19th Jan --> Starting from Pune Airport
19th Jan --> Reach Indore on same day (589 Kms)
20th Jan --> Start early from Indore, Madhya Pradesh
20th Jan --> Reach Lucknow on same day (864 Kms)
21st Jan --> Start early from Lucknow and Reach Kathmandu, Nepal (599 Kms)
22nd Jan --> Sight Seeing in Kathmandu
23rd Jan --> Another day in Kathmandu, covering near by places like Nagarkot and Bhutwal.
24th Jan --> Start from Kathmandu in afternoon and reach Pokhara (205 Kms)
25th Jan --> Sightseeing and adventure in Pokhara
26th Jan --> Another day in Pokhara
27th Jan --> Start from Pokhara to Lucknow via Lumbini (510 Kms)
28th Jan --> Lucknow to Indore (800+ Kms)
29th Jan --> Indore to Pune (590 Kms)
30th Jan --> Spare Day ( if things go south and they did :D )
31st Jan --> Spare Day ( Another day for unplanned things )
All 4 of us were very excited as none of us had travelled so long on road that driving on our own.
The Final Preparation:
On Planning of such trips one has to be mentally prepared for challenging stuff's that might come in the way. Pressure of reaching planned destination at end of the day sometimes makes the trip little stressful , else possibility of getting stranded in some outskirts of villages and fields is always there. A single day miss might result in complete change of plan. Getting good food, clean water sometimes becomes difficult because of long highway stretches.
1) Vishal made sure to get car serviced before the trip, this is very important part. For such long trip this is no compromise on that part.
2) We stocked good amount of mineral water and snacks to make sure that long drives should have less stoppages.
3) Taking good rest before the drive is very very important, especially the people who are driving.
The most important part is to make sure don't get stress take over you. Take proper breaks during drive and not to stretch too far if you miss destinations. Forceful driving sometimes results to be FATAL. Nothing is more important than safe driving. We always remembered that we were going for fun not for some task to be completed in x amount of time.
The Journey Begins : Day 1