Though I’ve taken most of the pictures from my dSLR, I managed to take some of them from my phone as well. So here I’m sharing them. The quality of these pictures isn’t that good but still they give a idea about the places we’ve been.
Kanoria Lake, Ahmedabad
Himalaya Mall, Ahmedabad. This was next to our hotel Ginger Hotel, Ahmedabad
Another pic at the Himalaya Mall
My vehicle parked at the parking of the Ginger Hotel, Ahmedabad
Adalaj_Ni_Vav at Adalaj, Gandhinagar
Indoria Dinosaur Park, Gandhinagar
Grilled Fish at Apna Hotel, Diu
Nagoa Beach, Diu
While we were in Ahmedabad we visited several places and missed visiting some of them so would be doing those left out in our next trip.
Places we visited were Gandhi Asharam, DASTAN the Car Musuem, Kanoria Lake,. These were done on the 16th and then on 17th we visited Adalaj ne Vav and the Indoria Dyno Park and then finally Vishala for dinner and snacks.
Drive from Ahmedabad to Diu
The the morning of 18th, we were up and ready and on the road at 8am.we drove through Bopal, Bavla, Bagodara, Lothal(didn’t halt here), Fedra, Pipali, Dholera, Adhelei and from here we took a right turn towards Velavadar. We were at Velavadar at 10AM and spent a good 2 hours at this place covering a total distance of approx 160am (this includes the to and fro to Velavadar and drop ve inside the park). At 1154am we started our final leg for the day’s destination Diu.
Again joining the the main highway at Adhelei we reached Diu at 1710 Hrs crossing Nari, Vartej, Sihor, Songadh, Sanosara, Ranghola, Dhasha, Chavand, Lathi, Amreli (took the bypass), Chalala, Dhari, Timberwal Forest check post, Tulsishyam, Una & finally at Diu.
The total distance during the day was a little over 453Kms and took approx a little more that 9 hours including 2hours of stoppage at Velavadar.
The roads are mostly good leaving aside 18 Kms which traverses through the Gir Forest and is ridden with hundreds of speed breakers and mix of good to very bad roads. The rest of the complete stretch from Bhagdora onwards is single road but good. I maintained a driving speed of 85 to 95 Kmph, though I could nave easily done more but this is the speed that I maintain when travelling with family. Also the roads for a 1/2 a Km around Lathi is bad but under construction, so there’s hope there.
Initially I’d planned to stay in Diu for 2 nights but have decided to extend it by 1 night. Will be canceling my stay in Zainabad and leave that for a later time. She is another item gets added to the bucket list.
Will be uploading ng some pics later today in a separate post.
Cheers for now.
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On the road update.
Trip report DAY1 DEL-AHD :
Started early from Delhi and we’re on the road at 430am. There was a lot of truck traffic even when leaving Delhi early morning. And most of them drive as if they own the road using all the three lanes of nh8. It was like this all the way up the end of the Jaipur Bypass and wee were there at approx 830ish.Then from the Kishangarh Expressway it was a smooth sailing all the way up AHD. We went through the City of Udaipur and didn’t take the bypass as I ready somewhere that it has the tendency to clogup and I had to fuel up too. Left the City of Udaipur at approx 330PM and we’re at our hotel at 730PM. Took a right from the Chilodia Circle and reached Hotel Ginger driving via Gandhinagar. Once we reached AHD traffic was heavy but nothing that shouldn’t be expected of a big city in peak hours. Had to stop a couple of time as my son was not well. For the entire journey drove between 80 to 95 Kmph and never going above 100 during the entire journey.
Had an awesome dinner at Goverdhan Thal, more so we were very hungry and this was nearest to the hotel. However I believe that they’re loosing their touch and usp. The quality of service has really gone down over the past 3years since I’ve been visiting this outlet on what I’ve experienced.
The hotel Ginger was a mixed 1st impression. Staying here for 2
more nights so will reserve my judgement till the end of the stay.
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Its March again and time for another Road Trip or Driving Holidays as my family now calls it. Last year we went to Goa and the year before that it was Gir & Diu.
Well this year we’ve decided to add a couple of destinations to the March 2011’’s plan and including Gir & Diu we would be visiting and exploring the city of Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad, Diu, Gir, Porbandar, Okha, Chorwad, Jamnagar, Zainabad and Udaipur.
PHEW!!! that’s a lot many destinations, ain’t it. Well the way we think that we are not hell bent upon covering all the places or limiting ourselves just to these destinations. If some or any of the destinations are left behind we do put them in our bucket list for future trip. These trips that we take are quite laid back and we try and succeed to make them enjoyable at the least.
The plan or this year is that we drive one day, take rest the next day and then again drive the day after that. This way we avoid canon ball runs and at the same time get to see the local sites at the cities that we visit.
The total driving distance on Google Maps for this planned trip is a little more than 3500 Kms but I reckon that it might be a couple of ‘00 kms more as I plan drive through the Little Raan of Kutch starting from Palasava and ending at Zainabad. For this I really have to thank my friends Tanveer and Harsh Vardhan who have shared with me their GPS Tracks of the cross country driving they did on the RAAN. But as I said earlier, I am not bent upon covering everything. If anything’s missed, it goes securely in The Bucket List for the next time.
Enclosing here is the brief overview of the trip that we’re proposing to undertake.
So all in all most of the think are planned. For hotel we have booked rooms just at Ahmedabad and for the rest of the trip have spoken to some of the hotels in the cities that I plan to visit. So it would be mostly walkin’s only. Being off-season I don’t hope that we should have any major issues in scouting for hotel room at this time of the year.
Well that’s it. Cheers for now
I would be starting my road trip tomorrow and broadly the planned night stays for the trip are as follows
Delhi- Jaipur- Ahmedabad- Mumbai- Goa- Tarkarli- Mumbai- Udaipur- Delhi
I’ve made confirmed booking at the following places
Hotel Amer View, Jaipur
Karnavati Club, Ahmedabad
Ramada Carvela Beach Resort, Varca, South Goa
In Tarkarli I would be scouting for a Hotel or a guest house when I get there and same would be for Udaipur.
I would sincerely like to thank HV Kumar of HV Kumar – Fan, Forum & Message Board and all the members of the above FB Group who have been really helpful in providing me the detailed road book and help me plan this adventure right from the start. Thanks a lot sir(s).
As always I would be driving my Toyota Landcruiser on this trip and by the looks of it the total trip would work out to be over 4200 Kms. I plan to be back by the 27th or 28th of March 2012. Many people may ask why Goa and some of them may even ask why by road especially when air tickets are available little over of what I may spend on fuel costs. Well I’ve always been travelling by air since long and a package deal just doesn’t cut for me anymore and I feel that the adventure is missing in such a thing. Additionally I feel that if someone wants to see the real India, it can only be done when we are on ground. I am not against air travel but I feel that its more fun like this. Last year I did Delhi- Sasan Gir- Diu- Delhi and enjoyed every bit of it. Here’s the link to that https://harjeevchadha.wordpress.com/2011/11/25/delhi-ahmedabad-sasan-gir-diu-udaipur-delhi-road-trip-summary/
The following is just a broad guide to the route that I plan to take and it may differ from the actual route, especially the in/ and out of Mumbai and from Goa- Tarkarli- Mumbai from the route that’s been depicted in the following link. This link is just to give a broad overview on the route. Once I’ve completed the trip, I would be sharing the triplogs and GPX tracks for the entire trip.
Link to the route that I have planned to take. http://g.co/maps/ctpy5
Its been almost 9 months since I completed my trip of Rajasthan and Gujarat, but I feel that’s its never to late to share. Since long I’d been longing to travel to Gujarat, though on this trip I visited only one part of Gujarat which is to say Sasan Gir and Diu (which technically speaking is not even in Gujarat but a Union Territory).
In this post I would share the route I took along with the maps, distance charts and time taken for traveling. Also I would try to share the trip log in detail along with the pictures in my future posts.
After traveling almost 1500 Kms from Delhi I just couldn’t resist the urge of clicking the following picture. This first view of the sea side is forever etched in my memory and I remember the moment like it was yesterday.
We started the trip from Delhi at approximately 4AM on the 19th of March 2011 and culminated the journey on 26th March 2011 at 11:15PM
Day I 19th March 2011
Delhi to Ahmedabad 946KMS
18 Hours 10 Mins
Day II :20th March 2011
Ahmedabad to Gir 383 KMS (7 Hours 10 Mins)
Day III 21st March 2011
Gir-Gir 12 KMS
Day IV 22nd March 2011
Gir-Diu 128KMS (3 Hours 27 Mins)
Day V & VI 23rd & 24th March 2011
Day VII 25th March 2011
Diu- Udaipur 664 Kms (12 Hours 50 Minutes)
Day VIII 26th March 2011
Udaipur – Delhi 675 Kms (11 Hours 53 minutes)
Total Distance Travelled in 8 Days is 2839 Kms
Total Fuel (Diesel) Consumed 383.13 Liters
Average Cost of Fuel (average) Rs.40.68 per Liter
Fuel Economy 7.41 KM per Liter & Rs.5.49 per KM
Having the opportunity of driving across 5 states and enjoying it with your family PRICELESS