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4500 km in a Honda BR-V and Mahindra Scorpio 4WD

4500 km in a Honda BR-V and Mahindra Scorpio 4WD

4500 km in a Honda B..

  • 15 Jun 2016, 99084 Views

Roshun

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  • 15 Jun 2016, 5:51 pm ( 2 Photos )
I guess you know we are having a ZigDrive in Bengaluru on June 19th for all the ZigWheels Forum members and friends in Bengaluru. See this LINK for more details on that drive. While we were planning the logistics for that drive CorsaVeloce, MotuSid and NikilSJ wanted to attend it too. And we also thought we would take one of the latest SUVs on Indian roads along with an old favourite to go and attend this ZigDrive. Thus, was hatched the plan to take a Honda BR-V VX i-DTEC and my Mahindra Scorpio S10 4WD on an epic road trip of 4,500 km from Delhi to Bengaluru and back. (I will be taking a different route back, on which I shall update later)
Watch this space as we take advice from HVKumar for the route and set off for Bengaluru on Thursday, June 16. We will keep posting route photos and updates here, networks permitting that is. Hmm, that also gives us an opportunity to check out Airtel's 4G service across the country! Catch us on the ZigWheels Facebook page as well. I will post Facebook LIVE updates from time to time.
The travellers: Roshun, NikilSJ, MotuSid and CorsaVeloce
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The proposed route:
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CorsaVeloce

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  • 15 Jun 2016, 6:05 pm
Im excited like a 10 year old for this. Really wanna see what the Honda is made of. The question im hoping to answer at the end of this trip is whether the BRV is an SUV or a station wagon. We shall find out.

JijoMalayil

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  • 15 Jun 2016, 6:11 pm
Roshun MotuSid NikilSJ CorsaVeloce This would be one epic cross country run. Will surely miss this, the monsoons and the Zigdrive to Avalabetta Safe drive comrades!

MotuSid

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  • 15 Jun 2016, 7:33 pm
"Originally posted by CorsaVeloce"
The question im hoping to answer at the end of this trip is whether the BRV is an SUV or a station wagon.
You don't have to wait that long. In fact I can tell you exactly what it is right now - it is an elongated hatchback which is slightly raised and rides on stiffer springs. There, now what else do you want to know?

MotuSid

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  • 16 Jun 2016, 6:18 am ( 1 Photo )
Good Morning everyone!

More Photos

Roshun

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  • 16 Jun 2016, 8:23 am
Update at 8.00 am.
We left Noida at 4.45 am. Got to Agra at 6.40 am. Now on a tea break at Dholpur. Gwalior is 40 km from here. Met a fellow traveler from the HVK Group (Allen) just after Agra.

JijoMalayil

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  • 16 Jun 2016, 11:50 am ( 7 Photos )
Shots from the epic cross country run, as Roshun mentioned, the convoy started of at 4.45 am from Noida. Destination - Bangalore.
Images- MotuSid
The sun was just over the horizon, trying to get a peek of the world as a few distantly placed cars tried to make their way through the Yamuna Expressway.

Crowded roads of Agra, array of colours, the air is chaotic here.

An abandoned fort after Gwalior, Ghalib, I thought.

New bridge between Dabra and Datia.

It is 40 degrees outside, A/C is powerful and the ride very compliant. Dead bugs on windshield.

Lot of high tension wires for company. They look like people.

Black Fox crosses another milestone. 9000kms on the Jhansi bypass.

Many more to follow...

JijoMalayil

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  • 16 Jun 2016, 12:06 pm ( 5 Photos )
The roads have opened up now. Woo!

The best fake smiles CorsaVeloce and NikilSJ could come up with.

Roshun and CorsaVeloce cleaning the windshields for better photos!

Both the cars are, again on the NH26, after we cleaned the windshields. All set to go.

Heading into the unknown, at least that is what the Scorpio's MapMyIndia system is telling us. Currently on NH26, just passed Bangay.

More updates soon...

Praveen

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  • 16 Jun 2016, 12:15 pm ( 2 Photos )
The shades are on and he means business. Although, could he be smiling?
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On board systems report on average kmpl. Roshun , isn't 13.8 kmpl on the highways at 80 kmph a little less?
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Praveen

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  • 16 Jun 2016, 12:25 pm ( 1 Photo )
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They've taken the Yamuna Expressway till Agra, then the road to Gwalior, bypassed Gwalior to Jhansi onto AH43, bypassed Jhansi and went onto NH26 and are now going to Lalitpur.

JijoMalayil

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  • 16 Jun 2016, 12:30 pm ( 1 Photo , 1 Video)
Okay, first casualty!
The Scorpio's windshield got a chip from a flying stone. ☹

And here is Roshun giving an update on the journey, and its raining

Rhythem Raswant

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  • 16 Jun 2016, 4:29 pm ( 9 Photos )
Very few vehicles for company on NH44. 80 kms away from Sagar. Smooth roads, cruise control used extensively on the Scorpio should have been offered on the BR-V too, people love driving on the wrong side, sultry weather outside, may start raining soon. Also tested the ABS thoroughly thanks to dumb cows on the road.

Just entered Madhya Pradesh.

Brilliant Road. Gunning down this road with an Hayabusa would be awesome!

Let me guess, drunken driving? I guess the guy should have read THIS before he got into the truck.

The BR-V gets the advantage to slipstreaming into Roshun 's Scorpio.

14 tyres on the truck, 112 tyres on the trailer. Near Kareli. Filling them up must be a pain!

Average indicated efficiency of 19kmpl for the BR-V. Scorpio returning 13.9kmpl

SuperMod Roshun is SuperHappy driving his Scorpio

CorsaVeloce says Family Caven was an amazing Pit Stop.

Praveen

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  • 17 Jun 2016, 11:16 am ( 6 Photos )
The scenery keeps getting better. Near Ganeshganj
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I think we could make it to Kanyakumari. What say?
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Powah!
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Roads in Maharashtra are being developed, speed has dropped significantly
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Good lights help gobble up roads faster
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Oyo in Nagpur, pad for the night
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JijoMalayil

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  • 17 Jun 2016, 12:10 pm ( 4 Photos )
Road Trip, Day 2.
We set off even before the birds started chirping. Sight on Hyderabad - 385 km. City of biryani, hopefully we can grab a plate.
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Chai break and morning nature calls. 103km away from Nagpur.
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India's newest state, Telangana, 200kms away from Hyderabad though. We can almost smell the aroma!
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Putting the recently launched Honda BR-V through some serious testing. Hope it emerges with flying colours!
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Rhythem Raswant

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  • 17 Jun 2016, 7:14 pm ( 6 Photos )
Hault at Hyderabad for the famous Biryani

230 kilometres away from Bangalore now. ETA 10:30

Reaching Anantpur. The only place we encountered some issues was Hyderabad. Terrible traffic. Roads are fantastic

Bangalore less than 400 km now

Erm. Less than 150 kms


Arpit_Shukla

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  • 17 Jun 2016, 8:36 pm
Can you please share your experience about the Honda BR-V?

Kavinraj_Karupa..

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  • 17 Jun 2016, 10:01 pm
In which among the 2 vehicles,. you enjoyed the journey very much? In Scorpio, I've experienced handling is not too exciting, when driven more than 80 KMPH. Not sure if this is the same with everyone using a Scorpio.

Roshun

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  • 18 Jun 2016, 9:16 am
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I have the new Scorpio S10 4WD. And I also have a 2006 CRDe. Believe me when I say this. There's a world of a difference between the old and new in terms of suspension behaviour. The new one is really comfortable. I had cruise control set at 105 kmph for most of the route (speed limit is 100 kmph on most of the NH). I am most comfortable at that speed. The Honda BR-V has a sweet spot at about 100-110, and since it has six gears, it also revs a lot lower, and gives better mileage. I still prefer the high seating postion of the Scorpio and the ease with which it handles the odd speedbreaker or pothole. But I wish the Scorpio had a sixth gear. It would have made it so much better on the highway.
So, to summarize, we did about 30 hours of driving time (15 + 15) on day one and two. 2,200 Km or so covered. (Will post exact logs in a bit). Got into Bangalore at 9pm after leaving Nagpur at 5 am on day 2, with steady driving all through. Great roads right up to Bangalore, except for a small stretch just after Nagpur and before Adilabad.

Rhythem Raswant

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  • 20 Jun 2016, 9:59 am
Arpit_Shukla
Currently CorsaVeloce is on his way back to Delhi. He has covered almost 3000 kms in the BR-V as of now. He might be able to share his opinion and tell you more about it when he is back. Watch this space for updates.

Nikhil Kalra

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  • 20 Jun 2016, 12:10 pm ( 5 Photos )
Update from June 18, a few more photographs >>
The final stretch. Less than 100kms to go. Cleaning the bugs off both the cars for best visibility

Bangalore!

A pit stop about 160 km before Bangalore

The route on the first day!

Route on the second day!

Rhythem Raswant

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  • 20 Jun 2016, 12:17 pm ( 9 Photos )
Return journey has started.

Rainy, rainy Coorg, after a 2500 km road trip.

BRV has done close to 2800kms

Halfway to Pune.

Shall we?




BRV crosses 3000 kms

Roshun

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  • 20 Jun 2016, 12:18 pm
Update. 20:06:2016. 12.00 pm.
The Scorpio 4WD and Honda BR-V parted ways in Bengaluru yesterday, after ZigDrive 6 (see thread for updates on the drive). I started out of Bengaluru at 5.30 pm yesterday and have come to Madikeri, Coorg, my hometown. Will be taking a 2 day break here and then heading back to Delhi via the coastal route.
The plan: Madikeri to Mangalore to Canacona (Goa) to Pune to Chittorgarh (via Nashik) to Delhi.
The team in the Honda BR-V has already started back to Delhi this morning and are now just Belagavi, entering Maharashtra shortly. The night halt planned for today with the team in the Honda BR-V is Pune.
4G Network availability is very poor across the route. We tried transmitting Facebook LIVE feeds to you folks, but the network barely caught 3G at times, and speeds were mainly 2G at best.

MotuSid

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  • 20 Jun 2016, 1:29 pm
"Originally posted by Arpit_Shukla"
Can you please share your experience about the Honda BR-V?
Exterior design - It looks like a Mobilio with some 'tough-look' additions. Headlamps with LED pilot lamps and projectors look good. Diamond-cut look alloys look cool. Do not like the tail-lamps, the Mobilios tail-lamps would have looked better on this I guess.
Interior design - Much better than the Mobilio, the dashboard and instrument cluster is the same as the Amaze though. Black upholstery with silver accents look nice.
Comfort - Seats are okay for shorter rides, lack of lumbar support is a real problem. Spacious seats - front and second row, third is best reserved for kids. We folded the third row forward for more luggage space. Suspension is very well sorted - comfortable over bad roads.
Engine - don't let the rpms go below 1000 and it rewards you with good acceleration. Sixth gear helps extract amazing mileage - was able to get over 20kmpl during ZigDrive VI.
Steering - no feedback but light at low speeds and weighs up nicely at higher speeds.
Handling - Car-like, sure-footed at high speeds, no body-roll during high-speed corners.
Features - Not worthy of the price Honda commands for it.

Arpit_Shukla

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  • 20 Jun 2016, 1:52 pm
"Originally posted by MotuSid"

Exterior design - It looks like a Mobilio with some 'tough-look' additions. Headlamps with LED pilot lamps and projectors look good. Diamond-cut look alloys look cool. Do not like the tail-lamps, the Mobilios tail-lamps would have looked better on this I guess.
Interior design - Much better than the Mobilio, the dashboard and instrument cluster is the same as the Amaze though. Black upholstery with silver accents look nice.
Comfort - Seats are okay for shorter rides, lack of lumbar support is a real problem. Spacious seats - front and second row, third is best reserved for kids. We folded the third row forward for more luggage space. Suspension is very well sorted - comfortable over bad roads.
Engine - don't let the rpms go below 1000 and it rewards you with good acceleration. Sixth gear helps extract amazing mileage - was able to get over 20kmpl during ZigDrive VI.
Steering - no feedback but light at low speeds and weighs up nicely at higher speeds.
Handling - Car-like, sure-footed at high speeds, no body-roll during high-speed corners.
Features - Not worthy of the price Honda commands for it.
Thanks Sid for your replying and nice feebback. I am having hard time in deciding between Creta and BR-V. I saw many negative comments about BR-V (mainly about missing features) but still I feel its a much practical car than Creata. I feel both BR-V and Creata are over priced to some extent.

Praveen

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  • 21 Jun 2016, 7:52 pm ( 10 Photos )
Started the day at 10 am. Stayed at Chakan and drove onto Talegaon and then the Bombay Pune expressway
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From the expressway, went through Navi Mumbai towards NH4 and then onto NH3 towards Nashik
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Overcast skies throughout
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After some bad traffic for 50 kms, got great roads once we touched the Mumbai Nashik Expressway. Great scenery and awesome roads
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BRV proving to be great on the mileage and build frontier. Managed to get 17 and 18 kmpl respectively for the last 2 tanks
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At the Sula Vineyards for lunch
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Hexa spotted!
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200 km from Indore
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Really missing cruise control on these empty stretches
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CorsaVeloce

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  • 24 Jun 2016, 12:44 pm ( 6 Photos )
We took the Indore by-pass, onward towards Rajasthan. Its a good four-lane highway till Chittorgarh. Drove through the night and took a small halt near Ratlam to give the man and machine some much needed rest. At this point, we had been driving for more than 14 hours and the not so supportive captain seat on the BRV started taking a toll.
Stop for breakfast on the highway
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The road from Chittorgarh to Ajmer turned out to be a fantastic 4-lane cemented expressway. We made some good time on this stretch.
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Soon we were on the NH8 towards Jaipur, and onto Delhi. 6 lanes of bliss!
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We hit Ajmer at about 11 am and took the bypass to get on to the Ajmer - Jaipur highway. This turned out to be 100 kms of dead straight road. The fuel levels were getting low and so hunger levels were rising. Decided to halt at this dhaba for our last meal stop before reaching Delhi
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After this, it was time to give the BRV some food too. Stopped at the next Reliance fuel pump.
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The fuel dispensers at these pumps are quite fancy. In case you are paying by card, the card has to be swiped in the dispenser before the fuel starts to flow. The little screen on the side (picture below) shows the dispensed amount and then gives you a computerized receipt as well. As I click these two photos, the manager of the pump ran upto me and asked me a thousand questions on why I was clicking theses pictures. He also went on to the extend of telling me to delete them immediately! Quite fishy.
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CorsaVeloce

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  • 24 Jun 2016, 1:05 pm ( 2 Photos )
Meanwhile, as the BRV drove along, Roshun and MotuSid were well on their way towards Delhi from Coorg. They started on Wednesday morning, from a wet, cloudy Coorg onward to Goa for their first halt. Coorg to Goa is a distance of about 480 kms. Started from Coorg at 6 am, planned to reach Goa by 5:30 pm.
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CorsaVeloce

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  • 24 Jun 2016, 1:08 pm ( 2 Photos )
The roads from Coorg to Mangalore are really pretty, especially with monsoon just around the corner
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This picture was taken at a place 80 kms from Mangalore
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CorsaVeloce

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  • 24 Jun 2016, 1:41 pm ( 2 Photos )
The best part about these road trips, is the opportunity to meet friends along the way who encourage you and motivate you to keep driving. Roshun and MotuSid met a friend in his Fiesta 1.6S in Mangalore.

Heavy rains greeted the team as they passed through Mangalore
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CorsaVeloce

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  • 24 Jun 2016, 1:47 pm ( 1 Photo )
Quick coffee break for the Scorpio, about 20 kms from Udupi.
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CorsaVeloce

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  • 24 Jun 2016, 1:49 pm ( 1 Photo )
Apparently, in the words of MotuSid, there is a lack of Udupi restaurants in Udupi along with some major construction on the main roads passing through the city. Flyover being made.
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CorsaVeloce

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  • 24 Jun 2016, 1:55 pm ( 4 Photos )
About 3 and a half hours after leaving Coorg, crossed Kota, Karnataka. A small town near Kundapura.
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Being close to the coast, crossed a lot of inland water bodies as well.
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.. and lots of bridges as well
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The only downside to this picturesque route were the not so great roads. You'll be able to see the slightly broken tarmac in the picture below
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CorsaVeloce

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  • 24 Jun 2016, 2:39 pm ( 3 Photos )
Marvanti is heaven for any one who loves driving. The coast road comes right next to the ocean the drive becomes mesmerizing!
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The roads from Marvanti Beach onward to Goa are under development. Should be great once completed.
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The single transit road also meant that the maximum speed on this road reduced to a mere 45 kmph.
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CorsaVeloce

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  • 24 Jun 2016, 2:49 pm ( 3 Photos )
While crossing Mudeshwar
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Rains again, 130 kms from Goa.
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Development of roads in still underway at some stretches between Mangalore and Goa. The picture below has been taken near Kodsani
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CorsaVeloce

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  • 24 Jun 2016, 2:52 pm ( 3 Photos )
Success! Goa border crossed at around 2 30 pm, way ahead of schedule!
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Some toll at the entrance
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Goan roads never disappoint. Here's a picture of Roshun enjoying the drive to Colva, the halt for the night.
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CorsaVeloce

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  • 24 Jun 2016, 3:08 pm ( 1 Photo )
Finally checked into a hotel in Colva around 4 30 pm. Rest for the night before heading out to Pune at 5 am
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CorsaVeloce

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  • 24 Jun 2016, 3:49 pm ( 3 Photos )
Started from Goa early morning with blessings from the rain gods
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The roads out of Goa are mostly 2 lane, with some great tarmac
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At the Goa-Maharashtra border
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CorsaVeloce

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  • 24 Jun 2016, 4:02 pm ( 3 Photos )
One of the newest and best roads to drive on is the Amboli ghat section between Goa and Nipani, Maharashtra. Its a ghat section that you have to cross before getting on the straight highway to Pune, via Kohlapur.

Crossing Savantwadi

The Amboli ghat roads climb up to 700 ft from the sea level and has some great spots for some wallpapers :P
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CorsaVeloce

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  • 24 Jun 2016, 4:08 pm ( 3 Photos )
The photo below is after crossing the ghat section, and going on Ajara-Nipani link road.
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As soon as you reach Nipani, the NH4 awaits you. It is one of the better highways of the country.
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Last pit stop before Pune, somewhere before Gandhinagar. The Black Fox has trot well so far.
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CorsaVeloce

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  • 24 Jun 2016, 4:41 pm ( 3 Photos )
Started from Pune early morning, photo taken at the Pune University bridge, while taking the exit onto Baner road
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Our friends in Pune were highly suggestive of the fact that fuel should be filled at one of the Shell fuel pumps in the city. And so thats what happened.
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From Baner, getting onto the Pune-Mumbai Expressway is a breeze.
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CorsaVeloce

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  • 24 Jun 2016, 4:45 pm ( 1 Photo )
The Mahindra Scorpio S10 AWD has the much needed Cruise Control that NikilSJ and I sorely missed on the BR-V. Roshun engaged cruise control and enjoyed the expressway thoroughly.
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CorsaVeloce

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  • 24 Jun 2016, 4:50 pm ( 4 Photos )
Getting into Mumbai, a slight diversion to meet HVKumar.
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Roshun, HVKumar and Vera. Posing with the two mile-munching Mahindras!
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The diesel from the Shell fuel bunk in Pune helped the Scorpio to reach a FE of over 16 kmpl! Simply incredible.
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The plan ahead. Important notes being jotted for the 1200 kms journey that lies ahead. In the background is the famous '5084', HVKumar 's reliable horse.
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CorsaVeloce

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  • 24 Jun 2016, 4:57 pm ( 3 Photos )
Rains are back at it! On the Mumbai - Nashik Expressway, some great views and a LOT of speed bumps.
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100 kms from Nashik
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Some of the really good scenery
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NikilSJ

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  • 3 Jul 2016, 8:32 pm
Coming Soon: Details and pictures of the epic drive to Bangalore and back! Stay tuned
Just got to edit some pictures is all.

NikilSJ

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  • 3 Jul 2016, 10:00 pm ( 17 Photos )
New Delhi to Bangalore Trip Log
Day One - New Delhi to Nagpur
Start: Roshun’s House, B2, Vasant Kunj.
Time: 3.50 AM
Scorpio Odo Reads: 8,520 km
Start from Vidit’s House, Sector 51, Noida
Time: 4.30 AM
BR-V Trip Reads: 12 km
  • 05.03 AM: Crossed Budh International Circuit
  • 05:19 AM: Agra Expressway Toll - Rs 360
  • 05.38 AM: Honda BR-V completes a 100 kilometres
  • 06.26 AM: Turned off Yamuna Expressway To Enter Agra. Took us 1.45 hours from Noida to Agra. Rapid progress only to be curtailed by Agra’s small lanes and idiotic, suicidal people crossing the road at the wrong time. We take a left towards Taj Mahal instead of heading straight for Agra city. Took another left towards Mehta Nagar instead of taking a right to enter Agra and Taj Mahal. Later, we crossed a bridge that looks like a scaled down version of the Howrah Bridge in Calcutta. Railway bridge ran above the bridge which made for an awesome sight. Snaked our way around the single lane road to reach a roundabout. Took the third exit to head towards Gwalior.
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What a sight to watch a train go overhead you!
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Those massive domes in the background is Fatehpur Sikri
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  • 07.18 AM: Jajau Toll - Rs 55
  • 07.21 AM: We enter Rajasthan. Highways are bloody good and progress is fast.
  • 07.58 AM: Stop for tea at Hotel Raj Palace 40-odd kilometres before Gwalior and 280 kilometres from Noida.
  • 08.31 AM: We set off after Tea at Hotel Raj Palace,
  • 08.38 AM: Choundha Toll - Rs 40. We cross JK Tyre factory on the left 24 kilometre before Gwalior.
  • 08.38 - 9.09 AM: 20 kilometres before Gwalior, we take a left towards Jhansi which is 136 kilometres away. We spot a Sukhoi, a couple of battle helicopters (probably AgustaWestland’s) doing sorties. Maybe from the Gwalior Air Force Base.
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  • 09.09 AM: Mehra Toll - Rs 70
  • 11.15 AM: We take a short break to stretch out legs. Roshun starts cleaning the windshield of both the BR-V and the Scorpio. Assess damage on the BR-V from our brief off-road drive. Doesn’t look as bad as we thought it would. Later, as we pull off, a stone chip hits the Scorpio’s windshield and causes a minute crack on it.
​The cool kids: MotuSid ​and CorsaVeloce check their Instagram!
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We've covered quite a distance so far but there's still a lot more to get to Nagpur..
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..so we prepare ourselves for what's to come.
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I've never seen Vidit work this hard before
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Roshun teaches us a thing or two about cleaning the windshield. The Black Fox sure does look mean, doesn't it?
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  • 11.44 AM: Babina Toll - Rs 85
  • After 11.44 AM: We hit a little OTR stretch. Scorpio ploughs through the track with ease. BR-V has done 379 kilometres so far (391 on the odd as Vidit drove it for 12 km in Noida before we set off) struggles and manages to scrape its underside. Later we hit another bad patch, continues on for 9 kilometres. We manage to break the the front bumper’s right side lower portion 9body cladding) while negotiating a huge ditch. I get down and get to do some spotting for one little section as well. BR-V suspension handles the beating pretty well. The rear is too light though and steps out al little overtime you give the throttle pedal a quick prod. As if this wasn’t enough to slow us down, we then hit a stretch that was under construction. Roshun says this bit has been under construction for the last 10 years. Soon, Roshun takes a sharp and very random right turn that turns out to be the Jhansi bypass heading towards Lalitpur (95 kilometres away).
We stop to assess the damage done to the Honda BR-V. Doesn't look that bad.
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  • 11.55 AM: We stop for refuelling both the Scorpio and the BR-V.
How glad were we for bringing diesel SUVs for this trip!
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  • 12.30 PM: Vighaket Toll - Rs 60
  • 13.09 PM: Malthone Toll - Rs 85
  • 13.30 PM: It starts drizzling. Both the SUVs get soaked. However, the rain doesn't last for too long.
Except for a few stretches, the roads in UP and MP were just brilliant.
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First drops of rain on this trip.
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  • 14.15 PM:Lunch Break at a dhaba outside Chitora Toll Booth. We have piping hot rotis with some spicy dal.
  • 14.45 PM: Set off after a filling lunch.
  • 14.47 PM: Chitora Toll - Rs 100
  • 15.36 PM: Titarpani Toll - Rs 80. The BR-V crosses 750km on the odometer. Good going so far. No issues faced with the ‘SUV’.
  • 15.56 PM: Cross a huge trailer carrying what looks like a massive industrial boiler.
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  • 16.09 PM: Bakori Toll - Rs 100. We are 240-odd kilometres away from our night’s halt in Nagpur.
  • 16.55 PM: Beautiful roads towards Nagpur. We hit a little ghat section. Although traffic was a bit thick, we maintain distance from other vehicles and snake our way past them. Watch this space for videos we shot of this stretch!
  • 17.16 PM: Allonia Toll - Rs 70
  • 17.35 PM: 135 kilometres away from Nagpur. Bangalore is 1129 kilometres away. We increase pace as roads flatten out.
First board that showed us the distance to Bengaluru.
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  • 19.20 PM: Nagpur Bypass Toll No.1 - Rs 95
  • 20.13 PM: Nagpur Bypass Toll No.2 - Rs 90
  • 20.30 PM: Motu books two rooms through OYO app. We decided to stay on the Nagpur airport road so that we could get a quick getaway in the morning.
  • 21.00 PM: Head out for dinner at a nearby Dominoes. They have thin crust. Whoopee!
  • 22.00 PM: Bed Time. Yay!
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Distance Covered so far (BR-V): 1100km

kaiserketkar

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  • 4 Jul 2016, 11:04 am
Awesome travellogue!
I'm surprised Agra doesn't have a bypass. You look like you've actually entered the core city/town.

Roshun

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  • 4 Jul 2016, 12:26 pm
"Originally posted by kaiserketkar"
Awesome travellogue!
I'm surprised Agra doesn't have a bypass. You look like you've actually entered the core city/town.
A bypass is being built right now. The road is still under construction, so for the moment you have to go through Agra city to reach the Gwalior highway. We made one wrong turn - turning one road earlier than needed to head towards the Gwalior highway, which led us through a maze. But because it was so early in the morning, we got through easily enough.

NikilSJ

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  • 4 Jul 2016, 1:11 pm
I can't imagine how crowded that little road would have been if we were there any later. We could've lost so much time trying to get out of those narrow lanes. Thank goodness luck was on our side throughout the trip and we didn't face any issues on this 5000km adventure.

kaiserketkar

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  • 4 Jul 2016, 2:20 pm
"Originally posted by Roshun"
We made one wrong turn - turning one road earlier than needed to head towards the Gwalior highway, which led us through a maze. But because it was so early in the morning, we got through easily enough.
I can't imagine how crowded that little road would have been if we were there any later. We could've lost so much time trying to get out of those narrow lanes.
If you were there any later, we'd probably be having this discussion face to face in Pune right now! And I'd be telling you to tank up at Shell on the way to Thane!

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