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Sands of Time - Rajasthan

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  • Sachinnair
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    Thanks Krishna. Beautiful places usually results in beautiful pictures :-)

    Sent from my GT-I9100 using xBhp Connect mobile app

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  • krishna77
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    I am a little late in replying but must admit that this is a beautiful travelogue. Amazing set of pictures too!

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  • Sachinnair
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    Thanks buddy. Its a beautiful state. Palaces, forts, desert and excellent roads. I will surely be back in RJ in future.

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  • ags1773
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    Doing a motorcycle tour of Rajasthan was on my mind since long. I'm all the more pumped up after reading your travelog. Great write up btw.

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  • rusty_mechs
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    Hey thanks for the quick update, quite a trip you had.

    I am from Rajasthan and been to most of the places mentioned (though not on a motorcycle). I will second sachin on death traps, you can not over emphasize their importance... Have almost collided in a herd of buffaloes that appeared all of a sudden as I completed a corner and have seen/ heard numerous incidents; have had near misses. Just be a little careful and you will have lots of fun on the brilliant roads...

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  • Sachinnair
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    Road Update: (As per Dec 2012)

    Day 1 - Thane - Vapi - Ring Road - Mehensa - Palanpur -- 655 kms.

    (Butter smooth nh8. However before bharuch be careful if u see traffic then dont continue in the traffic but rather go via wrong side till u cross the 3km long bridge built over Narmada river)

    Day 2 - Palanpur - Deesa - Thardar - Sanchore - Barmer - Jaisalmer 430 kms

    (brilliant roads overall n bad roads only once u enter rajasthan for some 15 odd kms)

    Day 3 - Jaisalmer Halt Saw Jaisalmer fort, Patwaon ki Haveli, Gadisar lake & headed to Sam Sand dunes for sun set, watched rajasthani qawaali n folk dance with amazing acrobatics moves n night spent inside tent.

    Day 4 - Sam dunes to Jaisalmer (Back to hotel for luggage) & petrol filling.
    Jaisalmer - Ramgarh - Longewala - Thanot - Ramgarh - Jaisalmer 350kms

    Imp Note: No petrol available after Jaisalmer till Ramgarh. In ramgarh u ll only get petrol in bottles. Rate wld be more than usual. Better tank up full before heading to Border to avoid such situation. No stay available and you have to return back to Jaisalmer.

    Day 5 - Jaisalmer - Pokhran - Jodhpur 290 kms

    Road after Baleshwar is bad all the way till Jodhpur (last 60 kms) For food n stay hotel priya highly recommended; Dont forget to try Spcl Lassi from Janta Sweets which is Opp. Of Priya Hotel

    Day 6 - Jodhpur - Bar - Beawar - Pushkar. 220 kms

    Roads are in bad condition till Beawar and then final 50 odd kms is back to NH8. Saw brahma temple.

    Day 7 - Pushkar - Ajmer - Jaipur 165 kms
    NH 8 highway. No issues. Saw Hawa Mahal n Jantar Mantar in Jaipur.

    Day 8 - Jaipur - Dausa - Bhangarh 180 kms

    Excellent roads. Visited Bhangarh palace & City palace after returning to jaipur.

    Day 9 - Jaipur - Kishangarh - Chittorgarh - Udaipur 421kms

    Excellent roads. Visited City Palace, Udaipur at Night

    Day 10 - Vintage car mueseum & City palace

    Return journey begins - Rchd Ahmedabad. Covered 275 kms NH8 highway and halt at Hotel Santro in Naroda (Visible ftom main highway)

    Day 11 - Ahmedabad to Thane - 514 kms NH8 highway.

    Total trip - 3540 kms

    IMPORTANT UPDATE - A sincere note to all fellow motorists travelling to Rajasthan. Before you get impressed by the superb roads and increase your speed please be aware that there are death traps just about on every route in RJ. Death traps here means cattle crossing (Goats, Sheeps, Cows, Buffaloes, Camels, Dogs, Peacocks, etc) They cross the road all of a sudden and there is nothing you can do to save the animal or urself, atmost by riding / driving carefully you can prevent ftom an incident happening. I hit a dog and was barely able to balance the bike. Very next day I almost hit a mad goat charging towards me. One of our riders had to return back home because he hit a dog and lost control of his bullet Ride carefully and safe! All the best and enjoy the royal place of India!!

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  • rusty_mechs
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    How many days did you guys take in total? I have nine days free beginning October and am confused between exploring Mahharashtra, Rajasthan or Gujarat..

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  • Sachinnair
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    Originally posted by I_Live2Ride View Post
    Almost a year and a half has gone by and you still haven't taken your own sweet time yet, Sachin?

    What precautions did you and Deepan take to avoid the sands entering in any vital parts of the motorcycle? Also, did you feel or noticed any change in the ride quality of the bikes on the way back? My main concern is the sand affecting the air filter.
    No issues what so ever. Bindaas ja!

    Many blogs are pending completion and I dont know when I'll complete them

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  • I_Live2Ride
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    Originally posted by Sachinnair View Post
    After Pushkar, we explored Ajmer - Jaipur - Bhangarh Fort - Udaipur before we started the return journey back to Mumbai.
    I will write all that and eventually finish everything but it will take its own sweet time.

    Almost a year and a half has gone by and you still haven't taken your own sweet time yet, Sachin?

    What precautions did you and Deepan take to avoid the sands entering in any vital parts of the motorcycle? Also, did you feel or noticed any change in the ride quality of the bikes on the way back? My main concern is the sand affecting the air filter.
    Last edited by I_Live2Ride; 09-01-2014, 05:26 PM.

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  • Sachinnair
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    Originally posted by sumittrox7 View Post
    no more posts after pushkar..did you guys leave for mumbai after pushkar
    After Pushkar, we explored Ajmer - Jaipur - Bhangarh Fort - Udaipur before we started the return journey back to Mumbai.
    I will write all that and eventually finish everything but it will take its own sweet time.

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  • sumittrox7
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    no more posts after pushkar..did you guys leave for mumbai after pushkar

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  • Sachinnair
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    Jodhpur Exploration & Ride to Pushkar
    27th Dec'12
    Route Taken: Jodhpur - Bar - Beawar - Pushkar
    Distance Covered: 220 kms

    Mehrangarh Fort - Personally, this is my favorite fort in Rajasthan. It's above the city and looks so huge and beautiful that you gotta love it. There was huge crowd building to enter the fort as early as 9:00AM in the morning when we entered. Audio tours where available however we decided to skip it. It stands close to 400 feet above Jodhpur, in red sand stone and very huge no matter from which angle you look. From the fort due to its elevation above the city, one look towards the city and you realise you have left behind a city painted in Blue. The entrance took us to a wide courtyard around which the Palace rises. In many places of this palace we could notice the Rajasthani architectural marvel. Inside the palace, we could make out that Mehrangarh has been maintained brilliantly and all the paintings and wall art have been restored with great precision. Deepan clicked as many pictures as possible for memories while I looked around. Pictures don't do justice to this beautiful fort so just go there to see for yourself the beauty of Mehrangarh.















































    Jaswant Thada - On the way down from the Mehrangarh Fort, on the left is another architectural landmark. Jaswant Thada is a white marble memorial built by Sardar Singh in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh. Paid for tickets and camera again as we moved in. It's also called as Taj Mahal of Marwar and to be honest it did look very impressive in white marble. The main tomb is built like a temple carved in marble stone. Clicked photos and heard some really good songs from a local Rajasthani singer who was singing for tourists. You get another beautiful view of the Mehrangarh fort from Jaswant Thada and as we came out we gave our entry tickets to few localities to save them some money :P





    We moved on to check out the final place in our list to see in Jodhpur.

    Umaid Bhawan Palace - It was almost noon as we headed to Umaid Bhawan Palace. It took us sometime to figure out the correct gate open fore tourists but once we reached we found ourselves standing in hot sun in a huge queue lined up for tickets to enter the Palace. It was complete chaos and very crowded. Schools, Foreign tourists, Local crowd, you just name it and everyone was present :P
    After close to 30 minutes of standing in queue we got the tickets. We saw some really cool vintage cars parked here but unfortunately covered in Glass which meant No good photographs. As we entered inside the palace, there was no place even to stand forget admiring anything. From what I could find about the palace is a portion of it is converted in hotel and the other portion is open for visitors in form of museum. Checking out the place was less royal and more of a hassle due to enormous crowd inside. We decided to leave the palace and move on.











    With Umaid Bhawan seen, it marked end of Jodhpur sight seeing and it was time for us to checkout from the hotel and head to Pushkar where our dear friend Rahul Kakkar was waiting for us. Rest of day was spent riding from Jodhpur to Pushkar.

    Roads were in terrible condition till Beawar and the final 50 odd kms was back on NH8. We passed Ajmer by evening and reached Pushkar by around 8pm. Met Kakkar, bikes parked and chit chat session began :P
    We had lot of stories to talk about as we took a stroll till Pushkar lake at night. Followed by visiting the Brahma temple in Pushkar. Pushkar is abode of Lord Brahma and the world's only temple dedicated to him is located here.

    According to the legend, Pushkar means a pond created by flower. It is believed to have been formed when Brahma dropped a lotus flower on the earth to determine a place for his yagna, a holy sacrifice. The story goes that Brahma wanted to perform the yagna at the most auspicious time but his consort Savitri whose presence at the yagna was vital for its performance kept him waiting. Irritated by this Brahma married Gayatri, a milkmaid and installed her instead. Savitri on seeing someone else in her place was infuriated and cursed Brahma that he would be forgotten by people on earth and never worshiped. She relented on pleas from other gods that he could only be worshipped in Pushkar; hence there are no Brahma temples elsewhere.





    Post our visit to Brahma temple, we had our dinner and headed back to our rooms for a good sound sleep.

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  • Jayakrishna
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    Oh my RJ goats...Even I had my part of it..so many close calls..damn..

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  • Sachinnair
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    I had shared Kim the link to this thread in email so that he could read our experience. Today, I got a reply from Kim so posting his email here. It's good to tour as it gives us a chance to meet new people, make friends and share experience. Below is one such experience.

    Sachin Nair <******@gmail.com>

    to Kim

    Hello Kim,
    Just Penned down our experience of meeting and riding with u. Once u get time please click on the below link and read.
    http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/2...tml#post913908

    Kim Sinclair
    to me

    Hi Sachin,
    Its ironic. I was thinking of you yesterday when I received your email. I had been telling a girl about my ride and I guess my mind wondered to that chance encounter.
    Read your blog and your baby goat encounter. In my mind I had rated goats as perhaps the greatest hazard on RJ roads. Cattle are predictable. Goats are not and they are much more flighty.
    Your recollections of our ride into Jodhpur that day were accurate. I found the first and last 5 miles in and out a city the most challenging and usually found a toot-toot driver to show me the way.It was amazing how few people could accurately describe how to get somewhere. Thus our random meandering to my home-stay.
    As I had a few days there I actually got reasonably comfortable with navigating in Jodhpur, although one evening I got hopelessly lost. Night time is far more challenging.
    My bike here is in for service. It was cutting out periodically and I thought there might be a fuel or injector problem. Turns out a rat had climbed into the air-filter and nested there! This must have happened when the previous owner had it garaged for a long U.S. winter.
    No rides planned for the immediate future. I had hoped to do a ride down into Oman last week but the mountain retreat I wanted to go to is restricted to 4WD so I did not go.
    I wonder whether Bombay is motorcycle cycle friendly? Or do you take a bus!
    All the best,
    Kim.

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  • Dreamwalker987
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    Originally posted by Sachinnair View Post


    Heart in Mouth Situation - I say here came a Baby Goat (Kid)
    the baby goat suddenly stopped right beside the bike and if I have to put in words then it was like he/she applied brakes using her front legs dragging the front 2 knee's on the ground stopping him/herself from hitting my bike. Phew! All's Well that end Well's"
    Very Nicely explained...you made me laugh thank you very much bro...Bada majja aaya :P

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