When it rains...
It pours! Mumbai, Kerala, Pune, Goa, Chennai, Delhi, wherever we’ve driven over the past month, pregnant clouds have burst over our heads. But that’s hardly a problem for a Land Rover
LOVE THE MONSOONS. PIPING HOT CHAI and pakodas. That sweet fragrance in the air. The hills carpeted in green. The thorough hosingdown that our cities get. The gushing rivers and crashing waterfalls. Splashing through puddles like a child. Breathing clean(er) air like when you actually were a child. Switching the air-con off. It really is the best time of the year, when the country is at its spectacular best, except if you are in Mumbai and have to wade home after having abandoned your car. I’ve done that. It’s no fun.
Today we have no such worries. We are in Chandigarh, behind the wheel of the Discovery Sport, being introduced to the Land Rover Experience (LRE) that I’ve heard so much about. This is where our 6-part Ready to Discover series kicks off where we will be putting the entire range of Land Rover SUVs through their paces at spectacular LRE events across the country. And for a brand that has off-roading in its DNA, what better place to start than the home of the maddest and largest collection of off-road vehicles, enthusiasts and clubs. Chandigarh is where you prep for the challenges that lie ahead – the annual Raid, the road trip to Ladakh, the no less demanding Himalayan foothills of Himachal, the snow drives in Narkhanda and Dalhousie – the majority of my Most Memorable Road Trips have kicked off in Chandigarh. And, oh, Chandigarh is where you discover that Indian cities need not be chaotic, that we