There is but one tried-and-tested escape from the smouldering heat of the plains – head to the hills! Places with crisp, refreshing air were actually closer than we thought and the sooner we could escape, the better it would be. And that’s the first thing that came to our minds when we stepped out of the aircraft into what seemed like a smelting furnace. Delhi was so hot, we could’ve just turned to gook by the time we hopped off the aircraft ladder. Thankfully, we didn’t and instead we collected the keys to our dolled-up Mahindra Bolero and did what any sensible chaps would do with a capable SUV like that – head out on a road trip!
The plan is simple – it’s hot and you’re pretty much worked up against the weather gods, so you decide to take a few days off, pack your bags and head to places where temperatures are more bearable. Places like the Jim Corbett National Park, Nandadevi Biosphere Reserve and the Himalayas! Yes, these popular places are a bit overdone but hey, if you’re willing to look beyond the major towns, you can see these places in a whole new way. Of course, given that we have roads that rival lunar craters, we needed a hardy vehicle, a vehicle that could take a knock or two, every minute, all day long, for days on end. Not just that. It had to be reliable, cheap to run, torquey, with good off-road capability and to top
it all off, one that provided a reasonable amount of comfort. With the Bolero, it’s a check, check and a check. Time to head out.
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