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Plan:
Winter Vacations are always the best time to enjoy a road trip that to a mega road trip from one end of the country to the other. We started planning in November and made our itinerary in such a way that 31st Night we spend in a desert.
31st Night 2012: Spent in Gulmarg
31st Night 2013: Spent in Darjeeling
31st Night 2014: Planned to spend it in Jaisalmer


The itinerary was fixed:
Day 1: 26-12-14 Asansol to Agra 1085 kms
Day 2: 27-12-14 Agra to Devgarh 512 kms
Day 3: 28-12-14 Devgarh to Udaipur via Kumbhalgarh Fort 180 kms
Day 4: 29-12-14 Udaipur to Mt Abu and back to Udaipur 320 kms
Day 5: 30-12-14 Udaipur to Pokhran 476 kms
Day 6: 31-12-14 Pokhran to Jaisalmer and Indo Pak Border 111+ kms
Day 7: 01-01-15 Jaisalmer to Jaipur 612 kms
Day 8: 02-01-15 Jaipur Day Tour and drive to Agra via Bhangarh Fort
Day 9: 03-01-15 Agra to Asansol 1085 kms

Booking were done online using Rajasthan Tourism Website a month before the trip.

Few Pictures from our trip as introduction

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The Taj Mahal
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On the way to Kumbhalgarh Fort
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Near Kumbhalgarh Fort
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Udaipur Lake
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Udaipur City Palace
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On the way to Mt Abu from Udaipur
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On route to Jaisalmer
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On route to Jaisalmer
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Sonar Killa
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Sam Dunes
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Sam Dunes
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Ajmer Fort, Jaipur
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Bhangarh Fort

On 20-12-14 got a chance to meet Partha da (psurelia) who was traveling to Jamshedpur along with his wife and sweet daughter. The Safari Storme 4x4 reaches Asansol in style. We spend some happy moments near NH 2 Asansol Bypass and then he moved on.
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Team-bhp member Siddartha da (Me_sid) was the next to pass through Asansol. He was also on his road trip to Rajasthan in his XUV 500. Called him and arranged a short highway meet on 21-12-14 at 7:00 am. We shared our plans over a fag and gave him best wishes for his trip.
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My wife and I were the last one to sign off for our road trip. Watching all my friends and seniors of team-bhp drive past Asansol made me all the more excited. Next was Sabyasachi da (XetaGLGRocks) and Shuvojoy da (shuvc) to pass Asansol. They were driving to Amritsar and Himachal. They started their trip on 23rd Dec. Again we arranged a highway meet on NH 2 and shared some tips over a cup of tea.
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Sid da and Saby da were continuously keeping me updated about the status of fog. So before I could get on the road I had an idea of what I was about to face. On 24th Dec I added four fog lights to my Figo.
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Few important things that we packed for our Mega Road Trip:
1)Towing Rope
2)Tools
3)Pliers
4)Hammer
5)Tyre inflator
6)Tyre pressure gauge
7)Jump start cable
8)Extra set of fuse
9)Anti fog spray (very essential)
10)Route plan
11)Engine oil 1ltr
12)Brake oil 500ml
13)Steering oil 500ml
14)Coolant 500 ml
15)All car documents (1 set original and 3 set Xerox)
16)Hotel booking vouchers and contact numbers

ROUTE MAP: Total Drive of 5031 kms in 9 days
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Nice intros. I wish I had known that you were the "official host" of Team-BHP at Asansol. Would have piled on the tips and chai when I passed by last month

This is some serious drive . 5000 odd kms in 9 days and a fair amount of sightseeing thrown in. Looking forward to your travelogue.
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THE DAY: 26-12-2014

We had our breakfast before start so that on the way we don’t halt before lunch. Keeping in mind 1085 kms we wanted to start at 3:00 am but woke up late and finally hopped into the car at 5:00 am.
We had our lunch after crossing Allahabad bypass. Please keep in mind to refuel your vehicle as there are no refuelling stations along the bypass. We cooked our lunch using my newly acquired Portable Stove.
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Note: Lots of Diversions between Kanpur and Etawah. We were stuck between slow moving trucks in one of the diversion near Kanpur. After crossing Kanpur the right rear tyre got punctured. Changed the tyre with the spare tyre and drove on.

We reached Agra at 10:00 pm and checked in at Rahi Tourist Bungalow. I was overjoyed with the performance of my Figo. My longest drive in a single day was done in 16 hrs 30 mins.
We ordered our dinner and after dinner went to bed.

Asansol to Agra 1085 kms, Start time 05:00 AM and reach time 10:30 PM
Travel time: 15 hrs 30 mins and break time 1hr 30 mins
Travel through NH 2 Total Toll Tax paid: Rs.1,150/-
Stay at Rahi Tourist Bungalow AC Double Bed Rs. 1,200/-

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Day 2: 27-12-2014

Agra Day Tour

1) Agra Fort Parking Rs.50/-
2) Agra Fort Entry ticket Rs. 20/-
3) Taj Mahal Parking Rs. 80/-
4) Taj Mahal Entry Rs. 40/-

Woke up at 7:00 am and got ready to visit Agra Fort.
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Figo parked in Rahi Tourist Bungalow, Agra

Enjoyed at Agra Fort for around 2 hours. Then went to the Taj Mahal. There was a long queue outside the ticket counter. Got the tickets and went through the checking process. Took some shots of the Taj Mahal.

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Near Agra Fort Parking
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Agra Fort
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Diwan-e-aam
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The Taj Mahal
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After visiting the Taj went to the tyre shop and got the puncture repaired. Left Agra at 2:00 pm and drove to Jaipur which was 200 kms through NH 11. Jaipur City also known as the Pink City had mad traffic. Took us 2 hours to cross Jaipur and get on NH 8 for Devgarh.
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We had our lunch at a road side dhaba. The road to Devgarh bypassing Ajmer has some great road side dhabas with great food. We had our dinner early at 8:30 PM after crossing Ajmer.
After crossing Barar the highway becomes two lane so one needs to be extra careful. The highway till Barar from Jaipur is 6 lane and super smooth.
Reached Devgarh at 10:30 pm and checked in at Motel Devgarh run by RTDC.

Distance Travelled: 512 kms
Travel Time: 7hrs 30 mins Break time: 1 hour
Toll Tax Paid: Rs. 370/-
Checked in at Motel Devgarh, Rajsamand-Ajmer Road, Devgarh Rs. 600/- DBR

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Day 3: 28-12-2014

Enjoyed the sunrise at Devgarh and checked out from Devgarh after having tea at 9:30 am.
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Drove along NH 8 then took the right after crossing Gomati River to take the SH 16. Near Charbhuja Choraya Mandir took the left to get on SH 49. At Majhera single lane road towards right leads to Kumbhalgarh Fort.
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On the way to Kumbhalgarh

Reached Kumbhalgarh Fort at 11:00 am and enjoyed the whole afternoon there. The fort is huge with lots of embedded history.
Kumbhalgarh Fort Parking : Rs. 20/-
Entry Ticket: Rs. 10/-
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After enjoying Kumbhalgarh drove straight to Udaipur.
Route taken was SH 32 and then NH 76. Distance between Kumbhalgarh to Udaipur is 100 kms
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Checked in at Anand Bhawan RTDC at 3:00 PM.

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Anand Bhawan RTDC, Udaipur
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View from the lawn of Anand Bhawan

In the evening went to the Lake View Point and enjoyed the Sunset. City Palace was closed so had to squeeze it in next day’s itinerary.
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Sunset at Udaipur Lake
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Jag Mandir, Udaipur
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Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur
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Fateh Sagar Lake, Udaipur

Distance Travelled: 178 kms
Travel Time: 6hrs Tour time: 3 hour
Toll Tax Paid: Rs. 0/-
Checked in at Hotel Anand Bhawan RSHCL, Fateh Sagar Road, Udaipur - 313 001 (India) Rs. 1,900/- DBR
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Day 4: 29-12-2014

Next day woke up early to enjoy the Sunrise view from Anand Bhawan Lawn. The temperature was around 3 deg C. Enjoyed the pleasant morning walk along with a cup of hot tea.
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Breakfast was complimentary. After Breakfast drove to City Palace. City Palace opens for tourist at 9:00 AM we were in the ticket counter at 8:45 am. Got the first tickets.
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Cars from 5 different states parked together.
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Entry Fee: Rs. 115/-
Parking Fee: Rs.55/-
Camera Fee: Rs. 225/-
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The feel of driving into the fort was excellent with guards opening the huge gates for our car and giving a salute. After enjoying the palace we drove to Mt Abu which was 160 kms away.
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NH 14
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Mt Abu Lake
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Mt Abu Sunset Point

Reached Mt Abu at 01:00 PM. The hill station of Rajasthan was crowded with tourist and was dirty. Walked around the Lake and went to the sunset point. Reached Udaipur at 6:30 pm. My wife did some shopping and we had Rajasthan special dinner at Park View Hotel.
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Day 5: 30-12-2014

Woke up at 8:00 am and after breakfast checked out of Anand Bhawan and drove to Pokhran via NH 65 and NH 14 bypassing Jodhpur. It was 6 lane highway till Jodhpur and then it was 2 lane till Pokhran.
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Reached Pokhran at 4:00 PM and checked in Motel Pokhran. The room was good and the best part was that I could park my car near the room. The compound of the motel was huge. We enjoyed the evening and went to a local market for some window shopping.
Total Distance: 446 kms
Total Travel time: 6hrs 30 mins with 45 mins break
Toll Tax Paid: Rs.175/-
Hotel Pokaran, Jodhpur - Jaisalmer-Bikaner Road, Pokaran for Rs.1200/- DBR

Day 6: 31-12-2014

Last day of the year and we drove to Indo-Pak Border.
We checked out of Motel Pokhran and drove off to Tanot Mata Mandir via Jaisalmer.
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Indira Gandhi Canal

At 12:00 PM drove back to Jaisalmer and checked in at Hotel Moomal RTDC. Had our lunch and drove off to Jaisalmer Fort popularly known as Sonar Killa.
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View of Golden City from Sonar Killa
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Enjoyed the visit to the fort and then drove off to Sam Dunes to view the Sunset. Sam Dunes is 40 kms from Jaisalmer. The road was good and we reached at 4:30 PM. Booked a camel ride and then waited at the top of a dune to view the setting sun. It was way too windy and temperature was around 8-9 deg C.
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Took some photos and then after sunset went to Gadisar Lake.
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At 7:00 pm we drove back to Moomal. RTDC had organised a cultural program on the occasion of new year's eve.
We welcomed 2015 with bonfire and dance.
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Hotel Moomal, Sam Road, Jaisalmer for Rs. 3,000/- Hut AP Plan

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Day 7: 1-1-15

Checked out of Hotel Moomal at 10:30 am and drove to Jaipur. Reached Jaipur at 8:05 PM.
Toll Tax Paid: Rs.95/-.
Total Kms: 612 kms
Total Time Taken: 9 hrs 30 mins Break Time: 1 hr 30 mins
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From Jaisalmer we took the NH 114 to Jodhpur Bypass and then connected to NH 112. Drove all the way to Barr and took a tea break at RTDC Barr Motel. NH 14 connects to Beawar. From Beawar bypass took NH 8 to Jaipur. After we reached Jaipur we checked in at Hotel Teej run by RTDC.
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RTDC Hotel Teej: Rs.1,400/- DBR.

1st day of the year ends with a drive across Rajasthan.

Day 8: 02-01-15

We had booked RTDC Day tour online for Rs. 300/- each. The cab arrived at 8:00 am, it was a rattling Tata Sumo. We visited Birla Mandir, Hawa Mahal, Albert Hall, Jantar Mantar, Man Sagar Lake and Amber Fort.

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Birla Mandir, Jaipur

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Hawa Mahal

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Jantar Mantar, Jaipur

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Man Sagar Lake, Jaipur

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Albert Hall, Jaipur

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Check out the way the cars are parked in Amber Fort
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CCD within the fort
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Amber Fort, Jaipur
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At 1:00 pm we went back to the hotel and checked out after having lunch. We had Bhangarh Fort in our minds.

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We drove along NH 11 and the near Dausa took the left for Bhangarh. The road from Dausa to Bhangarh was patchy and I could drive at an average speed of 50 kmph. At 4:00 pm reached Bhangarh Fort. We had an hour and a half to enjoy as after sunset no one is allowed within the fort. The Fort being one of the world’s most haunted fort proved itself just when we were about to leave the compound. Clouds from nowhere covered the whole fort and visibility became near zero.
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Wifey posing infront of the entrance of the Fort
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BHANGARH FORT, ONE OF THE WORLD'S MOST HAUNTED PLACE
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We got foul smell in these corridors, haunted they seemed!
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View of the compound from the top of the fort
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Aaj Tak survey found the most negative energy near this water body
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Notice the Temples were not destroyed
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Notice how the clouds covered the whole fort

Wikipedia: There are two legends narrated to the history of the fort city which is reported to be haunted and no one is allowed to remain the precincts of the fort at night as per a notice board put up by the Archaeological Survey of India at the entrance.
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One version of the legend is that a sadhu named Baba Balanath lived within the fort area. It was his injunction that any houses built in the precincts of the fort should not be taller than his house and in case the shadow of any such house falling on his house would result in destruction of the fort town.

In another version, Singhiya, the wizard who was adept in black magic fell in love with Ratnavati, the princess of Bhangarh who was very beautiful and had suitors to marry her from many royal families of the country. One day while the princess, 18 years of age, went shopping with her friends and was buying Ittar (scent). The wizard saw this and replaced the scent with some potion in order to ensnare the princess. He offered the potion to her so that she took a liking for him and marry him. However, the princess saw through the wizard's trickery and when he offered her the bowl of potion, she threw it on a big boulder nearby and as a result the boulder started rolling down towards the wizard and crushed him. Before he died he cursed that Bhangarh would be destroyed soon and no one will be able to live within its precincts. Subsequent to the curse Bhangarh Fort was invaded by the Mughals from the north and the city was surrounded and sacked; 10,000 people lived in the fort city at that time. All the people in the fort including the princess were killed. The present state of the fort is attributed to the curse of the wizard and people believe the ghosts in the fort are that of the princess and the wizard. Since that day, it is believed that paranormal activities take place here during the nights. Some deaths have been reported due to these paranormal activities too. There are sayings that some of the people's spirit surrounds the boundary of the fort as no one can enter the premises. The princess's spirit has been forcefully abducted by the wizard.


Jaipur to Bhangrah Fort: 86 kms
Bhangarh Fort to Agra: 209 kms
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Reached Agra at 9:00 pm and checked in at Rahi Tourist Bungalow.

Day 9: 03-01-15

Last day of our trip and we woke up late. Had 1085 kms to drive back and still we were relaxed. Checked out of the hotel at 9:00 am. Had our lunch in a road side dhaba before Allahabad bypass.

At 2 in the afternoon visibility was around 20 mtr due to dense fog. I had to drive cautiously maintaining a speed on 40 kmph. Reached Topchachi at 11:00 pm and had a sumptuous dinner. Reach home at 1:30 am. Total time taken was 16 hrs.
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All through our return journey it was raining. Next day took these photos of my Figo.
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This is one heck of a drive! You did a commendable job. With such a hectic schedule am sure many will back off if they do not have a back up driver!

The photo's you shared are beautiful and the details you have provided are more than enough for a person to take on a road trip to Rajasthan. Over all an excellent travelogue. This travelogue definitely deserves 5* and i have put my ratings.

Thanks a lot for sharing.
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Whatta trip !! 5000 kms in 9 days is some serious driving, that too in winter with low visibility !! Nice pictures there.

The Bhangarh Fort thing always interests me. Nice to see you guys go inside and explore during daylight !! Must be a chilling experience

What are those Fog Lights installed on your ride ? Never such such ones earlier.
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Wonderfully narrated travelogue.

Can you please give details of the portable stove you used?
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Whatta trip !! 5000 kms in 9 days is some serious driving, that too in winter with low visibility !! Nice pictures there.

The Bhangarh Fort thing always interests me. Nice to see you guys go inside and explore during daylight !! Must be a chilling experience

What are those Fog Lights installed on your ride ? Never such such ones earlier.
Thanks a lot Samba, Soumyajit and Sumit for your comments.

The fog lamps were purchased from car accessories shop for Rs. 300/- each and wire and switch for around Rs. 150/-.

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I also change the stock headlight bulbs with Osram Night Breaker Unlimited
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Wonderfully narrated travelogue.

Can you please give details of the portable stove you used?
The portable stove that I used was purchased online from ebay.in.
Mentioned below is the link:

http://www.ebay.in/itm/Portable-Camp...item43d46c4023

The stove works on Butane canisters/Propane canisters. Butane canisters are not readily available hence I used Propane canisters. Refilling cost of one canister is Rs. 35/-. It is advisable to use Butane canisters. One cartridge last for around 3 hours of continuous cooking.
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Excellent trip and a beautiful travelogue. Remind me of my trip during the 2013 puja. kudos for the excellent snaps.
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