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Old 18th September 2009, 22:38   #211
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What time did you reach Udaipur? I will be travelling your route on Oct 1st and intend similar pitstops- first time I will be travelling North and my concern was the pitstop btw Mumbai and Jaipur, you think it would be possible to touch Jaipur in one day?

Driving a Swift D.

Also-I need to keep the toll fee also in mind, do you recall how much you had to pay in tolls from B'lore to Leh? I'm fearing it will be close to 5K up and down
You can do it in one day between mumbai and Jaipur. we reached udaipur(40-50Km before) around 12 in night we started from pune late morning,if starting from mumbai you will reach Jaipur at night start early say 4am from mumbai.
Toll was 5k+ my log with other friend otherwise correct figure I would have tell you.
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Old 20th September 2009, 16:37   #212
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Hats off to you and the guys with you to have made a perfect journey in a perfect vehicle, I just wanted to double check, did you mean it cost you 5K+ for two vehicles or one? also- I wanted to understand and what point do we actually start climbing the mountains? is it after rupanagar? how many KM do you think the round trip will be?
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Hats off to you and the guys with you to have made a perfect journey in a perfect vehicle, I just wanted to double check, did you mean it cost you 5K+ for two vehicles or one? also- I wanted to understand and what point do we actually start climbing the mountains? is it after rupanagar? how many KM do you think the round trip will be?

Sorry- I see the answer for my last question!
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Old 22nd September 2009, 17:28   #214
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More photos of Gata loop offroading taken by Swastikviji

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Old 22nd September 2009, 18:41   #215
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So you guys have been using those short-cuts to skip the long windy roads is it
I had taken few of the short-cuts on my bullet. My other two partners rode on road.

Sorry no photos.
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Highlights of the trip
  • Crossing Mumbai was easy never got lost thanks to HVKumar log book.
  • Lassi was good in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Harayana and Punjab.
  • Masala dosa for 50 rupees in Behror RTDC motel.
  • Took gamble by taking Rewari-Rohtak-Panipat route, it was good decision route is excellent.
  • Manali is like garbage town, collecting 300 Rupees for Green tax still can't figured out why.
  • Rohtang pass is like sunday bazaar, people are crazy playing in black snow.
  • Sarchu- Bhpian's travelling to Leh must stay here.
  • Offroading at Gata loop(14000 ft.)
  • Leh- I love this place just its simply full of Gypsy's.
  • Conquered world highest motorable road- khardung La with easy.
  • Conquered unofficial world highest motorable road- Marisimik La(this year first guys to conquer)
  • Conquered mighty Changa La, Every vehicle will be tested here.
  • Offroading at Pangong Tso lake, small battle with Volvo V8 SUV but next day it was towed.
  • Getting struck at Baralacha pass at 7.30 PM it was freezing night.


  • My Gypsy drank 600 litres of fuel for full trip.

600X50 = Rs 30,000. Just the fuel cost.
Well .... Seems it was worth!!
Pics are saying for themselves!!

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More photos of Gata loop offroading taken by Swastikviji
I took the third offroad trail from the bottom (can't remember the loop, may be it was 17 or 18). And i think these pics may be of same the same loop. I took just one loop and I was done with my offroading throughout the trip (except Morrey plains).

I had done some off roading at Baralacha too the same day. But it was nothing compared to what it was on Gata loops. Just one caveat, don't do this in a 4X2 vehicle and without low ratio gears. The incline is too soft in beginning and you can't see the top if you are climbing as the trail is curvy. And the moment you take this curve halfway up the trail, it is almost 50-60 degree incline. It had a shortcirciut somewhere inside me when I saw my trail blocked by wild Ibex on this steep incline. My good luck that they cleared my path fast and I did not lose any momentum.

Needless to say that I was inspired by these pics only. Looks so nice and pretty in these pics, but its entirely different to do on those altitutes. You must study your trail on foot and plan it before you try it or may be first go on the top and have a good look on the entire trail.

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Old 23rd October 2009, 10:03   #218
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600X50 = Rs 30,000. Just the fuel cost.
Well .... Seems it was worth!!
Pics are saying for themselves!!
Actual fuel cost 26,957.00.
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Actual fuel cost 26,957.00.

Wow that great FE i would say 14kmpl
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Gata Loops have lots of opportunities for Short Cuts, and its very prominently marked with tacks, so means very often taken by 4X4 and trucks.

There are two short cuts while going towards Chang-La,
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Wow that great FE i would say 14kmpl
When we went fuel cost was 5 Rs. less, at one stretch between Pune and ankleshwer I got 14.75 KMPL I used Shell super unleaded.

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Gata Loops have lots of opportunities for Short Cuts, and its very prominently marked with tacks, so means very often taken by 4X4 and trucks.

There are two short cuts while going towards Chang-La,
We used all short cuts at Gata loop even went back downward to test engine braking
When we went Chang la had snow could not find short cut. But taking short cut at chang la would have tested our Gypsy's at Max.
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Great travelogue.I always have a great respect for Gypsy. What a machine it is.
I drove a 4 X 4 gypsy once and was floor by its performance.
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@Sha - Hey let me first congratulate you on the wonderful trip that you have completed ( i must have been before). Just read your entire post in one go. (I am planning for a trip to Leh next here and that too on a indigo, lets see).

Anyways after reading your posts and the talk about the volvo SUC XC 90 that was towed, I watched the moview 3 idiots the other day and something tells me that this is the same car in the movie as in your pic. (sorry couldn't help but post about it).
Slight hint there
Its great that the gypsy can handle such terrains far better than the foreign SUV's.

After seeing you pics I am all the more motivated now to see the place for myself!
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Just read it start to finish, wonderful log and pictures.
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Old 31st December 2009, 19:04   #225
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Over the last 2-3 weeks I have deligently followed all the Leh travelogues. To the best of my knowledge this was the only done which had only Gypsys. Kudos to you for all the detailing and travels.
North India would have been hot when you would have crossed it. And Gypsy does not have an AC plus all the noise of a soft top and traffic. Its a lot of hard work to have done this trip.
My impressions of a Gypsy have always been high. Its a very noteworthy 4x4. I have driven Gypsy extensively in Barmer-Jaisalmer-Bikaner areas, almost all parts of HR, PB and HP. Its perfomance matches up with the best SUV around and as your off roading at gata loops shows it can take a lot of hardwork. But I must say a machine is only as capable as the driver. Its actually you who gets the machine to deliver the performance.
Great work and great travels.
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