Awara Model 2011 aka Life Begins with Retirement

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  1. Awara

    Awara Active Member

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    Prelude to Awara's drive from Patna to Pangong:

    Retired September 2011, this Atal Bihari is settled in Patna. Love of dogs, photography travelling, driving, nature, especially birdwatching, reading web surfing and, of course, sleeping and eating sacrificed while working. After becoming swatantra dish ke azad nagrik Awara let loose.

    2011 October, Vaishali, Kolhua, Kesaria; Maner, Sasaram, Varanasi, Sarnath. November, Singapore, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam. December, Bangalore and K'gudi Hills.

    2012 February, Barabar Caves, Bodh Gaya; Kavar Jheel, Purnia. March, Stented and built back better than before. May, Nalanda, Rajgir. July, Jehanabad. August, Darjiling, Kurseong; Aurangabad, Devgiri or Daulatabad, Ajanta, Ellora. October, Paudhar, Almora. December, Kolkata, Sundarbans with BNHS. December, Hyderabad, Karimnagar.

    2013 January-February, Chitrakoot, Khajuraho, Orchha, Bundi, Chittorgarh, Ahmedabad, Nal Sarovar, Little Rann, Modhera, Bhuj, Greater Rann, Mandvi, Gir, Diu, Lothal, Jaisalmer, Hodhpur, Ranthambhore, Bharatpur, Fatehpur Sikri, Agra, Delhi and back to Patna 7000 km drive in 26 days. March, Eaglenest Sanctuary, Arunachal with BNHS. April Lachung, Zero Mile, Sikkim BNHS. May, East Champaran up to Nepal Border. May, Kolkata, Rajgir. June, Tadoba, Nagpur BNHS. September, Assam. October, Nainital; Mashobra, Shimla. December, Mumbai, Great Rann BNHS.

    2014 January, Chechar, Kolkata. February, Tadoba. June, Bhallard, Mukteshwar. Feeling restless, so it's off to Ladakh now.

    Fascinated by pictures of Ladakh. While searching for gen on travelling to Ladakh came across the gold mine of information aka bcmtouring.com on Ladakh and driving all over India. Kudos to those who conceived the idea and are maintaining this forum. Lapped up all travelogues and photographs. Joined this wonderful forum. Started planning the drive.

    Programme:
    7 July 2014 - Patna to Kanpur/ Agra depending upon progress
    8 - Kanpur/ Agra to Delhi
    13 - Delhi to Jammu
    14 - Jammu to Patnitop (last visited in 1988)
    15 - Patnitop to Sonamarg
    16 - Sonamarg to Kargil
    17 - Kargil to Leh
    18 - Relax in Leh
    19 - Leh to Hunder
    20 - Hunder to Leh
    21 - Leh to Pangong Tso
    22 - Pangong Tso to Leh
    23 - Leh to Tsomoriri
    24 - Tsomoriri to Jispa via Tso Kar
    25 - Jispa to Manali
    26 - Relax in Manali
    27 - Manali to Chandigarh
    28 - Chandigarh to Delhi
    29 - Relax in Delhi
    30 - Delhi to Mohania
    31 - Mohania to Patna

    Day 1, 7 July - Innova milometer reads 13,610

    Left Patna at 4.10 AM alone as co-passenger backed out last minute. MMI was showing route via Phulwari Sharif and Danapur Station to Bihta but the bridge on this road just before Danapur Station is reportedly incomplete. Instead took Bailey Road to Saguna More. Almost immediately got stuck for 15 minutes on Bailey Road at 4.15 AM due to construction. Finally proceeded to Saguna More and turned left to Danapur station and then on towards Neora and Bihta. Again held up shortly after Shivala as huge truck had sunk into soft flanks and blocked the road. After waiting for some time, saw trucks turning around. Followed them via good village road to NH 30 and on to Maner and then Bihta. Had to suffer the horrible NH 30 which I had tried to avoid! Full of potholes and slush with heavy traffic of tractors hauling sand.

    Proceeded from Bihta to Arrah and then via Jagdishpur to Mohania where i joined GT Road or NH2 now named Asian Highway 1. Indifferent highway past Varanasi bypass till Allahabad bypass. Very good AH1 from Allahabad bypass till Kanpur bypass. Kanpur bypass to Agra bypass good but with diversions every few kilometres due to 6-laning and flyover construction. However, diversions generally well made and smooth.

    Reached Yamuna Expressway start at 7.15 PM. Things became interesting an hour later
     
  2. vikasb

    vikasb Vikas Bhadauria

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    A promising travelogue .. :) .. But ..!! Where are the Pics sir .. ??
     
  3. adsatinder

    adsatinder I am SATINDER at Delhi

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    Great Start..................
    Great Words....................
    Great Introduction................
    Great Start from 2011...............
    You have Great Treasure..............
     
  4. Awara

    Awara Active Member

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    Vaishali, world's first republic

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    Vaishali Stupa

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    Site in Vaishali where Buddha's ashes were found

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    Varanasi dawn

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    Varanasi dawn2

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    Varanasi Ghat

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    Sarnath

    First post so hope pictures are uploaded properly!
     
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  5. Awara

    Awara Active Member

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    Pre- and post-retirement cars. Still retain red M800 November 1985 model - old is gold

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    Maner Sharif

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    Koilwar Rail-cum-Road Bridge over River Sone 1.44 km completed 1862. Longest bridge in Indian subcontinent till 1900

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    Sher Shah ka Makbara, Sasaram. Sher Shah (1486-1545) built the Grand Trunk Road from Chittagong to Kabul! Renowned administrator, issued the first Rupiya, organised the postal system, all while fighting wars!
     
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    hiambuj Moderator Staff Member

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    Promising start.
    Why such small pics?
     
  7. Awara

    Awara Active Member

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    What size (bytes) is permitted? First time uploading travelogue and pics so do guide me. :(
     
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    hiambuj Moderator Staff Member

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    500 KB.
    1024x768 would be fine, In my opinion.
     
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    good start young man....:D

    like your spirit
     
  10. knightR!der

    knightR!der New Member

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    Thats quite an impressing list of places you travelled in short span of time sir.
    Hope some day i"ll be able to travel as frequently as you.
    Best of luck, have a wonderful and safe journey.
    Eagerly waiting for the update and pics in particular :p

    OT :-
    - is this analogy is to AB Vajpayee @ Bachelor or something else :grin::confused: - pardon my limited vocabulary.
     

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