Kuchh din guzaarey humne Gujarat mein – How we reached (Part 1)

So folks here I am again with my words to start a virtual journey of the capital city of Gujarat, its twin city, Amba Ji and a part of Rajasthan…. But how we reached Ahmedabad is what I would like to explain first. Summer had already spread its wings and Jalandhar was no exception to this on 1st of June 2013. Bhakti’s Physics tuition teacher had already decided to go to Huzoor Sahib, Nanded so Bhakti was free now for 10 days from tuition classes… Hum to waise hi free the as college was off for 50 days. The confusion was great now as to where to go during these free days. Heart was pointing towards some hill station but in a corner of heart somewhere Ahmedabad was calling us and all the family members also wanted to go there, the only hitch was summer weather and we had decided to go in our old trusted Maruti. So there were second thoughts, tenth thoughts, infinite thoughts were coming in the mind. So it was decided to go to Nainital and woolens were out for an outing but at about midnight I woke up wife and Bhakti and said that I was not feeling right to drive in the hills and let’s twist our plan and go to Ahmedabad instead . O.K. all get set for driving sojourn in a non A.C. car in this heat but that’s Ghumakkari and to spice it up we decided to enter Kotputli driving through Malerkotla, Dhuri, Sangrur (Punjab section) and Tohana, Hansi, Bhiwani, Mahendragarh (Haryana section).

4 OPTIONS BEFORE ME TO CHOOSE THE ROUTE FOR THIS TRIP:

1. Jalandhar to Ahmedabad taking that traditional way via Delhi and Gurgaon

2. Reach Bhatinda from Jalandhar (165 km) and then take Hanumangarh expressway straight till Kishangarh and then to Ajmer and N.H 8till Ahmedabad.

3. Jalandhar to SriGanga nagar and then on to Bikaner before reaching Udaipur for onward journey

4. Jalandhar to Kotputli and then to Jaipur and onward journey on N.H 8 via interior parts of Haryana (Tohana, Hansi, Bhiwani, Mahendragarh).

This was the route that we gambled upon, the reason for which god knows now. I had anticipated to reach Ajmer by 6 P.M. starting at 6 A.M. from Jalandhar. But even at about 8 P.M. I was still on the highway between Jaipur and Ajmer, 3 Hrs behind my schedule courtesy potholed roads near Mahendragarh and rush in the towns of Haryana where no byepass facility was available. Now I was laughing at Google as well as crying inside. Ajeeb feeling aur oopar se yeh Garmi that about Rs. 600 was spent on chilled bottled water that day…

Ek ajnabi sa rasta

Ek ajnabi sa rasta

The new way explored by us

The new way explored by us

A view of Bhiwani ciyu

A view of Bhiwani city

Actually I had not seen these parts of Haryana and was familiar with G.T Road area of Haryana but my curiosity took toll of us all and I also inferred that taking out Gurgaon and other NCR area of Haryana, nothing much is left to boast of especially in the matter of road infrastructure. Road near the town of Mahendra garh is just non-existent. Don’t look for that basic facility to drive on. Sometimes pedestrians used to pass me by, smiling.

Bhiwani seemed to be a big city and somewhat better at par with bigger cities of Punjab and we had sugarcane juice at one roadside stall , speciality was that the glass was too large and I had not seen that type of glass before. Rs. 30 for 1 glass of nice sugarcane juice at Bhiwani.

Jumbo glass of sugarcane juice

Jumbo glass of sugarcane juice

Every hour bottled water was bought and vroom… it used to vanish like anything.

Bhiwani nagar ka ek chowk

Bhiwani nagar ka ek chowk

Crossing Jaipur also proved to be a hurdle in the evening as I encountered heavy rush in the city and one could not reach Ajmer or onwards without passing the pink city. So what I wanted to avoid could not be avoided actually. Twilight had spread its wings and we were feeling really hungry now. Just before Kishangarh at one nice Dhaba we took our dinner (chapati, gatte ki subzi and chhachh) and I threw a proposal to my wife to continue our journey continuously till Udaipur as I was really in rhythm by that time… hahaha.

Kab pahunchenge Udaipur? was the question popped at me and my guess was to reach Udaipur at about 2 A.M in the wee hours. No way was the answer as I was the only driver driving since 6 A.m and it could mean a risk but now I was adamant not to stay at Ajmer and be on highway so it was decided to have a night stay if some suitable place is encountered on the way and if I felt sleepy. O.K deal done… So with a renewed vigour our journey continued with wife taking the back seat for a comfortable half sleep and my daughter Bhakti came on the front seat with bottles of chilled water so that she could remain awake thus motivating me… So safar chalta raha and at about 11.30 P.M the wife asked me the time and knowing that it was nearing midnight and we were nowhere near Udaipur, an ultimatum was issued to search for a nice place to stay. Near Bhilwara or perhaps it was Chittor, the a signboard of New ghar Highway Dhaba (quite spacious) with rooms available facility attracted me and luckily got a room at reasonable price (Rs. 600 for an A.C room). Everyone was happy now including myself though I was egging them to move on hahhahaha… This place is on the left side of the highway on the national highway and is quite comfortable to stay and have food also. So folks the journey which was started at about 6 A.M in the morning culminated for the day 1 at the highway itself leaving behind sweet and sour memories of that day…

Koi dikh raha hai kya...

Koi dikh raha hai kya…

LAAI HYATT AAYE, LE CHALI QAZA CHALE
NA APNI KHUSHI AAYE , NA APNI KHUSHI CHALE……….

WHAT NOT TO DO (Kya sabak sikha pahle din)? Not advisable to take this route unless you want yourself and your family members to go on suffer and not safar.

Soch raha hun yeh rasta kyun liya?

Soch raha hun yeh rasta kyun liya?

18 Comments

  • It’s nice to come across such road trip, some old memories refreshed.
    What shall I say about this drive? As I often did the same things myself…found some similarities…Prof.

    Though, I did a couple of night trips alone/with family – it is not advisable to do that…good to note that some good sense prevails finally at 11:30.

    I am expecting a lot more comments about this, will surely come back to read them.
    so, another series starts…and eagerly waiting for this Gujarat trip

    “Kutch Nahi Dekha To Kuchh Nahi Dekha”

  • Rajvir Bhatnagar says:

    Just read your account of travel from Jalandhar to Ahmedabad and noted the lessons learnt. I have done this stretch by road- from Ahmedabad to beas (between Jalandhar and Amritsar) and back to Ahmedabad via same route. My experience was extremely pleasant. I think the problem in your case could be trying to cover too much distance in a day. We started from Ahmedabad at about 6 am and had an enjoyable drive via Udaipur, chittorgarh, bhilwara, kishengarh to Jaipur. It is better to avoid NH8 stretch of Ajmer-Beawar because of excessive traffic of marble trucks and pilgrimage traffic. The roads were excellent and driving was sheer pleasure. Traffic on Udaipur-chittorgarh-bhilwara- kishengarh sector was sparse and the roads excellent ; though a bit lonely especially at dark. Stayed for the night, hit the road again at 6 next morning and were there in delhi for brunch and jalandhar by dinner time.

  • Rakesh Bawa says:

    Amitava Ji, Thanks for your valuable comment . It was a wonderful trip despite hot weather. But Buddy KUTCH TO NAHIN GAYE. ..Agli baar sahi.

  • Hemant Kewlani says:

    First of all I thank u Sir for your nice post. I also appreciate that you always give expenses without any hesitation. For any ghumakkar or other person of budget, this information is very much of useful. Regarding way from Gurgaon / Mahendragarh to Ajmer via Jaipur, One can byepass Jaipur city directly from Delhi Jaipur highway to Ajmer highway, which saves much time.

  • Rakesh Bawa says:

    Thanks Hemant Ji. I have never inhibited myself from showing that I am a budget traveller and take pains to find a suitable accommodation within my means.

  • Hemant Kewlani says:

    Sorry Sir, I have not intended like that kind. My intention is only that the information given is useful for others.

  • Rakesh Bawa says:

    Hemant Ji, Don,t take it otherwisw I really don,t have any inhibition ofg calling myself as budget traveller and I mean it, dear friend. If the information is useful to others I am obliged.

  • Sanjay Kaushik says:

    Sir,
    ?? ?? ???? ?????? ????? ???? ?? ????? ???. ?? ????? ?? ?????? ?? ??? ??? ??? ?? ??? ???? ???. ???? ??????? ???? ????? ??? ?? ?????? ?? “???” ko “suffer” ???? ???… ??????? ?? ???? ?? ????? ?????? ??? ?? “??????” ?? ???? ??? ?? ???? ?? ?????? ?? ??? ???? ????… ??? ???? ?????? ???? ?? ???? ??? ?? “???” (?????? ?? “???” ?? ????) ?? ??????? ???…..

  • Sanjay Kaushik says:

    ?? ??? ??? ??? ?? ??? ?? ??? ????? ?? ?? ???? ????? ?? ?? ?? ???? ????? ?? ??? ???? ?? ??? ?? ??? ?? ????? ?? ???? ?????? ??? ??????? ?? ???? ???… ?????? ?????? ??, ?????? ??, ???? ???? ?? ????? ?? ?? ???? ???? ???? ?? ??? ???? ??? ??? ???, ????? ??? ?? ??????? ?? ????? ???…

    • Rakesh Bawa says:

      Sanjay Ji , Namaskar aur Post ko like karne ke liye Dhanyavaad. Jaise Man mein aata hai bas likh deta Hun. Baaki aap sab par nirbhar rehta hai.

  • Nandan Jha says:

    No problems Prof. One of my friend says that we often remember those drives more, where it was not a regular pleasant drive :-). I am sure you guys are gonna talk about those chilled water bottles and the heat and the night drive (avoid it please) for a very long time.

    I just reached Benares a while back. Started in the morning from Delhi. About 800 KMs in 11 hours, door to door. I was not expecting to reach before 5 (on a brighter side). May be because of Aug 15, there was very little traffic on the road and the early lead because of Yamuna Expressway helped. All in the game :-)

  • Rakesh Bawa says:

    Nice words Captain Nandan and nice brotherly advice. Quite right that we shall remember this journey for long. In Benaras for Independence day… A lively man like you must be there at Holi also. Khai ke Paan Benaras Wala… 800 Kms a day, Salute Sir.

  • abheeruchi says:

    Good to read.As we always take train, bus or cab, we find these trips adventurous.

    Waiting for next….

    Thanks.

  • Nirdesh Singh says:

    Hi Rakeshji,

    Will look forward to read about Gujarat. BTW I am also writing a couple of posts on Gujarat.

    Nandan, your trips are creating large carbon footprints during your travels – Abhee does not like this. You need to make use of public transport!

  • Abheeruchi says:

    Hi Nirdesh,

    Thanks for remembering me :)

    As NJ has given me opportunity to be part of Ghumakkar, unke saare Carbon footprints maaf..I am compensating all that here by using only and only Public transport (Missing Cab services , Auto etc..:( )

  • Nice post having valuable information.
    In Haryana , all roads are in bad condition except NH-1 or roads of Rohtak.

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