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Old 11th September 2009, 00:59   #46
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H V Kumar - Driving Log Books - KUMAR'S DRIVING LOG BOOKS,*Golden Quadrilateral (GQ) Drive, Dec 2008

You can check out this link for the details of our GQ Drive.

Or click the following link for the detailed log book:

http://hvkumar.googlepages.com/GQ-6D.xls
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Well, I am sure most of us have come across people coming from the wrong side.. be it small gullies or golden quadrilateral..better to be safe than sorry


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Brilliant write up and pictures so far. I have bookmarked this thread and would keep coming back for more.
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Congrats to you Pkumar. Wonderful experience as I can make out from reading your travelogue. How did the wify take these many days of sitting on the left seat? Can be tiring. No?

I hope to do Bangy Shillong some day.
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@pkumar....amazing photos so far...waiting to see more....and I am getting inspired day by day to hit the road towards Delhi / Rajasthan...!!!
But you amaze me that you drove Bangalore to Thane / Virar without taking a break..!!! Hats off to you...!!!
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H V Kumar - Driving Log Books - KUMAR'S DRIVING LOG BOOKS,*Golden Quadrilateral (GQ) Drive, Dec 2008

You can check out this link for the details of our GQ Drive.

Or click the following link for the detailed log book:

http://hvkumar.googlepages.com/GQ-6D.xls
Hon'ble HVK. The detailed log is very useful. I have saved a copy since I did not find any (TM) and (c) signs anywhere .

However I did not get the column 'C' in the sheets in the detailed section. It reads some 6 digit numbers which I fail to comprehend
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Congrats to you Pkumar. Wonderful experience as I can make out from reading your travelogue. How did the wify take these many days of sitting on the left seat? Can be tiring. No?

I hope to do Bangy Shillong some day.
My wife feels that car is her second home. She quite enjoys travelling in the left seat. She was not really tired, but yes some days very really long and both of us needed a night halt to makes things right with our bodies.

Lucky me i would say.

About shillong, i am too feeling like driving to North-east someday.
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Driving Day 3 :

Todayís agenda is to visit as many places in Jaipur as possible and by afternoon start for Delhi. We woke up, had our breakfast and we hit the streets of Jaipur by 9 am.



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The above photos show why Jaipur is the Pink City. Every building on the way looked pink. Be it a shop, or a house even a State bank.



In 5 kms we were at the parking lot of the City Palace. And then came the conman. An old looking rickshaw-walla approached us. He started talking to us and informed that we should not buy anything from the local vendors here. They are meant for foreign crowd and you will have to pay high sum to buy things. Then he suggests, why donít you go to the nearby Gobind Mandir. There is Maharaniís factory adjacent to that. They manufacture all kinds of things and sell them at very reasonable prices. He kept saying every now and then, that he has nothing to gain out of what he is telling us. He just wants to help us. We were happily convinced that Jaipur is a good city like Mumbai, where people genuinely want to help each other. And we went to the outlet, 5 bucks we paid to another Rickshaw to take us there.



Here are some photos of the Maharaniís factory.
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We bought lots of small items and few others like the famous Jaipur Razai. We were patting ourselves for some good deals. While we were coming back again towards the City Palace entrance, we saw the small vendor shop opening up. Went to one of them and asked the price of the beautiful key ring. He said 5/-. What ? 5 bucks? We just bought several of them for 20 bucks each. The vendor gets pissed off and asks, ďdo you want to know the truth?Ē I said, yes definitely. He says, ďAll the rickshaw chaps here get commission from the Raniís factory. Their job is to push every tourist towards their business, and in return they would get a monthly commission.

I didnít ask the price of any more item and thought lets keep our chin up for the rest of the day.
Few pics below from City Palace.
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The palace was guarded by royally dressed guards with red turban and while outfit.


Royal Chariots.
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This guy was playing dholak and selling puppets.
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There is a restaurant/cafť inside the Palace campus. We decided to have our early lunch here. The place was a bit exorbitant, but we felt satisfied after the good food that we got here.

Now we move towards the Jantar Mantar entrance. City palace, jantar mantar and Hawa mahal are all adjacent to each other and at walkable distances.
We entered the Jantar Mantar and there were 10s of guides asking if we needed their service. We didnít want to spend too much time here, since we had to go to Amer fort too. Also we were not in a mood for too much mathematics. My wife surely not interested. While we were entering the gate, one of the guides whispered, ďHaan to guide nahi lenge to kuch samajh me bhi nahi aayegaĒ.
And rightly so, all the structures there were just photo shooting opportunities for us, nothing more. Although details were written on each of the apparatus, but we were not interested.


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The most popular apparatus present there. Everyone was clicking most picture of this structure.
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A fort can be seen in the distance. Zoomed on to that.
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We were done with the place and went back to the parking place. Started exiting the place and within few 100 meters, came the Hawa Mahal. Amazing view, especially with the sunlight falling on it.
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Driving Day 3 continued :

We started heading towards the Delhi highway, knowing the Amer fort would come on the way.

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Then came the Jaigarh Fort. We did want to go here.
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And finally the Amer Fort.
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We had two options. First one to take the elephant ride to the fort. It would cost us 570/- for a return trip. But it would be very slow and I didnít like seeing the gentle giant being tortured several times a day, climbing such a height everytime.
So I took the second option, hiring a Jeep ride.
It cost us 200/- for a return trip. Also we took a guide for 100 bucks. This proved to be a very good decision. He kept telling us so many stories about kings and queens, and we felt like we were seeing a movie. True or false I donít care, but it was very entertaining.

This is the path to the main entry. In the movie Jodha-Akbar, the king can be seen riding his horse on this very path, when comes to take back Jodha back to Agra.
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The entrance.
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This is the garden where one of the songs in Jodha-Akbar was picturised.
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And then came the awesome Sheesh Mahal. Small mirror pieces everywhere. We were told that the director of Mughle-Aazam drew his insipiration from this very place and went on to create a similar set for the song in the movie.
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The core area inside was blocked for tourists. Some idiots started destroying the place when it was closed for general public. Earlier the guide used to lit a candle inside and show the play of lights due to reflection. But no more. We managed a picture by peeping the camera inside.
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This is the marble work. The guide could show us 5 different things in the same picture.
A fish, lionís tail, flower, something, something. Dont remember.
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He says there are lot of architectural similarities in Agra, Jaipur and Delhi.


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This is a glass painting inside one of the chambers of the Sheesh Mahal. When light falls on it, the shine is awesome.
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We were told that the architects of this fort had only one wish, that a garden in the fort be named after him.
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This is the view of the Amer town from the top.
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And the highway coming from Jaipur side.
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Jaigarh fort was adjacent to the Amer fort. Amer is a government owned place now, but the Jaigarh fort is still owned by the King. The flag on top of the fort remains hoisted when the king is present in the fort, and it is unhoisted when the king is out.
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We were back and started towards Delhi at around 1:45 pm.
If you donít want the elephant ride to the fort, you can also take a mini ride, where you will just be taken around for some distance on the road.
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Back on the highway. It merges back with the Jaipur bypass in some distance.
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The luck rain comes again.
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Driving Day 3 continued :

Another truck back.
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Colorful items like these were sold all across the highways in Rajasthan.
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We reached Behror at 3:40 pm.
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Sheeps crossing the GQ.

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Another one.
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We are very close to Gurgaon.
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Gurgaon Expressway Toll Plaza.
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On the Expressway.
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Our destination was Sarita Vihar. We took the Outer Ring road and reached Sarita Vihar at 7pm and closed the day.

Next 3 days we were in Delhi meeting relatives and friends.
Also we squeezed out time to visit few popular destinations in Delhi.
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@pkumar....amazing photos so far...waiting to see more....and I am getting inspired day by day to hit the road towards Delhi / Rajasthan...!!!
But you amaze me that you drove Bangalore to Thane / Virar without taking a break..!!! Hats off to you...!!!
Thanks.
But nowadays there are so many ppl driving Bangalore-Bombay in a stretch. The GQ roads have really made driving fast and safe.
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Amazing travelogue! Superb pictures!Will log on again for the rest of the story. My determination to do a Bharat Darshan by road grows. Hope to be able to take a month off some day! Definitely One of the best threads on tbhp that I have come across
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Amazing write up and pictures of Day 3. Did you happen to visit the place in Jaigarh fort where one of the scenes for Rang de basanti was shot?

I really liked the picture of the Jaipur highway road from Amer fort. Keep the pictures coming.
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Pictures of Jaipur brings back lots of memories from my college days!
For scaling the Amer fort, there is one more option, walk (which we did)
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Amazing write up and pictures of Day 3. Did you happen to visit the place in Jaigarh fort where one of the scenes for Rang de basanti was shot?

I really liked the picture of the Jaipur highway road from Amer fort. Keep the pictures coming.
Unfortunately i did not have time to visit Jaigarh Fort.
But i got enough filimi dose in Amer fort. The guide mentioned so many films being shot there.
Also the new Sallu movie, Veer, has been shot here. 3 lakh rupees per day rent for 7 days. Apparently the movie crew damaged something, for which they had to pay 30 lakh for repair. Some masala information.
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