Hi all, About six months back, my son-in-law had relocated to Mumbai. I had gone along with him to share the driving - he has a Scorpio. Now that he is settled down - he had been allotted a flat from the Port trust at Colaba - we had planned to drive to Mumbai. The option to drive was inescapable because we had to take a lot of their stuff with us. Before the drive, I had taken the car to Auto Sterling NOIDA to check it out and top up all fluids etc. They did a good job, and even cleaned the car in the bargain. The driver side power window was making a slight noise when operated. This was also done up. Total bill paid was around Rs 380/= for the power window job. We (wife & I) started the drive as planned on 21 Oct at 4 AM. The route followed was: DND expressway - Ring road - on to outer Ring road via Rao Tula Ram marg, and then on to the Gurgaon highway. The first pleasant surprise was that the first toll booth was very orderly - the last time it was absolute anarchy! Then on to the Jaipur highway. A fair amount of work seems to have been done and the road was pretty decent. Even the truck traffic was manageable. The next task was to catch the Jaipur by-pass. It is a slight LEFT turn from the highway. The catch is that it DOES NOT say 'Jaipur by-pass'. It says "MAHINDRA WORLD CITY". Just to help potential newbies, it is approximately 207 kms from Moti Bagh intersection. This road swings to the right crossing over NH8, and then skirts Jaipur keeping the town well to the left. This is a good road, mostly 6 lane. The last about 7 kms are under repairs, and is not in a very good condition. From there you join NH8 towards Ajmer. This is 4 lane all through. Traffic density in the early morning is manageable. Just short of Ajmer you take the diversion to the left towards Nasirabad, (NH-79). This is a great 4 lane road. However, this is the leg on which I lost maximum time!! The trucks seem to have discovered this route and were in full strength. What really screws your happiness is when you have two fully loaded trucks trying to overtake each other, and in the bargain just blocking the road for up to 10 minutes at times! I thought my horn would burn out - not that it made any difference to these guys. This road goes on to Udaipur via Chitaurgarh. Great road but messed up traffic. I estimate that we lost about an hour on this leg (if compered to what speed you can do vs what I could actually do). Then came the only bad patch - the Udaipur by-pass. You have to turn left & this goes around the city keeping it to your right. The road condition was bad, and to compound matters, I think that the entire truck population of South Asia was on this road - another 20 odd minutes lost. Once you exit the by-pass you hit what I think is the best stretch of road to exhibit the Punto's handling. The road is 4 lane with excellent surface. The terrain is fairly undulating, and plenty of curves - some really serious ones. You can really fly in the Punto at speeds that made me really unsettled in the Scorpio six months back. As somebody stated earlier - the Punto grips the road like Fevicol. After a while you cross over to Gujarat. I was quite disappointed at the marked deterioration in the road surface - still pretty OK. Finally reached Gandhinagar (Ahmedabad) where we planned our night halt with Air Force friends, at 7:45 PM. It was practically non-stop driving with two short halts to fill 10 lits of fuel at each halt. I am chary about the quality of Diesel en-route and do major top ups only at known places. My wife provided moral support & 'in-flight catering' - we normally eat on the move (rolled up parathas with egg/aloo). The first day stats: Distance: 983 kms. Duration: 15 hrs 45 min with a total halt of about 25 minutes. Fuel efficiency 21.9 kpl. We spent the night at the new Air Force Mess at Chiloda in Gandhinagar. On 22 Oct, we met up with old friends - I was posted at Gandhinagar from 2007 to 2009. In short 22 Oct was a day of rest. I made sure to top up fuel at Gandhinagar. On 23 Oct we once again hit the road early - 3:30 AM. From Chiloda circle there is about 17 kms of 2 lane with the normal truck traffic which drives with high beam. So caution is required. Then you hit the Baroda highway, and you are back to high speed cruising with 4/6 lane. Just short of Baruch you hace a longish bridge which is 2 lane, and this is the major bottle-neck. We were lucky to get out fairly quickly. However, the reciprocal traffic was backed up about 3 Kms!! After that the highway to Mumbai is pretty good - 4/6 lanes. However, as you get closer to Mumbai there are about 20 diversions due to highway upgradations. Barring three which are minor bottlenecks, the others are manageable. From the time we entered Mumbai we were C/O MMI GPS - I am totally clueless about Mumbai roads. However, MMI brought us to the house and announced "You have reached your destination". We were welcomed by our son-in-law, daughter and our soon to be three year old grandson. We reached at 1:45 PM. Stats for the day: Distance: 603 kms. Time: 10 hrs 15 mins with about 30 mins halt. Total trip distance: 1586 kms Overall fuel efficiency: 21.3 kpl. If we take an average cost of diesel as 45 Rs/lit, the per km cost is approximately Rs 2.11 per km. Some observations:- 1. On the leg from Jaipur to Udaipur there are practically very few eating places. So carrying your own food is a good idea. 2. From Jaipur till Udaipur I saw only five cars; all with Rajasthan regn!! All the other vehicles were trucks. Makes one wonder if Indians have stopped long drives. 3. The Ahmedabad Mumbai leg has lots of good eating places. 4. The Punto seat is just great. With the lumbar cushion that I use, the fatigue was minimal despite the fact that I drove the entire way. Currently, I am in the process of exploring SoBo (South Bombay as the locals call it). Parking space availability is the major constraint. If in doubt taking a taxi appears the better option - taxi guys are pretty decent by Delhi standards. Fortunately, in the complex there is adequate open parking. However, within two days, the crows had really messed up the car. So, brought Formula 1 car shampoo & Wax, and a car cover. After shampooing and waxing the car, it is now under cover. We will be in Mumbai till end Nov. So, I will like to get in touch with local TFIans. Mine is a Medium Grey Punto with Delhi plates & a TFI sticker on the rear bumper. Regards Johnny PS: Though I have a camera, I have not taken any snaps of the route etc. I am a bit lazy in this respect.