Leh on Nexon

J.Ravi

Petrol Powered + Diesel Driven
Before starting this travelogue, let me salute the valiant Indian security personnel, both who sacrificed their precious lives and who were/are working against odds in bad weather conditions at unfriendly, isolated locations, but for whom, this expedition would not have been possible.
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I started dreaming of driving to Leh in my Linea in May 2011, when the roads to Leh were open to civilian traffic. First, I wanted to take my family. When I came to know that my Linea just cannot climb Zozilla Pass with the entire family in the car, I dropped that idea. Then, I invited my friend to join in Leh expedition, which he readily accepted. Later, I had to postpone the expedition due to unavoidable personal reasons. Afterwards, when I rescheduled it, my friend's leave application was rejected. The next right of refusal was given to my son, and as expected, his leave was also not granted. The reason why I wanted to take my friend or my son was there must be somebody to push my Linea from behind at Zozilla Pass in case she struggled to climb!:grin: Then I thought, I must do this trip, come what may! So, I asked my wife and she readily agreed.

I reserved our accommodation in advance for the up journey including Leh. The return journey part was left open so that we would have some flexibility.

Since we had to participate in a marriage at Chennai, we decided to start the expedition from Chennai, actually from my niece's home at Orchards, Arcot Road, Chennai. My niece had packed enough chappathis and mixed veggie side dish to last for our dinner and breakfast. Myself, my wife and my Linea left Orchards at 6:05 pm on 9 September 2011 [Friday].
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I took the route of Chennai>Ongole>Chilakaluripeta>NagarjunaSagar>Hyderabad>Nagpur for the first lap of my Leh expedition. The road from Chennai to Chilakaluripeta was superb 4-laned NH 5. However, from Chilakaluripeta to Nagarjuna Sagar, there were many bad stretches. My Linea bottom-scraped 4 times. Again, from Nagarjuna Sagar to Hyderabad, the road was very good. I drove on NH 7 from Hyderabad to Nagpur. Except for about 100 km, where 4-laning work was still in progress, the remaining stretch was fantastic.
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We reached Peanut, Nagpur at 2:24 pm on 10 September 2011 [Saturday] after driving for 1171.8 km.
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After checking in, we had a wash, rushed to the nearby Haldiram's at Bardi, tasted our favourites, returned to Peanut and crashed to the bed for the much-needed sleep.

More to come.
 

mindless wanderer

with age, get a cage!
Another feather in Linea's cap and yours too!!! :grin:
I remember suggesting a thing or two when you had posted your query in the itinerary section. Good stuff mate =D>

Cheers

Lovely clicks to start off with; keep them pouring :)
 

MudgilSushil

DC Junkie ....
excellent stuff ravi sir . been following your updates on your linea ownership thread on other forum, i surely know it is coming . rest assured this will set to rest all speculations about abilities of NA Linea . guess what T-jet can do with those supercharged turbo engine.

Kindly Pour in more pls.
 
Going to Leh and coming back unscathed in a Linea is great feat in itself. It must have required great set of skills and high degree of concentration all the time, kudos to you.
 

John Mathai

john-the wanderer
Nice start...:)
You drove 19 hrs in one go...!!!!:eek::eek:
Given the extremely low ground clearance and longest wheelbase for its class, no wonder the under body of Linea scratched several times.:(
 
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singhgp62

Active Member
J. Ravi---- looking forward to this t'log. I know it will be interesting.

A suggestion--- see if it is possible to keep the written 'text' as small as possible and if possible in a non-descript corner of the picture: else it takes away the beauty of the scene.

Looking forward to the description and pictures of this trip.

Gurpreet S
 

J.Ravi

Petrol Powered + Diesel Driven
excellent stuff ravi sir .
Thanks, MudgilSushil, for kind words.
Going to Leh and coming back unscathed in a Linea is great feat in itself.
Thank you, Vikas the shokeen biker. The credit goes to my Linea.:)
Wow...Just loved the start :)
Thanks a lot, sahilthegoodguy, for the compliments.
Given the extremely low ground clearance and longest wheelbase for its class, no wonder the under body of Linea scratched several times.:(
Thanks, JOHN MATHAI. My Linea has got sturdy engine guard plate, which absorbs all the hits and shocks protecting the engine, oil sump, etc. In case of severe impacts, it gets bent, which requires straightening.
Good Start with Linea, let it Vrrrooommm as Fast as Possible!
Thanks a ton, abhithakur, for nice words.
Bravo... waiting for this thread to unfold!
Thank you, niranjan.hegde. As I have clicked more than 500 photographs, it takes enormous time to select, edit, resize and post-process them. So, I shall be posting at least one post a day.
I remember suggesting a thing or two when you had posted your query in the itinerary section.
Thanks a lot, mindless wanderer. My Leh expedition became a reality only due to kind advice given by helpful experts and veterans like you.
A suggestion--- see if it is possible to keep the written 'text' as small as possible and if possible in a non-descript corner of the picture: else it takes away the beauty of the scene.
Thank you, singhgp62, for kind advice. You will see them implemented in the coming photographs.:grin:
 
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