26th March 2013 : Udaipur to Delhi
Today was the last day of the trip and pretty much a non eventful day, I was seriously hoping it to be one. Last year when I was driving back to Delhi from Udaipur I had a tyre burst on my vehicle just after crossing Bhilwara. You can read about it here.
We checked out of the hotel and were on our way at 10 minutes to 9AM. After having a heavy breakfast we drove pretty much non stop all the way upto Dharuhera where we halted for lunch for some awesome food at the OLD RAO Dhabha. Just like the numerous Puran Singh ka Dhabha’s at Ambala there are ‘n number of Rao Dhabha’s at this stretch. Only those who know that which one is the original will appreciate the food for what it is, the other outlets are just copy cats. Location of Rao Hotel on Google Maps.
Having made up good time from Udaipur to Jaipur I decided to brave the infamous Delhi- Jaipur stretch. I would say that I was pretty lucky here. We were at the Chandrawaji(end of the Jaipur Bypass) at 1442 Hrs and reached Rao Hotel, Dharuhera at 1654 HRS, covering 152 Kms in 2Hrs & 12 Mins. Average Speed 69.09 KMPH. Leaving this place at approx 530Pm the traffic was pretty much what one would expect from Manesar to Delhi and finally made it home at 6.30PM. Total distance for the day was 676 Kms in 9Hrs 40 Mins.
Will start the travelogue soon, once I’ve sorted out the pictres.
Cheers and thanks for tuning in.
25th March 2013:
I’ve been a bit lazy with updates for my blog. So toady’s the last day of the tip and I’m posting this from Udaipur.
On the 22nd of March after spending two days in Sasan Gir it was time for us to head to Jamnagar, our fourth city. We started early around 9am and visited Deviliya enroute to Jamnagar. I dropped my earlier plan of doing the coastal trip via Somnath, Porbandar, Dwarka and then Jamnagar as I did’t want to do a canon ball run and wanted to take it easy while doing this coastal route and give time at each place I stop and take it in. The route we took on this day was Sasan Gir- Deviliya- Malkana- Junagarh- thru City- Jetpur- Goandal- Rajkot- Paddhari- Dhrol- Dhunav- Jamnagar. We arrived in Jamnagar at approx 10 mins to 3 PM.
After spending a day in Jamnagar on the 24th of March Sunday we stated our journey to our last halt Udaipur. Again I avoided going to Zainabad as it had become quite hot during the day time, and personally I having witnessed the heat in the RANN a couple of time as a Rally Marshall, I didn’t want the kids and wife to experience it at time time of the year. I decided that we would be doing the Little and Great Raan later this year, maybe during the Dussara or Diwali break. The route taken during this day was pretty straight forward. Starting from Jamnagar at 930 AM the route we took was Jamnagar- Dhrol- Paddhari- Rajkot- Chotila- Syala- Limbdi- Bhagdora- Bavla- Ahmedabad (lunch break at Subway)- Gandhinagar- Himmatnagar- Udaipur (630PM).
After staying for a day in Udaipur, tomorrow morning we would be starting our final leg of the journey and heading to Delhi. The plan is to start early from Udaipur and be back home by 7pm ish.
Thats all for now. Thanks to all for taking the time for going through and keeping a tab on my updates.
PS these are just on the road updates, and I would surely be penning down a detailed travelogue once with pictures, road distances, places visited once I’m back home.
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
It was 23rd or March 2012 and was time for us to head back for New Delhi Via Mumbai and Udaipur. The earlier plan was that we’ll go to Mumbai via NH17 and take a night halt at Tarkarli, I had spent weeks preparing the GPS Tracks for that area, planning the routes with the help of HV Kumar sir, however this plan was shelved at he had already been about a week since we’d left home and the children were not up to it. Me too personally had developed an inkling that it was time to head back and maybe leave Tarkarli for a later time. The homework’s been done and the trip is surely on the cards for a later date.
Taking a final look at the place we started our 2200 Kms return journey to New Delhi at approx 826AM.
Ramada Carvela, Main Building
The Land Cruiser and its occupants at Ramada’s main entrance
Distance to Mumbai from Panaji
We made good time and cover 85kms were at the Mumbai Goa Border in a little less than 2 hours. Crossed the Goa Border Check Point with no issues but at the Maharashtra Check Point/ Excise Post, it was a different story. At this place I was asked to park my car and come out for inspection. This was about 7 Kms after the Goa Check Point so now I’m thinking that it can’t be the border post and must be the Excise Check Point.
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