When you say the words road trip what immediately comes to
your mind is cruising on the highways in your sedan, hatch back or SUV. Well we
at Motown are a bit off beat. For this year’s anniversary issue we thought of
doing something a bit more adventurous than just a road trip to Jaipur. We
wanted to experience Jaipur from a completely different angle. So we decided to
take PCP Motors Private Limited’s Terra Home Car, in short a caravan home car,
to Jaipur. The freedom which this vehicle gives you is remarkable. You can
practically stop anywhere you wish without the worry of booking a hotel or
having to worry about luggage and other essentials you tend to bag and tag when
you are on a road trip. So what we basically did was to take a home with us
where ever we went.All along it was a home away from home.
For those readers who are new to the concept of a caravan
its nothing but an oversized flatbed pickup fitted with a cabin in the rear to
accommodate much more than just seats. The reason why we chose to take a
caravan was simple we did not want to be limited to a hotel which was pre
booked. We at Motown India have an adventurous spirit and are always looking
for the thrill and excitement of exploring the wilderness, going off road and
finding new roads to some of the most exotic locations the Indian subcontinent
has to offer. Well keeping that in mind what else would be better than a
caravan. We can practically take all the essentials we require in it and do not
need to worry about plumbing either.
The Terra Home Car from PCP Motors Private Limited is the
answer to those of you who are looking to break free and not limit yourself to
the stationary location of a hotel. One of the most remarkable aspects of the
Terra Home Car is the amount of space this vehicle has. It can easily
accommodate four adults or two adults and three children without the feeling of
being cramped. The Terra Home Car has a television, a micro wave, two separate
air conditioning units, a refrigerator, a toilet, a shower(ooh la la), a table,
loads of cubby holes, cupboards and storage space, an awning if you want to sit
and admire nature, a generator for power back-up, three sofas which convert
into a gigantic bed and an upper sleeping deck which accommodates two adults.
So while we were cruising in the lap of luxury and the other commuters were all
cramped up in their overpriced cars and SUVs, we simply lazed along the whole
way without breaking a sweat.
The Terra Home Car from Paracoat has been built on the
Mahindra & Mahindra Geneo and is also available on the Toyota Hi-Lux and
the Isuzu D-Max. We took the Geneo version of the Home Car and we were actually
surprised by the power and pickup this vehicle offered. The Mahindra Geneo
version of this car is available for a cost of approximately Rs. 32 lakh in
Delhi, while other models are more expensive. If you are not so keen on owning
one you can always rent it at the price tag of 10,000 per day not a bad bargain
considering what you are getting in exchange. Fuel consumption on the vehicle is
not too good as it returns only 8-9 km to the litre but none-the-less it is too
comfortable to crib about anything. The two separate air conditioning units on
Paracoat’s Home Car serve a dual purpose. While the vehicle is in motion one
air conditioner runs on the vehicle’s engine and when the vehicle is stationary
the other air conditioner will run on the generator’s power. Both air
conditioners are equally effective. The fridge has ample of storage space for
food items and water or other liquids if you know what I mean. The microwave
can only be used to warm precooked food but there is enough space to store a
barbeque grill to cook your own food. The television is a bit small but then
again when you are in the outdoors would you really need to watch TV? Besides
these are all custom built options so you can choose to put the kind of
accessories you require. The bathroom in the Caravan is comfortable it is
bigger than the ones you have on an airplane and you can easily shower in it
without banging your hands and legs on the sides. The vehicle has two
ventilation exhaust systems one for the bathroom and one for the main cabin.
The Home Car also has three windows, two large ones on the sides and one small
one at the rear. There is also a window in the front to communicate with the
driver of the vehicle which rolls up to become sound proof as well.
We left for Jaipur from DLF cyber city at around eight in
the morning and within an hour’s time we were hit by a series of traffic jams
after Daruhera, which ran for almost 2km but we cleared it in a span of 20
minutes. At about 10 AM we reached the toll at Shahjanpur which was very close
to our decided stop point for breakfast. On the route to Jaipur you will come
across many boards which say Hotel Highway King, the location is about midway
to Jaipur. Hotel Highway King is a small motel with a restaurant and some
factory outlets of Adidas, Nike and Reebok. The food is decent and the
sanitation levels are manageable. At about 2 PM we hit the outskirts of Jaipur
City.For those of you who don’t know Jaipur is the capital and also the largest
city of Rajasthan. It was founded in 1727 AD by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II.
With a population of 3.1 million Jaipur is also famously known as the Pink city
of Rajasthan. Today, of course, the pink is overshadowed by several other
When you travel in something that is just short of an
innovation and looks smart on the road as well you tend to have people ogle at
you. We were even stopped by some to enquire exactly what our caravan was, as
the whole concept is a new one in India. When we finally entered the city of
Jaipur one of our first concern was where do we park this, you would not
exactly want a road side location. Soon the explorer in me was waking up. So I
began asking some locals of forest locations and scenic places to visit in
Jaipur. What came up a lot was the Nahargarh Fort which was the old residence
of many Maharajas of Jaipur. So we made our way to the Nahargarh Fort which is
on the outskirts of the city. The Fort at Nahargarh is nestled in a corner of
the Aravalli Range surrounded by a lush green forest and a manmade water body.
The location is actually a wildlife preserve in the amber hills at Jaipur and
you will need special permission to camp there. We found a quiet little spot
for ourselves at the edge of the forest from where we could view the fort as
well. Let me see you get that kind of a premium location from any five star
hotels or resorts. Well a long journey deserves some rest and we had earned it,
so cut off from the world in our own small corner we set up camp and got a good
nap. We woke up to the evening calls of the birds and animals in the amber
forest which beckoned us to rise. Soon we were roasting some chicken (not
hunted we bought it from a chop-shop) and assorted veggies on my barbeque
grill. After a lavish dinner in the outdoors we sat in the pleasant
surroundings of our caravan camp just admiring the night sky.
Early next morning by quarter to eight we were all showered,
shaved and ready to hit the road again. About an hour later we were out of
Jaipur and making our way back to Delhi. At heart I am a person who loves being
one with nature and this Terra Home Car which has been created by PCP Motors is
really a dream come true for me. There are endless possibilities for one to
explore with this vehicle and something I would really look forward to is a
trip to Leh & Ladak in this home-away-from-home. I think for someone crazy
about road trips and exotic locations where you are cut off from the world this
would be the ultimate weapon which will allow you to just simply break free
from all bonds and really bring out the explorer in you.
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