Return Leg 1 : Delhi to Ajmer

Return Leg 1 : Delhi to Ajmer
22nd March 2005
07:00 [3637]
Started back from Delhi .. back to Pune and back to work 😦 . My vacations were coming to an end, and I had to start back. Initially I had thought I would be starting back on the 24th from Delhi, but because of Holi on 25th, all the people adviced me to avoid travelling on Holi. Now, Holi is a big thing in north India, but the further south you go, the less of a problem it becomes.
I was looking at reaching Pune in 3 days, but like all initial plans, the plans come undone. While deciding the route, I was suggested to go and visit Pushkar, and also Mt Abu if I could sqeeze that in.
Finally my trip itenary was as follows :
Day 1 : Reach Ajmer. If I reach early enough, go and see Pushkar, else see it the next day.
Day 2 : Reach Mt Abu and see the Dilwara Temples.
Day 3 : Reach Ahmedabad and have the great cake that Vivi’s wife makes and he keeps making me jealous about !
Day 4 : Reach Pune.
With mom and dad
Foggy day again
Said my goodbyes to mom and dad and after fixing all the luggage started from Delhi. It was again a foggy morning ( with heavy downpowers with an great big hail storm the day before). This time, my luggage was tied quite securely using bungie nets and bungie chords ( thanks Mani for getting me the chords).
08:25 – 08:50 [3739] After travelling almost a 100kms I stopped for breakfast at Shahjahanabad. The roads from Delhi are good, butter smooth and the bike was effortlessly cruising at 120kmph. For breakfast I had aloo paranthas and tea. Man ! I wish we could get as good parantas in Pune as I was getting there.
During the ride from Delhi, the road goes through small rolling hills, which have been blasted to make the roadway. As such you ride through rocks towering over you on both sides of the road. As I was cruising through one of these, a peacock flew over from the left side to the right — a sight to behold, and one that I would remember for my lifetime. There was I , zipping on the road, and this beautiful creature glides over me ! Amazing !!!
10:20 [3866] I was making quite good speed here, and thought of stopping for a drink of water. The traffic on this route is very well behaved. A honk and the person ahead of you moves out of your way and lets you overtake – quite stark contrast to the traffic in Maharashtra – where the people are horn deaf. People on rickety scooters will keep going on the inner lanes and not listen to your honk. Quite a refreshing change.
The trucks on this route provided some humour, in the form of shaiyari that is written on the back of some. Normally you will have “Buri nazar wale tera muh kaala” written, but some chaps are quite innovative. I ran across a few :
“Tu Chandramukhi, Mein Surajmukhi.
Tu bhi dukhi, mein bhi dukhi.
Ek kam kar, dilli ja
Tu bhi sukhi , mein bhi sukhi!”
and
“Manzil ki taraf badhte raho.
Jo dil kahe usi rah ko chuno,
Peeche walon ko age na jaane do
Aur jo aage hai unse aage niklo.
Tabhi 1 acche Truck Driver banoge.”
LOL !
11:00
Reached Jaipur and took the bypass. The bypass is really lousy and twists and turns to take you out of Jaipur. I had to ask for directions quite a number of times.
Once out of the city , and towards the road to Ajmer, you are greated by a sight which will make any biker’s heart jump with joy. A 6 Lane highway ! A tarred heavenway ! It even had an electronic sighboard indicating the speeds for each lane, and the innermost lane was labelled at 100kmph ! Bliss !!!
6 Lanes !!!
13:10 [4027] Reached Ajmer. Man, this was fast. Almost 400kms in 6hrs ! Checked into the Rest house and asked for directions to nearest hotel for food. Had a thaali at Anurag Bhojanalya.
An observation about the dresses that the women wear here. It seems to me that the predominant colour in their dresses is … you guessed it .. yellow !
After a couple of hours rest, and after the heat had subsided a bit, I took off for Pushkar. The forest guard there, was my pillion a part of the way till i got to the road to pushkar. Though, by my standards I was not going fast (only 60kmph max), the first comment he made after getting off the bike was “saab. aap bahut fast chalate hain!”
Took the road to pushkar and asked around for directions to the Brahma Temple there. This temple is the only temple in the world for Brahma. An ancient saffron coloured temple is nestled in the city. Got a guide for 30/- who gave a parroted recitation of how this is the only brahma temple and took me to the pushkar lake – where the pujari tried to get me to give dakshina to the temple trust. I guess all the religious places in india are just a front for business. Sad. 😦
Statue of Brahma at Pushkar
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22nd March 2005

07:00 [3637]

Started back from Delhi .. back to Pune and back to work 😦 . My vacations were coming to an end, and I had to start back. Initially I had thought I would be starting back on the 24th from Delhi, but because of Holi on 25th, all the people adviced me to avoid travelling on Holi. Now, Holi is a big thing in north India, but the further south you go, the less of a problem it becomes.

I was looking at reaching Pune in 3 days, but like all initial plans, the plans come undone. While deciding the route, I was suggested to go and visit Pushkar, and also Mt Abu if I could sqeeze that in.

Finally my trip itenary was as follows :

Day 1 : Reach Ajmer. If I reach early enough, go and see Pushkar, else see it the next day.

Day 2 : Reach Mt Abu and see the Dilwara Temples.

Day 3 : Reach Ahmedabad and have the great cake that Vivi’s wife makes and he keeps making me jealous about !

Day 4 : Reach Pune.

With mom and dad

Foggy day again

Said my goodbyes to mom and dad and after fixing all the luggage started from Delhi. It was again a foggy morning ( with heavy downpowers with an great big hail storm the day before). This time, my luggage was tied quite securely using bungie nets and bungie chords ( thanks Mani for getting me the chords).

08:25 – 08:50 [3739] After travelling almost a 100kms I stopped for breakfast at Shahjahanabad. The roads from Delhi are good, butter smooth and the bike was effortlessly cruising at 120kmph. For breakfast I had aloo paranthas and tea. Man ! I wish we could get as good parantas in Pune as I was getting there.

During the ride from Delhi, the road goes through small rolling hills, which have been blasted to make the roadway. As such you ride through rocks towering over you on both sides of the road. As I was cruising through one of these, a peacock flew over from the left side to the right — a sight to behold, and one that I would remember for my lifetime. There was I , zipping on the road, and this beautiful creature glides over me ! Amazing !!!

10:20 [3866] I was making quite good speed here, and thought of stopping for a drink of water. The traffic on this route is very well behaved. A honk and the person ahead of you moves out of your way and lets you overtake – quite stark contrast to the traffic in Maharashtra – where the people are horn deaf. People on rickety scooters will keep going on the inner lanes and not listen to your honk. Quite a refreshing change.

The trucks on this route provided some humour, in the form of shaiyari that is written on the back of some. Normally you will have “Buri nazar wale tera muh kaala” written, but some chaps are quite innovative. I ran across a few :

“Tu Chandramukhi, Mein Surajmukhi.

Tu bhi dukhi, mein bhi dukhi.

Ek kam kar, dilli ja

Tu bhi sukhi , mein bhi sukhi!”

and

“Manzil ki taraf badhte raho.

Jo dil kahe usi rah ko chuno,

Peeche walon ko age na jaane do

Aur jo aage hai unse aage niklo.

Tabhi 1 acche Truck Driver banoge.”

LOL !

11:00

Reached Jaipur and took the bypass. The bypass is really lousy and twists and turns to take you out of Jaipur. I had to ask for directions quite a number of times.

Once out of the city , and towards the road to Ajmer, you are greated by a sight which will make any biker’s heart jump with joy. A 6 Lane highway ! A tarred heavenway ! It even had an electronic sighboard indicating the speeds for each lane, and the innermost lane was labelled at 100kmph ! Bliss !!!

6 Lanes !!!

13:10 [4027] Reached Ajmer. Man, this was fast. Almost 400kms in 6hrs ! Checked into the Rest house and asked for directions to nearest hotel for food. Had a thaali at Anurag Bhojanalya.

An observation about the dresses that the women wear here. It seems to me that the predominant colour in their dresses is … you guessed it .. yellow !

After a couple of hours rest, and after the heat had subsided a bit, I took off for Pushkar. The forest guard there, was my pillion a part of the way till i got to the road to pushkar. Though, by my standards I was not going fast (only 60kmph max), the first comment he made after getting off the bike was “saab. aap bahut fast chalate hain!”

Took the road to pushkar and asked around for directions to the Brahma Temple there. This temple is the only temple in the world for Brahma. An ancient saffron coloured temple is nestled in the city. Got a guide for 30/- who gave a parroted recitation of how this is the only brahma temple and took me to the pushkar lake – where the pujari tried to get me to give dakshina to the temple trust. I guess all the religious places in india are just a front for business. Sad. 😦

Statue of Brahma at Pushkar

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