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Old 9th November 2009, 13:57   #1
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Hi! everybody

Winter vacations of kid are approaching and having been to Goa a couple
of times and also to Kerala this time decided to chill out at the Konkan
Beaches of Tarkarli/Devbag.

It will be a self drive trip with wife and kid starting from Bhopal in our NHC
and in a nutshell the trip will be like this.

Bhopal-Ajanta-Ellora-Aurangabad-Mahabaleshwar-Tarkarli/Devbag-Shirdi-Bhopal

Need LOT of help in planning the following trip interms of route advise, must visits, eatries, petrol pumps, dos and donts/ shopping areas, scams etc...

Day 1 (24th December)
Bhopal to Ajanta (500Kms)

Bhopal -Indore-Kahndwa-Burhanpur-Muktainagar-Burhanpur-Ajanta

The route selected on the basis of discussions here
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/route-...pal-route.html (Mumbai to Bhopal Route)

Querry : Whats the route to be taken for Muktainagar to Ajanta and its condition..??
Querry : Is MTDC the only option at Ajanta or any other place to stay in 1000Rs range?
Querry : IF i start at 6:00 in the morning. How much time should i take to reach Ajanta..?? considering two short breaks and I generally drive in 80-120 range.

Day 2 (25th Dec)

Ajanta-Ellora-Aurangabad
Night stay at Aurangabad

Day 3 (26th Dec)
Aurangabad to Mahabaleshwar (410 Kms)

Aurangabad-Ahmednagar-Pune-NH4-wai-Mahabaleshwar

Stay booked at MTDC

Querry : The route from Ahmednagar to Pune is via narayngaon-manchar-rajgurunagar or via shirur..??
Querry : Is there an Ahmednagar by pass..??
Querry : Is there a Pune by pass..??
Querry : Considering I start at 7:00 in the morning from Aurangabad how much time will it take me to reach Mahabaleshwar..??
Querry : Is there any other route that this which will take lesser time ??

Day 4 (27 Dec)
Mahabaleshwar

Querry : Need suggestions on must visits, dos and donts, eatries, etc...

Day 5 (28 Dec)
Mahabaleshwar

Querry : same as above

Day 6 (29 Dec)
Mahabaleshwar to Devbag (Tarkarli in Sindhudurg area Konkan) 325Kms

Mahabaleshwar-NH4-Satara-Kolahapur-Kankavli-Malwan (Devbag)

Stay booked at Siddhivinayak resort Devbag

Querry : mapmyindia gave the above route. Any other option available?

Day 7,8,9 ( 30th, 31st, 1st)
Chill out at beaches of Devbag / Tarkarli / chivla / Sindhudurg fort

Querry : Must see places, food joints in malwan area, Dos and donts..etc.
Querry : How Far is Vengurla from Devbag/Tarkarli

Day 10 (2nd Jan)
Devbag to Shirdi (600 kms)

Stay booked at MTDC pilgrims inn shirdi

Its a long drive but i am used to it and also me and my wife's leaves end on 3rd Jan so joining office on 4th is a must .

I have two options here
1. Devbag-kolhapur-NH4-Pune-Shirdi
or as suggested by Ashish here
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/route-...-shirdi-3.html
2. Devbag-kolhapur-satara-baramati-daund-Ahmednagar-shirdi

Please advise for fastest possible route to Shirdi.

Day 11 (3rd Jan)
Shirdi to Bhopal

595Kms via AB road
712 Kms via Jalgaon-Muktainagar-Burhanpur-Khandwa

Querry : Should i take the AB road from Dhule or go via khandwa route ..?
A friend of mine went in August via AB road in his fiesta and said that road is OK. Atleast one side is all done.

Guys Please help on different legs of the tour as there are lot of grey areas in between.
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Day 3 (26th Dec)
Aurangabad to Mahabaleshwar (410 Kms)

Aurangabad-Ahmednagar-Pune-NH4-wai-Mahabaleshwar



1]Querry : The route from Ahmednagar to Pune is via narayngaon-manchar-rajgurunagar or via shirur..??
2]Querry : Is there an Ahmednagar by pass..??
3]Querry : Is there a Pune by pass..??
4]Querry : Considering I start at 7:00 in the morning from Aurangabad how much time will it take me to reach Mahabaleshwar..??
5]Querry : Is there any other route that this which will take lesser time ??

Day 4 (27 Dec)
Mahabaleshwar

6]Querry : Need suggestions on must visits, dos and donts, eatries, etc..

Day 6 (29 Dec)
Mahabaleshwar to Devbag (Tarkarli in Sindhudurg area Konkan) 325Kms

Mahabaleshwar-NH4-Satara-Kolahapur-Kankavli-Malwan (Devbag)

7]Querry : mapmyindia gave the above route. Any other option available?

Day 7,8,9 ( 30th, 31st, 1st)
Chill out at beaches of Devbag / Tarkarli / chivla / Sindhudurg fort

8]Querry : Must see places, food joints in malwan area, Dos and donts..etc.
9]Querry : How Far is Vengurla from Devbag/Tarkarli

Day 10 (2nd Jan)
Devbag to Shirdi (600 kms)


1. Devbag-kolhapur-NH4-Pune-Shirdi
or as suggested by Ashish here
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/route-...-shirdi-3.html
2. Devbag-kolhapur-satara-baramati-daund-Ahmednagar-shirdi

10]Please advise for fastest possible route to Shirdi.
@columbus,
it seems that you are determined for this long trip.
answers for your queries as follow.
1] its via shirur.
2] no, there is not any ahmadnagar byepass as of now.
3] no, there is not any pune byepass as of now.
4] you will reach to mahabaleshwar at @ 4 pm considering all stops, lunch and pune traffic.
5] other route is via baramati but recent monsoon had deteriorated the road condition. stick to pune route for comfortable ride.
6]mahabaleshwar dos and don't, please refer mobike's travelogue on mahabaleshwar.
7] thats correct route. just refinement
mahabaleshwar-wai-satara-karad-kolhapur city-radhanagari-phonda ghat-kankvali-malwan.
8] malwan, sindhudurga fort, tarkarli beach, devbaug, house boat etc.
9] vengurla is 40 km from malwan. it is one of the most scenic road i have ever visited.
10] for shirdi route, stick to pune route as satara- baramati-nagar is in worst condition.
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Thanks Ashish.

Is the road from Ahmednagar to Pune via shirur all 4 lane??

will stick to pune route both the times.
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Is the road from Ahmednagar to Pune via shirur all 4 lane??

will stick to pune route both the times.
aurangabad-ahmadnagar-shirur-pune-satara-kolhapur road is 4 lane.
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Day 1 (24th December)
Bhopal to Ajanta (500Kms)
1) MuktaiNagar-Bhusawal-Jalgaon-Pahur-Ajanta is preferred option, though some members have suggested MuktaiNagar-Jamner-Pahur-Ajanta.
3) Not sure about time for Bhopal-Indore, but Indore-Ajanta (via Jalgaon, ~335 kms) should take you around 6-7 hours at your speed. There are speed bumps at every village on MP stretch, and roads between Khandwa bypass and Burhanpur have turns, there is hardly any straight stretch.

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Day 3 (26th Dec)
Querry : Considering I start at 7:00 in the morning from Aurangabad how much time will it take me to reach Mahabaleshwar..??
It should take you around 8-10 hours at your speed (Ghat roads to Mahableshwar + city traffic in Aurangabad, Nagar, Pune).

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Day 6 (29 Dec)
Mahabaleshwar to Devbag (Tarkarli in Sindhudurg area Konkan) 325Kms
Mahabaleshwar-NH4-Satara-Kolahapur-Kankavli-Malwan (Devbag)
Stay booked at Siddhivinayak resort Devbag
Querry : mapmyindia gave the above route. Any other option available?
Day 7,8,9 ( 30th, 31st, 1st)
Chill out at beaches of Devbag / Tarkarli / chivla / Sindhudurg fort

Querry : Must see places, food joints in malwan area, Dos and donts..etc.
Querry : How Far is Vengurla from Devbag/Tarkarli
Two options for Kolhapur to Malvan, 1) What you wrote, via Phonda 2) Other one is via Gaganbawda. Both are equally good (or bad). Phonda route has less traffic, also probably bit more scenic.
Sidhivinayk at Devbag is good - right on the beach. While in Malvan - snorkelling is also a good option. Dolphins can also been seen easily. Be just a little careful while driving in/around Malvan - roads are very narrow.

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Thanks naren

The jamner route from Muktainagar to Ajanta is a full 35 kms shorter. But i doubt its condition. May be any memeber has travelled on that route will able to tell better. Or i will enquire at Muktainagar about the road condition.

After indore any idea about the fascilities enroute to Ajanta...food joints / good dhabas/ petrol pumps..??

Both the times when i'll be crossing Pune it will be a week end. Hope the traffic will be less. As i enter Pune from Ahmednagar whats the general direction i have to follow to hit NH4 for Mahabaleshwar?
And similarly whats the general direction i have to follow when i am coming back and going towards Shirdi ?

Any hotel recommendation for Ajanta..?? or shall i book MTDC.

Do they have Scuba diving at malwan..?
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Hey Colombus
for your malvan part of the trip you might want to check out this
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travel...goa-gypsy.html (Back from a ten day break in konkan/goa in the Gypsy)
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After indore any idea about the fascilities enroute to Ajanta...food joints / good dhabas/ petrol pumps..??
There is a small town Shahpur a few kms after Burhanpur. There is a place called 'Anand' something on the rigth side of the highway. Food is hust about ok - nothing great.
Khandwa byapss to Burhanpur do not any petrol pump. Otherwise ou should be ok.

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Thanks naren
Do they have Scuba diving at malwan..?
Not sure if this has been started.

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Hey Columbs, any update on this?

Meanwhile other inputs are:

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As i enter Pune from Ahmednagar whats the general direction i have to follow to hit NH4 for Mahabaleshwar?
Explaining this is very challenging! Let me try.
- 4 lane ends around 15 kms befor Pune city
- Continue straight for around 6-8 kms till Yerwada. Take left (towards City) on the bridge.
- After crossing the bridge continue straight through cantonment area, you would have to take a fly over & couple of natural turns (if required, ask for landmarks in this area 'Race course'; or ones mentioned further below)
- After around 5 kms, you would hit Solapur highway, cross it and continue straight
- Next land mark now is 'Gera junction' or 'Lulla nagar chowk' or ZK's (yes, Zahir Khan's) restaurant, around 2-3 kms
- Cross this chowk and continue straight and after around 4-5 kms, you would hit a T-Junction, take right which would take you to a chowk (not more than a km) on Satara Road(NH4). Take left toward mahabaleshwar via Katraj and Katraj tunnel.

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Any hotel recommendation for Ajanta..?? or shall i book MTDC.
I am not sure - being based in Maharashtra - I never had to use any logding. But either Jalgaon (~55 kms) or Aurangabad (~160 kms) can prvoide good alternatives.

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Hey Columbs, any update on this?

Meanwhile other inputs are:


Explaining this is very challenging! Let me try.
- 4 lane ends around 15 kms befor Pune city
- Continue straight for around 6-8 kms till Yerwada. Take left (towards City) on the bridge.
- After crossing the bridge continue straight through cantonment area, you would have to take a fly over & couple of natural turns (if required, ask for landmarks in this area 'Race course'; or ones mentioned further below)
- After around 5 kms, you would hit Solapur highway, cross it and continue straight
- Next land mark now is 'Gera junction' or 'Lulla nagar chowk' or ZK's (yes, Zahir Khan's) restaurant, around 2-3 kms
- Cross this chowk and continue straight and after around 4-5 kms, you would hit a T-Junction, take right which would take you to a chowk (not more than a km) on Satara Road(NH4). Take left toward mahabaleshwar via Katraj and Katraj tunnel.


Thanks a lot naren...

This Katraj tunnel..?? Is it near pune..?? This will take me to mahabaleshwar via Wai & Panchgani..??? Whats the standard route to Mahabaleshwar from Pune..??

thanks

PS : leaving day after tomorrow for this trip...
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Hi Columbus,

We'll be just missing meeting you by 2 days! En route Mumbai, We'll reach Ajanta and Aurangabad on 26th from Indore. BTW, have safe and cheerful trip. I think it'll be good idea if we PM each other to exchange our contact numbers, so that we can share route conditions and any other info that you being early on those locations, can pass on to us !

I am PMing you my number, would be happy, if you reciprocate the same.

Happy journey.
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This Katraj tunnel..?? Is it near pune..?? This will take me to mahabaleshwar via Wai & Panchgani..??? Whats the standard route to Mahabaleshwar from Pune..??
Yes - Old Katraj tunnel (not new Shindewadi which one cross while driving Mumbai-Kolhapur). Yes the route you mentioned is standard one to Mbleshwar.

BTW, if I get leave, I might also be driving Pune-Jalgaon (via Aurangabad) on 24 Dec! (I could not get leave for my Rajasthan drive). Pls PM me your no, I shall call if I eventually happen to drive.

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Naren & Longdrive

I have PM my number to both of you.

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Bumping up this old thread.

Is the regular Bhopal-Indore-Sendhwa-Dhule-Malegaon-Manmad-Kopargaon-Shirdi still the best/optimal route from Bhopal to Shirdi? If so, any updates on the latest road conditions?
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Bumping up this old thread.

Is the regular Bhopal-Indore-Sendhwa-Dhule-Malegaon-Manmad-Kopargaon-Shirdi still the best/optimal route from Bhopal to Shirdi? If so, any updates on the latest road conditions?
Bhopal-Indore 4laned and very good as usual.

Indore-Dhule 4laned NH3 and very good,except for high truck traffic

Malegaon-Manmad-Shirdi:Good SH roads.

Should be able to do it in approx 12hrs time.
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