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      Quote Originally Posted by rksingh1 View Post
      Nice trip sir.
      Thanks for the appreciation, rksingh1.

      Did you find any issue in Leh due to current political situation in J&K?
      No. But, Leh and Ladakh were on the verge of closure as we visited at the end of the season. We got the basic accommodation at Otsal Guest House at the centre of Leh, costing ₹ 500/day for a double room. The bifurcation is yet to be officially implemented in Ladakh. New cars still have 'JK' on their number plates. All sarkari sign boards still have 'Govt of JK' on them. A police sub-inspector I was talking to at Diskit had the badge of JK Police.
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      Beautiful Photos, you are an inspiration Sir!!!
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      Dai!!!

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      Excellent Ravi Ji.. What a passion.
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      Leh on Nexon

      I had been planning for this mega drive since June 2019 with many alternatives. But, due to one reason or the other that are beyond my control, it got postponed many times. I wanted to go via Sach Pass>Cliffhanger>Sinthan Top and return via Mughal Road. All these plans did not fructify. Finally, I settled for Sach Pass>Ladakh and return via Manali, which was the last alternative.

      As I did in 2014, the first halt was going to be at Sagar. I reserved for accommodation for me and wife at Deepali Palace, Sagar through Makemytrip.com for ₹ 1,347 inclusive of breakfast. I loaded ₹ 6 k in my Paytm wallet for tolls. Blue Diamond had tankful of diesel. Wife packed our dinner for the day and breakfast for the next day. We left our Chennai home at 1:30 pm on 23/10 and scheduled to reach our hotel at Sagar in the evening the next day, based on our previous experience. We reached the outskirts of Hyderabad by midnight and chose to drive through the twin cities instead of ORR. Somewhere near Nirmal in Telangana, Blue Diamond recorded 20,000 km on the odometer. The first 10 k mark was recorded at Tripura near Agartala on 29 Jan 2019. Crossing Hinganghat was very easy with the completion of flyover above the railway line. We arrived at Haldiram's, Shankar Nagar Square, Nagpur by 9 am on 24/10. We completed our morning ablution and had a satisfying breakfast. I also had two pieces of rasamalai and bought a few Tetra Paks of Haldiram's buttermilk and lassi. We got stuck for more than a hour in traffic jams due to Nagpur metro construction. We took the Seoni route. More traffic jams delayed our drive due to road-widening works between Nagpur and Seoni. Finally, we reached our hotel at Sagar at 4:30 pm on 24/10. We ate the remaining packed food, tea and called it a day. The next day, after a swim and satisfying buffet breakfast, we continued our drive towards Bairagarh.

      In our earlier Ladakh drives, we used to halt at Delhi for a couple of days. But, not this time with the completion of Eastern/Western Peripheral Expressways. We drove via Yamuna Expressway and had filter coffee there. Then, we took the Eastern Peripheral Expressway and landed at Kundli, HR, bypassing Delhi by midnight. After a nice midnight dinner at Pahalwan Dhaba, Murthal, we continued our journey. Whenever we drive on this highway, it has become a norm to have dinner at late nights or early hours of the day as most of the eateries open 24 hours. I call this a foodie's highway!

      We reached Haveli, Jalandhar bypass by 9 am on 26/10. After morning ablution and delicious breakfast, we continued our drive. Road condition deteriorated in HP. Finally, we reached Chamunda Hotel, Bairagarh at 7:15 pm on 26/10.

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      As usual awesome Ravi Sir. Your driving spirit is an inspiration for all of us!
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      Quote Originally Posted by J.Ravi View Post
      For your stay, you have mostly booked direct. used online booking only twice - through makemytrip. Any reason to not use the popular OYO?

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      Quote Originally Posted by KRRaj View Post
      Beautiful Photos, you are an inspiration Sir!!!
      Thanks for the compliments and appreciation, KRRaj.

      Quote Originally Posted by livelyyoungman View Post
      Excellent Ravi Ji.. What a passion.
      Thank you so much for the nice words, livelyyoungman Ananth.

      Quote Originally Posted by Pradeep View Post
      As usual awesome Ravi Sir. Your driving spirit is an inspiration for all of us!
      Thanks a lot for the compliments, Pradeep.

      Quote Originally Posted by limraj View Post
      For your stay, you have mostly booked direct. used online booking only twice - through makemytrip. Any reason to not use the popular OYO?
      Once, when I was searching and comparing the tariff for a good hotel at Bhubaneswar in OYO app, it booked a hotel with option to pay at the hotel! I started getting confirmatory messages. I had to cancel the booking manually. Nowadays, I see a lot of negative news about OYO. So, I uninstalled the app and am sticking with makemytrip mostly. Sometimes, I book through goibibo too. I get really good tariffs in makemytrip. So, as the saying goes, known devil is better than the unknown angel, I stick with them most of the times.
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      Quote Originally Posted by J.Ravi View Post
      Nowadays, I see a lot of negative news about OYO
      I'm one among them.
      OYO changed my booking (and paid 2 week in advance), just 2 hours before check-in, without asking me, to a new hotel. I had to pay an additional amount at the new hotel (double the normal room rent there), they never bothered even though I raised a concern. I too have un-installed OYO and switched to other options.

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      Quote Originally Posted by J.Ravi View Post
      We left our Chennai home at 1:30 pm on 23/10 .... We reached the outskirts of Hyderabad by midnight .... We arrived at Haldiram's, Shankar Nagar Square, Nagpur by 9 am on 24/10. ... We took the Seoni route. ... Finally, we reached our hotel at Sagar at 4:30 pm on 24/10.
      Quote Originally Posted by J.Ravi View Post
      The next day, ... we continued our drive towards Bairagarh.

      .... We drove via Yamuna Expressway and had filter coffee there. Then, we took the Eastern Peripheral Expressway and landed at Kundli, HR, bypassing Delhi by midnight. After a nice midnight dinner at Pahalwan Dhaba, Murthal, we continued our journey. ....

      We reached Haveli, Jalandhar bypass by 9 am on 26/10. ... Finally, we reached Chamunda Hotel, Bairagarh at 7:15 pm on 26/10.
      Amazing Drive. Hats off to you and your wife for your zeal to drive and travel.

      Continuous drive for Half Day + Whole Night + Whole Day and one night rest followed by Continuous drive Whole Day + Whole Night + Whole Day.

      I want to ask you one question. Are your kids get anxious when you go on such drives ? especially the ones which has such Day + Night + Day drives ?

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      Quote Originally Posted by J.Ravi View Post
      Finally, we reached our hotel at Sagar at 4:30 pm on 24/10.
      Quote Originally Posted by J.Ravi View Post
      Finally, we reached Chamunda Hotel, Bairagarh at 7:15 pm on 26/10.
      Two epic drives of 1500km and 1400km - AWESOME.

      Murthal is a foodies highway.

      Any specific reason to go through the Hyd city and not take the ORR?

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