Siblings on a Road Trip
How cool it is when siblings share the same passion for bikes, travel, and adventure? There is no better company than your sibling and me and my brother can bet you on that !!!
Every year we do at least one trip together and trust me it not only strengthens the bond between us but also pushes my brother to take out time for me from his busy schedule...
So last year, we decided to explore Rajasthan, a state rich in Royal culture, yummy food, and the ear candy music. We did around 2400 km in 5 days and it was a life-changing experience. Roads are very well built but the only problem is the abandoned animals on the roads which makes the roads very risky. Our journey started from Roorkee, Uttarakhand from our home town.
|Lakshya & Tripti|
Day 1: Roorkee - Jaipur - Ajmer - Pushkar (650 km )
We started early morning at 6 AM and reached Jaipur at around 1 PM covering 400 km passing U.P, Delhi, and Haryana. We were astonished to see the combination of Indian culture and modern architecture with a historical look. The city is too crowded but we managed to escape the crowd on our Dominar to visit Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, and City Palace. Thousands of staff take care of the grand City Palace and manage a good quality restaurant inside. We had a delicious Punjabi meal and a lassi which was mandatory to keep us hydrated ..We left for Ajmer Sharif at around 3 PM and reached at 7 PM. It is a white marble historical building and includes an entry from a massive gate known as the Nizam gate built by Shah Jahan. We offered our prayers and left for Pushkar and it was the halt of the day. Time to give rest to long bended knees and aching back.
Day 2: Pushkar - Udaipur (300kms)
The next day we decided to explore Pushkar, a sacred pilgrimage place that has 52 Ghats and a 14th century only temple of Brahma in the world. Another major attraction was serene Pushkar lake which is believed to have appeared when the lotus fell from the hands of Brahma. We met some Rajasthani ladies near Pushkar lake who were offering prayers to a Neem tree while doing the Circumambulation. We managed to get some clicks with them..!! Time to move on to our next destination, Udaipur ``City of Lakes”.We reached Udaipur at 3 PM and stayed at a guest house “Mewar Avenue Guesthouse” run by an elderly couple and yes we just felt at home there..!! They were so happy to see siblings doing the road trip together. We got some rest for a while, took off our riding gears and went to explore the city in our comfy attire. The first destination on the list was “Vintage and Classic Car Museum '', a garage of the king of Udaipur contains the vintage cars and all are in working condition ..Amazing!!! We were fortunate to get a glance at the sea-green car used in “Prem Ratan Dhan Payo ''.Then we moved to see Pichola lake, Fateh Sagar Lake and City Palace. The city is very much crowded, roads were narrow but the vibes of that place is mystical. Since the famous delicacies of the place is a must to try so not break the legacy we tried Rabdi and ras malai of Jagdish Misthan Bhandar...After a savory meal at Khamma Ghani Restaurant and scrumptious desserts, we went to see a temple near our guest house.”Jagdish Temple” built by Maharana Jagat Singh in 1651. The architecture of the temple is so beautiful and it is built in such a way that you can have a view of the idol while standing on the other side of the temple because the mirrors are placed in a way to provide the view…Astonishing !!! Rajasthan’s Temple is full of surprises...Another one on the way..!!
Day 3 - Udaipur - Mount Abu - Jodhpur( 485 km)
The next day, we started for Mount Abu “The only hill station of Rajasthan”.The roads were good and we were cruising through dry, rocky mountains of Aravalli Hills. We had our breakfast in food stalls in front of Nikki lake in Mount Abu and left for Dilwara Temple, an 11th-century Jain temple built by Vimal Shah. Unfortunately, the temple was closed for some private prayers, so we only got the chance to see it from outside. Now was the time for a most exciting spot in this whole journey “Om Banna Temple “, the biker’s god temple where a 350cc bullet is being worshipped and you can offer a good whiskey or rum to the God “Om Banna” …Interesting Huh !!! I was amazed to see this distinct temple of the motorcycle. Time for next surprises …and we reached Jodhpur ``The Sun City”…Truly speaking I just fell in love with the city such a Clean and Serene place it is …Since we reached late so the time we went to see Mehrangarh fort ..it was closed. Somehow we came to know that there is a restaurant inside, so went on to do “The Royal Dinner” while gazing at the historical architecture of the fort with the added beautiful city view. After a sumptuous meal, we saw Umaid Bhavan, Clock Tower, Balsamand Lake and stopped to have delicious “MAWA Kachori”.Time to give our tiring bodies some rest in Jodhpur while the next surprises await…!!!
Day 4 - Jodhpur - Bikaner - Salasar Balaji (455 Km)
We left early morning from jodhpur and on the highway came across “Go Seva Samiti '' a huge hospital for the cows that have different medical wards for Cancer, ICU, and maternity. I was so disheartened to see some people throwing acid on these poor animals who can’t even speak. The cows are tortured, abandoned after they are of no use. The hospital is taking good care of them and they even have a cradle for baby cow and he likes swinging in his little cradle...We were offered tea for free. YaY !!. After a while we left for Karni Mata temple “a temple of rats'' ..and if you are lucky enough you can spot white rat also. While we were discussing this exceptional temple, we met a guy, a stuntman who showed us breathtaking stunts on his Bajaj Discover...What a talent this place has !!! Just Wowwww..!! With our bag full of wonder, we left to see Junagarh fort of Bikaner. Junagarh Fort is a mixture of beautiful architecture and depicts amazing engineering techniques that were used back then. At around 1600 hrs we left for Salasar to visit the Balaji temple. This is the only day of the trip when we have to ride late at night to reach the destination but we enjoyed it though I was scared of ghosts of Rajasthan…We arrived at Salasar at 2100hrs and after getting freshen up we left for night Aarti at the temple. The positive vibes of the temple can just calm your mind and the soothing music of the drums played in Aarti will relax your body and soul. Such a refreshing time …and we slept to conclude the trip.
Day 5 - Salasar Balaji - Roorkee (475 km)
And finally, we reached our home at 5 PM and took back with our a bag of endless memories we had on this wonderful trip. The only word I have for this place is “Rajasthan - Full of Surprises”.
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