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Old 5th October 2015, 15:51   #481
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Default Mahindra XUV500 W8 FWD: My Pet Purple Cheetah

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Yeseterday, we lunched and dined at the nearby Haldiram's at Munje Chowk.



There are some eateries on both the sides of NH 5 from Chennai to Ongole. Since we packed idlies from home, we didn't have dinner/breakfast from the road-side eateries. There is one HP COCOO at Kavali and BP COCOO at Ongole, both on the LHS. After Ongole, you have to turn to the left to drive towards Hyderabad on a good toll SH. But, eateries and fuel stations are less until you join NH at Narketpallly. Again, there are plenty of fuel stations and some eateries on the NH upto Adilabad. After you enter MH from Adilabad, until you arrive Nagpur, not much of facilities are available on the road-side. Similarly, facilities are very less on the NH until you reach Agra except town and urban.

Thanks for the response sir. Should one have to go inside the towns to refuel and eat Or it is available on the highway while nearing towns. Traveling with wife. Would the eateries be decent enough in the areas north of Nirmal?
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Old 6th October 2015, 16:15   #482
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Default Purple Cheetah In Nagpur

Purple Cheetah brought us safely and comfortably from Mussoorie to Nagpur. On the way, we crossed the once-dreaded Chambal valley at 1 am today.

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Again an awesome Live travelogue Ravi Sir.
Thank you.
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By the way, i too have got home the Cheetah and did it's first outing i.e. Delhi - Mukteshwar - Delhi.
Congratulations and best wishes.
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For a next time to avoid 40 KM bad stretch from Rampur to Rudrapur, please use Rampur -> Baazpur -> Haldwani (Bypass)
While lunching at Apni Haveli, Moradabad, I met another owner of XUV 500. When I asked him about that dreaded stretch, he told me that XUV 500 would easily do that bad stretch without any problem. So, knowing fully well, I drove on that wretched stretch!
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Should one have to go inside the towns to refuel and eat
The road side eateries on the North-South Corridor are mostly dhabas. You have to manage with them. I don't recommend going inside the towns exclusively for eating and refuelling, as it will be time-consuming and will have bearing on your reaching destination in time. If you are staying in a town, then you can try some good local hotels like Haldiram's at Nagpur.
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Would the eateries be decent enough in the areas north of Nirmal?
Carry a lot of eatables, fruits, biscuits, dried fruits and nuts, fruit juice, etc. so that if you don't find a decent eatery, you don't have to starve. There are lots of decent eateries and dhabas, especially on Delhi-Chandigarh/Moradabad/Roorkee/Agra sections. But, from Nagpur to Agra, the options are very less.
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Awesome.
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Was the temple crowded?
Yes. We visited the temple at 6 pm. It was crowded at that time.
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How was the road from Ranikhet to Badrinath?
Ranikhet - Joshimath section was generally good. Joshimath - Badrinath section was terrible. There was a narrow, steep stretch near Hanuman Chatti with full of loose boulders and gravel, thanks to the recent rains. Many cars failed to climb that stretch. Purple Cheetah passed it at the second attempt with some push from the rear. While returning, P.Cheetah did it easily. There was a traffic jam on account of this struggle lasting more than half hour while going and returning.
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Were you able to drive all the way to the temple or had to do a bit of trekking?
We drove to GMVN's Hotel Devlok and parked it there. The hotel is within the walkable distance from the temple. I found the parking at the temple choatic.

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Default Purple Cheetah Back In Its Den

The soldier is back home from the war front.

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P.Cheetah scored a hat-trick in driving 5,508 km in 15 days on inhospitable terrain without any puncture/accident/breakdown/damage within two years of ownership. I am grateful to P.Cheetah.

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Default Re: Mahindra XUV500 W8 FWD: My Pet Purple Cheetah

Dear Ravi Sir,

Very glad to hear that Purple Cheetah and you are back safe after yet another envious trip. Infact your travelogues and ownership experience has influenced my decision to buy an XUV irrespective of large number of niggles reported.

Congratulations and wish you many many more successful and safe journeys.
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The soldier is back home from the war front.

P.Cheetah scored a hat-trick in driving 5,508 km in 15 days on inhospitable terrain without any puncture/accident/breakdown/damage within two years of ownership. I am grateful to P.Cheetah.
Congratulations on yet another successful journey in your P.Cheetah Sir! You are truly an inspiration to many of us here.
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The soldier is back home from the war front.
Congratulations sir on yet another amazing journey with your purple cheetah. Good to see that your cheetah is tamed perfectly for any kind of journey Wish you many more adventurous journey's in your future sir
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You are an inspiration to many of us here. Keep driving and posting the logs for years to come.

Thanks.
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Default Purple Cheetah In Bhimtal

This video was captured when we drove to Bhimtal from The Retreat on 29 Sep 2015. The approach from the property to the Bhimtal was very narrow and gravelly. Don't miss 12:16:21 and 12:17:55! P.Cheetah climbed the same road on 28 Sep 2015 night under full darkness! Watch the video in 1080p HD.


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Congratulations on yet another successful journey in your P.Cheetah Sir!
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You are an inspiration to many of us here.
Thanks a lot for the good wishes and nice words, S5157, achyu, fusionbang and gearhead_mait.
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Default Diesel Drunk By Purple Cheetah During The UP & UK Trip

Here are the details of the fuel expenditure:

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Default Chennai>Tiruttani>Chennai

Today, we visited Tiruttani Murugan temple. While going, I took ORR from Poonamallee to Nemilicherry as I had not driven on that beautiful road. But, my joy was short-lived.

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The road was very bad from Nemilicherry to Tiruvallur. From Tiruvallur to Tiruttani, I drove on the very good 2-laned toll NH. I paid ₹ 40 for the onward and return trips. Even on that toll plaza, there was an exclusive lane dedicated for Fastag, but closed now. Again, I paid another ₹ 25 for Tiruttani temple ghat road and parking. For the return journey, we came via Thirumazhisai.

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Default Toll Paid During UP/UK Trip

I paid ₹ 4,527 towards toll and parking during my recent UP/UK trip.

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Default Purple Cheetah's 40 k km servicing

P.Cheetah today visited India Garage, Guindy, Chennai and got the 40 k km servicing done. The works included the first time replacement of front brake pads including brake overhauling apart from the specified replacement of engine oil/brake fluid and all filters. EGR cooler inlet hose [0304DAM01830N], Cylinder head outlet nipple [0304DAM04950N] and Maximile ultracool 1 litre [CLUL10] were replaced under warranty. When asked about it, the RM informed me that their system showed replacement of these parts under warranty. I paid ₹ 18,944 by cash. The cost per km jumpted up from 51 paise to 75 paise!

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Default Stay During UP/UK Trip

Trishool peaks seen from our cottage sit-out in Queens Meadows.

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Default Purple Cheetah's Mega Drives At A Glance

P. Cheetah scored a hat-trick in three mega drives across India in less than two years of ownership without any puncture, breakdown, accident and damage even in sub-zero temperatures. I am grateful to P. Cheetah.

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Ravi sir, thats an amazing feat. I have been and will be an ardent follower of your ownership thread. This thread was a great inspiration for me to get my own Cheetah.
Wish you a million more miles with P. Cheetah and please continue to keep inspiring us
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