Diwali, the festival of lights is a time when the entire country celebrates with their friends and family members at home. It’s a time for revelry, candles and crackers. We (a group of 5 friends) wanted to do it differently. We wished to be away from the noise and pollution that had engulfed our daily existence and the best way to do that is to go for a road-trip. After a couple of brainstorming sessions via Skype we zeroed in to the Mumbai – Gujarat route as we wanted to see the majestic Asiatic Lions in its natural habitat. Mumbai was selected to be the base location where we start and end our trip. Some research on the places to visit and the distances between them showed that we needed to cover about 2000 kilometers in less than 4 full days and that was daunting. But the lure of the unknown was such that we did not think twice before embarking on this trip.
As already mentioned, we decided Mumbai to be the starting point and so we booked a self-drive rental car online with pick-up at Mumbai. Although we had a lot of options we chose a Toyota Etios from MyChoize cars over the more well-known names like Zoomcar and Myles. There were two reasons for it:
1. It offered us unlimited kilometers at no extra cost. We just needed to pay for the fuel and the rental (No charges for extra kilometers which would have been significant in our case)
2. It was cheaper as compared to the other established players
The next step was to get the route fixed. There were couple of places like Gir and Lothal which we had to cover and we created our itinerary based on those points. The route map we followed is shown below: