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Old 11th December 2017, 20:54   #1
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Hi comrades,

I am sure many of you must be eyeing on this thread for updates and rather waiting eagerly for a glimpse, so let me pen it down before giving it a chance to fade.

While we all were set and the count down had already begun, the D-day finally came, with a couple of back-offs at the eleventh hour. After all, everyone has priorities. That said, BHPian sinharishi had just got engaged. Congrats man! but we missed your touch in this meet. BHPian Metropolis had some official priorities baring him to join as well. Moreover, we to had our schedules and priorities coming in our way and thus decided to flag off in 3 batches on Dec 1st.

We let our riders(BHPian Deeps & BHPian Traveller Nayak) leave early to make the most of the day light. Followed by BHPian Ashir, BHPian sunejarahul & BHPian Samar117 leaving Gurgaon in the afternoon, while BHPian sameerg001, BHPian balayogesh & BHPian Nohonking leaving late in the evening. Hats-off to BHPian sameerg001 for his commitment to attend this meet, coming from Chennai after a week agreed to be picked up directly from the airport without even meeting his family. Wow!

Thus, the day 1 was more of a 'split meet' where each group had this day spent and enjoyed differently. Here's how it was...
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The Day 2:

We all had decided to see eachother down at the hotel restaurant at 8:00 am. BHPian Jalajprakash had already showed in the hotel reception at 7:30 am.

The rendezvous had just begun
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The first formal group picture at the Hotel Country Inn.
From L to R: BHPian Deeps, BHPian Jalajprakash, BHPian Traveller Nayak, BHPian Nohonking, BHPian Ashir, BHPian sameerg001, BHPian sunejarahul, BHPian balayogesh & BHPian Samar117
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It was a bright sunny day as we started off for Jodhpur at about 09:40 am. For some of us this was the first leg of the journey under the sun!
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...And soon an unpleasant scene! When will our roads be more safe? Hoping there weren't any casualties, we head further.
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Couldn't resist this landscape. While the rest had rushed ahead, we halted for a pose!
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Enroute to Jodhpur! Leading BHPian sunejarahul in S-Cross, followed by BHPian Jalajprakash & BHPian sameerg001 in Skoda Laura. Picture courtesy of BHPian Samar117 sitting shotgun with BHPian Ashir in Baleno.
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Our riders - BHPian Traveller Nayak & BHPian Deeps were familiar with the routes and took the longer but the best route. BHPian Nohonking took a shorter route to encounter some bad stretches. Others took yet another route and were lost.

Sometime or the other we all have faced this situation on the highways. Relying on the Google maps & lost! This was just another instance!
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The beds were waiting! By 02:00 pm we all did check in Hotel Niky International, Jodhpur.
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But there was something special we quickly did rush for...
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Waiting eagerly to pamper our taste buds!
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Authentic Rajasthani platter comprising 32 sumptuous items. BHPian Traveller Nayak has rated this as the second best 'thali' he ever had.
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Next we headed for a guided tour of 'Blue city' through Mehrangarh Fort.
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A scaled down layout of Mehrangarh Fort.
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The soothing musical Rajasthan folk notes - Padhaaro mhaare des...
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View of the 'Blue city' from the fort.
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Spotted this well maintained classic Maruti Suzuki SS80 - The car that had put India on wheels!
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Posing BHPian sunejarahul!
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The fort.
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Posing BHPian balayogesh!
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...And a quick selfie picture as we walk down the fort wearing our T-BHP hoodies to enter the 'Blue city' - BHPian Nohonking, BHPian Traveller Nayak, BHPian Samar117 & BHPian Ashir.
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Pigeons flocking up above!
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The two ancient 'sarovar' (water body) adjacent to the fort.
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BHPian Samar117 enjoying videography!
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The 'Blue city' starts, the moment the fort finishes!
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...To be continued

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And we continued to walk amidst the blue walls.
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Denizen kids finding happiness in their own way.
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The traditional art!
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As advised by our guide, this is supposedly the oldest 'bauli' (source of water) in Jodhpur. Unfortunately not being given the importance it deserves.
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They say Incredible India! Hence proved.
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Wondering while wandering!
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To find this familiar classic mobike parked at a corner of the street. "Forever bike, Forever value" - the punch line of Yezdi seems true!
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And then we happened to meet the "BHP of dessert". Got BHP?
By the way, a trip to the state of Rajasthan is incomplete without the sight of a camel.
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BHPian Traveller Nayak & we posed along the blue walls before the dusk and our exit to the main roads.
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Admiring the jumbo sized moon up above in the clear blue sky, we walked back towards the car park.
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Glittering view of the town at dusk from the fort!
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Gulab Sagar Lake in the evening!
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The Ota restaurant, where we had our dinner amidst the lake view coupled with a healthy car talk. BHPian Jalajprakash was all planned to modify his 160 horses Skoda Laura to a whooping 300 horses!
Thanks to BHPian Traveller Nayak for suggestion and BHPian sameerg001 for booking our table in days in advance.
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L to R: BHPian Deeps, BHPian sameerg001 & BHPian Nohonking.
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On the lighter side, let me quote the words of BHPian Traveller Nayak "sameerg001 is eyeing Deeps 'paneer'. Meanwhile Nohonking was cajoled to join the boys for dinner and samar117 thinking what is sameerg001 up to..."
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Yet another random click at the dinner table.
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A marvelous ancient 'bauli' worth a few moments before we finally headed back to our hotel!
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The Day 3:

After a sound sleep and a heavy buffet breakfast at the hotel, it was about 08:45 am when we were all set for a 600+ km drive/ride back to our homes.
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Lets first have a group picture!
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A quick breather!
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Ride after ride BHPian Traveller Nayak & BHPian Deeps - This exemplary partnership is built over some strong determination, commitment, trust, an understood common pace and a lot more. Hats-off!
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And miles to go...
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"The click of the drive" title.
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Lunch halt at Highway King at the outer skirts of Jaipur.
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While BHPian Jalajprakash was merely 20 minutes away from his home, we all still had some 300 kms to go!
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Finally by 09:45 pm and a trip of about 1250 km we all did reach our homes safely. It was yet another amazing drive besides being an excellent opportunity to know each other. In the words of BHPian Deeps for each one of us who participated in this winter meet:

"Traveller Nayak: You're the natural leader of our wolfpack and its not because of your age. So effortlessly you keep us cohesive and focused. And its always so much fun riding alongside you.

Nohonking: You're an amazing person and an awesome human being. Not many people are as selfless as you.

yogeshbala: You're always a sport and I am really glad you don't let language become a barrier. Its a pleasure having you around.

sameerg001: Thanks a lot for taking the lead in organizing this trip and handling the money matters - which is neither easy nor fun. I pulled your leg a lot but everything was in good humour and I hope you took it like that.

Ashir: You should speak up more.

Jalajprakash: Fun hearing your stories and you're a real nice kid, though the idea of you calling 'Sameer bhaiya' is still a little unbelievable. It makes me feel really old. Lets catch up soon when you're in Delhi.

sunejarahul: Good meeting you for the first time and I hope you drop in more often now.

Samar117: Have known you the longest in this group and it was good travelling with you after over 2 years."



Thank you Team-BHP for this excellent platform enabling us like-minded folks to mingle. Thank you everyone in the meet for making it a grand success. Cheers!

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Super pics Nohonking! I missed out on a big one

Thank you for filling my spot and picking up Sameer from the Airport
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Excellent pictures! Commendable spirit! I too missed out on what appears to be a great trip. Will try to make it and join you all in the next trip that is planned.
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Thanks for sharing this awesome report, man! You guys clearly had a lot of fun. Moving your meet report to a new thread.
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Another great drive guys , I hope to be there next time you guys drive. Would be a pleasure. Lets organise another one again in Feb.

Excellent Write Up Simmi.
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Hey guys, nice writeup for your Delhi NCR meet. I too live in Delhi and am quite interested in these meets as it results in all like minded people to interact on similar topics and enjoyment like no other. Kindly assist me how to sign up for these meets?
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Thank you, Non honking for all the efforts & write up. I have been doing crazy travelling since mid November, but this one craziest. Landing directly from Chennai after a 5 day work stint, thank you for picking me up from airport and driving us safe till our destination.

This was one of the best meets, I missed on driving part but on next one, I will be getting my car too.

Cheers man!

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Another great drive guys , I hope to be there next time you guys drive. Would be a pleasure. Lets organise another one again in Feb.

Excellent Write Up Simmi.
Another one being planned for end Feb, snow drive to Narkanda for 3 days.

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Hey guys, nice writeup for your Delhi NCR meet. I too live in Delhi and am quite interested in these meets as it results in all like minded people to interact on similar topics and enjoyment like no other. Kindly assist me how to sign up for these meets?
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We plan our meet in our group and then post it here. DM me, I will add you that group or you can keep checking meet section, we will post details of snow drive by last week of January.

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I am excited and sad at the same time. Sad, coz I missed it due to personal reasons and excited for our next drive-meet to Narkanda.
And that was an excellent write-up NonHonking. You have really inspired me for the next drive.
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So the meet ups have started coming up North. Nice write up. I really wish to be a part of a meet up whenever it takes place around Chandigarh or Shimla (Won't even mind driving down to Delhi if possible).
Till then, keep it up and let the 'B' in Bhpian stand out for the ever growing 'Brotherhood'.
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Thank you Team-BHP for this excellent platform enabling us like-minded folks to mingle.

Live to Drive!
While I wanted to input few comments but as I read through the write up, this stood out as a powerful sentence.

When I joined the forum in 2014, I never thought I would make friends here. At the age of 40 you don’t anticipate ‘friends’ coming into your life. Team BHP has been a wonderful and welcome distraction from the daily grind. My first meet was about 2 years ago and since then few of the introductions (from that meet) have cemented as friendships.

For those who are not part of our community will find it difficult to understand what does Nohonking mean when he says ‘like-minded people’. A look at our recent Meet would show - ‘age is no bar’. We had me at 40 years, few at mid 30s and then few at just about 20s. It is the common interest and mutual respect which has been the enabler for amazing camaraderie among the group.

Nohonking should be designated the official ‘writer’ for the meets. I am amazed how he has been able to piece together the pictures and some of the quotes.

It was an awesome meet and I know we have many more to come.

I can go on and on. I must stop and save for the next write up from Nohonking.

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Thank you, Non honking for all the efforts & write up.
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we will post details of snow drive by last week of January.
Sir please add me in the whatsapp group for upcoming meets. I reside in Rohini area of North West Delhi. My contact no. #8860905464 (Aditya)
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Good one guys!

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We plan our meet in our group and then post it here. DM me, I will add you that group or you can keep checking meet section, we will post details of snow drive by last week of January.
I too would love to be a part of the upcoming meets!
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