Hello my friends and fellow travellers!
Hope you all are in great travel spirits. The world is such a lovely place to be in and while traveling it often crosses my mind how people across have the time or the desire to fight and do harm. Travelling and experiencing the world would be such a great alternative.
Now coming back to the travel diaries, we recently did a very interesting and exciting trip yet again by road. This time it was a drive all the way from Mumbai to Delhi and back in our CNG Ertiga of 2 years. Why I mentioned CNG is because we maximized the use of CNG in this route and hope to share information to all on this as well, along with the journey experience. Again, my travelogue would be a mix of narration and videos.
Few essential information before the story begins.
- Distance from Mumbai to Delhi is 1500 kms approximately (depending on where you stay and where you want to reach).
- The highway taken is NH8 which is an excellent piece of tarmac to drive on.
- The route: Mumbai – Vapi – Baroda – exit to Baroda Halol road – Shyamlaji – Udaipur – Ajmer – Jaipur – Gurgaon. No tolls in state highways of Gujrat for private vehicles.
- CNG: Last CNG pump is in Shyamlaji in Gujarat border. Next CNG pump is in Jaipur Kukas and then Neemrana.
Now a certain relation in Delhi was not keeping well for a while and had requested our seeing her as early as we could. The problem was we had just come back from a trip from Mount Abu and Ambaji and had sort of exhausted my leaves and also to an extent funds for any long trip within a short time.
However as time went by, the condition of the said relation deteriorated and we decided to visit Delhi. Another reason is Delhi is where both of us grew up and have fond memories. Webisode 1: Off we go
It was a Friday and I had just come back from bondage (read office) and taken off my shoes. Wife asked “so phir kya kare?” Gulping down a glass of water and reaching out to the bowl of snacks I said munching “Kya phir? Chalo!” Wife looked at me with bewildered eyes “Matlab? Tickets?” With another mouthful of snacks, I stretched myself on the sofa and turned on the music “Arre, neeche hawai jahaj khadi hai aur aapko tickets ki padi hai. Private jet you know and we don’t need tickets for it.” Wife knew we were in for a long drive the next day and quickly got to packing and sorting out necessities without uttering anything.
While we do these road trips, we really treat our car as an extended home. We keep a bed with pillows which can be rolled over if we feel like stretching, temporary curtains, food and snacks basket, handy utensils/crockeries, 20lt bisleri, battery operated fans and lights, foldable chairs/table and even a charcoal grill if we feel the need to cook in the outside. Will do a webisode on it shortly. So all packed and loaded in the car we went to bed by 12am.
Early next day we left home and landed on the NH8. Being a Saturday morning, the drive was a breeze. Had got my petrol tanked up and so was CNG at the Kashmira CNG bunk in Mumbai. The journey forth is through the winding but broad NH8 as we cross over to Gujarat.
Click below to view webisode 1 : Webisode 2: The Great Gujarat Roads
The fact that Gujarat is a thriving economy is evident while driving through its highways. The roads are amazing and so is the mood all along. CNG pumps throughout and no tolls in the state highways of Gujarat for private cars makes it a dream drive! A very scenic and beautiful road is the Baroda Halol stretch and the setting sun makes it even more enjoyable.
Click below to view webisode 2: Webisode 3: Godhra here we come
At times while traveling by road (most of it rather), things don't go as planned and thus was our halt at Godhra enroute Udaipur. The sun was setting and since I prefer not driving once its dark, the nearest place we could halt was at Godhra. While it is a small city, it has a bustling life. However, lack of good hotels was a situation we faced. Checked out few and we were left disappointed and worried. Infact one hotel had an entire floor which was under construction and had broken see through walls. Finally we managed to figure a decent hotel right near the market.
Pleasantly surprised at seeing a CNG pump here and oh! A nicely done Royal Enfield store (honestly wasn’t expecting here). We drive around in the city to feel the life that goes about everyday here, before proceeding ahead towards Udaipur.
Click below to view webisode 3: Webisode 4: Resurgent Rajasthan beckons
What I & my wife ardently love is the story Mother Nature unfolds as we travel. And road travel offers that, more than one can relish. We leave behind vibrant Gujarat and its lovely food to the beckoning resurgent Rajasthan. And I must tell you, the change in the atmosphere is so very evident and marvellous.
The landscape, plantation, roads, climate, people, food, habits, all change seamlessly. And the gradual merging is a spectacle only best experienced while traveling. Join us in our exciting trip as we travel through Rajasthan and move towards Ajmer. Oh I love my India!
Click below to view webisode 4: Webisode 5: Mystical Ajmer
We have always wanted to, but could never visit Ajmer Dargah earlier. This time in our roadtrip to Delhi, we could not afford to miss it while in Ajmer. Situated at the top of Taragarh hills in Ajmer is the shrine or dargah built by emperor Humayun in honor of the Sufi saint Khwaja Moin-ud-din Chishti. It is one of the holiest and revered shrines in India. The atmosphere is magical to say the least. The smell of burning incense sticks, flowers, sweets and the holy spiritual atmosphere is indescribable. Join us as we soak in the spiritual bliss of Ajmer Dargah.
Click below to view webisode 5:
There is a lot left in the journey and will be uploading the sequences and our experiences very shortly. Till then hope you have enjoyed the experience till now.
Take care and happy traveling!