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Trip to Nagarjuna Sagar

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After many months of planning, finally it was decided among my friends that we will visit Nagarjuna Sagar in Telengana by Bikes, two bikes to be specific.

From Hitech in Hyderabad, it is a 3 hours journey if you do not stop anywhere and a total of 182 kms. We set out at 4 am in the morning, since we believed that it might take 4-5 hours on bike. After all it is no fun in the journey if you do not stop rest in between and do so some sightseeing.

The two bikes chosen were Yamaha FZ and Bajaj Pulsar ( the most reliable bikes in that segment, good for rough terrains.)  We took state highway 19 from outer ring road (also called Nehru Ring road) from Bongulur SEZ area near Hyderabad International airport.

We crossed Ibrahimpatnam at around 5:30 am, it took us 1 hour to get out from Hyderabad.

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Both the bikes just kept zooming past cities and around 8 am , we were 30 kms away from our destination, considering the speed with which we were driving, it was 15-20 min away. We sat down around the road on couple of places to stretch the legs, sitting on the bike for more than 2 hour can be quite painful for butts.

The hotel that we found at the Nagarjuna sagar was a budget hotel with very basic facilities, Military style rooms. It was a government hotel opposite the Lake. The region has a sizable population with many housing societies and schools around. The food was manageable , certainly not great one. It was a 1 day trip so we took it in our stride.

There is another eating place which comes before you arrive at the Nagarjuna Sagar, which is also Andhra Pradesh (AP) tourism department run . It is far better in condition, may be next time if we go to Nagarjuna Sagar then we will use those facilities.

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The view from the hotel we stayed was nice. Later we went out for a boat ride, to the center of the lake where a museum is made by the AP government (just a walk in the park , if I may say).

We had to wait 1 hour in the ticket counter for it to start (so not so great customer service), after reaching the small island via the boat, we had the usual Dosa (a south Indian Dish) at the canteen there (again not great food quality, . We ate it since we were hungry ) .

At the hotel, there were many pictures of the National leaders who were there to over see the development of the Nagarjuna Sagar dam, the pictures also showed various stages of development of the Dam. This Dam plays a major role for water and electricity supply for two states of India, Telengana and Andhra Pradesh .

This Dam was built in 1950s and finished work in 1970s. It was nice to see the pictures and revisit the history. The Leaders which I was able to identify were Indian Prime Ministers JL Nehru, Lal Bahadur Shastri and Indira Gandhi.

Once we were done seeing the lake, we headed for Ethipothala Falls. It is 30 min drive from Nagarjuna sagar. The river Krishna’s tributary flows under the land for a while before re-emerging and then falling from the cliffs.

There were alligators there , hence none of the tourists were allowed to go near the falls. Honesty it was a 25 mins watch, not a great attraction as we had thought earlier.

Then there was “Monkey menace” which we all recall vividly, who were a terror there for children and womenfolk. We had lunch there offered by the Andhra Pradesh tourism (again not great food) before setting out to our journey back to Hyderabad.

This trip was in planning for a longtime (2 years to be specific) but for different location that too Amritsar. Lack of resources (namely bike) and lack of motivation (namely people interested) were the hindrance in not getting possible. Though one fine day Hardeep Singh and Sahil Singh decided enough is enough and will begin their own voyage from Delhi.

For this voyage Hardeep Singh got a Bullet Enfield (India’s most reliable bike) but there was a problem it was in a bad condition but with high spirits the two Singhs started their journey.

First day into the journey:

4:30 pm

Hardeep Singh : I got the bike but the clutch is not working…but we will still make it.

Sahil Singh : Paaji I hope that destination is Amritsar and not heaven…..

5 pm

Hardeep Singh and Sahil Singh got some accessories for the bike namely mirrors and got its head light checked, hoping it would work for the whole journey….

6 pm

Hardeep Singh and Sahil Singh get on to GT Karnal road chatting about what they will do , making plans….

Hardeep Singh : I think we will reach Amritsar by 1 am but if we donot stop much in between…..but we will eat in Ambala first…(apparently Hardeep Singh says there is a good dhaba in Ambala famous for non-veg)

Sahil Singh : OK Paaji ,the food must be good rest no issue, chak de paattee….

6:30 pm

somewhere after sonepat (in Haryana)the Bullet gives in…….

Hardeep Singh : OOO teri aye ki huaaa ?

Sahil Singh : Paaji aye saddi kismet phooot gayi…..

Hardeep Singh and Sahil Singh wait for some trolley to help with bullet but villagers ,it seems were scared…….

Sahil Singh (calling one uncle driving tractor in particular) : Bachcho ki help kar do uncle  tractor mein bike chadda do..

Uncle replying: I have to go I am getting late…..(as though he had to make food for the wife and he zipped off…..)

7 pm

Sahil Singh and Hardeep Singh wondering: why they even began this trip?

In the mean while an auto guy comes along with a vintage auto carrying his passengers, he offers a ride to the nearest mechanic for Rs 40, the two Singhs are delighted.

The best part that a rope given in the hands of Sahil Singh and Hardeep Singh….

Hardeep Singh  and Sahil Singh (singing and Haryana crowd watching dumbfounded) : Yeeee dosti hum nahiiii choddengee………..

8 pm

Upon getting the bike fixed the duo reaches Ambala where they eat at Puran’s Dhaba. They have nice dinner with all the delicacies. The non-veg was certainly good as Paaji mentioned.

There both of them talked about the condition of the bike.

Sahil Singh: Paaji, I think we will make it to amritsar by 3am, I think.

Hardeep Singh(replying) : Are you kidding I doubt it might even reach Chandigarh…. I think we should go to Chandigarh instead….

Sahil Singh : Paaji but the dream of going to Amritsar on bullet will remain a dream then….

Hardeep Singh : OOO koi nahi, we will make it next time with better bike…

( 2 years on still no sigh of new bike and no sign of the trip to amritsar….)

9 pm

After leaving Ambala the two Singhs start their redirected journey to Chandigarh. In between ,upon going out side of Ambala city the two realized that headlight of the bike was not working.

Sahil Singh : Paaji the light in not working , what to do… ?

Hardeep Singh : No problem we will make it to Chandigarh and then get it fixed.

In the journey on the highway with no head light on just 20 mins had passed when :

Sahil Singh : watch out Paaji, there is a barrier in front of you….

Hardeep Singh : OOOOOO Teriiiiiiiiiiiii………….

The bike goes skidding in the barrier , BAAAAM …….. luckily both survive…..(quite an experience though)

Passer by: OO no worry ji, it is a daily happening that 3-4 bikers fall down here, consider yourself among those royalty….

Hardeep Singh: Why doesn’t people take it away… ?

Passer by: Construction is going on, besides who has the time….. plus it is good this way at-least people can see the work is going on in this region.

Sahil Singh (wondering as usual) : wow nice…..you need to fall from a bike to be a royal…no pun intended.

 

11pm

Both eventually reached Chandigarh , it was cold at night so it was decided to crash night in some ok motel in sector 19 . I guess.

Hardeep Singh : now let us sleep and in the morning we will go to sector 22 market and hopefully see some totaas….

Sahil Singh: Paaji sector 22 really has tottaas…

Hardeep singh: the whole Punjab has totaaas , I doubt sector 22 might not have.

Sahil Singh and Hardeep Singh order some menu to their room and then sleep dreaming about the tootaas they will see in the morning.

Next Day

 

Both ventured out to Chandigarh sector 22,21,19,18,16,13,14………etc……etc…..etc……

10 am

 

market closed

Hardeep Singh : I guess it will take some time to open.

Sahil Singh : Where will we eat ?

10 :30 am

the two Singh see KFC OPEN !

Sahil Singh : Paaji kahaaannnnnaaa !

Hardeep Singh : wajii waa,Chak de patteee….

 

11: 30 am

Went to that Booring children park in chandigarh……

Hardeep Singh : I reckon someone died here making this ……

Sahil Singh(agreeing) : No wonder considering the sad state…..

12 pm

 

Enjoying the Chandigarh and the tootaaas of course…

While we were enjoying the bike breaks down again, and now both have to carry it to a mechanic…. Whole one hour wasted in the process.

Sahil Singh : Paaji apni toh kaat gayiiii….

Hardeep Singh : No problem next time we will come with full PROTECTION……

1 pm

 

The journey back to Delhi begins and sahil Singh takes the CHARGE of driving the bike.

Sahil Singh : first time bullet that to Chandigarh to delhi , awesomeee…… (no Barney intended)

Hardeep Singh : Only till Ambala………

Sahil Singh : why Paaji…… ?

Hardeep Singh : because I want to live………

Sahil Singh : Ok , we shall see..

3 pm

 

At karnal Sahil Singh gives away bike to Hardeep Singh fully  satisfied and after innumerable negotiations since Ambala to karnal……(in which process Hardeep Singh’s heart beat broke all records)

Sahil Singh : Here Paaji enjoy, my bumm is really hurting sitting on the bike so long….

Hardeep Singh : That sore bum will remind you of you ride to Chandigarh, lol….. next time be ready for Ladakh from delhi….. and thank you for letting me live……

The return journey didn’t had much of the flavor as of the going one. But none the less we reached home (Delhi) at 5pm and saw Indo-Pak bus being escorted by the police vehicle (certainly being a priced catch).

The journey was full of fun and excitation, hopefully will be better next time when a new bike  be taken along  and the destination spot even farther. (not one whose clutch plates were not functioning properly). A journey with a friend is always cherished and good for life long memories.

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