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Leh and Linea : Revisited with my XUV

Discussion in 'Travelogues & Experiences' started by J Ravi, Sep 28, 2011.

  1. J Ravi

    J Ravi Esperto

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    Here they are.
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    Some vital statistics of my Leh expedition:

    7849.8 km

    19 days [9 - 27 September 2011]

    13 states/UT [TN/AP/MH/MP/UP/HR/DL/PB/JK/CH/RJ/GJ/KA]

    2 occupants [Myself and my wife]

    1 car [My Linea]

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    We got up late in the morning, breakfasted in the room itself ordered from room service and again rested. Peanut was a good budget hotel. I made advance reservation through MakeMyTrip at a lower tariff. I went down and requested the security guard to arrange for a car wash and my Linea was gleaming and shining within another hour or so.

    We checked out at 1 pm on 11 September 2011 [Sunday] and went straight to Haldiram's at Bardi for lunch. After relishing a delicious lunch, we headed for IOC COCO pump at Nagpur where my Linea had her tankful.

    We headed for Amritsar at 2 pm. I took Seoni>Lakhnadon>Narasimhapur>Sagar>Jhansi>Gwalior>Agra>Delhi>Panipat>Ludhiana>Jalandhar>Amritsar as guided by my MMI Lx130 navigator.
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    I had horrible experience of driving through many bad roads all along the night. My Linea bottom-scraped 21 times before reaching Gwalior. One good stretch followed by a bad stretch. All along the route, there was cattle menace in MP and UP. Driving through huge mound of slush, craters and potholed roads in towns like Lakhnadon, Sagar, Jhansi, etc. was pain in the neck.:mad: At that time itself, I decided that my return journey would be via NH 8/4. I got fed up of North-South Corridor. I could not click photographs in the night as I had to concentrate on my driving and my wife was totally shell-shocked.
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    Since the road-widening works were in progress, there were no signages, no indicators for diversion. At a Y-junction, I entered into Narasimhapur town instead of its bypass. At last, I found some human beings from whom I came to know that I had to take the bypass on the left fork. My MMI navigator many times went blank or showed old route through the towns. After Narsimhapur bypass, we stopped and had delicious tava roti and dal fry at a road-side dhaba frequented by truckers.

    We reached Gwalior the next day early morning. The road condition improved after Gwalior. After crossing Agra, we had sumptuous breakfast at Bikaneerwala on NH 2. Later, I had a power nap for about half-hour and continued the journey.

    We continued our journey, crossed New Delhi and entered NH 1 and stopped at Sukhdev Vaishno Dhaba at Murthal for late-lunch at 4:30 pm. We ate a hearty and satisfying meal. The journey continued. I parked my Lina at the road side and had the second power nap for about half-hour in the night somewhere between Ludhiana and Jalandhar.
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    We reached Hotel Sapphire, Amritsar at 2:30 am on 13 September 2011 [Tuesday], checked in to our room and slept immediately.
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    Many more photographs are waiting in the queue!
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2011
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  2. kedarbendre

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    Wow you had the best company in the world. Your Wife. Hats off to your wife also and appreciated that she was with you all the time :)

    Sir any specific reason you took roads from MP, UP as you had good highway like Chennai--Pune---Mumbai---Ahemadabad---Jaipur--Dephi etc.

    Road from these cities are the best as per my knowledge.
  3. J Ravi

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    Thanks a lot, kedarbendre, for the compliments. I wanted to explore the North-South Corridor. That's why I went through MP and UP. The return journey was via NH 8/4.
  4. kedarbendre

    kedarbendre Esperto

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    so how was the experience. How was the food in North South corridor :)
  5. Maps from MMI is still the best as of today, but they still have long way to go before replace our judgement.
    Curious to know who did you manage to hit a hotel/Dabha right when it's your food timings? or did you just had food in when ever you had access to?

    Is there any damage to engine guard from the scrapings? Comments on the photo's are missing some of it's part.
  6. J Ravi

    J Ravi Esperto

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    There are a lot of dhabas all along the North-South Corridor, NH 2/1/1A/8/4 except Srinagar-Leh NH 1D. So, one can be choosy about right eatery depending upon his/her taste/food habits.
    No damages. Only bend, which got straightened at Amritsar and Srinagar.
  7. karan desai

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    well congratulate your wife from my behalf. salute her spirits. she must be very brave to support you all the way. of course linea did her duty too.
  8. J Ravi

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    Thanks a lot, karan desai, for kind words and greetings, but the real credit goes to my Linea!:D
  9. J Ravi

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    Amritsar - in and around

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