Hello TFIians (in particular Punekars), Need some urgent advise. I am embarking on a trip to Mantralayam (AP) in the first week of May 2015. The trip will be for 4 days. I have booked the railway tickets for the onward and return journey but unfortunately only got the sleeper class tickets only. The chances of getting them converted to atleast 3 AC seems remote, thanks to the super efficient IRCTC where tickets gets exhausted in 30 secs of opening. We are 6 adults and 2 children travelling for the trip and travelling sleeper class in May is a nightmare. The only alternative I have so far is to drive down. My wife is totally against me driving for 560 kms or 10 hours at a stretch since I have a function to coordinate later. Now the only solution I can think of is hire a 8 seater Tempo traveller or Tata winger kind of family vehicle with AC since I would be carrying few luggage too (approx 8). If I do this then I would take a slight detour too to visit my home deity in Karnataka. The idea is to drive down to Pune a day before and start the journey next day to Mantralayam. The queries which I intend to ask is: 1) What is the best choice for a family vehicle? Would Innova, Tavera fit the bill? or should I opt for tata Winger or Tempo Traveller? 2) Any references to a good travel agent in Pune preferably in Sinhagad road or Kothrud area? Reliability is of utmost importance. Of course the finance too matters. 3) Is it a good option to drive to Mantralayam or stick to the usual train journey? 4) The only advantage I see is that the vehicle will be at our disposal for any city errands. Kindly provide me with your thought and suggestions.