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Old 19th January 2016, 21:13   #31
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A belated happy birthday 1100D.

Have to commend you on your photologue. I was there a couple of years back but in one of those Landrovers. While the place is absolutely gorgeous, hats off to you and Marengo in negotiating the trail.
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Old 19th January 2016, 22:04   #32
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Thanks For watching this space. Goodbye to a memorable 1 January, the 40th of my life.
Congratulations and thanks for posting this awesome & inspirational TL. This is another valuable addition from Kolkata chapter and coming from none other than the most prolific member here (1100D happens to have the highest # of posts from Calcutta). Your travelogues will continue to inspire a lot of people for many time to come. Keep up all the good work !

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You are a man of steel Arunasish to have driven the Monster which is not equipt with a Power Steering on the Sandakphu Trail !! You just missed the snow by a whisker. Awaiting your TL on the Sandakphu as well.
AJ is absolutely spot on. Kudos to Arun for restoring his monster which is rarely used and completing this expedition so effortlessly without a hitch in first try ! Had he stayed a day more, it could have been a mini TeamBhp Sandakphu meet

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I personally fee that these photos have an "edge" to them. Any updates in your photography gear?
Well people often think good gear is needed to capture great photographs, but in reality sometimes it's the photographer who makes all the difference. Good to see that the photographer in 1100D have upgraded Here we have lot of great photographers like Samba, Himadri, Debarshi to name a few.

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Old 20th January 2016, 12:00   #33
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A belated happy birthday 1100D.
Thank You Sir! But it wasn't my birthday, 40th New Year but not 40th Birthday! (A kids 1st new year happens before his first birthday!)

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Congratulations and thanks for posting this awesome & inspirational TL. This is another valuable addition from Kolkata chapter and coming from none other than the most prolific member here (1100D happens to have the highest # of posts from Calcutta). Your travelogues will continue to inspire a lot of people for many time to come. Keep up all the good work !
Thanks for the kind words. Will try to keep up, but then with every passing year, its becoming increasingly difficult, to either find time to drive around or time to document about them, for various reasons.


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AJ is absolutely spot on. Kudos to Arun for restoring his monster which is rarely used and completing this expedition so effortlessly without a hitch in first try ! Had he stayed a day more, it could have been a mini TeamBhp Sandakphu meet
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Infact, had we met, it wouldn't have been a mini Team Bhp meet, it would have definitely done me wonders for the overall feeling of comfort through the night and early on in the day.

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Good to see that the photographer in 1100D have upgraded
Its quite painful, I must add!
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Old 20th January 2016, 18:50   #34
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Now that's a pleasant way to welcome 2016!
The trail looks scary, if nothing. Hats off Sir! Totally engrossed in the photologue. Can't help but feel a slight tinge of envy; for you had a better new years'
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You surprise me..!!

First of all you went to a so-called land Rover territory in a different car, secondly you did that in the winter braving the frosty and slippery tracks and to add icing to the cake you did that on 31st dec.Kudos to you man..!!

Getting to see a photo of the gleaming Junga against a backdrop of a start studded night sky is a rare thing and the photo hobbyist in me and in many others owes that pleasure to you.

Keep up the good work and keep on surprising the fraternity just as you have till today..
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Lovely Travelogue and the view of Mt. Kanchenjunga is the best, I've ever seen. Great Photography.
How far can a 2WD drive vehicle can go in this trail?
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Brilliant travelogue as always! Thanks for sharing it with us. Mahindra should really be paying you for showcasing their product in such a fantastic way. Marengo certainly inspired my choice of vehicle purchase in a big way!
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Awesome trip with fantastic photographs Anirban ! Inspiring to say the least
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This is really great. the pictures are breathtaking. Indeed an awesome way to enter the new year
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How far can a 2WD drive vehicle can go in this trail?
Well, thats a tricky question to answer. If a vehicle is small enough, has loads of torque in its engine and good ground clearance, and good grip, not sure if drive on the front axles will be needed. However, with the usually available options in our country, it would be safe for a 2WD upto Gairibash, I feel.


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Lovely Travelogue and the view of Mt. Kanchenjunga is the best, I've ever seen. Great Photography.

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You surprise me..!!

Getting to see a photo of the gleaming Junga against a backdrop of a start studded night sky is a rare thing and the photo hobbyist in me and in many others owes that pleasure to you.

Keep up the good work and keep on surprising the fraternity just as you have till today..
Shot this a couple of months back from a place called Kaluk. The Kanchenjungha lit up by a fullmoon (locally known as Kojagori Purnima) with stars both above and below!!

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Brilliant travelogue as always! Thanks for sharing it with us. Mahindra should really be paying you for showcasing their product in such a fantastic way. Marengo certainly inspired my choice of vehicle purchase in a big way!
Actually, on the contrary, I must thank Mahindra for making such a vehicle. With every passing month, it endears itself to us. To think of having taken this trip without a need to visit the workshop, prior to it, speaks volumes about the confidence on it at the moment. But yes, do follow the manufacturers recommended checks, in a disciplined manner.

Infact earlier in 2015, Marengo did add up Spiti/Himachal on its resume, although I could not gather myself to write a TL on it, sharing a few pics here :-

Marengo at Kaza, on the way to Langza
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Marengo in the Pin river bed
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Snow line at Mud - Pin Valley
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As if that wasn't enough, there was a very last minute decision to hit the Mughal Road

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The Dongi Marg

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A snow covered Peer-Ki-Gali, Marengo and my daughter Anoushka, waiting for a shimmering hot cup of tea from a local tent!!

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I really cannot thank Mahindra and Marengo well enough!
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Brilliant picture from Kaluk
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Infact earlier in 2015, Marengo did add up Spiti/Himachal on its resume, although I could not gather myself to write a TL on it, sharing a few pics here
And you know why this post caught my eye

Can we just not have a photo-logue of the trip, please? That would be brilliant.

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Include yourself on the list as well for inspiring me to get my Explorer
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1100D...what an amazing new year you had...envy you for that.

The mid night pic of the clear sky withsparkling stars and Mt K in the back ground and Marengo in the fore ground was absolutely stunning...!!!

A great pictorial travelogue which speaks for itself all the way. Rated it the well deserved 5 star.
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Beautiful! 1100D

In movies of any language, whenever I hear the hero deliver the dialogue/song
"I'll bring down stars from the sky for you", I used to laugh. But not anymore.
You literally have brought down the stars!

Amazing photos and wonderful way to welcome the new year.
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Some mesmerizing pictures especially of the Himalayas at night.Having worked in the tea estates in Darjeeling i have beendriving upto sandakphu in various vehicles which inclus a CJ-3B,Gypsy ,Gypsy King,an Rx 100 and once a difficult climb on the RD350 too.It is a difficult climb,especially just after the monsoons when the road is all dug up.
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In movies of any language, whenever I hear the hero deliver the dialogue/song
"I'll bring down stars from the sky for you", I used to laugh. But not anymore.
You literally have brought down the stars!
But then, the Movie Hero, in most cases, achieves what he wants to!!
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