Is an Tata Indigo suitable for roads in Spiti valley?

#1 Jan 25th, 2010, 00:16
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I am in the process of hiring a car & driver for 2 weeks in March/April to drive through the Kinnaur & Spiti areas. The company have suggested a Tata Indigo (for 2 people) but I don't know this type of vehicle - is it suitable for mountain roads, particularly in spring? Also I have been quoted 36,000 INR for 15 days which seems a little expensive to me but I might be wrong, can anyone give me an idea of how much we should be paying?

Any advice much appreciated.

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With a driver and fuel, that's still a bit steep ,ethinx, but passable . . . but an indigo is hardly the vehicle you'd be wanting in spiti . . . clearence if the crux of mountain driving and of course power . . . an innova or safari would be ideal!
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mmm, makes sense. thanks trooooon for prompt reply, I'm going to get another quotation.
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Where are you hiring the vehicle from? Delhi or Simla?
There is this guy, Mr. Ram Chand (09418027528), in Simla. I saw 2-3 references of him on IM. He has a Chevorlet Travera and the driver, Mr. Satpal (also famous on IM), does only Kinnour Spiti trips. I went with him last November and the car was comfortable & so was the driver. Maybe you can have a chat with him.
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thanks username_x. Interesting that you should mention Ram as I have just phoned him! The line wasn't great so I'm hoping to chat with him by email over the next few days. Not sure yet where we'll be picked up from. When I went back to the company who quoted me previously, the price went up to 44,000 for a travera! That seems a lot even by western standards.

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