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    What follows is a more of a road quality post with a hint of travelogue. I couldnt find any detailed Mumbai/Pune-Hyderabad route quality. This one is dedicated to all tourers who seek to tour Hyderabad and my next to nothing contribution in making it easier.


    Hyderabad had always been my place of interest right since I studied the influence of Nizams on it in history classes. So, with all the touring bhoot sawaar on me, I had planned to do Hyderabad in Jan 2016. Somehow, I couldnt make it. I am happy I couldnt.


    Came the month of Feb, 2016 and I got a call. It was my dear cousin from Mumbai, Anis Bhaijaan. After a casual talk, he told me he was going hyderabad by car(Innova) with family and asked whether I could join them. Even before he could complete, my answer was a straight YES.


    They were leaving on the first wednesday. Being a jobwala guy, taking leaves becomes a challenge. I regardless got leaves for friday and monday(sat/sun being weekly off). So a whole 4 days in hand.


    Came friday. I had decided to leave as early as possible in morning, say by 6 am after Fajr Namaaz. However, after offering my namaaz, I thought to have a quick 30 minutes nap which turned into a good 3 hours sleep. I said to my self that there is no point in hasting up and chillaxed. Got ready and geared up by 10:15 am. Got the luggage on the bike.


    Left home by 10:30 am. Got past the Hadapsar, Pune traffic by 11 am and started cruising 120+ kmph on the NH65, the Pune-Solapur Expressway. It is so awesome that I completed it in just 2.5 hours non-stop(thanks to the misleading Indapur exit, had a 15-20 minutes delay). On my return, we did it in just under 2 Hours that too at night(11 pm). It is that awesome. At night, just watch out for some really long trailers trying to take U turn and because of their length, they occupy all the 4 lanes and because they have no reflectors or hazard lights, you can barely see them until you are close enough(cars can manage to stop under hard braking, I had to almost perform a stoppie) and they are going to take their own sweet time in taking the U-turn coz they cant just turn straight away. They have to do reverse-forward "n" number of times before they can take the U-turn. I suggest keep highbeams on at all times to locate such morons.


    Prequel: Anticipating I will be touring in Jan itself, I had done all the research on road quality.
    All my research, by large, told me one thing- NH9 from Solapur to Hyderabad is horrible.
    This was one of the reasons holding me back for the Hyderabad tour. My cousin seconded the condition of this road.


    One of the research showed me an alternate route. This route is from Solapur via Aland-Gulbarga-Sedam-Pargi-Chevella-Moinabad-Hyderabad.


    I chose the Solapur-Akkalkot-Aland route on my way to Hyderbad. For Omerga or Akkalkot, one has to go the extreme dead end of the NH65 where suddenly the 4 Lane awesome highway vanishes. Omerga is on the left while Akkalkot is on right(GPS assistance required). It was an unseen mistake.

    There is a 10 km stretch after Akkalkot that any offroading Motocross fan will fall in love with and marry it instantly. But for humble tourers like me, it was an utter frustration. I mean I had to literally stand on the foot pegs for like 10-15 minutes. Road is under construction though. Should take about 1-2 years to get complete. But 10 kms is OK in front of a 300 km not so very good road. We did not take this route on our wayback though. We took the Aland-Omerga-Solapur route which is in a little(just little) better condition than the one through Akkalkot but longer. However, this road too demands a little bit of off-roading and is longer.

    Road from Hiroli is awesome all the way upto Hyderabad. Roads in Karnatak are commendable and inspires 120+ kmph depsite being single laned. Overtaking has to be done carefully though. Roads in Telangana are 90-100 kmphish. 10 kms before Hyderabad, the roads are Okay Okay.


    This route saves about 3-4 hours of drivetime despite being a good 50 kms longer.
    I did Pune-Hyderabad in a mere 7 Hours excluding break time.


    Route Summary:
    1) Pune-Solapur: 240 kms: Super Awesome. No diversions, no nothing. Just watch out for Indapur Exit. It is made in such a way that it looks like the main highway and the Indapur bypass looks like a diversion. The case is completely opposite. One has to continue on the road to the right where we see Indapur Exit. The signboard is placed as such that if one is over 100+ kmph, its bearly visible because of the curve. So you can read Indapur exit but understanding where the arrow points becomes difficult. At night, watch out for long trailers taking U-turn.


    2-Option A) Solapur-Omerga-Zaheerabad-Hyderabad: This is horrible. One cannot go more than 60 kmph and I mean it. Anything more than 60kmph and your suspension, body, chassis, back.. everything will go for a toss. If you want to prove somebody that you dont love your motorbike and yourself, use this road. 4 lane expansion is going on and there are small stretches which are super awesome. But 80% road is crap all the way to hyderabad, specially the stretch between Humnabad and Zaheerabad. If one is forced to take this route, rather take Solapur-Omerga-Humnabad-Bidar-Zaheerabad-Hyderabad. Humnabad-Bidar-Zaheerabad is some 30 kms longer but about 2 hours faster. But mind you, you will be killed by the sugarcane mollase smell.


    2-Option B) Solapur-Omerga-Aland-Gulberga-Sedam-Pargi-Hyderabad : Solapur-Omerga-Aland has some 20 minutes of off-roading. But tolerable in front of 300 kms of superbad roads of NH9 for now.


    2-Option C) Solapur-Akalkot-Hiroli-Aland-Gulberga-Sedam-Pargi-Hyderabad: For now, I would highly recommend this to all bikers. Shorter than Option B and almost same amount of off-roading. Off-roading means you literally have to stand on the footpegs for a good 10-15 minutes. You are most welcome to sit and ride, but your back and arms will get a good massage in not a good way. GPS assistance required for turn towards Hiroli as there is no sign board. After Akkalkot, it is the road on the right of the T intersection.


    3) Aland-Gulberga-Sedam-Pargi-Hyderabad: SH10 in Karnatak is awesome single laned all the way till Sedam. SH4 in Telangana is good but not awesome single laned road.


    Note: Solapur -Hyderabad highly recommended to be covered in day light regardless of the route. Pune-Solapur can be done with your headlights off and you riding blindfolded(dont try this at all, just to explain the awesomeness of this road).


    Note: The SH10 passes through the city of Gulberga and if you use that, you will loose about 1/2 hour.
    Rather, one must take the Gulberga Outer ring road and rejoin SH10 after about 8.5 kms(10 minutes). From the


    Solapur side, one must take a left turn on the ring road, continue for 8.5 kms and again turn left.


    4) Pargi-Chevella-Hyderabad: Roads between Chevella and Hyderabad have lots of turns and curves.


    Note: Cornering on any single laned road turns is strictly discouraged as one may run wide freaking oneself out.


    Note: Watch out for Karnatak and Telangaga state transport vehicles. They drive like they own the road. As long as they are not overtaking, they are easy to manage. If you see someone attempting to overtake in either lane, slow down and let them. I have witnesses cars and bikes going off the road while trying to avoid the dhoom-style overtaking of these buses.


    If time was a liberty, I would personally choose Pune-Banglore-Hyderbad for sheer awesome non-stop riding pleasure.


    Food options: There are some dhabas here and there with Ok-Ok washrooms. For bio-breaks, I suggest to halt at some HP petrol pump. They have Ok-good washrooms.


    As the Sh10 and Sh4 pass through various villages and cities, food is never far away.


    So by 6:30, I had reached near Chevella. I was informed by my bhaijaan that they were waiting for me at moinabad. Did a google map and discovered that moinabad is a city/village spread just 2 kms along the highway.


    So, searching for an Innova should not be a problem. I was cruising at about 30-40 kmph when I suddenly heard "PARVEZ" loud and clear. It so happended that my bhaijaan and Jalal(my other cousin) were having tea and had just turned around and I happened to pass by and they very much anticipated who a guy on a Pulsar 220F with all riding gear must be. I was filled with joy beyond limits. What a way to rendezvous! Then we had some quality malai maarke Iraani chai with Chilly Bhajiyaas while undergoing a rich and heart-felt aquaintance session before we finally left for Hyderabad. The very reaction of everyone on me coming on motorbike from Pune made my day.


    What delighted me more was the way I was treated by the age old friends of Anis Bhaijaan. It was as if we meet everyday and know each other for a long time. I completely felt at home.


    The next day, I went to see the Charminar accompanied by Jalal and Nadeem(relative in Hyderabad). We had a Pulsar 220f and an Activa. So handling the chaotic traffic of Hyderabad was a breeze. People have their own ways of riding/driving in Hyderabad. Once you get the neck of it, you can easily ride. As they say, when in Rome, do as the Romans do. However, they were no match for my Mumbai/Pune style riding I adopted later when had to reach some bakery in time.


    @CharMinar

    There is a new hyderabad and the old hyderabad. Migrating from new to old hyderabad suddenly changes the whole landscape. From tall concrete cement structures to British and Nizam old structures, the change is awesome. After sightseeing, we went to the Mecca Masjid and offered our afternoon namaaz. Man it is a huge mosque. Huge as in gigantic. It is the second largest mosque I have visited after the Taj-ul-masajid in Bhopal.


    @Mecca Masjid.. A view from Charminar....


    Riding the beast in the streets of Hyderabad.


    Then we went to Chowmulla Palace, which is a collection of 4 palaces. Nothing worth mentioning here. It's just like some another palace, all royal stuff, craftmenship, chandeliers, king-size everything, royal bikes and cars(like the Yellow rolls Royce which had run a mere 356 miles in 100 years.. thats too royal if you ask me)etc.. You have to see it to believe it. Then there was this royal garden and royal pool, royal fountain, royal tress, royal grass, royal insects, etc...


    Day was concluded by an awesome dinner party at YusufGhoda.

    Sunday morning: Plan was to do Golconda. But then we decided to visit the Salar Jung Museum. It is a day consuming museum, thats how big it is, unless you just wanna run through the whole museum, taking a glance of all exibits and then you can complete it in half an hour.


    Moment of Popat: There was this huge closed ampitheatre kinda thing with about 200 chairs and some little crowd. Now the exhibit chambers of the museum are in circular fashion, so one returns back to place he started. It so happened that I went round twice in search of my cousins and saw that this crowd had increased exponentially, thanks to the digital guide these guys were using. It was around 2:50 pm. It came to my knowledge that on display is some royal clock wherein a puppet guard comes out and rings the gong(like a cukkoo in the clock). The moment I read this, I recalled the "Duloc" song from Shrek and was excited to see some action. At 3 o'clock, nothing happened but a next to invisible puppet came out of the clock, did his thing and went back. And the whole crowd disappeared in search of the person who had installed this. We soon left the
    museum after anxiously visiting the clock gallery.


    Being near the Hyderabad Expo, we did a quick look around of the Expo and then had some Irani chai before we finally left for another dinner party at Mughal Pada. Day over, good night.


    Monday was the day when we left for Pune/Mumbai. The return was quite dramatic and action packed with the Innova leading the way and I trailing it like a cop. Jalal is as much passionate about cars/bikes and a pro at driving if you ask me. We were doing a good 130+ kmph all the time without any agression or rush. There was no moment when I lost the sight of the Innova. Jalal was prompt in giving signals like hazard light, turn indicators, etc. to intimate me about road condition ahead. Solapur came in a giffy. The only down sider was the Aland-Omerga-Solapur stretch.

    Solapur-Pune was a fast less than 2 hours ride from wherein my cousins carried on towards Mumbai.


    This was a pleasant and memorable trip I had and I thank the Almighty to bless me with family who took great care of me.


    As usual, my thirst for more remains and I anticipate an Aurangabad tour before the Summer hits full fledge.
    Anybody wanna join....most welcome.
    Last edited by Parvez Ghadialy; 02-17-2016 at 08:40 PM. Reason: Lidless Pictures removed. Please do not ride and post lidless. thanks

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    Nice one Parvez. A few more pictures would've been great though!

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    Lot more photos would have made our day . Do you have anymore pics taken on the way to HYD ?
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    I used to do the Pune-Hyderabad runs once every two months ... NH9 all the way and around 1200 kms both ways. The Pune Sholapur road was being widened and I almost went off not realizing this road was not yet constructed and I had to go to opposite lane.

    It was 100 kms either side of Sholapur that were a pain and I think NH9 in AP were redone, it was a dream .... there was some kind of fort before Sholapur. Miss the old days ...
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    Your update helped me a lot during the ride bro.. Iam returning via same route on Sunday morning... Akkalkot Aland stretch still remains same..
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    Quote Originally Posted by krishna77 View Post
    Nice one Parvez. A few more pictures would've been great though!
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    Lot more photos would have made our day . Do you have anymore pics taken on the way to HYD ?
    This is all I have for now....Not very great clicks as I was more into sight viewing and did use my Lumia 1020.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Parvez Ghadialy View Post
    This is all I have for now....Not very great clicks as I was more into sight viewing and did use my Lumia 1020.

    Streets of Hyd... around the Charminar
    We once had got Haleem from a place near the Charminaar, damn, its the best I have ever had in my life so far. Mugal food is unbeatable.
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