EPIC Drive


In 2010, I rode my Yamaha across India, About 5,500 Kilometers in total. Since then I have been wanting to do more. This year, June 2015, We drove across India. This time we drove a little less than 10,000 kilometres. This page is dedicated to capturing everything about this wonderful trip of ours, which I call EpicDrive.

Initially this started as a quick trip to Leh. The plan was to fly to Delhi and drive from there. But then everything changed. In the changed plan we would drive Bangalore – Leh – Bangalore. But then its a plan. Many things changed as we started driving. The map below shows the exact path we took.

Drive Map

Checklists

Checklists are required in order to make sure we carry everything we need. It also stops us from over packing. Some of my checklists are

First Aid Box

First Aid Box checklist has everything that we need for emergency treatments on the road. Of course carry specific medicines that you would take otherwise on daily basis. Also its a good idea to get you first aid box verified by a doctor you trust. My list will probably work as basic list on which you can build.

Contributing to Open Data while travelling

While on travel I will be contributing data or capturing data to contribute later. . All the data are available under some Open License (Odbl, Creative Commons or FOSS license). Some of the projects that I am planning to contribute are

  1. Map postboxes – #OpenPostBoxIndia project
  2. Add Point of Interest to OpenStreetMap
  3. Record paths and upload to OpenStreetMap
  4. Mozilla Location Service using Mozilla Stumbler
  5. Mapillary – Crowdsourced Street Level Photos
  6. Wikimedia/Flickr – Pictures of Interest
  7. Meet Local Data{Meet} communities if time permits
  8. Pincode + Postcard Project

Pictures and Videos

  1. We posted pictures on Instagram as we drove across. After the trip I collected all 477 pictures and posted them as a gallery here. Its fun to see all the pictures in thumbnail size. It gives the glimpse of whole trip in one page. Its like an online poster. Of course you can click on thumbnail to see the details. Enjoy.

Hotels and Restaurants

Hotels and Restaurants that we stayed and ate at. We have tried to rate them as per our liking.
IDTypeNameAddressMapRatingComments
1ResturantGesmoFort Road, Leh34.1607986,77.5768041❤️‍❤️‍❤️❤️Nice breakfast place.
2ResturantTibetan KitchenFort Road, Leh34.1637,77.5819❤️‍❤️‍❤️Good Mutton Momos
3ResturantCafe BahaarBasheer Bagh, Hyderabad❤️‍❤️‍❤️❤️Good biriyaani.
4ResturantMughal DarbarResidency Rd, Srinagar❤️‍❤️‍❤️❤️Try Wazwan
5ResturantAhdoosResidency Rd, Srinagar❤️‍❤️‍❤️❤️Tabak Maaz (Kashmiri Fried Lamb Ribs)

Open Data Contributed

GPX Tracks

GPX Tracks from our travel. Almost every step is captured.
Name
Name
2015-06-05-01-car-bangalore-hyderabad
2015-06-05-02-walk-hyderabad-cafe-bazaar
2015-06-05-03-auto-hyderabad-charminar
2015-06-06-01-car-hyderabad-nagpur
2015-06-06_02-car-nagpur-city
2015-06-07-car-nagpur-kajuraho
2015-06-08-walk-kajuraho-temples
2015-06-09-01-car-kajuraho-chhatarpur
2015-06-09-02-car-chhatarpur-agra
2015-06-10-car-agra-delhi
2015-06-12-01-car-delhi-karna
2015-06-12-02-car-karna-pathankot
2015-06-13-car-pathankot-patnitop
2015-06-14-car-patnitop-sonamarg
2015-06-15-car-sonamarg-kargil
2015-06-16-car-kargil-leh
2015-06-17-walk-leh-city
2015-06-18-taxi-leh-pangong-lake
2015-06-19-01-car-leh-kargil
2015-06-19-02-taxi-kargil-city
2015-06-20-01-car-kargil-srinagar
2015-06-20-02-car-srinagar-city
2015-06-21-car-srinagar-city
2015-06-22-01-car-srinagar-city
2015-06-22-02-srinagar-city
2015-06-22-03-walk-parimahal-walk
2015-06-22-04-car-srinagar-city
2015-06-22-05-car-srinagar-city
2015-06-23-car-srinagar-dharmashala
2015-06-24-walk-mcleod-ganj
2015-06-25-walk-auto-mcleod-ganj
2015-06-26-01-car-dharmasala-amritsar
2015-06-26-02-walk-amritsar
2015-06-26-03-car-wagha-border
2015-06-27-car-amritsar-delhi
2015-06-28-car-delhi-city
2015-06-29-01-car-delhi-jaipur
2015-06-29-02-walk-jaipur
2015-06-30-01-car-jaipur-udaipur
2015-06-30-02-walk-udaipur
2015-07-01-walk-boat-udaipur
2015-07-02-car-udaipur-ahmedabad
2015-07-03-01-car-udaipur-bhuj
2015-07-03-02-walk-bhuj-city
2015-07-04-auto-bhuj-city
2015-07-05-car-bhuj-ahmedabad
2015-07-06-car-ahmedabad-pune
2015-07-07-car-pune-hubballi
2015-07-08-car-hubballi-bangalore

Navigation & Routing

Leh/Ladakh Route Guidance – HiVayKing

HiVayKing - Indian Highways Enthusiasts Group
HiVayKing is a group of Indian Hiways Enthusiasts. We used HiVayKing for the route guidance and instant hotel booking in Leh/Ladakh area. They were prompt, helpful and sweet. Thanks a lot to them that we didn’t have to think about hotels on the way in India’s remotest places. Also they were one messageg away for any kind of help we wanted on the go.
Their Facebook community is very active and helpful. Get an yearly membership if you drive often. For Leh/Ladakh they have a special plan called Ladakh 951. Its a steal considering what you get. I highly recommend them.

OSMAnd

OSMAnd is a global mobile map viewing and navigation app which works both online and offline mode. Whole of India’s map is around 1GB. You can download and add it to the app. Once you do that you don’t need any internet for it to work. We used it extensively for navigation. Its available for both Android and iOS platforms. Its an open source software.

Locus

I have written a really long how-to on Locus app previously. I used along with OSMAnd to plan route and record the route, record POIs, etc. Locus also works in offline mode. I used the same 1GB map file that I downloaded as part OSMAnd for offline maps. Locus can also import and export different types map files1. So its my to go app to share the information with other travelers. All the GPX files on this trip was captured using Locus.

Google Maps

Google maps is still a great tool to do research and navigation.

Related posts

  1. All the blog posts related to this road trip are tagged as #epicdrive. Go ahead and check them out.

Footnotes

  1. KML, GPX etc
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