Jaguar On Sikkim Roads

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Jaguar On Sikkim Roads

ISABELLA GURUNG

GANGTOK,: Over the years, Gangtokians have spotted some pretty fancy wheels like the BMW X1 and X3, Audi Q5 and Q3 and Range Rovers. And grabbing the town’s attention right now is a Jaguar F Pace 3.0 diesel R-Sports.
The proud owner of the SUV is Puran Tamang. The 39-year-old editor of English daily ‘Summit Times’, is a known car and bike enthusiast.
From owning a Maruti 800 in 2008, his first car, Puran has added to his collection two Harley Davidsons, two Toyota Sedans, a Mahindra Thar and now the limited-edition Jaguar F Pace.
TGIF! caught up with the proud owner of the mean machine, to talk about how the envious SUV became his.
Why Jaguar?
PURAN: My wife Annapurna Alley and myself always dreamt of owning a sports car. We had been saving for an exotic vehicle for quite some time now. Before the Covid pandemic, we had decided to go with Mercedes. We went to Guwahati and had booked a Mercedes GLC. We had paid some advance too but soon after lockdown happened. I was banking on my business, and the lockdown had somehow affected my business. Right after the first wave, when things got a bit stable, my wife and I had gone to New Delhi for some official works and we decided to visit the Jaguar showroom. We were eying for a Range Rover at first, but then found this beauty. Although it is an old model, it is a limited edition. This is also one of the most powerful cars created by Jaguar.
The car costs approximately Rs. 1.43 cr (Delhi price). I don’t really know the registration cost here in Sikkim. It runs on 3000 cc diesel and can go 0-100 kilometres per hour in seven seconds. So, we decided to go with Jaguar, with heavy EMI of course (laughs) and banking on my business. We bought the car in February this year.
Process of bringing the Jaguar to Gangtok
Puran: We had decided to drive from Delhi to Gangtok at first. Since it is an expensive car, the sellers were hesitant about us driving the car to Gangtok and did not allow us. The insurance was a must so we registered the vehicle in a Pondicherry number. The vehicle was transferred then. Now, that the Jaguar is here, we will transfer it to an SK number. The number transfer process is halted due to the lockdown in both New Delhi and Pondicherry. The transfer will happen as soon as the lockdown is lifted. I may receive all the documents within 15-20 days.
How expensive is the maintenance cost?
Puran: The Jaguar showroom in New Delhi has kept a record of the vehicle. They send their technicians at an interval of 15,000-20,000 kms from New Delhi or its nearest station i.e. Kolkata. As we have bought the car from Delhi, we prefer Delhi technicians. Along with the servicing, we also have to bear the to-and-fro air fares and accommodations. One servicing costs as much as buying a second-hand bike.
What’s it like driving the Jaguar F Pace?
Puran: Before choosing Jaguar, we had taken Mercedes and Range Rover on test drives. Jaguar F Pace being a sports car and the highest model created by Jaguar, the feeling was totally different. There are so many features, including the sport variant, and you can also drive the SUV in snow. There are so many segments. Moreover, the safety features are amazing.
Reaction from people when you’re driving
Puran: If I had got a Mercedes, people may not have reacted as much as they do when I am driving Jaguar. Whenever we are travelling, even off-roads or rural areas, people recognize the brand. I could hear children shouting ‘Apui Jaguar’.
One funny incident, while driving on the highway was one car was crossing us from the opposite direction. He was so engrossed in looking at the Jaguar that he almost bumped on the wall.
Everyone loves the car. I feel the car shines out on road.
Long-distance travels in Jaguar
Puran: I have travelled most of the Northeast region in Jaguar before the Covid second wave. All I can say is that the journey is not at all tiring.  
Are Sikkim roads favourable for such expensive cars?
Puran: Since it is an SUV, my version of Jaguar is perfect for not just Sikkim roads but all the Himalayan roads. The ground clearance, torque, horse power, etc. are awesome. The Jaguar sedan segment may not be favourable but SUVs are perfect for Himalayan roads.
Next dream car
Puran: I haven’t cancelled my booking for Mercedes yet. If my business booms, I will probably buy that car. Let’s see what happens.

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi