Go Back   Team-BHP > Buckle Up > 4x4 & Off-Roading > 4x4 Excursions


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 28th September 2010, 12:08   #136
Team-BHP Support
 
tsk1979's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: New Delhi
Posts: 22,850
Thanked: 15,406 Times
Default Lahaul and Spiti

Sometimes the govt forgets to build roads. Lahaul and Spiti is one such place.
The possibilities are endless. Meadows, tracks, river beds....
Name:  996416398_aAV6yL.jpg
Views: 4474
Size:  138.2 KB

Name:  996568699_5v9kcL.jpg
Views: 3946
Size:  208.8 KB

Name:  996895228_L9AUoL1.jpg
Views: 3928
Size:  180.0 KB

Name:  996896065_2u4zUL.jpg
Views: 3910
Size:  174.8 KB

Name:  996904846_ZECpzL.jpg
Views: 3931
Size:  196.0 KB

Name:  996959292_CeSLsL.jpg
Views: 4052
Size:  176.1 KB

Name:  997026038_o9zaFL.jpg
Views: 3646
Size:  161.7 KB

Name:  997047501_v7K2HL.jpg
Views: 3599
Size:  174.3 KB

Name:  1004553558_Ujb4LL.jpg
Views: 3714
Size:  177.3 KB

Name:  1004581385_dGXLvL.jpg
Views: 3533
Size:  92.5 KB
tsk1979 is offline   (5) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 28th September 2010, 12:23   #137
Senior - BHPian
 
Ym-enjn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Jaipur
Posts: 1,039
Thanked: 54 Times
Default

Wow.. Didn't knew you can drive all the up to Paradise.. The third pic from the top is simply mind blowing. One question.. why is the sky so blue?? :}
Ym-enjn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28th September 2010, 12:29   #138
Team-BHP Support
 
tsk1979's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: New Delhi
Posts: 22,850
Thanked: 15,406 Times
Default

The reason for blue sky is no pollution and high altitude.
Many pics were taken at over 4000m above sea level, and others at around 3200-3500m above sea level.
tsk1979 is offline   (1) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 28th September 2010, 19:09   #139
Distinguished - BHPian
 
sudev's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Gurgaon
Posts: 3,434
Thanked: 1,912 Times
Default

The star of all the picture and twinkle of your eyes......lovely pics. Feellike dropping off al things at hand and head up there!
sudev is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29th September 2010, 11:29   #140
Team-BHP Support
 
tsk1979's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: New Delhi
Posts: 22,850
Thanked: 15,406 Times
Default

What are you doing down here Sudev! you should have gone with the recce team. I am told there were up there couple of days back
tsk1979 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 3rd March 2011, 16:13   #141
Team-BHP Support
 
tsk1979's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: New Delhi
Posts: 22,850
Thanked: 15,406 Times
Default The Rann and the Ocean

This thread is mostly about the himalayas, and the dirt tracks and the rocky trails.
This winter it was time for something different
Gujrat.

Gujrat is the home of the little Rann and the Great Rann.
Endless flats, calling you to floor the engine, and go to the horizon.

Its also the home of sandy beaches, and lovely sunsets. Driving on a beach is something we had never done before.

As for the flats, well we had done sambhar before, but this time we discovered the beauty and the danger of Rann.

first the little Rann.
It looks so tempting, and simply, but its easy to lose your way and get lost without a GPS, and its even easier to find that solitary pocket of sand and get bogged down.


The horizon is calling.
Name:  1.jpg
Views: 3397
Size:  134.6 KB

Name:  2.jpg
Views: 3860
Size:  192.8 KB

Name:  3.jpg
Views: 3356
Size:  162.5 KB

At the beach.
Beaches are tough, and beaches are tricky, esp with high tide coming in. Luckily, we managed all without getting stuck
Name:  4.jpg
Views: 3529
Size:  121.7 KB

But there exists a Rann which swallows tractors and trucks. And it ate the white elephant too!
Name:  5.jpg
Views: 3622
Size:  139.7 KB

the Rescue
tsk1979 is offline   (4) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 4th March 2011, 15:48   #142
Senior - BHPian
 
tanwaramit's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Dilwalon ki Dilli
Posts: 1,888
Thanked: 330 Times
Default Re: Tata Safari 4x4 The Off Road, and No road journeys

wow Tanveer, amazing pics is the one word. You managed to get in quite a few distance before getting stuck.

The tractor had to pull out and then take your beast to quite a few distance.

Were you in 4L before getting stuck ?
tanwaramit is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 4th March 2011, 15:54   #143
Team-BHP Support
 
tsk1979's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: New Delhi
Posts: 22,850
Thanked: 15,406 Times
Default Re: Tata Safari 4x4 The Off Road, and No road journeys

I was in 4H, and she went in on momentum. When the safari gets stuck, it really gets stuck!
tsk1979 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 5th March 2011, 00:22   #144
adc
Senior - BHPian
 
adc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Kolkata
Posts: 1,343
Thanked: 2,072 Times
Default Re: The Rann and the Ocean

Quote:
Originally Posted by tsk1979 View Post
Gujrat is the home of the little Rann and the Great Rann.
Endless flats, calling you to floor the engine, and go to the horizon.


The horizon is calling.

Attachment 510822
Of course wonderful images, how did you get this from the top? I am yet to finish up reading yours and vardhan's Rann runs.
adc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 5th March 2011, 01:18   #145
Team-BHP Support
 
tsk1979's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: New Delhi
Posts: 22,850
Thanked: 15,406 Times
Default Re: Tata Safari 4x4 The Off Road, and No road journeys

I held the camera over my head and jumped
tsk1979 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 26th April 2013, 16:15   #146
Team-BHP Support
 
tsk1979's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: New Delhi
Posts: 22,850
Thanked: 15,406 Times
Default The Snow.... 2011

Its been a long time since I updated this thread. Below are a series of pictures in the High Himalaya, in the Feb of 2011. with a western disturbance looming, we hit the mountains again, went to Kinnaur, and enjoyed the snow!

Our first long ride had us negotiating ice in pitch dark
Name:  IMG_4439L.jpg
Views: 2613
Size:  96.1 KB

And couple of days later we got the snowstorm!
Name:  IMG_4501L.jpg
Views: 2674
Size:  163.2 KB

Luckily, it did not get sunny, and we got snowfall in the day!
Name:  P1010148L.jpg
Views: 2793
Size:  141.4 KB

And that day was the day we headed back, under heavy snowfall, which meant, no pesky traffic, just the rumble of our diesel, and the soft sound of snow under the tires
Name:  P1010164L.jpg
Views: 3160
Size:  247.2 KB

For a full year we did not take her to the mountains, but what came in Jan 2012.... was something beyond the wildest dreams....
tsk1979 is offline   (12) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 10th December 2013, 23:58   #147
Team-BHP Support
 
tsk1979's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: New Delhi
Posts: 22,850
Thanked: 15,406 Times
Default The real ice road

I guess its time to update this thread!
The Safari has done a lot of snow driving, but most of it was in accessible places, with not so high altitudes, and ambient temps within -2,-3 degrees.

In Jan 2012, we had a chance to go to -7.
The trip was to Gangotri, in winters. Roads are closed during this time, however due to elections in UK, BRO had cleared the roads enough so that their trucks could deliver ballots and election officials.

So here we were at almost 3000mts above MSL, in peak winter season.
Result, driving on packed ice over 6 inches thick
Tata Safari 4x4 The Off Road, and No road journeys-dsc_3785_lrxl.jpg

Our job. Support vehicle for the Bikers in our group+ an EEco
Yes. Maruti Eeco. You will be surprised what a 2WD Eeco can do with 4 people stuffed in the boot for weighing down.
Tata Safari 4x4 The Off Road, and No road journeys-dsc_3786_lrxl.jpg

There is absolutely no danger of getting stuck. The biggest danger is skidding. With simple AT tires without studs or chains, there is absolutely no grip. If you start sliding, you slide till you hit the snow embankments, if there are no embankments, you go tumbling down into the Ganga.
Tata Safari 4x4 The Off Road, and No road journeys-dsc_3797_lrxl.jpg

Another pic
Tata Safari 4x4 The Off Road, and No road journeys-dsc_3824_lrxl.jpg

Surprisingly, even at this altitude, the high sun areas are devoid of any snow!
Tata Safari 4x4 The Off Road, and No road journeys-dsc_3871_lrxl.jpg

But where there is shade, you get this!
Tata Safari 4x4 The Off Road, and No road journeys-dsc_3879_lrxl.jpg

However snow means narrower roads. For 2WD BRO trucks, it also means no go, and hence long one truck traffic jams
Tata Safari 4x4 The Off Road, and No road journeys-dsc_3920_lrxl.jpg

Sometimes two trucks get entangled, like electrons in a quantum romance
Tata Safari 4x4 The Off Road, and No road journeys-dsc_3943_lrxl.jpg

And sometimes they tunnel through... and you get wounds
Tata Safari 4x4 The Off Road, and No road journeys-dsc_3945_lrxl.jpg

So this was a short story of a very small adventure trip of ours, and our first and only "group" ride till date with "WED"
tsk1979 is offline   (7) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 14th January 2014, 15:30   #148
Team-BHP Support
 
tsk1979's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: New Delhi
Posts: 22,850
Thanked: 15,406 Times
Default The Ladakh Saga

2012 also saw our aging safari conquer passes unheard off. With breakdowns and triumphs, it was a trip to remember no doubt.
Some pics from the journey.

The high point of the trip was the Kakasang La. The toughest pass we have ever done, apart of Marsimik La.

Full log here
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travel...l-again-5.html (18 Passes, 15 lakes and 2 breakdowns : Ladakh and Lahaul call again)

Sharing some moments.
Name:  DSC_5879_LRL.jpg
Views: 1606
Size:  204.7 KB

Name:  DSC_5886_LRL.jpg
Views: 1599
Size:  224.0 KB

Name:  DSC_DSC_6443_LRL.jpg
Views: 1586
Size:  204.5 KB

Name:  DSC_DSC_6473_LRL.jpg
Views: 1590
Size:  173.8 KB

Name:  DSC_DSC_6498_LRL.jpg
Views: 1561
Size:  146.8 KB

Name:  DSC_DSC_6509_LRL.jpg
Views: 1578
Size:  202.5 KB

Name:  DSC_DSC_6519_LRL.jpg
Views: 1531
Size:  135.8 KB

Name:  DSC_DSC_6526_LRL.jpg
Views: 1559
Size:  216.1 KB

Name:  DSC_DSC_6854_LRL.jpg
Views: 1546
Size:  159.6 KB

Name:  DSC_DSC_6957_LRL.jpg
Views: 1534
Size:  247.5 KB

Name:  DSC_DSC_6984_LRL.jpg
Views: 1575
Size:  181.8 KB

Name:  DSC_DSC_7020_LRL.jpg
Views: 1546
Size:  301.9 KB

Name:  DSC_DSC_7078_LRL.jpg
Views: 1570
Size:  270.0 KB

Name:  DSC_DSC_7119_LRL.jpg
Views: 1509
Size:  107.6 KB

Name:  DSC_DSC_7124_LRL.jpg
Views: 1529
Size:  174.4 KB
tsk1979 is offline   (6) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 16th January 2014, 05:19   #149
Distinguished - BHPian
 
BlackPearl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Calcutta
Posts: 2,176
Thanked: 3,275 Times
Default Re: The Ladakh Saga

Quote:
Originally Posted by tsk1979 View Post

The high point of the trip was the Kakasang La. The toughest pass we have ever done, apart of Marsimik La.
Awesome pictures as always Tanveer. Why would you rate the Kaksangla as one of the toughest? Is it because of the remoteness?

I have not been to Marsmik La, but this year we plan to visit Ladakh again, so will try to have a go.

Since you love the Himalayas and offroading, please take out some time and visit the eastern part. Sandakphu is highly recommended as that is one of the toughest climbs I have faced. You will love it and it will be a break for Sandkphu as well to see a Tata instead of the regular Land Rovers and Mahindras. Edit: forgot that LR is part of Tata now
BlackPearl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16th January 2014, 11:19   #150
Team-BHP Support
 
tsk1979's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: New Delhi
Posts: 22,850
Thanked: 15,406 Times
Default Re: The Ladakh Saga

Quote:
Originally Posted by BlackPearl View Post
Awesome pictures as always Tanveer. Why would you rate the Kaksangla as one of the toughest? Is it because of the remoteness?

I have not been to Marsmik La, but this year we plan to visit Ladakh again, so will try to have a go.

Since you love the Himalayas and offroading, please take out some time and visit the eastern part. Sandakphu is highly recommended as that is one of the toughest climbs I have faced. You will love it and it will be a break for Sandkphu as well to see a Tata instead of the regular Land Rovers and Mahindras. Edit: forgot that LR is part of Tata now
Actually, its the toughest because when we did it the trail was all rock. Most places it was blocked due to construction, and we had to take steep offroad rocky shortcuts where one bad move would mean cartwheeling down the hill into Mirpal Tso.

As for the East would love to do so, but somehow, I am too lazy to bring myself to cross the badlands of UP.
moreover, places like Sikkim etc., have a big permit thing issue due to local taxi union. Such rules and regulations to facilitate a pressure group usually puts me off. So I don't think Sikkim is happening anytime soon.
tsk1979 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Most comfortable car/SUV for long journeys (under 12 Lakh) mohan41 What Car? 71 13th September 2016 22:08
Road or no road, no problem: Tata Safari Storme VX 4x4 psurelia Test-Drives & Initial Ownership Reports 25 18th May 2015 19:26
Bus or Car-What do you prefer for your journeys? wildsdi5530 Commercial Vehicles 48 5th February 2010 20:47
Frequent short journeys are bad for car - yes or no? sbasak Technical Stuff 36 14th March 2007 17:24
Assorted Pictures & Brief Travelogue of my various Journeys! iraghava Travelogues 13 1st August 2006 19:34


All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 10:08.

Copyright 2000 - 2017, Team-BHP.com
Proudly powered by E2E Networks