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Old 16th December 2010, 22:34   #1
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Default Thane - Nagpur - Thane

It may be a very common or short of a travelling distance for many here, but it was the longest so far for me. Thane to Nagpur. Around 860 kms that we planned to cover. On the way to Nagpur, we planned to halt at Shegaon on and continue the journey next day.

After referring to some opinions on Team-BHP, the route we chose to take was Mumbai - Pune - A'Nagar - Aurangabad - Khamgaon - Shegaon - Amravati - Nagpur. AND Nagpur - Wardha - Aurangabad - A'Nagar - Pune - Mumbai.



It was a very enjoyable journey after Belapur till Pune through Express Way where I got to really enjoy, explore and test the car at its best. Dzire touched 150 and felt extremely stable. Though I brought it back to normal immediately. I have been driving M800 for past 7 years and my opinions about Dzire are obviously arrived at after an unavoidable comparison with M800. With M800, what I knew was 'touching' the 120 mark; but Dzire 'hugs' the 120 mark like its never gonna let it go.



After leaving the Express Way, the road till Shikrapur is two way and it causes a drop in the average speed. After Shikrapur till A'Nagar and then Aurangabad, the roads are really good and the drive gets extremely pleasant.



Turtle Wax Sunset


A little off topic - We took lunch at Aurangabad in Hotel Udayanraje Palace. The waitors had this electronic device for accepting orders. It sends one copy of the order directly to the kitchen using WiFi. Never saw such technology even in Mumbai.


Tempting Roads as I said; from Shikrapur to Aurangabad.


While going to Shegaon, we took the road that goes through Deulgao Raja and Chikhli. It turned out to be a hell of a wrong decision as the whole road is under construction and extremely rough. We were advised NOT to take this road and go through Sindkhed Raja but we somehow got confused. Driving on that road after 6 when it got totally dark out there was challenging, frustrating and a bit risky. The road is two way and trucks keep intimidating you every minute.

We visited the Gajanan Maharaj Temple early morning and left for Nagpur at about 7:40. NH 6 is fairly good and we could comfortably cruise at 90-100. Reached Nagpur in 6 hours from there.

At the destinaion


On the way back; the road that goes through Wardha - Pulgao - Mehekar - Aurangabad - A'Nagar is cool and enjoyable. Again; from Shikrapur till the point you join the Express Way, the road was so frustrating that it spoilt all the fun we had till then. It took us almost 2 hrs from Shikrapur to reach Express Way.

A ridiculously overloaded truck that we saw on the express way. It could barely make it through the toll booth.


We made up some lost time on the 130 Kms lap through the Express Way but again met heavy truck traffic near Airoli and Mulund-Airoli bridge. All of a sudden, one horn of the car stopped working. I could also feel some vibration and a little noise from the engine while I starting in the first gear. Finally after 18 hrs and 7 minutes we reached Thane.

I and my wife shared the driving seat. The rest of the family members in the car were obviously tired. My wife too, was tired as it was her first experience of long haul driving. But I enjoyed the journey a lot. BHPians' tips, experiences helped big time.

I need to get the horn and the noise examined and fixed before I plan my next road trip.

Last but not the least; about the car.

Swift DZire LXi


Swift DZire LXi
Brilliant engine; superb performance. The car is extremely smooth even at high speeds.
Amazing brakes. Felt safe even when I saw a cow in the middle of the road and the speedo showed 120.
AC is supercool. "Thoda AC kam karo" was the request of rear seat passengers at 2 pm under the hot sun.
Boot is huge. 4 full sized bags and several other bags could fit 'aaraam se'.
Fuel economy is great too. about 17 on highway and 14-16 in the city; both with AC on.

I Loved this new car which joined her elder bu smaller sister M800 recently. Cruising is what you can REALLY enjoy with DZire.

Some stats to conclude.

Travelogue - Attached
Average speed - 44.22 (Mum - Ngp) and 47.54 (Ngp - Mum) [Including all breaks]
Total Toll Expenses - 869/-
Fuel Economy - I couldn't measure it exactly but it roughly works out to 16.70 which I guess is fine considering the fact that we cruised at 100-120 kmph on most of the good portions of the road with the AC on.

I haven't written a very elaborate experience here but tried to keep it compact.
Awaiting replies.

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I expected at least one reply fellas.
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I expected at least one reply fellas.
hi qqplus,

it appears you had a good trip.
Hand Held Terminals are penetrating all our life.
Radios, Music Players, Mobile Phones, PDAs, Tablets etc etc.
The example you mentioned about the waiter sending the order via terminal is indeed next state of automation.

You did not mention much about Nagpur's famous Santra Barfi.
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I think the turn off at Jalna bypass is confusing. You need to take the Sindkhed Raja/Mehekar/Karanja turn to the right instead of going straight via Dehugaon Raja/Chikli, which is where qqplus appears to have made the mistake.

On return, I suppose you took the road from Phulgaon via Pimpalgaon to Karanja?

How did you find the facilities - food & fuel?
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hi qqplus,

it appears you had a good trip.
Hand Held Terminals are penetrating all our life.
Radios, Music Players, Mobile Phones, PDAs, Tablets etc etc.
The example you mentioned about the waiter sending the order via terminal is indeed next state of automation.

You did not mention much about Nagpur's famous Santra Barfi.
Yes I had a great trip !

Santra Barfi ! GOOD you reminded me. We purchased it from HEERA SWEETS opp Anand Bhandar. I dont prefer Santra Barfis with bright orange color in which they use a very strong essence and also some color. This one that we bought was lighter both in terms of color and essence. It tasted amazing. In fact we finished two of the 1/4 kg boxes which we had got for ourselves during the journey home. :P
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I think the turn off at Jalna bypass is confusing. You need to take the Sindkhed Raja/Mehekar/Karanja turn to the right instead of going straight via Dehugaon Raja/Chikli, which is where qqplus appears to have made the mistake.

On return, I suppose you took the road from Phulgaon via Pimpalgaon to Karanja?

How did you find the facilities - food & fuel?
You got it right. Mistake while on the way to Shegaon. Corrected on the way back. Took the pulgao - karanja road which was pretty decent.

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The return route you took is what I usually take for my Thane - Nagpur - Thane trips.

Had been to Nagpur for Ganapati in September this year. While going, went upto Jalna. Stayed overnight in my Guru's Ashram. Started next day afternoon from Jalna and reached nagpur around 10PM via Sindkhedraja - Mehekar - Shelubajar - Karanja - Pulgaon - Wardha.

Had heard Nagpur-Amravati road has become 2 X 2 lane almost upto Amravati. Hence decided to go via Amaravathi. The NH6 about 30-40 KMs before Amaravati is 2 X 2 and very smooth road. After that it becomes a lane road without divider. Took Amaravati bypass and after Amaravati left the NH6 and took the road towards Karanja. From Karanaja followed the same route to Jalna.

The worst patch thru the journey as you described is Talegaon - Shikrapur. It gets very tiring due to constant truck traffic. One of the options to avoid this is taking Thane - Kalyan - Malshej - Aalephata - Ahmednagar. This road is very scenic and has very less traffic. Suggest you try this in your next trip to Nagar/Aurangabad/Nagpur.

You have got really supreb mileage for Petrol Car.
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