I would be starting my road trip tomorrow and broadly the planned night stays for the trip are as follows
Delhi- Jaipur- Ahmedabad- Mumbai- Goa- Tarkarli- Mumbai- Udaipur- Delhi
I’ve made confirmed booking at the following places
Hotel Amer View, Jaipur
Karnavati Club, Ahmedabad
Ramada Carvela Beach Resort, Varca, South Goa
In Tarkarli I would be scouting for a Hotel or a guest house when I get there and same would be for Udaipur.
I would sincerely like to thank HV Kumar of HV Kumar – Fan, Forum & Message Board and all the members of the above FB Group who have been really helpful in providing me the detailed road book and help me plan this adventure right from the start. Thanks a lot sir(s).
As always I would be driving my Toyota Landcruiser on this trip and by the looks of it the total trip would work out to be over 4200 Kms. I plan to be back by the 27th or 28th of March 2012. Many people may ask why Goa and some of them may even ask why by road especially when air tickets are available little over of what I may spend on fuel costs. Well I’ve always been travelling by air since long and a package deal just doesn’t cut for me anymore and I feel that the adventure is missing in such a thing. Additionally I feel that if someone wants to see the real India, it can only be done when we are on ground. I am not against air travel but I feel that its more fun like this. Last year I did Delhi- Sasan Gir- Diu- Delhi and enjoyed every bit of it. Here’s the link to that https://harjeevchadha.wordpress.com/2011/11/25/delhi-ahmedabad-sasan-gir-diu-udaipur-delhi-road-trip-summary/
The following is just a broad guide to the route that I plan to take and it may differ from the actual route, especially the in/ and out of Mumbai and from Goa- Tarkarli- Mumbai from the route that’s been depicted in the following link. This link is just to give a broad overview on the route. Once I’ve completed the trip, I would be sharing the triplogs and GPX tracks for the entire trip.
Link to the route that I have planned to take. http://g.co/maps/ctpy5
Its been almost 9 months since I completed my trip of Rajasthan and Gujarat, but I feel that’s its never to late to share. Since long I’d been longing to travel to Gujarat, though on this trip I visited only one part of Gujarat which is to say Sasan Gir and Diu (which technically speaking is not even in Gujarat but a Union Territory).
In this post I would share the route I took along with the maps, distance charts and time taken for traveling. Also I would try to share the trip log in detail along with the pictures in my future posts.
After traveling almost 1500 Kms from Delhi I just couldn’t resist the urge of clicking the following picture. This first view of the sea side is forever etched in my memory and I remember the moment like it was yesterday.
We started the trip from Delhi at approximately 4AM on the 19th of March 2011 and culminated the journey on 26th March 2011 at 11:15PM
Day I 19th March 2011
Delhi to Ahmedabad 946KMS
18 Hours 10 Mins
Day II :20th March 2011
Ahmedabad to Gir 383 KMS (7 Hours 10 Mins)
Day III 21st March 2011
Gir-Gir 12 KMS
Day IV 22nd March 2011
Gir-Diu 128KMS (3 Hours 27 Mins)
Day V & VI 23rd & 24th March 2011
Day VII 25th March 2011
Diu- Udaipur 664 Kms (12 Hours 50 Minutes)
Day VIII 26th March 2011
Udaipur – Delhi 675 Kms (11 Hours 53 minutes)
Total Distance Travelled in 8 Days is 2839 Kms
Total Fuel (Diesel) Consumed 383.13 Liters
Average Cost of Fuel (average) Rs.40.68 per Liter
Fuel Economy 7.41 KM per Liter & Rs.5.49 per KM
Having the opportunity of driving across 5 states and enjoying it with your family PRICELESS
The first set of pictures for the OTR event organised by Northern Motorsports to show the original trail which was shortlisted but had to be abandoned owing to the difficulty, for the Mahindra Great Escape, Delhi
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I bought the vehicle (if it could be called a vehicle, as the state it was in) in the 1st week of December 2010. This was exactly 6 months after I sold my 2006 MPFI Gypsy last June. When I sold the gypsy in June I thought that I wouldn’t buy another one, Ever. And this is when I remember being told by a friend “Bappe, Whatever you do, I know that you would buy a Gypsy in the next 6 months”. Its believed that predictions don’t come true, but in my case, it surely did. Now 6 months after I bought this vehicle, which WAS, as friends termed it, “A RUST BUCKET” now stands totally transformed.
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I’ve had a vehicle for a little less than 9 months and I thought that a long term ownership review is in order.
The vehicle has covered a shade under 21k kms. Of this the notable drives have been
- Bangalore-Delhi 2500kms
- Delhi -Bhuj- Phokhran- Bikaner-Delhi 3900kms (Desert Storm 2011)
- Delhi-Ahmedabad- Sasan Gir – Diu -Udaipur- $delhi 3000kms
- Delhi -Corbett NP – Delhi
- Del-Ludhiana-Del (2-3 trips)
- Delhi- Amritsar – Delhi 2 trips
- Del – Jallander – Delhi
- Delhi Tordi (Nr Ajmer) – Del
- And some other I am not remembering
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Now when the body was removed from the chassis and the pictures of the preparation of the chassis were uploaded in the previous posts the big task of the battered body work are in enclosed in this update.
Also to be noted that thought I am updating the entire set of pictures in one post, this entire job took well over 2 whole months to complete. Part of the delay was that we all got busy in Desert Storm 2011 in which, naturally everyone was involved. Anyways better late than never.
The condition of the underbody…
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Continuing with the previous post
Now that the engine + Gearbox + Transfer case had been sourced, time had come to pay attention to the body or as many of my friends had begin to call it “The Rust Bucket”.
I was even suggested to replace the whole body tub, but I wanted to restore this vehicle only. I believe that anything with metal can be put back together and I would definitely try with this one. From the past couple of post I have been repeating myself that the body was very rusted and that there are holes in the tubs, etc etc.
Here are pictures of the body tub
And the condition of the tub