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Day 3 Driving from Surat to Ajmer
Thursday, July 19th, 2012

By Sudha Mathew

Playing “fetch” with a friendly dog called Bijli in the overgrown garden at the 100-year-old Ajmer Bungalow is one of the highlights of the road trip so far.

It’s the morning of Day 4 and we finally got an 8-hour night of sleep. We have been getting only about 6 hours since we left and by last night both of us were in bad shape. Though I complained about it when I was dead on my feet, I really can’t make myself regret the trip. It really is something that you make only once in a lifetime.

Rains in Karnataka

We started off with lush greenery through Karnataka and Maharashtra and drove through a bit of rain the first day to halt at Hubli for the night. The next day we continued with pleasant weather and no rains through Maharashtra. The most scenic part of the trip so far was the Khandala section on the Pune-Mumbai expressway. Neon green hills covered with moss, clouds floating just a little above us and mist in the distance remains etched in my memory. We bypassed Mumbai but even then the traffic on the outskirts of the city was quite heavy. We crossed over to green and brown Gujarat and stayed the night at Surat. I usually find something good about any place but Surat is a hellhole.  Awful traffic and very few road signs in an extremely congested and unkempt city. The only redeeming quality was the delicious food. Try a Gujarati thali and you will realise that nobody but nobody makes better vegetarian food.  By the next afternoon we were finally in dry but majestic Rajasthan. Looking at the rugged mountainous terrain, the better half remarked that all the tales of Rajput valour that he had read in school were coming back to him. Finally we reached Ajmer and checked into the Ajmer Bungalow. This homestay with its charming old-world hospitality by Naveen Capoor reminded me again how much I prefer staying in places like this rather than hotels.

Green road in Maharashtra

There’s something about road travel that connects you with a country in a way that nothing else can. One of the insights that I had during the long road journey was how sheltered and insulated we city dwellers are with our regular water supply, electricity, police and healthcare facilities. A tiny house with a cowshed in the middle of nowhere has no security against thieves, dacoits and natural disasters. They probably have no choice but there must be a certain quality of resilience to do that for a lifetime.

Hilltop castle in Rajasthan

Trip Stats

  • Day 1 Distance from Bangalore to Hubli is 425 kms
  • Driving time – 6 hours
  • Day 2 Distance from Hubli to Surat is 861 kms
  • Driving time – 15 hours (crazy!)
  • Day 3 Distance from Surat to Ajmer is 831 kms
  • Driving time – 13 hours (mad!)

Cheers

Sudha


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Posted by Sudha at 7:57 pm
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  • mahesh

    June 7, 2015

    nice…………………………good……….

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The wise man travels to discover himself - JR Lowell

 

My name is Sudha Mathew. I'm an ex-banker who quit the rat race after a decade to follow my passion for travel and to combine it with my experience in understanding client requirements and exceeding their expectations.

 

While our content is mostly about the holiday experience, the accommodation and services, there's so much more to a journey. I have discovered a whole new me through travel. So I've reserved this corner of the website to share the unexpected aspects of travel. This space is also to hear from you about your journeys and discoveries. Bon Voyage!

 
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