26th March 2013 : Udaipur to Delhi
Today was the last day of the trip and pretty much a non eventful day, I was seriously hoping it to be one. Last year when I was driving back to Delhi from Udaipur I had a tyre burst on my vehicle just after crossing Bhilwara. You can read about it here.
We checked out of the hotel and were on our way at 10 minutes to 9AM. After having a heavy breakfast we drove pretty much non stop all the way upto Dharuhera where we halted for lunch for some awesome food at the OLD RAO Dhabha. Just like the numerous Puran Singh ka Dhabha’s at Ambala there are ‘n number of Rao Dhabha’s at this stretch. Only those who know that which one is the original will appreciate the food for what it is, the other outlets are just copy cats. Location of Rao Hotel on Google Maps.
Having made up good time from Udaipur to Jaipur I decided to brave the infamous Delhi- Jaipur stretch. I would say that I was pretty lucky here. We were at the Chandrawaji(end of the Jaipur Bypass) at 1442 Hrs and reached Rao Hotel, Dharuhera at 1654 HRS, covering 152 Kms in 2Hrs & 12 Mins. Average Speed 69.09 KMPH. Leaving this place at approx 530Pm the traffic was pretty much what one would expect from Manesar to Delhi and finally made it home at 6.30PM. Total distance for the day was 676 Kms in 9Hrs 40 Mins.
Will start the travelogue soon, once I’ve sorted out the pictres.
Cheers and thanks for tuning in.
Previous Posts in this series
- Road Trip- PROLOGUE – Delhi- Jaipur- Ahmedabad- Mumbai- Goa- Tarkarli- Mumbai- Udaipur- Delhi
- Goa Road Trip March ‘12 Delhi–-> Jaipur–-> Ahmedabad
- Goa Road Trip Mar ‘12 Ahmedabad–-> Mumbai –-> Goa
- Goa Road Trip March ’12 – In Goa
- Goa Road Trip- Drive from Goa- Mumbai- Udaipur- Delhi
26th March 2012 Monday
Now being a shade less than 700 Kms from Delhi and again having done this journey several times we had a late start. Another reason for the late start was that having myself being mentally strained the previous day I didn’t set the alarm clock the previous night. Second reason was that the room we stayed was so bad that I have now decided never to again stay at this hotel if I ‘m getting the same category of room.
Ready to Leave for Delhi at RTDC Hoetl Kajri, Udaipur
My review of RTDC Kajri as posted on Tripadvisor . com
So finally the trip of a lifetime came to an end and I am glad that I could complete it though I can’t say without any hassles but I am glad to say god was kind enough to given me the strength to manage them.
Further I’d say that though this trip has ended I wish that saga of life long, long distance travelling trips has just begun.
On this note I wrap this travelogue up.
Here is the screen shot of the drive that I undertook.
The final ODO reading is of the complete trip whereas the rest of the readings are for the final day’s drive from Jaipur to Delhi
The statistics of the trip are as follows
I got the fuel filled up at Manesar, Haryana so I have the FE statistics till that point
Total Distance : 2426kms
Total Fuel : 282.01 liters
Total Cost : Rs.11,122.00 (Average cost of Rs.39.44 per liter)
FE : 8.60 KM/ Ltr
Cost per KM : Rs.4.59 / km
Day III & Day IV
After the ever eventful 2nd and 3rd day, next morning I started my drive around 7:15AM. I remember this as I was in the parking lot of the hotel taking pictures as the Cruiser standing next to a Zen looked very funny from the window of my room. (I mean no offence to any hatchback owners, I too own an i10)
PICTURES IN THE HOTEL PARKING LOT
The following vehicle is owned by Randeep Singh and details of the vehicle in his words
The work on my jeep has been conducted at my Uncle’s state of the art garage in Jaipur which is one of the most prominent garages in this part of the country. This garage specializes in restoration of Classics and Vintage Vehicles and I had to literally pester my Uncle to take on the project
Some details on the work done:
The Jeeps body and chassis has been modified/extended to look identical to my uncles 89 Jeep Wrangler. Body parts of the Wrangler were used to replicate body parts for my Jeep throughout the restoration.
Chassis has been extended by 5” using the bolt-on extension by Mahindra. The differential was moved forward to give it an extended wheel base.
The body tub’s side wall has been raised by 2.5” and half cut doors were customized similar to that of the wranglers. The windscreen has been lowered and tapered inwards. Bonnet has been extended by 4” to retail the wranglers long nose.
The jeep’s gone through complete denting and painting. Leaving the chassis all parts have been sprayed with acrylic putty and later sand blasted. Final coat sprayed is ICI Auto Paints P.U. The finish is semi matt, 60% gloss and 40% matt.
Bolero dashboard fitted. No vibrations and is rock solid. Fronts seats are of a Nissan sedan. Upholstery is top of the line and has a leather like feel to it. Front and rear customized mats.
Engine is an Isuzu 2.4 Turbo charged diesel plus 5 speed gear box and 4WD transfer case. This engine, gearbox and transfer case combo itself cost me 65-70 grands and is a very capable piece of engineering.The engine has been cleaned/serviced. All metal pipes have been nickel plated. Fuel pump has been overhauled and re-calibrated. Alternator and self have been serviced.
Koyo power steering has been fitted after servicing. It performs well and there are no leakages whatsoever.Not to mention that the power steering has been fixed inside the bonnet/ hood area and not on the front bumper.
Maxxis Big horn (275/70/R16’s) mud terrain tyres with HR 16” rims.The rims & tyres cost me 68k for the complete set.
Pictures of the vehicle
The vehicle is also performing extremely well on OTR and I am using it as a daily driver in the city too. The road worthiness of the vehicle can be judged from the countless trips we have done from Delhi to Hissar (my native place) and the vehicle is extremely stable on highways, with raw amounts of power at the disposal of the driver. I am proud to say that it can be driven anywhere in India with the start of the key.
Also the preparation of the vehicle took almost a year and has been done under the personal supervision of my uncle.
The price that I’ve demanded is just the cost I have incurred on the vehicle. This doesn’t even cover my out of pocket expenses not to mention the countless phone calls and visits to Jaipur.
The best part of the vehicle is that registration. It is a RJ14, registered in Jaipur and not somewhere like Zira in Punjab, which to be frank is a little shoddy. My registration is 100% genuine and can be verified and transferred very easily.
The gear lever in the above picture shows that the gear configuration in 4Fwd and 1 Rev. The knob is wrong and in actual the vehicle has 5 Fwd and 1 Rev
Click this link for my thread on TeamBHP
A personal note:
Another thing that I would like to add here is that as far as the vehicle is concerned, all the details, the good and especially the bad have been documented in real time in the above thread, on Teambhp. So there will be no hidden surprises to whosoever buys the vehicle as the history of the vehicle is an open book for everyone to see and observe and take an opinion on. Secondly many of the decisions while the vehicle was being built were taken from the heart with the intention that i’ll be keeping this forever, so even if we were to leave aside the money spent on her for for one sec, the hardwork, patience, etc that had gone into this vehicle can’t ever be compared to the countless chop shop jobs that we see in areas like Mayapuri, Mandi Dabwali or Moga.
Water crossings, river crossings, steep inclines, you name it and its a cakewalk for this jeep
Here are a couple of sample pictures
Expected Price 380,000 INR
Reason for selling: Already have a few other Jeeps that I need to restore.