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Old 29th September 2009, 03:20   #91
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@tsk: This is the best write up of yours man. Excellent presentation and humor in good doses. I love the way you presented it.

+2 to suman. Would be nice to get some garlic bread with cheese and a ayurvedic massage at this height!!
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Old 15th January 2010, 11:50   #92
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Default Rajasthan Redux

I consider Rajasthan second only to the himalayas in the terrain category. Here you can find anything. Rocks, flats and Sand. The rocks I avoid, but the the latter too are a hoot. Infact the flats don't even need 4x4 just 4x2. And the best part in the flats apart from the speed? Drift!
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The lull before the storm?
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Trying to drift in a safari is an invitation for topple, but not here, where there is no grip, and even the slightest power to the throttle leads to a powerslide... And donuts of you do not give opposite lock!
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Now this is the soft flat. There is another kind of flat, the hard flat. Here you can go faster, and really really powerslide
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After this its time for some actual 4x4 stuff, sand.
Sand is a very dangerous adversary. For example, lets take rocks. They look sharp jagged and mean. Sand does not look any of that. ITs soft and inviting, like that spring mattress after a long hard day.
So how do you tackle sand?
You gun the engine, get momentum, and just blast at it


However if you try hanky panky here, sand fill have you for supper
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More sand
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However, if you want to be really really safe, I would recommend these - The best 4x4, by far.
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Old 15th January 2010, 12:15   #93
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Wonderful Pictures!!
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Old 15th January 2010, 15:06   #94
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I consider Rajasthan second only to the himalayas in the terrain category. Here you can find anything. Rocks, flats and Sand. The rocks I avoid, but the the latter too are a hoot. Infact the flats don't even need 4x4 just 4x2. And the best part in the flats apart from the speed? Drift!
Nice photos...

Which place was that?? You seems to be at the start point of Thar desert...
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Old 15th January 2010, 15:10   #95
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DesertKing, the first set is from Sambhar lake, the second set on flats with sunset is at the Rann of Jaisalmer, and the last set is on the dunes between sam road and khuri road
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Old 15th January 2010, 15:33   #96
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DesertKing, the first set is from Sambhar lake, the second set on flats with sunset is at the Rann of Jaisalmer, and the last set is on the dunes between sam road and khuri road
Wow, so you have been so much deep in to the desert. Sam has some very fine dunes and clear dunes (like we see in movies). You must have come to Jodhpur on the way to Jaisalmer.
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Old 15th January 2010, 16:36   #97
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We came via Sambhar-Nawa-Nagaur-Phalodi route, return was via Jodhpur. Details in travelogue section!
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Old 24th February 2010, 17:01   #98
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Default An ode to snow

This white elephant has seen a few OTRs, has been humbled by those jeeps and gypsies, and on any "tough" OTR trail they can simply run rings around this behemoth, all those 140 horses notwithstanding.
So is she a fail when it comes to offroading, or is there someplace where she holds on her own, and whips the real 4x4s left right and center.
Well yes, there is one such place. and thats the Himalayas, esp when the temp drops below zero, the icy winds howl like some B grade horror thriller, and blizzards threaten to freeze any exposed skin.
Its here, the warm heated cabin protects you from the elements, the 4x4 ensures you do not get stuck, and the turbo ensures your engine does not starve of air on the high altitudes.
She may be an OTR trail zero, but on these mountain expeditions she is lesser than none.
Its 4551 meters above sea level, the storm is building up, the icy winds blow, but inside its warm cozy and fuzzy.
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The road is icy, but if you have the right tires, and the right machine its no trouble
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The snowfall, starts. Diwali is no time for snowfall, but then at passes like Kunzum, its just another day
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At times like these, an open jeep is the last place you want to be
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The road gets icier as the blizzard gains momentum, time to head to lower altitudes
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Beneath this white sheet, there is no road, but an old gravel trail, with sharp stones. Even when dry, driving on it is a nightmare, but with hard slippery ice, its another level
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Its so cold that the waterfalls freeze, but she keeps you warm
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even when outside its like this
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As the engine warms the air around it the temperature indicator creeps up, after all its in the bumper. But the point of interest is the fuel guage. Yes a 65 liter fuel tank means no worries even when you are hundreds of kms from the nearest fuel station
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The daylight gives up, but not the blizzard, and not the white elephant
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Manali is 71kms away, and overnight the white elephant has been coated in the white stuff. There is the snowed out rohtang pass to cross.. What a way to spend Diwali you may ask? Well we will cross the pass when it comes
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Right now its time to soak what happened in the night
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The road to rohtang. when dry its too bad to be called a road, and when snowed out, its not even a trail. What happens when cars attempt it? Well they get stuck on hairpins
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No such trouble for her, this is just a regular walk in the park, even when pulling its wheel spinning sibling up the hairpin
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Mission accomplished, and there are smiles all around
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Good bye Rohtang, till we meet again
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sometimes there is a road under the ice, instead of a trail, and then you can slide
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But its better to say a prayer on the pass which means "a pile of dead bodies",
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And drive on
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But, don't think it the high mountain passes which can stop you. Sometimes, enough snow in a parking lot is enough. As the final picture, look what almost defeated the behemoth. A pile of snow in the parking lot.
Its a sight to put the vehicle in 4L, 1st gear, and then open the door and stand out. On idle, the front and rear wheels spin aimlessly, as the icy ensures only chains can get you out.
And then you remember that OTR lesson. rock back, rock forth, and jump out!
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Thats all folks, a short ode to snow, our favorite "Offroad and no road terrain".
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i would love to drive in the desert would love to see my car get stuck in the sand and than pulled out.great pics
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Eyes wide open & drooling !

I took my Safari up a hill last week;the happiness I felt ! But seeing this,long way for me to go. Till then travelogues from you and others make me awe.
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Your white Elephant surrounded by Snow looks "Cool"
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Just one word....Wooooooooooooow!
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i would love to drive in the desert would love to see my car get stuck in the sand and than pulled out.great pics
There is a desert storm video somewhere on facebook which shows a car being pulled about by a landcruiser. Contact sudev for the link
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Eyes wide open & drooling !

I took my Safari up a hill last week;the happiness I felt ! But seeing this,long way for me to go. Till then travelogues from you and others make me awe.
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Your white Elephant surrounded by Snow looks "Cool"
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Just one word....Wooooooooooooow!
Thanks for your comments!
Every time I see snow I go Woooooooow too
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Wow.. really nice pics. Liked that waterfall pic & all the captions.
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An "A CLASS" tribute, I'm rating that post as a 5 star one
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