After an another successful trip i am writing my experience about my ride to the city of lakes "Udaipur". Deciding this destination was not at all difficult as I have always heard about the beauty of this place also known as romantic city of india. But for me it was yet another solo trip. So keeping the trend of my flags a week before i printed my flag for the flag post of my bike. I decided the theme based on the beautiful lakes that adds to the beauty of this city. You all can have a look of my flag for this trip below:-
The dates i zeroed on for the trip was 10.09.2016 to 13.09.2016. I made an extensive search for stay, places to cover in such a short time. The distance was always in my mind as i had to travel by bike that too solo. The finalization of the route prior to start from home is must for such kind of trips. Google maps like always, helped me and shown following three routes:
1) Delhi(Tilak Nagar)---gurgaon---jaipur(by pass)----kishangarh---ajmer(by pass)--beawar---rajasmand----nathdwara---udaipur.(Total 677 Km)
2)Delhi(Tilak Nagar)---gurgaon---jaipur(by pass)----kishangarh---nasirabad--bhilwara----nathdwara---udaipur.(Total 666 Km)
3)Delhi(Tilak Nagar)---gurgaon---jaipur(by pass)----tonk---madalgarh--chittorgarh(by pass)----udaipur.(Total 723 Km)
After a bit more search and thoughts i decided to follow route mentioned in serial no. 1 as till beawar i had witnessed the road during my earlier bike trip to jodhpur. I knew that the road are fabolous in this stretch. So i zeroed on in this route. Since i had three nights for the trip i decided to cover chittorgarh too , 10 and 11 night at udaipur 12 night in chittorgarh. So for the return journey i decided to follow the following route:
Retrurn route: Udaipur---chittorgarh---bhilwara----nasirabad---kishangarh---jaipur(bypass)---gurgaon---Delhi(Tilak Nagar).
This itinerary helped me to see two different highways.
After all these preparations finally the day before i attended the office reached home. Got my bike tank full. Packing as always was done by my father. I was excited about the next day riding so i had my dinner early and slept by 2200 pm. I was dreaming about my journey when suddenly my eyes opened after soothing noise of my alarm at 0500 @10.09.2016. I quickly stepped out of the bed and got freshen up. Took bath and got ready by 0545. I was on time as targeted i.e leave home by 0600 to avoid delhi, gurgaon traffic and hit the smooth highway. It took me just ten minutes to tie my bag with the help of my bungees and sipped a warm tea. Thanks mom to leave her sleep by 0530 and making tea for me. Without any delay I took blessings of my parents and grandma and kick started my bike at 0600. Just stepped down temple near my home to get blessings from GOD.
It was a pleasant morning with still the dark and mild cold winds. I just saw my flag waiving because of wind and one could clearly read the theme on my flag. When i reached the kirbi place light after crossing red light i looked back and was shocked that there was no flag on my bike post. I immediately braked and realized that it might get flown away because of wind. I realized that i might have not tied it properly. My heart started sinking as i lost my flag which i used to preserve after successful completion of my trip. I just have traveled 5 km from home and lost my flag. I decided to head back and search for it. I took u turn riding slowly to search my flag but i was not able to trace it. I reached near my home observe my watch and it was reading 0640. I was feeling bad, after seeing my watch again i realized i m losing time so i just pray to GOD to take care of my ride as i have lost my lucky charm in form of flag and started my journey back. I was riding at a speed of 60 kmph and was still thinking of my flag. I crossed gurgaon and was heading at a steady speed of 75 kmph. After crossing daruhera when i observed not so crowded highway i got little smile and i concentrated on my riding and was now heading at a speed of 80 kmph. When i covered first 100 kms I felt good as i covered my first 100 kms in 1 hour 20 minutes. I started missing my breakfast, but keeping distance in mind i decided to take stop for breakfast at 0900. I continued riding and enjoying my bull till i stopped at "Hotel Highway king" somewhere around shahpura.
It was 0900 and i had covered around 180 kms. I ordered one pyaz parantha, curd and tea. I quickly check the distance left while waiting for my food to arrive. It was still 497 kms which i had to cover. My target was to enter udaipur city before dawn as i didn't want to ride in highways in dark. I quickly had my breakfast and reached near my bike to continue the journey.
Before reading further just have a look of my parantha which i had at "Hotel Highway King" that has a tag line " chuk na jana king ka kahana" about the place its very neat and hygenic one can see many cars halting at this place they have a nice garden which children will enjoy. There tag line simply match with the food.
I kink started my bike and continued my journey at a speed of 80 kmph. As soon i reached jaipur by pass road was less crowded and i touched 100 kmph on few occasions. Jaipur by pass is a long stretch with nice bitumen road. It took me around an hour to cross jaipur by pass and once i reached on kishangarh highway road was even less crowded. I was enjoying my ride and people were waving me as i was in full safety gears looking quite different from other two wheeler riders. After covering another 130 kms i decided to take a coffee break and stopped my bike at cafe coffee day which was on highway itself somewhere on jaipur---- ajmer stretch.
After cooling my bike and a great cafe latte i again kick started my bike keeping in mind remaining long distance. While riding i decided to take lunch break after crossing beawar. Beawar to udaipur is 210 kms, i decided my target so that when i stopped for lunch, i must cover more than half of my journey. I rided steadily at a speed of 80 kms and reached toll gate just before beawar. In my life beawar has a story, as it is the same place where my bike battery drained during my early bike ride to jodhpur. So i just stopped my bike at the same place touched the beawar land and kissed it. As during my early trip locals from beawar helped me out to replace my battery even on that day all the shops were closed(due to bakar-id festival). Beleive me Rajasthan people are very friendly and helping atleast that is my experience with them. After a quick flashback of that incident i again started riding and by passed beawar. It was around 1400 hours and the distance left was 210 kms. I was filling bit hungry. I continued riding to find a place along the highway in search of local dhabha.
I was riding on national highway that goes to mumbai via udaipur and ahmedabad. As i was moving towards udaipur i observed number of cars bearing gujarat number increased on highway. At around 1500 when my stomach literally kicked me i stopped my bull in a very raw local dhabha to have my lunch.
So this raw dhaba was newly opened by two local brothers on there ancestor land. I was the only person in that dhabha as it was not too famous and was very raw. I ordered simple arhar dal, curd and tawa roti. I stayed and relaxed there for half hour. Enjoyed my chat with the brothers and food. It was great afternoon under the cool shadow besides bright sun. Just look below my bull taking rest in that place while i was having lunch along with the natural view.
After having lunch i again kick started and continued my journey to udaipur. The highway was getting better and better with great roads and nice scenic all around. Just stopped in between highway for random click.
Not a single pothole in entire road. I was riding at a speed of 80 kmph and soon crossed rajasmand. Heading steadily i reached nathdwara by 1630 and stopped for tea. After having tea i again started riding. I was enjoying my ride when i finaly saw the udaipur signboard on highway after riding 650 kms. Have a view of the welcoming sign board. I was proud to reach this sign board before dark and now udaipur was just 12 kms.
I quickly covered 12 kms to enter the udaipur city it was 1830 hours now and sun was already settled down. I stopped to observe the city crowd it was like any other city becoming busy at 1830 hours. I inquired about backpacker panda location from one of the local guy who guided me towards the road to fateh sagar lake. Yes i had done my booking in backpacker panda AC dormitory stay for just 600 rupees for two nights. Goibibo given me rs200 discount so i just landed up paying 400 rupees for two night stay.