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Mumbai-Rajasthan Road Trip

What are the thoughts that rush through your head when someone mentions Rajasthan? The wide, unending desert? Camels? Colourfully dressed maidens dancing in the dunes?

Well, all of this is true. But there is more to Rajasthan than the clichés. And I had the privilege to explore this region of abundant beauty with my dearest friend - my bike.

The thought of riding through those picturesque deserted roads added a big smile to my face. But my "desert adventure" was received with frowns by my near and dear ones. I believe there are two types of people - those who ride motorcycles and those who wish they could.

Like always I hit the roads in the wee hours. The itinerary was extensive and time was crucial.

Day 1 - Mumbai to Ahmedabad
Day 2 - Ahmedabad - Jaisalmer
Day 3 - Jaisalmer -Jodhpur
Day 4 - Jodhpur - Udaipur
Day 5 - Udaipur - Ahmedabad
Day 6 - Ahmedabad -Mumbai

The Mumbai-Gujarat highway offers the finest roads for high speed drills. In no time I was ripping across NH-8 with gusto. By night I was in the former capital town of Gujarat. There is not much to do in Ahmedabad. The idea was to take time off and plan for the days ahead with some great dinner at Earthen Oven on Ashram Road. I personally recommend their Dal Bukhara.

I welcomed the day with excitement like a kid at the candy store. I took the road from Palnpurup to Deesa. It's advisable to take the road from Tharad and head to Sanchor on NH 15. It's longer but easier. One can witness the drastic change in the scenery as you cross into Rajasthan.

"Jaisalmer Amar Sagar" by user:Flicka - Own work.

Arid yet pleasant. Barren yet welcoming. This was my first time in Rajasthan and there are no words to describe it. I was welcomed into Jaisalmer by the mammoth Fort that is the main tourist attraction in this small city. Jaisalmer starts and ends around the sand castle. I camped at a heritage hotel called Nachana Haveli in Bhatia Market. Everyone had recommended a visit to the Sam Dunes, which was great but painful due to the bad roads. Sometimes its fun to behave like a tourist to experience the place. So I took a camel ride followed by a "cultural" program with dance, music and food.

My ride to Jodhpur the next day was eventful. I took time off and cruised through the splendid landscape. As I entered Jodhpur I realised why it is called the 'blue city'. Apparently blue signified the homes of the Brahmins in the good old days. The winding medieval streets and the large Mehrangarh fort are captivating. The nights stop was at Sunshine Guest House located 500 meters from all the tourist attractions. Here I managed to meet a group of French bikers over dinner who were riding all the way from Kolkatta. Wow!

"City Palace Aerial View" by Pranshu Dubey

Next morning I tagged along with the French bikers to my final destination – Udaipur. En route to Udaipur we stopped for breakfast at Moon Palace Hotel. I was amazed to watch the French bikers lap up the puri-bhaji in minutes. From crepes and baguettes to puri-bhaji !

Now we were exiting the Marwar region and entering Mewar which is separated by the grand Aravalli range of mountains. We stopped at Ranakpur for a glimpse of the oldest Jain temple built in the 15th century. The milk white marble architecture is marvellous. The tour of the temple was tiring and we had to skip the Kumbhalgarh Fort and the wildlife sanctuary situated 30 km from Ranakpur. We cruised our way through Sayra, passing through Kumbhalgarh and finally through Kelwara and Iswal. It was a leisurely ride with many stopovers as the distance was short.

I had always wanted to visit Udaipur after reading all about its glorious history and scenic beauty. Udaipur was termed as the ‘most romantic destination’ in India by the British Raj back in the 19th century. But modern-day Udaipur has lost its title over the years as the newer generation careless attitude towards maintaining the lustre. Their energies are focused on raking foreign currencies for a living.

Now we were riding through the heart of the city and around the cities ‘claim to fame’, Lake Pichola. Quick tip for the romantic travellers: you can book a lovely dinner at the Taj Lake Palace Hotel which is in the middle of Lake Pichola. The other attraction is the city palace which still houses the royals. Our evening plan was a ride up to Sajjangarh for a stupendous view of the sunset and the city. The perfect mix of monuments and nature gives the city a matchless setting.

Some of the other things to do in Udaipur is a boat ride on the lake or visit to Saheliyon –Ki- Bari. I refrained from visiting them as I was excited about my stay at the famed and luxurious Udaivilas. This top-of-the-line Oberoi Hotel chain was inspired by the Castles of Yore. My lake view room and private pool was the perfect to end my Rajasthan sojourn. After all that riding my aching bones needed a royal treatment.

After a lavish breakfast I headed to my next destination - Ahmedabad. I was planning a night ride to Mumbai until my bike started acting up. A dysfunctional chain had canned my night ride. Luckily the bike was back in action thanks to mechanic Gautam who was scarred for life after listening to my broken and butchered Gujarati I had learnt from my wife, my childhood neighbours and fellow train commuters. That night was well-spent at a friend’s place who was ringing in her birthday.

Ahmedabad to Nashik was a smooth ride until realisation dawned upon me. The end of every trip leads to a massive downer. It’s painful to realise that it’s all coming to an end. I took the route from Nashik to Igatpuri and passed the bewitching Kasara Ghats. I maxed my machines through these roads and the exhilarating ride got me off our downer.

I was now entering chaos central –good old Mumbai. Back to shifting gears and traffic jams. Tired yet filled with wondrous memories I parked my bike and called it a night.

I always questioned people’s fascination (especially foreigners) for Rajasthan but got my answer after this trip. It’s truly a mind-altering and colourful experience you must try.

Comments

Kirti - January 2, 2015 | 11:13 am ( 5 years ago )

I am a part of a women's riding group. We do at least 3 trips every year. This Mumbai to Rajasthan biking trip can be our next target; however, just one question is lurking in my mind. Will the route discussed here be safe for women?

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Jitendra - January 2, 2015 | 5:55 am ( 5 years ago )

I don't have the experience of riding from Mumbai to Rajasthan, but I have ridden on the Mumbai-Gujarat highway; it's surely is a rider's delight. I love riding there so much that if I have a meeting in Gujarat and I have enough time in hand I prefer traveling by road from Mumbai.

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Sonu - November 11, 2014 | 9:59 am ( 5 years ago )

I am thinking of following the same tour plan on a car. I will have my family with me. Now, my only question is will my kids and 60-year old father find the trip too hectic?

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P Raval - November 11, 2014 | 9:34 am ( 5 years ago )

Never thought that a road trip between Mumbai and Rajasthan can be so fascinating. The experience of reading was so fantastic, so, I would be not wrong if I expect more when actually covering the distance on a two-wheeler.

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Jitendra - November 11, 2014 | 7:02 am ( 5 years ago )

I am particularly interested to experience the life of locals in Rajasthan. I have been to the state thrice, but every time it was a tour organised by a travel agent. So, this time I want to explore the society of the state, not so much the big forts and monuments. This tour plan seems to be a perfect one for me as I live in Mumbai and love riding.

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Samie - November 11, 2014 | 5:57 am ( 5 years ago )

Oh ok, so, to have a perfect trip from Mumbai to Rajasthan and then again coming back to Mumbai I'll need 7 days' holiday from work? Ok let's make it 6 considering I am a person with great stamina and will be able to join work on the next day of coming back from the trip. It's impossible to get six days' of straight leave from work unless I am getting married or is seriously sick. The situation is unbearable for me as I am almost having a deep craving to experience this trip; yes exactly this one.

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Komal - November 10, 2014 | 11:34 am ( 5 years ago )

Rajasthan is the place I live in; so if at all I try out something similar to this road trip I'll have to do it the other way round. However, I am not smart enough to do it alone; need some biker friends to join me; anyone interested?

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Shaan - November 10, 2014 | 7:59 am ( 5 years ago )

I had a similar trip from Delhi to Rajasthan; it was not as long, but the fun was quite similar. We covered the distance as part of a team of 23 bikers. Hope someday will repeat that between Mumbai and Rajasthan.

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A Waske - November 10, 2014 | 6:31 am ( 5 years ago )

It was not riding, but driving for me; the writer is absolutely true in the way he has described the road between Jaisalmer and Jodhpur. Now, asking myself would I be able to explore the road on a bike. Hopefully yes, but need a lot of practice before that.

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Sushma - November 7, 2014 | 10:11 am ( 5 years ago )

The trip seems quite tiring to me, so, asked my brother. He said that it's not tiring for someone who loves riding. Seeing the excitement stored in every line of this write-up it feels that my brother is right in what he is saying.

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R Naik - November 7, 2014 | 9:51 am ( 5 years ago )

Just the right biking schedule for me I think. I live in Mumbai, I am yearning to visit Rajasthan since a long time and yes of course I love biking. All these, makes this plan worth a try. However, I have a big task; Ill have to book hotel rooms in Ahmedabad, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur and Udaipur in advance as I dont have any friend or relative living in any of these four destinations.

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lokesh kumar jangid - November 6, 2014 | 9:29 am ( 5 years ago )

It's a very nice information about rajasthan tourism and the beauty.

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bhawani - October 14, 2014 | 2:48 pm ( 5 years ago )

very nice information about rajasthan tourism

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