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Old 18th April 2015, 03:09   #1
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It all started on 2nd October 2014, 4:30 pm.
"Its a Boy" nurse said. Girl/boy fine by me, either ways. I got another backup driver to scale the mountains, crash the salty waters on beach, go off-road if needed.

November, the little dude had to leave for Asansol where "we" are originally from. I missed him and Facetimed throughout the day almost. I was all alone in Hyderabad.

I had spoken about the situation to my manager and he was OK with WFH. December - Client arrives, we had a project to attend and my plans crashed.

Finally, on January 24th, client leaves India. No train tickets, flight tickets were too expensive for the next day (yes, that's an excuse used for ages now). Moreover, the return journey would require me to carry a lot of luggage. So, 8544 grinned at me.
Punto to the rescue!

24th Jan 2015, 7 pm

Me: Ok, Ill start tomorrow, taking the day off.
Manager: Sure, meet me at ORR Gachibowli tomorrow .
Me: I'm sorry WHAT?!!
Manager: I need to go to Bhubaneshwar. Who better to follow than you? Will meet you there with my family and Innova.
Me: Done, 10:30 pm.

Excitement = No sleep. Total sleep 3 hours, 4 Hours on an escalation call later. It was 9 pm already. Monster Energy Drink to the rescue.

Day 1: 1117 kms, 20 hours drive, Banjara hills to Bhubaneshwar City.
Banjara Hills > Suryapet 185 kms, 2 hours
Suryapet > Rajhamundry 279 kms, 6 hours (never take this route) should have gone via Vijaywada. The road conditions are pathetic. It was in the wee hours, took a short break of 20-30 mins. Monster drink had already started kicking in, no dizziness no tiredness.
Rajhamundry > Vizag 200kms, 3 hours

BluenMe, Manager calling...
Me: Yah!
Manager: Probably I need to halt at Vizag, take a break continue tomorrow .
Me: Sure, I would have to continue.
Manager: You would be driving all alone, take a break.
Me: No issues, I will continue.
Manager: Drive safe.
Me: Sure!

Almost 12 pm at Vizag, had lunch with my manager and his family and started for Bhubaneshwar. It took me 2 hours to navigate via Vizag city and reach its outskirts. I had no option but to make up for time lost.

Vizag > Bhubaneshwar 440 kms, 5 hours, 0 breaks
Monster was really making me a monster. Not sure if it was a good or bad thing. It reminded me of "Crank - the movie".
Punto read average speed : 85 kmph.

Called my friend and fellow Team BHPian, Samba .
BluenMe calling Samba ...
Me: Monster drink!
Samba: What ?
Me: Don't drink it while you are at home.
Me: Vizag > Bhubaneshwar 5 hours
Samba: We shall drink on our next trip, the holy Trip
Me: Haha sure
Samba: Grab a hotel, take a nap.
Me: roger that !

My whatsapp message to Samba: Check this out! https://www.monsterenergy.com/in/en/home/

Outskirts of Bhubaneshwar
BluenMe Mom calling...
Me (in my mind): chilly fried aritra / smoked aritra / babe queued aritra
Mom / Wife / Junior: where are you now?
Me: Almost reached Bhubaneshwar.
Wife: 450 in 5 hrs, take it easy! we are following your location via Sygic family locator.
Me: Road was clean and empty, Punto did well. (In my mind) that app was a very bad idea.
Junior: giggles
Me: Attaboy!

Booked a hotel close to the highway and far away from the city. It was already 8 pm when I finally crashed. Searching for the hotel took me some time, EOD trip meter read 1117 kms.

Few things I would take away from day 1.
1> Surya pet > Rajhamundry (very bad decision)
2> I had probably crossed 7-10 toll gates, average was Rs. 70/- .
3> Driving discipline throughout was pretty good, all vehicles maintained their respective lanes.
4> Didn't find any rash drivers. Yes, a few drivers were fast.
5> Tailgating after sunset, following them saved time and energy (a lot of it).
6> Bhubaneshwar is a beautiful city and they do serve some awesome crabs. Vizag is equally good with crabs / prawns.
7> Lake Chilka (Chilika) is a great hub for migratory birds, so I did some photography.

Some pictures from Day 1

Little fog never hurts (Rajhamundry)
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Sunrise at some lake/backwater en-route
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Sunrise
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Finally decided to stop for breakfast. I am a big fan of non-veg. But when I travel, those white beautiful idlis keep me very happy.
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Cricket stadium at Vizag
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There were a crazy number of toll gates throughout the journey
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Lake Chilka
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Finally, crab hub
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Some migratory birds
Grey heron
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Great egret
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Grey heron
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Common sandpiper
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Common tern
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Day 2: Bhubaneshwar > Asansol, 530 kms, 10 hours drive roughly. 0 breaks.

Started at 8 am after some wild bird photography .

Bhubaneshwar > Cuttack 30 kms, 40 mins (heavy truck traffic)
Cuttack > Balasore 176 km, 2 Hours > excellent road
Balasore > Kharagpur > Why God why?! 123 kms, 4 hours
Kharagpur > Bishnupur > 90 kms, 1 hours
Kharagpur > Asansol > 200 kms, 3 hours

On reaching home, the trip meter read 532 kms.

Few pointers on Day 2:
1> Good roads? By good roads, I mean a 200-300 km steady stretch - Nil
2> Average toll was Rs. 80/-. Total toll gates ~ 10.
3> Lane discipline missing (public transport, heavy vehicles)
4> 185 mm ground clearance of the Punto was a great savior on those roads.
5> Even on these road conditions, the Punto amazed me. Well, yet again!

Total distance traveled: 1,650 kms
Total money spent on fuel: Rs. 4,700

Few pictures from Day 2

Bishnupur
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Reserve forest that followed almost the entire stretch from Bishnupur
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The 185 mm ground clearance at work
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Closeup
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Finally Asansol was just 66 kms away
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Reached home at around 7 pm. I was with little dude in serious conversation discussing road conditions by 7:20 pm. Punto saves the day!

I was in West Bengal for 2 months, visited a few places, met a few fellow Bhpians and saw their rides.
The trip was, overall, great fun. However, I had planned some trips, but due to the project deadline didn't get time to roll around a lot.

With Bhpian Samba's ride at Durgapur
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With my ex-ride that I bought in Bangalore and sold off to a dear friend who, luckily, was in Asansol then
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Visited my school
Assembly ground ... Our Father in Heaven, Holy be thy name...
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Entrance to the School /Sports ground on the far left... well "one of the many grounds"
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Cricket Ground
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Swimming pool
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Chemistry / Physics / Bio Laboratories
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KG-Class3
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The River Damodar flows by very close to where I stay. It's a place the Punto wanted to visit for a long time
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River Damodar , a little closer .
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Finally found a weekend to visit Kolkata. The public transport guys are very rash. No offence, but hardly did I find any vehicle without a scratch / dent.

Visited Victoria Memorial
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Princep Ghat
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Cool Punto to the rescue (Hyderabad > Asansol)

Started the return journey on 26th March. However, it was done over 5 days. Reached Hyderabad on 30th as junior was also travelling along. The return journey was equally fun, but this time with the family. Eminem and Nickleback were replaced by the little hungry dude at the back. My average speed while coming was 63 kmph for entire trip. While returning, it was 46 kmph.

Day 1: Asansol to Puri Beach, 536 kms, 11 hours
The road till Balasore was pathetic as usual, I did see some progress but that was progress I would say in 2 months.
After Balasore the stretch was great and we made up some lost time.

Route taken: Asansol > Ranighanj > Bankura > Kharadpur >Balasore >Bhadrak > Dharmashala > Cuttak >Puri

Bishnupur
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The entire Puri Beach was under construction. The road that runs parallel to the beach was torn apart due to a major upcoming event
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Delicacies of Puri
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Day 3: We started for Vizag on the 28th. 445 kms, 6 hours.

Route taken: Puri > New Jagannath Road > Vizag

Initially I thought I would need to go till Bhubaneshwar, but the New Jagannath Road is newly constructed and is pretty wide. There is no distinct landmark on the highway, but but there would be an IBP petrol bunk you would pass almost 25 kms before the left.

Some pictures of Vizag
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We stayed at Harita Resort at Rishikonda Beach
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I always thought sunset at the Bay Of Bengal won't be fun, but I was so wrong
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The sunrise next morning
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A little later in the day, before we started for Vijaywada
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The Punto has to touch sand at Vizag's beach. Mandatory!
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Day 4 :
Vizag > Vijaywada, 400 kms, 5 hours
Road conditions were great as usual, We booked a hotel near the bus-stand.

Few pictures from Day 4
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Encountered a little rain and the weather went from great to awesome
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Reached Vijaywada. The best things about Vijaywada hotels are
1> most of them are new
2> the checkout time is 24 hours from time of check in

Day 5:
Vijaywada > Hyderabad > Banjara Hills, 350 kms, 4 hours (the best stretch of the entire trip)
Our home at Hyderabad was calling us all dearly and I couldn't resist. Given the best road conditions till now in my entire trip, I was able to maintain a steady speed. The approval was in place from junior / wife and my father-in-law. I asked my father-in-law to drive on ORR.

Me: So, how was it?
Father-in-law: Smooth, we should get my Verna here sometime and test it out.
Me: Sure.

The reason for such a trip
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Thread moved from the Assembly Line (The "Assembly Line" Forum section) to the Travelogues Section. Thanks for sharing!
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Nice travelogue Aritra. Cool narration with some nice pics. The pic of your son takes the cake. Undoubtedly your son's pic overshadows all the above pics of this travelogue. After all this trip was initiated because of him!

Edit- You could have chosen a better title! You have covered lot more than just a Hydrabad- Asansol drive! This thread definitely deserves a better title.

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Nice travelogue Aritra. Cool narration with some nice pics. The pic of your son takes the cake. Undoubtedly your son's pic overshadows all the above pics of this travelogue. After all this trip was initiated because of him!

Edit- You could have chosen a better title! You have covered lot more than just a Hydrabad- Asansol drive! This thread definitely deserves a better title.
Outstanding stuff. Have you really taken just 2 hours to reach Suryapet? How did you manage that, given the traffic conditions from Banjara hills to ORR at Gachibowli are congested?

BTW, Junior looks very cute.
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Great to meet another Patrician in TeamBHP. I am 2005 class 10. Really your sons pic eclipses all the other ones. Fantastic travelogue and you did cover a lot of places on this tour. You really did get the mood of all these places you stopped by. Thats what i loved about this travelogue.
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Nice travelogue! How is the Midnapore-Raniganj stretch of NH-60 nowadays?
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Outstanding stuff. Have you really taken just 2 hours to reach Suryapet? How did you manage that, given the traffic conditions from Banjara hills to ORR at Gachibowli are congested?

BTW, Junior looks very cute.
Yes Jose , It took me 2 hours or probably a little less from Gachibouli's entrance to ORR to Suryapet .

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Midnapore-Raniganj is ok , but very congested several diversions come in between but Google Map does a decent job of guiding through .
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Nice TL and pictures, Aritraray. Enjoyed reading it at one go. The pictures of the Punto beside a huge Banyan tree was one of the best. I was also thrilled to see the open spaces around your school/ hometown, and the old-fashoined buildings.

I wonder why you took the Khammam route, despite so many updates on this forum saying the Vijaywada route is better and faster. Even buses are taking that BZA route for the past 2 years, despite the additional distance of 60 kms or so.

I think there's a typo in the distance from BZA to Banjara Hills. I travelled a few months back and it was around 320 kms to Somajiguda via ORR. But I'd exited the ORR at Shamshabad and not Gachibowli.

By the way, can you share the cost of accommodation at Haritha resorts, Rushikonda? And how many days in advance did you book it?

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Yes , class KG- Class 12 , 2003 class 12 pass out . Great to meet fella bhpan + Patrician

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I did not prebook any of the Hotels in the entire trip.
You could check this URL for details , http://aptdc-haritha-beach-resort-vi....hotelsgds.com
Also , from my house in Banjarahills to Gachiboli ORR entrance is roughly 11 kms . From there to Suryapet was around 175 kms . (11+175 =186 kms )
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Superb travelogue! Monster will rope you in for such reviews
You have put crazy hours behind the wheel and Junior seems to learning how to rev it up!
Most of the places are so familiar to me that it cheers you up instantly

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Visited my school

The River Damodar flows by very close to where I stay. It's a place the Punto wanted to visit for a long time
Thank you Aritra for sharing this wonderful travelogue. Its more than a travelogue for me. Its like a journey to my place of birth, schooling, playgrounds.
Which school are you from? Sorry could not recognize from the image. I was from BRS, 2000 batch. infact had joined there in Nursery and continued till 12. I have left Burnpur in 2000, but there is one yearly visit to New Town at my FIL's and Kharagpur at my ancestral's.

The place where you parked your Punto, near the approach to Damodar, was the very place we used to seat in our school years. I just cannot explain how thrilled I was to see those images coming back alive, re igniting the old memories, the sweet aspirations and the blah blahs...I used to stay at Riverside and that railway track hill point, was another favorite spot.

Thank you Aritra, its more than a travelogue to me. Its a journey down my memory lanes. Thank you again.
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