Showing posts with label Nagpur. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Nagpur. 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.

Friday, 11 October 2019

Day 1 : Bengaluru to Nagpur

05:30 AM Left my home, quickly got on to Outer Ring Road towards Hyderabad. The original plan was to stop-over at Hyderabad but decided to continue till Nagpur.
08:40 AM Crossed Anantpur and took a customary picture of the ISKCON temple on the outskirts of the temple.
09:10 AM Stopped at Cafe Coffee Day just after the toll near Ramarajupalle. I believe the toll plaza is called Kasepalli.
CCD at that time in the morning did not have anything to eat. So after a quick cup of coffee, I left.
11:00 AM Crossed Kurnool.
1:00 PM Entered Nehru Outer Ring Road in Hyderabad.
1:41 PM Exited Nehru Outer Ring Road towards Nagpur.
2:19 PM Reached Cafe Coffee Day in Nagulapally. Stopped there for what would be the lunch for the day.
As you approach Telangana-Maharashtra border, the road side amenities dwindle. There is no decent place to stop and have even Tea. So I decided to just continue driving and hit my destination for the day, i.e. Le Meridien Hotel in Nagpur.
Around 6:10 PM as I was nearing Hinghanghat, I drove over what seemed like a harmless pothole and from there onwards, my trip unravelled.
As you can see in the video above, the car hit a sequence of potholes at not very high speed but few minutes later, I received an alert related to Chasis function.

At this time, I stopped. It was dark and raining but as soon as I got out of the car, I knew that the trip was over.
Rear Tyre

Front Tyre
Both rear and front tires were complete slashed and off the rim. I suspected that Nagpur being a smaller service center, BMW probably will not have these tires in stock since the car had launched just a little more than a month back.

Flat Tyre monitor
Finally, the tire monitor caught up with the sequence of events and I had a flat tire alert and the chasis alert went away.
So, after 989 kilometers of drive on day 1 of my vacation, the car was useless. I called BMW roadside assistance and they showed up after around two hours.
The flatbed guy arrived and he was not very confident of driving the car, so I had to drive it to a flatbed truck myself.

The car was loaded on the flatbed and was on its way to the workshop.

I went with the tow truck till the hotel and finally called it a day to an eventful evening.

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Summer 2019

It is the month of April again and summer vacations have started. Along with the whole nation is about to undergo general elections.  Being on the road during elections is a difficult proposition in India. There is additional checking and you have to be prepared to be stopped and the whole vehicle checked at any point on the road. In order to minimize the inconvenience to ourselves, we decided to restrict our travel plans to areas which have already undergone voting or areas where voting was scheduled much later. We could not completely accomplish this, but we gave it a try.

The primary tourist places to be covered were Panna, Chitrakoot, and Khajuraho. As a bonus, I also visited the National Museum in Delhi which was a delight. Here is the itinerary that I followed.

  1. Bengaluru to Hyderabad (18-April)
  2. Hyderabad to Bhopal (19-April)
  3. Bhopal (20-April)
  4. Bhopal (21-April)
  5. Bhopal to Panna (22-April)
  6. Panna National Park (23-April)
  7. Panna to Khajuraho via Chitrakoot (24-April)
  8. Khajuraho (25-April)
  9. Khajuraho to Noida (26-April)
  10. Noida (27-April)
  11. The National Museum (28-April)
  12. Noida (29-April)
  13. Noida to Bhopal (30-April)
  14. Bhopal (01-May)
  15. Bhopal (02-May)
  16. Crescent Water Park (03-May)
  17. Bhopal to Hyderabad (04-May)
  18. Hyderabad to Bengaluru (05-May)
The trip was total of 5321 kilometers, consumed more than 500 liters of diesel. The total toll paid through FasTag was Rs. 3290. There were few instances of toll payment through cash since the machine was not working. We can assume that the total toll payment was closer to Rs. 4000/-.

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.

Monday, 13 May 2019

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 23

05:35 AM We left the hotel.

06:54 AM Stopped at Wadki for a cup of tea.
10:25 AM Stopped at Divya Resort and Restaurant for brunch.
1:32 PM Stopped at M Food Court for a small break.
2:15 PM Stopped at Cafe Coffee Day at Sankalamaddi in Stop N Go Food court for lunch.
5:10 PM Stopped at Hotel Blue Moon Highway food court for break.
9:45 PM Arrived in Bengaluru.

Monday, 14 May 2018

Summer 2018 -- Day 2


05-45 AM We started towards Noida which was our destination for the day. We decided to go via Chhindwara. The roads on this section are good but they are not divided road.  Also, it is very difficult to get any amenities on this route till you are back on the highway.
07:55 AM Crossed Chhindwara

09:15 AM  Crossed Narsinghpur and got back on the NH-44.
10:35 AM Reached Sagar, stopped at Hotel Deepali.
If you intend to stop at Hotel Deepali in Sagar, please be careful. Google map shows two hotels with the same name. You need to go to one that is just 1 kilometer away from national highway. The other one shows a diversion of more than 8 kilometers.
12:20 PM Crossed Malthone
12:50 PM Crossed Lalitpur
1:50 PM Crossed Jhansi
Cocina Highway Retreat Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato3:20 PM Stopped at the Cocina Highway Retreat just on the national highway. I have been stopping in Barista for which I had to take a one-kilometer diversion into the city. This restaurant was just on the highway and newly opened so I decided to give this one a try.
The restaurant was a hit and miss, the food was just average, facilities were also average. But the place was full of students from nearby colleges and it was just too noisy, almost bordering rowdy.
4:05 PM We started after lunch. Crossed Morena at 05:15 PM.
5:45 PM Crossed Dholpur.
7:10 PM Entered Agra. Crossing Agra is always a challenge. I have not understood why there is not a better way to get on to Agra Ring Road while coming from Gwalior.
7:40 PM Entered Yamuna Expressway.
8:25 PM Stopped at the rest area in the middle of Yamuna Expressway for a coffee.
10:15 PM Exited YEW
10:40 PM Reached Noida.

Summer 2018 -- Day 1


06:00 AM We left our home towards Airport road.
The destination for the day was Nagpur. The road was empty and with white topping work on ORR over, it was hassle free drive towards Airport. Over the last few years, we have found Le Meridien in Nagpur as a good place for a night stopover.
07:00 AM We stopped at Mc Donalds near Bengaluru Airport for a brunch. The place had just opened and it took longer than what I had expected to get the food and coffee.
09:40 AM Crossed Ananthpur. Took my customary photograph of Iskcon in Ananthpur.
10:15 AM Stopped at the Cafe Coffee Day in Ramrajupalle just after the toll. It is a good place for a break. There is a petrol bunk nearby as well.

We continued onwards with our journey.
12:38 PM We stopped at the Stop N Go Food Plaza for another break. This place also has a Cafe Coffee Day.

Two cafe coffee days even have an identical design of fixtures.
2:00 PM Entered the Nehru ORR in Hyderabad.
2:45 PM Exited ORR towards Nagpur

3:24 PM We stopped at another cafe coffee day in Nagulapally.
05:05 PM Crossed Nizamabad
05:40 PM Crossed Nirmal
06:30 PM Crossed Adilabad
08:00 PM Crossed Hinghanghat
08:50 PM Crossed Butibori
09:20 PM Reached hotel.

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.

Friday, 8 December 2017

The Resurrection

Our car broke down while returning from Pangong Tso. It was an extremely frustrating experience when the machine gives up on you even though you have taken good care of it.
BMW Road Side Assistance asked to leave the car and leave the key with somebody from whom they can take it. We did that. The car was finally picked up on 27-September-2017 at 5:40 PM and dropped off at the service station in Chandigarh on 29-September-2017 around 9PM.
The initial diagnostics suggested multiple unrelated parts failed at the same time. It was puzzling but true.
Finally after a month, I landed up in Chandigarh to pick the car. It was fixed and ready to go.,
12:20 PM Got the delivery of vehicle after repairs and straightaway started back to Bangalore. The plan was to drive as long as possible and take a break for the night.
3:20 PM Stopped at Haldirams for a late lunch. Continued onwards after a half an hour break.
5:45 PM Entered Yamuna Expressway.

6:56 Arrived at the rest stop midway on Yamuna Expressway. Had a coffee break for around 45 minutes and then continued towards Agra.
Hotel Mansingh Lobby
8:48 PM Reached Hotel Mansingh in Agra. Decided to stop here for the night. Here is my review of the place.

5:10 AM Started from the hotel. 
Cattle on highways in North India has become an extremely dangerous issue. See the above video. One has to very careful in driving.
7:10 AM Crossed Gwalior
8:15 AM Crossed Datia
9:05 AM Crossed Jhansi
10:20 AM Crossed Lalitpur
11:20 AM Stopped at Hotel Deepali in Sagar for a Breakfast.
3:35 PM Stopped at MPTDC Motel at Rookhad. It is a nice place for a small break and food.

6:36 PM Reached Le Meridien in Nagpur which was the pitstop for the night.

4:50 AM Left the hotel. As the luck would have it, was stuck at Hinghanghat Railway crossing for 10 minutes.
8:28 AM Stopped at Singh is King Dhaba just before Nirmal. Unfortunately, the food was disappointing this time around.
12:20 PM Stopped at Cafe Coffee Day near Mahboobnagar.
3:25 PM Stopped at Bluemoon Foodcourt near Anantpur
6:30 PM Crossed Hebbal Flyover and got on to Outer Ring Road.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Ladakh 2017

Finally all the pieces fell into place, Dussera was earlier this year so it was possible to drive to Ladakh during Dussera school vacations. Still cramming the itinerary was becoming difficult, so we decided that I would start driving earlier and the family will fly directly when the school vacations start. Following was the decided route plan.

Following was the day wise itinerary decided.

  1. 15-September-2017 Day 1 -- Bengaluru to Nagpur
  2. 16-September-2017 Day 2 -- Nagpur to Agra
  3. 17-September-2017 Day 3 -- Agra to Ludhiana
  4. 18-September-2017 Day 4 -- Ludhiana to Jammu
  5. 19-September-2017 Day 5 -- Jammu to Katra
  6. 20-September-2017 Day 6 -- Katra to Srinagar
  7. 21-September-2017 Day 7 -- Srinagar to Kargil
  8. 22-September-2017 Day 8 -- Kargil to Leh
  9. 23-September-2017 Day 9 -- Leh acclimatization and local sightseeing
  10. 24-September-2017 Day 10 -- Leh to Turtuk
  11. 25-September-2017 Day 11 -- Turtuk to Pangong Tso
  12. 26-September-2017 Day 12 -- Pangong Tso Manali, Car breakdown, back to Leh
  13. 27-September-2017 Day 13 -- Leh Local
  14. 28-September-2017 Day 14 -- Fly back to Bengaluru
  15. 28-October-2017 - The Resurrection
The trip was an interesting trip. Unfortunately it had to be cut short due to vehicle failure. After more diagnosis it seems like BMW technician in Ludhiana ignore a error code related to Diesel Particulate Filter. He told me that there is an error code but nothing to worry about. That resulted in exhaust being completed clogged and finally catastrophic failure. Goes to show the fragility of technology in modern cars.
We completed approximately 5000 kilometers of total 7800 kilometers planned, we completed all the tourist attractions that we intended to visit. The return journey had to be abandoned and we had to fly back.
As we speak the car is still being repaired since some parts had to be imported from Germany.

Day 1 -- Bengaluru to Nagpur

Today was the first day of the drive which I was planning for a long time. The original plan was to leave at 4 AM, but since I got late in going to bed, I decided to leave little late.
6:30 AM Left home.
8:07 AM Stopped at Kamat Upachar near Chikkaballapur. This place is really losing its quality very quickly and many better places seem to have come up enroute.
9:50 AM Crossed Anantpur. I always take this picutre of ISCKON when I cross Anantpur. The place seems to have got a fresh coat of paint.

12:40 PM Stopped at Bharathi 97 Food and Fuel for fuel top up and a chai.
2:00 PM Entered the hyderabad ORR, realized that the speed limit has been reduced from 120 kph to 100 kph.
3:05 PM Reached Coffee Day at Nagulapally. This has become one of my favorite places to stop on this route.

4:45 PM Crossed Nizamabad
5:30 PM Crossed Nirmal
6:15 PM Crossed Adilabad
6:55 PM Crossed Pandharkawada
7:30 PM Crossed Wadki
The road work on this secton of road seems to be progressing at a snail's place. There hasn't been any significant improvement compared to summer time when I last drove through this route. The road has become much worse because of potholes due to rain.
8:15 PM Crossed Hinghanghat.
9:00 PM Crossed Buti Bori
9:20 PM Reached Le Meridien Nagpur. This is one of my favorite places to stay in Nagpur because of its proximity to highway.

Friday, 13 October 2017

Day 2 -- Nagpur to Agra

Got up early and was on the road at 5:25 AM. Google Maps suggested to go via Chhindwara and since I had no preferences, I decided to follow google. Drove continuously for four hours  did not find any place worth stopping for.
10:30 AM Reached Hotel Deepali in Sagar. Decided to eat something.

My brother had planned on joining me on this journey from here, but he was still on his way. It looked like it is going to take some time for his to reach, so I decided to drive up to Rahatgarh to pick him up there.
12:10 PM Reached Rahatgarh
12:53 PM Crossed Khurai
1:35 PM Crossed Khimlasa
1:50 PM Joined National Highway back at Malthone.
2:30 PM Crossed Lalitpur
4:00 PM Stopped at MP Tourism Hotel at Datia.

6:30 PM Stopped at Barista on the outskirts of Gwalior.
9:50 PM Reached Agra. Checked into the Hotel Four Points by Sheraton Agra. Here is my review of the place.

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.