The ultimate guide to travelling like a tourist in your city5 min read . Updated: 21 Aug 2019, 05:28 PM IST
Choosing the right vehicle, such as the Mahindra XUV300, can make all the difference!
Is your travel bucket list languishing in a non-descript corner? Thanks to career goals, personal commitments or lack of finances, you haven’t ticked off much from the list. On days that you feel sorry about your mundane life, you seek solace simply in going through that.
Well, we feel you there!
It is not always easy to pack your bags and embark on a journey of wanderlust. So, why not explore your own city like a tourist? But, before you do that, make sure that you have the right vehicle. The Mahindra XUV300 would be a great choice—this compact SUV is stylish, fun to drive, and comes with top-notch safety and tech features.
Make your escapades more memorable with the XUV300! Here are a few tips to get you started.
Ankita Sood, a chef-cum-food consultant, believes that Chandni Chowk should be the beginning point of all adventures in Delhi. “The old havelis and the tiny shops that sell spices and jewellery make you feel like you have stepped into a time capsule. And, if you like ‘breakfasting like a king’, you dash off to the Paranthewali Gali or the Old Famous Jalebi Walla in Khari Baoli," shares Sood.
But it is not easy to manoeuvre around this area. Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) vehicles, especially the Mahindra XUV300 AutoSHIFT will make it a lot easier.
While you are in the vicinity, Sood suggests a drive down to Jama Masjid for a lesson in Mughal history and architecture. Follow this up by a drive to Delhi Haat or Janpath, where you can buy trinkets, souvenirs and more.
Being mindful of the driving culture of NCR is essential when you take your Mahindra XUV300 out for a spin, as NCR scores little less when it comes to traffic compliance index amongst metros. The traffic flow in the capital is intermittent that sees short periods of movement with regular interruptions (stop-and-go). The convenience of its advanced autoSHIFT technology and segment-first features like Front Parking Sensors and ‘comfort’ mode of its Smart Steering System make your drive absolutely effortless.
“In the evening, take a stroll at Lodhi Gardens. You could even drive down to India Gate or catch a play at the National School of Drama. And, end the day by digging into delectable international fare at Aerocity or Cyber Hub," she concludes.
There’s a reason Mumbai is called the Maximum City—there’s so much on offer that it leaves residents spoilt for choice!
“I would recommend starting the day by going all the way to the Sanjay Gandhi National Park at Borivali. It is one of the few green spots in the city that also houses the majestic Kanheri caves," says Abhishek Jha, a media professional.
He also likes to go there to spot wild animals to experience stillness and serenity. “There are not many places that can boast of letting you spot leopards in the middle of city," he quips.
In the neighbourhood is Dadasaheb Phalke Nagar or the Film City, the site for multiple Bollywood shoots.
One of the most congested cities in the world, Mumbai faces lot of traffic woes. The roads are riddled with potholes and monsoons make it only worse. However, Mahindra XUV300’s comfortable suspension, large 17" wheels, ample ground clearance and ESP with Hill Start Assist ensure you glide over them like a pro.
If you have the willpower to wade through a sea of tourists, drive through the lovely Bandra-Worli Sea Link (one of the prettiest bridges in the country) in the Mahindra XUV 300 and stop at The Gateway of India. For lunch, you should go to the iconic Leopold Cafe (remember how Gregory David Roberts described it in his bestseller, Shantaram?) at Colaba Causeway.
“To revel in the glory of Victorian Gothic revival architecture, make a pit stop at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. It is a great backdrop for selfies," adds Jha.
Round off the night by hitting the Bandra-Kurla Complex, which has a wide variety of restaurants and bars.
“Kick-start your day by driving down to the Golconda Fort. After all, the city was created in 16th century by the Golconda dynasty. The romance and adventure associated with this era come alive in this monument," shares Shalini Chakraborty Majumdar, who moved to Hyderabad a couple of years ago along with her husband.
Your next destination should be the Qutub Shahi tombs, which are located only 10 minutes away from the fort. In the words of Shalini, you should also sample the Hyderabadi biryani at Hotel Shadab, which is in the old part of the town.
Thereafter, explore the Salar Jung Museum that houses a rare collection of antiques. Also squeeze in some time for the Chowmahalla Palace, which is the official residence of the Nizams of Hyderabad.
“At night, head to the area near Charminar. You will love the food there—kebabs, nihari, paaya and korma," says Shalini.
Among the big cities, Hyderabad fares better when it comes to adherence to road safety norms, especially with the new Telangana government issuing strict disciplinarian action against offenders. In addition, there is a general empathy towards pedestrians and the roads are wide and open. Mahindra XUV300's features like best-in-segment performance, segment-first 7 airbags and 4 disc brakes ensure you have fun safely.
The erstwhile capital of British India, Kolkata is known for its cultural heritage. It is also a city that remains firmly rooted in its past, while embracing modernity with open arms.
“I love to begin the day on a spiritual note. It is beautiful to witness the morning puja at the Dakshineswar temple or the Kalighat temple," elaborates businessman Nikhil Nahata.
You can’t be in Kolkata and not visit the Victoria Memorial, he further says. The early-20th century marble building, dedicated to Queen Victoria, is one of the iconic constructions of modern Indian history. A visit to the 111-year-old Jewish bakery, Nahoum, should also be on your agenda.
Kolkata has a high regard for traffic norms, and it is usually safe to drive around the city. However, the city suffers from extreme humid conditions. Its segment-first automatic climate control system with dual zone cooling, comfortable seating for 5 adults and electric sunroof make the Mahindra XUV300 one of the most comfortable choices to hit the roads.
“If you want to keep your kids engaged, amusement parks like Nicco Park or Aquatica are good options," says Nahata.
As the evening sets in, drive up to Prinsep Ghat and take a jetty ride to go back in time. Round off the day with a trip to Park Street for the best of Continental, Mughlai and Chinese cuisines.
Travel like a pro
Traffic snarls and bumpy rides make driving in cities quite a mammoth task. But, if you have a great vehicle, such as the Mahindra XUV300, the going gets a lot easier.
It’s fuel-efficient, stylish, and allows you to breeze through traffic. The compact SUV comes in petrol and diesel variants.
It is indeed the perfect car for all your adventures! Click here to book a test drive.