|The most frequent site on Indian Highways!|
We heard a lot of cautious words from people who have travelled far and wide on Indian roads about driving. But, we were in for a pleasant surprise. The highway up to Ajmer was a proper 4 lane, 2 side with divider highway. The chances of an accident are minimized as compared to 2 lane highways without dividers in between. Trust me, it was the highway and its well maintained condition that gave boosted our confidence. We left in the afternoon with a basic plan of reaching the next day evening.
There is a particular stretch just before Bharuch which is notoriously famous for its traffic. The stretch takes about 3 hours to negotiate about 8 kms of traffic. The bridge over Narmada is old, so there is constant maintenance work going on and the new bridge construction is underway. So basically limited number of vehicles are let on that bridge creating a ripple effect and that traffic snarl. We used the snails pace to the best of our advantage, singing, joking and in one instance even dancing in front of the car. I vividly remember the truckers nearby looking at us in amusement. We on the other hand, gleefully accepted it as a part of the journey!
On the first night we reached Ahmedabad. The drive took about 8 hours. The best part of this stretch is the Varodra – Ahmedabad National Expressway 1. It is a 100 km stretch and is the first national expressway in the country. The 100 kms can be very easily negotiated in about an hour and the road is expertly built with exits and entry to various cities in between seamlessly integrating into the fast flowing traffic.
Next day we were in for a delightful experience in Rajasthan. Some of the pictures below are of the sights right on the highway. There are forts, lakes, quarries that flank your way giving a glimpse of the rich cultural heritage that Rajasthan possesses. It wasn’t possible to stop and click proper photographs, However we managed some point and shoot photography.
|One of the views on the way|
|Doc, Don and me with cameraman Surendra Sharma!|
By the time we reached it was time for lunch and there are various options available around the lake. I don’t remember which one we choose but the view as below was stunning from the hotel. It did make for a very satisfying lunch. If you are just passing by from Udaipur, this is the recommended activity. You will not be disappointed. The place is very charming with its architecture around the lake. Will most definitely be coming back for more.
|The lake at Udaipur – A royal view for lunch.|
|Our Chariot – Toyota Innova|
The final stop is a must do if you are near or crossing Ajmer! You have to visit the Khwaja Garib Nawaz Dargah. The Dargah is famous for granting wishes where the high and mighty come to pay their respects here. The US president also has offered ‘chadar’ here. Such is the might of the Khawaja of Ajmer and we dutifully paid our respects in the place that transcends religion.
We reached Pushkar that night with starts shining bright in our eyes with the achievement of 1000 kms under our belt! We had just increased the radius of the places we can reach by car! I’m sure back home our parents breathed a sigh of relief on hearing the news of our arrival. Moving further, we got the brother married – the food was gob smacking and finger biting good at the wedding. Post the wedding fun, we moved ahead – Dholavira, Kandla and Dhordo. The three places that teach you a lot about History and Geography. Sometimes you have to admit that there is a higher power, who has designed the world and thou shall never be able to compete with the imagination. The seasonal salt marsh of the Rann just engulfs you in its beauty with the local culture and hospitality burying you deeper.