Starstruck image gallery - the machines

Team OD  /
02 Jul 2014 21:44:37 IST

Team OD and readers headed to the clearest night skies in the Spiti valley and experienced a road trip like no other. On Merc SUVs, no less. And the sights that awaited us were worth every mile we covered. The Starstruck journey in pictures. Keep scrolling down, it gets better and better.

The point stars leading from Manali to camp-siteThe three pointed stars leading from Manali to the campsite

The OVERDRIVE Starstruck convoy grabs eyeballs everywhere it goesThe OVERDRIVE Starstruck convoy grabs eyeballs everywhere it goes

The COMAND system charts out the convoluted and challenging route from Manali to the campsite

The spectacularly scenic way to Rohtang pass covered in a blanket of melting snow and heavy traffic at 12,000 feetThe spectacularly scenic way to Rohtang pass covered in a blanket of melting snow and heavy traffic at some 12,000 odd feet

Every summer, Rohtang pass receives a bevy of visitors from all over - src=Every summer, Rohtang pass receives a bevy of visitors from all over

We circumvented the traffic and crossed Rohtang passWe circumvented the traffic anyway and crossed an empty route through Rohtang pass

The might GL 350 CDI makes its way with the maximum passengers and luggageThe mighty GL 350 CDI makes its way with the maximum passengers and luggage

Crossing over the bridge, one at a time at Chatru, near our camp site at Spiti valleyCrossing over the bridge near our campsite at Spiti valley

We cautiously move over the bridges, one at a timeWe cautiously move over the bridges, one at a time

A unique trail marked with the ancient, mammoth rocks - src=A unique trail marked with these ancient, mammoth rocks

The Mercs trudge on, despite every rock and boulder in their way, literallyThe Mercs trudge on, despite every rock and boulder in their way, literally

The ML 63 AMG may be an SUV meant for the tarmac, but comes through on this off-road challengeThe ML 63 AMG may be an SUV meant for tarmac, but comes through on this off-road challenge

The airborne Obelix, our new name for this GL 350 mammothAirborne Obelix - our new name for this GL 350 mammoth

Obelix's twin joins in some mid-air funObelix's twin joins in some mid-air fun

A slight downhill detour for some hot, steaming chowA slight downhill detour in search of some hot, steaming chow

Our entourage on its way to get 'starstruck'Our entourage on its way to get starstruck

The Spiti valley landscape makes for the perfect backdrop for these muscle machinesThe Spiti valley makes for the perfect backdrop for these muscle machines

Every hour in the valley, the light and shadow move to create richer lansdscapesEvery hour in the valley, the scenery changes as the light across the landscape moves

A short trek away from camp site afforded us this gorgeous view of the might machines scaled down from this heightA short trek away from campsite afforded us this gorgeous view of the mighty machines that look dwarfed from this height

A small stream flowing near the camp site doubled as a car-wash for team OD and readersA small stream flowing close by doubled as a car-wash for team OD and readers

Come nightfall and our campsite is all sparkle and shineCome nightfall and our campsite is all sparkle and shine

The three point and the stars in the clearest, brightest night sky finally uniteThe cars and the stars in the clearest, brightest night sky finally unite

Images Suresh Narayanan

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