

Day 12 -- Back to Nagpur, Pickup the car

Finally got the call from BMW  Munich Motors Nagpur. The tires had arrived, the car was ready. I took a morning flight from Delhi to Nagpur. Reached the service station. Finally it was great to see car with new tires.

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

Day 2 -- Nagpur to Bhopal


I got up hoping against hope that BMW Munich Motors might have two tires and I could still salvage my vacation. The service center guy finally called at 11 AM and gave me the bad news. There were no spares tires available. The worst news was that there were no spare tires available in any service station all over India. The ETA for tires was 05-October-2019. It was official, the vacation was ruined.
I visited the service center, did the necessary paperwork for the insurance claim and took a train to go to Bhopal.

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Bhopal to Hyderabad

Our original plan was to do a single drive from Bhopal to Bengaluru. Unfortunately, we did not get up in time and got ready in time so we decided to split the return drive into two segments.
7:15 AM Started from home in Bhopal.
10:20 AM Stopped at Hotel Meghna and Restaurant just before Betul for a cup of tea.
1:10 PM Reached Hotel Le Meridien for Lunch but unfortunately even after waiting for 30 minutes they did not serve anything. We left the place without eating.
2:02 PM We stopped just after Borkhedi Toll Plaza. There is a small restaurant and toilets. We had something to eat and started after 20 minutes.
5:25 PM Stopped after a Toll Plaza near Nizamabad. I was surprised to find an electric vehicle charging point in the middle of nowhere.
6:30 PM Stopped at Samanya Hotel near Kamareddy for a 20-minute break.
8:50 PM Reached Oakwood Residences Kapil Hyderabad.

Crescent Water Park

Summer is hard in central India, specifically this year. So we decided to check out this water park near Sehore called Crescent Water Park. Here are some pictures of the place.

Noida to Bhopal

It was the day to start unwinding the journey. The first stop while travelling back was Bhopal.
7:30 AM Started from Noida.
9:00 AM Stopped at Costa Coffee in the rest area on YEW.
1:00 PM Stopped at Barista Gwalior for lunch.
Normally I travel through Dabra, Datia, Jhansi, Malthone, Bina. Google suggested to go via Guna Shivpuri. So we decided to take that route.
5:00 PM Stopped at Shanti Dhaba & Restaurant on NH-46. The place was alright but the toilets etc were not kept clean.
8:40 PM Reached home in Bhopal.

Monday, 13 May 2019

Bhopal to Panna

After a couple of days of just doing nothing, it was time to proceed further. The destination for the day was Panna. Basically Panna National Park.

6:40 AM We left towards Sanchi en route to Panna.
8:50 AM Reached Rahatgarh Naka.
Samosas at Rahatgarh Naka
9:55 AM Stopped at Sai Ki Rasoi just after Sagar for bio-break.

1:30 PM Reached Ken River Lodge in Panna. Here is my review of the place.

Hyderabad to Bhopal

We had planned on leaving early, but then we decided to have breakfast and leave. By the time we left the hotel, it was already well past 8 AM.

8:30 AM Checked out and left the hotel. Immediately got on to Outer Ring Road towards Nagpur.
10:30 AM Reached Divya Resort and Restaurant in Kamareddy. It is one of the few places where there are reasonably clean toilets.
Even though all the toll plazas are supposed to have clean toilets, toll plazas in this sector are not good places for the rest stop.
3:30 PM Reached Le Meridien in Nagpur. The primary reason for stopping here is clean facilities and to have lunch. We had planned on having something quick like sandwiches but for some reason, their lunch service was extended that day and we had lunch there.
4:25 PM Left the hotel for onward journey. As metro construction in Nagpur in advanced stages, crossing the city has become difficult each day.
8:45 PM Stopped at Sai Krishna Resort Garden in Itarsi for tea and toilet break. There was some wedding going on in the resort but the restaurant was open so we used the facilities.
11:30 PM We reached our destination for the day.

Friday, 18 May 2018

Summer 2018

It's summer vacation time again and time for another road trip. This year the plan was to visit Amritsar, Dalhousie, Dharamshala, and Shimla.

Following was the itinerary that was decided for this trip.
  1. 07-April-2018 Day 1 -- Bengaluru to Nagpur
  2. 08-April-2018 Day 2 -- Nagpur to Noida
  3. 09-April-2018 Day 3 -- Break in Noida, mostly rest day
  4. 10-April-2018 Day 4 -- Noida to Amritsar and Amritsar Local sightseeing
  5. 11-April-2018 Day 5 -- Amritsar Local and Wagah Border
  6. 12-April-2018 Day 6 -- Amritsar to Dalhousie
  7. 13-April-2018 Day 7 -- Dalhousie Local
  8. 14-April-2018 Day 8 -- Dalhousie Local and Khajjiar
  9. 15-April-2018 Day 9 -- Dalhousie to Mcleod Ganj
  10. 16-April-2018 Day 10 -- Mcleod Ganj and Dharamshala Local
  11. 17-April-2018 Day 11 -- Mcleod Ganj to Shimla and The Mall
  12. 18-April-2018 Day 12 -- Shimla Local
  13. 19-April-2018 Day 13 -- Shimla to Noida
  14. 20-April-2018 Day 14 -- Noida to Mitaoli, Padavali, Bateswar and Gwalior
  15. 21-April-2018 Day 15 -- Gwalior to Bhopal
  16. 22-April-2018 to 27-April-2018 due to some personal work to be taken care off, the drive was suspended in Bhopal for a week.
  17. 28-April-2018 Day 22 -- Bhopal to Nagpur
  18. 29-April-2018 Day 23 -- Nagpur to Bengaluru
The was a trip that I enjoyed a lot. We saw places that were very different than each other and offered something interesting to view.

During the trip, we drove a distance of 6065 kilometers in approximately 107 hours. Approximately 610 liters of diesel was used up. Approximate toll amounts were more than Rs. 4000/-. 

Summer 2018 -- Day 15

10:10 AM We left the hotel after breakfast.

12:08 PM Stopped at Tourist Motel in Datia for a break.
2:15 PM Stopped at Highway Dhaba near Lalitpur. The dhaba was pretty basic one and the food was just ordinary.
6:20 PM Arrived in Bhopal.

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Quick Trip to IIM Indore

I had to visit IIM Indore in relation to my thesis finalization and I did not make any flight bookings until the last minute. So I decided to drive to the place.
05:55 AM Started from home, took the outer ring road towards Hebbal.
9:15 AM Crossed Anantpur.

11:20AM Stopped at the new food court little after Kurnool. It is called Stop 'n Go Travel Plaza. It has a restaurant, Cafe Coffee Day and some other restaurants.

12:45 PM Entered Hyderabad Outer Ring Road.

2:00 PM Reached Cafe Coffee Day at Nagulapally just outside the Hyderabad towards Nagpur.
8:23 PM Reached Hotel Le Meredien, Nagpur.

08:15AM Checked out from the hotel and started towards Bhopal.
09:08 AM Stopped by Maharashtra Traffic Police near Savner. They asked for all the documents, I had all the documents in the physical copy but the insurance copy was removed by the service center last time around. I only had the soft copy. This place has pretty much zero network. It took almost 20 minutes of time to download the soft copy of insurance and show it to the cop and then he let me go.

10:30 AM Crossed Multai
11:00 AM Crossed Betul and into the bad roads.
The condition of forest roads from Betul to Itarsi is in a much-improved condition. Even though it is a two-laned road but the surface is pretty good.

2:00 PM Reached Bhopal.

07:15 AM Started from Home towards Indore.
08:40 AM Stopped at Cafe Coffee Day in Pappu and Pappu Ka Dhaba.
10:30 AM Checked into Sayaji Hotel. Here is my review of the hotel.
2:00 PM Went to Indian Institute of Management Indore.

4:45 PM Reached back to Hotel. Met some friends in the evening and decided to leave back to Bangalore the next day.
7:40 AM Left the hotel after breakfast.
10:15 AM Reached Bhopal. Had to meet a friend.
12:30 PM Reached home in Bhopal. Had lunch.
1:22 PM Left home towards Nagpur. The plan was to reach Nagpur and spend the night there.
4:40 PM Stopped at Hotel Meghna very close to Betul. This is one decent place on this circuit if one wants to have bio break.
7:47 PM Reached Nagpur, checked-into Le Meridien Hotel. It is kind of difficult to cross the Nagpur city nowadays because of multiple metro and flyover construction.
05:10 AM Checked out of the hotel and left.
6:35 AM Stopped for chai at a small shop in Wadki.
9:54 AM Stopped at Divya Hotel and Restaurant in Jangampally. It is a decent place on this stretch right on highway if you don't want to venture into towns apart from few dhabas on this stretch of national highway. So if you need to use restrooms etc this is the best place to stop.

11:20 AM Entered Hyderabad outer ring road.
12:00 PM Exited Hyderabad outer ring road towards Bengaluru
12:52 PM Crossed Mahboob Nagar
2:07PM Crossed Kurnool
3:32 PM Entered Anantpur

3:40 PM Stopped at this nice little place called Hyway Lounge just on the edges of Anantpur town towards Bengaluru. The place was good but service was quite slow.

6:15 PM Reached Devanhalli Toll. The FasTag lane was blocked by a guard. He did not let me go through. I was charged twice, onec by FasTag system and next time by the toll operator.
It took a total of 12 minutes to get out of this toll. Bengaluru ORR is being redone and because of that coming from Airport towards K  R Puram is just an experience from hell. Hopefully all this pain would be worth something in future.

It took almost 2 hours to reach from Airport to Near about HSR.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Summer 2017 -- Back to the nature

The summer vacation was upon us and this year, nature seems to be calling. We made a plan to drive to Madhya Pradesh and visit national parks.

The drive was spread over three weeks with approximately one week stop to take care of some things.
The trip lasted 22 days with 12 days of active driving days. Total distance covered was 6402 kilometer with approximately 650 liters of diesel consumed. The tolls paid during the travel were approximately Rs. 3500/-. FastTag was accepted in most tolls with significant haggling and it saved no time. Most places FasTag took longer than regular queue.

Day 22, Bhopal to Bengaluru

04:30 AM Started from Bhopal
5:45 AM Just after Budhni, stopped for breakfast, poha and chai.

7:28 AM Stopped at Hotel Meghna just around Betul for a bio break.
10:17 AM Stopped at Hotel Le Meredien, Nagpur for a brunch. Total one hour break.
12:04 PM Got stuck at Hinghanghat railway crossing for 10 minutes.
1:09 PM Stopped at Hotel Rahul in Pandharkawada, found out that the restaurant is closed because of ban on bars near highway.

2:45 PM Stopped at Singh is King Dhaba for lunch near Nirmal.

5:55 PM Entered Hyderabad Outer Ring Road, exited on Bengaluru road at 6:45 PM.
7:27 PM Stopped at Cafe Coffee Day near Hotel Hill Park food court.

11:14 PM Stopped at Royal Dhaba near Karadikonda.
03:30 AM Reached Home.

Day 15 -- Delhi to Bhopal

Even though we had planned on starting early, by the time we started it was already 8:30 AM.
09:45 AM Stopped at the rest area in the middle of YEW.
2:00 PM Stopped at Barista Gwalior
4:45 PM Crossed Jhansi
5:00 PM Stopped at Mamta Resort near Jhansi

8:00 PM Stopped at Radisson hotel bina kurwai road. This has nothing to do with popular Radisson chain of hotels.
10:00 PM Crossed Sanchi
11:00 PM Reached Bhopal.

Day 14 -- Bhopal to Delhi

This was an impromptue trip to Delhi and back.
5:30 AM Started from Bhopal, took the Sanchi Road.

09:10 AM Reached Radha Kunj Dhaba near Lalitpur. I pretty much always stop here for breakfast. Not great, but a typical highway dhaba.
10:50 AM Turned towards Gwalior at N-S corridor.
11:55 AM There is a Reliance Petrol station in Dabra, they accept credit cards, stopped there for filling up the tank.
12:41 PM Stopped at the Barista Gwalior for a small snack and coffee break.
2:20 PM Crossed Chambal Ravines
3:30 PM Entered Agra.
4:00 PM Entered Yamuna Expressway
6:00 PM Reached Noida.

Day 11 -- Bhimbetka, Manav Sangrahalay


The day was reserved for local sightseeing in Bhopal. We were tired as well so we decided to rest for few hours in the day and then visit Bhim Betka.
Bhimbetka is being inhabited from early days. To study the cultural development of human beings many excavations were carried out. Summarizing the evidence from all the excavations the following cultural sequence emerges at Bhibetka.
Lower Paleolithic Period -- 1,00,000 - 40,000 years
Evidence of pebble tool assemblage below the acheulian deposit with a sterile layer in between is a remarkable finding.
Middle Paleolithic Period -- 40,000 - 20,000 years
There are a number of tools made on flat natural stones instead of flakes.
Upper Paleolithic Period -- 20,000 -- 10,000 years
The characteristic features of upper paleolithic period is the increase in the proportion of smaller and slender blades.
The Mesolithic 10,000 -- 2,500 years
The mesolithic people used micro lithic tools on siliceous material like chert and chalcedony. During this period maximum number of shelters and caves were occupied. It clearly shows increase in human population.
The meoslithic people regularly used fire as is testified by the presence of ash, charcoal and charred bones and antlers. These people made floors with flat stone slabs and stone boulder wall to partition the cave into compartments.
After the discovery of metal such as copper and iron, the hunter-gatherer way of life slowly tranformed to life on the plans to practice of farming.
Bhim Betka
Bhim Betka displays paintings that appear to date from Mesolithic period right through historical period. The paintings show gradual development of social cultural life of man kind. The rock paintings of early phase comprises human and animal figures in line drawings.
The rock paintings of Mesolithic period are demonstrated by hunting scenes these might have been a hunter gatherers.
Most of the hunting scenes below to earlier phrase confined to Mesolithic and Chalcolithic periods whereas horse riding, elephant riding and ballte scenes which appear more refined are associated with Historical period.
The colors were derived from locally available minerals such as ochre color from haematite and white color from lime. The corroborating evidence of the use of various mineral colors for paintings has also come from the various excavations at Bhim Betka.
The binding medium used for pigments are both water and fixative like animal fat and plan extract like gum etc. In the presence of water and other solvents minerals get oxidised so as to leave their color on rock surface.
Rock paintings are made on bare rock surface without any preparation of the base by plastering, grinding or smoothening. The naturally existing soft and smooth fibers, hair and fingers might have been used as brush so as to run on the uneven and unprepared surface of the rock. Figures at considerable heights were probably painted by artists standing on some soft of scaffolding or on branches of trees. In some cases projected platform as part of the shelter that might have existed and have since collapsed was used for painting at higher elevations.
Sometimes the earlier painted srfaces were used several times by artists of later period(s) without obliterating the older figures. The superimpositions of such paintings of different stules and periods can be seen in many of the rock shelters at Bhimbetka. As many as fifteen layers of superimposition have been recorded at Bhimbetka.

We reached Bhim Betka at 3:30 PM.
The shelter has paintings mostly of historic period. On the upper ceiling there are silhouetted paintings of two elephants. The smaller elephant is driven by a man standing on its back holding a goad in one hand, a spear in other and a sword in his waist. Both the elephants are shown with long uplifted tusks. Drawings of a horseman and a soldier are seen higher up to the left and two men are on the left. In the depression on the rock face below, the elephants and a bull is depicted, wounded by the arrow of a hunter. The figures are painted on the earlier drawing of a horse rider facing a soldier. To the far left another rider is shown on the back look like a feline. There is several stick like human figures shown engaged in brisk activities.
The mesolithic (C.10,000 - 2,500 years) people used to bury their dead within the caves in the living areas. The dead body was placed either in east or west. Stone querns, rubbers, antlers, bone tools, and hematite nodules were placed with the dead as grave goods. Usually the skeletons are found in disintegrated state.
Zoo Rock shelter is semi-circular in shape and contains 453 figures comprising of 252 animals of 16 different species. Apart from animal figures, 90 human figures in several activities, 1 bird, 6 decorative designs, 2 enclosures idenfied as snares, 1 inscription in Sankha script and 99 fragmented figures are identified in the shelter.
Except a few that belong to mesolithic period, most figures belong to the chalcolithic and historical period. The shelter is richly depicted with as many as ten layers of superimposed figures with raises curiosity about the significance of this shelter.
The depiction of royal procession can be seen in the lower portions of shelter painted in dark ochre color. The horsemen and soldiers are shown with long hair and typical head dress. They are armed with bows, arrows, swords, and shields. The horse riders are accompanied by two drummers and a man carrying a staff.
The mushrom shaped like shelter is known as Boar rock due to a gigantic figure painted on rock surface. The boar like mythical animal depicted with two crescent shalped horns, a massive snout with whiskers and bristles on the back. Near its snout, is the figure of a fleeing man and that of a crab. There are three human figures near its forelegs and a fourth behind its hind legs.

By the time we were done with BhimBetka, it was late, we still decided to make a run for Indiragandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya. We reached there just when it was about to close for the day. Some pictures from that place are here.

One needs more time to do justice to this place. 

Day 10 -- Bhopal to Omkareswar, Maheswar, Mahakaleswar and back

The day was dedicated to Lord Siva.
06:30 AM We left Bhopal towards Indore. We decided first to visit Omkareswar and then visit other places.
7:50 AM Stopped at Sol Retreat for a quick chai break.
9:20 AM Turned towards Indore.
12:00 PM Reached Omkareswar, stopped at Narmada Resort for quick lunch.

As we reached Omkareswar, we found that the temple was closed till 2:00 PM, we waited around and then finally got a quick darshan at the jyotirling. Then we decided to directly drive to Maheshwar.
2:30 PM We left for Maheshwar.
3:30 PM We reached Maheshwar. Since we had skipped lunch, we had decided to grab a quick bite at Narmada Retreat there.
Maheswar Fort is really a scenic place, the banks of Narmada, the fort and temples within fort are worth spending few hours there.

6:25 PM We left Maheshwar, started towards Ujjain.
9:30 PM Reached Ujjain. The temple was fortunately not very crowded, we were able to do a quick darshan.

10:50 PM We left Ujjain for Bhopal.
2:00 AM We reached Bhopal.