Showing posts with label Ludhiana. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ludhiana. Show all posts

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Ladakh 2017

Finally all the pieces fell into place, Dussera was earlier this year so it was possible to drive to Ladakh during Dussera school vacations. Still cramming the itinerary was becoming difficult, so we decided that I would start driving earlier and the family will fly directly when the school vacations start. Following was the decided route plan.

Following was the day wise itinerary decided.

  1. 15-September-2017 Day 1 -- Bengaluru to Nagpur
  2. 16-September-2017 Day 2 -- Nagpur to Agra
  3. 17-September-2017 Day 3 -- Agra to Ludhiana
  4. 18-September-2017 Day 4 -- Ludhiana to Jammu
  5. 19-September-2017 Day 5 -- Jammu to Katra
  6. 20-September-2017 Day 6 -- Katra to Srinagar
  7. 21-September-2017 Day 7 -- Srinagar to Kargil
  8. 22-September-2017 Day 8 -- Kargil to Leh
  9. 23-September-2017 Day 9 -- Leh acclimatization and local sightseeing
  10. 24-September-2017 Day 10 -- Leh to Turtuk
  11. 25-September-2017 Day 11 -- Turtuk to Pangong Tso
  12. 26-September-2017 Day 12 -- Pangong Tso Manali, Car breakdown, back to Leh
  13. 27-September-2017 Day 13 -- Leh Local
  14. 28-September-2017 Day 14 -- Fly back to Bengaluru
  15. 28-October-2017 - The Resurrection
The trip was an interesting trip. Unfortunately it had to be cut short due to vehicle failure. After more diagnosis it seems like BMW technician in Ludhiana ignore a error code related to Diesel Particulate Filter. He told me that there is an error code but nothing to worry about. That resulted in exhaust being completed clogged and finally catastrophic failure. Goes to show the fragility of technology in modern cars.
We completed approximately 5000 kilometers of total 7800 kilometers planned, we completed all the tourist attractions that we intended to visit. The return journey had to be abandoned and we had to fly back.
As we speak the car is still being repaired since some parts had to be imported from Germany.

Friday, 13 October 2017

Day 3 -- Agra to Ludhiana

We had planned on leaving early but we needed to get some car repairs done and the last place where those repairs could be done was Ludhiana. When we called the dealership, they told us to come next day. We realized there was no point in rushing to Ludhiana because nothing is going to get done today. So we decided to relax little bit.
Fed up with the hotel food last night, we decided to explore some restaurant in the town. We found this place called Bob Marley Restaurant, so we decided to go there for breakfast.
The restaurant is a laid back restaurant with a Indian  and Continental menu. The service is little leisurely but the food was good and portions were generous.

Here is my review of the place.
11:15 AM We finally checked out of the hotel and started towards Ludhiana which was the destination of the day.
For some reason it was easy to get out of Agra city, we quickly got on to Ring road which took us straight to Yamuna Expressway.
1:10 PM Got off YEW and into  to Noida.
2:10 PM Exited Delhi on other end. Being sunday it helped, did not encounter too much traffic in Delhi.
2:45 PM Stopped in Murthan at Mannat Dhaba. Here is my review of the place.
3:15 PM Left after lunch.
4:29 PM Topped up the fuel.
6:20 PM Stopped at Highway King Vaishno Dhaba for a chai.

7:15 PM We reached Hotel Park Plaza in Ludhiana. Here is my review of the place.

Day 4 -- Ludhiana to Jammu

The plan was to get to the show room, get the breaks repaired and then continue to Amritsar. But unfortunately the service center took close to 8 hours to just repair breaks, they also found a gear box mount that needed to be replaced.
10:00 AM Reached Krishna BMW on outskirts of Ludhiana. I explained to them that I have to drive really long and can they just replace the breakpads of my car quickly.
They had to create a customer profile, which took 2 hours for them to create.
2:00 PM We were told that break pads are almost fixed but they have found a broken gear box mount that needs to be replaced. They said it will take 2 hours to 2:30 hours.
6:30 PM Car was fixed and delivered.
We shelved the plan to go to Amritsar and directly continue to Jammu.
We had skipped dinner and were looking for some place to have good food. Surprisingly one doesn't find as many dhabas on this route.
8:00 PM Found this place called JD Restaurant, stopped for dinner.
11:30 PM We reached Jammu, checked into Hotel Lords Inn. Here is my review of the place.