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Old 1st December 2012, 16:20   #1
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Am planning to visit Rann (both) in december this year by road from Delhi with another friend who will be on his bike. Need your advise on best routes and a final itenarary. Bike is RE Classic 350. Here are dates. Have been to Leh earlier and driven so driving long rides is not a pain, but love it. can even extend and come back by 30th.

22nd Dec, 2012 - Start early morning from Delhi, and try to reach Mt Abu
23rd - Mt Abu to LR
24th - LR to Greater Rann
25th - GR to Daman
26th - Stay in Daman
27th - Stay in Daman
28th - Start from Daman back to Delhi, and stay enroute
29th - Reach Delhi

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After a long time since we last met at leh trip.

Great Rann to Daman can be a bit of ask. If you meant Diu, then it can be done. Otherwise you will have to break it.

You are not giving yourself anytime in great rann. There's white rann (Kutch festival is around the corner), Lakhpat fort, India Gate,which i think is a must.

Delhi to Mount Abu: Do it via Kishangarh > Chittorgarh > Bhilwara > Udaipur > Mount Abu. The roads are fantastic, but it will be around 12 hours of drive. So do starts real early.

And why don't you include Gir (if Diu is on cards)

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Yes abbey4u, that has been a long time indeed.Why dont we catch up during this period indeed.
1. Yes I was wanting to visit Daman & Diu, but if Daman is not possible, or would take more time, I would rather drop it and visit Diu only
2. Oops, I missed this. Yes, would definitely want to be a part of festival. So, does this look feasible:

22nd Dec, 2012 - Start early morning from Delhi, and try to reach Mt Abu
23rd - Mt Abu to LR
24th- Stay in LR (Have to catch up Rann festival)
24th - LR to Greater Rann
25th - Stay in GR (Lakpat Fort, India gate)
26th - GR to Diu
27th - Stay in Diu
28th - Start from Diu back to Delhi, and stay enroute
29th - Reach Delhi
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Hi,

Specifically considering that you have a biker following you, your plans seem rushed.

While it can be OK doing 900+ kms in a day in a car. On a bullet, it'll be a different ball game altogether for him.

The Rann Utsav is held in the Greater Rann of Kutch. Details can be found here : http://gis.gujarattourism.com/

Would recommend skipping Diu if Rann is your priority. You can easily complete Kutch in the timeframe you have given.
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Old 5th December 2012, 19:36   #5
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Hi cutdcrap,

As Jay pointed out above, the Rann festival is held in the GRK. also, I was told that the last week is sold out (accommodation part, that is). As an aside, you can consider the following route that google maps wouldnt show you:

Day 1- Delhi - jodhpur (usual NH8 mess but post Beawar, it's a good two lane highway to Jodhpur).

Day 2 - From jodhpur go to Pachpadra (on barmer road), then take the rajasthan mega highway's Phalodi to Ramji ki gol alignment. Gmaps doesnt have a location for Ramji ki Gol but the point where SH28 cuts NH15, that's where you'd emerge. Plot the following on GMaps: Jodhpur>>Pachpadra>>Sanchore>>Bhuj.

Gmaps correctly plots this route and shows that the route will pass through Balotra, Sindri and Sanchore. These are the newest roads of Rajasthan (completed in 2010 and are a pleasure to drive / ride on - though somewhat desolate.

We had taken a part of this route and the photos are on my blog here: http://stalenews.blogspot.in/ (there's a report about diwali trip 2011). I started a TR about it here but then lost steam midway.

This way both your legs are split evenly in terms of ride time and distance (600 km each).

The route is also less busy than the Pali route to get to Abu Road. The Chittor route is also less busy but it's longer AFAIK.

Hope this helps

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p.s. note to mods: I've included my blog link in this post, hope that's OK as i didnt see anything to the contrary in posting guidelines.
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Thanks Vaibhav and Bapu. Here is what we plan to do, will finalize tomorrow with my colleague Vivek who is accompanying me on the trip.

Plan 1
22nd Dec, 2012 - Start early morning from Delhi, and reach Jodhpur
23rd - Jodhpur to Bhuj
24th- Stay in Bhuj (For Local sighteseeing - Banni Villages, and getting permits for Dhordo, Khavda, Kalo Dungar, Dholavira and India Bridge)
25th Bhuj Khavda Vigakot Border Post - Kalo Dungar - Dhordo
26th - Stay in Dhordo
27th Dhordo Lakhpat Koteshwar - Narayan Sarovar - Bhuj
28th Bhuj Dholavira - Radhanpur
29th Radhanpur - Ajmer
30th Ajmer Delhi

Plan 2
22nd Dec, 2012 - Start early morning from Delhi, and reach Jodhpur
23rd - Jodhpur to Radhanpur
24th Radhanpur Dholavira - Bhuj
25th- Stay in Bhuj (For Local sighteseeing - Banni Villages, and getting permits for Dhordo, Khavda, Kalo Dungar, Dholavira and India Bridge)
26th Bhuj Khavda Vigakot Border Post - Kalo Dungar - Dhordo
27th - Stay in Dhordo
28th Dhordo Lakhpat Koteshwar - Narayan Sarovar - Bhuj
29th Bhuj Somnath
29th Somnath - Gir
30th Gir Diu
31st Diu Udaipur
1st Udaipur - Delhi

Meanwhile, a visit to Karol Bagh, Royal Enfield delaer for a bike checkup + brand new Motul synthetic engine oil tanked up and I am almost sorted with the stuff I need to carry. Saddle bag and foot pump also ready.
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I will be traveling to bhuj too with my wife and kids.
My plan is:-
22nd night Sonipat>> Jaisalmer
23-24-25 evening Jaisalmer and its surroundings
25th evening to 26th Morning Jaisalmer>> Bhuj
26-27-28-29 Bhuj and its surroundings.
29th evening 30th morning Bhuj >> Jaipur
30th-31st Jaipur
1st Jan back home.

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Hi

I am logging in after a long time!

I would be planning a trip to Bhuj from Delhi. Can someone help me with the following info:

1. Road route with distances and travel time
2. Food halts and Petrol pumps enroute
3. I will be driving by night. Is this a safe route by night?
4. Road condition.

Thanks in anticipation, this forum has always been of immense help and have also tried to help when possible
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SOME ADVICE PLEASE!! I am planning to go on a tour to Rajhasthan and Gujrat. My tentative route will be Dehi, sikar, Fatehpur, Bikaner, Phalodi, Pokhran, Jaisalmer,Jodhpur, Barmer, Tharad, (Bhuj and Little Kutch, Greater Kutch), Morbi, Jamnagar, Dwarka, Porbander, Veraval, Somnath, Diu, and return to delhi from Diu would be Junagadh, Rajkot, Ahemedabad, Himmat nagar, Udaipur, Nathdwara, Ranakpur, Kumbhalgarh, Ajmer and finally DELHI.

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Hi BHPians,

Wish you all a very Happy New Year!

Planning a trip to Rann of Kutch in 2nd half of Feb for about 10 days. Since, I've not covered Udaipur & Mt. Abu yet, plan to cover these as well.

No. of People - 2 (me & my fiance)
Vehicle - Swift VDI @ 92K run (2012 model). No mods; all stock accessories. All 4 running Tyres were changed once at 50K from Apollo 3G (OE) to Conti CC5.

Tentative plan mentioned below has been made basis knowledge gained from travelogues of fellow experienced BHPians.

Day 1 - Delhi to Udaipur (Delhi-Jaipur-Nasirabad-Bhilwara-Chittorgarh-Udaipur)
Day 2 - Udaipur sightseeing
Day 3 - Udaipur to Bhuj (Udaipur-Ahmedabad(via NH48)-Bhuj(via NH947-NH27-SH42))
Day 4 - Bhuj local sightseeing (if anything is worth, otherwise if any permits need to be arranged)
Day 5 - Bhuj-Dhordo (Greater Rann of Kutch till sunset). Stay in one of the mud hut options (suggestions please)
Day 6 - Dhordo-Border-Bhuj (Is it possible to go till the border? I've done the Jaisalmer one. And plan to come back to Bhuj is feasible? Please recommend a better option)
Day 7 - Bhuj-Mt Abu (Suggestions on route)
Day 8 - Mt Abu local
Day 9 - Mt. Abu-Delhi (Suggestions on route)

Also, I'm an enthusiast photographer so if there would be birding opportunities nearby depending upon their migrating season, then I would love to explore the same.

This is an outline plan that I've created after going through several travelogues, however, most of them were older than 3-4 years. It will be great if I can get some updated status/suggestions/recommendations.

Also, all suggestions on vehicle & safety precautions to be taken during the trip will be highly appreciated

Thanks in advance,
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Some proposed changes,

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Day 1 - Delhi to Udaipur (Delhi-Jaipur-Nasirabad-Bhilwara-Chittorgarh-Udaipur)
Continue to Ajmer - Beawar - Udaipur instead of taking left from Kishangarh towards Bhilwara. This route is shorter and almost 6 laned till Beawar now.

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Day 3 - Udaipur to Bhuj (Udaipur-Ahmedabad(via NH48)-Bhuj(via NH947-NH27-SH42))
You don't need to go to Ahmedabad to reach Bhuj, take Sirohi - AbuRoad- Palanpur- Deesa- Samakhiyali

https://www.google.ca/maps/dir/Bhuj,...d24.585445!3e0

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Bhuj-Mt Abu
Mt. Abu-Delhi
You can come via the same route in return. You don't need to go to Udaipur, from Sirohi Road - continue towards Pali - Beawar - Ajmer - Jaipur

I have never gone past towards Rann from Bhuj so can't suggest beyond, not sure what do you mean by Border? If you are looking at something like Wagah so nothing rather the nearest land border will be beyond lakhpat I believe. You can go to Mandavi beach if you want from Bhuj and come via Gandhidham to Samakheyli on return.

https://www.google.ca/maps/dir/Bhuj,...26.9124336!3e0

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No. of People - 2 (me & my fiance)
If you are sharing your rooms, don't mention as friend or fiance in Hotels ( wifey only)

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Day 6 - Dhordo-Border-Bhuj (Is it possible to go till the border? I've done the Jaisalmer one. And plan to come back to Bhuj is feasible? Please recommend a better option)

Thanks in advance,
GK
Couple of years back (2011-2012) you could go to the border post of Vigakot. You will have to take permission from BSF office in Bhuj. I think permit used to take one day in those times.
The road to Vigakot is elevated and built on the Rann and was rather rough. You will also have to deposit your cameras at the India bridge some 45 kms before the border post.

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Some proposed changes,

Continue to Ajmer - Beawar - Udaipur instead of taking left from Kishangarh towards Bhilwara. This route is shorter and almost 6 laned till Beawar now.

You don't need to go to Ahmedabad to reach Bhuj, take Sirohi - AbuRoad- Palanpur- Deesa- Samakhiyali
Thank you for your suggestions on this route Sir!

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You can come via the same route in return. You don't need to go to Udaipur, from Sirohi Road - continue towards Pali - Beawar - Ajmer - Jaipur
Planning to visit Mt Abu as well, however, not yet finalised. Will keep it dynamic.

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I have never gone past towards Rann from Bhuj so can't suggest beyond, not sure what do you mean by Border? If you are looking at something like Wagah so nothing rather the nearest land border will be beyond lakhpat I believe. You can go to Mandavi beach if you want from Bhuj and come via Gandhidham to Samakheyli on return.
Not looking for a tourist spot like Wagah. Did my first border post visit at Jaisalmer and loved the feeling there. A desire to visit all possible border posts of India was born and hence, following to fulfill the same on this trip.
Thanks for other suggestions!

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If you are sharing your rooms, don't mention as friend or fiance in Hotels ( wifey only)
Advice acknowledged and appreciated Sir.

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Couple of years back (2011-2012) you could go to the border post of Vigakot. You will have to take permission from BSF office in Bhuj. I think permit used to take one day in those times.
The road to Vigakot is elevated and built on the Rann and was rather rough. You will also have to deposit your cameras at the India bridge some 45 kms before the border post.
Thank you for your insights Sir. I'll figure that out and update the forum on the necessary requirements and open routes once I visit.

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