Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Road Trip comes to a fine end!

It was an honour to be the official blogger for the Tata Nano Superdrive and I was extremely privileged to have readers like you.

Like all grand sagas, even this one had to come to an end. After a gap of 28 days, I have returned to my home base Bangalore. But, I will continue to “be on the road” whenever possible.

If you like what I write and would like to follow my travels, you can look me up at www.beontheroad.com, my travel blog.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Superdrive reaches its final destination…

It has been a saga that lasted 26 days, covering 6,200 kms across 9 states and umpteen cities.

This road trip has been so great that starting Tuesday when I head back to Bangalore, I will miss the Superdrive Nanos. They definitely made this road trip extremely memorable for me.

Currently, I am at Mumbai and there will be a flag in ceremony tomorrow at Taj Presidency to celebrate the successful completion of this road trip.

Mr. Ratan Tata will be flagging in the entire Superdrive cavalcade from all three routes (Saffron, White and Green).

Stay tuned to your television sets, online news sites and newspapers for the event coverage as a lot of media houses will be covering the flag in ceremony.

Photo Shoot from Aurangabad

The Superdrive team had spent a couple of days in the “Land of the Nizams – Hyderabad”. Now, the turn had come to visit Aurangzeb’s city – Aurangabad. In Aurangabad, the team visited excellent historic places. Below are some photos from the landmark photo shoot.

IMG_3177-800 In front of Daulatabad Fort

IMG_3193-800 At Biwi Ka Maqbara (also known as Taj of the Deccan)

IMG_3202-800 Biwi Ka Maqbara – Carbon Copy of Taj Mahal

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Superdrive – the final few days…

It has been an eventful last 22 days for the Tata Nano Superdrive team on the White Route.

We have clocked 5, 200 Kms so far….stamped our presence in nine states…survived some of the hottest places in India…loved the diverse cultures and cuisines in the various states and are still going strong.

In our final leg of the trip,  we will visit Aurangabad in Maharashtra tomorrow, before culminating the pan-India road trip in Mumbai on the 28th of this month.

At Golconda Fort, Hyderabad

Our third and final landmark for a photo shoot session in Hyderabad was Golconda Fort, a National Heritage Monument, tucked in the outskirts of Hyderabad.

This historic fort, which was built by many rulers and destroyed by Aurangzeb in the 16th century is an amazing place to explore.

Unfortunately, the Superdrive Nanos did not get the opportunity to go inside the fort, but got enough opportunity to admire the perimeter of this vast fort and in return got admired by hordes of people.

Photo Shoot at Birla Mandir, Hyderabad

The Birlas have done a great job of building temples and religious places across India. Most of them are in extremely picturesque locations.

In this case at Hyderabad, the Birla Temple is situated atop a hill and offers brilliant views of the city.

The temple in itself is made out of White Marble and is a treat to the eye.

This was our second landmark location in Hyderabad for a photo shoot.

Nano Superdrive at Charminar, Hyderabad

When you are at the Land of the Nizams, what better place to be at than Charminar, the pride of Hyderabad.

A bustling part of the city revolves round Charminar. It is possibly one of the busiest parts of Hyderabad.

And this is where the Superdrive Nanos stopped for their first landmark shoot.

It was tough for us to make it a perfect photo shoot as this part of town sees heavy traffic, but we managed somehow.

But, irrespective of the traffic, this place has got a lot of culture and history attached to it.