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Old 3rd January 2010, 00:25   #1
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Default 2010 Mumbai OTR Season - Plans & discussions

Hi Guys,22 kms west of the first exit from Mumbai side (Khalapur exit) along the express highway,is a place ,500 acres of a bauxite mine mostly abandoned ,lying 1000 feet above the sea level.I am out to explore it tomorrow,would report about it.
If this place is cool perhaps we could all try it once .
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Mohan any pics of the place you visited?
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Mohan any pics of the place you visited?
I had been to this place on Sunday,with a friend of mine.
It is roughly 30 minutes drive from the express highway from the Khalapur exit. Once there it takes another 20 minutes to climb this place.

There is Bauxite mining in this area and many deep trenches await you

Roads are slippery and once at the top miles and miles of rough ,rocky terrain awaits you.

There is no end to what one can do and its better to plan the track or else even a day wont be sufficient.

Its like a banquet for off-roaders.
Newbies can try many simple obstacles and the experienced and the more daring could try out very steep descents/Climbs/ruts which are very slippery because of the gravel.
Not many inhabitants ,so mostly the place was left to us
There were a few river crossings but we couldnt make it due to shortage of time.

As there was no one to watch over me I unabashedly indulged myself in all sorts of childish pranks with my Gurkha.

I dared to take a particular very deep "V" shaped rut.
I took the wrong gear ,put myself in a very precarious situation ,the vehicle tilting so much as to rest on the side step. I had a numbing of all my senses for some time as my feet and body slid down to the opposite window,my hands tightly gripped to the steering.I managed to regain control and then took the vehicle out. Here the diff. locks helped me.

My vehicle did suffer some damages at the end,a bent sidestep,punctured tyres a few dents.

There is a lovely "Shiva" temple .Its a good resting place.

The area is so vast that it will be necessary to visit at least twice.

It would be such great pleasure to be with our TBHP group and I am sure we would all like this place.
This would be a wonderful place in the rainy season.
Few pictures and a video of the terrain.
Unfortunately I couldnt have the video of my Gurkha in action ,my video recorder banged on the floor after the nasty roll.

So lets plan soon.

I can even arrange lunch for all ,as there is a couple near the temple,who makes very good chicken and bhakri."Veggies keliye kuch aur soch sakte hai"


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Hi Dr Mohan, thats one hell of a place for offroading and a very well documented video. Cheers.
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Mohan, NICE!

Plan something out... Devang and allan, are you guys listening???
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Really nice and informative video. Would love to see some hardcore videos in this place.
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very very nice
awesome terrain...different and nice...looks like alot of traction issues....PERFECT

on a more serious note,
LETS PLAN AN OTR FOR THE 17TH
im sure most can make it on this date...
we will go forward and confirm on this date
this sunday i shall be in delhi for an otr and auto expo, plus gto is also there i think
so hence i said 17th
people can confirm one by one,
we will plan this one perfectly, food and water and marshalling
devang will definitley come
james and amit and some pune guys will also drop in,
lets make this happen
also if someone can open a new thread for this otr, please do
also will talk to you mohan regarding our own forum

cheers guys...loooking forward to this
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17th is Perfect for me...looking forward for this.
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I'm in. Allan, let me know if you need help for the recce, etc.

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If the whole thing can be confirmed by 10th or 11th I will also try to come, Mohan can I get a seat in ur vehicle?
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Is 17th the Mumbai Marathon? Then I am stuck!
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If the whole thing can be confirmed by 10th or 11th I will also try to come, Mohan can I get a seat in ur vehicle?
You get the driver's seat boss...
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hi guys,
There is another place which you can try for a OTR. It is basically a hill climb tricky especially during the monsoon. It is called as Tungareshwar and located on the way to Vajreshwari.There is atemple on top of the hill and 2 ways to go.You can go on the highway after Dahisar and at KT hill resort take the right to Vajreshwari . Just before ghateghar there is adirt track on the right which goes up the hill.I had been halfway up the hill about 4 to 5 years back during monsoon, could not go further because of a landslide.Before going better to inquire with locals as this was about 5 years ago and i do not know the present condition of the track .
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Actually 24th is a Sunday and 26th too is a holiday.
So some guys might find 24th comfortable.
Allan do think about this too.
For me any date would do.
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The weeknd of the 26th is a long one and many will be out of town. Count me in for the 17th if it materializes.
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