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Old 14th July 2009, 13:13   #16
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Hi Guys
I would like your advice on the following travel plans for the long weekend of Aug 15.
Also an upadate on the recent road conditions (planning the Bidar Route)

Day 1 - Hyd - Lonar
Day 2 - Lonar - Ajanta - Aurangabad
Day 3 - Ellora - Hyderabad

Thanks in advance
If you are going via Bidar way or Nanded way, roads are not in good condition in Marathwada.
You will not enjoy the drive of so long distance in drought prone area.
My sincere advice,
take train ride to Aurangabad and cab service for Ellora, Ajantha and Lonar.
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If you are going via Bidar way or Nanded way, roads are not in good condition in Marathwada.
You will not enjoy the drive of so long distance in drought prone area.
My sincere advice,
take train ride to Aurangabad and cab service for Ellora, Ajantha and Lonar.
Ashish - Can you please advice of decent hotels for stay in Aurangabad ?
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Ashish - Can you please advice of decent hotels for stay in Aurangabad ?
i suggest,
1]if you are going by train, stay at MTDC resort which is right infront of railway station at aurangabad.
2] if you are going by car, then take the route
hyd-zahirabad-umraga-naldurg-tuljapur-osmanabad-yermala-beed-aurangabad.
on this route, you will travel on national highway except small stretch of 20 km between naldurg and tuljapur.
stay any hotel on jalna road at a'bad.
you can do daultabad fort, ellora in one go.
again, you can stay at ajantha or lonar[ prefer lonar mtdc guest house after completing ajantha].
come back via [a]lonar-mantha-jintur-parbhani-gangakhed-ahmadpur[ my native place]-udgir-bidar-zahirabad-hyd.
or
[b]lonar-mantha-jintur-basmath-nanded-biloli-nizamabad-hyd.

route [a] has bad stretches while route [b] passes through naxalite area.

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To add to what Asish has said, you can also go directly from Ajanta to Lonar via Buldhana without returning to Aurangabad. I did a A'Bad-Ajanta-Buldhana-Lonar-Jalna-A'Bad circuit in 1 day.
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i suggest,
1]if you are going by train, stay at MTDC resort which is right infront of railway station at aurangabad.
2] if you are going by car, then take the route
hyd-zahirabad-umraga-naldurg-tuljapur-osmanabad-yermala-beed-aurangabad.
on this route, you will travel on national highway except small stretch of 20 km between naldurg and tuljapur.
stay any hotel on jalna road at a'bad.
you can do daultabad fort, ellora in one go.
again, you can stay at ajantha or lonar[ prefer lonar mtdc guest house after completing ajantha].
come back via [a]lonar-mantha-jintur-parbhani-gangakhed-ahmadpur[ my native place]-udgir-bidar-zahirabad-hyd.
or
[b]lonar-mantha-jintur-basmath-nanded-biloli-nizamabad-hyd.

route [a] has bad stretches while route [b] passes through naxalite area.
Thanks Ashish and Kumar for your inputs
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Did this circuit on Aug 13, 2009 and updating with Current Road Conditions

Hyderabad->Nizamabad : Excellent
Nizamabad->Biloli-> Nanded->Basmath->Jintur : Good
Jintur->Mantha->Lonar : Average with 30 odd Kms of bad patches between mantha and lonar
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