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Jaisalmer

Jaisalemer Fort, more commonly known as the Golden Fort or the Sonar Killa…

Along with a glimpse of the local market…

Ahmedabad – Jodhpur

Day 2 : Ahmedabad – Jodhpur | 470km | 7hrs 

Road Condition : 4/5

Ahmedabad – Pindwara – 4 lane , Excellent Tarmac |  Traffic : No traffic at all after Palanpur. 

Pindwara – Pali – 2 Lane , Hopeless road, Lots of invisible speed breakers. 4 laning work going on… | Traffic : Moderate

Pali – Jodhpur – 2 lane, Excellent Tarmac | Traffic : Sparse 

Once you cross Mehsana, you start getting the feel of desert. Babool trees all around, dusty winds, sparse traffic, cattle roaming on road near water tanks or wells.

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Thought to visit Mt.Abu, but thinking that I still had to cover a long distance ahead, refrained and went ahead to reach Jodhpur at around 6.30pm

Day – 3 

Jodhpur – Local Sight – seeing 

Umaid Bhavan Palace

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The Rolce Royce in the Maharaja’s Garage 😉

Ride to Rajasthan

It was recently that I thought of Rajasthan, but I never thought to ride taking into consideration the condition of  my bike. It had the odometer at 93,000+ km,severely ignored since last few months . The main problem is a hairline crack in the oil tank which lets oil seep out. I had to do engine overhaul because of that a couple of months back. Taking a car down there was out of question considering the fuel cost.  Also, going by train was impossible as trains were running full because of Diwali. Risking the plan for a Tatkal reservation was never a good idea.

I had vacations at college from 10th Nov to 18th Nov. It was on 8th night that I made my mind that Lets do it! On 9th after finishing college, I headed straight to my mechanic, got basic things fixed along with a new chain sprocket. A 500ml oil can, And I was on the road next day…

Day 1 :

Mumbai – Ahmedabad | 530km | 11hrs

Road Condition : 3.5/5

Mumbai – Baroda 6 Lane | Traffic : Moderate

Baroda – Ahmedabad 2 lane | Traffic : Heavy

Baroda – Ahmedabad has a separate express way, where 2 wheelers are not allowed.

Started at 9am after having a heavy breakfast.  I was restricting speed upto 80km/hr, which otherwise is between 85-90km/hr. I was extremely concerned about the oil leakage and I could smell the vaporizing of oil due to overheating. I had almost made my mind that at some point of time, somewhere in Rajasthan, my bike would give up and I’ll have to sell it off there of load it back home.

Around Surat it was when a MH-12(Pune) Thunderbird passed me and the guy was in full gear and all. It is always easy to recognize a true rider by his bike, speed and appearance. We were kind of riding together after that. In between I saw his tyre burst at high speed, he managed to control and stopped. I was in a dilemma whether should I was offer any help or not. Fuck it, I said and turned back and went to him.  That turned to be a great decision for me. Why, will tell you ahead….So Luckily we found a puncturewala at just 200m. And luckily the thunderbird guy was carrying a spare tube and all tool kit. The puncturewala had neither of them. Damn… I had nothing more than a screw-driver with me!

I refueled at Baroda and this guy Anish was on a break waiting for me at Anand. Suddenly my bike started to sound like a racing bike… whroom whroom. I ignored it as I had to cover just a few kms to reach Anish. I put my bike on stand just to realize that there is oil all over my pants and bike, and the oil cap was missing. As I said, I was kind of prepared for something, didn’t bother me much. Actually after refuelng at Baroda, I had checked the oil level, and the cap went loose because of vibrations. Thanks to Anish who got a cap from a nearby Hero workshop and I saw a petrol pump in the neighborhood. Refilled the oil, in next one hour or so we were at Ahmedabad. Anish went to his friends from where he was gonna head to Kota the next day.  Later I found a decent dormitory near Ahmedabad (Kalupur) Railway Station for 200 bucks.   Dinner… Sleep…

PS – Sorry..No pics for the day!

Jaipur….Pushkar….Udaipur….Mumbai

Day 23
Jaipur-Pushkar-Udaipur
Total Distance covered-480km

Going short of time,so just posting some pics from Pushkar

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Day 24
Udaipur Local Sight seeing
Udaipur-Mumbai
Total Distance Covered-840km

Some pics from Udaipur

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This is the last set of pics from my side…..

About the last journey,Udaipur-Mumbai was again one the longest journey I had ever made,and that too being alone.After hovering in and around Udaipur for sometime,had lunch,the famous dal bati there.

Packing the bags hit the road at around 2pm with Mumbai as the target.

Ahmedabad-5pm
Vadodara- 8.30pm,had dinner there
Surat-11.30pm
Now it was here I was thinking to reach Mumbai by 3am.
But for the first time in entire trip,I was caught in horrible rains.The trucks were driving ruthlessly and the visor of the helmet caused a lot of problem of visibility because of the dirty water sprayed by the trucks.
Still,the road being good,I was able to continue with 70-80kmhr with visibility as close as 5-10mt.

Nice adventure it was,the worst rains I was ever caught in.
I reached Mumbai(Borivli)by 4.20am,had some tea there and it was still pouring with a pause even for a second.Somehow,I crossed the half-flooded roads in Mumbai to reach Wadala/Dadar at home.

A few hours after I touched Mumbai,at 9am,there were in news going on that entire Mumbai has come to halt because of the heavy rains from last night.
I was just wondering had if I would have got late by an hour or more,I would had reached Borivli,but not at home.

That’s the end of the journey,with the Mumbai-Pune part left because that my daily route I can say,rode a ton times on that road…..

@Jaipur

Day 21
Delhi- Jaipur
Total Distance covered-270km

The lazy morning started with a cup of coffee at 10.I was thinking to leave for Jaipur earlier by 12.But I was feeling sleepy and I started at about 3pm after having dinner and short nap.Getting out of Delhi was not of great trouble because of the superb road till Gurgaon.I was lucky not getting stuck in any jam.It didnt take me long as the road was fantastic further too and I was in Jaipur at 7.30pm.There also getting hotel wasnt an issue as I had already booked one in advance.
Didn’t see anything worth clicking all day.

Day 22
Jaipur Local sight seeing

I was all alone since Jammu.
In Jaipur,I had one day with me and I had a talk with the hotel guy about the places worth visiting.I planned the day with the info he gave me.
Now I would like to mention that I had reservations from Jaipur to Mumbai by Jaipur-Bandra Superfast for the next day.But the ticket was for 2,me and Chinmay,but he had already left,I was in no mood to load the bike and the boring long journey alone.The Mumbai-Chandigarh bike drama had convinced me well enough that I wont load my bike in train.Better first I got the reservations canceled the same day and had made my mind to drive all alone till Pune via Mumbai.

The Jaipur City Palace to begin with…..

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Also saw the Hawa Mahal,but got off quickly as I didn’t see much of interest.
Jaigarh was the next.I saw the Jal Mahal on way and wanted to be there at eve as evening is the best time to take shots of water bodies.

The road climbing to Jaigarh was recently tarred and was looking awesome.In between I heard some birds.Oh yeah,they were none but peacocks.I just parked the bike and sat beside a small water tank beside the road.Nothing for 5 mins,but then I saw a peacock walking towards me.And it was 2nd…3rd.10 minutes later,I was having more than 10 peacocks hovering around me within 10 meters.

I am never a fool to miss such an opportunity

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The above pic shows a loo.I was just wondering how did they do it???Is it for 2 people?????The guide also had no answer to my question….Anybody here has it???
Anyways,in Amber,the next destination was the Nahar Gad.Quiet place with few visitors,nothing to see much.But the view you get of the entire Jaipur city is just mesmerizing.I wish I could visit Nahar Gad at night.

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The palace in there was under construction with most of the area restricted to enter,still,got some nooks and corners to click.I heard that the Rang De Basanti wala spot is here.The one in starting of the film,Amir and Sherman drinking beer and jumping off in water.The spot looks the same,but still I have doubt about the place.

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So…it was eve and my timing was perfect to reach Jal Mahal….I skipped the Amber Palace as I saw from Jaigarh,hoard of people,and I hate such places.The beauty of the palace is indeed noticeable.Other reason,I was short of time

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Indeed Jaipur city deserves its name,The Pink City,a very distinct and beautiful architecture.The most important,this treasure is still maintained since centuries in this place and even today,we can see every building being built in the same style,in the core city atleast,with the color….PINK…on every wall…..