Leg 5 : Darrah to Jaipur

Leg 5 : Darrah to Jaipur
4th March 2005
07:00
Went around the Darrah National Park. This park, though being around 80kms long, is just a few kms across. With villages on both sides, this is causing quite a stress on this small wildlife sancturay. With the Tigers disappearing from the forests of Rajisthan, I doubt that anyone will give more than a passing glance to this place – and I predict that this place will get eaten up by the encroaching villages. There are a few villages inside the sanctuary itself. Mr. Navnit told me that he had gone and taken away the cycles of the villagers on which they were taking the wood away, and the next morning the local MLA came and forced him to give back the cycles. With no support coming from the Govt., there was little that he could do. Talking to him I got the feeling that this was one person who was really giving his best to save what was left, but was facing a losing battle.
I also went to the “Adila begum ka mahal”. Its facinating how every place in India has some story related to it.
A forest Watch Tower from yesteryears
Adila ka Mahal
10:45
[2118]
Started from Darrah. Had a late breakfast of Pranthas, Dahi and tea. The FO had got my bike cleaned by one of his men. And everyone had gathered around as I was fixing the luggage on my bike. Saying my adeau and thanking Mr Navnit for the great time and the chat I had with him, I pushed off.
12:30
[2230]
The further north I was moving, the hotter it was becoming and I stopped for a cold drink break. Passed through Kota a while back – it has a lovely lake. It seems that the towns in Rajisthan are build around lakes, and have Forts overlooking the cities. Probably in olden times, the decision to make the forts was done taking into account the availability of water , and then the surrounding towns and cities mushroomed up. Traffic between the cities was usually limited to the odd Jeep based taxi service and the trucks. However, the roads being good now – quite good compared to what I had been going through for the last 2 days. I was having no difficulty in eating up the kms.
13:10
[2250]
Stopped and put in some 200 bucks of petrol for my steed.
14:35 – 14:45
[2355]
Stopped for a drink of water in the middle of nowwhere. I was expecting to see a lot of camels in Rajisthan, but till now, apart from a solitary camel which I had passed in the morining, all I could see were goats ! Instead of being a camel state, I think that Rajisthan should be called a goat state! And along with the goats, there always seem to move a swarm of flies… In the 10 mins I stopped there, they had covered my tank in a black and yellow mosaic, and also created a screen over my helmet’s visor.
Flies on the Tank
15:15
[2393]
I was about to reach Jaipur when the showers struck. A small drizzling which became rain. Stopped under a tree where other people also joined me in a few minutes. A chap there on a brand new luna started talking to me. It turned out that he was a salesman for the Luna , and was going to deliver it to some customer – but his heart lay in the bigger bikes. Not once did he ask me about the milage of the ZMA, but was instead interested in the top speeds and how it moves on the highways. When told I was coming from Pune – he was like – “Yah. With this bike, you can easily do it !”
16:00
[2420]
Reached the CRPF camp in Jaipur where I was to stay for the night. It started to rain again in the eveing … with quite a bit of thunder and lightning thrown in. My bike was getting a free wash … Why is it that whenever bikes are painstakingly washed, it starts to rain ???

4th March 2005

07:00

Went around the Darrah National Park. This park, though being around 80kms long, is just a few kms across. With villages on both sides, this is causing quite a stress on this small wildlife sancturay. With the Tigers disappearing from the forests of Rajisthan, I doubt that anyone will give more than a passing glance to this place – and I predict that this place will get eaten up by the encroaching villages. There are a few villages inside the sanctuary itself. Mr. Navnit told me that he had gone and taken away the cycles of the villagers on which they were taking the wood away, and the next morning the local MLA came and forced him to give back the cycles. With no support coming from the Govt., there was little that he could do. Talking to him I got the feeling that this was one person who was really giving his best to save what was left, but was facing a losing battle.

I also went to the “Adila begum ka mahal”. Its facinating how every place in India has some story related to it.

A forest Watch Tower from yesteryears

Adila ka Mahal

10:45

[2118]

Started from Darrah. Had a late breakfast of Pranthas, Dahi and tea. The FO had got my bike cleaned by one of his men. And everyone had gathered around as I was fixing the luggage on my bike. Saying my adeau and thanking Mr Navnit for the great time and the chat I had with him, I pushed off.

12:30

[2230]

The further north I was moving, the hotter it was becoming and I stopped for a cold drink break. Passed through Kota a while back – it has a lovely lake. It seems that the towns in Rajisthan are build around lakes, and have Forts overlooking the cities. Probably in olden times, the decision to make the forts was done taking into account the availability of water , and then the surrounding towns and cities mushroomed up. Traffic between the cities was usually limited to the odd Jeep based taxi service and the trucks. However, the roads being good now – quite good compared to what I had been going through for the last 2 days. I was having no difficulty in eating up the kms.

13:10

[2250]

Stopped and put in some 200 bucks of petrol for my steed.

14:35 – 14:45

[2355]

Stopped for a drink of water in the middle of nowwhere. I was expecting to see a lot of camels in Rajisthan, but till now, apart from a solitary camel which I had passed in the morining, all I could see were goats ! Instead of being a camel state, I think that Rajisthan should be called a goat state! And along with the goats, there always seem to move a swarm of flies… In the 10 mins I stopped there, they had covered my tank in a black and yellow mosaic, and also created a screen over my helmet’s visor.

Flies on the Tank

15:15

[2393]

I was about to reach Jaipur when the showers struck. A small drizzling which became rain. Stopped under a tree where other people also joined me in a few minutes. A chap there on a brand new luna started talking to me. It turned out that he was a salesman for the Luna , and was going to deliver it to some customer – but his heart lay in the bigger bikes. Not once did he ask me about the milage of the ZMA, but was instead interested in the top speeds and how it moves on the highways. When told I was coming from Pune – he was like – “Yah. With this bike, you can easily do it !”

16:00

[2420]

Reached the CRPF camp in Jaipur where I was to stay for the night. It started to rain again in the eveing … with quite a bit of thunder and lightning thrown in. My bike was getting a free wash … Why is it that whenever bikes are painstakingly washed, it starts to rain ???


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