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    Default The Great Indian Roadtrip Welcome Back G2G:17th December 2006



    The Great Indian Roadtrip successfully finished on 15th August 2006 at India gate. A welcome meet was held by the Delhi xBhp members. Around 30 bikes and 10 superbikes attended it. A photo review:


    Assembling in Chanakyapuri


    Sunny on his Castrol Fireblade 1000RR post GIR


    Vivek Sharma on his Kawasaki ZX10r


    GSXR 1000RR


    To Qutab Institutional Area


    At Qutab Institutional Area


    Another Suzuki GSXR 1000


    The superbikes lineup




    Sunny and Ken








    Sunny on the Blade doing a burnout


    Thumbs up to The Great Indian Roadtrip






    Bunny on the Fireblade 1000RR








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    When I first met Sundeep Gajjar, it was at a photo shoot where we were shooting one French girl on a Comet and another Indian girl on a Karizma. Sundeep himself was on the once fastest production bike the Honda Blackbird. That was exactly a year ago, in late August 2005. Little did I know then that under that curly hair of his was brewing a plot, a great story was taking shape, a story that today has started to materialize and has taken shape in the form of The Great Indian Roadtrip.

    Three years ago Sundeep Gajjar aka Sunny formed xBhp.com which was a virtual place where like-minded and differing bikers could meet. Over three years this virtual site has organized more real life get-togethers amongst people, have brought people of spread out cultures together, inspired people into writing, photography and sharing experiences through this virtual space of xBhp.com with 23000 members today.

    In the last year, Sunny has planned out the Great Indian Roadtrip and today it has taken shape through meticulous work, good choice of people around him who have helped only for a passion, the passion of biking. There is nothing else involved in it. Through a national selection, he has brought together a team of core riders, four of them who will be involved in the Leg 1 of the two-Leg saga of the Great Indian Roadtrip. The four core members of the GIR riding team; Ashish, aka, Gasoline Junkie, extensive tourer and a roaring off-roader, coming all the way from Hyderabad; Gurpreet, aka Skyscraper, the stunt master and wheelie king from Geeta Colony, New Delhi; Sundeep Gajjar, aka Sunny, biker and computer graphics designer by passion and CEO xBhp.com by accident, and yours truly, Krishnendu aka Ken Cool, experienced rider across continents and superbike test rider, have finally got together. They are now putting the final pieces together to what is going to be once in a lifetime experience for all of them; the xBhp.com’s The Great Indian Roadtrip.





    These are extraordinary men in the fact that they have taken out 4 months out of their lives and careers to do something that no one has done before. In what way is the GIR different from countless Roadtrips that people have done over the years? There are various reasons.

    First and foremost, these guys will move across the huge subcontinent of 3.287 million square kilometers, meeting people, talking to them, inspiring them to get up from their couches and go and discover the world that we live in, rediscover the joy of freedom, get out of their daily mundane existences and break free.

    They are doing that on different vehicles, on two wheelers, bikes, big ones and small ones, so exotic that they have rarely or never seen by Indians; the Kinetic Blaze a moto-scooter and the Kinetic Jupiter a maxi-scooter, both fast and comfortable touring vehicles, the Hyosung Comet in association with Kinetic, the first performance V-twin bike made available to the enthusiast in India, and of course the famed beast, the CBR 1000 RR Fireblade, a 170 Bhp of a monster easily capable of crossing the 300 barrier. These are branded vehicles by mega corporate sponsors with whom Sunny had long drawn conversations to convince the viability of his dreams.













    These guys will be accompanied by back-up vehicles which will be a mobile communications center with internet connectivity on the move, blogging, writing texts, uploading pictures and videos, having screenings in get-togethers in all towns and cities where they stop, interact with the people that they meet, and inspire them to discover the meaning of freedom.

    All this is finally taking shape. Today the 15th of August, 2006, the 59th year after independence, the official meeting and take off took place between xbhp members and the GIR core riding team. These four men are going out to meet the rest of the country, bring them together and reach out to tell them, that there is more to life than 9 to 5.



















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    This Seems to be So refreshing..
    Swinged all the way back to the day when this happened,,, Thanks Ken da..
    Very Nicely Framed supported byt B'Ful pics...

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    Default The Great Indian Roadtrip : Day 2 : August 16th : Flagoff from India gate

    Sweat was trickling down the insides of our riding gear right down the legs into the socks and all the way to the shoes as we waited at the India Gate Lawns. The Great Indian Roadtrip, GIR, had already started. But this was the media flag off. And Mr. Sundeep Dixit son of the Delhi CM, Ms. Sheila Dixit, was supposed to do the honours. The GIR bikes were neatly lined up in front of the Amar Jyoti at India Gate. The four core riders were there too; Ashish Divakaran aka Gasoline Junkie, Gurpreet Singh aka Skyscraper, Sundeep Gajjar aka Sunny and yours truly, posing for the media, answering questions to the camera, we are beginning to like being on TV. We were there in full riding regalia, patched and branded by major corporates both on us and on our machines.


















    Soon we heard the heady sound of a group of Superbikes. The G.O.D.S had arrived, the Group of Delhi Superbikers, who had agreed to grace the occasion with their awesome machines. They parked their machines just behind the GIR machines. It was a pretty picture with the India Gate as the backdrop and the machines lined up in front. Soon Mr. Dixit flagged us off and we got rolling. Sunny could not hold himself back anymore and he did a stunning power wheelie with his 1000RR leaving behind a trail of burnt rubber.























    Soon we were cruising around New Delhi, taking pictures, stopping and while on the move. Going up Raisina hill we shot ourselves in front of the Presidents palace, the Rashtrapati Bhavan. The police were more than happy to let us go there. We turned more heads than a bunch of girls in mini skirts on the streets of Delhi!










    The GIR is not just about being tourists. It is also about meeting people, interacting with them, exchanging notes, inspiring others, rediscovering freedom, exploring the explored and the unexplored. So in the afternoon, we were at Karol Bagh, looking to accessorize our wheels with rear view mirrors. On a normal day, this neighbourhood is buzzing with activity with every square inch taken up by two wheels and four wheels and three wheels and anything that has any number of wheels; a haven for moving vehicles. But on a day like Janmashtami and with terror threats lurking round every bend in life these days, it was difficult to find a shop open. Finally we managed to locate one solitary seller and a sticker guy who filled in our vacant number plates.

    As evening came in and a dust storm engulfed the city, we made our way to Nizamuddin in search of kababs. We walked into Ghalib Kabab, a place that I have been frequenting for the past eleven years, a small place that can get pretty smoky at times, known for its succulent spicy kababs, we gobbled them like there was no tomorrow. With our stomachs full, the visit of Delhi on Day 2 of the GIR was coming to a close.
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    Interesting set-up. Excellent backdrop!
    Just dying to know more!


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    Old memories.... it wa an awesome trip man....
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    Default The Great Indian Roadtrip : Day 3 : August 17th 06 : Delhi-Chandigarh

    I dont like riding at night. No matter what, we are not going to ride at night. Me neither, I have a lot of problems riding at night. Yes, at night I get blinded by the glares of the oncoming vehicles.

    This was how the conversation went about a month before the GIR started during a meeting between the three core riders Sunny, Skyscraper and Ken. Gasoline had not yet arrived. What happened finally when the GIR got underway was way off the mark from what had been decided by the riders. Almost 100% of the highway riding was done in the night. But before we got there a lot had transpired.

    As I said the Great Indian Roadtrip was supposed to be accompanied by a backup vehicle. When the backup vehicle arrived, the driver was explained where we were going. Hearing our programme about Ladakh, Kaza, Kunzum, no later than 20 minutes after we arrived, the driver fled. With the vehicle. At the last moment we were left with four riders and no backup vehicle. It was impossible to move in such a situation.

    A second backup vehicle was arranged. This time the driver was given no briefing. He smelt something amiss and started slinking away. Finally he said that he would go only till Chandigarh. Okay, till Chandigarh then it was decided.






    We packed our stuff, clothes, laptops, backup devices, ipods for photo backups, cameras, videos, a backup motorcycle, Red Bull crates, a crate full of spare parts and accessories, tripods and a rear end full of three young backup photographers. This meant that at least the first day, rather the first evening, we would not have to stop often to click. But there were other things to stop us.













    As we started rolling through the city towards the exit, we were stopped every 100 meters by cops for a fine for driving a commercial vehicle at ungodly hours in the city. Then we realized that our driver did not have a license to drive. The vehicle also did not have a pollution under control certificate. And at every stage we had to explain our aim and objectives and pleaded the police to let us go. This took us a while, read 3 hours to get out of Delhi.












    Finally we got out of Delhi and Gasoline Junkie swapped places with the driver as we were getting irritated at the pace that he was driving, barely crossing 35 on the Grand Trunk Highway. And soon we were doing fast stretches staying beyond three digits most of the way. We stopped at a place just after Karnal, ZhilMhil it was called, to have our first and last meal of the day. It was already past 2100 hours. That was when Gasoline explained the state of the fitness of the vehicle.





    While we rode so far, highway riding was pretty smooth, though could not see much. Earlier we were riding slow to keep pace with the back up as the driver was painfully slow. But after the Delhi border Gasoline Junkie took over the reins of driving the rusty old rickety piece of junk. And we started doing good speed.





    What Gasoline described during the meal was not at all reassuring and I would not have been keen to get into a vehicle with such fitness levels. Steering was delayed, so was the accelerator, indicators did not work, console was dead, tires were totally worn out and there was no traction, brakes had to be pumped thrice to get some reaction, nothing worked! No one knows how that thing moved. And Gaso was doing 100 at times.

    We had become the back up bikes for the piece of junk that was supposed to be our back up vehicle! Finally we reached Chandigarh and thanks to Amar, an xBhp member who guided us to our hotel at 2 in the morning. We emptied our back up vehicle and I saw Gasoline retire into slumber with the ipod in his ear. I adjusted the AC and hit the bed too with thoughts of our next backup vehicle and the rest of the road fast melting.

    Day 3 Account By Sundeep Gajjar ( Sunny )

    Day 3 of GIR : 17th August

    According to the plan we were supposed to start around 12 in the noon after loading out stuff onto the makedo backup vehicle. I have added makedo because Force Motors were supposed to get the sponsored Kargo King here in Delhi by the D-Day ( 15th August, when the GIR flagged off ).

    Due to heavy rains the pickup could not reach in time and we had to look for a rental option. After much headbanging we managed to get a mahnidra pickup, but it looked more like a buffalo transporter. Anyways our problem was solved by the driver itself when he chickened out in my Delhi garage itself, with the pretext that he was getting homesick and that mera man nahi maan raha hai, he took off. So there. Back to square one. The next guy we got had a better vehicle. From the rear it looked like a tempo due to the generous fabrications on the vehicle base. The more the space the better for us. It was fantastically hard for us to try and remember what all to pack. My home was looking like a warehouse of all kinds of items. Big aluminium trunks, ropes, spare tyres, electronics, wires, posters, flyers etc etc.

    After arranging all the stuff physically catergorized in all sorts of bags and folders we went on to the next step loading them onto the pickup. Here is a list of what finally made the picup its home :

    1. A spare bike ( GIR karizma )
    2. two big trunks
    3. two small trunks
    4. innumerable bags in the trunks

    So finally we got the stuff neatly stacked onto the pickup by 4 PM. There were some guest passengers with us on the pickup SidRock ( Siddharth ), AutoFreak ( Abhishek Kaushal ) and Rahul ( Blue ). We also had a Kinetic service mechanic ( Mr. Vinayak ) to assist us with the Kinetic two wheelers.

    As three bikes ( 2 Kinetic Italiano Blazes, 1 Comet GT 250 ) and a pickup left for the GIR a new feeling enveloped me we had 110 days of roads, dangers, scenic beauty, people and new experiences lined up for us. There was a sense of overwhelming responsibility, fear of the unknown and just how huge this task was dawned upon me.

    Within the first 2 kms GasolineJunkies scooter stalled. It wasnt a problem with the scooter - there was petrol. Anyways, we went ahead and as soon as we parked all our vehicles in a que at Adhchini Petrol pump ( Delhi ) the electricity at the pump did a disappearing act. And to talk, we were only 3 kms into our journey. Never mind. Went still ahead and finally managed to tank up all the vehicles.


    Then we had to go towards Karnal Bypass and onto the highway towards Chandigarh.

    We were stopped a couple of time by the traffic cops within Delhi. It was then we found out the implications of a yellow number plate commercial vehicle being driven in non commercial hours of the day and that our driver did not have all the papers in the correct order. Guess who came to the rescue the riders on the exotic bikes coupled with the seemingly innocent faces in the pickup and of course the GIR flyer which we so happily distributed to the traffic cops in a successful effort to explain to them that we are doing this noble journey.

    OK. Now when do we get at least out of Delhi. We did that around 6 PM. We hit the GT Karnal road ( NH 1 , NH = National Highway). We were greeted by beautiful sweeping tarmac. I was riding the Comet which wasnt performing too well and it was having battery charging problems. Anyways, small nuances on a big mission. My co-riders told me that the Blaze was very comfortable and performed like a bike even though we all know disc brakes would do it a world of good considering its power and tops.

    It was twilight when our backup vehicle took a small detour at the Delhi Alipur border for a pollution check. I was a little too engrossed in maneuvering the Comet and missed them. After waiting for a good 30 minutes on the roadside I finally managed to hook up with them as they came from behind. It was sometime later that I got to know that SkyScraper had left my bag with more than a lakh worth of electronic equipments in the petrol pump owner cabin. The petrol pump owner turned out be a certain Mr. Nitin who was a rally champion and had driven his Baleno for 2 kms to catch up with the pickup vehicle on the highway and return my bag! Talk about stupidity and luck to cover it up.

    From then on it was a quite uneventful ride, except glimpses of accidents here and there, erratic drivers but a nice three lane highway.

    After some time we stopped at the Jhilmil Dhabha opp. McDonalds near Karna Lake and a nice meal, I had Chana Masala with mineral water while other gave in to whatever they preferred including pesticides. I have given up on aerated soft drinks, at least reduced its consumption tremendously for the moment and only prefer to have mineral water and that too some known brands like the generic Bisleri and Aquafina. Thogh we all know that nothing is completely safe but still cant die thirsty on the roads.

    We also devoured tons of cans of Red Bull much to the chagrin of all those who surrounded us with parched throats at the time of gulping them down.

    We dropped AutoFreak ( Abhishek ) and Siddharth ( Sidrock ) at Ambala and moved on to Chandigarh.

    Just before entering Chandigarh there was this under renovation bridge with a couple of checkposts at each of its ends. A 200 metres or so before the checkpost there was an unattended vehicle height bar which prevented any vehicle having a height of more certain metres to pass through and over the bridge. Our backup almost went through except a certain add on bar at the rear end. In a successful attempt to remove the bar using the brute force hit below method a police gypsy came to us and inquired that if we were trying to hit the bar. After a relaxed discussion they finally let us go. This was 12 in the night.

    We finally checked in a hotel called Hotel Super Palace in Sec 35 D at 1 AM. We had booked two rooms and had finally crashed into the bed at 2 AM odd. A long long day but 107 more days to go.
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    Ken Da.. Thanks a lot for the Write up...
    This is so refreshing and the pics say the story once again..B'fully explained and compiled with apprropriate words ..
    It's Like GIR is going on now and we are getting regular updates..
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    Default The Great Indian Roadtrip : Day 4 : August 18th : Around Chandigarh

    The 18th morning did not start in the morning. It almost started at midday. We had gone to bed at nearly 4 in the morning. And by the time everybody got up, it was well past 10 in the morning. Yours truly was up at around 8 trying to keep track of things on his hard disk. I suppose Sunny was doing the same. I was sharing the room with Gasoline Junkie. I was sharing the bed too! But that does not mean anything.

    Finally by the time we got around doing anything we were back to our saga of the backup vehicle! From 11 till 1400 hours, all that Sunny could do was stay on the phone to arrange for our back up vehicle. Gasoline went out to check a place where there were supposed to be rentals. He came back looking pretty excited saying, I found this vehicle man brand new, yellow Tatamobile, good engine, very torquey, I did a test drive, man this will see us through. In the meanwhile Sunny also managed to find time to go and meet and talk about our trip to Santabanta.com.



    And at 3 in the afternoon, we were at a transporters, hard negotiating a deal for a Tata 207. And were still to have lunch. If there had not been a misunderstanding between Force Motors and our organization, we would have seen more of Chandigarh. But then if this and if that, then this there and that nowhere!

    Finally the MOU was signed and we were at Sukhna Lake, having Rotis with Butter Chicken, lunch at 5 in the afternoon! We are thankful to the Ambala and the Chandigarh xBhp community for helping us out since morning. During lunch Sunny started pushing me saying we are losing light. I said sure, we are carrying digital cameras, whats the big hurry. But he wanted to get a move on with the light fading. The butter chicken was good. But I left it for Skyscraper to polish it off.





    We headed towards Rock Gardens. Interesting place, with a lot of artificial rock architecture, made mostly from waste and broken stuff. The area covered is huge, easily over 10,000 m. The place reminded me of some of the Chinese Gardens that I have seen in Suzhou.

    We were invaded by a bus-full of school kids. Skyscraper was the star of the show. He was surrounded by a group of girls to whom he explained what we were doing and what the Great Indian Roadtrip was all about. He even got around to talking with two women from Germany and Canada and looked pretty content with his little conquest.


















    We spent a good hour there, walking around, taking photographs, meeting kids, in the narrow sinuous rocky paths and close to the numerous waterfalls that this garden has to offer. The only drawback of the whole place being the suffocating humidity of the whole city. All of us were dripping sweat from every micro pore of our bodies.

























    As we got out of the Rock Gardens, we were soon joined by the xBhp community of Chandigarh. And it was show time for our stunter baby, Skyscraper. We were taken to a long and desolate stretch of road near IT park. We took a round of that place as Skyscraper ascertained the pros and cons of the exercise. And then he took off. For the next half hour it was a feast for everybody as Sky moved around on his rear wheel. The applauses started coming in fast and thick. Chandigarh by night, and the local community, inspired by his stunts started participating as well. Before leaving, Skyscraper gave a few tips about improving stunting skills.









    Come night and we were back to our computers, Sunny and I, and at 2200 hours, I started getting pushy about food. Sunny said that we could order in the hotel. I said this is part of the objectives about GIR, discovering new places. Sunny wanted the AC, I wanted good food. So I sent out the Ambala guy, Autofreak aka Abhishek, who has been an invaluable help, to go and scout around. And soon we were at this place called Singhs Chicken in Sector 22 gobbling down delicacies like brain curry, liver preparation, among other classics like Rogan josh. Once our stomachs satisfied, the guys started discussing ghosts and their relevance in our daily lives.



    In the meanwhile Gasoline got back. He had gone since the time of the deal with the transporter just before lunch to get the vehicle in relatively good shape. He was pretty happy when he got to the restaurant at 11 in the night. Sunny and I got back to the hotel, had a look at the vehicle. Sunny was almost smiling. We got back to the rooms and started working on our photographs and texts and blogs. It seems that Day5, we might have less worries about our back up vehicle.

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    Default The Great Indian Roadtrip : Day 5 : 19th August : Chandigarh - Amritsar

    Another late night. Another late morning. And we were not even meeting girls. And we were not complaining. Since the Great Indian Roadtrip turned enough heads on the roads and elsewhere to make it worth its while.

    As everybody slowly crawled their way out of bed, something happened that soured the morning a bit. Another sad thing that happened was the people going away. Some people, young members had accompanied us from Delhi till Chandigarh helping us in loading, unloading, a lot of dirty work, a lot of good work, taking pictures sharing our food and our experiences. But now it was time for them to leave. I hurt quite a lot when I saw them go. And life must go on.



    Some people leaving, some excess baggage offloaded, some worries dissipated with a spanking working vehicle with minor glitches, we set off for Amritsar at a pretty late hour at 1500 hours, but on a beautiful single lane through picturesque greenery, typifying Punjab with lush maize and paddy fields, the national highway was a pleasure to drive on which was much different from the monotonous ruler-like straight line of the Karnal-Ambala highway.







    On this day we also encountered our first level crossing which got stuck after the train had left. So the three musketeers did some off-roading to avoid the kilometers long traffic waiting and Sunny waited too in the backup vehicle. Finally things started moving again and we were cruising once more.







    The backup vehicle looked good and moved fast. The driver looked more competent too. But then everything has its flip side. This driver had a drivers license. But he was totally oblivious of other vehicles on the other road. He would overtake a vehicle doing three digit plus speeds with a speeding truck hurtling down in its path towards him. But our driver drove as if this truck was non-existent. Sunny was sitting in the back up vehicle next to the driver. When he had no more nails left to bite upon, he resigned himself to being a fatalist and opened his laptop and started contemplating writing his own obituary.


    With the older vehicle, we the riders were bringing up the rear as we were scared that the backup vehicle might breakdown. With the newer backup vehicle we were still bringing up the rear since we riders could not keep up with the drivers antics!

    We stopped at a Dhaba called the Preet Deluxe Dhaba to have lunch at 1700 hours. It said air-conditioned. The four riders walked in. There was one window AC unit in a place meant to seat forty people. And that AC unit was spewing out some fog. We sat in front of that fog maker and had a lunch which was again pretty decent, the usual North Indian stuff, Dal Makhani, Shahi Paneer, Chana Masala which was dry and bad as usual. Gasoline does not like the Makhan in Dal Makhani. Sunny loves the Chana Masala. And Skyscraper says he can have anything but ends up having Dal Makhani.

    We did not do too much of night riding on this day. About an hour or so. But that was enough to make me completely averse to driving or riding in the night in places like Punjab. Drivers on these roads are a long way from getting any kind of driving sense in their damn care attitudes. As far as driving in the night goes, they are a bunch of nincompoops driving with their highbeams blinding us on the way and all of us had close shaves. I am not riding any more in the night. But then I had said that before.









    We came in to Amritsar. Saw boards saying Wagah border, Golden Temple. I started feeling an excitement coming on. We found our hotel. Its called the Royal Castle; Sunny had booked it to keep himself occupied while his driver was doing his mad rush through traffic. The hotel turned out to be pretty decent. Though it was a tad difficult to find parking as the place was teeming with people for a marriage.

    We checked in and went out for food. Gasoline, Skyscraper and I had scouted for food on Maqbool Road while looking for the hotel. We went straight back there. But Sunny vetoed the idea. So we went with our dear CEO since we did not want to dump our beloved Sunny. And we went and packed some horrible Chinese fast food which I somehow swallowed. I am going back to Maqbool road tomorrow night. I am going back to those delicious looking brain roast and other kabab looking things on the street-side joints.

    Day 5 Account by Sundeep Gajjar ( Sunny )

    Day 5 : August 19, 2006 : Chandigarh to Amritsar

    The night before we had slept at 3 AM after doing blogging and stuff on the laptops. We woke up around 9.30 AM and instantly everyone had an idea of how many things were pending.

    1. Arrange a tool box ( which Autofreak did, cost us 1800/- )
    2. Transfer our stuff onto the new 207 backup vehicle.
    3. Pack everything at the hotel and load it in

    We set off from Chandigarh at 3.30pm after dropping Rahul ( Blue ) at the bus station. Sidrock also left us on his xbhp colored scooty for Sangrur.

    Sidrock with his scooty



    Along the way we met a xBhp member from Hoshiarpur I Dont remember his name. He owns a petrol pump in the city and saw our bikes parked at a roadside dhabha and stopped to wish us.

    It is 8.30 PM as I write this sitting in the 207 while the other core riders navigate through the dense and erratic traffic on the highway towards Amritsar. Our destination is now 40 kms away. Ken had stopped for water and was all out on asserting that we should not be riding at night, all others unanimously agreed.

    I had used the 2006 Hotel and Restaurant Guide India published by FHRAI to look up a decent hotel in Amritsar. I had booked one on phone@1500 per day for 4 people in a room.

    I really look forward to see the Golden Temple and the Wagah border tommorow.

    Some facts :
    Distance covered :230kms
    Hotel cost : Hotel Royal Palace, Albert Road, Amritsar, Rs 1500 for a suite for 4 people.
    The Wheel was a great invention; Two Wheels with a Motor in between was even better!


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