Noida ~ Alwar ~ Sariska ~ Jaipur ~ Pushkar ~ Jodhpur ~ Jaisalmer ~
5 Days / 2200Kms.
Day 1 - Noida to Pushkar
It was a thursday morning, but not a usual working day. It was a special one, as we were excited and all set for a ride to Royal Rajasthan. We've had an affair with Rajasthan ever since we first went on our honeymoon ride to Udaipur and Mount Abu in Feb, 2015.
We, slept well and left at 6 in the morning, it was chilly but we were well prepared.
The first few kilometers were crucial as this was the first time we were riding on Eva ( Kawasaki Versys 650 ) with almost 15kgs+ of luggage on our custom built luggage rack. We crossed delhi and checked the luggage for any displacement, it was all good and we moved on, doing 100-110kmph.
We were set off with high spirits and with no traffic during early hours it felt heavenly, we covered the first 100 kms in just 1hr 10 mins.
It was dusk and we saw hues of rays from a distant and we loved gazing sunrise and sunsets. The mist from the dawn started clearing. The dew, on the leaves was sparkling.
There were fields on either side and a road straight as an arrow to Alwar. Off track, you may think but, we always choose the route which is more scenic and less crowded. We are on vacation and no distance is far on our new stallion, Eva.
As, we approached Alwar we decided to have breakfast in the city and as always we headed to the Kachori point, the guy who serves delicious hot kachoris dipped in aloo ki subji. There are times when we ride to Alwar just to have these Kachoris. It is a must have, if you are in Alwar. We were adhering to our vague schedule and decided to take a longer road via Sariska.
Sariska, is a Tiger Reserve. So, riding through the reserve was both tempting and scary. We saw langoors on the road, nilgai and some wild pigs and a lot of peacocks chit chatting with their folks. On reaching Jaipur we stopped for another short break. Pushkar was now just 150 kms. We wanted to meet riders residing in Jaipur, but being a working day everybody was occupied.
The Jaipur-Ajmer is also mind blowing to any adrenaline junkie, 180 Degrees of mountains in your sight and 6 lane highway with minimal traffic.
As, we entered Pushkar, the aura of the city was very warm and welcoming. Abode for sadhus and rishi-munis, this is a Brhama's place. We had booked a room at Zostel, Puskar. Experience with Zostel had always been good so far. Zostel at Pushkar did not disappoint us either.
The other exciting and historic thing was about to happen was "The Meet". Eva was about to meet Eve, in matter of few minutes, the thought itself was so exhilarating. For those who are wondering who Eve is, let us introduce you to Eve. Eve is Varun's first love. Honda CBR 250. A motorcycle which in true sense has given us wings to fly.
As, we entered Pushkar, the aura of the city was very warm and welcoming.
There it was waiting for us just outside the gates of Zostel and history was created, they met outside their home, far away from the land where they had been. The feeling to see them together is beyond any words.
First things first, we had covered about 450 kms so far and Rahul had also covered a lot of distance so both bike chains had to be cleaned and lubed, we don't neglect bike maintenance at all. We were carrying Motul C1 & C2 bottles with us for keeping the chain healthy.
It was time to get fresh and explore Pushkar. We took a small tour of the city which has been developed around the lake. This lake is considered to be very pure and like ganga, people come here from around the country to take a holy dip. There are around 52 entries also known as ghats for this lake. The famous Mela ground is very near by this lake. Though it seemed to be a fairly small ground but we could very well imagine the energy of the events that takes places every year in November.
Being in Rajasthan one wants to try the local cuisine, which is the famous Dal baati churma, but we saved that for the later part of the trip. Instead, we came across an Italian food joint - Little Italy. We're all nomads with good taste in food, so we like to look out for places who cook traditionally, we were lucky, as this place uses a conventional wood oven. This instantly helped us make up our mind.
On the contrary, we also learnt that Pushkar is a holy place and no one in the radius of 10 kms from the lake, serves Non-veg or alcohol. Nevertheless, we were more surprised by the authenticity of the restaurant, the pizza and the lasagne were cooked to perfection.
After the sumptuous meal, we went on for a ride to explore pushkar, we first headed to the lake which was a bad idea, roads were very narrow and full of people, so we saw the lake from outside and decided to take a u turn.
We were riding around and had no clue what we were about to witness. We took a left turn and saw a lake from a distant, well lit with the buildings nearby. It was a sight, that truly defines what we ride for. Sights like these and more, that just disconnects from the city chaos of Delhi NCR, where, there's nothing in sight, except buildings, people and traffic.
That pretty much summed up the day for us. We sat there for a while, clicked pictures. Absorbed the aura of the beautiful sight.
Pushkar to Jaisalmer via Jodhpur
We got up around 7 in the morning, it was very chilly since last evening. Rahul, my younger brother was set to leave for Delhi, the original plan was to ride together, but Kriti's and Rahul's office leaves did not coincide. So, Rahul left alone with Eve, he had already covered Jaisalmer, via bikaner route and stopped at Pushkar to meet us.
After he left, we started deciding the route that we would take to Jaisalmer, since most of the places we had not visited before, we were tempted to cover as much cities as possible, under the impression that the roads would be pleasant.
To our surprise, as soon as we left pushkar to Jodhpur via Merta, the stretch was in a very bad condition, we got only patches of good road. Rahul did mention a patch of bad roads, but what we encountered was totally opposite.
Enroute Jodhpur, we met a French rider, riding on a rented Enfield, we stopped in between while he was taking a smoke break. He started from Jaipur and was darn tired after riding on the bad roads. We asked him, if he would like to ride along with us. But, he was too tired and wanted to take a longer break. So, we left towards Jodhpur.
We were on some sort of a bypass which crossed via farmland, it was beautiful to ride through the sesame farms.
A word of caution to whoever plans to ride on this route. Beware of the loose cattle on the roads even villagers walk on the national highway.