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Old 23rd May 2017, 02:57   #31
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Day 9: Jispa to Chandigarh

We took an early start that day hoping to make chandigarh for the night which we did. The Cruiser was feeling a bit sluggish for some reason since our departure from Pangong the previous day. Having passed through a small sandstorm in Nubra valley and Shyok we guessed that the airfilter had to be choked. So we stopped at Koksar at a fairly large tyre shop, removed the filter which must have been holding atleast half a kilo (if not more) of sand. The gentleman at the shop was shocked to see that as were we and after a tapping it off he spent 15 mins blowing pressurized air into it after which we fit it back. The difference was almost immediately noticeable with the car suddenly feeling a lot eager.

The approach to Rohtang was a mess as it usually is and we made slow progress. Nearing the top the road improved considerably and descent was quite smooth. Rohtang top was deserted being a weekday and we stopped for pics near the Rohtang Frog (a chubbier version of its Khardungla brother). After that we stopped for lunch at Johnson’s Café at Manali for lunch. By 2pm we were on the road and after the Aut tunnel we had nonstop rain all the way until Anand Sahib. Driving up the twisties thru Bilaspur was a nightmare with incessant rain hitting us compounded by super heavy truck traffic. We rolled into Chandigarh just after midnite.
Some pics from that day

At Tandi on the way back
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My favorite waterfall at Nimmu
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At Rohtang Top
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At the Gramphoo Bifurcation towards Spiti valley
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Pics of the Cruiser taking a break at the Top
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The Chubby Rohtang Frog
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Old 23rd May 2017, 10:47   #32
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Satan, what a vehicle you have there! It really looks like it's right at home in it's natural habitat in the mountains.

I have done large tracts of your route in October '16 when a group of three of us did a Chandigarh to Chandigarh drive through the Pangi, Lahaul, Spiti and Lingti valleys of Himachal. We were in a Scorpio and on the road for 17 days.

Your travelogue brings back a lot of memories from our trip. Thanks for this.
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Day 10: Chandigarh to Udaipur

We left Chandigerh around 7am with a view to hitting Gujarat for the night. The day was quite non eventful and we hotfooted it taking 2 hour turns driving and made good progress all the way upto Jaipur where we stopped for a quick bite. However we encountered a massive snarl outside Udaipur which held us up for an hour and a half, so we decided to break journey there and enter the city. Checked in at RJTDC Hotel Kajri by 9pm which had average value for money rooms but an excellent Rajasthani Thali that we polished off for dinner. Very few pics from that day

An accident enroute where a truck had nearly taken out defunct a Toll booth
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Hotel Kajri Udaipur. Definitely recommended for a night halt. Awesome thali and great hospitality with average rooms.
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That's one beautiful trip and excellent travelogue. Kudos
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Final Day 11: Udaipur to Bombay

An early morning start at 6am from Udaipur had us in Bombay for 5pm. We stopped for lunch at the Parsi Da Dhaba before Charoti after which we drove straight to Gev’s workshop. Left the cruiser there unpacked everything into his Skoda and headed home. Over the next few days the car was serviced and the interior detail cleaned. The engine oil was changed and we placed away all spares from the trip for this year’s journey… Coming soon.

The trip meter reading at the end in Bombay
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The battle scarred Cruiser at the workshop that evening
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Signing off now. Thanks for reading and hope you enjoyed the video

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Wonderful Travelogue and what a car to take to the Mountains! I remember seeing the HDJ101 on TBHP classifieds had even recommended a few friends to go for it. I think you have now decided to keep it for yourself.

I see that you also have a LC200. A few details about it would be great like performance, how you got it and how much you got it for ?(in a different thread that is.)
I owned a Qualis and currently own an Innova and Fortuner so the next step is the LC200 for me but preowned. So your inputs regarding the same would be great.

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Wonderful Travelogue and what a car to take to the Mountains! I remember seeing the HDJ101 on TBHP classifieds had even recommended a few friends to go for it. I think you have now decided to keep it for yourself.

I see that you also have a LC200. A few details about it would be great like performance, how you got it and how much you got it for ?(in a different thread that is.)
I owned a Qualis and currently own an Innova and Fortuner so the next step is the LC200 for me but preowned. So your inputs regarding the same would be great.
Thanks. You are right when you say that I did put up the 101 for sale back in 2015 when i moved but then looking at the number of time wasters I encountered i decided to keep her. Yes i do have a pre-owned LC 200 in the UK which is a different beast in its own way (more power, quicker, newer,etc). Fortunately for TLC fans like me the UK is a great 2nd hand car market as these are looked down upon by our stiff upper lipped locals zooming around in their Range Rovers. So you can easily get a 200 here for the price of a new 2wd fortuner. Will start a thread on the 200 at some point.
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