If I had a horse, I’d ride off in the sunset, where dreams, and shadows lie. To a life, where pain and sorrow don’t exist, and to where hopes, and dreams become reality.
– Lindsay Turcotte
Well, I didn’t have a horse but I had something better, a 19 bhp RE Thunderbird 350cc and ride into the sunset, I did.
Okay, this time I am going to take a different approach. All the good experiences will be in pictures and all the things that didn’t go the way we planned (they are a lot!) will be in text.
Day 1 – Delhi to Jaipur
Mishap of the day – couldn’t reach Nahargarh Fort on time due to traffic and missed it…Again!
Day 2 – Jaipur to Udaipur
Mishap of the day – Visited Fateh Sagar Lake and some drunk people were arguing with the police in the middle of the road and thus traffic jam. Also, it was too crowded and yet people were not in festive mood.
Day 3 – Udaipur to Gandhinagar
Mishap of the day – Gandhinagar was not in our itinerary, we were meant to reach Bhuj by evening, but we spent too much time in Mount Abu and Dilware Temples that we had to change our plan.
Day 4 – Gandhinagar to Bhuj
Mishap of the day – After reaching Bhuj, we got to know that Lakhpat fort and Dholavira are very far from our place of stay, so we will not be able to cover them due to lack of time. Also, there was supposed to be a ferry service from Mandvi Beach to Okha to Dwarka that was recently discontinued. So, we missed that too.
Day 5 – Bhuj to Kachchh
Mishap of the day – During the moonlight, I had planned to click long exposure shots of the stars and the salt desert that glows during the night and I even carried a tripod with me all the way, but somehow, I lost the quick release plate and was unable to mount my camera on the aforementioned tripod, thus, wasting an excellent opportunity.
Day 6 – Kachchh to Sirohi
Mishap of the day – We planned to stay at Barmer to enjoy the sand dunes and camel rides and desert safari, but since, we got late..again, we dropped the idea and moved towards Jaipur as much as we could, and as the night got darker and the way got desolate, we had to stop for the night. Hotel California, anyone?
Day 7 – Sirohi to Pushkar
Mishap of the day – We were meant to stay in Ajmer and visit Ajmer Sharif, but couldn’t find a place to stay due to rush, so we moved to Pushkar instead.
Day 8 – Pushkar to Delhi
Mishap of the day – A 2 hour ride in Delhi Metro was enough to kill all the zeal and enthusiasm that was built in last 7-8 days. I truly hate coming back to Delhi.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I did have alot of fun on this trip and I clicked some excellent pictures, as per me ;), really enjoyed the hospitality of Gujaratians. Roads are in awesome condition, both in Rajasthan and Gujarat, only the Jaipur and Udaipur had traffic jams otherwise, the highways were clear from the capital to the western coast. Local food was delicious, both in Gujarat and Rajasthan. I returned home with a stock of local snacks and a promise to visit Kachchh again.
Some random clicks
Points to remember when undertaking a road trip –
- Don’t overestimate your driving capabilities. 😀
- Don’t try to match the speed of your bike to the accompanying car, it’s dangerous as well as useless.
- Drive safe and within limits, I saw way too many dead animals on the highway. It’s our responsibility to keep them safe as well.
- Prepare itinerary carefully and keep backup options in case your main itinerary fails.
- Always be prepared to make changes on the go, quick thinking goes a long way in the wild.
- Don’t rely too much on Google Maps, they are accurate up to a certain level.
- Put rest days in between, otherwise, you will get exhausted quickly.
- Take your time, stop often, click pictures and enjoy the ride.