BUILDING LEGACY
Overdrive|February 2021
Exploring English heritage in India

Some of India’s most scenic locales can be found at lofty heights. At these elevations, the air is clearer which spreads a lovely glow through the day. The forests are dense and full of conifers of all sorts, fir, pine, spruce, juniper, and cypress that add an air of drama to the ensemble. Driving through these regions evokes a sense of contentment, cleans up the lungs and mind of all the impurities we fill them within urban centres. The discovery of these hill-stations and their development was perhaps one of the best legacies the British left us. Most hill-stations that have become popular over time were either discovered by the British or were brought a semblance of civilized living in order to make them more hospitable. The way the British went about developing these hill-stations, gives impetus to many a traveler rushing to bask in what I’d call a domesticated European sense of atmosphere. Grand manors or cottages, churches, and halls all built-in Tudorbeathen or neo-Gothic style of architecture gives them a sense of ethereal magic, a non-illusionary atmosphere that draws millions to it every year.

In this series, we are exploring a few of those unique regions where the British empire left a positive mark by bringing infrastructure, facilities, and economy, and progress to the region. We kickstart this series with a drive up to what was once the summer capital of British India, Shimla. And our wheels for this exploration is the flagship SUV from Morris Garages India, the Gloster.

The Gloster was recently launched in India. It is one of the largest SUVs in its segment and brings with it key state-of-the-art technologies that enhance the driving experience and make it safer. ADAS, for instance, which is an Advanced Driver Assistance System ensures every drive you undertake, be it in urban or highway conditions is the safest one possible. Or the suite of onboard connected technologies, which is simple to use, intuitive, and works even where you have no network on your smartphone! That it is also superbly comfortable, has heated seats which work pretty well in winter conditions, and a massive boot area means you can make a drive to anywhere, one of convenience, luxury and pleasure.

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