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HALDIA --VIZAG ---ARAKU ETC. ----My 3rd PUNTOUR

Discussion in 'Travelogues & Experiences' started by sandipan_r15, Dec 11, 2013.

  1. sandipan_r15

    sandipan_r15 Superiore

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    Thanks SATHIS.Here is one------

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  2. sandipan_r15

    sandipan_r15 Superiore

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    DAY-1////23.12.2013

    ROUTE--->HALDIA-MECHEDA-KHARAGPPUR-BHUBANESWAR-VIZAG
    KM COVERED--->870.5
    kmpl-->13.7
    TIME TAKEN--->15 HOURS(5 AM to 8 PM)

    Highest distance covered in a single day.Previous highest was 768 km in june'12.The mileage was very disappointing.Seems my cluth plte needs a replacement.
    Faced some traffic problem within CUTTACK city due to on going construction job.NH-60(5)--from kharagpur to baleswar is being operated in a single lane but did not face much problem to cover that part.

    NH-5 STRETCH specially in AP not very well maintained.Expected better maintenance.Had our lunch at OTDC,BARKUL.Balugaon by-pass has become operational
    so is RAMBHA by-pass.Rambha by-pass gives a breath taking view of the CHILKA lake.

    Reached VIZAG at 8:00 PM but could not locate our place of lodging next one hour.Reached there only at 9:00 PM.


    Here are pics of day 1---

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    Ready to start
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    Impromptu picnic
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    Somewhere before BALUGAON(NH-5)
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    View of CHILKA from RAMBHA by-pass
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    View of CHILKA from RAMBHA by-pass
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    Way to go

    One RITZ ZXi & one i10 sportz also accompanied me in this tour.i10 was driven by a professional driver.
    THANKS.
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  3. sandipan_r15

    sandipan_r15 Superiore

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    DAY-2////24.12.2013

    VIZAG SIGHT SEEING.

    I could not not find the small diary containing the car travel details---mean while enjoy the pics.

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    vizag from launch trip
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    diciplined
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    my drive at jetty No.11

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    ENJOYING THE DRINK
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    it's lunchtime---in front APTDC restaurant
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    view from APTDC RESTAURANT-RISHIKONDA
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    kailashagiri at night

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    VIZAG at NIGHT

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  4. sandipan_r15

    sandipan_r15 Superiore

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    DETAILS OF DAY--2

    TOTAL KM--88.6
    KMPL--15.4

    Saw quite a few puntos in VIZAG.Was amazed to see how AP has beautified the road towards Rishikonda & Bhimli.My first trip to Vizag was in 2005.
    Lunch at APTDC resort's restaurant at Rishikonda was really a nice experience.The view from the restaurant is just--WOOOW!
  5. sandipan_r15

    sandipan_r15 Superiore

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    For last some days my attempt to upload pics has been failed repeatedly---don't know why.Pl help.(I have not updated my tl because of this reason.)
  6. sandipan_r15

    sandipan_r15 Superiore

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    DAY 3 //// 25.12.2013///VIZAG-SIMACHALAM-BORAH CAVES-ARAKU:-


    Went to ARAKU via BORAH & ARAKU.Had our lunch a JUNGLE BELLS(APTDC)---a fantastic experience---set amidst the lush green forest & just beside the road-it's a beautiful place to be in.Found a tough time parking our cars at BORAH as it was 25th DECEMBER.Reached ARAKU in the evening.Service at the MAYURI HILL RESORT was worst possible.Rooms were good though.

    PICS OF DAY 3-------

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    Resting at SIMACHALAM
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    Fun at jungle bells
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    At Jungle bells

    NB:This was 2nd time I was travelling by this route.I first came in DEC 2005---the car :WAGON R
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  7. sandipan_r15

    sandipan_r15 Superiore

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    More pics of day3---------

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    PARKING LOT ----BORAH CAVES
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    HAVE A CUP OF COFFEE
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    SUNSET IN ARAKU
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    WAY TO ARAKU
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  8. sandipan_r15

    sandipan_r15 Superiore

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    DAY--4////ARAKU to JAGDALPUR////26:12:2013

    Most part of this stretch(ARAKU--JEYPORE,ODISHA) is one of the most loved stretch I have ever driven on.Kept aside the fear of the maoists(we saw a group of about 20 armed paramilitary men patrolling the road about 10 kms before JAYPORE) I feel myself lucky to drive on this stretch twice(1st in 2005).Time has almost been to a standstill here.Road condition has improved but not much has been changed apart from that.That's a blessing & the real beauty has not been spoilt in the name of development.As deserted as before apart from the vicinity of PADWA,ODISHA.

    PICS to talk------

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    Tribal museum ARAKU
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    LONELY PLANET
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    Love to drive on this stretch
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  9. sandipan_r15

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    ERROR--iIn the last post yr has been wrongly typed as 2014 ilu 2013.
  10. Ravi

    Ravi Staff Member Janitor

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    Corrected.
    I hope you are able to attach pictures now.

    Thanks for sharing the details.

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