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Old 22nd January 2012, 09:19   #1
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Default Overlander India - A 4x4 offroading event company

They call themselves India's offroad company. Offer 4x4 experience in various regions. (In video I could see only deserts, mostly Rajashthan.)

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Sounds interesting.
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I'm happy to see such initiatives that will only expand the reach of the offroading sport Good luck to Uday & Ajit. These "all inclusive" packages make it far easier for first-timers and adventure seekers to indulge in, and experience the beauty of offroading. Personally, even as a Classic 4x4 owner who has been offroading in Maharashtra since '97, if I wanted to offroad in Rajasthan, it would be far more convenient for me to catch a flight and have such an organisation manage all the logistics. Remember, time is the most valuable resource for entrepreneurs & professionals today.

However, the idea isn't new : Mahindra Adventures ("Mahindra Adventure" Launched! Multi-Day Great Escapes, TSD Rallies and more) was launched only recently, and has the might of Mahindra behind it. I'd love to know more about how Overlander India differentiates itself and the pros / cons between the two.

Hope to hear of experiences from those who have participated in Overlander's excursions. May their tribe grow.
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They should have an option for those folks who want to bring their own vehicles.

Overlanding in India: quite a few folks who want to enjoy the experience with their own vehiicles - with evenings/stay + food being taken care of.

Though there is more money to be made by attracting corporate folks who want to get their 3-4 days of overlanding high.

I will reach out to them and see what the rates are for folks who bring their own vehicles.
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I would be really interested to know if there is a significant difference between using their vehicle VS own vehicle. IMHO it would be a couple of 100s off.

Do update. This sounds really interesting.
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A couple of articles on this:
travel.outlookindia.com | Dune School
travel.outlookindia.com | The Information

(Rates also mentioned in 2nd link)

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A couple of articles on this:
travel.outlookindia.com | Dune School
travel.outlookindia.com | The Information

(Rates also mentioned in 2nd link)
Rates are Rs 12,500/- per person. I think its way too expensive.

Most people would come as a family of 2 / 3. So is it 25,000 per day. This is daylight robbery. A person who can afford 25,000 per day can as well afford to Drive his own SUV to that place.

Cost of Fuel: Assuming 200 kms on the Gypsy - 200/10 = 20 litresX70 = Rs 1400/-
Gypsy Rental Cost: Rs 3000/- per day
Food Costs: 2000/- Max (Including Profit). I am sure he would serve Rotis and Sandwiches and not a 4 course unlimited buffet meal
Accommodation costs: Hire a Tent - Rs 1500/- Max per day
Accommodation costs: Heritage(Deogarh for example): 5000/- per night.

So for a total cost of 13,000/- for 2 days, Rs 25,000/- is being charged.
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The prices are definitely high, but I guess the foreigners who come as a tourists to such states wouldn't mind paying that much for such an experience.

But thumbs up to them got taking such an initiative. Hopefully we will be able to see such services offered in every major tourist destination in india. The prices will definitely come down in the future until and unless petrol doesn't get really expensive!
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