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Forgotten Legends

A man is known by the car he uses, goes a famous slogan. The legends of the cars used in the past which are forgotten today will take us on a trip down memory lane. The high and mighty in Indian society copied the Eng

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Historic Ruins at Ballal Dhipi

Distance from Kolkata: 124 km Driving Time: 3 hours Road Trip: 1 day Scattered with hidden anecdotes of a majestic past, Ballal Dhipi is an explorer’s treasure. An Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) excavation s

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The Tagores

The Tagore family, leaders of Bengal’s intelligentsia and high society, was one of the pioneers of new age technology, which included motoring in the early 20th century. Their role in popularising the use of cars was c

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Digha Makeover

Distance from Kolkata: 178 km Driving Time: 4 hours Road Trip: 2-3 days Digha – the name that brings to mind, images of clogged roads, littered beaches, blaring honks, glaring lights, makeshift shacks selling gaud

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Tea Tourism In Bengal – The Glenburn experience

Distance from Kolkata: 660 km Driving Time: 15.5 hours  Road Trip: 6.7 days Tea tourism is India's answer to what is known as wine tourism in Europe. The lush green, rolling tea plantations, the tranquil ambience a

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A Royal Car: Studebaker President 8 State Limousine (Fa)

The 1928 belonging to the royal Family of cossimbazar, is not just a vintage car but only one of its kind in world. A fine example of the American expertise in automobile Engineering, the car also  boasts of an American

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Motijheel: Drive to Paradise

Distance from Kolkata: 203 km Driving time: 5 hours Road Trip: 2 days In a wonderful initiative the State Government has come up with a brand new property in an exotically beautiful location in Murshidabad, giving t

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Buxa: Tiger Reserve

Distance from Kolkata: 835 km Driving time: 20 hours Road Trip: 5-6 days On the last day of our drive tour to north Bengal, it was turn to visit Buxa Tiger Reserve. In north Bengal, beside Gorumara and Jaldapara, Bu

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Jayanti: Queen of Dooars

Distance from Kolkata: 835 km Driving time: 20 hours Road Trip: 5-6 days Dooars lifted its misty veil to reveal its mind blowing virgin beauty to Team WHEELS during its third round of drive tour to North Bengal. Aft

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Rasik Bil

Distance from Kolkata: 821 km Driving time: 20 hours Road Trip: 5-6 days After exploring Cooch Behar town for two days - ‘Team WHEELS’ drove to Rasik Bil in North Bengal. Rasik Bil is 42 km from Cooch Behar town

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Cooch Behar

Distance from Kolkata: 779 km Driving time: 18 hours Road Trip: 5-6 days In a recent route survey, Team WHEELS drove to six tourist destinations from Kolkata including Cooch Behar in North Bengal. In this issue, Tea

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Maithon: The Cascading Waters

Distance from Kolkata: 210 km Driving time: 4 hours approx Road Trip – 2-3 days Located some 210 km away from Kolkata, Maithon is one of the most picturesque driving destinations in West Bengal. Its beauty is both

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Amadpur: A Sanctum of Bengal’s Rich Heritage

Distance from Kolkata: 96 km Driving Time: 2 hrs Road Trip: 1-2 days The word ‘heritage’ has a deep connotation intercalating history, culture and everything in between. There’s a sense of grandiloquence; a rh

Car & Drive Tech

Fuel saving tips

Driving without keeping tabs on your fuel consumption is like letting your hard earned money get siphoned off without a murmur. In our last issue we discussed about keeping the tyres properly inflated, avoiding rapid ac

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How to free your car stuck in sand

Driving in sand is quite risky. Your car tyres might get stuck in sand at any moment. If you encounter any sandy terrain, slow down or stop to assess whether moving ahead would put you in deeper trouble. If there are no

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How to drive through a Water logged stretch

Before entering the water logged stretch Never try to drive through a flooded area unless you can gauge the depth of the water and you are confident about your car passing through it. If you are not sure, do not get

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Car Etiquette

There are several rules of etiquette which every car user should be aware of, however, whether they would follow them or not, is absolutely a matter of personal choice. Read on to know more about car etiquette 1 Coupl

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Fuel saving tips

Fuel prices are soaring everyday. Imagine, a litre of petrol can buy two litres of milk. Driving, without keeping a check on your fuel consumption is like allowing  your hard earned money to slip out of your pocket unkn

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Serenity beckons at Joypur Forest

Distance from Kolkata: 136 km Driving Time: 5 hours  Road Trip: 2 day Team WHEELS forays into another serene getaway in West Bengal – the Joypur Forest in Bankura. Route description: From Vidya Sagar Setu get

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Itachuna Rajbari: A taste of royalty

Distance from Kolkata: 84.4 km approx Driving Time: 2 hours  Road Trip: 1 day Khoka ghumolo para jurolo Bargi elo deshe Bulbulite dhan kheyeche Khajna debo kishe? Route: Set your trip meter to ‘0’ at

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Bethuadahari & Palashi

Distance from Kolkata: 135 km Driving Time: 3.5 hours Road Trip: 1 day This time Team WHEELS combined a historical tour with a natural trail for an exciting day-long drive to Nadia. The team first visited Bethudahar

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Driving basics for Highway

Driving on highway is enjoyable but can be dangerous if you do not know the rules or fail to take precautions. Since the impact and consequent damage to man and machine can be very high, it calls for observance of some b

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Joynagar: The Land of Moa

Distance from Kolkata: 47 km approx Driving Time: 2 hours  Road Trip: 1 day Every winter brings with itself a heightened sense of sugar rush for the people of Bengal. The air is filled with the sweet fragrance of

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USED CAR: Accelerate your dreams

The Indian consumer, of late, has woken up to the positive value equation of pre-owned cars, commonly termed as ‘Used Car’. Pre-owned cars offer higher flexibility and reach out to prospective car owners, both first-

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Shantiniketan: The abode of peace

Distance from Kolkata: 189 km Driving Time: 4 hours approximatly Road Trip: 2-3 days If you have not gone for a drive to Santiniketan, which is just 189 km away from Kolkata, you are really missing the fun of drivin

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Mayapur to the land of “Hare Krishna”

Distance: Kolkata to Mayapur 127 kilometres Driving time: 4 hours (approx). Pilgrim towns, often turn out to be unpleasant experiences due to unplanned growth but Mayapur, the birth place of Sri Chaitnya Mahaprabhu i

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Cars & Hunting

One of the most memorable movies of all time was ‘Hatari’, a film on how animals were caught or handled in Africa in the past with vehicles like jeeps and mini trucks. Sadly, no such movie was made on India, which ha

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Car Humour in Print

Ever since the first association of automobiles in the country was set up in Calcutta in 1904 to popularize motor cars and motor sports, motorists found themselves at the receiving end of wit and humour in print. Newspa

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Kolkata’s Tyrst with Motor Racing

The first automobile association in India which started in Calcutta in 1904, had multiple objectives including popularising the use of motor cars, exploration and motorsports. Racing before the Second World War (1939-45)

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Growing Popularity of Cars

By the turn of 20th Century a few cars had been imported to India but it was the tour of Prince (later King George V) and Princess of Wales in 1905-06 that popularised cars among the rich, leading to a significant increa

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Panchmura terracotta tales

Distance from Kolkata: 205 km Driving Time: 5 Hours Road Trip: 2 days The elegant terracotta horse has been an icon of Bengal’s traditional handicraft industry. But very few people are aware that this terracotta h

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City’s First Bus Service

The winter of 1905-06 saw a revolution on Indian roads; Calcutta witnessed the introduction of the first bus service in the world outside Western Europe and USA, a development that led to public acceptance of motorised t

101-200 km Drive Destinations from Kolkata

Naya Pingla Village of Scroll Painters

Distance from Kolkata: 112 km Driving Time: 3 hours Road Trip: 1 day Have you heard of a village that has survived solely on the folk art of scroll painting instead of farming - the traditional way of life in our vi

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THE FIRST CAR

When did the first car arrive in India or for that matter come to Calcutta? There are varying accounts but if newspaper reports and similar sources are to be believed, the first car on Indian roads was possibly a (French

101-200 km Drive Destinations from Kolkata

Pathra Temple village unveiled

Distance from Kolkata: 128 km Driving Time: 4 hours Road Trip: 1 day Traversing through narrow, dusty trails along the mighty Kangsabati River and crossing dilapidated bridges, we were at the very edge of losing pat

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Motoring in the 1900s: A car-lover’s tale

Pradeep Gooptu This is about a man who resigned from a secure and plush job and invested all his life savings (no less than Rs 5,500 in 1906!) to set up a garage for cars - his first love and became the friend, philo

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Narajole History in oblivion

Distance from Kolkata: 111 km Driving Time: 3 hours Road Trip: 1 day This is a tale of a royal dynasty in Paschim Medinipur, tucked away in oblivion ever since the abolition of the zaminadari system. Despite being s

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India’s First Motor Garage

The saga of motor cars in India started more than a century ago. As a tribute to this age-old legacy, we present a series on the cradle days of motoring. We begin with the very first car service station and garage that h

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KURUMBERA FORT: Tucked away in oblivion

Distance from Kolkata: 163km Driving Time: 4 hours Road Trip: 1 day Just as the car took the final turn on the dusty trail, a brown stone wall suddenly emerged on the horizon, indicating our journey has come to an e

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Bentley Continental GT Convertible Classy British Craftmanship

Name: Bentley Continental GT V8 Variant: Convertible Engine Type: Petrol No. of Cylinders: 8 Max Power: 500 BHP Max Torque: 660NM Nearest Dealer: Exclusive Motors Bentley in Delhi Tell us about your car The

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Lamborghini Gallardo India Serie Speciale LP550-2 A Limited Edition Raging Bull

Name: Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Variant: India Serie Speciale Price: `3.50 crore Engine Type: Petrol No. of Cylinders: 10 Max. Power: 550 BHP Max. Torque: 540 NM   Elite Car Club of Kolkata (ECCK)

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Driving across continents

In the early 19th century, bitten by the adventure bug, quite a few British men and women tried achieving the impossible - climbing Mount Everest and perishing in the attempt or driving across continents, from UK to Indi

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Jaldapara National Park

Distance from Kolkata: 715 km Driving Time: 16 hours Road Trip: 5 day Team WHEELS has just returned after traversing 2000 km by road in a Renault Duster after exploring Jaldapara National Park, Cooch Behar, Rasik Bi

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The first Car Club

In November 1904, the Maidan was witness to a unique sight - an assembly of ten cars and four motorcycles leading to the formation of the first association of car owners in India, if not in Asia. The members organ

101-200 km Drive Destinations from Kolkata

Gangani Grand Canyon of Bengal

Distance from Kolkata: 182 km Driving time: 4 hours approximately Route: Gangani is located in West Midnapore near Garbeta. Though it is yet to acquire popularity as a tourist hangout, it is easily accessible.

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Giving Shape to Dreams

City based vintage and classic car restorer Sanjay Ghosh shares the experience of his most challenging restoration job – Hemant Kumar Ruia's 1919 Minerva Type NN History In 1883, a young Dutchman, Sylvain de Jo

1-100 km Drive Destinations from Kolkata

Kalna: Around the Terracotta Town

Distance from Kolkata: 93.7km Driving Time: 2 hours 30 minutes Road Trip: 1 day Kalna or Ambika Kalna – as it is more popularly called - is a historic town in the Bardhaman district of West Bengal. Although its ri

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“My mother christened her Q’marri”

Cars have always held him under their spell. Growing up while witnessing his father, the late Suresh Kumar, build customised cars and Kinny Lall racing them at the Barrackpore and Alipore Mint Tracks, he was struck by sp

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Mahishadal Rajbari: A touch of Royalty

The princely states and the zamindari system may have been abolished long back and the past glory too has faded by this time. Yet, gorgeous palaces still stand tall, silent witnesses to past tales of grandeur. Team WHEEL

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The Grand Old Four-Wheeler

Vintage and classic car connoisseur Shrivardhan Kanoria shares the tale of his most prized possession – 1906 Renault Freres in a free wheeling chat How did you develop an interest in vintage and classic cars?

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This car has never bluffed me on the road

Mr. G. C. Dey has more sides to him than what meets the eye. A retired police officer, devoted follower of Lord Jagannath and a lover of exotic birds and dogs. In a candid conversation with Joydip Sur, he shares the stor

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“I hold this car close to my heart and never want to part with it”

An avid rallyist during his younger days, Subrata Sen learnt to drive at the tender at of 11. The 1934 Mercedes Benz 130 H is one of his most prized possessions. How did you develop an interest in vintage cars? M

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‘As a young boy, the Stoewer was my favourite hiding place’

Ever since his childhood, vintage-car collector and restorer, Pratap Chowdhury had dreamt of restoring his grandfather's custom-built Stoewer. The dream came true in 1998. Read on to know how... Did the Stoewer or

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‘Lady Bird is my most prized possession’

That is how city-based vintage car collector and restorer, Sanjay Ghosh, describes his 1932 Ford V-8 De-Luxe Phaeton that till date has won 58 trophies at the Calcutta Rally Was Lady Bird, as you lovingly call her

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“The Auburn was ours just for a pot of Raabri”

The gates of this mansion open to a majestic marquee. Antique is too less a word to describe Bose Nilay, its artefacts and its priceless anthology of legendary cars. The nine vintage and classic cars are the Bose family'



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