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Discussion in 'Travelogues & Experiences' started by J Ravi, Oct 10, 2012.

  1. Aviator

    Aviator Amatore

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    I don't know why but i am not able to see any photo posted by Ravi Sir. Its just shows like "Name: DSC08017.JPG Views: 256 Size: 204.8 KB"

    Kindly Help!!!!!
  2. ramjn

    ramjn Staff Member Janitor

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    Picture was visible and now it seems like there is some issue. I could not see any pictures posted on the whole. Let us wait for the action from Admin. :)
  3. J Ravi

    J Ravi Esperto

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    Thanks, lowflier. I am not a professional photographer. The credit goes to the grand Himalayas, Sony Cybershot DSC-T900 and Photoscape.:)
    Thanks, fiatlover. I drove literally on the dry river-bed on many stretches. I shudder to think of the situation during monsoon and cloudbursts.:(
    Now, all the photographs are visible.
    Thanks, Ramesh, for prompt pointing out.
  4. rishike007

    rishike007 Esperto

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    Once again..."WOW"
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  5. vijays777

    vijays777 Regolare

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    Kunzam Pass To Bilaspur must be a thrilling trip nice pictures, any videos ravi sir ? , you surely need the 185 mm GC sir , then we can also drive like big cars
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  6. J Ravi

    J Ravi Esperto

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    Highway Inn, Bilaspur To Hotel Fifu, Jaisalmer

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    We got up late and breakfasted at the opposite Highway Food. I topped up engine oil with half litre of Selenia K and windshield cleaning fluid. My Linea had a wash too. Later, we got ready and checked out of Highway Inn at 12 noon and headed for Hotel Fifu, Jaisalmer. The bad roads at Swarghat tested my patience, and later, the border of HP and PB greeted us with craters on both the sides of the border.:(

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    I continued my driving, bypassed Chandigarh, refuelled at Rajpura, Punjab and while passing through Patiala, I noticed Hemant Goyal Motors [P] Ltd. on the highway. Immediately, I decided to barge in to get my Linea's bent engine guard plate repaired as it was making noise at slow speeds. As the time was around 5:15 pm, I was more or less sure that my Linea would not be entertained. When I explained the matter to the lady at the reception, she frowned. But, I insisted on meeting the SA for FIAT cars. She then introduced me to Jaspreet Singh. When I explained the issue to him, he said, no problem. I then told him that my Linea's boot and dash-board box were fully loaded and I can't remove them. Again, he said, no problem. Finally, I told him that I want my Linea back on the same day. He smilingly said, no problem. He personally took it to the service bay, personally stood there and got my Linea's problem attended to. In the meanwhile, we were treated with water, and then, with tea. After about half hour, he drove my Linea out of the service bay and informed me that my Linea is now fully okay. My Linea's bent engine guard plate was straightened and the air filter cleaned. Although I requested for replacement of new air filter, it could not be done as it was out of stock. I was not charged for the work. I gave 10 out 10 for all the applicable items in the instant feed-back form. Jaspreet Singh was a nice, jovial and sweet gentleman. He guided me to the market for our shopping at Patiala, which followed later.:)

    As guided by Jaspreet Singh, I drove to Dharampur market of Patiala, parked my Linea at a secured place near TB Hospital and started walking towards the busy market place. We met one Manpreet Singh, who had a shop opposite Gurudwara Bhai Ram Kishan Ji, TB Hospital Road, Patiala and enquired about availability of kada. He asked us to sit in his shop, rang up his wife and sent his assistant to fetch some kadas he kept at his home! In spite of my requesting him to tell me about the whereabouts of the shop dealing with that item, he won't budge! The assistant came with many kadas of small size. He asked us to choose from the available kadas. We selected some four of them. He then asked my wife to sit in his shop and took me in his old scooter to a shop in Dharampur market dealing with such items. I selected some 8 kadas of various sizes. He asked me, 'What about you?'. I said, 'I don't want any. They are all for my children and friends'. He insisted on me wearing one. He then asked the shop-keeper to give a kada for my size and he himself put on the kada on my right hand!:) When I asked for the price, Manpreet Singh told the shop-keeper not to take any money from me notwithstanding my protest. He declared all the kadas were his presents and no further discussion on that subject!:) He brought me back to his shop in his scooter. He insisted on our staying in his house for that night and continue our journey from the next day! We politely declined the offer and thanked him profusely for his presents. He then gave me his business card and requested me to be his guest whenever I visit Patiala again, which I accepted. He suggested that we have our dinner at Deepak Dhaba at Dhanaula after Sangrur on RHS of the highway, about 70 km from Patiala. We were touched by the love and affection showered by this total stranger on us.

    We then walked to the same Dharampur market and shopped. We hired a cycle-rickshaw at Rs 20 and returned to the TB Hospital where I had parked my Linea. We continued our drive towards Jaisalmer. As suggested by Manpreet Singh, we had our dinner at Deepak Dhaba comprising mouth-watering makki ki roti and sarson ka saag with free supply of unlimited butter-milk.:)

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    Although NH 15 was a good road, crossing PB-RJ border was really terrible, that too, at night. Craters greeted us at both the sides of the border. There was a good toll bypass 2-lane road for Bikaner. We had our morning tea after wash at a road-side dhaba. My Linea took us to Hotel Fifu at 10:40 am and rested.

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    More to come.
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  7. J Ravi

    J Ravi Esperto

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    Thanks for the compliments, rishike007.
    Sorry, no videos, only photos.
    When my Linea could drive on Batal-Gramphoo stretch with the stock 165 mm GC, she can drive on any road with the same GC!;)
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  8. J Ravi

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    We had a busy day and our Linea, a rest day on 6 October 2012. In the morning, we visited Jaisalmer Fort. We visited the Jain temples and Laxminath temples inside. We also shopped there. We returned to our hotel, lunched and rested.

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    We left at 2 pm for a sunset safari in a 4WD Mahindra driven by Kabir Khan Bhai. He took us to the royal cenotaphs at Bara Bagh. Then, we visited Amarsagar, a 15 century Jain temple. Since photography was not allowed, I could not take any photographs there.

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    Later, we visited Kuldhara - the abandoned and cursed village. Kabir narrated a story: this village was inhabited by Paliwal Brahmins. The Rajput king saw the beautiful daughter of the head of the village and wanted to marry her. Protesting against the king's wishes, the entire 84 villages evacuated suddenly in one night in 1825. Their whereabouts were not known to the king, who searched for them with all his might. Read the full story here.

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    Finally, Kabir took us to the sand dunes at Sam [pronounced 'Some']. He dropped us at one point from where the camel ride started. In Kaziranga National Park, we had enjoyed elephant ride. Now it's time for camel ride!:) My wife rode a camel named Rajoo, aged 9 years, escorted by Fareen. My ride was on Babloo, aged 11 years, escorted by Bhan Singh. The camel ride lasted for about one hour. We had tea with Parle G biscuits served by Kabir. We enjoyed the beautiful sunset and returned to our hotel for dinner.

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    To be continued.
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  9. VahanPujari

    VahanPujari Staff Member Janitor

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    Ravi ji,

    Wonderful travelogue & beautifullllll scenic pics. Awsome !!

    Just 1 question - Did you always do such non-stop long drives so frequently or does Linea have a fair share to it ? :)
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  10. J Ravi

    J Ravi Esperto

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    Thanks for the appreciation, Amit.:)
    I love to do long drives in my Linea - surely, the credit goes to my Linea!;)

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