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Old 30th May 2017, 17:36   #31
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I now bestow upon thee, the title of Snow-magnet !

Super duper trip and the photos of Hulk and Girgiti in snow does very effectively portray the extreme adventures you experienced.

I did take note of your casual dress in the AHD snap if you were wondering

Cheers and drive safe.
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Old 1st June 2017, 09:15   #32
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That is one beautiful trip you had. The snow looks really scary. And yes Duster is the king of compact SUvs
Thank You docswarna26 !! Duster does fare quite well in these situations.

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Wow Pawan! This is splendid. I'm always fascinated by this part of the Himalayas and places en route. I'm sure you love it too as its your second travel to this region in as many years! Lovely write up with beautiful pictures. You guys displayed amazing driving skills in snow.
We had traveled to the old silk route on two wheels in the peak of winter and interestingly didn't witness any snow. And here you guys get the opportunity in the peak of summers!! Despite the trouble you guys had due to snow, I am sure I won't hear you complain!!
In all, a great trip and a wonderful log to wrap it up.
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Thanks a lot Saket !! This part of Himalayas is truly mesmerizing. It is true that finding snow needs a bit of luck. Luckily for us, we have always found snow whenever we have gone to Silk route.

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Beautiful!! I could manage to log in finally and check this travelogue.
I believe I asked you about your tires sometimes back

And can you please point out prominent place near Bagdogra for that exit? As well as from the other end?
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Thank you Sheel !! Buying tyres seems to be the most confusing decision. Once you are near Bagdogra, Just put Panighata on Gmaps, it will guide you to the exit. It is called Panighata more on the Bagdogra side.

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WOW.... Wonderful travelogue and the snaps are simply the best. It takes some skills to drive through these ice covered roads. I was wondering whether we get snow tyres like abroad out here ? I have seen Army trucks with chains wrapped around the tyres near Nathula pass, but not sure we get special tyres to run on the snow.
Thank you gadadhar. I don't think you get snow tyres here. But carrying nylon ropes, if not snow chains always helps. I did not anticipate so much snow in May so wasn't carrying anything. Army trucks/gypsys still use the chains in this region.

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I now bestow upon thee, the title of Snow-magnet !

Super duper trip and the photos of Hulk and Girgiti in snow does very effectively portray the extreme adventures you experienced.

I did take note of your casual dress in the AHD snap if you were wondering

Cheers and drive safe.
Thanks a lot Mithun. Next time you want to see snow, come with us. About the AHD attire, I think I am leaning from you.

Regards,

Pawan
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Wonderful Pawan! The pictures are mesmerizing. You all must have had a wonderful experience, especially the snow driving. Rated 5*. Could you please share the details for the home-stay in Darjeeling.
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Pawan & Sayantan, Thanks for sharing the details of your scintillating trip and a daredevil ride on snow, rated a well deserved 5 stars.

Did you have ESP switched off when your AWD lock was on and you were coming downhill ? Did Girgiti also need the lock or did the tyres alone do the job ?
I generally switch off ESP on slush or snow, I was on AUTO with ESP turned off. Don't know if it was right or wrong though!
Contis performed superbly. (Plus both of us reduced tyre pressure).
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This is one beautiful travelogue. The snow looks really challenging. And yes Duster faired pretty well.
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Wonderful Pawan! The pictures are mesmerizing. You all must have had a wonderful experience, especially the snow driving. Rated 5*. Could you please share the details for the home-stay in Darjeeling.
Thank you Dada. The Homestay is called Himshikha managed by retired Bank manager Mr. Dipak Sharma. Contact : 9749518440. This Homestay is quote away from Mall. Around 1 km from WBTDC Guest house/Gymkhana Resort.


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This is one beautiful travelogue. The snow looks really challenging. And yes Duster faired pretty well.
Thank you Rshrey. Duster performed flawlessly.

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Superb travelogue PapaBravo! Rated 5 stars. Too bad we missed the trip
Was there a toss between you and GhostRider28 on who would pen down the travelogue, or was it by sheer determination and pro-activeness that you completed it first?
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"Hope you enjoyed reading the travelogue as much as we enjoyed this trip !!" - Is this even possible?
I had been dreading since your travel, that either of you two would be soon coming up with this TL. To top it, you have posted some fantastic shots that should not have been posted at all! You pretty well know the after-effect that I have to deal now!
You were really lucky to see this view of Zuluk that too at this time of the year. Who would have thought of snow in the month of May! You are also lucky to be alive as this looks damn scary to people like us. I had this experience just once in my life where I ended up hitting the electric pole. I disliked the feeling of the car having a mind of one's own!
Oh and I really liked Sayantan's candid photography. They were absolutely hilarious!
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Hi Pawan,

Bijoya Greetings!
Is the Kalimpong - Reshi Khola - Rongli route doable in a Swift?
I have seen Soumyajit take his Eon in 2015. Your travelogue is more recent, hence the question!

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Day 2 : Reshi - Silk Route - Gangtok

It had rained heavily in the night. We knew we had to take the same muddy road back again the next morning & the rain wouldn't make it better. Contrary to our thoughts, the road had become drivable in the morning & both the cars didn't have any problem.
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Hi Pawan,

Bijoya Greetings!
Is the Kalimpong - Reshi Khola - Rongli route doable in a Swift?
I have seen Soumyajit take his Eon in 2015. Your travelogue is more recent, hence the question!

Cheers,
Sayak
Hello Sayak,

Bijoya greeting to you too !!

Kalimpong-Reshikhola-Rongli is a trouble free road and can be done in a swift. There are some small bad patches. But nothing that a swift canít handle.

The dirt road that goes down from the main road to Reshi Eco Resort should be avoided. It a somewhat steep longish dirt road patch. If it rains, the Swift wonít be able to come up again. Smaller cars can be parked on the road at a different spot (closer by foot) and the staff helps you get down the luggage. Also, the road was being built in May, I am not sure if they have made part of it or not.

Happy Tripping !!

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It's been a while that I have been away from the Forum and thus missed this travelogue completely. It is evident that the Duster Twins had an awesome time together exploring the lesser touched part of Sikkim. I must say that you guys were super lucky to witness snow and see the Zuluk loops in it's black forest state. Rated it a well deserved 5*
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Thanks Pawan. Your clarification helps a lot

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Hello Sayak,

Bijoya greeting to you too !!

Kalimpong-Reshikhola-Rongli is a trouble free road and can be done in a swift. There are some small bad patches. But nothing that a swift canít handle.
Happy Tripping !!

Regards

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