Delhi to Jaisalmer - 2000 kms of a thrilling solo bike road trip

Tripoto
10th Sep 2017
Photo of Delhi to Jaisalmer - 2000 kms of a thrilling solo bike road trip by Debashish Baidya

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime”

-Mark Twain

I was laying on my couch, and all these thoughts had started to surface in my mind. Thoughts which had a slight unease, a slender discomfort. I was feeling a bit stuck, as if tied with a rope and not able to move. My granny was checking up on me, my friend had texted me, my interview was scheduled two days after, my head was aching. Something was wrong, and I couldn’t quite figure what it was.

I was touring Himachal some weeks back and when I had returned to Delhi, I pledged that I will never do a bike road trip again, at least not in a month’s time. The road trip was quite tiring and I was crushed to bits. Had no interests whatsoever to do one more in near future. But as I settled and blended to the city chores, I started to feel the tremble.

I think that feeling was coming back again. The need to pack your stuff, sit on the bike and just go away somewhere. To the wilderness, to the roads, to the villages, to the fields. I think I needed a road trip, sooner than I thought I would. It was incredible. I couldn’t believe it. I mean I was so damn sure that I won’t go anywhere anytime soon, but within 10-15 days, I had started to think otherwise.

Afternoon 3am, Lunch over, I am looking at the fan while I lay on my bed, and the will to go somewhere becomes extremely strong. “I have to go right now”. I remember clearly this is what I said. And within brink of an eye, I was all packed, standing with my riding jacket on, and looking at the phone figuring the route that I was to take. Place undoubtedly this time was the far-fetched and incredible ‘Jaisalmer’.

Forward route: Delhi – Jaipur – Nagaur – Phalodi - Pokhran - Jaisalmer

Total onward distance before touchdown – 900 kms (Approximate)

Motorcyle – Royal Enfield Desert Storm 500 cc

Luggage – 1 Tank bag (the one which sticks to the fuel tank via magnet straps)

Riding Gear – Riding jacket, Knee guard, Gloves, helmet, torch (all mandatory for long distance touring)

I was ready, and my granny was not ready for the surprise. She wasn’t aware that I was leaving for a week or so. I have been living with her in Delhi for quite some time now, and like every old person she also expected me to stay with her all the time. But for obvious reasons, that is not possible. I was going, and she wasn’t ready for it. I broke the news to her, and did all I could to comfort her, most importantly giving her confidence that I will come back in one piece, as she continued to pray to god and ask for some sanity for me. She did mention to me, that this is madness going to such long distances on a motorcycle.

But she will get used to this madness, I am certain :)

Photo of Delhi to Jaisalmer - 2000 kms of a thrilling solo bike road trip 1/1 by Debashish Baidya
*I had left Delhi in the evening and covered almost 280 kms till Jaipur. The above shot is next day on my way to Jaisalmer. Scorching sun, vast land with a bit of green all around

*Crossing Naguar and towards Phalodi. Heat was mounting (around 45 degree easily in the month of September), fatigue was kicking, but I had to keep going. In a place like this, a tree giving shade was like a smile among thousand dull faces

Photo of Phalodi, Rajasthan, India by Debashish Baidya

*Early morning, sunrise as I continued on Phalodi – Pokhran – Jaisalmer road

Photo of Phalodi, Rajasthan, India by Debashish Baidya

*Hot, hot and hot . Sand dunes on both sides of the road

Photo of Nagaur, Rajasthan, India by Debashish Baidya

*Reaching Pokhran. And man it looked dingy. Popular of being the location for the nuclear blast tests in 1974 and 1998. And I had a mixed feeling as I went onto explore the place. No big structures, no trees and deserted as far as your eyesight can go.

Photo of Pokhran, Rajasthan, India by Debashish Baidya

*Hot, very hot. Where's water? Trembling, weakening, and breaking down. 50 kms more of road journey before i touch Jaisalmer. I had covered 850 kms till now from Delhi. Some bit of an achievement there, I could feel

Photo of Pokhran, Rajasthan, India by Debashish Baidya

It was almost sundown as I entered the golden city of Rajasthan. I could see the gigantic golden fort from a distance as I cruised inside the town of Jaisalmer. I was in a state of satisfaction coz I had finally reached after a tiring road journey of 3 days. That night I slept off in the hotel I had checked in. Off season it was, so got the room in dearth cheap rate. Tomorrow was the big day of exploration and adventure.

*Shonar Kelar (in Bengali), or the Golden Fort of Jaisalmer. It’s a township on its own. Market, restaurants, hotels, temples, you name it and you have it inside the fort. It was impossible to cover the entire fort in one day

Photo of Delhi to Jaisalmer - 2000 kms of a thrilling solo bike road trip by Debashish Baidya

*Closing in. Loved how the fort was blending with the sky

Photo of Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India by Debashish Baidya

*View of the city from the fort. An ‘eye opening up and going wide’ moment

Photo of Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India by Debashish Baidya

*On my way to SAM sand dunes where i spotted old ruins of houses. A desert safari followed by local folk music, and some mouth-watering Rajasthani cuisine was waiting. It was time to move on

Photo of Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India by Debashish Baidya

*at SAM desert, 40 kms ahead of Jaisalmer

Photo of Sam Sand Dunes, Kanoi, Rajasthan, India by Debashish Baidya

*The ride of the night. All set for desert safari on this powerful jeep ‘Thar’

Photo of Sam Sand Dunes, Kanoi, Rajasthan, India by Debashish Baidya

*Folk music about to start. Excitement levels are high

Photo of Sam Sand Dunes, Kanoi, Rajasthan, India by Debashish Baidya
Photo of Sam Sand Dunes, Kanoi, Rajasthan, India by Debashish Baidya

*Dinner at one of the camps in SAM. Daal baati choorma, mix veg, curry, rice and chapati

Photo of Sam Sand Dunes, Kanoi, Rajasthan, India by Debashish Baidya

I spent 2 days in Jaisalmer, witnessed great culture, tasted local flavor, saw enormous structures, experienced realism to it’s core, and now it was time to head back. The return route however was not the same. I planned the road trip via Jodhpur and Pushkar. Another maginificent ride of around 1000 kms, which I covered in 3 days. Jodhpur was simple and raw, Pushkar was vibrant and Jaipur as usual like a sparkling red wine.

*Enroute Jodhpur / Return Journey. "Jaane kya dikh jaaye, ya shayad door door tak kuch nahi" Rajasthan for you ! 

Photo of Delhi to Jaisalmer - 2000 kms of a thrilling solo bike road trip by Debashish Baidya

*Crossing Merta, a small village enroute Pushkar/Ajmer

Photo of Delhi to Jaisalmer - 2000 kms of a thrilling solo bike road trip by Debashish Baidya

*Pushkar. Saw hills here which was quite a surprise in a place like Rajasthan

Photo of Pushkar, Rajasthan, India by Debashish Baidya

*At Pushkar, putting up in Zostel. A delightful stay experience

Photo of Zostel Pushkar, Pushkar, Rajasthan, India by Debashish Baidya
Photo of Zostel Pushkar, Pushkar, Rajasthan, India by Debashish Baidya

And when I reached Delhi, I felt ecstatic and indescribable about my emotions. Words couldn’t do justice to what I was going through. Only this, that I felt a certain contentment, a fulfillment beyond which you don’t ask for anything else. A peak point of speechless happiness.

Hope you enjoyed the blog. I think I will start writing shorter blogs, this is fun.

Adios till I meet you guys next time on another adventure filled road trip ;)

1 Comment(s)
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That's wonderful MJ! Didn't you visit the famous Tanot Maata temple near Jaisalmer / Longewala?
Mon 10 23 17, 19:45 · Reply (1) · Report
no i missed it, need a reason to go back again now don't i ;)
Tue 10 24 17, 13:23 · Report

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