After very good darshan at Shirdi, we checked out at 12pm. Left for Aurangabad.
Shirdi - SH 10 - Circle right turn to Vaijapura- Nagpur-Aurangabad highway - Kanhegaon-Vaijapura-Lasur- Aurangabad - 110kms. Road was from bad to worst. We reached Aurangabad by 3pm. Had booked Hotel Janki Exec near 7 Hills Flyover. Good rooms as well. Had good lunch and dozed off. By evening my daughter was having fever. Luckily the hotel Manager (Ranjeet) was very helpful in getting a doctor nearby and checked by kid. We went to MGM & Hedgewar hospitals to get the medicines. The auto folks were helpful.
All night our parents were pressurizing me drive back to Bangalore immediately.
They were kind off fed up with food. I was like scratching my head till 12am and had decided to drive 1200kms next day.
In the morning, we got up at 6am. All of us got ready by 7am. To our luck, my kid was active in the morning without any fever. Suddenly everything was falling in place and I had things going as planned.
We drove to Grishneshwar. Had very good darshan and abhishekam. On the way, I wanted to visit Ellora. But, somehow none of the elders were ready. Hence left the place to visit Shignapur. We found a veg hotel called Hotel Laadli. Very good food and must visit in Aurangabad. Filled diesel at BP bunk.
Left for Shignapur.
Aurangabad - Dhoregaon-NevasaPhata - Godhegaon - Shignapur - Turn right. Roads are pretty good. Surprisingly, there are lot of Ghodegaon in Maharastra.
Reached Shignapur by 3pm. On the way I did not stop for normal toll. Then some guys surrounded the vehicle to take the pooja items only from their shop. With lot of altercations, we fixed a price and went for Shignapur. There was not much rush. Finished darshan by 4pm. These days they are not allowing anyone on the platform. We need to fill the til oil in the steel containers. And these gets pumped above the Shani black stone.
Left Shignapur to reach our destination Kolhapur for night halt.
Drove past Ahmednagar. Decided to take a shorter route to Kolhapur through Daund-Baramati-Satara. Turned out to be BAD Decision in another 2hrs.
All SH roads. Roads were pretty pathetic with less traffic and only village roads. Surprisingly there were toll to be paid Rs.25 only to cross a bridge 2 times. Reached baramati by 8pm. Only roads nearing to Baramati was good. Otherwise, the roads were not worth it. I repented that I should have taken Pune route. Stopped at Phaltan to decide what to do as we were sure we cannot reach Kolhapur which was another 130kms.
Luckily I again called Hotel Mahendra, Satara for any room availability. Fortunately they had and we said we will reach Satara by 11pm. Please book them. They were kind enough to oblige. After Baramati, reaching satara was like full of confusion. Pitch dark roads, very few vehicles doing this route. Occassional trucks. Wherever we see some people, we would ask for Satara route. To our luck, we were driving in the right direction. We reached Satara exactly at 11.30pm. Had light dinner and slept off.
250 kms took us 6hrs. Absolutely pathetic. All of us had back pain due to bad roads. My people were cursing me.
Took sufficient rest. Got up at 7am. Had breakfast and left at 8am.
Satara - Valase - Vathar - Toap - Kolhapur - 130kms. Reached Kolhapur by 10.30am. Had very good darshan of the Mahalakshmi. Surprisingly there were lot of mercs/benzs in Kolhapur. Did some shopping and left Kolhapur by 12.30pm after lunch.
Kolhapur - Nippani - Sankeshwar - Belgaum - Hubli - Haveri - Davanagere - Chitradurga - Sira - Tumkur - Nelamangala - Bangalore - 650kms.
Enroute we had chai breaks 2 times. Road was awesome.
Finally reached Bangalore at 11.15pm. Thanked god for all the beautiful journies we had these 6 days.
Total kms: ~3000kms
Total Diesel - 230 ltrs. Diesel Cost - Rs. 10350
My mhawk gave consistent 13kmpl.
Total Food expenses came to Rs.9000 for 6 people for 6 days.
Hotel Room Expenses - Rs. 24000.
With all the ups and downs the folks had the happy ending; sound and healthy.