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Old 2nd January 2009, 20:28   #136
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Guys, lots of OT discussions are going on (including mine).

Let the guys stick to their travelogue. MJ the sooner you post it (of day 4/5/6) it would be better for you. Otherwise, this thread might be hijacked with lot of OT discussions. (My opinion).
Beleive me. If you had joined this drive, you would have had stomach ache on the day 3 & 4. Those 2 days we guys had hell lot of fun and laugh. A sample is what you are seeing.

We are crossing the 3rd day. Day 4 may even be more OT. Lol... Please pardon us!

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Nothing wrong with OT discussions. The drive was about having fun. This report is all about sharing that fun with others.
Agreed. Sharing pics & fun!!!

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Wow, that was an awesome trip. My personal regards to you guys for completing it successfully.

Darn.. I could have met you when you were at Thane or Chembur. You guys would have passed Vashi on your way to Chembur; thats where my office is located, anyways...guess there is always a next time.


Eagerly waiting for the rest of the travelogue.
Yes, I think for HVK its always there. For us ..., did I say something
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Old 2nd January 2009, 22:02   #137
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And @hrag,

That 'stud' comment for one of the pictures may not be appropriate!
You're right - my apologies. Anybody carrying more than one pillion is attempting to be a hero.

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@ MJ: No problem...if you people are OK with the OT discussions. Will wait for hillarious day 4 and day 5 of this travelogue.
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So, is that all for todays narration?
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Old 2nd January 2009, 22:29   #140
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So, is that all for todays narration?
Hey wait for another 1 1/2 hrs. Mr.hrag, Mr.Mjothi, Mr.Khan are still on line and anything can happen in next 1 1/2 hrs. You need to wait till 1 1/2 hrs and call it shots for this day.
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Hey wait for another 1 1/2 hrs. Mr.hrag, Mr.Mjothi, Mr.Khan are still on line and anything can happen in next 1 1/2 hrs. You need to wait till 1 1/2 hrs and call it shots for this day.
Okies.... Am all glued to this one!

Dear reporter, please proceed.
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My further comments on Day 2.....

Jaipur bypass is a lovely piece of road, to be taken compulsively unless one wants to get cramped and lost in Jaipur's alleys. Lots of places to stop over on the Kishangarh-Jaipur expressway, but watch out, refuel before the bypass since there are no filling stations till you complete the bypass.

Once out of the bypass, the drive becomes slow as the traffic intensifies. For those not in the know, the Jaipur-Delhi is India's first expressway toll road, it being started as long ago as 1998 - I had driven my Mahindra Commander to Delhi that year, savouring the first expressway, paying an outrageously high Rs 35 toll for the first 65-kms to Kotputli.

The road is full of dhaabas, and trucks parked all over the place. Progress is slow till you cross over to Haryana. The Check Post sees traffic jams sometimes.

Anyway, our destination that night was the RTDC Motel Midway at Behror, the most convenient place - just 100 kms before Delhi - which can help avoid the expensive hotels of the NCR region. Our calling up in advanace guaranteed us the room when we arrived there in the midnighties. Nice warm water baths and we were dead to the world.
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Then came Day 3, which mjothi has given you glimpses of already.....

We had been tracking the fog conditions in the NCR for the week before we had started on the trip and our friends in Delhi kept giving us periodical weather updates. Dec 27th was one of those lucky days when the weather gods smiled over the capital, but not before we ploughed through some moderately-dense fog after leaving Behror at 6 am, which was 1 hour late by our schedule. The Scorpio and Safari kept good pace, keeping themselves company, as we weaved in and out of the heavy truck traffic, with the median line being our beacon. The Scorpio does not have fog lamps, which IMO are not needed.

Our Bangalore guys entered their 6th State in 3 days when we entered Delhi, but the Gurgaon meet gave us a welcome break - admire those who braved the cold and fog to greet us that morning at 830 am. The Gurgaon-Delhi expressway is truly a delight to drive on.

Crossing Delhi has to be carefully planned if one is not to get delayed in the intra-city traffic, and we were just about early enough to beat the traffic which was light anyway thanks to the winter. We refuelled in Delhi, it being cheaper than the next State UP.

We missed the Haldirams on Mathura Road, and ended up having brunch at a nice small dhaaba in Haryana.

After Faridabad, all the way to the Haryana-UP border after Hodal is India's first "all-concrete highway" (harking back to the 90s, much before the present-day concrete roads came up). It is high-speed, but this morning, traffic was quite heavy.

McDonald's opposite the Mathura Refinery gate is a popular eatery for many.

We had not bargained for the heavy grid-lock traffic jams off Mathura, Sikhandra and Agra bypass, which delayed us by at least 1 hour. Needless to say, these traffic jams reflected the chaotic driving styles in this part of India and the miscellaneous traffic that adds to the general indiscipline.

For those attempting this route, remember to leave early from Delhi and cross the Agra zone before 9 am to avoid delays.

The NH2 in UP was a splendid drive once we crossed Agra. But facilities are very poor. We did not have any safety concerns, but we hear that night driving is always in convoys on this road.

Our destination that day was to have been Varanasi, but the combination of late morning departure and delays in the Mathura/Agra town areas meant that we were running 2-3 hours late.

On the way to Kanpur, we were stopped by 2 inquisitive cops, but were saved from a detailed interrogation as a VIP motorcade whizzed by, distracting them. Needless to say, we had our share of problems with this 2-car motorcade since we had to overtake them in one shot from the left since right-side overtaking was not possible and one could not break into the gap between the VIP car and the security car.

Kanpur has a lovely bypass in a 25-km elevated road - one mistake and you cannot make a U-turn or come down for that distance!

After Kanpur, the road widening work is still going on in some stretches and watch out for deviations and some bad patches. The road was quite lonely and scary, with hardly any villages or towns in between.

The worst was to come - Allahabad has no bypass yet, and the conventional 2-lane road was totally jammed. Luckily, we were not going to stick in an orderly fashion between the several km-long truck jams, but chose to take our chances on the extreme right side of the road, and Hrishi's 4WD Safari especially loved the mud tracks. But for this initiative, we would have slept in the cars itself.

For those looking for hotels in Allahabad City, go into the Civil Lines - which we discovered thanks to SS's contacts - which is a small detour off the NH2. There are several hotels there.

Some words on the specialisations in the team - not only was SS an "expert" photographer of "EC" activities, but he also drove a hard bargain in the hotel, where he coaxed the guy to drop the room rate first 20%, then 30%, then absorb the taxes, give credit for breakfast not to be taken, and finally waive the extra bed charges. SS, that was great negotiation, man - and we ended up getting the room some 40-50% below the rack rates.
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... SS, that was great negotiation, man - and we ended up getting the room some 40-50% below the rack rates.
Now that is some bargaining skills! I wish I had at least 5% of this!!!
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BTW, who is SS? Shanavaz or ??
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BTW, who is SS? Shanavaz or ??
shah_sultan, or Shahnawaz is SS
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shah_sultan, or Shahnawaz is SS
His handle is Khan_Sultan
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Yaar, two things.

If everyone is okay, I think this information needs to be hosted on a wiki, or some living document - even google docs is okay. But dispersed over multiple posts is BAD.

That said, Night driving on NH2 till Kanpur is absolutely safe, NO problems whatsoever, and there is NO convoy driving.

The only issue is that if something breaks down, god help you - even crooks are not there on the road. There are regular police jeeps every 30km, but no emergency phones and all that jazz.
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Here are the photographs of the Team BHP gang mini meet at Gurgaon:

With the Safari:
Ramkya1, hrag, mjothi, suman, narayan, phamilyman, hvkumar, khan_sultan

With the Scorpio
Note how Suman literally embraces the Safari, but maintains his distance from the Scorpio.
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In case anyone is lost, let me refresh your memory and show you the day-by-day drive map. Each day is shown in a different colour.

Day 1: Bangalore-Bombay
Day 2: Bombay-Behror
Day 3: Behror-Allahabad
Day 4: Allahabad-Calcutta
Day 5: Calcutta-Anakapalli
Day 6: Anakapalli-Bangalore
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