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Old 28th March 2017, 15:02   #16
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Wonderful Pictures, coming out of a Iphone!

On the speed limit part, I strongly suggest to keep it below 100 in Indian conditions.
Indian roads are not only used by Motorists. They are used by Cows, dogs, buffaloes, sheep, elephants, who will the cross the road at will.

Negligence on part of road users, like for e.g. a truck tire, bang in the middle lane of a highway, caused a high speed crash, just reported 2 days back on our very forum.
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/street...vors-tale.html (God's Grace! Seatbelts, child seat & safe car - An accident survivor's tale)

In my opinion, it is better to get bored driving slow, than to take un-necessary risks. Because in Indian roads, surprises will show up when you least expect them to be.

Drive safe!

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Thanks! Yeah with advent of good mobile phone cameras need to lug a DSLR along is becoming increasingly less

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On the speed limit part, I strongly suggest to keep it below 100 in Indian conditions.
Indian roads are not only used by Motorists. They are used by Cows, dogs, buffaloes, sheep, elephants, who will the cross the road at will
Well, Speed is a very relative term and also depends on which vehicle you are driving and most important the road conditions

Our highways are becoming better and better each day. 4-lane highways 120kmph cruising is safe to a large extent and I do agree that surprises do happen on road trip and lower the speed better the chances to avoid a mishap. So a 100kmph-120kmph speed limit is ideal and give time for your reflexes to act up faster

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Negligence on part of road users, like for e.g. a truck tire, bang in the middle lane of a highway, caused a high speed crash, just reported 2 days back on our very forum.
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/street...vors-tale.html (God's Grace! Seatbelts, child seat & safe car - An accident survivor's tale)
Thanks for sharing the link. I missed seeing it and from the outline looks like a couple of things happened at same time. Tyre burst and sudden jerk to that light steering wheel (EPS) that caused the car to turn on its side

It's wonderful that all occupants came out of this incident safely
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Our highways are becoming better and better each day. 4-lane highways 120kmph cruising is safe to a large extent and I do agree that surprises do happen on road trip and lower the speed better the chances to avoid a mishap. So a 100kmph-120kmph speed limit is ideal and give time for your reflexes to act up faster
Yes, I do agree to all your points.

We all like to stretch the legs of the car a little bit, when we see a vast, smooth 4 lane highway.

For that occasional exuberance,I agree,a 120Kmph limit would suit better.
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Wow Modanna, this is one gorgeous thread - Food, Travel and Food , the perfect recipe of any travelogue !

The pics of food are absolutely 'Foodporn' and are as tantalizing as they can get [ and now my senses are demanding me to appease the senses]

All the rooms seem so plush and elegant with a touch of simplicity and the mountains are absolutely breathtaking !

Talking about the speed limit, I can totally empathize with you !

The last time I went to Jaipur and hired a Zoom 'KUV' to Bhangarh .

I had to traverse Jaipur-Delhi Highway which seemed to me 'Makkan' and my mind got stressed out at the end of the travel for forcing myself upon the incessant overspeed reminders !

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I paid INR 13,XXX for 8 day's rental and about INR 5,XXX for diesel for 1800+kms that we covered

Overall, the total cost for rental car worked out ~ INR 19,000/- which was wonderfully economical (If we hired a Innova with a driver at INR 11-12/km, it would have worked out more expensive)

Whereas, Zoom car rental itself was working out to about 27K
The danger with Myles is that if there is an accident, there is no upper limit to my liability. While in case of Zoomcar it is limited to 10,000 INR. That is why I lean towards Zoomcar in comparison to Myles and others.
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Wow Modanna, this is one gorgeous thread - Food, Travel and Food , the perfect recipe of any travelogue !

The pics of food are absolutely 'Foodporn' and are as tantalizing as they can get [ and now my senses are demanding me to appease the senses]

All the rooms seem so plush and elegant with a touch of simplicity and the mountains are absolutely breathtaking !

Talking about the speed limit, I can totally empathize with you !

The last time I went to Jaipur and hired a Zoom 'KUV' to Bhangarh .

I had to traverse Jaipur-Delhi Highway which seemed to me 'Makkan' and my mind got stressed out at the end of the travel for forcing myself upon the incessant overspeed reminders !
Thanks Manas! Well your route was all beautiful roads and 100kmph must have been frustrating as RJ roads are devoid of traffic and are butter smooth

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The danger with Myles is that if there is an accident, there is no upper limit to my liability. While in case of Zoomcar it is limited to 10,000 INR. That is why I lean towards Zoomcar in comparison to Myles and others.
No idea about an accident but, on a ghat road I was cornered by two himachal buses where I had to reverse in a hurry and ploughed into a parked Maruti 800. Had there been a parking sensor it would have never happened

There was a couple of small scratches on the rear fender and they charged me Rs.1800/- for same, not bad!
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Loved reading your travelogue and thoroughly enjoyed the pictures. The food looks delicious. I am planning a road trip from Gurgaon on the 14th of this month with my friends to Dalhousie in my Brezza. I have been using it for about 9 months in NCR but haven't taken it on a long distance journey and would like to know any suggestions that you can give for the trip. Thanks for sharing that Dalhousie doesn't have any gas stations which was very useful to know.
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Loved reading your travelogue and thoroughly enjoyed the pictures. The food looks delicious. I am planning a road trip from Gurgaon on the 14th of this month with my friends to Dalhousie in my Brezza. I have been using it for about 9 months in NCR but haven't taken it on a long distance journey and would like to know any suggestions that you can give for the trip.
Driving to Dalhousie in a Brezza should be a breeze but, from what i hear people say Brezza is bit under powered so you might have to keep revvs up in the mountains

Just follow the simple guideline as its a new car

1. Check air pressure

2. Top up fuel before starting from Delhi

3. Plan trip so you leave early in morning so that you can reach Dalhousie before dusk

4. Top-up fuel before entering Dalhousie as there are no fuel pumps there. So if you plan to visit Khajjair then you will be needing fuel. Btw, the route to Khajjair is terrible but, your brezza should be easily able to tackle it

5. Last but, not the least always drive with seats belts for all occupants in the car
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Driving to Dalhousie in a Brezza should be a breeze but, from what i hear people say Brezza is bit under powered so you might have to keep revvs up in the mountains

Just follow the simple guideline as its a new car

1. Check air pressure

2. Top up fuel before starting from Delhi

3. Plan trip so you leave early in morning so that you can reach Dalhousie before dusk

4. Top-up fuel before entering Dalhousie as there are no fuel pumps there. So if you plan to visit Khajjair then you will be needing fuel. Btw, the route to Khajjair is terrible but, your brezza should be easily able to tackle it

5. Last but, not the least always drive with seats belts for all occupants in the car
Thank you for the suggestions. Though the initial fractional turbo lag is typical of the DDiS engines but considering that I have also been driving my Ritz VDi for last 6 years across all terrains and roads, I hope acclimatizing with the Brezza in hilly roads also should not be a problem.
  1. Which route do you recommend on the basis of road conditions, distance and traffic, considering that I propose to leave Gurgaon on 14 April 2017 at about 3-4 AM?
  2. What is the travelling time from Dalhousie to Khajjair considering road conditions, though the distance appears to be around 25 KMS?
  3. Is it advisable to leave for Khajjair post lunch and return by early evening considering that effectively we have only Saturday, 15 April for covering Dalhousie and Khajjair?

Thanks very much in advance.
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Nice pics

.. and you always do full justice to the meals you have!

The speed limit rule is something I believe they have cooked up seeing the losses of Zoom. Travelling on NH1, you are certain to come across rashly driven Zoom cars in plenty. If speed limit can keep these maniacs in check, it's good.

I think you are too used to power and speeds beyond the ton right from your Accent and Cruze days that it's hard to drive any (s)lower now. Lol!

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[*]Which route do you recommend on the basis of road conditions, distance and traffic, considering that I propose to leave Gurgaon on 14 April 2017 at about 3-4 AM?
[*]What is the travelling time from Dalhousie to Khajjair considering road conditions, though the distance appears to be around 25 KMS?
[*]Is it advisable to leave for Khajjair post lunch and return by early evening considering that effectively we have only Saturday, 15 April for covering Dalhousie and Khajjair?
1. Stick to NH1 as much as possible which is until Jalandhar then veer towards Pathankhot and travel to Dalhousie because this is the best route when travelling from Delhi. Our route planning was slightly messed up and we traveled to Dalhousie in between wherein we should have started our trip with Dalhousie

2. As mentioned, the route to Khajjair was really terrible and probably the worst that we encountered in entire Himachal drive. 25kms might take you about an hour or little more so driving post lunch to Khajjair is perfectly alright

Do keep a look-out for that Yellow scooter guy on Mall road and dont forget to have some Maggie from him

Enjoy and Safe Travels!

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Nice pics

.. and you always do full justice to the meals you have!

The speed limit rule is something I believe they have cooked up seeing the losses of Zoom. Travelling on NH1, you are certain to come across rashly driven Zoom cars in plenty. If speed limit can keep these maniacs in check, it's good.

I think you are too used to power and speeds beyond the ton right from your Accent and Cruze days that it's hard to drive any (s)lower now. Lol!
Haha! I can't help it as I'm a foodie to the core and I enjoy clicking pictures of food too

Yes, most of my vehicles were performance based as I love keeping a brisk pace and these rules didn't help but, on hindsight it was a relaxing drive on highways and helped us check out the scenery quite leisurely


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You clicked the "No photography" board itself! lol!
Oops, I missed that and I don't read Hindi so fluently (just a loss of habit). Good catch

P.S: You were in Hyderabad for sometime right? Zen?
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Lovely travelogue.

The part I liked best was the food! Though that probably says more about me than it does about the food, journey or destinations.
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Haha! I can't help it as I'm a foodie to the core and I enjoy clicking pictures of food too
The Hyderabad food thread is alive thanks to your this passion, and is a pleasure to go through.

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Yes, for sometime between 2010-2012. Never could make it to any of the meets though. :(
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Nice Car, beautiful places, Excellent food and the fantastic enthu of our beloved Modanna, altogether produced a wonderful Travelogue. Thank you for this informative log Avinash.

After a long time, I read a Travelogue, completely from page 1 to end.

Apart from having good food, Gulshan Parathas, Kinu juice, Puri Sabzi, Momos etc. etc..you were also busy in keeping in shape. That was a natural balance for your health.

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Dec 23rd, Dec 24th, 2016: Dalhousie and Khajjair

After huffing and puffing our way up, we were shown our room and we checked

This walk is something I will remember for rest of my life as it was as difficult as climbing up the Tirumala mountains.

And, we got the shock of our life when we got to know from Hotel Manager that there was a route from backside of hotel which would have cut down our walk by nearly 80%

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Dec 25th, 2016 : Dalhousie to Palampur, Neugal Cafe

.....played an hour of table tennis in the hotel
An outstanding breakfast next day before we headed out towards Tirthan Valley

Way down to our small hut at Tirthan Valley. Going down is easy but, walking up was really strenuous

Hot Pakoras and Tea by the river stream

Went for a trek in the evening and the uphill climb took our breathe away..LOL
So, it was EAT, WORK-OUT; EAT, WORK-OUT...

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I paid INR 13,XXX for 8 day's rental and about INR 5,XXX for diesel for 1800+kms that we covered

Overall, the total cost for rental car worked out ~ INR 19,000/- which was wonderfully economical (If we hired a Innova with a driver at INR 11-12/km, it would have worked out more expensive)

Whereas, Zoom car rental itself was working out to about 27K
Regarding a comparison between Myles and Zoom car, i sincerely feel you might have missed some point in calculation and comparison. Zoom comes with free fuel (5 Kms / 10 Kms / 15 Kms per hour) where as Myles does not give fuel. Whenever I compare, vehicle to vehicle and for the same period (No. of days and Hours) Zoom is always cheaper. Even now, you can do the comparison online by visiting both the sites.

Once again thank you for the nice Travelogue.

-Sai
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Nice Car, beautiful places, Excellent food and the fantastic enthu of our beloved Modanna, altogether produced a wonderful Travelogue. Thank you for this informative log Avinash.After a long time, I read a Travelogue, completely from page 1 to end.
Hey Sai! It's wonderful to see you here and posting a comment on my travelogue. It's been really long that we interacted

Thanks for the lovely words of compliment!

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Apart from having good food, Gulshan Parathas, Kinu juice, Puri Sabzi, Momos etc. etc..you were also busy in keeping in shape. That was a natural balance for your health.

So, it was EAT, WORK-OUT; EAT, WORK-OUT...
You have a keen observation. I never realized it was this routine

What else can you expect from a foodie?

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Regarding a comparison between Myles and Zoom car, i sincerely feel you might have missed some point in calculation and comparison. Zoom comes with free fuel (5 Kms / 10 Kms / 15 Kms per hour) where as Myles does not give fuel. Whenever I compare, vehicle to vehicle and for the same period (No. of days and Hours) Zoom is always cheaper. Even now, you can do the comparison online by visiting both the sites
Not sure what i missed but, when I took a quote from Zoomcar it was coming to 27,000 compared to the 19.XXX that I paid for Myles for the same car. So it was an easy decision for me

Besides above, the experience with Myles was quite good as well!
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