“Road-trip is the solution to all the problems of life”
For me, bliss is being inside a vehicle and the wheels are moving towards any goddamn place on this planet. Bunch of good mates and thought of some 2000 long kms for the next three days makes me jump off the couch ten times at least. Unlikely for a Delhiite over long weekend, we decided to visit deserts this time, The Thar deserts, Jaislamer!
This narration is going to give you certain eye-openers as in how to plan a trip when you are travelling this long. It is going to be a blend of criticism and appreciation which popped out of the travel experience to Aapno Rajasthan.
After marking Manali and Kheerganga, some 3 months earlier the trio were again reeling under the miseries of the daily 9 to 6 routine and decided to hit the roads again. The journey was long with a lone driver and car, which was not conditioning the air for us. The whiff of the trip blew and then we were four! The new member having a new car was an icing on the cake. The idea was to run the rubbers towards West this time. The day finally came and we were busy clearing the backlogs in office to attain nirvana during the short vacation. Alas, our minds were not so well engaged in work and we were merrily tangled scrolling through the route details on the internet.
The Journey Begins:
1800 hours we finally got all the ingredients of the trip aligned and now, all we had to do was to wave the city bye bye. Gurgaon was what we had to cross in order to get ourselves to the NH-8. This would have took us to the destination, but as likely, it was choked just like any other weekend and this made our itinerary a bit tougher. We tried all the possible routes that one could have thought of for dodging the traffic snarls on the way but all in vain, we ended up losing some 2 and ½ hours of the crucial fun time trying to tackle the traffic of Gurgaon. Taking the Golf course extension to Sohna road and later straight to Kherki Dhaula escaping the NH8 we staggered up our way till the Manesar toll on NH-8.
One should always be wary of crossing this very patch before 6PM in the evening if the plan is to drive it pass during any long weekends, as the connectivity of the road to Jaipur and other catchable places near NCR overburdens it with heavy load of vehicles. 15-20 minutes were what the toll took us to cross. The faces brightened with grin again. This was the first time we felt that we are on vacation. Or else it seemed that the God of roads are punishing us for all the sins we have accumulated during our life time by flouting the traffic rules ☺
This seemed delightful and every forward inches were feeling ecstatic. We drove flew some 2 hours flawlessly and the moon moved along with the continuous vigil form the top. It was jolly jolly all around till NHAI burst our bubble again with a kms long tailed traffic jam on the very next toll plaza (near Neemrana). Beleaguered by trucks all around we felt struck at the mercy of don’t know whom! Although, they took their own sweet time to pardon us the way ahead after killing another 45 minutes out of our schedule.
Without being bogged down with sundry hurdles, we kept the tempo up with some good music taking rounds for tickling the feeling of buddy trip. The very next hitch landed us to a small Dhaba on the highway just in the periphery of Neemrana city and there’s where we rejuvenated our motivation and forged ahead with our Food safari. Rajasthan has some really good Dhabas where you can find Desi Khaats to keep you at ease, gatte ki sabji, dal and Chaas that will keep you drooling for years in memories. We consumed consciously, considering the availability of basic washroom facility on the ways to come ahead. The winter was at fag-end and this incited us to have a tea before we moved any west. After a comprehensive 1 hour break we kicked our asses again and put ourselves back on the seats.
The traffic from here has been grossly decent and allowed to speed up the journey, and we did so. The route that we chose to take was a road less taken, and costed us a bit more distance than usual, it was via Jaipur.
After crossing Jaipur, we took the Jaipur-Ajmer highway where the traffic on the roads are relatively lower and is quite wonderful to drive upon. The particular road takes you through the circumference of Puskar and Ajmer-Sherrif, which are quite famous for their own mythological importance. The only intruding part of driving pass this terrain is the numerous tollbooths which drives you crazy and kill the momentum of the journey. Continuously we drove till dawn broke on the way. Catching the sun coming out of the darkness was a quite a panoramic view in itself altogether.