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Old 6th May 2011, 11:15   #16
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4 laning between Ghaziabad-Meerut-Muzaffarnagar is complete and tool booths erected but toll collection was not yet started.

You need not have to go upto GHaziabad T-Section to take turn for Meerut. You can take left turn immediately after Hindon Bridge towards Rajnagar Extention. This road is 4 lane and is also a bye-pass to Merrut Road.

The JAM is now a usual affair at the Tunnel location in Dehradun because of heavy movement of traffic.
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Best of Luck for the ongoing Trip.
Surely it will be an en-thrilling experience to you all.
Since you are carrying good DSLR gears, we can expect wonderful captures in the thread (later - no hurry can wait).
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Continuing from my previous part of the diary :

Between April 18-23, my kids visited Lal Qila alongwith my wife, my sister and her kids.

Here are some of the images (till the visit to LalQila and visit to Jaipur during the trip :

Me : Studying the Jantar Mantar at Jaipur


My wife with Her Zodiac Sign :


My Son with His Zodiac Sign :


My Princes (Daughter) @ Jantar Mantar :


Kids enjoying ast City Palace :


Peeping thru the Canon :


Checking out from Hotel Arya Niwas, Jaipur :


Waiting for Breakfast at Hotel Arya Niwas, Restaurant :


Kids enjoying at my Parental Place :


My Daughter and Niece at Lal Qila, Delhi


My Son and my brother's daughter outside LalQila


Time to Play :


Aspiring Models :


Will continue soon......

All the above and following images are from Point & Shoot Camera used by my Son and Daughter.
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wow! thats an awesome trip I must say.
thanks for updating the thread and uploading the pics in the middle of such a tight driving schedule
I love reading live updates through a trip. Please keep the updates flowing,
wish you a wonderful rest of the trip.
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@ Figi_United

The report is not live now as I've already completed the trip on 29th April and now processing and posting images.

In all there are more than 1,800+ images to be processed hence it is takingsome time. I'll update next part of the images soon....
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Special Note to my report :

In AP, they have renumbered NH7 as NH43 and NH44.

Towards Nagpur from Hyderabad it is NH43 and towards Bangalore it is NH44.

Once you enter Maharashtra or Karnataka from AP, the Highway becomes NH7 again.
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Hi Rakesh,

Great start to the TL. The pics with the kids were really cute. Looking forward to more updates.
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Continuing from prev.....

April 23 : Departure from Delhi

On April 23, we started off for our return Journey to Bangalore and our first stop scheduled as Mathura to meet Sis-in-Law's.

We started at 6.30 from Delhi and touched Mathura Road at 7.00 to headed towards Mathura. The road was smooth except few small potholes on the way and as soon as we touched Palwal, we saw a huge traffic Jam which took almost 2 hours to clear and because of this our scheduled expected time from 8.30 a.m. changed and we reached Mathura at 11.30 a.m. On the way I picked my sis-in-law from her college and reached her in-laws house at 12 and had good breakfast. After spending some time there, we headed to my 2nd sis-in-law's house and spent some time.

We started from Mathura without visiting any temple for Agra and reached Taj at 5.30 p.m., hired a guide and entered Taj campus.

Here are some of the images from that part :









After visitng Taj we left Taj campus at 7.30 p.m. and decided that we will go up to Gwalior and stay there.

WE reached Gawlior at 10 and strtaightway reached Hotel Tansen and after having dinner, went to bed for the remaining night to start next day for our destination Khajuraho.

April 24, 2011 : Gwalior-Khajuraho

I got up early and asked my wife and kids to get so that we can get ready by 7.00 so that we can start off for our next destination Khajuraho. Initially my wife was little reluctant to go to Khajuraho for some reason because of my grown-up daughter and felt that inscriptions and carvings are not suitable for kids to view but after discussion it was decided that we will head for Khajuraho and spend night there.

Finally we all were ready by 8.00 and had good breakfast at Hotel Tansen and started off for Khajuraho.

The road from Gwalior to Khajuraho is bad at most of the places for doubling work and full of potholes. Because of this, the journey of approx. 280 Kms took the 8 hours and we reached Khajuraho at 4.30 p.m.

We decided to checkin Hotel Payal which is stone's throw from Western Group of hotel. After slight discussion with Reception guy, he agreed to offer 25% discount.

We checked intyo our room, had rest for 15 mins. and got ready to visit Western Group. This is the best part of Khajuraho Temples.

Here are few images from Khajuraho :





















Will continue.....
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25 April 2011

We started from Khajuraho at around 9.30 a.m. after finishing our Breakfast for our next destination Bandhavgarh where I'd booked my Cottage at Camp Aranya, owned and manged by a Tiger Researcher.

WE took the same route which was advised by HVK.

The route till Panna was OK and after that the road was worse and it took a total of 5+ hours drive to reach Bandhavgarh.

Upon reaching Bandhavgarh, I got info that there is another shorter route from Khajuraho to reach Bandhavgarh which takes app. 3 hours and it passes thru some of the best Forest stretches.

Here are some of the images taken at Bandhavgarh :
Eurasian Thick Knee - A Migratory bird with Chick


Crested Serpent Eagle :


Peafowl - Dancing :
















We stayed at Bandhavgarh for 2 nights and enjoyed a lot.

WE started from Bandhavgarh on 27th noon and reached Nagpur by 9 p.m.

Next day we started from Nagpur and reached Hyderabad by 8 p.m.Final Statistics in next post. On the way to Hyderbad we lost almost 3 hours in a Traffic Jam.

On 29th April, we started from Hyderabad at 7 a.m. and reached Bangalore by 3 p.m. safely

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Final Statistics :

No. of Days Travel : 24 days
KMS covered : 5,985
Fuel consumption : 291.5 Lts. of Diesel
Total cost of Diesel : approx. Rs. 12,800/-
Total Toll paid : Rs. 1,455

Fuel Efficieny : 20.53 Km/Litre with 90% time AC on.

The average is based on 80% highway and 20% city Driving during the trip.
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@micrographics - Bandhavgarh snaps are awesome. Especially the tiger captures

Also you got a decent FE i should say. Great TL.
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Yes, the Panna-Amanganj-Sahnagar-Katni road appears to have cracked up of late, looks like the Maihar route is the best option for now to drive from Khajuraho to Bandhavgarh.

Which route did you take from Bandhavgarh to Nagpur?

Spectacular tiger and bird photos!!
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Amazings shots of wildlife. Increasingly I notice the calibre of pictures being taken by people on travels is close to how a professional would photograph. Amazing !
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Hi,
The wildlife photography was just awesome, at first I thought it was some Nat Geo pic which you might have Posted. Nice FE you got there.
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Yes, the Panna-Amanganj-Sahnagar-Katni road appears to have cracked up of late, looks like the Maihar route is the best option for now to drive from Khajuraho to Bandhavgarh.

Which route did you take from Bandhavgarh to Nagpur?

Spectacular tiger and bird photos!!
Thanks HVK,

From Bandhavgarh to Jabalpur

I took Bandhavgarh, Shahpura-Jabalpur Road which isd fantastic and almost no traffic at all. From Jabalpur I took NH7 for Nagpur.

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