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Old 4th January 2006, 07:50   #16
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You drove Kashmir to kanyakumari on scooter?? :clap
BTW that ghat comes after waynad gate if I am not mistaken and is indeed scary, esp in KSRTC buses downhill
Yes, the ghat comes after Waynad gate (forest out post). I did ride from K2K on a ungeared scooter in Dec'03.
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Old 4th January 2006, 19:59   #17
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i did a lot of trips in South India .. i find that road to Munnar and the ghats around Munnar are simply Awesome.. then comes Kodaikanal - Palani stretch
followed by Masinagudi - Ooty twisty stretch ...
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Are you sure about that? I know many relatives to travel this route late nights.
Perhaps my information about the Agumbe road being closed at night is outdated. Or may be it is closed only to commercial traffic.
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Just stumbled on this old thread..

I'm familiar with most of the hill roads in Kerala and Tamil Nadu but on this one near Binsar in Uttarkhand I was scared-
We were in this hired Mahindra Maxx (I wasn't driving) on the way to a cave temple called Pathal bhuvaneshwar. The road was unpaved, just wide enough for one bus/truck, and there was a sheer drop on one side.
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when it comes to ghats, i've seen nothing like what sikkim has to offer.
the whole state is amidst of ghats.

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Old 5th August 2008, 12:21   #21
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when it comes to ghats, i've seen nothing like what sikkim has to offer.
the whole state is amidst of ghats.

a few pics..
Wow that landscape is surreal. You can spend a whole lifetime exploring the countryside
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I had a funny incident.
Holidaying in Goa with my wife, we hired a pulsar 150 and used it.
Went to the Vasco port and then kept on riding till we were somewhere on the ledge of a hill. The fall on the right was the water and the other side is hill.
Like an idiot kept on climbing.

Then came back the 100 odd meters without being able to take a U-Turn.
Was the most scare ever on a bike.
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Old 5th August 2008, 12:39   #23
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have driven to mangalore (shiradi) when the roads were GOOD. must admit it was my best.

the climb to tirupati is awesome. great roads, good corners, one way!! have driven up a few times but the climb at about 6PM when you see nothing but the road was the best!!
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Old 5th August 2008, 13:01   #24
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@Cyclops : That pics are just awwessomeee . Which is that place.

For me the best ghat I have driven is the Thalassery(Kerala) <--> Virajpet (Karnataka). This was at a time when roads were driveable.

Another surreal one was Shiradi Ghats (again when the road condition was superb). It had some real nice curves and I was going at around 60-70kmph and 6 years back there was no traffic too!. Aww i loved the drive
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Then came back the 100 odd meters without being able to take a U-Turn.
Was the most scare ever on a bike.
You could'nt find enough space to take a U-Turn on your bike! Now thats funny!
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Hey Cyclops, is the road from Jorethang to Peling by any chance? Or is this the Gangtok route? I had gone to Peling once, but that was in March, when there was no snow. This truly looks breathtaking. But I agree, Sikkim routes are amongst the most scenic I have driven on. That and the road to Rohtang, if you discount the huge amounts of traffic on the Manali-Rohtang road.
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@Cyclops : That pics are just awwessomeee . Which is that place.
thanks santosh, this is sikkim. yes it is awesome..

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Hey Cyclops, is the road from Jorethang to Peling by any chance? Or is this the Gangtok route? I had gone to Peling once, but that was in March, when there was no snow. This truly looks breathtaking. But I agree, Sikkim routes are amongst the most scenic I have driven on. That and the road to Rohtang, if you discount the huge amounts of traffic on the Manali-Rohtang road.
the snow covered route is towards tsomgo lake from gangtok.. yes sikkim is truely amazing and the best part is its so serene, peaceful and the entire package comes sans the traffic.!
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Default Khandala Ghat - before Maruti

On the parameters listed - I believe driving up the Khandala Ghat on a run-down Padmini or Amby (without hand brake) behind a creaky ST bus qualifies as near death experience.

Let me tell you about the scene then

Those were the day the roads were steeper, narrower and without railings. Those were the olden (note - not golden) days of Indian Auto industry. In the Khandala ghats under-powered and overloaded creaky trucks prowled ready to slowly inch backwards towards your bonnet shudderring as if to start a land slide. You, the driver of the manual transmission car without hand brakes, would become wary always ready to ease downward to prevent your beauty from being mauled by these beasts. Nightmare used to be when you were caught between two of these monstors.

You would be progressing slowly avoiding overtaking on blind turns inching from behind the ST bus. Suddenly the traffic would slow - the ST bus would groan and the door of ST bus would open and conductor would come out with two wooden stoppers in hand. Quickly, if your lucky, he would put those behind the rear tyres and bang the rear of the bus to a stop. ST buses used to collect wooden stoppers from Khopoli bus depot and deposit those in Lonavala. Sometimes the ST bus would give up - and the conductor would off-load all the gents and only then the bus would climb.

Regular tourist taxis would insist on stopping at Ramakant to top-up their radiators and we would watch the run-down machines with their hood up - not knowing if they would last the tough 12 kms coming up for them. No wonder as people approached the top they definitely gave some donation at the temple there.

In those days, Khandala Ghat was a terror! Those were the days!

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P.S. This was just a diversion - though old Khandala ghat was amongst the most dangerous - due to unruly traffic and treacherous roads.
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Here is GRANDMOTHER and GRANDFATHER of all GHATS.

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Old 5th August 2008, 13:48   #30
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some more pics

note: pics are not mine, taken from net.

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