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Old 17th March 2010, 16:07   #16
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Will be posting the Expressway snaps in a few mins.

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Old 17th March 2010, 16:17   #17
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Please find the pics of the Pune-Mumbai Expressway.
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The toll gate and some more pics of the Expressway:
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The Tunnels. Got a really awesome feeling driving through these:
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Me driving:
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Expressway ended
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DY Patil Stadium
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Last pics from Day 1 before the camera batteries dried out
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Old 17th March 2010, 17:02   #18
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But above all, we all got a first hand lesson on the diversity of our country, where you hear a new language or a new accent every 100kms.
Someone had rightly said that every Indian is a Road map. Whenever we were in a dilemma or confusion, there was someone there to guide us. Through this trip, we found out that India was indeed a kaleidoscope of cultures and traditions.


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i,e why it is Mera Bharath Mahan!
Nice travelouge & Pictures. surely i will read this travelouge many a times.
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Old 17th March 2010, 17:51   #19
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Thank you all for your encouraging comments. It really means a lot, keep them coming.

I would be updating the logs soon.
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Old 18th March 2010, 21:33   #20
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Day 2:

Today's plan was to reach Ajmer by evening and night halt. However, that didn't happen as we had some change of plans en-route.

Woke up at 6.30 in the morning. Got ready and checked out at 7AM. Had some Aloo Parantha with Dahi (curd) at a nearby Hotel at around 7.30AM and left at 8AM. Crossed Bharuch, Vadodara and reached Ahmedabad at around 10:30AM. The Vadodara-Ahmedabad Expressway was really awesome. We all felt that it was better than the Pune-Mumbai expressway. My chacha was driving on this stretch and he still keeps praising the road as the best road that he has driven. He had touched more than 140Kmph on this stretch. We however, missed the loop to get on to the Udaipur road and then as soon as the Toll road ended, we were stopped by the Cops. They checked all the paper work. We had the original Emission Certificate and DL, whereas the RC and Insurance were photo copies. They didnt find anything wrong with the papers but however stated that we were not wearing seat belts. My Chacha got out and told them, "Bhai Saab, Hum Army Wale Hain - We are from the army. The cops just got all soft and told, Saab pehle bolna tha na- you should have told us earlier, and then let us go.

But the funny part is that none of us were from the army but the fact is that we all are from Army background as my Dad, Grandpa and 3 of my other chacha are from the Army. We thanked God that they didn't ask him for an Army Identity card or else we had a lot of explaining to do. However, we entered the city and asked for directions and the local people helped us in showing the way to Udaipur via Himmat Nagar. But we lost a lot of time in the traffic and finding the way. As as we were nearing Rajasthan, the landscape changed completely. The roads were damn good here and really enjoyed the drive here. We entered Rajasthan around noon and then reached Udaipur around 3PM.

We had Lunch again at a small hotel. Roti and subzi which was very good. We had some buttermilk as well and then we were on the road again. Saw the signboards and found that the distance from Udaipur to Ajmer and Jodhpur was almost the same. Here we discussed with each other and changed our plan and instead of halting at Ajmer we planned to halt at Jodhpur at my Aunt's place. However, while going to Jodhpur we lost our way again and then had to take the Sirohi Road and reach Jodhpur via Pali. The road was a normal single lane road but the truck traffic was pathetic to say the least. We lost a lot of time here and finally reached Jodhpur at 9.30PM. It felt good to have ghar ka khana after eating the dhaba food for almost two days. We stayed in Jodhpur overnight and planned to leave for Delhi the next day in the morning. Informed Aunt that we would be coming back again on the way back.

Check out the snaps we took during this journey.

In the Hotel room
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Left the hotel. Snaps on the road
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Saw this amazing looking rickshaw in front of the hotel where we had our breakfast
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Pics on the way to Bharuch
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The tollgate at Bharuch, one of the best looking
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Pics on the way to Ahmedabad
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Pics on the way to Udaipur
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Old 18th March 2010, 22:44   #21
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Good pics Sami ....Looks like you had a great trip...
Waiting for the rest of the pics and details .....

Thanks,
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Old 19th March 2010, 15:45   #22
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Thanks sriswe,
It was indeed a great trip. Will update the Day 3 pics shortly.
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Old 19th March 2010, 21:15   #23
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Day 3.

Had a very good sleep and got up late at 9.30AM. We had earlier planned to leave by 11AM, however, my aunt and uncle wanted us to have Lunch and then leave. So had a good lunch and finally left at 2.30 PM from Jodhpur. The truck traffic again was bad after Jaitaran all the way till Ajmer. We lost a lot of time due to this. Saw some amazing rocks near a place called Barr. We then crossed Beawar around 5PM and then decided to go directly to Kishangarh instead of going into the Ajmer city.

We took a right after Mangliyawas and then went into Nasirabad. This small little town is famous for its Military Cantt. I spent some of my best years here as my Dad was posted here from 1990-1993. It was a very nostalgic moment for me and my bro. We stopped there for 15-20 mins and had some tea. Unfortunately we couldn't enter the military residential area as we didn't have a defence ID card. However, we decided to move along and then reached the Ajmer-Jaipur Toll road around 7PM. This toll road looked really good with the six lanes but the Truck traffic was horrific to say the least and there was no lane discipline at all. All the trucks were plying on the fast lane and
we had to overtake them from the left side which was a bit scary. We might have seen more than a thousand trucks on this stretch. Crossed Jaipur and filled up the tank after we reached the Haryana border at around 9.30PM. The fuel price there was around 32rs and the price made us feel really good. Had Dinner at a dhaba near the Petrol Bunk.

After spending around 30-40 mins here, we left for Delhi and reached at around 12.30-12.45AM. Reached the domestic airport and found that the parking charges was 1800Rs for 3 days. As the flight was scheduled was for tomorrow morning 10.30AM, we then thought of our neighbors in B'lore who had an apartment in Delhi. As it was late, we thought of calling them in the morning and then went outside the terminal parking and parked the car at a roadside where lots of other cars and vans were parked. That night we slept in the car itself and we did not have any issues as the Scorpio was having more than enough space. I was excited about the fact that tomorrow we would be in Paradise, in Srinagar.

Posting some more pics of the beautiful roads in Rajasthan.
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Had some tea enroute
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Old 19th March 2010, 21:49   #24
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Hi,

Please find the snaps from Day 3 - Jodhpur to Delhi.

A toll gate on the way
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Saw some Army Tanks on the road
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Saw these beautiful rocks on the way to Ajmer, near Barr
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This truck caused a lot of slow movement of traffic
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Road to Nasirabad
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On the Ajmer-Jaipur Toll Road
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Having dinner at a Dhabha
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Old 21st March 2010, 17:47   #25
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Hello guys, Will be updating the Day 4 logs by tomorrow.
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Old 21st March 2010, 18:09   #26
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Sami,
The pics look great. It's easy to get lost in such a big trip, but you didn't forget to capture all the moments, thanks for doing that!!
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Old 22nd March 2010, 09:19   #27
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Hi Sami & friends, the pics are really good! We are waiting to see the Srinagar pics already.

140 kph without seat belts! Man, you guys are really lucky. Hope all of you buckled up after that experience

Sami, please try to include just a few more words regarding the performance of your Scorpio on this trip, wherever relevant. I am planning to do Bangalore Mumbai in the near future, in my 2004 Scorpio. Cheers !
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Old 22nd March 2010, 19:47   #28
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Day 4

Again had a good night's sleep in the car. Got up at 6AM and freshened up thanks to the Sulabh Shouchalay. It was really cold in Delhi. We had to park the car as soon as possible. Called up my neighbor in B'lore and he suggested for the basement parking in a building in Janakpuri District Center where he has his office. Removed our luggage and my bro and friend stayed back to do the Check-in at the airport. We took almost an hour to reach their after asking lots of directions and identifying the building. Went their by 8AM and parked the car there. The parking looked safe enough. After parking the car had to go back soon to catch the flight but we were not getting any Autos. I don't know why but almost 10-15 autos refused as soon as we said, "Domestic Airport chaloge".

We were getting late for the check-in at the Airport. Finally after walking for almost 2-3 kms, we got an auto at 9AM. But we were stuck in the Delhi traffic and were getting even more late. My brother was frantically calling me up to check our ETA and I was checking with our driver who kept telling 5 min mein pahunch jayenge. However, finally managed to reached just a few mins before the takeoff and boarded the flight.

Reached Srinagar at 2PM as we there was a delay at the Jammu Airport. The view of the Himalayan mountain range from the plane was just breathtaking. The weather was really cold but we were really excited and due to the excitement didn't feel the chill that much. There was a curfew that day and we found lots of Army and CRPF guys on the road. Went to our Hotel which was near the Dal Lake, by 2.30 and had some home made lunch from the Grooms side. It was really awesome and fulfilling. Took some rest for a couple of hours and then went to see Parimahal. Pari Mahal is a historic monument as well as a well-laid spacious garden. It overlooks the picturesque Dal Lake. Spent a couple of hours there taking some snaps. But enjoyed more as me and some of my friends decided to climb down the hill on foot rather than using the car. The climb down was tricky but we enjoyed it. We had some coffee at a tea stall near the parking lot and then went back to the hotel. Had dinner in a small roadside hotel and retired for the day. The next day, plan was to go to Gulmarg as day after tomorrow, we had to catch the flight back to Delhi. So less time and so much more to see. We knew that our 2 day visit would never do justice to this heavenly place.

Check out the snaps on Day 4

In the plane:
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View of the Magnificent Himalayas from the plane
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The view was really breathtaking
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At the Airport
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Dal Lake near our Hotel Room
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Snaps from Pari Mahal
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On the way down
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Snap with the Groom- Zahid
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Snap with his brothers
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Snaps near the hotel where we had dinner
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Trying to capture the smoke coming from the mouth
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Amazing guys, just amazing and great pics to talk about it.

Keep them coming. Driving on Indian highways is always an experience while passing different states and cultures and of course, different roads to realise the beauty. What a drive that must have been!
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Day 5.

Got up at 7AM and then got ready for the trip to Gulmarg. We left at around 10-11AM. This was a first for all of us as we had never seen snow-clad mountains upfront. We were all excited and looking forward to this. We could see the snow fallen on rooftops as we were nearing Gulmarg. We had to stop at Tangmarg as the Sumo we were traveling in did not have the chains on the tyres and the police was not allowing any vehicles without the chains. We then got the snow boots on hire for 50 apiece and bought the gloves for 50 apiece. We all got onto a Bus after requesting the driver, who was taking some other tourists. The road was really scenic with snow covering the whole landscape. It was one of the most beautiful and picturesque view. It was a surreal experience for all of us, seeing so much snow all along the way. Unfortunately, could not take any pics enroute as my camera was in my bag and the bag was with my friend who was in the other bus.

We reached Gulmarg around 1 or 2PM. Had Lunch and went to do some skiing. The whole experience of skiing was awesome. We had lots of falls but we enjoyed each and every moment of it. We also had a great time playing in the snow. There were other activities like snow biking and cable car but unfortunately missed them due to time constraints. After playing in the snow to our hearts content we Left Gulmarg at around 6.30PM. Reached Srinagar around 8.30PM as there was a lot of traffic going downhill and cars getting stuck in the snow. Had home cooked dinner and then retired to bed. This was one experience that everyone of us would cherish for the rest of our life. We decided that we would come to Gulmarg again and enjoy it fully. Insha Allah!

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