Before most of Mumbai woke up to say TGIF, i took off on an epic adventurous getaway in Aamby Valley on Friday – to experience the new Land Rover Discovery Sport!
One of the reasons i signed up for this was because i was craving both – an adrenalin rush as well as a chance to get out of the city at the first hint of petrichor and the onset of the monsoons. Because as much as i love the rains, i think they’re best experienced in the outdoors – not trying to dodge puddles and muck splashing cars in the city.
Just a 3 hour journey from downtown Mumbai lies the lush expanse of Aamby Valley.
After a quick snack and refreshments, each one of us were assigned an expert driver who would demonstrate the finery of the vehicle to us during a one hour adventure ride called the Land Rover Experience. Aashish was a treasure trove of information and deft at handling the powerful beauty.
My instant reaction as i entered the car was… “wow, she’s gorgeous!”
Terrain-Response Settings for Stability + Safety
First off he showed me the Grass, Gravel & Snow mode which would tackle the uneven terrain with ease.
Next we experienced how beautifully the Discovery Sport handles slopes automatically – distributing braking individually across the 4 wheels, smartly sensing the terrain. This was my second Wow moment!
But my absolute favorite part of the experience was crossing this water body – i have to admit it was more thrilling than a bungee jump! To manoeuvre this, Aashish switched to the Mud & Ruts mode on the Discovery Sport. Here’s a video of our ride…
At the end of the 45-50 minute adventure ride through the lush rain soaked valley, i was thrilled like a kid and spellbound by the beautiful beast that is the Land Rover Discovery Sport!
Coming from someone who has never been much of an aspiring car owner, it speaks a lot about the capabilities of this superb offering for nature loving off-roaders as well as urban adventurers (hey, we all know Indian roads come with potholes and surprises, so comfort and safety are always welcome!).
Besides, i was also overjoyed that i finally visited Aamby Valley after years of just wanting to!
Honestly, i signed up for a fun getaway but i returned home having fallen in love with the Discovery Sport – it would be apt to call it the ideal companion for adventure because the combination of design and technology gives you a sense of having an expert by your side, even when you’re traversing uncharted territory! Definitely my kind of vehicle, and whenever i decide to buy my ideal car – this will definitely be my first choice. (Forgot to ask them if it comes in black!)
Leading an experimental life as a digital nomad, I started traveling in 2007 while choosing to shuttle between Goa and Mumbai as 'home'. An epic life-changing trip to South America an year later gave birth to this blog, Exotic Gringo.