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Old 8th August 2012, 12:09   #1
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Inviting roads and irresistible cars , that was the very point of making this trip to Malshej ghats near Thane .
It is 240 kms from our homeplace Aurangabad , but the interesting part starts from the new laid tarmac which starts at SH 222 from Ahmadnagar to Malshej . 75 kms of pure driving bliss!!!

I think every self driving person must try this route once to check his/her skills as the winding superb road casts it's spell on you . Companions for this tour were my BMW 320 D PE and fellow BHPians Abhijat RD350 and ganesh_evo75 's Octavia RS.

Highlights of this tour were ,

1>Amazingly beautiful laid out tarmac with not a sign of a pothole. Smooth flowing roads that begs you to drive at very limit of your skills . Road is twisty , winding and properly marked white lines on every turns and bridges.

2> Scenic surroundings at this time of the year .

3> Just off the track at Aalephata on Nashik - Pune highway , towards pune you will find narayangaon where you will find a fantastic place of Chateau Indage. The food here is just explicit.

Both the cars proved to be a huge fun to drive on these roads and it was a blast of driving pleasure .
The route or the highway SH222 goes up to Thane further which in turn is again a good driving road but we didn't have time to check this out fully as we return halfway from Malshez to Thane .

This particular section form Aalephata on Pune -Nashik road to Ulhasnagar is very interesting one and this is the stretch you should be driving on .This hill station place , Malshez is located on route from Ahmednagar to Kalyan, Thane at after Alephata, around 110 km from Ahmednagar and 240 km's from Aurangabad. The road till Ahmadnagar is four lane highway which too is in good condition and actually if you happens to be lucky enough to have lower traffic obstacles, you may enjoy some fast, very fast couple of patches over this highway. And there we were with some serious road tools, full of excitement and of course rain hungry peoples as we were yet to receive good monsoon rains enjoying the drive to our favorite monsoon destination. Just before Nagar city, is an exit to Kalyan route from Pune highway, but for that route one should be aware of the Nagar city internal road's or else there is the second exit from Pune highway just after the city via newly and still uncompleted ring road to reach to this Kalyan route. After around 10 km of drive on average road condition, you finally experience the tarmac, which can easily be termed as one of the best driving road of Maharashtra. The tarmac laid on this road may be a month old, also there happens to be shortage of rainfall here too in Nagar, so that may be also the reason why we got to see this quality, but apart from all this the route and the quality of it made us drive and enjoy the 3 and RS, to its maximum and of course to test our possibilities too. We were actually so lucky and happy for our decision to zero these car's for the trip for the other option of Touareg and Q5. The winding roads were perfect to exploit both the cars dynamics and the stiff set up suspension really made us smile more often then talking.

All four of us getting the driving chances of both the cars made the party complete for each and all. Satisfied mind and soul, everybody literally were dying to share everybody's experience as the perfect road and our tools seldom gave us to discuss, we finally reached to the Chauteau Indage enroute Pune Nasik highway, 11 km off our route after left, towards Pune. the place happened to be the perfect place for discussing the whole exciting experience of the ultimate drive.

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A must visit with your driving machine this season .
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Thread moved from the Assembly Line (The "Assembly Line" Forum section) to the Travelogues Section. Thanks for sharing!
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Looks like you had a good time driving on the traffic free stretch, the roads look squeaky clean esp in pic 7 from top. Can you tell us what FE did you get with the cars. Two requests actually

1) pics of Malshej waterfalls
2) Google map of the route you took.
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Looks like you had a good time driving on the traffic free stretch, the roads look squeaky clean esp in pic 7 from top. Can you tell us what FE did you get with the cars. Two requests actually

1) pics of Malshej waterfalls
2) Google map of the route you took.
Dear sir , the FE for the octavia RS came at 7kmpl where as the BMW did returned 9.5 kmpl after the hard driving.
The pics of waterfalls and the map i wll soon upload as you said .
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Please share more photographs. The RS looks absolutely stunning. And hey, where is the RD?
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Please share more photographs. The RS looks absolutely stunning. And hey, where is the RD?
Sure sir , here are some more photographs of the RS.
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Please share more photographs. The RS looks absolutely stunning. And hey, where is the RD?
Thanks Sheel for the RS, It does looks absolutely stunning in motion, even though its 8 years old it has still retained its charm Aesthetically and Mechanically. And Ha by RD you mean Yamaha RD 350, Yes its there Parked till the Manson ends.
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Dear quattroa4, Abhijat RD350 & Ganesh_evo75,

After such a wonderful trip, I am sure you all would agree that it is only fitting that the RS also be labeled with the "Live to Drive" sticker. Or else it would be a shame to what is otherwise such an excellent trip!!!

But way to go Guys!! Excellent machines, really beautiful photo quality. Very nice!! Keep them coming.
Perhaps, the next time round we could also bring in the A4 to this trip?!?!
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Here are the last photos of the two machines!!!
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