Check the pressure in all the tyres, including the spare. It should not cross the maximum specified limit for each make & model.
Check if Car has necessary toolkit including Jack. You may carry air foot pump which you get it for Rs. 300+ from any Car Accessory shop
Fill-up the Wiper Wash Tank with distilled or purified water
Check all the fluids under the hood such as Coolant, Engine Oil, Brake Oil, Distilled Water in the Battery etc. You can do the top-up at the nearest Petrol Station & need not visit your mechanic if Car is regularly serviced. Coolant & Engine Oil levels are very important for hot summer season where as brakes / Tyre traction is important in monsoon.
Clean Windshield glass (Front & rear) and also the Headlamps, Fog Lamps & Brake lamps with cloth.
Keep wash cloth, Plastic Bags, Few old news papers and a water bottle in the Car
80-100 Kmph is the optimum speed on National Highways (4 Lane divided) where as 60-80 Kmph should be good enough on State Highways. Indian Roads, traffic & even older cars are not suitable for high speed driving.
Do not tailgate heavy vehicles such as Truck / Bus. keep safe distance. Use signals while overtaking. Do not overtake them at the blind spot.
Use Fog lights during early morning or late evening drive. This is not for you to see the road but to make your vehicle visible to others.
Wear Seatbelt and avoid sudden breaks especially on wet surface. You pumping brake technique instead.
Take quick breaks after 2 hours. This is very important if you have hired driver for the long trip. Stretch your legs, wash your face and have some hot cup of tea.
Fuel - Fill up full tank at your regular Petrol Pump. There are HP / BP Company Operated Petrol Pumps on NH4 beyond Katraj and there are few on Pune - Mumbai Expressway. There are no good Petrol pumps on Pune - Mulshi - Tamhini Ghat route unless you reach NH 17.
Nivalink - 1000s of hotels / resorts / farm houses across India, prompt response, no extra cost or service charges taken, Tarrif is the same what is charged by the Hotel, no scope for any bargaining.
MTDC - Online Bookings for MTDC resorts. MTDC resorts have become better after the PPP (Private-Public Partnership) and they are still economical. Most of the MTDC resorts are located at the best location. Online booking, cancellation, postponement is possible. You can also check the availability of rooms online.
Home stays - Houses/small resorts listed with MTDC under Bed & Breakfast scheme. Alternate accommodation option for family/group picnics or when other hotels are booked. MTDC officials comes and inspects each house registered under this scheme before they issue "MTDC Approved" certificate valid for 5 years.
MSRTC Online Booking -http://public.msrtcors.com/ticket_booking/index.php
Private Bus Operators -
- Neeta Volvo - http://neetavolvo.com/
- Red bus Online Bus Ticket booking Service - http://www.redbus.in/
- Raj National Express - http://www.rajnationalexpress.in/
- Paulo Travels (Goa) - http://www.paulotravels.com/
- Kesineni Travels (Hyderabad) - http://www.kesinenitravels.com/
- Sharma Travels (Bangalore) - http://www.sharmatransports.com/
Sunscreen lotion, Odomos, Small Soap, Toothbrush, Toothpaste
General / Personal Medicines - Antacid, Paracetamol like Crocin Cold & Flu, Dependol, Disperin, band-aid, antiseptic cream
Cap, Towels / napkins, 2 light dress (anything that suits for the summer), swim wear, Night Dress, Sports Shoes, Slippers
Candles, Matchbox, Knife, Plate, Bowl, Small Water Bottle, small nylon rope, Sun glass, Camera, Binoculars
Playing Cards, Football / Handball, Uno, Frisbee or other playing stuff
Mineral Water and few eatables like Glucose, Good-Day biscuits.
http://www.ptis.in/directions.htm (Transport Information System for Pune, Bangalore, Chennai & Hyderabad)
Outlooks Traveler Gateways - Weekend Breaks from Mumbai - If you have this book, you don't need to refer anything else. Price Rs. 225. You get it in nay bookshop. Ideal for gifting as well. Recently, this publication has also received National Tourism Award 2006-07 in best Publishing (English) category.
Weekend Breaks (from Delhi / Mumbai / Bangalore / Chennai)
State Travel Guides (Rajasthan, Goa , Kerala, Uttarakhand, Himachal)
101 Pilgrimage Destinations
100 Holidays in Hills
To Order books Online - http://www.outlookindia.com/aboutus.asp#d
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