Our first stop for breakfast. At Vellore, TN.
Crossed Krishnagiri and on the way to Hosur on NH 7.
Hills being scraped for the six-laning work on the NH 7.
Entering into the first state of our journey! Karnataka!!!
About that "yellow sticker".. I've been a 'ghost member' of tbhp for the past 2 years. Meaning, I'm a member, but not a member. And I got that sticker about a year back. Anyway, this GQ drive was greatly inspired from the travelogues I used to read there a few years back, before I stumbled upon GH, so just left it there as a token of remembrance. Now that I'm safe, I'll continue with the story
There came a toll gate and right after the toll gate, I missed the ring road exit and took the electronic city flyover instead. I convinced myself that I'd get down at the next exit, take a U-turn and catch the ring road! I realized how ignorant I was as the flyover kept going and going and going.. Maybe since I kept on looking for an exit to get down, the flyover seemed even longer. But it was a beautiful one.
Right after the flyover was over (that was around 10km I guess), got down and got stuck in this traffic with no idea of where we were.. A good start!
Till then, I was very suspicious about my new GPS device. I had never seen one before. Just a week before we started the trip, I got a basic one and figured out how to use it a day or 2 before the trip (till then I was confident that I could drive around India with just the road maps in hand!! I later realized that it would have been a disaster!!). So I was not totally trusting it till we reached Bangalore. After we lost our way inside Bangalore, it guided us through some small roads, onto Mysore road and finally to Tumkur road! Then I became totally dependent on it for the rest of the trip! Now I can proudly say that I drove throughout India and did not ask a single soul for directions I don't know about the other GPS devices available in the market. Better ones maybe available. But, I can definitely vouch for Mapmyindia!
Out of Bangalore and towards Tumkur with beautiful flowers in the median.
We stopped for lunch at this hotel called "Kamat Upachar". I think this was in Nelamangala, on NH 7 towards Tumkur. It was a neat hotel with good food and decent toilets.
Windmills, somewhere near Hiriyur
Finally we reached Harihar by 5PM, our target for day 1. We stayed in this Grasim Industrial Guest House, on the banks of river Tungabadhra. It was a beautifully maintained campus with awesome food.
It is allowed only for guests of employees in the Grasim Industries. You can find more info about all our places of stay here: Hotel Details - I have compiled information about all our places of stay throughout the trip.