members, this travelogue will update you of the existing road conditions from hyderabad to Indore. I had to go to Mhow(20 kms short of Indore) for some office related work, so decided to drive down! Checked out the route from various sources including Map my india, google maps, other available forums and shortlisted these two options:-
Option ‘a’ was tried by my colleague a month back and his reaction was-“ Are you crazy? This route is pathetic and don’t you even think driving, its only negotiating patches after Nagpur. However, things would become better after Ujjain but is not worth it at all trying this route”. Accepted and homed on to the second option. My constraint was I was having limited time and had to cover this stretch in a day. After checking multiple posts on internet, finally decided to follow this route-
I started on 16 Nov 12 at 6 AM(originally planned at 3 AM but kept on sleeping
) from Mehadipatnam and took NH 9 to Mumbai. Followed the route as shown by my trustworthy GPS and was soon on the outskirts. Road conditions near Sangareddy are wide and you get a feeling as if 4 lanes are going to welcome you, but this happiness is short lived as you won’t encounter any 4 lanes before Dhule and… Dhule is approximately 700 kms from Hyderabad. The road converges into a narrow 2 lane road which is fairly good and speeds upto 70-80 can be maintained. I won’t be able to give you exact kilometers as to what the road conditions are good or bad because they switch from good to bad to potholes to bad and back to good so many times that its practically impossible to assess a stretch. I mean no single stretch is flawless and bad roads exist everywhere but, the brighter side is more length of good roads then bad till Homnabad.
Somewhere in between, I realised that my car had completed 5000 Kms from my last engine oil change and wanted to go for a change ASAP
but moving early morning left me with no option. Secondly, I was out of hyderabad because of some reason and didn’t get enough time to replace oil beforehand. So, approximately after 450 Kms from hyderabad at Beed, oil was changed. This time I changed my brand from castrol to Mobil delvac MX and trust me (for all CRDI engine owners) I felt the difference which was smoothening of engine grunt, and reduced vibration. However, didn’t notice any change in power or pickup but my thumbs up and I am going to stick to delvac now. I always thought that changing brands would be psycological but notions changed recently. Flared up the engine after oil change and reached Aurangabad at 5 pm. Road condition is pretty good and cruising at 3 digits won’t be an issue. Aurangabad was a bit confusing as I thought of enquiring locals rather than obeying my GPS, and took a wrong turn on the wrong directions by a "bhayaji"(I mean he showed me the absolute opposite way). I drove for almost 10 kms and got frustrated as my GPS won’t stop telling me to turn around. Enough I thought and pulled over to enquire one VW polo gentlemen who smiled and said ”buddy, turn around , keep going.”
Thanked him, blamed myself for being oversmart and not adhering to GPS goddess. Stopped again in the city for fuel refill, quick bite and moved on. Word of caution here, from Beed to Aurangabad and further for the next 50-60 Kms, the road is good but heavily trafficked especially by trucks and bullock carts so lot of working by the middle pedal. Also, motorcyclists (mostly)are as unreactive to ur car's horn as you would have witnessed in any city.
I had clicked a few pics on ma way, couldn’t have clicked any better as had to do multi tasking-“drive and shoot”, against road safety!
From Dhule you will love the stretch the moment you turn right towards Indore- mumbai NH. Four lanes and cruising at 120 is bliss. I encountered maximum numbers of toll booth on this stretch(Lucky, i don't have to pay). From dhule, Indore is approximately 250 Kms and has enough number of road side hotels and dhabas to keep you rejuvinated with that cup of tea or coffee(as I did from dhule to indore 10 pm to 1 am).
Got a nasty traffic jam while rolling down Ghats and was stucked for almost 40 mins till an indica guy finally agreed to apply reverse. Now lets some photographs do the talking!
While returning back on 3 Feb 13, again followed the same route and some amount of repairs along this route resulted in saving some more precious time as started from indore at 0300 h and reached home at 0915 h, 850(+) Kms in a day and still not very tired- “Kudos to the Mile-muncher Safari!!”, did all these kms with no difficulty posed by the vehicle