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  • Learning License Age

    by Vineet Yeligeti | Jul 14, 2022

    The learning license is the stepping stone to a young man or woman’s 4-wheeler or 2-wheeler dream. Once a person gets a learning license, he or she can use it across the country until it expires.

    There is a lot of advice out in the internet on how to get a 2-wheeler or 4-wheeler learning license. However, very little has been said about the learning license age conditions to be met.

    In this blog, we will cover the important topic yet neglected topic of learning license age.

    Learning license age

    For various vehicle types:

    Learning License Age Limit for Two wheelers

    The minimum age for a learning license for a two-wheeler whose capacity is below 50cc is 16 years of age. However, in today’s times 50cc scooters are few and far between. Hence, it is better to wait to get the two-wheeler above 50cc license.

    Learning License Age Limit for Two wheelers above 50cc capacity :

    The minimum age for getting a two-wheeler above 50cc is 18 years of age. This includes all recent launches of Scooty and Activa.

    Car learning license:Car learning license is given to anyone who is above 18 years of age. He or she should also pass the mental and physical fitness requirements for the same.

    Learning License Age Limit for Light Motor Vehicle :

    Light motor vehicle covers vehicles like autorickshaws, delivery vans, etc. The minimum age for driving a transport vehicle is 18 years of age. He or she should have also finished education till 8th standard.

    Learning License Age Limit for Motor vehicle-Non-Transport (LMV-NT) :

    LMV-NT is a license category in India. Cars, jeeps, small vans for personal purposes but not used for commercial purposes.

    Light motor vehicle license for transport use:Light motor vehicles such as mini buses, tempos, delivery trucks. Transport vehicle license is issued to a person who has completed 20 years of age.

    Learning License Age Limit for Heavy Motor Vehicle :

    The heavy motor vehicle license covers license necessary to drive trucks, lorries and other such vehicles It is issued to anyone who is 20 years of age and has finished schooling till 8th standard.

    Learning License Age Limit for HPMV (Heavy Passenger Motor Vehicle) :

    The heavy passenger motor vehicle learners license covers buses, mini buses etc. It is issued to anyone who is 20 years of age and has finished schooling till 8th standard.

    Learning License Age Limit for Trailer — A person holding a heavy vehicle driving licence can only apply for heavy trailer licence. A person applying for such a license needs to be above 18 years of age. In some states, the age requirement is 20 years. The candidates should have also passed 8th standard schooling.

  • 6 Benefits Of Turmeric Milk

    by Vineet Yeligeti | Jul 12, 2022

    Turmeric Milk or Haldi Doodh, now popularly known as 'Golden Milk' is a quick fix for many health issues. As little as a pinch of turmeric powder in a hot cup of milk is all that your body needs to heal itself.

    The brilliant yellow spice has been around for centuries and since then, its relevance has only exceeded. India is the largest producer and consumer of turmeric and its relevance as a condiment can be found in every Indian household. Turmeric not only adds colour and flavour to our cuisine but is also important in many religious traditions in our lives. The traditional 'Haldi ceremony' in Indian weddings and haldi in our Puja Thalis makes this simple spice a cultural symbol.

    The reason for worshipping turmeric is not superstitious. Indians recognized the various benefits of turmeric, centuries ago. Sushruta, the Father of Surgery, penned down the antiseptic and antibacterial properties of turmeric in the first known medical text in the world! Vedic tradition has been using turmeric to heal a range of ailments, from dressing cuts and wounds to preventing critical illnesses.

    Alternative traditional medicine like Ayurveda, Unani, and Siddha use turmeric for treating various disorders.Modern medicine too has recognized the use of turmeric in preventive and critical care. Turmeric really is the Spice of Life!

    Imagine! A 4000-year-old treasure trove of medicinal properties is in your kitchen right now!

    How to consume turmeric milk?

    Just add a pinch of turmeric to a cup of hot milk and drink this before bedtime to boost your health. You can also add ginger, honey, black pepper (kali mirch), clove, and cinnamon to make a 'health potion' and ideally, drink it before bedtime for optimum effect.

    Turmeric in milk acts as a blood purifier and rids your body of hormonal, digestive, kidney-liver, and even respiratory problems.

    How does Turmeric milk (haldi doodh) works?

    Turmeric contains an active component, Curcumin-a natural polyphenol which is known for its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimutagenic, antimicrobial, and anticancer properties. Curcumin supplements are essential for people who either suffer from or have a tendency towards metabolic disorders or have weak bones (arthritis, osteoarthritis, etc).

    Curcumin in turmeric milk boosts our cell, blood and organ health. Our immune responses become faster and more effective and the remedial properties of turmeric help our body become self-reliant against infection, injury or  disease helping us heal faster.

    Benefits of Turmeric Milk:

    Let's talk about the benefits of turmeric milk from the skin to the bone!

    Benefits of turmeric milk for skin

    Acne and skin problems are common to adolescents and adults alike. It is terrible to have pimples and spots on the face and our confidence takes a hit. Many of our grandmother's and mothers' favourite 'nuskha' (home remedy) was to rub raw turmeric on skin eruptions.

    That's because Turmeric has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which work on acne, scars, and spots for healthy and glowing skin. Turmeric milk helps maintain healthy skin for a long time. Turmeric can help delay the effects of age on the skin, ridding you of sunspots and rashes for a younger-looking complexion. If you have oily skin, substitute dairy with plant-based alternatives like almond milk or soy milk for great results.

    Natural Blood Purifier

    Sometimes, recurring internal health issues like skin breakouts, digestive and bowel problems, and hormone imbalance require a natural, organic remedy.Turmeric is an excellent antiseptic and blood purifier. Turmeric milk with honey before bed can help relieve the body of toxins and help regulate blood flow, boosting blood and organ health. Other natural blood purifiers include tulsi, neem, and honey.

    Turmeric milk can help regulate hormone cycles, especially in women. Hormone imbalances can cause many internal health issues like Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) or Polycystic Ovarian Disorder (PCOD). Turmeric milk is a natural, non-toxic supplement to help manage symptoms like irregular periods, painful cramps and nausea caused due to hormonal issues in women.

    Many thyroid issues (goitre, hypo, and hyperthyroidism), urinary and prostate infections can be prevented and fought with regular use of turmeric in life.

  • Switzerland Travel Guide

    by Tanvi Bodhe | Feb 24, 2022

    Indian Embassy in Switzerland

    Embassy of India
    Kirchenfeldstrasse 28, 3005 Bern, Switzerland
    Tel No.: 0041 31 350 11 30 (After office hours/in emergency only:+ 41767763688)
    Commercial Enquiries: 0041 31 350 11 39
    E-mail: com.berne@mea.gov.in

    Visa process for Indians

    The following documents are required to get a Switzerland visa :

    • Original passport with six months validity from the date of arrival in Switzerland along with the old passports
    • The passport should have two blank pages for stamping purpose
    • Visa application forms
    • Cover letter mentioning the details of the traveller, type of travel, and details of the visit
    • Confirmed hotel reservation for the complete stay
    • Confirmed air tickets
    • Day-to-day itinerary
    • Travel Insurance
    • Income tax returns or Form 16 for the last three years
    • Original and updated personal bank statements for the last six months

    About Switzerland

    Switzerland is one of the most remarkable countries in this world. The ravishing landscapes, snowclad mountains, expansive greenery, and slick cities make this country on top of the must-visit lists. The bucketful of fresh air that greets one when landing at the airport is enough to enchant the good that’s about to come. The alpine vistas are picturesque at their best and look nothing short than paintings on canvas.

    Top places to visit in Switzerland

    Switzerland is blessed with plenty of tourist attractions which can make your trip the best one ever. To ensure that you don’t get trapped in the confusion of what to see or what to do in Switzerland, here is a short list of the most popular places to visit in Switzerland. Take a look!

    • Zurich: Regarded as one of the world’s most lively cities, Zurich is the largest and wealthiest metropolis in Switzerland. Be it the scenic lakes, art museums, lush green gardens or quaint restaurants, Zurich offers a diverse travel experience. Some of the best-known places to visit in Zurich include Uetliberg, Lake and Old Town, Zurich Zoo and many others.
    • Geneva: Nestled between the Alpine peaks and hilly terrain of Jura, Geneva is the European seat of UNO and Red Cross which make it one of the most significant cities in Switzerland. Moreover, the city is blessed with various stunning tourist places such as Lake Geneva, Jet d’Eau, St Pierre Cathedral, Mont Salève and Art and History Museum.
    • Lauterbrunnen Valley: One of the most scenic places in Switzerland, Lauterbrunnen Valley is situated in the Swiss Alps. The place is known for 300m-­high Staubbach Falls, majestic mountain range and green meadows.
    • Interlaken: Situated between two beautiful lakes, Interlaken is a small town in the Swiss canton of Bern. Some of the best places to visit here include Harder Kulm, Jungfraujoch, Funky Chocolate Club, Schynige Platte and St. Beatus Caves among others.
    • Nendaz: A famous ski resort, Nendaz offers a fantastic view of the Bernese, Valais and Vaud Alps. This one is perfect if you are travelling with your kids as there are many activities that will make the little ones happier than ever.

    Other places that you can include in your must-visit places in Switzerland are Montreux, Zermatt, Valais, Lake Lucerne, Vico Morcote and Jungfrau region.

    How to reach

    There are various international airports in the country that act as the connecting points to other countries and cities of the world. Some of the major international airports in Switzerland are Zurich Airport, Geneva Airport and Basel Airport. If you are travelling from India, you can easily find plenty of connecting or direct flights to Switzerland. Major airlines that operate between India and Switzerland include Air France, Air India, Brussels Airlines, Jet Airways, Turkish Airlines and many more.

    Best time to visit

    Switzerland is a country which looks adorable in every season. Hence, the best time to visit it depends on your travel plan. If you wish to go for hiking trails and enjoy the lush greenery of the country, visit it during summer, spring or autumn season. However, if you wish to go for winter sports, opt for a vacation during winters. Before making a plan, do check the climatic conditions and temperature of the places to ensure a wonderful trip.

    Things to pack

    Packing essentials like clothes and footwears usually depend on the weather conditions, so do check that before finalizing your things to pack. However, there are some things which you must not forget to pack. Some of them are as follows:

    • Rain jacket or umbrella
    • First aid kit
    • Important documents like travel insurance policy
    • Portable charger
    • Toiletry kit
  • Importance of Renewing your Driving License

    by Vineet Yeligeti | Feb 24, 2022

    When someone loses his or her driving license, the first thoughts could be panic, overwhelming fear, and cluelessness. The thoughts that could race through one’s minds are standing in the long queue, visiting government office after office, and more. Relax, getting a duplicate license is easier than you think.

    Transport and RTO offices across the country provide duplicate licenses to those who have lost or had their licenses stolen.

    What are the steps to be followed to get a duplicate license if you have lost a driving license?

    Go to the police station and register a first information report (FIR). Take the FIR report to the local RTO office. Download a copy of the application form LLD available at the local RTO office. Fill it up and attach a copy of your aadhar card, passport size photographs, and age proof documents for reference.

    Challan clearance report will have to be applied separately and submitted.

    Also make sure to take your old driving license in case the old copy is torn or destroyed.

    The exact series of steps are as under:

    • Go to the RTO. Make sure that you take 3 passport-sized photos, copy of the F.I.R and the affidavit with you.
    • Go to the enquiry counter at the RTO and collect the application form for a duplicate license.
    • Complete the application form and submit it at the Driving License Branch along with the other documents.
    • After this, you will have to go through the Biometrics section. Here, your photo will be clicked and thumb print will be taken.
    • You will have to pay a certain amount of fee for the new DL Book or the Smart Card.
    • Once you get your new driving license, make a laminated copy of it. If you have a duplicate copy of your license, it will be easy for the RTO to track your details using your DL number.
    • Go to the RTO. Carry three passport sized photographs, copy of the FIR and the affidavit with you.
    • Go to the enquiry counter at the RTO. Collect the application form for a duplicate license.
    • Complete the application form and submit it at the driving license branch along with other documents.
    • Once you have done this, you will need to go to the biometrics section, have your photo clicked and your thumb print will be taken.
    • You will need to pay the requisite fees for the new Driving license or the smart card.
    • Application form LLD (for intimation of loss or destruction of driving license and application for duplicate)
  • Over Speed Challan in Delhi

    by Vineet Yeligeti | Jan 27, 2022

    You are already aware of the increasing number of deaths occurring as a result of road accidents in India. The capital of the country, Delhi, is also catching up with these rising figures.

    Road Accidents in Delhi

    The statistics released by the Delhi Traffic Police reveals that road accident deaths in Delhi has increased in 2018 compared to 2017.

    YEAR ROAD ACCIDENT DEATHS IN DELHI
    2018 1584
    2017 1690

    In 2018, the deaths by road accident increased by 6.69% in comparison to 2017.

    Road Accidents in Delhi in 2016

    ROAD ACCIDENTS INJURED KILLED
    6724 5842 1375

    Road Accidents Due to Over Speeding in Delhi in 2016

    ROAD ACCIDENTS INJURED KILLED
    1696 1615 318

    These figures, although quite scary, speak for itself. It is quite clear that the increasing occurrence of road accidents in Delhi is really alarming. The deaths and injuries caused as a result of traffic violations due to over speeding in Delhi is also on the higher end.

    Insurance of Vehicle Is Vital

    Under the Motor Vehicle Act, the injured and the heir of an individual, dead by road accident, can claim compensation from the owner of the vehicle. Therefore, driving without insurance is a risky proposition.

    To protect oneself from such an eventuality, it is mandatory for the vehicle owner to take out a third party insurance policy, to cover up for any future financial liabilities as a result of such eventualities.

    Other than that, driving without insurance in India is an offence under the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. If caught by the authorities, you will be levied with a hefty fine.

  • Delhi Traffic Police Challan List

    by Vineet Yeligeti | Jan 27, 2022

    Need To Lay Traffic Rules

    India is a developing nation which is emerging at a really fast pace. Industries, Multinational companies, etc. have started to spread their branches all over the nation. Delhi, being the capital of India has become the epicentre of all these growths. This has led to a surge in the population density of the city and also the traffic. Means of transport like Metro rails and train routes have been set up all over the city, still, it is not enough to cater to the needs of 1.9 crore population. Now to deal with such a humongous amount of traffic on the road, every rider needs to abide by some traffic rules and regulations for a smooth transit. Following this set of predefined traffic rules in Delhi, one could avoid the occurrence of major accidents, hence, making the roads safer for both riders and the pedestrians. On traffic rules and traffic violations, the individual will be issued a Delhi RTO challan.

    Traffic Rules, Delhi

    Listed below are some of the major traffic rules Delhi laid by the Ministry of road transport of India. A fine amount will be levied on traffic rules and traffic violations according to traffic rules Delhi.

    • Drive on the left side of the road at all times and let the other vehicles to pass on the lanes to your right.
    • While overtaking a vehicle, always stay on its right side.
    • Do not increase your speed when other vehicles are trying to overtake.
    • Always let the Emergency vehicles go first.
    • Do not stop your vehicle at the Zebra Crossing.
    • Indicators should be used while taking a left turn, a right turn, a U-turn or while parking.
    • Make sure you stop your vehicle when you see a stop line
    • Make sure you possess a valid driver’s license and registration certificate of the vehicle.
    • Driving under the influence of alcohol is strictly prohibited and is a punishable offence.
    • Use of mobile phone while driving is prohibited.
    • Seat belts need to be worn at all times inside the vehicle.
    • Parking in non demarcated zones is prohibited.
    • Drag racing is prohibited.
    • Lane discipline needs to be followed at all times.
    • Helmets need to be worn by both the rider and pillion rider while riding 2 wheelers.
    • Vehicles should always be driven under the speed limit.

    What Is Traffic Challan?

    A challan is a legal document issued on traffic rules and traffic violations. Delhi Traffic police have the power to issue a Delhi RTO challan to whoever breaks the traffic rules Delhi. On issuance of Delhi RTO challan under your name, you are bound to pay the fine amount mentioned on Delhi RTO challan as per the guidelines set by traffic rules Delhi. Delhi traffic police can now issue a Delhi RTO challan as an electronically generated receipt on rules and traffic violations as per traffic rules Delhi.

    Delhi traffic e-challan helps in maintaining transparency in the system and leaves no scope for kickbacks on traffic rules and traffic violations. On rules and traffic violations by any individual, he or she will have an option to pay Delhi traffic e-challan issued by Delhi RTO challan through online or offline mode.

    Delhi traffic e-challans can be generated using a swiping machine on rules and traffic violations as per guidelines set by traffic rules Delhi. Motor vehicles department of Delhi has deployed an MTP CCTV challan system with the help of CCTV cameras to monitor rules and traffic violations. On traffic rules and traffic violations by any individual, Delhi traffic police can capture the CCTV footage and register it in their records. Personal details could be found out from the individual’s registered vehicle nameplate on rules and traffic violations and a message is sent informing him about the offence he committed and fine that he is bound to pay.

  • Traffic Signs

    by Vineet Yeligeti | Jan 27, 2022

    The traffic signs give an indication about the road ahead. The driver should have good knowledge of the traffic signs for safe driving.

    The traffic signs ensure reduction of road disruptions. Nearly all crossroads carry major road signs, which convey important information to the driver about road condition ahead.

    Indian roads have one of the highest numbers of accidents in the world. The knowledge of traffic signs ensures safe driving. This understanding of the road signs also cuts down on road accidents considerably.

    Knowledge of Traffic Signs Essential

    Traffic signs give an indication about road conditions and acts as guide for drivers to follow at major intersections, roundabouts or junctions, to make sure that road traffic functions properly. Traffic signs can also be interpreted as road safety signs, which are an integral part while driving on Indian roads.

    To obtain a driving license in India, she or he has to pass a theoretical test which is nothing but a test of the knowledge of the traffic signs.

    Importance of Traffic Signs

    A driver on the Indian roads must seriously know and understand the traffic signs well, alongwith the benefits, that this knowledge it provides.

    • It informs the driver about the correct lane to drive in
    • It ensures discipline on the roads
    • It provides information of the road condition ahead with suitable instructions
    • All information about curves and crossroads ahead
    • Information about the presence of schools and hospitals nearby with speed limits to be maintained while passing such establishments
    • It also points out the entry and exit points
    • It declares the parking areas

    These road safety signs and following them to the letter will ensure smooth flow of traffic and prevent unforeseen accidents.

    Prevailing Condition in India About Traffic Rules

    Inadequate knowledge of the traffic rules and signs on the Indian roads by the driver of a vehicle is the root cause of all traffic related problems.

    In most of the cases the test of traffic signs which a learner undertakes is not sufficient for the purposes of road safety in India. Even after passing such a test, it is found that, the knowledge of the traffics signs in a driver is very low. No doubt that there are so many road accidents in India.

    Implementation of Traffic Laws Must Be Strict

    This waywardness found in the drivers on the Indian roads has to be strictly controlled to curb road accidents.

    The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has suitably amended the Motor Vehicles Act with steeper fines and stringent deterrent laws to curb road accidents in India.

    This law has to be suitably implemented by the appropriate authorities and with vigilance.

    Some Mandatory Traffic Signs

    There are various types of signs indicating various circumstances on the roads. The mandatory traffic signs try to ensure smooth traffic flow on the roads, the most common being the traffic light signal.

    The traffic light signal regulates the traffic movement on the roads so that, the vehicles can carry out a smooth and safe drive.

    The traffic regulatory authorities design the vehicle movement on the roads of the cities. This design is often carried out by traffic signs such as “STOP”. “NO ENTRY”, “ONE WAY”, "RIGHT TURN PROHIBITED”, “SPEED LIMIT”, ‘NO OVERTAKING”, etc. These signs are to regulate traffic, reduce traffic jams and ensure seamless flow of vehicles in the cities.

    The driver should also know and understand that, breaching the information of these mandatory traffic signs is punishable with steep fines or even the impounding of their driving license.

    Some Cautionary Traffic Signs

    These are cautionary traffic signs cautioning the driver of a probable danger ahead. These traffic signs warn the driver to be more careful on the road ahead. For example, “PEDESTRIAN CROSSING”, “NARROW ROAD AHEAD”, “HAIR PIN BEND”, “ROUND ABOUT”, ‘CROSSING AHEAD” etc. These are road safety signs to help prevent road accidents which may result in injury or death.

  • RTO Registration in 2020

    by Vineet Yeligeti | Jan 27, 2022

    Introduction

    Registering your vehicle with the RTO is mandatory. Once registered with the RTO, your vehicle details become a part of huge database. Any time you face certain issues with your vehicle, the RTO office provides a wide range of services.

    When should one register with the RTO?

    Anyone buying a car should immediately register with the RTO. One can get a temporary registration immediately after buying a car. A permanent registration can be taken within a month after buying a vehicle. Also buy car insurance as it protects you from the claim arising out of the accidents involving third parties.

    What is a temporary RTO number?

    The RTO officer gives a new vehicle a temporary RTO number. It looks the same as a permanent number but has the alphabets “TR” or the word “TEMP” written in bold.

    How to get the temporary RTO number?

    There are two ways to get a temporary number:

    • The dealership which issues the car also provides you the temporary RTO number. This is usually obtained within a few hours after the purchase of a vehicle.
    • You will need to fill the RTO form. Along with that you need to attach the following documents.

    - Copy of Address Proof
    - Copy of insurance certificate
    - Copy of sales certificate Form 21
    - Pollution under control certificate.
    - Temporary registration form C.R.Tem.
    - Copy of roadworthiness certificate (22 and 22A)

    • There is another way to get a temporary RTO number. It is through the online method. You can use vahan portal (https://vahan.nic.in/nrservices/) to register the RTO number.

    Information services registration services temporary registration etc.

    How to get the permanent RTO number?

    • The owner has to fill and submit the application form or Form 20 to the registering authority
    • In case, the owner of the vehicle has obtained a temporary registration number of the vehicle, the permanent registration number must be obtained before the temporary registration number expires (usually one month).
    • If the procedure of permanent registration of the vehicle requires hypothecation, then the owner has to produce the necessary documents
    • Next step involves the owner selecting the permanent registration number for the motor vehicle.
    • The owner has to decide the usage of HSRP/smart card that is required.
    • Next, the owner of the vehicle that is to be registered has to pay the fees applicable as per Rule 81 of Central Motor Vehicles Rule, 1989. The fees levied by the registering authority will depend on the type and series of permanent registration number selected and the usage of HSRP/smart card by the owner.

    How to get the permanent RTO number via the online method?

    • You can use vahan portal https://vahan.nic.in/nrservices/ to register the RTO number.

    Information services registration servicespermanent registration etc.

    Other services provided by Vahan: There are multiple other uses of Vahan portal as well. It can be used to get a renewal permit, fitness certificate, transfer of ownership of vehicles, etc.

  • Delhi Traffic Rules And Violations

    by Vineet Yeligeti | Jan 27, 2022

    Traffic Rules. Something that all of us are expected to follow unconditionally because following them saves our lives. Traffic Rules Violations. Something all of us do, despite knowing that we are risking our own lives by doing so. The national capital, Delhi, has more than 7.35 million cars. However, traffic rules or rather following traffic rules has never been Delhi’s strong suit. Between 16th to 31st August 2019, 3,48,272 challans were issued in Delhi. Prior to the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019, traffic violations in Delhi were soaring. The Delhi RTO had to do something about it.

    In India, more than 150,000 people are killed each year in traffic accidents. That’s about 400 fatalities a day and far higher than developed auto markets like the US, which in 2016 logged about 40,000.

    Road rage starts from things like illegal or improper lane changing, excessive speeding or driving on the wrong side of the road. The government is attempting to curb the road rage on Indian roads, caused by everything from speeding two-wheelers to cars not equipped with airbags. Make sure you have two wheeler insurance as it protects you with uncertain events.

    On September 1, the government implemented the new Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019, having 63 clauses to manage some of the most common traffic violations in the country.

    Every citizen should know about these new changes in the traffic rules and regulations regardless of whether they are driving or not. Despite constant efforts by Delhi Regional Transport Office (Delhi RTO) and Delhi traffic Police, there have been numerous traffic rule violations in the national capital. These might just be cases of ill informed citizens, who are unaware of the RTO rules in Delhi.

    Here is a list of offences and revised penalties


    1.General penalty

    • First offence fine: up to Rs.500
    • Second offence fine: up to Rs. 1,500

    2.Driving without a licence.

    In case you are found driving any vehicle without a proper license card you will now have to pay a challan of Rs 5,000.

    3.Driving without a helmet:

    Driving a two-wheeler without a helmet puts the passengers at major risk and will fetch you a fine of Rs 1,000 and suspend the driver's license for 3 months.

    4.Driving without a seat belt :

    Whether you are sitting in front or driving or even sitting at the rear seat, you will have to give a challan Rs.1,000 to the Delhi traffic Police if found without the seat belt strapped on. Additionally, a 2 Hour Counselling Session will also be required to be taken from the designated Traffic Police Official on the Importance of a Seat Belt while travelling in a motor vehicle.

    5.Violation of air pollution standards(emitting excessive black smoke on the roads):

    With the rising levels of pollution in the capital and people becoming more and more prone to lung diseases and having breathing problems, it is imperative that everyone gets their cars checked for pollution. Delhi RTO is trying to ensure that this happens. As per the traffic rules in Delhi :

    Driving without getting your car checked for pollution will cost you Rs. 10,000 and driving without a PUC(pollution certificate) copy will fetch you a fine of Rs 1,000.

    6.Jumping red lights

    Jumping red lights is one of the most common traffic violations. Apparently, this is the one traffic rule in Delhi or elsewhere which people have trouble adhering to, even though all it requires you to do is to be patient.

    Accidents caused by drivers who ran red lights killed 939 people in 2017, the most recent year crash data was recorded, a 28% increase since 2012, according to the AAA.

    The fine for jumping a red light is Rs.1,000.

  • Red Light Jump Challan In Delhi

    by Vineet Yeligeti | Jan 27, 2022

    If you are getting late, the easy solution seems to be to simply jump a red light. At least this is what the motorists in Delhi seem to be thinking. After all everyone is doing it and the red light cross fine in Delhi is only Rs 100. There was no real downside to breaking the red light signal in Delhi – the red light cross fine in Delhi least of all. The deterrent of a red light jump challan in Delhi was non-existent.

    NOT ANYMORE. Delhi has been noting a spike in incidents of red light skipping which has put many motorists in danger. The heart breaking incident of three Indian Air Force personnel, who lost their lives due to another driver jumping a signal and ramming into their vehicle, has finally shocked the Delhi RTO enough to look into the signal break fine.

    The Delhi RTO has made two drastic changes. One, the red light jumping is to be treated as dangerous driving and Two, the corresponding red light cross fine in Delhi has been raised to Rs.1000/-.

    This drastic change in treatment by the Delhi RTO is because of the realization that jumping a red light is far from being a harmless little mistake and causes real loss of lives. They have also realized that an increase in the signal jump fine or the signal break fine is the only real way of tackling this issue.

  • How to Apply for a Duplicate RC Book

    by Vineet Yeligeti | Jan 27, 2022

    A registration certificate carries the same significance as that of a driving license. A registration certificate proves that you have registered your vehicle with the RTO. Once an RC (registration certificate) gets lost, you will have to quickly get a duplicate RC.

    Getting a duplicate RC (registration certificate) Book follows the same steps as getting a duplicate driving license. Following a few steps will help you get your duplicate RC Book within no time.

    What are the steps to follow to get a duplicate Registration Certificate Book?

    There are two main ways to get a duplicate RC Book: one way is the offline method and the other way is the online method.

    How to get a duplicate Registration Certificate Book via the offline method?

    There are a few major steps to be followed.

    • File an FIR with the local police station: This should be the first step once you have lost your RC Book. File a complaint with the local police. Mention everything about the vehicle: the make and model, owner details, chassis number, engine number, and registration number. Take 5 or 6 copies of the FIR and take it with you to the local RTO office.
    • Visit a local RTO centre and get an RC extract. First let us understand what is an RC extract. A citizen can get vehicle owner's information (RC-Extract) about registered transport vehicles, as well as, driving license through any of the RTO centres spread across the state.
    • File an application for a duplicate RC. You can do this along with application of form 26. What is form 26?
    • You need to get your vehicle financier to attest that you have purchased the vehicle on loan.
    • Choose the type of vehicle you are applying for: two-wheeler or 4-wheeler
    • Apply for an insurance if you don’t have one. Your application for a duplicate RC can depend heavily on the insurance you have. So, also make sure it isn’t expiring or has already expired.
  • Delhi To Shimla Road Trip

    by Vineet Yeligeti | Jan 27, 2022

    Do you want to do something different this summer? What about a road trip instead of taking a flight to your holiday destination? Consider taking a weekend off this summer preferably between March and June and enjoy mesmerising Shimla. It is the ideal holiday spot to cool off and relax, especially if you live in and around Delhi.

    Shimla is a very popular hill station known worldwide for its tourist attractions and scenic valleys. The mountains and hills are perfect for romantic getaways. Shimla presents the ideal climatic conditions to get a pleasurable break from the hustle and bustle of the city.

    Best Time To Visit

    The summer season is the best time to visit Shimla and get some fresh mountain air to rejuvenate the mind and body. It is also a busy time in hills as it is the beginning of the tourist season since the weather is pleasant and perfect for outdoor activities. The temperature varies between 15°C and 30°C offering an ideal summer joint. Those who love adventure sports, this is the perfect time to try paragliding, trekking, camping and rafting.

    Places To Eat

    Delhi to Shimla Highway has amazing dhabas along the way. The north Indian cuisines served are truly mouthwatering and sumptuous. There are several Café Coffee Days, McDonald’s, and Pizza Huts along the route that offer fast food alternatives to local delicacies. However, try the local cuisines at the dhaba and eateries as these are a treat for the long journey ahead of you.

    All of these dhabas are clean and have an affordable menu. Some of the popular haunts are:

    Puran Singh ka Dhaba in Ambala

    It is one of the oldest dhabas on this route and is owned by a refugee who moved to India after the partition and since then has been serving people the best Keema Kaleji, Chicken Masala, Mutton Masala and Home-made Mango Pickle.

    Sethi Dhaba in Zirakpur

    It serves authentic Punjabi cuisine. Their Paneer paranthas, Gobi Paranthas and Lacchha Paranthas are famous with Makkhan (which is locally made butter called desi ghee). Along with wholesome paranthas they serve a pitcher of Lassi or Butter Milk.

    Pal Dhaba in Chandigarh

    It is located in Sector 28 which is a short detour from the highway. They are known for their Butter Chicken, Paneer Butter Masala, Sarson ka saag and Dal Fry or better known as tadka. All these are typical Punjabi homemade dishes served piping hot. Their prices are affordable, and the restaurant is clean.

    Route

    You have the option of taking 3 different routes from Delhi to Shimla. Each route has scenic views and excellent places to visit along the way.

    Route 1 – Ambala Route:

    Delhi – Sonipat – Panipat – Karnal – Ambala – Pinjore – Kasauli – Shimla

    It is an 8 hour journey and is approximately 486 kilometres. It is possibly the shortest route to Shimla. The highway corridor is rife with activity and there are multiple locations that you can choose as a pit stop to enjoy the cool breeze and sights. The journey takes you on NH44 to NH152 and then NH5. Stick to using GPS so that you reach within the estimated time.

    Route 2 – Yamunanagar Route:

    Delhi – Sonipat – Panipat – Karnal – Yamunanagar – Solan – Chail – Shimla

    It takes roughly 11 hours and 24 minutes, and the distance is approximately 452 kilometres to drive to reach Shimla via this route. It is the most thrilling roads for nature lovers and wildlife connoisseurs. It takes you through highways NH44 and NH5. Enthusiasts can visit two wildlife sanctuaries en route.

    Route 3 – Dehradun Route:

    Delhi – Ghaziabad – Modinagar – Meerut – Muzzafarnagar – Dehradun – Kolar – Barog – Shimla

    This route is a roughly 12-hour journey, and is 482 kilometres in distance. The trip is longer than the other options outlined. However, it takes you through mountains and hilly winding roads and exciting places to explore en route. This route will take you through NH344 and NH 7.

    What To Eat And Stopovers

    There are tons of places to eat at along the Delhi - Shimla Highway. The food scene is – exciting. As you drive along, you can visit sanctuaries, temples and a number of places that are interesting as well as fun.

    Tehal Singh Dhaba in Chandigarh

    It is a famous dhaba for lunch pit stops. The owner used to be a hawker serving fish and kebab chops and graduated to a dhaba owner in due course of time. While the restaurant still serves fish and kebab chops, the must have at this eatery are Haryali Kebab, Kadhai Paneer, Tangri Kebab and Kalmi Kebab.

    Modern Dhaba in Dharmpur

    They serve a traditional Indian Breakfast here. For those who like to eat a wholesome meal in the morning, try the tandoori paranthas, stuffed kulchas, and their thalis.

    Giani da Dhaba in Dharampur

    It is one the oldest dhabas on the Shimla-Kalka Highway, known best for its mouthwatering paranthas and non-vegetarian delicacies. They also serve special paranthas called the mirchi parantha that is stuffed with green chillies.

    Haveli Multi Cuisine Restaurant in Karnal on GT Road

    This multi-cuisine joint is a favourite for families that serves delectable Punjabi cuisine like Chhole Bhature, Pav Bhaji, Dal Makhani, and Shahi Paneer. Try these authentically cooked dishes that will immediately transport you to one to the Pinds or villages in Punjab.

    Reaching There And Places To Visit

    There are 3 routes that can take you Shimla. The highways from Delhi to Shimla are vivid with undulating landscape with plenty of opportunities to explore around.

    The first route is via NH44 and NH5. This route is via Ambala which has the Army Cantt as well, and it is a gorgeous drive to mountains.

    Popular pit stops and places to explore on Route 1 are:

    Purana Killa

    It is located in Panipat. It is a historical monument and a mosque that is known to people across the globe. It houses a Library and a Park. So, it is a great place to soak in Indian history and relax in the park.

    Karnal Lake

    It is located after crossing the city of Karnal. Have a quick stopover to enjoy the peaceful lake and its surrounding area.

    Sheikh Chilli Tomb

    It is a beautiful mausoleum of a renowned Sufi Saint in Kurukshetra which falls en route to Shimla.

    Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh

    It is a popular tourist spot. Travellers come here to enjoy the serenity and peaceful setting of the lake.

    Jay Mahal in Pinjore

    This is one the most popular stopovers on this route which is also known locally as the Rajwadi Gardens. It is one of the most beautiful Mahals en route with manicured lawns and magnificent gardens and ornate fountains. The hum of flowing water is relaxing to tourists who visit the Mahal.

    Monkey Point Hanuman Temple

    It is a holy place and an exciting spot to capture the beautiful views of Kasauli, which is a few kilometres away from Shimla.

    Popular places on Route 2 are:

    Chail Sanctuary

    Chail is a few kilometres away from Shimla, and it is a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts where one can spot the Himalayan black bears, Golden eagles, European red deer, leopards and rich diversity of wildlife species.

    Kalesar National Park

    This national park is located near Yamunanagar, and it is a dense forest which is ideal for treks and wildlife photography. The national park is nestled within these dense forests and offers jungle safaris. It is worth the visit as it is teeming with wildlife such as the beautiful leopards, sambar, python, deer, majestic king cobra and a variety of birds.

    Route 3 is the longest and the most exciting one which takes you through winding mountainous and hilly roads

    Tibetan Buddhist Temple

    This is one of the most soulful monasteries- that one must visit in Dehradun for its beautiful ambience.

    Robber’s Cave

    It is located in Guchupani in Dehradun, and it is one of the highly recommended attractions for adventurous cave river walks to enjoy the serenity of the place.

    Forest Research Institute

    It is on the Chakrata Road in Dehradun. The place is one which must be on your bucket list. Visit it for its museums, the parks and the era of colonial architecture.

    Sahastradhara

    It is a natural spring which is a sulphur pond and houses a quaint temple. It is quite attractive and unique.

    Tiger Falls

    It is a hidden gem in hills of Chakrata. These waterfalls are delightful and gorgeous.

  • Puri To Konark Road Trip

    by Vineet Yeligeti | Jan 27, 2022

    A road is what a true blue traveller craves and plans whenever there is time on hand. Nothing creates the ultimate adventurous experience like an exciting and fun-filled road trip. Eastern India is full of amazing routes that are ideal for a wondrous road trip. Bikers and automobile aficionados are always on a lookout for newer destinations for a road trip. The adrenaline rush and thrill of embarking on a road trip is hard to be matched by any other kind of journey. The anticipation of the next destination in the long trail and the achievement of completing the trail and route successfully is simply awesome.

    One of the most famous routes for a thrilling road trip starts at Puri and ends at Konark. The historically famous places enchant travellers with amazing things to see en route. Chilika Lake, Shree Jagannath Temple, Konark Sun Temple, Puri Beach and handicrafts of Pipli are some of the most famous destinations in Puri and Konark. Puri is one of the most famous cities in the state of Odisha. Puri is situated on the east coast by the Bay of Bengal. Konark is a fascinating town situated in Puri District in the State of Odisha. A journey from Puri to Konark is replete with beautiful features. This enchanting trip will introduce you to the cultural heritage of eastern India. Let us look at all the vital aspects of this amazing journey.

    Best Time To Visit

    The ideal time period is between October and February as the climate is pleasant. The drop in the temperature gives a much-needed relief to the bikers and drivers on this road trip. The intricate details carved in the solid structures of temples are simply mesmerising and present a new view from dawn to dusk. Odisha’s mesmerising presence can be seen when you embark on a road trip from Puri to Konark. It is a great idea to plan this road trip from Puri to Konark in the winter months. The landscape is full of natural and manmade wonders.

    Places To Eat

    Oriya cuisine is delectable and there are plenty of interesting places to explore the local cuisine. There are at least 8-10 restaurants with veg and non-veg options. Golden Green, Peace, Hotel Ganapati, and Victoria Club Hotel are some of the best restaurants in Puri. You can enjoy the local delicacies like Oria Veg Thali and Bhapailish. Hotel Ganapati is a multi-cuisine and spacious restaurant that is easy on the pocket but big on flavours. You and your family or friends can have food of your choice on your way to Konark. At Konark, you can relish a variety of dishes at Hotel Chandrabhaga, Waterfront Grill Cafe, Geetanjali Restaurant, and Nature Camp Konark Retreat. Around a few minutes into the trip on the Marne Drive that goes from Puri to Konark, you will come across places serving a delicious variety of food. You will be delighted to relish the usual south Indian dishes as well as some really tasty Oriya cuisine. Ensure that you have informed the restaurant owner about your preferences. Most of the eateries serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is also advisable to pack some snacks for the journey. Hotel Chandrabhaga is a great choice for planning your meals with your friends and fellow travellers on the road trip.

    Route

    The highways of Odisha are smooth and safe for a road trip. A road trip from Puri to Konark will cover a distance of 35.8 km. A road trip from Puri to Konark will take an hour or two. The journey takes place on the mesmerising marine drive from Puri to Konark. Since it is a journey that can be undertaken in a day, you can plan it over a long weekend of 2-3 days. The route will make you witness the warm and welcoming culture of Odisha. The rural Odisha is vibrant and it is fun to explore it on your road trip. You will begin at the holy city of Puri and travel to an ancient city of Konark which is a distance of about 35-40 kilometres from Puri. You can head west on Grand Road towards Balagandi Road and then take a U-turn at Medical Square. At the roundabout take the 2nd exit and stay on Puri-Konark Marine Drive for about 21 kilometres. Turn right onto Konark-Puri Road. Here you will pass by Maa Jogeshwari Temple Godhan Pada. After 850 meters, turn left onto Konark-Kakatpur Road. Turn right onto Gop-Sanakundura-Kuruma-Banakhandi-Konark Road and drive for 550 meters. Turn right and then turn left and pass by Jagan Variety Store and arrive at Konark. Once you reach Konark, you can undertake a day trip to Pipli. Take a good night’s rest and begin sight-seeing at Konark. You can head back to Puri via the Puri-Konark Marine Drive after staying at Konark for a day or two.

    What To Eat And Stopovers

    The road trip from Puri to Konark will present you with many gastronomical delights. You will get to eat the cuisine of Odisha and Bengal. You can sample the tasty Pakhala, Khichdi, Dalma, Santula, Kanika, Chaatu Rai, Kadali Manja Rai, Besara, Amba Khatta, Dahi Baigana, Ou Khatta, Machha Besara, Machha Chadchadi, Ghugni, Muri Mutton, Rasgulla, and Chakuli Pitha. There are many other tasty options of street food as well as a scrumptious Oriya Thaali. It is safe to eat moderately spicy food to avoid any stomach upsets or heartburn during your road trip. Avoid drinking any alcoholic beverage during your road journey from Puri to Konark. You can stop over at several popular and hygienic restaurants that serve vegetarian food. Plan a visit to Stone Carvers of Odisha en-route Marine Drive. There are amazing temples situated on either side. You can plan a stopover to visit Ramchandi and Beleshore Temple. The temples are surrounded by beaches where you can spot crabs, turtles and wild boars as well. Sudam Sand Art Museum is an unmissable treat of sand art.

    Reaching There And Places To Visit

    Konark is an ancient city with great historical significance. The mesmerising beauty of the Sun Temple and sprawling campus attracts thousands of visitors from across the world all throughout the year. This amazing land welcomes you with warmth. Konark is a town in the Puri District of India. The Bay of Bengal is an eternal source of life and happiness for the people of Odisha. Konark is around 60 kilometres away from Bhubaneswar which is the capital city of Odisha. The Sun Temple of Konark is a World Heritage Site declared by UNESCO. This 7th Century Sun Temple is also known as Black Pagoda as it is built in black granite. Most visitors explore the Sun Temple Museum maintained by the Archeological Survey of India. Konark is famous for an annual dance festival called Konark Music and Dance Festival which is usually held in the month of February. Visitors and tourists enjoy the mesmerising Indian classical dance form of Odisha and get enthralled by the musical extravaganza.

    Konark has plenty of amazing locations that visitors can explore. You can visit Konark Beach, Chandrabhaga Sea Beach, Ramchandi Beach, Ramchandi Temple, Archeological Museum, Amareswara Shrine, Archeological excavation site called Kuruma. Make sure you have all the necessary information about timings and entry fees before visiting the museums and parks.

    Points To Note While Planning The Trip (Car/Bike)

    • The most important thing is to service your car or bike before you embark on the road trip from Puri to Konark. Make sure all the basic features are functioning properly. Check the condition of the engine. Check if the safety functions are working properly. Although there are fuel stations (gas stations) on your route, it is advisable to carry fuel with you. In the next section, you can read about the diesel and petrol pumps/station enroute.
    • It is a safe and well-constructed highway. However, make sure you know the gas stations (petrol pumps) on route.
    • Eat at clean eateries and pack dry snacks and water for the journey.
    • Learn some local phrases and words to communicate at the gas stations and restaurants.
    • Carry a first aid kit for minor medical emergencies. Carry anti-vomiting medicines for motion-sickness. Check the weather before starting the journey. Apply a good quality sunscreen to avoid excessive exposure to the sun.
    • Make sure that you carry your car insurance policy or Two wheeler insurance policy
  • Mumbai To Goa Road Trip

    by Vineet Yeligeti | Jan 27, 2022

    Best Time To Visit

    Generally speaking, December and January are the best and the busiest times to visit Goa. Goa shines in a different light filled with the hustle bustle of locals and tourists. If you are planning to visit Goa during these months, be sure to plan ahead and book in advance. If you are the kind of person who prefers solitude, you may want to hit the road between February and June or October and November. Goa is the cheapest during the monsoons so that could also be an option.

    Places To Eat In Goa

    Goan cuisine is one of the best fusion cuisines I have encountered. The perfect blend of chilies, coconut, rice, and other spices are mouthwatering. There is a famous saying in Konkan “Prodham Bhookt, magi mookt” which roughly translates to “You cannot think wisely until you are well fed”. Some of the famous places where you can get local delicacies are Starlight which serves a delectable Fish Thali. It is also recommended to eat at Laxmi Family restaurant for a filling experience. Crab curry and grilled crabs with some local authentic spices.

    Route

    Goa is about 600 kilometers from Mumbai and it takes about 11 hours to reach if you drive without stopping.

    The route:

    From Mumbai, take the Mumbai Pune Highway. Once you have exited that highway, continue with the Bengaluru-Mumbai Highway for another 500 kilometers. Continue with NH48, AH47, NH748 to Khanapur. The entire route looks like

    Mumbai--Lonavala--Kapurhol--Khandala--Satara--Kasegaon--Kagal--Belgaum-Akheti--Codli--Bandoli, Goa.

    What to Eat and Stopovers

    The journey from Mumbai to Goa offers multiple places to fulfil your quest for hunger and gives you ample opportunities to enjoy nature and even take a night break if needed.

    Indian and continental food is available at multiple restaurants and dhabas on the way. You will never be far away from an eatery. Here are a couple of good, well-known places to have a bite.

    Namaskar Hotel at Malkapur and Dhabas at Satara are also very famous.

    There are many famous stopovers which you should experience.

    Malavli Hills: A wonderful place to halt and experience some of nature’s best scenes. It is a slight detour (about 5 - 10 minutes) but is totally worth it.

    Pashan Lake, Pune: A perfect spot for a small picnic. This is one of the most visited places in Pune and will serve perfectly for a break.

    Reaching there and places to visit

    One of the first things which come to mind when we think about Goa is Beaches. And rightfully so. Goa is very well known for its beaches but there are other attractions as well which deserve your visit. Some of the most visited places in Goa include:

    Baga Beach: Full to the brim with multiple activities, Baga beach is one of the most famous. If you are bored of sitting near the water, get in and enjoy some water sports which are offered here. They include jet skiing, parasailing, banana ride and many more.

    Grand Island: While you will find some activities somewhere, Grand Island is the culmination of all. Activities such as diving and even fishing are done here. The “Suzy” wreck and the “Davy Jones Locker” are two places which are especially popular. Divers love these sites. What better than to end the day by eating what you have caught while fishing.

    Aguada Fort: This ancient fort has been standing through ages and has seen the test of times. It was built in 1612 and still stands strong. The architecture gives a good glimpse of the Portuguese style of built and boasts some amazing views of goa.

    Bom Jesus Basilica: This central landmark is one of the most important places to visit in Goa. Here, the incorrupt body of St Francis Xavier is kept. There is also a gallery of modern art in the Basilica.

    Club Cubana: “Nightclub in the Sky” as it is well known as, is located in a remote location in North Goa.  It is on the top of Arpora Hill. One of the great attractions for party people, you might be able to find your rhythm here. Although a nightclub, it has some restrictions. It is open only from October to April. It usually caters to couples. Stag entries are not preferred. Ladies, on the other hand, are most welcome.

    Flea Markets: Goa has some famous flea markets. A couple of them include the Wednesday afternoon Anjuna market and the Saturday night market. These are great places to shop and test your bargaining skills.

    Dona Paula: This former village is now a tourist destination. The National Institute of Oceanography is located here.

    Sunburn Festival: It has a mix of some of the best artists perform of some great food and amazing ambience.

    Casino: This unique casino is located on a yacht in River Mandovi. You will be thrilled by the games and the environment. Most of the international games can be found here.

  • Guwahati To Tawang Road Trip

    by Vineet Yeligeti | Jan 27, 2022

    Exploring nature is one of the common reasons why we go on road trips, and the trip from Guwahati to Tawang is one such trip. Having said that, you have to read this article completely to prepare yourself for the trip. It does require overnight halts and the journey is long. The average distance is about 510 kilometres and you need to obtain permits. One thing is certain, this trip of Northeast India will show you a side of India you haven’t seen before. So buckle up for this epic drive.

    Best Time To Visit

    Arunachal Pradesh is a state with multiple colours. From snow covered passes to tribal populations, from frozen lakes to gushing rivers, Arunachal Pradesh is one unique state. The drive to Tawang will show you a glimpse of all these flavours and hence, travelling at the right time is important. Both, peak monsoon season and peak winter season should be avoided for the trip. Generally speaking, the time period between February to May and October to December is a good time to hit the road. Another point to consider is the closing of the Sela Pass. Make sure you find out if the pass has been closed temporarily due to weather conditions.

    Places To Eat In Tawang

    The cuisine in Tawang is a beautiful blend of the traditional North Eastern food and the colourful influence of the Monpas. This makes the cuisine truly different and makes it stand out. Street food culture is also very famous in Tawang, giving it a vibrant colour. There are a certain must try which include Paratha Sabzi and Gyapa Khazi. Here, we have a small list which you can explore.

    Orange Restaurant: In the easternmost state, this restaurant is like an oasis for food lovers. The service is efficient and the food is delicious. You will enjoy your meals even further when good music fills up the room.

    Dragon Restaurant: It is said that, if you wish to savour the local dishes with the earthy regional taste, this is the place to be. There is a famous dish here called Churpi and we highly recommend you to try it.

    Mon-Valley: This restaurant is located in a nice and airy region of Tawang. Try the Momos here. They are supposed to be really good.

    Woodland Restaurant: Sit at the back corner in this restaurant and enjoy the beautiful sight of the Tawang monastery while you enjoy your meal. The restaurant serves a good selection of soups and local dishes without burning your pocket.

    Route

    Getting to Tawang from Guwahati, you have two options. Both routes take approximately the same time and cover a similar distance of about 500 kilometres.

    Route:1 This route goes through NH13 and is slightly shorter.

    Guwahati Baihata Sipajhar Kalaigaon Bhairabkund Kalaktang Rupa Rahung Marmang Tawang.

    Route: 2 This route avoids traffic and can be taken if you want to have a relaxed, smooth drive.

    Guwahati Khetri Nagaon Kaliabor Tezpur Balipara Bhalukpong Bomdila Dirang Marmang Tawang.

    In this article, we would cover route: 2.

    What to Eat and Stopovers

    During your trip, there are multiple destinations where you can halt, explore the nearby attractions and then continue on your journey. Some of the well-known stopover points are.

    Tezpur: On a relaxed, well timed trip, you can halt at Tezpur for the first night. It is a bustling commercial center. While you are there, and if time permits, do take a walk along the Brahmaputra, a wide river which is also calm. A perfect walk to end the first day in peace.

    Nameri National Park: Another beautiful destination to park your car for the night. Not only is the park very diverse, but there are also multiple staying options. While you are there, try to get a tour by the forest guards. You can stay at the Eco Camps or a lodge or a resort.

    Dirang: Dirang is a perfect stop for a small holiday or a relaxed night. It's a small hill station which comprises of an old settlement and a new town. While you are there, the hilltop fort should be on your list. You can find small hotels both in the old settlement as well as in the new town.

    While you are travelling, try and consume light meals. If you are staying in high-end accommodation, you may experiment with the food but otherwise, stick to the basics.

    Reaching There And Places To Visit

    Reaching Tawang might take you upwards of 3 days depending on your stops and the time you have.  We would suggest you to pace your journey so you can enjoy the attractions which are on the way as well.

    Day 1: Guwahati to Tezpur

    Day2: Tezpur to Nameri National Park

    Day3: Nameri National Park to Dirang

    Day4: Dirang to Tawang

    When you reach Tawang, there is no shortage of places and things to do. Make sure you have ample time to soak in the mesmerizing views, amazing Monasteries and the Giant Buddha Statue.

    Tawang will capture your senses with its unparalleled beauty. You will be amazed at how nature has laid itself at every square inch of Tawang.

    Sela Pass: The only high altitude mountain pass in the world which can be accessed by vehicles. You will be crossing the Sela Pass to reach Tawang. Do not miss the “Paradise Lake” while you are at Sela Pass. You will surely cherish the views of the sun kissing the mountain tops and rays being reflected off the frozen lake.

    Tawang Monastery: Tawang Monastery is the second largest in Asia. Established in the 17th Century, its location is perfect. This is the place where young Buddhist monks learn about culture. Needless to say, this monastery is of high importance for followers of Buddhism.

    Shonga-tser Lake: It used to be a grassland until an earthquake in 1971 caused it to become a lake. It is famously known as the “Madhuri Lake”. An absolute delight for the photographer in you, take a stroll along the pathways and soak in the magnificent views of the snow clad mountains.

    Bap Teng Kang Waterfalls: Bap Teng Kang Waterfalls is located at around 80 kilometres from Tawang but is totally worth a visit. There is a reason this waterfall is one of the most visited, it's 100 feet high. Don't be surprised if you are tempted to swim looking at the crystal clear water. It is popularly known as the “BTK Falls”.

    Jaswant Garh: Not many people fight for their motherland until their last breath. Jaswant Singh was one such brave soldier. Jaswant Singh Rawat, of the Indian Army, held this post against the Indo-China war in 1962. He stood at this position for 3 long days at an altitude of 10,000 feet. Something we can't even imagine of doing. Today, Jaswant Garh stands tall as our gratitude to the brave soul.

  • Mumbai To Pune Road Trip

    by Vineet Yeligeti | Jan 27, 2022

    A road trip from Mumbai to Pune is the ultimate urban touring experience that can be completed in 2 days. All petrol heads like to undertake this super fast and super smooth journey that connects two of Maharashtra’s most cosmopolitan cities. This exciting road trip is what a real traveller plans whenever there is time on hand. The best part of this journey is that it can be undertaken on a long weekend. You can plan the food stops and shopping halts all along the way. You can take an overnight break at Lonavala as well. Western India is full of fun-filled trails that are ideal for a memorable road trip. Bikers and automobile aficionados are always on a lookout for newer routes for a road trip. The excitement of setting out on a road trip is simply incomparable.

    One of the most famous routes for an enjoyable and comfortable road trip starts in Mumbai and ends at Pune. The historically famous places amaze the tourists with fantastic things to see en route. Della Adventure Park, Lohgad Fort, Rajmachi Fort, One Kiss Tunnel, Neelkantheshwar Temple, Ekveera Devi Temple, Bhimashankar, Karla Caves, and Pawna Lake are some of the most beautiful places that you can plan to visit on your way to Pune. Plenty of superb restaurants and dhabas will take care of your food cravings. This exciting trip will expose you to the hustle-bustle and razzle-dazzle of two of the most glamorous cities of western India. Let us look at all the important aspects of this amazing journey.

    Best Time To Visit

    The most ideal time period is between October to January and June to August as the climate is pleasant during the winters and the monsoon is breathtakingly beautiful. The drop in the temperature gives a much needed relief to the bikers and drivers on this road trip. The Western Ghats present a magnificent view all through the year. However, winter and monsoon are two of the best seasons to enjoy the weather and natural beauty through the road trip. Maharashtra’s warm and robust culture can be witnessed when you undertake a road trip from Mumbai to Pune.

    Places To Eat

    Maharashtrian cuisine is delicious and there are a lot of amazing places to explore the local dishes like Misal-Pav, Vada-Pav, Kande Pohe, Upma, Thalipeeth, Sheera, and Maharashtrian Veg or Non-Veg Thaali. There are at least 5-6 restaurants with options for all preferences of cuisine. It is a great idea to sample local dishes made from local ingredients. Rama Krishna, Rudra’s Kailash Parbat Restaurant, Golden Wada Pav Food Stall, Manashakti Research Centre Restaurant, Homely Food Joshi’s Sanatorium, Sheetal Da Dhaba, Sunny Da Dhaba, Kinara Village Dhaba, La Boulangerie Bakery, Ganesh Pav Bhaji Center, and Blue Water are some of the best restaurants en route Pune. Sheetal Da Dhaba has friendly and warm staff. The chicken biryani at this joint is simply delectable. You can even enjoy their famous gajar-ka-halwa. Blue Water is famous for Paneer Makhanwala and Prawn in Butter Garlic. At Manshakti, you can enjoy Maharashtrian delicacies like Sabudana Khichdi, Pohe, and Vada Pav. Please make sure that you have informed the restaurant owner about your preferences. Many eateries serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is also advisable to pack some snacks for the journey. The various Dhabaas are a great choice for planning your meals with your friends and fellow travellers on the road trip.

    Route

    The highways of Maharashtra are smooth and safe for a road trip. A road trip from Mumbai to Pune will cover a distance of 148 km. A road trip from Mumbai to Pune will take around three to four hours depending on the detours undertaken by you. The usual routes between Mumbai and Pune (around 140 to 160 kilometres), a route with detours will be around 340 kilometres or more if you take an overnight halt at a hotel. If you are travelling in a car then you can use the super fast and super smooth Expressway. However, if you are planning to travel on the bike then you will have to use the Old Bombay-Puna Highway. Since it is a journey that can be undertaken in a day, you can plan it over a long weekend of 2-3 days. The route will make you witness the warm and cosmopolitan culture of Maharashtra. Rural Maharashtra is rugged and it is exciting to explore the forts, temples, and local food. You will begin at the Megapolis called Mumbai and travel to a historically significant city of Pune which is a distance of about 148-155 kilometres from Mumbai which can be covered in around 3 h 10 min via Bengaluru - Mumbai Highway/Mumbai Highway/Mumbai - Pune Highway. Get on NH 48 in Mukai Nagar, Pimpri-Chinchwad from Bengaluru-Mumbai Highway/ Mumbai Highway/ Mumbai-Pune Highway. Head southwest on Dadar TT flyover. Use the left lane to merge with Dr.babasaheb Ambedkar Road. Take the exit towards Dr.Babasaheb Ambedkar Road. Make a U-turn at Dadar TT. Continue onto Dadar TT flyover. Continue onto King Circle flyover. Continue onto Sion Hospital flyover. Continue onto Rashtrsevika Laxmibai Kelkar Marg. Keep right to continue on Chunabhatti flyover and Sion flyover. Continue onto Eastern Express Highway / Mumbai – Agra National Highway. Turn right onto Ghatkopar Mankhurd Link Road. Slight left onto Kachra Depot Road. Slight Right. Slight right toward Ghatkopar - Mankhurd Link Rd/Jeejabai Bhosale Marg. Continue straight onto Ghatkopar - Mankhurd Link Rd/Jeejabai Bhosale Marg. Turn left. Merge with Bengaluru - Mumbai Hwy/Mumbai Hwy/Mumbai - Pandharpur Rd/Mumbai - Pune Hwy/Sion - Panvel Expy. Keep right to continue on Bengaluru - Mumbai Hwy/Mumbai Hwy/Mumbai - Pune Hwy. Keep right and merge onto NH 48. Continue on NH 48 to your destination in Shobhapur, Pune.

    What To Eat And Stopovers

    The road trip from Mumbai to Pune will present you with many gastronomical delights. There are at least 5-6 restaurants with options for all preferences of cuisine. Maharashtrian cuisine is delicious and there are a lot of amazing places to explore the local dishes like Thalipeeth, Sheera, and Maharashtrian Veg or Non-Veg Thaali, Misal-Pav, Vada-Pav, Kande Pohe, and Upma. It is a great idea to sample local dishes made from local ingredients. The food mall en route expressway is a good place for a quick bite. There are the usual options like MacDonald and KFC. The Vada Pav at the food mall is fresh and popular. There are washrooms and parking facilities at the food mall. You can even try a variety of fruit juices. Rama Krishna, Rudra’s Kailash Parbat Restaurant, Golden Wada Pav Food Stall, Manashakti Research Centre Restaurant, Homely Food Joshi’s Sanatorium, Sheetal Da Dhaba, Sunny Da Dhaba, Kinara Village Dhaba, La Boulangere Bakery, Ganesh Pav Bhaji Center, and Blue Water are some of the best restaurants en route Pune. Sheetal Da Dhaba has friendly and warm staff. The chicken biryani at this joint is simply delectable. You can even enjoy their famous gajar-ka-halwa. Blue Water is famous for Paneer Makhanwala and Prawn in Butter Garlic. At Manshakti, you can enjoy Maharashtrian delicacies like Sabudana Khichdi, Pohe, and Vada Pav.

    Reaching There And Places To Visit

    Pune is an ancient city with great historical importance. During your journey, you can take a detour and visit Della Adventure Park, Lohgad Fort, Rajmachi Fort, One Kiss Tunnel, Neelkantheshwar Temple, Ekveera Devi Temple, Bhimashankar, Karla Caves, and Pawna Lake. Once you reach Pune, there are amazing things to see, visit and explore. Aga Khan Palace – A Palace built in the 19th century by Aga Khan and it is also the site of Mahatma Gandhi's two year imprisonment in the 1940s. Sinhagad Fort, a historically significant fort that attracts hoards of visitors all throughout the year. Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum is a three-storey building that is home to various sculptures dating back to the 14th century. Shreemant Dagdusheth Halwai Ganapati Temple in Pune is dedicated to Ganesh. It is one of the most popular temples in Maharashtra and is visited by thousands all through the year. The annual ten-day Ganeshotsav festival is vibrant and a thing of great pride for the people of Pune. Pune has plenty of amazing locations that visitors can explore. You can visit Khadakwasla Dam, Lal Mahal, Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park, Pashan Lake, and Mulshi Dam. Make sure you have all the necessary information about timings and entry fees before visiting the museums and parks.

  • Jaipur To Ranthambore Road Trip

    by Vineet Yeligeti | Jan 27, 2022

    The road trip from Jaipur to Ranthambore is a perfect blend of royalty and wilderness. And you may have such unique experiences that you may certainly turn into a storyteller.

    Best Time To Visit

    The best time for a road trip from Jaipur to Ranthambore is between October and April. After April, it is torturously hot. Post the extreme summers, it pours heavily till September. November and December are extremely cold, but still conducive for a road trip with some woolen clothing on.

    Places To Eat At Ranthambore

    Chokhi Dhani serves authentic Rajasthani fare.

    Oberoi Vanyavilas boasts about a fantastic dining experience. If you go there, you cannot miss the sinful watermelon and goat cheese amuse-bouche and the rose petal panna cotta.

    Streets are replete with samosas and kachoris, which are delectable.

    Route

    Route 1: Jaipur – Chaksu – Vanasthali – Tonk – Sawai Madhopur via NH52 and NH552

    This route for the Jaipur to Ranthambore road trip is a driving distance of 191 kilometres. It takes three and a half hours.

    What To Eat And Stopovers

    This trip of 200 kilometres has myriads of dhabas and stalls. One cannot guarantee the quality of the street food though.

    The road is in a state-of-the-art condition and has ample opportunities where you can halt and click pictures. Certain spots are so scenic that your Instagram feed might just get crowded with pictures of those vistas.

    Reaching There And Places To Visit

    • Ranthambore National Park – This tiger shelter welcomes you with open arms. People from all over the world come to visit this animal house. It is close to 400 sq.km. It has beauty, nature and wildlife - all in one place. Safari timings are well laid out. It houses tigers, hyenas, jackals, elephants, leopards to name a few.
    • Ranthambore Fort – This fort has played an important role in taking Rajasthan tourism to another level. It is famous as rulers in ancient days used to come here for hunting. In addition, near the fort, you can see valleys, lakes, picnic spots, wildlife species etc.
    • Padam Talao – This lake is replete with Lily flowers and that’s how it gets its name. It is the largest lake inside Ranthambore National Park. At the edge of this lake is the very famous Jogi Mahal.
    • Dastkar Ranthambore – It’s a must visit. You can see women creating the most intricate and gorgeous bags and other products.
    • Last but not least, a place for art lovers is Ranthambore School of Art. You can relive your moments to see wildlife species on canvas.

    Points To Note While Planning The Trip (Four Wheeler/ Bike)

    Ensure that you are carrying a spare tyre/stepney in the car. It is also helpful to know how to change tyre. One must also be adept at tinkering with what lies under the hood. The ability to conduct basic repairs comes very handy if your vehicle gets stuck at a place where there are no mechanics. Ensure that your cell phone is charged and you are carrying car and portable chargers. Pack ample snacks and few bottles of water. Carry a hammer which could be used to break car windows in case you get stuck in the car. Also make sure that your car insurance policy or Two Wheeler Insurance policy is not expired.

    Diesel/Petrol Pumps

    There are upwards of 20 fuel stations of Indian Oil, Bharat Petroleum and HP on this route so one will have ample supply of fuel at all times on this road trip.

  • Jaipur To Jaisalmer Road Trip

    by Vineet Yeligeti | Jan 27, 2022

    Road trips make us spark our wanderlust emotions back to reality. Life can drain much of our energy and we tend to forget to live the life we wanted to live. That is the magic road trips create. If you are considering a road trip, let your emotions flow, but at the same time, you should minimize your travelling risk. Road trips are more than just packing your bags and hitting the roads. And that’s where we can guide you.

    Best Time To Visit

    The best time for this memorable Jaipur to Jaisalmer road trip is between the months of November to February, the winter season. This is when the desert sun is kind and daytime is pleasant. Remaining parts of the year can be either too warm or too wet, both unconducive for a road trip. Summers, between April and June, are unbearably scorching, whereas monsoon, July to September, is rather pleasant, but may not be recommended for a road trip.

    Places To Eat At Jaisalmer

    The most frequented places in Jaisalmer for traditional food are:

    1. Restaurant Romany at Hanuman Chowk, on roof-top of Hotel Prithvi Palace. Order the to-die-for Shahi Rajasthani Thali out here.

    2. 1st Gate Home Fusion atop a hotel of the same name, this open terrace restaurant gives you spectacular views and offers scrumptious Italian dishes like Fusilli with Vegan Pesto for vegetarians.

    3. The Trio offers traditional food again served in unique Rajasthani crockery with a Rajasthani feeling by giving amazing views of the old bazaar. Don’t forget the ‘chai in kullad’.

    Route

    Route 1: Jaipur - Jobner - Kuchaman – Nagaur Rd via NH11

    This route for the Jaipur to Jaisalmer journey is a driving distance of 560 kilometres. It takes close to 10 hours by this route.

    Route 2: Jaipur - Ajmer – Jodhpur – Jaisalmer via NH 48 and NH 45

    This route takes a little over 10 hours.

    What To Eat And Stopovers

    One staple dish in Rajasthan is Dal baati churma - state's classic signature dish, which is available in restaurants and also is a famous street food.

    Another dish commonly available is Gatte ki subzi. And the last but the most scrumptious is pyaaz kachori.

    You may consider the first halt at Nagaur and satisfy your palate for Rajasthani cuisine at Rajbhog restaurant. You cannot miss the Rajasthani thali there. Alternatively at the Food Court & Café for more cuisines like Indian, American and Fast Food. Next halt could be at Phalodi. The sought after experiences here are visiting a heritage place called Hotel Lal Niwas, which is known for traditional Indian food and spending time at Old Town Café & Lounge with unique junk themed interiors.

    These are well maintained and well serviced with hygienic restrooms and water. However, there are many other options on the way, which you could explore.

    You may consider halting at Krishnagarh fort to immerse into the unseen remains of a gigantic and an imposing fortress with huge walls towering high above the lake. It was built in 1649 and is known to be the epitome of the Rajputs and Mughals architecture.

    Another highly recommended halt is in Pushkar. It is engulfed with mountains and in between is the picturesque Pushkar Lake. The top of all the highlights is the most renowned temple of all, the Brahmaji Temple dating back to the 14th century. It is the finest existence of Hindu architecture.

    Reaching There And Places To Visit

    Jaisalmer, the Golden city is distinguished by yellow sandstone architecture.

    • This city’s skyline is dominated by a sprawling desert fort, the Jaisalmer fort. It is amongst the very few ‘living forts’ as even now some of the city’s population lives inside the fort.
    • The other magnificent place here is Patwon ki Haveli. It used to be a series of 1800s palaces, but now a museum not worth missing. It features intricate carvings, furniture & artwork. It is the first ever haveli erected in Jaisalmer.
    • Another destination to soak yourself in is the famous Gadisar Lake, built by the first ruler of Jaisalmer and it was used as the only water supply to the entire city. Lake is artistically carved by Chattris, Temples, Shrines, and Ghats. You can go boating and click a few memorable pictures.  It will be an unforgettable experience with friendly boatmen giving an overview and anecdotes about the place.
  • Delhi To Agra Road Trip

    by Vineet Yeligeti | Jan 27, 2022

    Road trips in India offer an exhilarating experience to the entire family. One has to take care of certain factors, which can otherwise upset your apple cart such as weather, car servicing, route, etc. But the thrill in terms of what India has to offer is unparalleled.

    And Agra fits the bills on all fronts, world class roads, royal feel and a relatively quick drive from Delhi. Agra had traditionally been the religious and commercial centre for centuries. Later on, Mughals took over. Today, Agra is overwhelmingly hosted as Shah Jahan’s Taj Mahal. The drive to Agra is royal, smooth and larger-than-life.

    If you want to feel the Mughal era, get a car, munchies, good company. What better than this for a good weekend and to unshackle from the city life!

    Best Time To Visit

    October to March is undoubtedly the best time to visit Agra. This is the time when the heat has ebbed and it is the onset of winter, when the weather is pleasantly cold making it perfect for sightseeing. It is unbearably sultry from April to July. Due to the geographical positions of these places, the winters are cold and the summers are sweating hot. August marks the start of the monsoon in Agra and is a great time to witness the Taj Mahal in its rain-washed splendour.

    Places To Eat

    Agra cuisine is influenced by the way Mughals ate, which is meat with rich curries with true-to-Indian origin spices. Parathas also originate from here. As such, most restaurants serve rich curries and tongue tickling kebabs with parathas.

    One extremely popular dessert is “Agra ka Petha”. It is made from white pumpkin or sometimes ash gourd and flavoured with nuts.

    You can visit the following restaurants:

    • Esphahan is Agra’s finest restaurant, which is located inside the stunning Oberoi Amarvilas hotel. It is famous for North Indian tandoor dishes and Kerala shrimp curry. The atmosphere is soothing, as live santoor players play music in the background.
    • Shankar Ji is a local dhaba, for an authentic dhaba experience.
    • Saniya Palace is known to have one of the best views of the Taj Mahal. At the same time, this rooftop restaurant offers good ambience.

    Route

    Distance between Delhi to Agra is 233 kms. Delhi to Agra by road takes between 3 to 4 hours depending on traffic. It is expected to take at least 4 hours approximately through Yamuna Expressway if you leave in the morning hours after 9 am or 10 am. If you leave early in the morning i.e. 6 am, it can take as less as 3 hours. The road is smooth and easy. Also, there are many routes from Delhi to Agra, however, the most expensive and the fastest route is via the Yamuna Expressway, starting from Noida to Agra. And the signboards and patrolling Bike on the highway are very helpful while driving.

    What To Eat And Stopovers

    Meat marinated in Indian spices, Naan, a thick creamy Lassi completes a North Indian meal. On your way to the city of Agra, you will find tons of such legendary dhabas like Gulshan ka Dhaba, Amrik Sukhdev Dhaba and Pahalwan Dhaba at Murthal. Most of them have comfortable and air-conditioned seating with clean washrooms. You will also find Mc Donalds near Mathura.

    Reaching There And Places To Visit

    The epic iconic majestic Taj Mahal is the most of the times the main reason to select Agra as a destination. There many other memorable spots to Agra, which are unique to Agra.

    • Agra Fort is a historical fort boasting of Islamic architecture. It used to be the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal Dynasty until 1638.
    • Tomb of I'timād-ud-Daulah often described as "jewel box" or "Bacha Taj" is a Mughal mausoleum.
    • Meena Bazaar, where the ladies shop handicrafts, souvenirs, etc.
    • Last and the best is the Taj Mahal, ivory-white marble mausoleum. It was made IN 1632 by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, for his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It also houses the tomb of Shah Jahan.
  • Bangalore To Goa Road Trip

    by Vineet Yeligeti | Jan 27, 2022

    Are you planning a road trip this summer? A road trip from Bangalore to Goa is one for your bucket list even with the long distance and stressful driving hours. The Bangalore to Goa road trip is a scenic ride with amazing places to stop at and eat sumptuous meals.

    Best Time To Visit

    Goa is known for its calm and balmy weather between November and March. These are the best months to visit Goa and enjoy the gorgeous sea breeze and clear blue skies. Winter in Goa is the peak tourist season with visitors from all over the globe. Beach parties, night markets, pop up restaurants are the things to look out for during this time. If you intend to visit and spend Christmas or New Year’s, make sure you book in advance.

    For those who love to be on quieter end, monsoon would be an ideal time to plan a visit. Anytime between June and September is great because the rains bring out the lush greens of the fields across the state.

    Route

    There are two different route options to reach Goa from Bangalore all via NH48. The whole trip is a thrilling road journey where the highways are well maintained and fun to drive on.

    • Route 1 is via NH48 which the Karwar Route. It is a scenic drive with lots of beautiful places which are worthy of a pit stop. The scenery is stunning and genuinely worthy of every stop you make and collect memories along the way on this trip.

    The route takes you from Bengaluru – Nelamangala – Tumkur – Chitradurga – Sirsi – Ankola – Karwar – Panjim and it is 556 kilometres by car. The journey will take approximately 11 hours to reach your destination.

    • Route 2 is also via NH48, -through the Belgaum Route. This too is a scenic drive, and your pit stops are filled with attractive, picturesque and undulating landscape.

    The route takes you from Bengaluru – Nelamangala – Tumkur – Chitradurga – Hubli – Dharwad – Ramnagar – Anmod – Panjim; it takes approximately 12 hours to reach Panjim. Here you are covering a distance of 643 kilometres.

    What To Eat And Stopovers

    There are exciting places to eat at along with making exhilarating stopovers which beckon you to take in mother natures in its true essence. Once you cross Yellapur, you are driving through lush green forests leading to NH66. Here you get to experience the two magnificent waterfalls the Vibhuuti and the Magod. This is also known as an express road compared to other routes. The drive from Dharwad to Goa is strikingly beautiful.

    Driving all the way through Mahadayi Wild Life sanctuary, you will see several waterfalls during the monsoons. Magnificent valley views and the exceptional roads make this an enjoyable drive. Stop over at locations to enjoy the beautiful valley views. Chill at any of these places and eat the delicious southern eateries and dhabas serving food that’s delightful.

    Along the way, you can make breakfast and lunch stops at these places:

    • Sri Guru Kottureshwara Benne Dose Hotel – has acquired legendary status among those who drive on the highway. The restaurant is famous for its rich variety of dosas. It is approximately 4 hours and 45 minutes outside Bangalore, and is one of the best places to fill yourself with much needed food for the soul.
    • Kamat Upachar, Dobaspet is about 63 kilometres outside Bangalore and is known for the local cuisines served piping hot for hungry travellers. The eatery is close to the Reliance Petrol/Diesel Pump as well. So refuelling yourself and your vehicle is ideal. The journey will take approximate 1 hour 36 minutes by road via NH75.
    • Café Coffee Day, Arasikere via NH75 is approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes from Bangalore and serves hot coffee when it's most needed on a road trip. The view is scenic and fresh air will energise you for the next few hours on the road.
    • Updhaya Veg, which is on the way to Chitradurga after the windmills offer a great drive for nature lovers. It is an excellent place for a stopover because it serves amazingly tasty and delightful food. Also, an ideal spot for couples to check out the scenery and capture memories.
    • Sai Palace is yet another place to stopover for hearty meals for the family, especially if it is for brunch. The eatery is approximately 2 hours and 42 minutes outside of Bangalore.
    • Mollem Karibu Garden Restaurant: It a great restaurant to stop for lunch, best known for its service and food. The ambience is peaceful and refreshing. A homely place on the way to Dudhsagar falls.
    • Roshan Restaurant: It has a pleasant environment with homely staff with good food. They have great veg dishes and some lovely fish, served with a smile. Well worth the ten-minute walk if you're staying at the nearby Spa Resort.
    • Bhalekar Hotel: If its seafood you love and relish Malwani cuisine, take a lunch break in Sawantwadi. Try their mutton or Malvani fish thali. If you are brave to adventure out and try some authentic Malvani or Konkani food, then this is the place to go. Bhalekar's is a shack so do not expect top class ambience, only great food.
    • Amruth Hotel: This is a seafood speciality restaurant best suited for lunch in Karwar. Try the crab ghee roast, prawns, oysters. Fish thali is a must try along with mussel sukka, fish masala fry and anjal tawa fry.
    • Swetha Lunch Home: This is an authentic seafood restaurant which specializes in Konkani cuisine. It is an unpretentious little place with the most delectable food! Try their crabs, prawns and other sea fish preparations which are perhaps the best that you will have on your road trip between Bangalore and Goa.

    If you are on the Belgaum route you can stop for an early lunch in Belgaum which offers good options. Else, there are many suitable options like the Delta Eco Huts on the highway before turning to Surla falls.

    Reaching There And Places To Visit

    Deserving detours and pit stops -when you drive via Hubli and Karwar, starts with Chitradurga, which is a 100 kilometres on the NH48 that is known for its huge boulders and mesmerising valleys.

    Here are some of the places that you should visit en-route through NH48:

    • Onake Obbava: NH48 is well-known for its stone fort with seven round walls, huge grindstones and oil cauldrons amongst other things. The renowned marvel of Onake Obbava, where a soldier’s wife, all alone subjugated Mysore’s Hyder Ali’s soldiers, who furtively tried to get into the fort to attack them is something that you should check out.
    • Ranebennur: Just a few kilometres from the town of Ranebennur, you come across the famous Ranebennur Blackbuck Deer Sanctuary. It was declared as a sanctuary to protect the blackbucks, and the endangered species - the Great Indian Bustard. It also has a healthy wolf population, a rare sight in India – perfect for nature lovers.
    • Anshi-Dandeli Tiger Reserve: This opens between 06:00 – 18:00 hrs and is located off the NH63, and has Kali Adventure Camp, which is known for its white water rafting.
    • Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary: If you have a passion for the wildlife, you will undoubtedly love the Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary that opens between 07:00 – 17:30 hrs, a sight to see with gorgeous sky high tall trees. If you are a treetop watchtower, get above the watering holes and observe the flying squirrels, the slender loris and a diverse sanctuary of beautiful animals here.
    • Bhagwan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary & Mollem National Park: If you want to take a shorter route drive via Ponda, the gateway to Goa’s wildlife through the Bhagwan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary and Mollem National Park which is open between 08:00 – 17:00 hrs. It is a protected quarter because of the endemic species of flora and fauna it houses. It also has quite a lot of attractions and requires an entry permit. The Dudhsagar waterfalls, that’s renowned for trekking makes a great place to visit, and it is a part of the park. A must visit is the Butterfly Conservatory which is open between 09:00 – 16:30 hrs. The sanctuary has specific guided tours on Sundays and serves meals and a trek.

    If you want to take a less travelled route try the one via Shimoga, Honnavar and Karwar. There is a lot on offer, and it will be a welcome break in the journey around Shimoga.

    • Baba Budangiri range: Visit the Baba Budangiri range in the western ghats. It is a pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Muslims with shrines of Sufi Saint Baba Budan, on the hill. It is a famous trail from here to Mulayangiri peak, it is also the highest in Karnataka. The route is an excellent trekking experience for adventurous people. The trek is spotted with many caves. It is apparently frequented by saints, and it’s a challenge for courageous people.
    • Kemmangundi: Kemmangundi is close by a small hill station which has mesmerising ornamental gardens with a view of the hill and valley. It also has a government horticulture department project that’s a nursery.
    • Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary: A must visit is the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary which opens between 06:00 – 10:00 hrs and 15:00 – 18:00 hrs, its en-route Shimoga. It has a diversity of ecotypes like the shola forests and mountain grasslands. It is also a part of Project Tiger and has about a small population of 33 magnificent tigers. Along with it are the Tunga and Bhadra rivers that pass through the sanctuary.

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