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Hyderabad to Ahmedabad, Little Rann of Kutch, Dholavira and Great Rann of Kutch.

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1 hour ago, sagar said:

December in Himachal will be a challenging task. Both for the drive and for us to withstand the climatic conditions. The chilled out weather and the snow is very harsh. We were almost numb for the time we stayed in Chitkul that night. Many of the locals in the village have migrated for the time being. It’s fun, adventurous and at the same time risky and extremely challenging emoji2.png

In that case my car would be filled with winter clothes 🤪 ..but once we can try doing that snow driving with the chains or something else on for the tyres..

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In that case my car would be filled with winter clothes 🤪 ..but once we can try doing that snow driving with the chains or something else on for the tyres..

Snow chains during winter are a must and also 4x4 or AWD would be preferable
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11 hours ago, sagar said:

Snow chains during winter are a must and also 4x4 or AWD would be preferable emoji1.png

@Rangeris waiting for Jimny and renegade ... whatever he picks up should be good ... so let’s push him to get one of them asap ... if jimny not being launched in India then importing from Pakistan should do 😜..

 

10 hours ago, ksa171983 said:

@Rangeris waiting for Jimny and renegade ... whatever he picks up should be good ... so let’s push him to get one of them asap ... if jimny not being launched in India then importing from Pakistan should do 😜..

Just found that renegade is a no for India instead they launching something like a brezza and expect it around 2020/21. 

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11 hours ago, sagar said:

Snow chains during winter are a must and also 4x4 or AWD would be preferable

 

Last year we managed without them.
Luckily, we did not encounter extreme snow fall. 

 

11 hours ago, ksa171983 said:

if jimny not being launched in India then importing from Pakistan should do

 

Haha, why complicated my life.  😁

We can take some self-drive Thar/Fortuner

 

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38 minutes ago, Ranger said:

Haha, why complicated my life.  😁

We can take some self-drive Thar/Fortuner

Btw jimny is coming to India in 2020... 

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22 hours ago, ksa171983 said:
Just found that renegade is a no for India instead they launching something like a brezza and expect it around 2020/21. 

 

I still have positive vibes that Renegade is gonna be launched in India by 2019. Can surely push @Ranger to get this :D 

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On 6/26/2018 at 2:15 PM, Ranger said:

Experience matters!

 

I'm sure you people will remember this part in the entire trip.

With group of friends, it will always fun into getting something like this.
Memories like these wont fade away because ..

if anyone talks about Gujarat, you will start your story. 😁

 

On 6/26/2018 at 8:32 PM, sagar said:

December in Himachal will be a challenging task. Both for the drive and for us to withstand the climatic conditions.

 

This is what we love right? 😍

Challenging roads..Adventure..but in a controlled manner!

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Guest Shuvam

Awesome trip report and pictures.

 

I am planning a Kutch self-driving trip in February with family. Need some suggestions on the itinerary from the esteemed members here.

 

The planned itinerary is as follows :

Day 1 : Arrive at Ahmedabad in the morning (8-9am). Pick up rental car from Ahmedabad and drive to Little Rann. Drive through the LRK (enter from Bajana or Zainabad and exit through Palasava). Then to Dholavira and spend the night there. If time permits then see the Great Rann and/or the Harappan ruins.

Day 2 : See the rest of the attractions at Dholavira (whatever's not covered the previous day) and then drive to the Dhordo side. See the Great Rann on Dhordo side, may be Kala Dungar too. Attend the rann utsav musical programme and late evening drive back to Bhuj. Spend the night at Bhuj.

Day 3 : This day is not yet totally decided. I wish to visit the marine national park near Jamnagar and spend the night there. But if this is going to be a stretch then I may think of something else. Suggestions welcome.

Day 4 : Drive back to Ahmedabad and catch the evening flight. Is there anything on the way that is a must see?

 

Please let me know if the itinerary looks good. I realise it's probably on the tighter side but I would make an attempt unless it is absolutely crazy. 

 

Now for the questions :

- Do you recommend taking a guide to self-drive across the Little Rann? If so, where can I find one?
- Apart from the utsav related stuff (music, tent stay, etc.) is it necessary to see the Dhordo side of the Great Rann if I have already seen the Dholavira side?
 

Looking forward to your valuable inputs.

 

Best regards

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12 hours ago, Guest Shuvam said:

Looking forward to your valuable inputs.

 

Hi Shuvam, Welcome on board.

Considering your travel with family and the drive starting from Ahmedabad, the plan that you've drafted looks impossible to me..

It isn't possible to do both Dholavira and Little Rann of Kutch on the same day.

 

Your day 1 actually starts post 10 O clock starting from Ahmedabad and you would reach Little Rann of Kutch vaguely around 2 PM considering a food stop in between.

Your permits is for Little Rann won't consume much time but, Since you are travelling with family, I would recommend you to take a guide if your's is the only car doing the trip.

 

It is quite easy in this place to experience an adventure where you would have no humans, signals or anything for help as it is all deserted and a dried out lake. Since you are doing this with your family, I wouldn't recommend an adventure :) 

 

By the time you fall out and escape from little Rann, it will definitely pass 7 PM to sight any other place.

 

Let your day 1 include just Little ran of Kutch and your Day 2 and 3 can include the rest of the places you want to visit.

 

 

 

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Guest Shuvam

Hi Sagar,

 

Thank you for your response. This is the kind of inputs I am looking at. So, do you think doing Dholavira (in the morning) and the Dhordo side of the Great Rann (in the evening) is doable on the second day? And even if I don't do anything in Dholavira on the first day, is the idea to drive until there and spend the night at Dholavira a good one? Or you would rather suggest staying overnight somewhere closer to the Little Rann? And if so, where?

 

Thanks again,

Shuvam

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Your Day- 1 is going to be really hectic and no doubt about that, because the nearest place to both Dhordo and Dholavira where you get accommodation for families would be Bhuj and Gandhidham.

Gandhidham is more closer for you compared to Bhuj, to reach after your Great Rann of Kutch exploration on Day -1. 

 

For Day - 2, I would recommend you to do Dhordo and Great Rann of Kutch considering lesser crowd in the mornings especially during the Rann Utsav (Crowded) season. This place would also be extremely hot due to the salt marshy land in the afternoon. If you manage to fall out of Dhordo by noon, you can drive down to Dholavira and tour the Harappan and Mohenjadaro ruins (Indus Valley Civilization), Border line (Karni Temple) and get back to the Dholavira Salt marsh land to enjoy the Sunset.

 

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Guest Shuvam

Thanks Sagar, much appreciated. I will get back to you if I have more questions. :)

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On ‎12‎/‎26‎/‎2018 at 9:09 PM, Guest Shuvam said:

 

Looking forward to your valuable inputs.

 

 

Hi Shuvam, My colleague has visited Kutch last week during the Christmas weekend. As per his update, The place was very crowded due to the Rann Utsav. Accommodations around the Rann Utsav area were very expensive. Do plan smartly and make your reservations well in advance.

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I would suggest to do your trip after the Rann Utsav gets over. The place looks better with out crowd and much enjoyable. Between December to February, Kutch is heavily crowded because of the festive season.

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Guest Shuvam

Thank you Sudhir and Raman. Appreciate your advice. I too is of the same opinion, though I would not be able to move the dates too much due to work commitments etc. That's why I am not planning to stay overnight at the Rann. I will stay until late evening and get back to Bhuj where accommodation is booked and decently priced.

 

Also from Bhuj, with the extra days I have I would be able to drive around to other places too, like the Great Indian Bastard Sanctuary. Any other ideas most welcome.

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Nice travel log @sagar, @Ranger. This was in my list when I was in Delhi. But not able fulfill it. With your photos, I am cursing myself for not doing it. But will surely plan it in near future with information provided by you.

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48 minutes ago, mit1682 said:

Nice travel log @sagar, @Ranger. This was in my list when I was in Delhi. But not able fulfill it. With your photos, I am cursing myself for not doing it. But will surely plan it in near future with information provided by you.

 

You should definitely do this drive. It has it's very own unique beauty laid all over this place. But, the sun is always soaring high being close to the equatorial region. Sun and Salt are a dangerous combination :D 

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      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


    • By Ranger
      Current status:

      Hyderabad to Tuni : Good
      Tuni to Chilka : under construction
      Chilka to Kolkata : Good
       
      Information shared by @ARAY
       
      ***NH 16 - Route update***
      Folks planning for a road trip via NH16 to WB next weekend for Durga Puja, please be aware of the latest road conditions. Post Tuni till South Chilka is getting a major road expansion for last 8+ months as we all know.
       
      Diversions and all are manageable, however with the recent torrential downpour in the region the soft soil has washed off exposing the cemented Culverts and small bridges that are constructed at the first phase of any NH build or expansion.
       
      Due to the absence of proper markings and boards this is more risky. Absence of soft soil or temporary soil in general will further make the cemented bridges even more harder to climb and slush and soft mud can make the situation tricky.
       
      People driving low slung sedans and hatchbacks please be careful, there is a high probability of underbelly hits while making the ascend to and decent from the bridges. People with FWD SUV be careful of lateral torque steer in the slush making the car go sideways and out of control.
       
      A close friend of mine while driving to Assam has severely damaged the front left lower arm, track rod for steering and partially the ball joints of Honda city. He took that ascent at roughly 32kmph as per his GPX data.
      Use caution drive slow post Tuni and have a very safe trip everyone !
       
       
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