Our next destination was Dholavira, a 280km ride, reachable via the beautiful and smooth NH-41. As advised by our lead biker, we ensured to top up our fuel tanks at the last petrol pump at Rapar so as to ride 90kms to Dholavira and back to Rapar without any trouble. Dholavira, an ARCHEOLOGICAL site and one of the five largest Harappan sites, was discovered in 1967-1968 and has been under excavation since 1990.
Despite this fact, not many tourists know about this place and of all the people visiting Kutch, only a few end up in Dholavira. We saw heaven as we rode crossing an 8 km long bridge on Khadir Bet road with the infinite White Desert on both our sides. An hour later we checked into the only home stay in that area, with around 10 twin sharing rooms with an artistic and elegant construction style. After a quick lunch at 3 pm, a few of us rushed to the excavation.
In the evening we rode to the most mesmerising and enthralling place we would get to see on the trip--the White Desert in Dholavira. Only us bikers were there at the spot, since the place is totally unexplored and the route is hidden and unknown to tourists. All of us rode our bikes onto the white crystals of the desert, being careful about the tyres sinking in and avoiding any risk of going deep into the desert and getting lost.
We clicked photographs with the shining desert and the sunset in the background. It was Valentine's Day and love was in the air, but for us the love was for riding. The solace and tranquillity of the place was immense. Night had fallen, the moon was up, the stars were shining bright in the clear sky and we, in our silence, were enjoying it all. Around 8 pm, we rode back to our resort and slept after a heavy dinner only to wake up early in the morning to begin our return journey.
This post was originally published on India Today.