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Old 26th August 2011, 12:46   #16
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Dear Deepak - WOW! I am missing this one. You sure are fortunate to have done this drive.

As I saw one black Thar CRDe leading a fleet of Scorpios at 17000 feet in the ZIGWHEELS program, I now reflect back and have no hesitancy in stating that after all the trials and tribulations, the whole thing (executing the Thar project) was worth it.

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Old 26th August 2011, 13:17   #17
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HI DKG,
Nice pics.. Wasnt this supposed to be a 4x4 offroad expedition..??
Can you add more offroad pics?
I saw the Mahindras in Leh.. had come for a wash at the Maruti service center and there was a Thar getting its fuel pump repaired.. None of them spoke of any offroading. Maybe that was yet to come!!
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Old 26th August 2011, 14:05   #18
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Hi DKG,

Great pics and an awesome report. It sure has inspired quite a few to join up whenever the next opportunity gets thrown their way. But i guess more importantly, guess very few are able to get both time and opportunity to get to do this kind of stuff. Lucky you!
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DKG sir,

Superb report and pics! The Leh/Kashmir/Jammu/HP part is indeed captivating. Superb scenery, I know you must have enjoyed a lot. Somehow, once you reach there, you never feel like coming back, it is so divine And it's a pity that our neighbour is engaged in nefarious activities near this very heaven on earth.
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DKG - Excellent. No doubt Kashmir is heaven and definitely India's pride (and neighbour's envy). Again it is proved that Kashmir trips are always wonderful and interesting.

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Excellent narration DKG

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Crossing Patnitop was a gorgeous drive. I would love to come here once a year with my motorcycle and rent a cottage and spend a week or ten days just riding around and relaxing. Divine country !!
I completely agree Patnitop is a nice place to stay put and unwind especially if you get to do it on a Bike. Did the same many times a couple of years back!
Btw, did you get to go around the circular loop road at Patnitop? Also next time when you are there, try to go to Nathatop as well, its on the other side of the road from where you get onto the circular road leading to Patnitop.
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Old 26th August 2011, 21:48   #22
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As I saw one black Thar CRDe....
there was a green one too used by the Zigwheels team

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after all the trials and tribulations, the whole thing (executing the Thar project) was worth it.
my dear sir as the famous Packard line went simply "ask the man who owns one" I use a Thar and can quite unhesitatingly assert that its a very fine vehicle !

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Wasnt this supposed to be a 4x4 offroad expedition..??
The organisers actually didn't intend any offroading to take place. But since most of the cars were 4x4 they indulged those who wanted to try out the 4x4. I'm sure given the hazards they won't risk that again

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I saw the Mahindras in Leh.. had come for a wash at the Maruti service center and there was a Thar getting its fuel pump repaired.. None of them spoke of any offroading.
The black Thar's fuel filter got clogged with muck. They changed it and it worked fine all the way back till Delhi.

Pity we couldn't meet in Leh !

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Kashmir is heaven and definitely India's pride (and neighbour's envy). Again it is proved that Kashmir trips are always wonderful and interesting.
Kashmir is mindblowingly beautiful. No words or pictures can do justice to it.

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Btw, did you get to go around the circular loop road at Patnitop? Also next time when you are there, try to go to Nathatop as well, its on the other side of the road from where you get onto the circular road leading to Patnitop.
Being in a convoy we couldn't explore on our own. But the next time I head up there will keep this in mind and spend more time in that region. I really liked it a lot !!

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DKG sir, those are some fantastic sights to behold; thanks for the photographs.
I will definitely plan to sign up when the next such event takes place.
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Was waiting for this report for sometime now!

Very succinct report and lovely photographs there, DKG.

What kind of repair-maintenance-breakdown issues did the group of cars face on the trip (including the half-drowning of the Scorpio)? Would be especially interested to know about the after-effects of the river misadventure suffered by Adventure 14. What kind of support crew and equipment accompanied you?

And for the marathon non-stop drive all of you did from Srinagar to Delhi!
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What kind of repair-maintenance-breakdown issues did the group of cars face on the trip (including the half-drowning of the Scorpio)? Would be especially interested to know about the after-effects of the river misadventure suffered by Adventure 14. What kind of support crew and equipment accompanied you?
Except for one puncture on a Scorpio and fuel filter clogged on our lead Thar there were no other issues. One Scorpio showed a higher than normal temp once but it didn't recur later, ,maybe a faulty sensor.

Luckily Adv 14 didn't suffer any damage.

While there were quite a few guys in the service team they were ill equipped in my opinion for basic issues. They need to have a portable compressor, jumper cables. I didn't check what tools and parts they carried but luckily no one really needed help.
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And for the marathon non-stop drive all of you did from Srinagar to Delhi!
Frankly SS I think this is a stupid thing to do and really shouldn't be attempted. The risk of a accident on account of someone falling asleep at the wheel was too high. 25 hours on road is insane and I strongly advise organisers or other travellers to avoid such ridiculous runs.
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Ooooh. Goose bumps.
Amazing drive and sensational pictures.
wish to make this trip soon.
Kudos to team Mahindra.
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That was one interesting as well as beautiful drive I would say. I never know when thee kind of events are happening and would definitely love be a part of such events in future.
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@DKG: Heartbreaking splendid. Heartbreaking because I had planned for the Leh trip from 19th - 31st Aug but now getting rotten at Paris. That too we had to drop the plan just a week before we were supposed to start.
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Heartbreaking because...now getting rotten at Paris.

Paris apparently is one of the most charming cities to be in !! Make the most of it and have a ball
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Great pics and even greater drive, DKG. No matter how many times I see pics of the Himalayas, Yeh Dil Maange More!!!

Rated 5 Stars!
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