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    Default A quick ride to rann of kutch

    I Completed this ride few months ago. Delayed post Since I was busy with few other things.

    Ride duration: four and a half days
    Distance covered: 4100+ Km

    Every time I complete a ride, it is followed by a drive or an outing with family or a vacation. This time it was a vacation. After we returned from our family trip, I was still left with around five days of my vacation leaves. So, I was thinking about how well to utilize these five days. One thing was for sure. I just wanted to ride. I always wanted to ride to The great Rann of Kutch. But five days seemed too less and that too without any plans. Then, I decided to just start the ride and take it on day to day basis. I knew that this would be like an endurance ride but with sufficient rest to body and mind. Moreover there was no race against time. After obtaining necessary approvals at home, I started my ride.

    I like endurance rides. To me endurance ride is to be at safe and sane speeds and spending long times on the saddle. These will automatically take care of the time and distance factors.

    I stopped somewhere between Dharwad and Belgaum for lunch, after spending about six hours on the saddle. I had ensured that I was properly hydrated throughout as it was hot. After lunch and good amount of break, I resumed my ride and entered Maharashtra. Roads have been well laid and are in super condition. As I entered Kolhapur belt, I came across these road side sugar cane juice shops which served one of the best cane juice I have had till date. I gulped down so many.








    I continued my ride with drinks breaks. I crossed Kolhapur as sun was going down. I stopped for a while to enjoy cool breeze and a mesmerizing sun set.




    I reached Satara and decided to call it a day. I started looking for accommodation. I rode through busy streets of Satara and inquired about clean budget hotels from locals. One of them guided me to a hotel Sagar. I was given a good discount by the manager when he learnt that I was riding from Bangalore and planning to ride further into Gujarat. I answered his queries about my gear, my bike and how could I ride such long distances.

    I freshened up and went out hunting for good Maharashtrian food. Again I was helped by a local rickshaw guy to a small hotel called Maratha Bahar. I ordered for a simple Maharashtrian Thali and it was delicious.




    After having ridden around 810 Km, my body yearned for some good sleep.

    The excitement of riding and having limited time made me get up even before my alarm chimed. I got ready and checked out. I was in a dilemma whether to continue further or to take a diversion towards Ajanta and Ellora. I thought of first riding to Pune and then decide.

    It was a beautiful morning. I enjoyed riding through tunnels. I also came across many groups of youth on their motorcycles, without any protective gear, following another young man carrying torch and was being constantly cheered. All I got from them was loud cheers instead of any information.










    My motorcycle chain was loose and was making noise. So, I decided to stop by at Pune Benelli service center. I reached there by 8 AM. I was asked to wait in the lounge and I was given a very warm treatment and bike was thoroughly checked before it was handed over to me. I sincerely appreciated their concern and kindness and moved towards Mumbai, as I decided to enter Gujarat instead of diverting towards Aurangabad.

    I was thoroughly confused while riding towards Mumbai as I reached Express way on which motorcycles are not allowed. A nice taxi driver helped me to locate the right path through ghat sections.






    As I entered Navi Mumbai, heat was taking its toll on me. Also, I was stunned with amount of traffic I was seeing. Even though I am from Bangalore, I must confess that human and vehicle populations were slightly intimidating. Moreover, I was confused as I was given different directions by different guys. Somehow I made it to Thane from where it was not so difficult to find the way to NH towards Surat.

    I had so much of fluids, did not feel like eating anything. So, I asked the waiter to give me something light of his choice. And he served me Misal Pav. It was tasty which made me to order additional Pavs.




    Roads were just brilliant. However one has to be careful with the way vehicles are driven and ridden in wrong lanes and from opposite directions. I was enjoying the ride with occasional breaks. There were few diversions due to road repair and construction work. But diversions and service roads were also in good conditions. As I cut through Vapi, Surat, Bharuch and Vadodara, Sun was ready to close the shop and it was time for me to look for a stay as I had clocked close to 700 Km for the day.




    I reached Anand and again with the help of locals found a decent lodge called Rama residency. I was given a discounted price yet again. People were so courteous and kind throughout this trip. They really portrayed true meaning of Athithi Devo Bhava.

    I had a nice Gujarati Thali, followed by a small spin around Gujarat where I found Cane juice shops service delicious cane juice for just Rupees 10 per glass. After having couple of glasses, came back to hotel and had a chat with hotel manager about ride from Anand to Kutch and about the route which and more importantly how to avoid Ahmadabad traffic by taking Sardar Patel ring road.








    I was served hot coffee early in the morning along with some sandwich. Though I had not asked for the same, the manager had arranged for it as I had a long day ahead. While checking out, he also offered me sweets which with a heavy heart I had to politely decline as there was no space in my baggage to carry. He understood my situation and asked me to take them if I revisited. I thanked and started my journey. It would be a long day ahead.

    I took the route I had discussed with the hotel manager last night and it really helped me to beat the traffic as I approached Ahmadabad. I took the following route: Anand - Nadiad Sanand Viramgam Dhrangadhra Bhachau Bhuj. The route has fantastic roads with less traffic and also as I rode deep into Gujarat, I started seeing the rural side of it. I also saw many people walking towards some destination. Upon inquiring I learnt that they were Jain pilgrims. Hats off to them as they were braving the heat and dust and were walking unflinchingly towards their destinations. Some were even pushing a wheel chairs carrying older pilgrims. I refrained from taking their pictures as I thought may cause inconvenience to them.




    I reached Bhuj and I was inquiring about route to Rann. It was Sunday afternoon. I was told by one of the locals that I would need permission to enter that part of Kutch and that day being Sunday Bahumadi Bhavan where all government offices are situated was closed and I would have to postpone my plans to tomorrow. Now this threw cold water on my excitement. For a moment, I thought I should have thought about all this and planned accordingly.

    Then, I decided to ride to this Bahumadi Bhavan. I found it with help of locals. It was closed. I was disappointed and when I was thinking about what to do next as in another two days I had to reach Bangalore as extending my leaves was ruled out. At that time, one gentleman was coming out of Bahumadi Bhavan compound. I stopped him and explained him about my situation, hoping he could help me if he was an official. When he said You dont have to come here for permission and you can directly ride towards Rann and obtain permission on the way, my joy knew no bounds. He confirmed that even on Sundays permissions were given. I thanked him and without wasting a minute rode towards Rann of Kutch.




    Roads were beautiful and traffic was very less. It was like riding through wild wild west. Barren lands till your eyes could see. I also witnessed couple of mini whirlwinds.








    I reached the post and obtained permission by providing relevant information and ID proof. The in-charge asked in Hindi Aapko Bahut Khatin hua hoga bike mein yahaan taka aate aaate (It must have been very difficult for you to come here on bike). I humbly said Nahin sir. Bahut mazaa aaya ( No Sir. It was lot of fun ). He smiled and said all the best. I thanked and proceeded. I was unable to contain the joy as I closed in on Rann of Kutch.




    When I reached 'Safed Rann' and as I rode towards it, I punched in air with joy. The first glimpse of white desert was a strange feeling as I was at one of natures strange areas.








    BSF personnel checked my permit and allowed me to proceed further. As I got closer, I could see the land turning white from brown.

    After one point I was told that I cannot ride further. I had to either walk or take a ride on a horse or camel carts. I struck a deal with a horse cart guy and I was the only one on his cart wherein other carts were filled completely.






    The land turned whiter as I got closer and it was surreal. When I reached the point from where all I could see was the desert made of salt, not sand. I was told by the tangawala that this would be like a fantasy land during full moon day. He told a bit about himself and how they are doing this job for generations. Then it was my turn to answer his questions.




    I met a very jovial guy who took my pics. He was full of life and fun. After taking few of my pictures, he also posed for a couple of pics. I really enjoyed talking to him. He was super cool and fun.








    Full of life




    The man and the beast. Bhimji with his horse.






    Down to 1 horse power




    After spending good amount of time, I started my return journey. I was thirsty and stopped for couple of cool drinks on way to Bhuj.








    I reached Bhuj, paid obeisance to almighty from outside of Swami Narayan Mandir. Then headed towards Ahmadabad.




    Benelli was center of attraction throughout.






    Rode through saltpans near Bhachau. Here I did not encounter strange smell that I experienced near Tuticorin. A beautiful evening was coming to an end. I rode relentlessly before I decided to hit the sack at a hotel near Ahmadabad outer ring road. Had ridden around 940 Km at the end of day and was in deep slumber in no time.






    Another beautiful morning ride.




    It was a very hot day and I took many breaks including a heavy Gujarati breakfast.




    Somewhere near Vadodara I came across this old gentleman who was full of life riding this unique luggage carrier which looked like a Bullet from the front and made one of the loudest exhaust notes. I had seen few of these previous day as well.




    Re-entered Maharashtra. Beautiful roads. I was careful enough this time to seek good guidance to bypass Mumbai and reach Pune.








    After Panvel, I missed the signboard and entered Mumbai-Pune expressway again. This time I was stopped by cops. However, after telling them that I am a new guy to this route who was guided by locals and explaining about my ride, cops let me go and also showed me the route to get on NH4. While riding through ghat section, somewhere between Khandala and Lonavala, I again got on to expressway and this time I was hundred percent sure that there were no sign boards. I cursed myself and was slowly riding back. I stopped couple of guys and checked. This time they said I could ride on expressway before exiting to Lonavala. I was bamboozled. I reached Satara around 11.30 in the night and checked into same hotel I had checked in on first day. They asked me about my experience in Kutch. However they let me off when they learnt that I had ridden around 815 Km for the entire day.

    On the last day of ride, I got up late after a good sleep. I bid hotel guys good bye who had been very warm towards me. I just kept riding with breaks to quench my thirst.

    I entered Karnataka and was back to Idli, chutney and Sambar.




    Gradually a hot day turned cooler and pleasant. Conditions suddenly changed from sweltering to overcast.

    I paid my obeisance to Lord Sri Ganapathy near Chitradurga, my home town, for having seen me through this journey of 4100 Km in about four and a half days.

    I reached Bangalore at 9 PM to my familys delight. So much to talk to my family and friends.









    Was I happy? Yes! Was I satisfied? No! Still many more rides to come. Thanks for your patience of going through my blog.

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    Great Travelogue man and the Photos too.
    You just inspired me to ride to The Great Rann of Kutch
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    Well done. Thanks for sharing information about hotel stay, road conditions and permits. How much were you charged for hotel stays? How did the Benelli perform on your mile munching trip?
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    Nice set of clicks!

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    There you go again. 4100kms in 4 days !!!
    Wonderful ride mate, awesome pictures and write-up.

    I believe you were using a Cramster Turtle tank bag, I am curios to know what was the luggage you carried for 4 days.
    and what was the average speed you rode at?
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Monk View Post
    Travelogue Approved

    A quick guide approved quickly
    Thanks Monk

    Quote Originally Posted by GP Racing View Post
    Great Travelogue man and the Photos too.
    You just inspired me to ride to The Great Rann of Kutch
    Thanks GP

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    Well done. Thanks for sharing information about hotel stay, road conditions and permits. How much were you charged for hotel stays? How did the Benelli perform on your mile munching trip?
    Hey Akshay, I stayed at budget hotels where average tarriff was around 1000. Wherever it was 1500+, I asked them to remove complimentary breakfast; returned TV remote and AC remote, which reduced bargain price by good 200 to 300 Rs; and people were extremely sweet and gave good discounts knowing about my ride. Detailed info on hotels will be shared in another thread dedicated to accommodation.

    Road conditions were excellent except few diversions due to road construction. But overall excellent Even From Bhuj to Kutch, it's excellent.

    You will get permit on the way to Kutch itself as I have mentioned in my blog. I was told that only during Rann Utsav one has to get permit from Bahumadi Bhavan in Bhuj.

    I have done quite a few long trips like: TN and Kerala solo; This one; and recently I covered 3943 Km in 7 days as part of my Truewanderer 5 Finalist ride covering Goa, Maharashtra, MP, Telangana and AP and many other short trips. My Benelli has currently clocked 21300+ km and is a fantastic motorcycle and is going strong and performs beautifully.

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    Nice set of clicks!
    Sent from my Xperia L.
    Thanks Krishna

    Quote Originally Posted by Sal View Post
    There you go again. 4100kms in 4 days !!!
    Wonderful ride mate, awesome pictures and write-up.

    I believe you were using a Cramster Turtle tank bag, I am curios to know what was the luggage you carried for 4 days.
    and what was the average speed you rode at?
    Thanks @Sal Yes it's cramster tank bag. I also carried a Wrangler backpack. I carried minimal luggage. Tool kit, couple of Jeans and four Tees along with safety gear. Plus a camera. I maintained an average speed of between 80 and 90 kph as roads were and still are excellent.

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    Awesome travelogue... When I first imagined 4100kms in 4 1/2 days, I assumed a narration of pain and endurance but all you described is fun and joy... Yes NH4 and Gujarat highways are a blessing to cover more miles... Nostalgia all over the ride of my Kutch ride... What you heard is absolutely true, it's a surreal land during full moon

    Wish you more miles mate..
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    reminded me my ride to rann of kutch. but was on pulsar 150 :P Nice pics.. those landscapes were exactly like when I went..

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    Awesome t-log thoroughly enjoyed it reading. It was really a very quick ride. Loved reading all you solo rides till date. Will be waiting for the next.
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