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Journey to kolkata
Long drive to kolkata Via Road
Long drive to kolkata Via Road

My parents were dead against the idea of Long drive to kolkata Via Road. Even my parents in laws were also against this idea. My close relatives disbelieves this. Close friends said a single driver cannot do this.

They even added only a truck driver could do this. All preferred train journey to kolkata instead of my car. If train was not available they suggested to take flight. But since our dates were not confirmed,we really could not book either of them. We had to stop for Durgapuja in

Long drive to kolkata Via Road

Hyderabad. Being a Bengali , not going to home town -kolkata for celebrating ma Durga (When it is worshiped in our house itself) was something which was outside of bong culture.With a broken heart we stopped and visited ma Durga in the near by pandals.

How it started again:

The road bug started biting us(me and my wife).We were getting long leaves during january. We thought to go to some sea side as wify loves sea. We planned for Vizag. Yes,the best sea beach in Andhra Pradesh.I started googling,there were lot of articles in team bhp about hyderabad to vizag travel.Even we got few from Chennai or from Bangalore to Vizag.I inquired my gang(Souritra and Harish ) about this idea. They did that trip by bike.

Long drive to kolkata Via Road

They agreed that it would be a memorable trip. During my further research, I came to know about a bengali gang who did hyderabad to kolkata in an Alto car. But it was their fun trip and there were no ladies with them. They were going back to kolkata permanently. I asked my mates about the journey to Vizag.

Long drive to kolkata Via Road

Sunil who is a native of Rajamundry frequently visits Vizag suggested me that it would take max 12 hours from hyderabad. The road was excellent. All most in a last minute, I got a call from my friend Arindam,who did kolkata to Vizag and he told the beauty about the road and beauty about sea beaches of Vizag.He also informed us that they took 16 hours to reach vizag as the road condition was nice.With a happy heart I zeroed to visit Vizag.I was pretty sure I could do this trip by my car.

Long drive to kolkata Via Road
Gopalpur sea beach

 

Long drive to kolkata Via Road

During night, when I was just thinking about the journey,the devil idea popped up. Arindam drove 16 hours from kolkata to Vizag and the roads were nice  and Sunil said that he did this journey recently and roads were awsome too from hyderabad to Vizag,why we would we settle for less with 800KM?
We could very much do 1700KM with one night stay in Vizag. I got up from bed and gave a ring to my friend cum tour guide Souritra. Yipee…He agreed. Even he said, they had done it couple of times before with family. Wow!! exactly the fuel, I needed. He provided all sorts of information, I needed.

Safety Rules:
Next day , I did a lot of research on the route,political problems , night driving safety etc. from every angle it was safe. Souritra called me and guided me to follow night driving rules:
For the travellers safety I am just describing the rules:

  1. Take power nap whenever necessary possibly near the toll plazas . The toll plazas are safe and has nice toilet facilities.There are several plazas in the route.
  2.  Depending on the comfort level we can start the journey. but he suggested to start at evening 6.
  3. If I start at 6PM by 4PM, I will be able to reach vizag with little aggressive driving. But with normal driving we can reach by 7AM.
  4. If health permits then drive till gopalpur. It will put less burden for the next day.
Long drive to kolkata Via Road

While chalking out the plan , one of senior Vijay just gave gave me few more important advice

  1. never ever go near the long carriers or lorries without a proper hand or light signal.
  2. follow hand or light signal religiously.
  3. Never overtake anything in a blind curve.
Long drive to kolkata Via Road

I just memorized the rules.These were very valuable inputs.I was very much exited about the plan.Next to check if I can do this with my ford figo.Back of the mind,my brain was pointing to the fact that an alto did it.Why not a bigger engine with higher capacity?

Car testing:
Next day, I reached out to my service adviser Quazi from fortune ford tollichowki. He heard my journey details and sent my car for inspection. Most importantly,he himself did this checking. He tested the wheels,tyres and brake condition. And suggested to take a new pair of brake pads for front wheel. Tested the battery and all other necessary things, only a ford expert can understand.

Long drive to kolkata Via Road

As ever, I trust this guy blindly. Most importantly, he never tried to snatch money from my pocket.He handed over the key with a smile and assured that my figo was ready for 3500KM+ journey.  My ford was ready for a long journey. Mr Quazi has also suggested to note down the all the ford service centre’s contact numbers handy. (Just in case)

Planing:
Being prepared from all sides , I started convincing my wife -Devopriya.She initially said no but seeing all the facts ,took one day to approve my plan.Yipeeee, The road bug had bitten her as well.Now she took control for all preparation and started helping me all document related work.She downloaded google map prepared 3 different plans with tentative timings to reach the major cities.

What if

  1. we started early morning
  2. it started in afternoon
  3. we started late evening or mid night.
Long drive to kolkata Via Road

It helped me a lot to plan well.After a lot of discussion , we fixed plan-II that was to start at 6PM and drive till morning.

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