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Old 28th May 2015, 08:29   #16
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The Club Mahindra property surely looks great! One of the most amazing locations. Especially the flowing river adds to the charm.

I remember reading Himadri's earlier log on Borong. It IS mystical! And of course beautifully captured by both of you guys! Nice!

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Excellent pictures! Specially the THARs look awesome. When did you make this trip?
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Lovely travelogue, you guys had a lot of fun!

This is why the Thar appeals to me. You can travel in it in a way you'd never be able to with an antique, crude, slow & bumpy 540. The Thar's biggest accomplishment is bridging the gap between a car you can live with and the old Jeeps.

The Black Thar desperately needs a well-sized number plate bracket. The jugaad white one looks awful!
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Wonderful pictures Sumitro da!
Your travelogues have always inspired Newbie's like me who spend more time pondering over road conditions than on the road! This year, I am definitely doing a road trip to N Bengal and/or Sikkim during the winter! That's a protigya!

When did you start from Siliguri? (Also, is the route safe for night driving?)
Thanks GhostRider. You have a got a lovely vehicle and must go to the hills.
We started at around 8 am from Baiguney and reached Siliguri at 10 am. NH34 is quite safe for night driving. In fact night driving is preferred on this route.

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As usual and as expected, great travelogue Sumitro Daa. I wonder how you put so much thoughts and details into a TL this crisp. Coupled with great pictures, this makes for a superb read. Kudos!

And what more does a petrolhead want than seeing pictures of two Thars (one black and one white) wearing the coolest of alloys chilling in the Himalayas. The Sherpa is looking great!

You should seriously consider building a house in the Himalayas, a weekend house
Thanks Neel. A house in the Himalayas is my dream. But there are restrictions where people from the plains cannot buy plots or houses in the hills

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Absolutely gorgeous pictures! You are doing the hills on whim now. Seems even the rowdy NH34 is being tamed by the recent influx of Bhpians. We also come to know the second bhpian Sheel met. Loved Borong, loved the pics of Rangit river. I am already conceiving the idea of repeating my Sikkim tour in winter. Will definitely keep Borong and the Club Mahindra resort in my itinerary.

WB02AG1331 has to be the luckiest Thar in Bengal, if not in India. It gets to be in its elements so often!
Thanks mi2n. Regarding meeting Sheel, this trip was done long time back


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No words are enough to explain your love for Hills and Sikkim. Sikkim was an ever favourite destination for Kolkattans but due to Himadri and you it seems that it will surely become Hot favourite for this regions Bhpians.

Regarding the Travelogue, it is crisp with awesome photographs. I have taken a note and would surely visit the club Mahindra property as it looks attractive. At the same time the Wild Flower Retreat in Borong has also attracted me for its simplicity and being so close to nature.
Thanks Soura. Borong is indeed a very nice place.

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Yet again another crisp travelogue with some lovely pictures. The black and white duo looks great.

First time i heard about Borong was from Himadri Da's travelogue and i was blown away seeing his skills in bird photography!

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travel...-paradise.html (Mystical Borong - A Birder's Paradise)
Thanks Samba. The pictures on Himadri's thread are mind-blowing.

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I think the most interesting part of your trip is NH34 :-) Please give us some detail on the status of 4-laning. A friend had to spend around 6 hours in Kaliachak in January. Has the situation improved or is it still a gamble?
Sudipto Da, this trip was undertaken sometime back. You will find the latest updates on the other thread which is quite active.

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BlackPearl,

I just beat the heat by going through your travelogue !!

This getaway must be an epic one with both the Thars raiding the Himalayas ........ together !! What better can it get

The amazing snaps do most of the talking in your compact travelogue as always. The snaps have come out really well and the Black & White Thars look awesome together !!

BlackPearl is and will be an inspiration to most of us BHPians indeed, especially the ones in the eastern side of the country. There is lots to learn from him.
Thanks a lot Arav, I am elated.

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Great pics complement nicely the cute & tiny travelogue. Going to Sikkim with Himadri da must be an experience in itself! BTW, did you go on this trip before getting the new alloys? Just curious.
Thanks Partha. Yes, this trip was done way before getting the new alloys.

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This is a lovely travelogue, thanks so much for rekindling the lovely memories. Excellent photographs, but the pov of the two frames with the bag and stones in the foreground is just superb. There is a very good photographer hidden inside you with a lot of potential. And as far as driving skills goes, anything I say will be an understatement. Regarding the suggestion of Neel, yes we would visit your house in the Himalayas, if you would allow us. We could even turn up as free labours for the house building.
Thanks a lot Himadri. Regarding the house, just free labour is not going to work. As I have told Neel, you have to put in money and build the house as well I am perpetually bankrupt.


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Great travelogue Sumitro Da. We're actually getting to know how much you love the hills..
The pic in which both the Thars are standing together looks superb! Those are some really beautiful pics which you have clicked near the river, specially the pic in which stones are kept one upon another.
Visiting Siliguri next month while going towards Gangtok, hope Siliguri welcomes me the way it welcomes you every time you go.

Regards,
Swapnil
Thanks Swapnil. Please ride safe and post a travelogue.

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The Club Mahindra property surely looks great! One of the most amazing locations. Especially the flowing river adds to the charm.

I remember reading Himadri's earlier log on Borong. It IS mystical! And of course beautifully captured by both of you guys! Nice!
Thanks a lot ampere.

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Excellent pictures! Specially the THARs look awesome.
Thanks gearhead_mait.

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Lovely travelogue, you guys had a lot of fun!

This is why the Thar appeals to me. You can travel in it in a way you'd never be able to with an antique, crude, slow & bumpy 540. The Thar's biggest accomplishment is bridging the gap between a car you can live with and the old Jeeps.

The Black Thar desperately needs a well-sized number plate bracket. The jugaad white one looks awful!
Thanks GTO. Another point about the Thar is that it is turning out to be quite reliable.. touchwood.

Regarding the black Thar's number plate, I will bring this post to his notice.

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Old 29th May 2015, 14:08   #20
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The Black Thar desperately needs a well-sized number plate bracket. The jugaad white one looks awful!
I on the contrary like the jugaad one, more so because others hate it. Just like you guys are used to the Thar sounding like a tin of cans, I on the contrary invested more time making it niggle free, dust free, soundless and a bit more.

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Thanks a lot Himadri. Regarding the house, just free labour is not going to work. As I have told Neel, you have to put in money and build the house as well
Ok done, let's do this together. Lets find a good uncommon place and develop it.
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That's a Lovely travelogue Sumitro with some splendid pictures. Sikkim is truly beautiful. I have a trip planned for Sikkim from 20th June. Can't wait for it now. Will be back by 27th to attend the meet on 28th & share the experience.
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Wow! black & white Thar are simply amazing! great pics and narration. Sikkim is on my bucket list from a really long time, travelogues like this inspire us to reach our destination I am sure you must have had a great time in those hills with your mean machine that's doing what it is born for!
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Thanks a lot Himadri. Regarding the house, just free labour is not going to work. As I have told Neel, you have to put in money and build the house as well I am perpetually bankrupt.
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Ok done, let's do this together. Lets find a good uncommon place and develop it.
Please keep me posted if you folks chalk out a concrete plan. I would love to chip in.
And I am sure there will be a rush of folks to join this venture.

Oh, and lovely travelogue, by the way.
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Very nicely chronicled.
you reminded me of the trip we had done after marriage.
We had done the route : NJP - Kalimpong, Gangtok, Darjeeling, Keursong - Siliguri.

Many places in Darjeeling and Gangtok mirror - like Zoo, chowk etc.
But I had noticed even then that Gangtok was more beautiful and cleaner than Darjeeling.

Unfortunately we could not take the Darjeeling Himalay Railway due to a land slide. Now I hear it will be de commissioned :(.
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