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Showing posts with label Mandi. Show all posts

Monday, 18 January 2016

Christmas 2015: AIM 2015

The plan for christmas 2015 drive was to basically visit our homes in Delhi and Bhopal. We got to know that HVK AIM was also planned in north, we decided to club it with our plan. Once the schedule of AIM was clear, we realized that we have to be in Chandigarh on 24th December, so we had to prepone our original plan.


Here is the day-wise schedule of AIM.

  1. 21-December-2015 Christmas 2015 - Day 1, Bengaluru to Hyderabad.
  2. 22-December-2015 Christmas 2015 - Day 2, Hyderabad to Bhopal 
  3. 23-December-2015 Christmas 2015 - Day 3, Bhopal to Delhi
  4. 24-December-2015 Christmas 2015 - AIM - 2015 Day 4, Delhi to Shoja
  5. 25-December-2015 Christmas 2015 - AIM - 2015 Day 5, Shoja
  6. 26-December-2015 Christmas 2015 - AIM - 2015 Day 6, Shoja to Mandi long drive
  7. 27-December-2015 Christmas 2015 - Day 7, Mandi to Delhi with stopover in Chandigarh
  8. 28-December-2015 & 29-December-2015 Christmas 2015 - Day 8 & 9 Stay at Delhi
  9. 30-December-2015 Christmas 2015 - Day 10, Delhi to Ujjain
  10. 31-December-2015 Christmas 2015 - Day 11, Stay at Ujjain, Reach Bhopal in evening
  11. 01-January-2016 Christmas 2015 - Day 12, Stay at Bhopal
  12. 02-January-2016 Christmas 2015 - Day 13, Bhopal to Bengaluru
That ended the drive, a total 6081 kilometers, 107 hours of driving, Almost 600 litres of diesel, 13 days on the road, temperature difference between +30 to -10 degrees. Finally stopped worrying about the toll amount but must be more than Rs. 2000/- probably closer to Rs. 3000/-.

Christmas 2015 - AIM - 2015 Day 7, Mandi to Delhi via Chandigarh

27-December-2015
The plan for the day was to leave early from Mandi, reach Chandigarh quickly, meet couple of friends and end up in Delhi by the end of the day.

6:00 AM Left the hotel and started back towards Chandigarh.
7:15 AM Stopped at a road side dhaba who was getting ready to start making Aloo Parathas. Had breakfast and tea there.
7:50 AM Started back the journey
9:15 AM Crossed Nauni
10:25 AM Crossed swarghat
11:00 AM Crossed Kiratpur Sahib
12:30 PM Reached friends place for lunch.
2:00 PM Started for second friends place
2:20 PM Reached second friends place
4:40 PM Started back for Delhi
Bangedup car on highway
Every now and then one encounters a vehicle that one gets reminded of safe and defensive driving.
5:40 PM Crossed Ambala
6:25 PM Crossed Kurukshetra
7:15 PM Crossed Karnal
8:05 PM Crossed Panipat
8:10 PM Stopped at Hotel Swarn Mahal just after Panipat.
8:45 PM Started back towards Delhi
9:30 PM Crossed Sonipat
10:30 PM Reached Noida

Christmas 2015 - AIM - 2015 Day 6, Shoja to Mandi

26-December-2015
This was the day of the return drive, we had to drive in a convoy and reach Mandi by the end of the day.

9:00 AM We started back from the resort.
10:00 AM Crossed Jibhi
11:30 AM Crossed Larji
Here is a timelapse of the complete drive for the day.

12:20 PM Stopped at a dhaba for tea and buiscuits.
2:00 PM Stopped at Bayohari for Lunch
3:30 PM Started back after Lunch.
5:45 PM Reached Mandi, The night halt was in Hotel Shingar.

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Christmas 2015 - AIM - 2015 Day 4, Delhi to Sojha

24-December-2015
As per original plan we were to leave Chandigarh by 10 AM, we were informed that the drive has been preponed because of the possibility of bad weather at destination. We had planned on leaving Delhi for Chandigarh around 5 AM hoping we would reach before 10 AM. But now we had to prepone it. So we decided to leave Delhi just after dinner.

2:15 AM Checked out from the hotel and started the drive towards Chandigarh.
3:05 AM Crossed Sonipat
3:45 AM Crossed Panipat
4:25 AM Crossed Karnal
4:45 AM Crossed Kurukshetra
5:25 AM Crossed Ambala
6:00 AM Reached one of the hotels in Chandigarh where AIM fellow drivers were staying.
7:30 AM Started from the hotel towards Mandi.
8:15 AM Reached at the Heritage Haveli restaurant. Stopped for breakfast.
9:30 AM Started after breakfast.
10:05 AM Crossed Kiratpur Sahib
11:55 AM Crossed Bilaspur
12:30 PM Stopped for a tea.
2:20 PM Reached Mandi, met up with the rest of the AIM team. Had lunch at Shingar hotel.
3:45 PMStarted as part of a convoy towards the final destination for the day. Here is the timelapse of complete drive as part of the convoy.


6:00 PM Crossed Jibhi
Lsat 10 kilometers to Sojha, there was a concern regarding snow on the road. We stopped below the final climb for almost an hour before continuing further.
This final streth was tough on cars partly because of very bad quality of road and partly because of occasional snow on the road.
8:00 PM We were in the PWD guest house in Sojha where everybody had gathered for the dinner. Once we had dinner, we got into our hotel room and called it a day.