Bizarre travel plans are dancing lessons from God.
Best travel plans are those which are unplanned. And this trip was no exception. It has been almost a year since I went on any trip; All thanks to the corporate life and the commitments. But now, I've left that life behind and have been on my own for quite some time. Thanks to being a full time content creator and a photographer. So, this is how it all came to be.
A normal discussion between two of my friends (Mayank and Sachin) was something which resulted in this trip and if for not them, the trip could not have been a possibility. Sachin was back in town after a long time, and he primarily had the itch to go somewhere and Mayank supported him. Though both had quite a deep conversation about the destination. I was still not part of the discussion and had no idea that in few days we will be moving from 45 degree celsius temperature of New Delhi to -3 of Himalayas. The plan of two people now had me as third person and before we could realize the number shot up to 8 people. 2 of Sachin's office friends (Priyanka and Smita) from Pune would join us in few days. Also Mayank's 2 cousins (Rakesh and Saurabh) and his sister in law (Kritika) would be part of the travel memoir too.
It's that time of the year when most of the Delhi traffic takes a turn and moves towards Greater Noida. Suddenly everyone becomes automobile fanatics and a walking encyclopedia of auto industry.
So, what is special about this one week? This is a week when a common person, a middle class dream can get up and close with his wet dreams. This is a week when he can get a peek into all the exotic automobiles which he has seen only in magazines, TV, internet or in his dreams.
But is it what we all think it is? or is it something more? I call it a week of chaos. You may ask why? Let me explain:
The only thing constant in life is Change. And the change comes in plethora of ways. For me it came in the form of this wonderful person, Navneet. She is currently a NIFT student and a complete fashion fanatic. She knows how to mold things her way and how to come up with creative ways to transform something boring to something exciting.
I have been following her work on instagram for sometime now and have always liked the creativity and simplicity in her. Hence, it was natural that I contact her. After few conversations we decided to collaborate and come up with a series for her Fashion blog - Kya Pehnu.
Immediately we stuck a chord and working together became breeze. We chose Deer Park opposite Safdarjung Enclave to be our first location because this is one place which offers multiple backgrounds. Greenery, Lake, Hauz khas fort, joggers lane and plush green lawns are few examples. In short, This place is photographers heaven.
Below are few photographs from the shoot. For complete blog entry kindly visit http://kyapehnu.wordpress.com
New Delhi, February 3, 2016: Suzuki Motorcycle India Private Limited (SMIPL), a subsidiary of one of the world’s leading two-wheeler manufacturers, Suzuki Motor Corporation, Japan today unveiled the All New Access 125 scooter and the revamped Gixxer motorcycles at the 13th Auto Expo in Greater Noida.
Suzuki finally was able to tap into the psyche of Indian consumers and witnessed first real success in motorcycle and scooters market. Suzuki Access started the success story and Gixxer twins completed it. To continue on the same path, Suzuki introduced refreshed and feather rich models in the ongoing Auto Expo
NEW ACCESS 125: Suzuki’s flagship scooter has had a complete model change, powered by the state of the art technology. It boasts of a new rigid yet lightweight frame which improves mileage, straight line stability and cornering performance. This is further enhanced by a larger, 12 inch front tire and fine tuning of the suspension to improve road holding performance over rough and uneven roads. Loaded with features, the new Suzuki Access 125 will appeal to discerning riders of all age groups. The All New Access 125 has many advanced features like Suzuki Easy Start System with one-push starter, Push Type Shuttered Key, Service Indicator, longer seat, largest under-seat storage in the segment, larger floorboard, front pocket, optional DC socket, multi- function instrument cluster with digital display and steel front fender and leg shields for added protection and durability. In terms of design, the new Access 125 has a modern and sophisticated look with a chrome finish, 3D emblem logo and rich bodywork with stylish, edgy lines. The scooter will also be available with an optional Front Disc Brake and alloy wheels. The new Access 125 will be available in 5 colours – Pearl Suzuki Deep Blue No.2, Candy Sonoma Red, Pearl Mirage White, Metallic Matt Fibroin Gray and Glass Sparkle Black.
The All New Access 125 will be available in the country from April 2016 onwards.
GIXXER/ SF: The Gixxer has received praise from Indian critics and users for its exceptional riding performance and best fuel economy in its class. Suzuki engineers have succeeded in making the Gixxer even more desirable than before, with the provision of a new rear disc brake variant. The rear disc brake will provide better stability and control while braking on all kinds of terrain. The rear disc brake will be available in all variants of the Gixxer and Gixxer SF. Suzuki is also proud to present a new Gixxer SF - Fi variant which is powered by cutting edge fuel injection technology. The fuel injection engine intelligently monitors and adjusts the air to fuel ratio to maintain optimal combustion conditions leading to efficient fuel usage and enhanced throttle feeling. The fuel injection variant is available in the Gixxer SF MotoGP Edition. In addition to the existing colours, the Gixxer will now be available in Metallic Lush Green / Glass Sparkle Black Dual Tone and the Gixxer SF will be available in Candy Antares Red / Glass Sparkle Black Dual Tone.
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February 3, 2016: UM Motorcycles, the Indian arm of the American motorcycle maker, UM International, LLC along with Lohia Auto has finally entered Indian. They made their presence felt during last Auto Expo and this time they launched their much-awaited motorcycle range 'Renegade' in three different variants: Renegade Commando, Renegade Sports S and Renegade Classic.
Mr. Rajeev Mishra - Director UML, said "Seeing the potential of India as a giant motorcycle market, we are confident of not only steaming up the competition but also taking a decent chunk of the market. Out innovative products with an exhilarating design and embedded with the latest technology at an affordable price tag are an absolute novelty in the Indian market. Keeping in mind the huge potential, UML has priced it's motorcycles in the range from 1.5 to 1.7 Lakh INR and the sales will be handled from initial 50 dealerships across country
The Renegade Commando is a low slung cruiser powered by a 279CC single cylinder water-cooled engine developing 25 bhp at 8500 rpm and 21.8 Nm of torque at 7000 rpm. The motorcycle comes with a six-speed gearbox, wide handlebars, hydraulic telescopic front suspension, 110/90 -16 front and 140/90 -15 rear tyres, Braking is handled by a 280mm, 2 piston caliper upfront and a drum brake at rear. The Renegade Commando will be available at INR 1.59 lakhs (Ex-showroom New Delhi)
The Renegade Sport S model and Classic will also share the same engine as the Renegade Commando. Mechanically Renegade Sport S is completely similar to Renegade Commando. The only difference is styling. Sport S has 1100 mm height against Commando's 1140 mm. Length is 2227 mm against commando's 2257 mm. Sport S is 40 mm wider too. Apart from above changes, all three variants share similar seat height of 750 mm, Wheelbase of 1545 mm, Ground clearance of 150 mm and comes with generous 18 litre tank capacity. Booking for all three motorcycles have commenced at the ongoing Auto Expo.
UM International in alliance with the UP-based Lohia Auto has invested Rs 250 Crore for business expansion. Manufacturing is already underway at the Lohia Auto's Kashipur facility in Uttrakhand which will also support the government's "Make in India" initiative.
February 3, 2016: Revving up the excitement Honda Motorcycle & Scooter Indian Pvt. Lts today announced aggressive and ambitious roadmap for India at a high voltage 13th Auto Expo 2016 Press conference. Honda reiterated that India is a priority market and they will keep the portfolio updated to cater to ever changing market trends and customer demands.
Among the new and exiting launched, Honda also confirmed that the 4th plant will be put into production. To delve deeper into the Indian motorcycles and scooter arena, Honda showcased 10 different models such as: CD 110 Dream deluxe, Dream Neo, Honda Deo, CB Unicorn 150, CB Unicorn 160, CB Hornet 160R, CRF1000L Africa Twins, Honda Navi. Apart from these production ready products, Honda also showcased their concepts namely: NeoWing, EV Cub, CX-02 and NAVI concept
NAVI: "New Additional Value for India": NAVI is the first 100% Honda R&D India model - from concept development to commercial production. Navi's unconventional design is it's uniqueness - a concept is very mechanical & clean. In it's standard form, the design statement is Fun to See and pure FUN TO RIDE. Providing endless possibilities in expression & customization for the young customer.
The standard NAVI will come in 5 color options: Patriot Red, Hopper Green, Shasta White, Sparky Orange and Black. Booking for NAVI has started and the deliveries will from from April, 2016 onwards, all for Rs 39,500 (Ex- Showroom price, Delhi)
CRF1000L Africa Twins- The success of CBR 650F has paved the way for the launch of Honda's next higher displacement "Make in India" model. The CRF1000L Africa Twin, undoubtedly one of the world's most celebrated adventure motorcycle which has proved it's mettle in the world's toughest race - The Dakar Rally
With the concept of "Adventuring across open country", Honda designers set out to create a big adventure model that would perform exceptionally well off-road yet be convenient for everyday riding. Offering outstanding traction, the newly developed 998cc engine is a compact liquid-cooled, 4 stroke, 8 valve, parallel twin with a 270 crank. The lightweight steel semi-double frame helps the bike deliver excellent cruising performance off-road and nimble, stable handling on the street.
NeoWing - Delivering sporty, Lean cruising with big bike style cornering and a stable ride feel, this 3-wheel sport hybrid with a 4 cylinder petrol engine is like nothing before.
The Neowing combines the mechanical appeal of a motorcycle with advanced, futuristic styling.
Project CX-02: Spearheading innovation from India is Project CX-02 - the second concept model fully developed by Honda R&D India at technical center, Manesar. CX stands for Concept Cross and 02 stands for Second design model by HRID for India.
With this model, the styling design team at HRID has responded to emerging need of urban Indian youth enjoying global exposure. More details about engine and other specifications remain unknown at the moment.
New Delhi, February 03, 2016: Volkswagen, Europe’s leading car manufacturer, today unveiled exciting new products, including Volkswagen Ameo at the 13th edition of the Delhi Motor Show. With a heady combination of power and performance, the lineup highlights Volkswagen’s continued commitment and steady growth plans for the Indian market.
Addressing the press conference, Mr. Jürgen Stackmann Board Member for Sales and Marketing, Volkswagen Passenger Cars said, “The Delhi Motor Show is a great opportunity for us to showcase our enhanced product portfolio of segment-leading carlines to customers in this dynamic and growing market. Volkswagen wants to play a key role in India not only in terms of sales and market share, but also in terms of safety, quality and innovation. That is why we are strengthening our efforts here. We are expanding our product portfolio in India with the made for India product, Volkswagen Ameo, our first compact sedan, the latest edition Tiguan, which marks our debut in India’s SUV segment and the new Passat which will be launched in this fiscal.”
Taking center-stage at the Volkswagen pavilion was the Ameo, which made its global debut at the Delhi Motor Show. The new compact sedan has been designed specifically for the Indian market, and is expected to be a game changer for Volkswagen. There has been an overwhelming response to the sub 4-metre category in India, and with its superior technology, class leading features and high safety standards the Ameo is expected to raise the bar in sub 4-metre sedan segment with first in segment features like cruise control and rain sensing wipers along with static cornering lights and the dynamic Touchscreen multimedia music system with Mirror link, I-pod connectivity, phonebook / SMS viewer the Volkswagen Ameo will be available with two fuel options - 1.2L 3-cylinder MPI and 1.5L 4-cylinder TDI engine.
In accordance with Volkswagen’s global focus on electric vehicles, the Passat GTE is a plug-in hybrid powered by an electric motor and a TSI engine. Leading technical innovation from the front, the Passat GTE is testimony towards Volkswagen’s renewed focus towards efficiency and new mobility. The Passat GTE comes with a Petrol- Electric Hybrid power train mated with a 6-speed DSG gear box and has a combined power (engine + electric motor) output of approximately 218 PS. The 1.4-litre TSI engine develops a power of 115 kW / 156 PS; the electric motor produces 85 kW / 115 PS, while the maximum combined torque is 400 Nm. The Volkswagen Passat’s engine will be capable of delivering EU 6 Emissions norms.
The Beetle is an iconic car that has scripted automotive history for over six decades by creating a niche of its own in the segment. Recently launched in India, the 21st Century Beetle, carries an unmistakably timeless charm, blended with modern day technological sophistication to the original Beetle making it more powerful, masculine and dynamic. It comes with a 1395 cc, 1.4L turbocharged TSI engine and is mated to a 7-speed DSG gearbox, generating a power output of 150 PS and 250 Nm of torque. Testimony to its dynamic performance is the fuel economy which stands at 17.68 kmpl (ARAI). The Volkswagen Beetle’s engine comes equipped with the capability of delivering EU 6 Emissions norms.
To delight the customer’s in-vehicle experience, Volkswagen has evolved rapidly to provide new offerings in the Polo and Vento which will enhance their daily driving experience. Adding a dash of convenience are intelligent systems like rain sensing wipers – auto dimming IRVM, Dynamic touchscreen multimedia system with Mirror link, I-pod connectivity, phonebook / SMS viewer which will optimize the driving environment and comfort. – class leading features. Additionally, Volkswagen Vento will be equipped with stunning and innovative LED head lamps with LED DRLs.(Daytime running Lights).
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03, February 2016: New Delhi: In a pursuit to offer the dynamic and enthusiastic IndianS a product to boost the spirit of adventure, Isuzu Motors India unveiled India’s 1st “Adventure Utility Vehicle” the ISUZU D-MAX V-Cross at the 2016 Auto Expo, which began at the India Expo Mart, Greater Noida. Mr. Susumu Hosoi, Chairman & Representative Director, Isuzu Motors Ltd., and Mr. Naohiro Yamaguchi, Managing Director, Isuzu Motors India, unveiled the new range of ISUZU D-MAX pick-ups which include the commercial range also for India, at a press conference held at the Isuzu Motors India stall.
The ISUZU D-MAX V-Cross comes with a 4WD (4X4) configuration, High Ride and a host of
exciting features and can be registered as a “Personal Vehicle”. The ‘V-Cross’ badge is
unique to the personal lifestyle vehicles. For commercial purposes, the ISUZU D-MAX will be available in various 4X4 and 4X2 configurations, with a combination of Crew Cab / Single Cab, High Ride / Normal Ride and flat deck / arch-deck load bodies. ISUZU D-MAX will also be available as a Cab-chassis variant.
The ISUZU D-MAX V-CROSS is powered by a 134 hp, BSIV compliant, high pressure Common Rail Fuel Injection Diesel Engine, the powertrain is mated to a robust 5 speed Manual Transmission that delivers a maximum torque level of 320 Nm @ 1800-2800 rpm. The ISUZU D-MAX V-Cross is equipped with off-roading features like 4WD (shift-on-fly) drive mode, High Ride suspension that offers higher ground clearance, wider track with longer wheel base. The chassis frame is designed with a new iGRIP feature (Isuzu Gravity Response Intelligent Platform) ensures greater stability even at hi-speeds and sharp curves.
Besides the proven off-road capable features, the ISUZU D-MAX V-Cross has a host of contemporary features that offer customers an urban-class driving experience. The exterior of the vehicle sports an aggressive wedge shaped design with perfect proportions of flowing lines. Aerodynamic design and muscular fenders makes it look more robust with a dominating road presence. It adorns projector headlamps, 16” Alloy Wheels, Sporty Roof Rails, ORVM with turn side indicator and chrome finish for front grille, ORVM and door handles.
The interiors of the V-Cross come with state-of-the-art features to offer customers car-like comforts with ergonomically designed driver seats, steering mounted audio controls, electro-luminescent meters with MID (Multi Information Display) and 7” touch screen audio system with USB input, DVD, AUX, iPod and Bluetooth connectivity. The optimized door size largely helps in easy ingress and egress. Besides these, the Adventure Utility Vehicle comes loaded with features that makes driving a pleasurable one. The ISUZU D-MAX V-Cross has many advantages over a Sports Utility Vehicle viz., a large open deck that can carry luggage/equipment to suit the needs of long roadtrips, adventure trips, vacationing etc.
The ISUZU D-MAX V-Cross will be produced at the new Isuzu Motors India manufacturing plant at Sri City, Andhra Pradesh, reinforcing ISUZU’s long-term commitment to India and support the “Make in India” initiative.
February 3, 2016 : New Delhi: General Motors today revealed more details of it's transformation strategy for India by announcing the 2017 launch of an all-new four door notchback, The Chevrolet Essentia, at the 2016 Auto Expo in New Delhi. Essentia is a sub 4 meter car based on Beat platform with seating capacity of 5 people and big enough boot to carry weekend luggage.
GM also took the opportunity to showcase a fun and spirited soft-roader concept based on the same platform called the Chevrolet Beat Active. The car is a fun and spirited concept that has been designed to stand out from the crowd. As a soft-roader, the Beat Active is ready for any adventure or challenge. With expressive design language and significant attention to detail, this youthful car is a response to India's maturing market and aspirational lifestyle. In the concept, Beat has received new front facia including new headlamp design with DRL's and projectors. Fog lamps also received ample LED inclusion. Front and rear bumpers have been designed keeping the fun quotient in mind
The other cars showcased were: Chevrolet Spin, Trailblazer, New Chevrolet Cruze and trailblazer pickup. All these products have been introduced to further push the Chevrolet brand as a serious player in Indian automobile market.
Going forward all cars will share the new Chevrolet design language including the split front grill design. Looking at the declining sales, all products have been refreshed to give them the much needed push, which again looks half hearted attempt. Their new offerings like Spin was ignored by viewers. Trailblazer being their newest offering was not given much attention. The premium SUV should have displayed boldly. The only thing pulling the crowd towards Chevrolet pavilion with two iconic cars - Chevrolet Camaro and Corvette.
February 3rd 2016, Greater Noida: Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., part of the US $ 16.9 billion
Mahindra Group, today unveiled its global two wheeler and racing prowess at the 13th edition of
Auto Expo 2016. The product display included the unveiling of an All New MGP3O racing
motorcycle for the 2016 season by Mahindra Racing, the Indian showcasing of its electric two
wheeler, GenZe 2.0 as well as the announcement of the exciting Mojo Tribe Riders Club.
Speaking on the occasion, Anand Mahindra, Chairman, Mahindra Group said, “We are
delighted that the new Mahindra Racing 2016 MGP3O motorcycle is making its global debut at the
Auto Expo. This motorcycle is the first all new product that has emerged from Mahindra Racing’s
development centre in Italy. It is also evidence of Mahindra’s growing technical skill in the
development of world class high performance racing machinery. We are also very proud to be
bringing back the Peugeot Motocycles name to international racing. Our innovative GenZe 2.0
electric two wheeler, which made its US debut in January, will also be showcased at the Auto
The only Indian constructor in the MotoGP World Championship, today unveiled
an all new MGP3O Moto3 racing motorcycle for the 2016 season at the Auto Expo. The 2016
MGP3O is a significantly upgraded motorcycle in almost every area as Mahindra Racing aims to
fight at the front of the highly competitive Moto3 World Championship in 2016.
The new bike has been developed at Mahindra Racing’s European headquarters at Besozzo near
Varese in Italy, part of the Indian automotive and technology giant’s ‘neural network’ of research
and development centers located around the world.
The new Mahindra MGP3O will be campaigned by factory entry Team Aspar with retained
talented young riders Pecco Bagnaia (age 19, ITA) and Jorge Martin (age 18, SPA). Three
Mahindra customer teams will see six further MGP3O machines on the grid in the hands of Team
CIP, the Outox Reset Drink Team; and MTA Team Italia: all running two rider outfits.
New to the Mahindra family in MotoGP is Peugeot Motocycles factory team, SP Racing. An
impressive line up of Frenchman Alexis Masbou (age 28) and Briton John McPhee (age 21) will
contest the Moto3 World Championship on an MGP3O derived Peugeot.
Mahindra Launches Mojo Tribe
Mahindra Two Wheelers today announced the launch of the Mojo Tribe, a club meant exclusively
for owners of the recently launched Mojo motorcycle. The club brings together a group of biker
enthusiasts who navigate every turn to welcome the magic of possibility, the lure of freedom, the
excitement of adventure and the power of untold tales.
Speaking on the occasion, Vinod Sahay - COO, Mahindra Two Wheelers Ltd. said, “The
Mahindra Mojo has been a head turner right from the day of its launch with accolades from riders
and industry experts alike. Built with precision, the Mojo is a vehicle crafted for versatility to deliver
superior riding experience. The Mojo Tribe brings together a brotherhood of people who
exemplify the true spirit of riding”.
The catchy Mojo Anthem released today embodies the true ethos of the Mojo tribesmen as they
forge the trails to make Mojo Tribe a one of its kind experience.
The thrill for riding just got bigger with the new season of the Trails of Mojo Tribe 2016 – 17,
which celebrates the spirit of riding through 4 thrilling trails, each promising a different terrain and
experiences of lifetime. One could enjoy conquering new peaks on the Mountain Trail, chasing
the winds on the Coastal Trail, exploring nature on the Jungle Trail or pushing oneself to the
extreme on the Desert Trail. All these trails culminate into the Mojo Rising Trail, an annual get
together of Mojo owners at Goa, to share countless moments of exhilaration with fellow riders and
of course, your Mojo!