Jump to content
  • Welcome!

    Welcome to India-Drive, Road trips and travel group. Please register to join us.

Recommended Posts

The roads look horrible in the pictures itself and I can imagine the kind of pain you guys must have undergone during your drive on this day .. How many Kilometers have you guys fared on this day ?

  • Like 2

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites
3 hours ago, sagar said:

How many Kilometers have you guys fared on this day ?


Less than 400 kilometers.


I pity the truck drivers lineup at Farakka Bridge. Some drivers are even playing cards. :)

It is a chaos and the work is going on from the past four months,

Rains made the situation even bad.


2 hours ago, Sridhar Tandra said:

Hotel guys arranged it?


There is so much dust inside out,

It took one complete hour to clean it. 


Finding a proper tea point on this section is a herculean task.


  • Like 2

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Day 5: Malda to Mirik

Today it was event full.

Instead of going to Siliguri we drove towards Mirik(less commercial).


Roads are good through out the drive,
Some sections are very narrow (village roads)
We came across many tea estates enroute.

We started gaining the altitude around 2PM.


We reached Mirik by 4:30PM,

Our stay is located 5 kilometers away from Mirik and it is very isolated.


Roads are very narrow and dangerous,
Hair pin curves are too narrow for Duster.

Not a sedan/hatch back territory.
Duster All terrain tyres came very handy.

Slipping and sliding,(due to rain from past 4 days)
We reached the mid way(2 kilometers)


Many locals started discouraging us not take that route.

In the mid away, it got difficult,
With some patience and navigation, we finally reached the destination.

Our expectations about the stay went down drastically looking at the road condition.

Once reached the stay,
We are blow away by the facilities and property view.

Start time: 8 AM
Reached: 6 PM


Hotel : Royal Suite
Rating: 5/5
Cost: 2500/- (Got an upgrade to 6k suite)

Breakfast : Malda(3/5)
Lunch : we skipped it
Dinner : Royal Suite(5/5)


Today it was eventful,

We started to gain some altitude 


Beautiful tea estates enroute


Inner roads through tea estates 


Our first road block due to slide.

Now it is officially that we arrived :)



One of the best sunset ever


Duster enjoying the view,


All the struggle from the past four days is worth it?
Thirty minutes that we spent at this sunset point, Will be remembered forever. 

Our accommodation is located  5 kilometers away from Mirik.
Our host asked us, If we are driving a  SUV?
We said YES!, biggest mistake. 

And the next one hour drive is like switching between hell/heaven/earth

Hair pin curves that can make your car tilt side ways,


Some sections has zero traction,

If we brake we will loose the traction.


At one point we decided to turn back, We felt it is not worth the risk.

Guess what? We couldn't find a place to take a U-turn.


After one hour of constant spotting and corrections we made it to the destination.


Looking at those roads,

My expectation for the stay went from 100->0.

Worst case scenario, we decided to sleep over in the car.


Once we got down at the property.
We were blown away by the facilities and the view.


We stayed awake till 4AM in the morning with monk. :)

Definitely best accommodation of the trip. 


Bedroom View




Second room


View from the hall 


Early morning rituals 




  • Like 7

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Day 6: Mirik to Nepal, Darjeeling and Gangtok.

Mirik is very close to Nepal.
We decided to drive down to Nepal.

It is a 2 hour drive from Mirik.


To enter Nepal,
- Own vehicle
- Owner of the car should be present
- Original documents
- Customs entry
- Vehicle details entry
- Identify card

Cost 20/- per car.


Process is pretty straight forward,
It took us 10 minutes to finish the formalities.


We went to Pashupathi market,
It is famous for clothing.(Cheap)


We had lunch in Nepal,
Decided to drive back to Darjeeling.
Since we don't want to miss view of kanchenjunga (world's third highest mountain)


Roads are excellent through out drive (considering hills)

View of Kanchenjunga is excellent from Darjeeling.
Apart from the view,
There is nothing much exciting in Darjeeling.


We decided to drive down to Gangtok.

On the next day, we have to try our luck with permits.(zero point)

Start time: 11 AM
Reached: 7 PM



Hotel : Royal Orchid
Rating: 5/5
Cost: 2300/- (value for money and very neat property)



Breakfast :Royal Suite Mirik(4/5)
Lunch : Nepal (4/5)(you can find plenty of bars, hookahs, Momo shops..in Pashupathi market)
Dinner : Royal Orchid(4/5)


Beautiful roads en-route to Nepal


Best view of tea estates 


Image quality from pixel is quite impressive, I did not  use DSRL for the entire trip. 


Selfie time


Nepal entrance 




Enroute to Darjeling 


First view of might Kanchenjunga


This is first time, I missed the DSLR






light started to fade away, this is at 4PM



  • Like 6

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Wow, your stay at mirik looks fabulous and the price is so unbelievable. I wouldn't mind staying there for a month. Is it like an airbnb stay? Do they have a kitchen to serve the guests or do we have to prepare our own food?

Edited by mayank
  • Like 3

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

You log from now gets more and more interesting. Great going and waiting for more :)  Btw, The place looks like a never to miss out on. Has always been in my to do list and failed to make it last year. My desire to do this now goes on a heavier side :D 

  • Like 2

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites
4 hours ago, mayank said:

I wouldn't mind staying there for a month.


We had similar thoughts. 
Ideal place to getaway for a month. 


4 hours ago, mayank said:

Is it like an airbnb stay? Do they have a kitchen to serve the guests or do we have to prepare our own food?

It is AirBnB.

They have fantastic restaurant. 

  • Like 2

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Day 7: Gangtok, Zero kilometers.


Our aim is to get permits for North Sikkim.
North Sikkim permits are available at Mangan.


Documents required for permits:
- Original RC
- Original License
- Identity card (Aadhar)
- Insurance
- Passport size photos


- Lachen
- Lachung
- Zero point
- Gurudongmarg lake
- Yumthang valley


Entire process took half day.
Finally we managed to get permits.

Every one is curious about TS registration vehicle.
We had to explain them about newly formed state :)

Once you get the permits in hand,
You need to take photo copies of the permit (6 photo copies)


At each check post,
We need to show the original permit and get it stamped.
Also, We should provide the photo copy of original permit.


We did some shopping around Gangtok,
We visited few places in MG Marg.


Hotel : Royal Orchid
Rating: 5/5
Cost: 2300/- (value for money and very neat property)


Breakfast : MG marg
Lunch : MG Marg (5/5) Many street food options are available.
Dinner : Royal Orchid(4/5)


Agents for permits:

Pulazor 77970 01118 for North Sikkim permits at mangan.


Morning view from the hotel




MG Marg, We spent half a day, hopping different bars/food joints,

Ideal places for couples




Sunset view from the accommodation 




  • Like 4

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites


That is intensely visual and profound travelogue. Your write-up is like going through poems. Details provided are very helpful. Waiting for the complete report.

  • Like 3

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites
17 hours ago, KSK said:

Your write-up is like going through poems.


Thank you. But nowhere closing to you writing skill man. 


Day 8: Gangtok to Lachung, Yumthang, Zero point and Lachen

Early morning start is a must.

According to local people, Winds will pickup from the afternoon.


Plastic water bottles are not allowed after crossing checkpoints.(Gangtok )
Only option is hot water.


If you carry plastic water bottle, you will be fined around 1k.

Roads are very bad,
Good ground clearance is a must on these sections.


These sections are dominated by cabs.
Our Duster is the only car with white plate.


Crowd is very less and we loved it.( due to snow )

We spent around 1 hour in some locations without any disturbance.

Roads are slippery due to snow,


Few sections has black ice.

Snow chains are must in winter.
In our case AT tyres helped a lot.


We went further, where local cabs did not dare to venture.

Start time: 5 AM
Reached: 9 PM

Hotel : Will update
Rating: 2.5/5
Cost: 3400/-


Only food options are Maggi and Momo

Breakfast : Road side food joints(3/5)
Lunch : Maggi
Dinner : we skipped


All the pictures are taken from Pixel,

Built into the nature, dream home?


Unnamed roads begin and we love it


We crossed numerous bridges and landslides 


Only section of good road deserve a picture


Duster basking in the Sun


Lachen : The big pass






After gaining some altitude, we started seeing snow patches






Of all the wonders in the world, In my view Himalayas is the greatest 










There is not even a single sole from this point,

All the struggle from the past 10 days is worth it, best/memorable day of the trip. 


Dreamy, My favourite picture of the trip


Sound of silence


Slip and slide


It is completely snow from this point,
We pushed little ahead and decided to stop for the day.

We spent around an hour at this places and decided to drive back. (badly missed snow chains/4x4)


Selfie of the day


  • Like 4

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Did Duster slip / struggle at any point on this entire stretch @Ranger in spite of the AT's that you have had? I am sure it must have at one point or the other looking at the intensity of snow / Ice on the roads! How did you manage at those stretches in case if you have come across one?

  • Like 2

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Not on the entire stretch.

Some patches only, we used to come across them every one/two kilometers at the peak.


AT tyres are of no use in thick snow.

Only advantage is we were able to push ourselves little ahead of others.


Maintain momentum,

Very less steering/brake inputs.

Don't panic and pray.


We had few scary moments where the car used to fishtail on curves.

  • Like 3

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites
On 1/11/2019 at 2:59 PM, Ranger said:

Started exploring Vizag beaches.

It is definitely one of the cleanest City in the country.

Roads are clean, dust and pothole free.


Roads are beautiful in Vizag. Even the internal roads. visited Vizag in the month of Dec 2017, such a bliss driving on those roads. Very little traffic even during the peak hours compared to Hyderabad. 

  • Like 3

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites
36 minutes ago, Ranger said:

We had few scary moments where the car used to fishtail on curves


Interesting! Was it similar to the incident which we have experienced earlier at the Prashar lake ? :D 

  • Like 3

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites
4 hours ago, Ranger said:


IMG_20181222_143553-01.jpegThere is not even a single sole from this point,

All the struggle from the past 10 days is worth it, best/memorable day of the trip. 




A chance to rejoice in our solitude to its purity is rare these days. Superb!


4 hours ago, Ranger said:



Dreamy, My favourite picture of the trip




Indeed. It is breathtaking!

  • Like 3

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites
2 hours ago, Krish said:

Roads are beautiful in Vizag. Even the internal roads. visited Vizag in the month of Dec 2017, such a bliss driving on those roads. Very little traffic even during the peak hours compared to Hyderabad. 


Agree on it. I was surprised looking at the cleanliness of Vizag. 

I am not sure about internal roads, but the road along the beach is fantastic.


2 hours ago, sagar said:

we have experienced earlier at the Prashar lake ?


Haha, it is the most scariest one.(first time experience)

This time we got used to it.  :)


1 hour ago, mit1682 said:

very nice, clean and crisp photos.


4 minutes ago, KSK said:



Thank you

  • Like 3

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

@Ranger I have also noticed some interesting food pictures that you have shared. Can you share the names of the local delicacies in the places you've toured.

  • Like 2

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites
On 2/13/2019 at 1:14 PM, Ranger said:

Not on the entire stretch.


Tips on driving that you give out if your experience during these kind of situations? 

  • Like 2

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Your content will need to be approved by a moderator

You are commenting as a guest. If you have an account, please sign in.
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Similar Content

    • By Ranger
      Hi all,

      This is the Pune-Bangalore road condition as on 14th Oct 2019.
      This is a detailed explanation and a long post so kindly read it at your leisure.
      A stretch of almost 870 kms from Pune.  Until Hubli you dont have to fall down under. It is a beautiful highway to drive on. Your patience is taken for a toss from Hubli. Your real journey starts now :p After Hubli, almost close to 150-200 kms, you have to deal with some rough patches of the road because a lot of construction activity is in progress. May be two years down the line it will be the best highway. After the trouble with all the rubble, here comes the best stretch of the highway which is the last two hundred kilometres where you feel you are in heaven. You can easily touch speeds upto 130-140 kmph with ease and it is a 6-Lane highway. In most parts of the highway until Kolhapur or may be little further you will find some shoddy white strips (refer video) which spread across hundred metres before you cross every village. These are nasty, so you may want to speed up a bit; instead of travelling at 40 or 60 kmph, travel at speeds of nearly 80-100 kmph so that you don't feel these jerks. However, be careful of two wheeler and pedestrians crossing the roads in these villages.  After Hubli, you may not find too many food options so carry lot of snacks with you. Especially, when you are travelling with kids ensure that you take decent quantity of food. However, here and there you might find small outlets which are just average. But if you are looking for some good options you will have to wait until the last 100 to 130 kilometres stretch towards Bangalore. Last but not the least, as far as possible, avoid driving in the night in this stretch from Hubli because in certain places you will not find diversion symbols near construction areas, you wont see shoulder line markings, lane markings in most of the places thus making it a difficult drive during nights. Both the driver and navigator have to be really careful to ensure that everyone is safe   
      by Praneeth Palakodeti
    • By rkamal
      This Dussehra holidays we planned a long road trip to Coimbatore in our EcoSport.
      Thanks to India-Drive members, especially @sagar @Ranger for suggesting trip route and staying food options along the route. 
      Day -1:
      We started around 4 AM from Miyapur, Hyderabad. Drive till Anantapur is quite familiar to me, as i have driven this route many times.
      Drive was excellent with good pleasant weather, around 9:30 AM We reached Anantapur for breakfast at Club RuRu.
      Food was good as well as the service and atmosphere. After some nice breakfast we started towards Bangalore, as we approach the outskirts of the city traffic made us slow down, and also the fear of over-speeding and getting fined made me cautious, kept at 60-80 speeds reached Devanahalli around 12:30 PM.
      Our EcoSport flyaudio gave us this route which bypassed the traffic areas of the city (silkboard, electronic city) and took us to the sarjapura main road and joined on the NH just after the electronic city. The route we took to bypass the city is quite scenic and some places were narrow roads. and in some parts very rough roads (2-4 KM) with construction work is ongoing. I am attaching the route map for reference.
      Around 2:30 we reached Hosur outskirts, despite being a Sunday afternoon the road is filled with heavy vehicles occupying all the lanes and made us slow down, managed to reach a good restaurant which serves good tamil meals by 3:00 PM.
      The food was good and hot. after staying so long out of Tamilnadu we always look forward to eating in Tamilnadu hotels, glad we could make it for lunch.
      After lunch started the journey towards Salem, Roads were quite good and smooth but not as wide as Hyderabad-bangalore highway. Not a pleasant experience as the vehicles seems to be in hurry and not giving space occupying all lanes, had to be very patient to outmatch the city buses.
      Kept a average speed of 60-80 KM reached Salem, thought have a break at Salem, but due to some politicians visit (i am guessing its CM visiting his native Town) the roads were filled with cops asking us not to stop and keep left. At some places the cops were confusing us with their directions, over all a confused environment, but good thing is they reroute the heavy vehicles like lorries and trucks to some other route, so we had a clear road ahead of us.
      The only catch is we couldn't stop for the tea break. And it started drizzling once we past Salem, it's almost 7 PM, and those rerouted trucks joined us back while we are nearing Coimbatore making our last leg of journey more interesting  At Komarapalayam we stopped for some hot Badam Milk and much needed break.
      After that it was nice to drive to the coimbatore city with with lit wide roads, reached around 9:15 PM to Sungam cross roads, Coimbatore. After parked the vehicle and went inside the house all of us were feeling that still we are moving. From morning 4 to night 9 this makes my longest distance driven in a day. (960 KM says speedometer)
       We visited the famous GeDee Car museum, Coimbatore. the beauty of the museum is we can see so many vintage cars at one place which are maintained so good.
       Checkout few pics:










    • By SK01
      It was February  2018, me and my father visited  Malik Tata Bowenpally to enquire about Tata Tiago and Tata Tigor in our handsome shiny golden brown Honda City after a good leather upholstery polishing at Stunnerz. We we’re impressed by the car, the build quality and interiors, we felt it’ll be a good upgrade to my WagonR CNG which was showing its age after 3 years 65000 kms. We asked for a test drive and they couldn’t arrange. We were irritated by the sales team response and reluctance to sell their product. We stepped out. 
      Fast it forward to August, my father who was driving my WagonR slightly brushed to the electricity pole in a  narrow lane. The impact was small, but the damage was really huge. A thought to upgrade to a safer vehicle struck my father’s mind. 
      Fast forward to November, we put our Wagon R on sale at OLX and sold it in 5 days for 3,25,000. Got to know the meaning of resale value. Booked Ford Freestyle after just one test drive. We were taken away by the car, it’s build quality, ruggedness, and not to forgot the punchy TDCi engine. Ford has  always been my  favourite brand, I always wanted to own it, drive it. And this time I got the opportunity, we wanted to book the car the very next day but being a Sunday it was delayed. 
      Monday, after attending a club meet at my college, at around 3:00 PM I booked my car at Mody Ford Begumpet. It was Ford Freestyle ambient 1.5 TDCi oxford white which was booked and later upgraded to top of the line model Titanium 1.5 TDCi charcoal black. 
      Dealership Experience: 
      The delivery was done as promised in 5 days. Initially the dealership experience was really good. they treated us well, the car was delivered as promised and everything was good until I noticed what they have done. The dealership has given me 4 months old vehicle, which was lying in the stock yard without informing me and without giving any old stock discounts. 
      Found it by decoding the VIN number. The old stock/first batch vehicle came with fixed rear headrests and the newer one which I was supposed to get according to Ford as I booked in November came with adjustable rear headrests. Multiple mails and calls to the dealership proved to be waste. After a week of follow up, a good member of the Ford Freestyle WhatsApp group forwarded me the mail IDs of Ford India top management. A mail to Mr. Anurag Mehrotra MD Ford India sorted out the issues and the dealer was ordered to replace the entire rear seat with the new ones.  

      Experience with Ford India:
      I must say, the experience so far with Ford has been really good. Right from solving my issues with the dealer to addressing each and every minor issues in the vehicle for which Ford is known for.
      To be honest, Ford is not a reliable brand like the Maruti Suzuki, Honda or Toyota. It is known for those small yet really irritating glitches. But the way the company addresses the issues is what matters. And I must say, Ford outshines every other manufacturer in this department. We as a valued customer have the freedom to even talk to the bosses of Ford India and get the issue solved. Be it the General Manager of a dealership or Managing Director of the company. The mangers and general mangers (service) are always available on phone for our queries. 
      Life With Ford

      It’s been 10 months since I bought the car and I’ve been to many road trips, explored many places, and done some really crazy things with it. So far So good.
      Stability, Steering Feel and Feedback, Braking, Ride Comfort, and Performance:
      The next month after buying the car we did a road trip to Vijayawada. Couldn’t go beyond 100 kmph as the vehicle isn’t supposed to go beyond 100 kmph before 2000 km checkup. while returning I touched 170 kmph effortlessly after 2000 km checkup at Laxmi Ford Vijayawada. No where I felt loosing the control of the car. After driving WagonR for 65000 kms this felt like a really big upgrade in terms of drivability and stability. 
      The response from the steering was spot on. Though the brakes did not inspire confidence at last minute braking for the first 5000 kms of ownership because of over sensitive ABS now they are perfect. Crisp and spot on braking performance. Or dont know if I’m
      used to it.
      Ford Freestyle is built to tackle bad roads and those beautiful untouched, unexplored roads. This said, the ride quality will definitely be on the stiffer side making all those shocks on the bad roads creep in. We can feel the thud sound when the car goes over speed breaker, potholes even in very low speeds. The suspension is on the stiffer side making the car super stable during high speeds and super rough on the bad roads. Space is strictly adequate in the front row and strictly average at the rear and the boot. The driving position is commendable. We sit higher than many of the hatchbacks making us see the road clearly. The car sitting at a height of 190mm from the ground makes driving on worst roads a breeze. No worries of under body hits. 
      The performance from the engine on offer is something else. It effortlessly touches 80 kmph in the second gear itself and 0-100 kmph in under 10 seconds making it one of the fastest car in India. This car even outshines VW Polo in terms of performance. This is the most economical, fun to drive car in India giving good fuel efficiency numbers.  Even Ford EcoSport doesn’t offer the low end torque and that jump this car offers. Reason being same engine for a lighter car. 
      Ford calls the Freestyle a Compact Utility Vehivle and in my opinion its justified. It is not just a raised hatch/hatch with cladding or hatchback in SUV cloths as claimed by few online forums. Having used this for almost a year, clocking 20,000 kms, going for some unexplored areas, I can confidently say that this means some serious business, built for a purpose, a very practice vehicle. If not for serious off-roading, this is made for serious travelling and to glide on those beautiful untouched roads... 
      Ford is known for this. It’s always ahead of the other cars in the segment when it comes to giving safety features if not fancy features.
      2 airbags ABS with EBD Reverse parking sensors Driver and passenger seat belt alarm is standard across all the varient in all the models of Ford Central Locking  Speed sensing door locks  Child safety locks  Making it the most value for money varient. 
      The top of the line varient Titanium comes with added features like 
      TCS HLA ESP  
      And the even premium varient the Titanium Plus comes with added features like
      6 airbags SYNC3 system With all the above features. 
      Road Trips:

      I’ve done many road trips in this 10 months. Multiple trips to Hyderabad-Vijayawada but there are few trips that standout, that tested my skills, that took me to places I’ve never thought I would. 
      The first one being 
      Hyderabad to Maredumilli

      This remains my favourite trip of all. This tested my skills on the ghat during heavy rains and low visibility, took me to a beautiful place called Pamulery Vagu inside the forest.

      It was fun driving this car in those ghats. Steering feel and feedback was really good and was spot on. This trip will be forever remembered. The engine sound coupled with cool breeze and nature sounds made this a really wonderful and memorable trip with my Ford Freestyle.

      Hyderabad to Yanam via Ramachandrapuram 
      This place is really beautiful. I’ve been to Yanam in 2012 in our Swift Dzire. I was siting beside my father and was observing him cruising in that beautiful cool, rainy weather. I was 16 back then. Learning driving from my father in our colony roads. I was amazed by the way it cruised, clicked many pictures  in my father’s Galaxy S3. I couldn’t know more about the place. All I knew was the beach and the beautiful Jesus statue. Nothing beyond that.
      This is 2019 and I was on the wheel with my father sitting beside me and my Sony A6000 DSLR in the rear seat to click the beautiful places. It was 4:30 in the morning, I fired the loud TDCi engine waking up others in my house at Ramachandrapuram. We hit the roads and it was all nostalgic.
      The roads were bad, full of potholes and very bad curves. This gave me a new experience to drive on those village roads full of potholes and truck traffic from the opposite direction with high beam. Made me explore Yanam and the nearby mangroves and getting to know the place beyond beach and of course the beautiful Jesus statue, reminded my father of his childhood and the hotel where he used to sometimes eat and now we having  our breakfast which is still running with the same quality at Drakshramam. This also proved how beautiful my car is gliding  over those big potholes with very loud and uncomfortable sounds in the cabin and  zero underbody hits. making this another memorable road trip. 
      Vijayawada to Hyderabad

      I’ve done multiple trips between Hyderabad-Vijayawada on our Honda City as well as Ford Freestyle as my father is posted there. But this will be remembered.
      This unexpected drive for few minutes under the railway bridge tested my knowledge on flood water driving, knowledge can be acquired by learning but not experience. And this kind of experience is very rare. This tests our skill, It’s a do or die situation. Drive well and come out of the pool or get stuck ruining your car permanently. 
      The experience was all together a very different one. This kept me in a situation where It was all on me. No one to help me, guide me or drive the car. This proved the capabilities of ford Freestyle and my driving skills. The punchy low end torque never worried me or gave a feel of stalling. It never lost the grunt. I successfully came out of it which doubled my confidence in driving and my love towards the car.
      Accidents & Incidents 
      It was 24th of April, 8:45 in the morning. I was driving towards Suchitra Junction to meet my father’s colleague and take my internship certificate which I forgot in her cabin the previous day. I tuned into 98.3 radio mirchi my favourite radio station and was just 5 minutes away from my home when the unexpected saddest thing happened.  



      A construction truck which was coming from the opposite direction taking a 90 degree banged into my car’s rear third quater leaving a really bad damage. It was a hit and run case. Many villagers ran behind him but he fled away leaving me in utter grief. The impact was huge but the damage was small considering the impact.
      Did anyone remember this? “the impact was small, but the damage was really huge” “A thought to upgrade to a safer vehicle struck my father’s mind” and this proved to be the right choice, the safer vehicle. 
      It was 31st of July, 3:30 in the evening, I was driving  from Tellapur towards Kompally on ORR. An incident which taught me the meaning of hydro planning, made me realise the power of water and yet again made me fall in love with my car.   
      It was raining, the road was good obviously because it’s the ORR a Hyderabadi drivers favourite, the road was empty and there’s a water pool that can be seen on the left most lane.
      A child in me touched triple digit speeds (100kmph) from 80kmph wanted to spill the water and went straight onto the waterlogged pool only to loose control over my car. The vehicle immediately lost traction, drifted towards the right, steering was out of my control for few seconds, I tried very hard to steer the car to the left keeping it in the lane and I succeeded.
      All thanks to the traction control that my car has. This taught me how much dangerous water can be and the force of water. Never after this incident I touched triple digit speeds during rains. 

      To sum it up, Freestyle is a car that definitely puts a smile the drivers face. Particularly the TDCi. It’s rightly called a pocket rocket. 

      Freestyle is not about luxury, its rugged, rough, not so comfortable when compared to the competition, the interiors are hard, the plastics are not placed well but as said before its lal about ruggedness and practicality. Once you are behind the wheel of a Ford you’ll forever be the fan of Ford.

      Srikrishna Bhavaraju
      A true Ford Lover

  • Our picks