Connect with us

Travel

The Tiger Trail with Honda

Published

on

Honda Brio

Tiger is the national animal of India. These aren’t spotted everywhere. You can find one in the zoo, but it won’t bring you that much joy as it will in its natural habitat. In the cage, he/she doesn’t look very happy. They are fed well, in most of the For that reason, we headed on a trip with Honda to visit some of the national parks in Madhya Pradesh. This will be through the National Parks of Pench, Kanha, Bandhavgarh and Panna. This is about 1200km drive from Nagpur and we were to end it in Kajuraho.

The thought of the trip made me excited. This would be an amazing road trip to discover nature, even closer. This will be epic! Now, if you haven’t been to Madhya Pradesh before sometime in January, then a warning! It is cold out there. Very cold. We recommend you pack some warm clothes and if possible do carry a hat to keep you warm. Carry thermals and try and avoid early morning Jungle Safaris, if you don’t like too much old. If you are planning for an adventure trip soon or for the coming days, this could be the story for you.

Our trip started with a flight from Mumbai to Nagpur. This is the closest and ideal airport to come to, if you are flying in and taking taxis ahead. If you are planning to rent and drive yourself, then prefer a car with good ground clearance. A hatchback will also do but clearance is important. Nagpur is a major hub and you can find multiple places to stay in. If in Nagpur at the right time, get the oranges, and also try some of the foods in Saoji sauce. Like chicken saoji or if you are a veggie, then there shall be more options. The route from Mumbai to Nagpur is about 1000kms and you can do it in a day’s time. Though it will take you a good 18 hours. There are some parts of the road which have broken tarmac. From Bengaluru it should be about similar time, once you enter Maharashtra. The roads might not be that good as in Karnataka.

Now, moving from Nagpur, the distance is a hardly 150 kilometres. The first leg, we drove the Honda BR-V. This is the only compact SUV that comes with seven-seats. The others are a five-seater only. Anyways, ours was a petrol and manual. I was glad to drive a large vehicle as wasn’t just comfortable but even ideal for a road trip like this. High ground clearance always means an advantage for a road trip. So, you should reach Pench in a maximum of 4 hours. If you have already made a stop before Nagpur and haven’t done too much to reach Nagpur, then it shall be ideal to drive down to Pench directly. One needs to book the safaris online and if you don’t know how to, the hotels could do it for you. These are generally in open top Gypsies. So, for those who feel cold, should carry enough warm clothes like hat, gloves and thick jackets to protect themselves from wind chill.

There are two Safaris in a day, one early in the morning at 6 am. This will freeze you and make you swear words that aren’t necessary. So, prefer going in the afternoon batch. In Pench, you shall spot a variety of animals. Be it of course the tiger, jackal, deers, lungoor, Boar (this one seems to be a delicacy for the Tiger) and many many more. The list is long and the time is perfect to spot most of them. We were glad to have see a baby tiger C1, this one was two and half years old. We had stopped our gypsies and everyone literally froze in their tigers. No moment or noise from any of the humans in 20 of the surrounding Gypsies. The tigress walked like a true princess with pride. Without any fear, between all the 20 vehicles with all human eyes on her and everyone was excited and scared in some part of their mind closely watching the tiger’s moments. What if she jumps on us? What if she is looking for food? The tigress crossed the road and went past into the trees and soon she disappeared.

Next day we were heading from Pench to Kanha. We had planned to move on to Bhandavgarh from there directly. Now, Kanha and Pench are about 200 kilometres away and these two National Parks share similar set of animals. We shall recommend head directly to Bhandavgarh else you wish to see all the National Parks around. The roads are really bad. For this leg, we got into the Amaze. This was the diesel was just perfect. The turbo spooled at 1800rpm giving sufficient grunt to cruise even on the smallest of the roads at 1800rpm. The roads are well horrible to Kanha. However as we did head out from Kanha, the roads become better and beautiful. Soon we reached a beautiful set of winding roads. They were marked and well laid out. This did make it an exciting driving experience. The Amaze did well on these roads. The light steering wheel meant less tiring but the rear was a bit too soft for my liking. Soon we reached our next destination. Was an all day drive and it was indeed a tiring journey.

The Bandhavgarh National Park is terribly cold. This is indeed one of the coldest places around. With a temperature of close to 5-8deg C in the night. We had an early morning Safari. Every one amongst us was freezing. Some of us were carrying blankets from their rooms. Open top gypsies are freezing. Now to many who aren’t aware, for this very National Park, the Court has shut most of it and about 15-20% of the park is only open. So, the part where majority of animals exist has been shut down. So, we recommend you should go to Kanha and Panna instead. The Bandhavgarh has the highest density of tigers amongst the four with Panna having the least (from what we learnt). However, Kanha and Pench will be two places we shall recommend to visit.

As we were shot on time, the plan was to skip Panna and head to Khajuraho directly as we were heading for a flight back. This time we had the Honda Brio, the smallest car from the Honda fleet. The super compact car is just what I love about the Brio. The power is adequate, space is perfect, features, well-could have been more, handling, ride, stability are just ideal for city and even highway.

[tw_gallery type=”gallery,slider” height=”200″]

[/tw_gallery]

We shall soon come out with our video as well.

Advertisement
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Features

Most scenic location in Maharashtra – you might have been seen!

Published

on

Konkan Trip with Vishakha

How could you miss out on the most scenic location in Maharashtra! This is the best route that has never been taken. We encourage you to take this route and go out and explore the beautiful Maharashtra. Let us support this. Ridergirl Vishakha is a part of this and this entire road trip was possible because of our sponsor partners Coco by DHFL insurance. A new insurance brand that offers renewal and claims all easily through the web/mobile.

Continue Reading

Travel

Discovering the Himalayas with Nissan Terrano AMT

Published

on

By

John Abraham Nissan Terrano

It was all planned! A road trip across the Himalayas. This is one tour that nobody would want to miss. Our companion on this long journey was the Nissan Terrano AMT. While we weren’t sure about how an AMT would behave on steep hills, the idea itself seemed quite adventurous. So, we wasted no time in packing our bags.

(more…)

Continue Reading

Travel

Mayday Ladakh !

Published

on

Ladakh Khardungla Okinawa

On his 13th trip to the Himalayan Kingdom of Ladakh (this time with the MotorOctane team) Manas Dewan laments the rapid deterioration of Ladakh’s fragile ecosystem and suggests small steps that visitors can undertake, to retain the beauty of this pristine land.

(more…)

Continue Reading

Travel

Evolution of the Indian car – Road tripping through ages

Published

on

Childhood memories are funny thing! It is interesting to think of how road travel has evolved and one of the key motivators, is the advancement of the motor car in India. Ever thought about the cars that most millennials grew up with? Do road trips depend on the vehicle you travel in? Or is it about the emotion? We take a look at some cars that were dream cars in yesteryears. I have had the good fortune to travel in some of them, during younger days and for some of them, I would still salivate !!

(more…)

Continue Reading

Features

A drive to the land of peace

Published

on

Bhutan Golden Buddha

The rear wheels touched the runaway and then the front ones. I was back home, from a road trip that was eye-opening and rejuvenating. You come back from Europe and North America, you do not have much changed in you. You become more urban maybe. But when you get back from a country, where everyone is happy and content, you learn a lot. True happiness isn’t money or growth but in love and affection. This is what I learnt after my trip to Bhutan. A country, from where I had not too high hopes about.  (more…)

Continue Reading

Features

Here! We spot the Snow Leopard!

Published

on

After a pleasant evening dinner, Dipika woke up at 6:30 am. Surprising for me, as Dipika never woke up so early herself. It was then I realised that she had woken up to see the mountains. The snow! This was new for her. The Himalayas are so wonderful. Last evening when we had reached the hotel, it was dark. All we could see was silhouettes of the mountains. Now, we could see the snow-capped mountains. Where are we? What am I talking about? Let me take you to a bit of a recap.

(more…)

Continue Reading

Travel

Red Wine. White Wine.

Published

on

These aren’t just colours! They are different tastes, preferred by different kind of people. White wine, this is dry and on the sweeter side. This pairs when you have light meals like salad, soup or white pasta. It goes well with more of bland food. While on the other hand, red wine is power packed with spices, fruity flavours and several other elements. This goes with spicy food, like the Indian dishes like Chicken Tikka. But hang on, why are we talking about all this? (more…)

Continue Reading

Live

Land Rover Experience in Aamby Valley

Published

on

Land Rover Experience India splash

A Car is an aspiration buy’, I have heard this phrase probably a million times in numerous meetings ranging from research presentations to launch positioning discussions & what not. And when the car in question is a high end luxury SUV, then even ‘aspiration’ seems to be a small word. To get a dream car drive into your garage usually means a long wait, every option chosen meticulously and all of it often accompanied with a slight stretch of the budget to accommodate the best you deserve. A love-at-first-sight affection & an extremely caring attitude towards your favourite machine is just a by-product then. Now the question really is would you want to drive this car into the unruly wild jungles, climb over some rocky terrains, through dense bushes with no sign of tarmac for miles, or plunge it into a river stream laid with mud & slush all throughout…? Deep in your heart you do want to do it all at some time though, isn’t it.. Read further to know more about the Land Rover Experience. (more…)

Continue Reading

News

A weekend at The Gateway Hotel, Nashik

Published

on

Taj Gateway Nashik

Whenever a weekend closes in, we ponder where should we go? We look for an escape from our daily routine. To do something new, something different. For us in and around Mumbai, the most common getaway is Lonavala or Pune and the vicinity. Yes, we want to go to new places, but what are the options? None? Maybe we haven’t searched? Nashik! No, it isn’t just a pilgrim centre, there is much more to it. Nashik is seeing a growing importance with vineyards. The weather is just perfect for these grapes to grow. One of the premium properties which is fairly affordable by Mumbai standards is the The Gateway Hotel, Nashik. So, we planned one weekend with this property, to find out if it is worth a stay. (more…)

The Gateway Hotel, Nashik
  • Rooms
  • Food
  • Hospitality
  • Service
  • Lobby and Ambience
4.1
Continue Reading

Travel Tips

Nam nec tellus odio tincidunt auctor ornare odio

Published

on

Lorem Ipsum proin gravida nibh vel velit auctor aliquet aenean sociosqu sollicitudin lorem quis bibendum auctor nisi elit dorest consequat ipsum nec sagittis elit. Duis sed odio sit amet tincidunt auctor ornare odio sed non mauris vitae erat consequat auctor.

Duis sed odio sit amet nibh vulputate cursus sit amet mauris morbi accumsan ipsum velit nam nec tellus tincidunt auctor ornare odio sed non consequat auctor.  Lorem Ipsum proin gravida auctor sociosqu sollicitudin lorem quis bibendum auctor consequat ipsum nec sagittis sem.

Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people.
Steve Jobs

Class aptent taciti sociosqu ad litora torquent per conubia nostra per inceptos himenaeos mauris in erat justo nullam ac urna felis dapibus condimentum sit amet augue sed non. Neque elit sed ut imperdiet nisi proin condimentum fermentum nunc etiam pharetra erat sed fermentu feugiat velit mauris egestas quam ut aliquam massa nisl quis neque.

Duis sed odio sit amet nibh vulputate cursus sit amet mauris morbi accumsan ipsum velit nam nec tellus tincidunt auctor ornare odio sed non consequat auctor.  Lorem Ipsum proin gravida auctor sociosqu sollicitudin lorem quis bibendum auctor consequat ipsum nec sagittis sem.

Continue Reading

Places

Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident sunt

Published

on

Lorem Ipsum proin gravida nibh vel velit auctor aliquet aenean sociosqu sollicitudin lorem quis bibendum auctor nisi elit dorest consequat ipsum nec sagittis elit. Duis sed odio sit amet tincidunt auctor ornare odio sed non mauris vitae erat consequat auctor.

Duis sed odio sit amet nibh vulputate cursus sit amet mauris morbi accumsan ipsum velit nam nec tellus tincidunt auctor ornare odio sed non consequat auctor.  Lorem Ipsum proin gravida auctor sociosqu sollicitudin lorem quis bibendum auctor consequat ipsum nec sagittis sem.

Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people.
Steve Jobs

Class aptent taciti sociosqu ad litora torquent per conubia nostra per inceptos himenaeos mauris in erat justo nullam ac urna felis dapibus condimentum sit amet augue sed non. Neque elit sed ut imperdiet nisi proin condimentum fermentum nunc etiam pharetra erat sed fermentu feugiat velit mauris egestas quam ut aliquam massa nisl quis neque.

Duis sed odio sit amet nibh vulputate cursus sit amet mauris morbi accumsan ipsum velit nam nec tellus tincidunt auctor ornare odio sed non consequat auctor.  Lorem Ipsum proin gravida auctor sociosqu sollicitudin lorem quis bibendum auctor consequat ipsum nec sagittis sem.

Continue Reading

Video

Class aptent taciti sociosqu litora per conubia nostra

Published

on

Lorem Ipsum proin gravida nibh vel velit auctor aliquet aenean sociosqu sollicitudin lorem quis bibendum auctor nisi elit dorest consequat ipsum nec sagittis elit. Duis sed odio sit amet tincidunt auctor ornare odio sed non mauris vitae erat consequat auctor.

Duis sed odio sit amet nibh vulputate cursus sit amet mauris morbi accumsan ipsum velit nam nec tellus tincidunt auctor ornare odio sed non consequat auctor.  Lorem Ipsum proin gravida auctor sociosqu sollicitudin lorem quis bibendum auctor consequat ipsum nec sagittis sem.

Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people.
Steve Jobs

Class aptent taciti sociosqu ad litora torquent per conubia nostra per inceptos himenaeos mauris in erat justo nullam ac urna felis dapibus condimentum sit amet augue sed non. Neque elit sed ut imperdiet nisi proin condimentum fermentum nunc etiam pharetra erat sed fermentu feugiat velit mauris egestas quam ut aliquam massa nisl quis neque.

Duis sed odio sit amet nibh vulputate cursus sit amet mauris morbi accumsan ipsum velit nam nec tellus tincidunt auctor ornare odio sed non consequat auctor.  Lorem Ipsum proin gravida auctor sociosqu sollicitudin lorem quis bibendum auctor consequat ipsum nec sagittis sem.

Continue Reading

Travel Tips

Nam nec tellus odio tincidunt auctor a ornare mauris

Published

on

Lorem Ipsum proin gravida nibh vel velit auctor aliquet aenean sociosqu sollicitudin lorem quis bibendum auctor nisi elit dorest consequat ipsum nec sagittis elit. Duis sed odio sit amet tincidunt auctor ornare odio sed non mauris vitae erat consequat auctor.

Duis sed odio sit amet nibh vulputate cursus sit amet mauris morbi accumsan ipsum velit nam nec tellus tincidunt auctor ornare odio sed non consequat auctor.  Lorem Ipsum proin gravida auctor sociosqu sollicitudin lorem quis bibendum auctor consequat ipsum nec sagittis sem.

Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people.
Steve Jobs

Class aptent taciti sociosqu ad litora torquent per conubia nostra per inceptos himenaeos mauris in erat justo nullam ac urna felis dapibus condimentum sit amet augue sed non. Neque elit sed ut imperdiet nisi proin condimentum fermentum nunc etiam pharetra erat sed fermentu feugiat velit mauris egestas quam ut aliquam massa nisl quis neque.

Duis sed odio sit amet nibh vulputate cursus sit amet mauris morbi accumsan ipsum velit nam nec tellus tincidunt auctor ornare odio sed non consequat auctor.  Lorem Ipsum proin gravida auctor sociosqu sollicitudin lorem quis bibendum auctor consequat ipsum nec sagittis sem.

Continue Reading

Places

Vulputate cursus sit amet mauris morbi accumsan ipsum

Published

on

Lorem Ipsum proin gravida nibh vel velit auctor aliquet aenean sociosqu sollicitudin lorem quis bibendum auctor nisi elit dorest consequat ipsum nec sagittis elit. Duis sed odio sit amet tincidunt auctor ornare odio sed non mauris vitae erat consequat auctor.

Duis sed odio sit amet nibh vulputate cursus sit amet mauris morbi accumsan ipsum velit nam nec tellus tincidunt auctor ornare odio sed non consequat auctor.  Lorem Ipsum proin gravida auctor sociosqu sollicitudin lorem quis bibendum auctor consequat ipsum nec sagittis sem.

Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people.
Steve Jobs

Class aptent taciti sociosqu ad litora torquent per conubia nostra per inceptos himenaeos mauris in erat justo nullam ac urna felis dapibus condimentum sit amet augue sed non. Neque elit sed ut imperdiet nisi proin condimentum fermentum nunc etiam pharetra erat sed fermentu feugiat velit mauris egestas quam ut aliquam massa nisl quis neque.

Duis sed odio sit amet nibh vulputate cursus sit amet mauris morbi accumsan ipsum velit nam nec tellus tincidunt auctor ornare odio sed non consequat auctor.  Lorem Ipsum proin gravida auctor sociosqu sollicitudin lorem quis bibendum auctor consequat ipsum nec sagittis sem.

Continue Reading

Tours

Consequat ipsum sagittis sem nibh elit duis sed odio amet

Published

on

Lorem Ipsum proin gravida nibh vel velit auctor aliquet aenean sociosqu sollicitudin lorem quis bibendum auctor nisi elit dorest consequat ipsum nec sagittis elit. Duis sed odio sit amet tincidunt auctor ornare odio sed non mauris vitae erat consequat auctor.

Duis sed odio sit amet nibh vulputate cursus sit amet mauris morbi accumsan ipsum velit nam nec tellus tincidunt auctor ornare odio sed non consequat auctor.  Lorem Ipsum proin gravida auctor sociosqu sollicitudin lorem quis bibendum auctor consequat ipsum nec sagittis sem.

Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people.
Steve Jobs

Class aptent taciti sociosqu ad litora torquent per conubia nostra per inceptos himenaeos mauris in erat justo nullam ac urna felis dapibus condimentum sit amet augue sed non. Neque elit sed ut imperdiet nisi proin condimentum fermentum nunc etiam pharetra erat sed fermentu feugiat velit mauris egestas quam ut aliquam massa nisl quis neque.

Duis sed odio sit amet nibh vulputate cursus sit amet mauris morbi accumsan ipsum velit nam nec tellus tincidunt auctor ornare odio sed non consequat auctor.  Lorem Ipsum proin gravida auctor sociosqu sollicitudin lorem quis bibendum auctor consequat ipsum nec sagittis sem.

Continue Reading
Advertisement /* Motor Octane_300*600 */