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Old 1st February 2011, 00:06   #61
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Default Re: Raiders of the Rann: A Kachchhi Kaleidoscope (Gujarat)

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How difficult is to get the Vigakot permit from BSF HQ at Bhuj? Do you have to pull out any army connections?

Did you also require a permit for Kanthwadh?

I did a short 1-dayer to White Desert, Kala Dungar & India Bridge on Saturday. Permits for that are still dished out at the Bhiyandiara check post.
Hey hvk, sorry for the delay in reply.
It's actually quite a simple procedure to get the permits from BSF HQ for Vigakot. I do not have any army connections and one does not require it for the permits anyways. One has to file an application for the same, alongwith IDs proofs of all passengers (and driver too if applicable) and RC for the vehicle. It just takes time and is not as convenient as in Ladakh.

One does not need a permit for Kanthwadh, one can drive up till the village, but to off-track till the Rann, one needs to ask for permission from the BSF post at the village first. However, if one is doing Khavda - Dholavira during the summers through the Rann i believe a permit from the HQ will be required.

Will be waiting for your log of your trip.
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Harsh, nice travelogue. I had started it a long time back but could finish it only today.

Awesome is the word. But why is the story stuck?

Hurry up mate!
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Default Day 6: Bhuj - Ajrakhpur - Rapar - Dholavira - Rapar - Bhuj (460km)

Sorry for the extreme delay guys in completing the story. there are no excuses, but I'm back to complete all activities that have been left unfinished by me. So without any further delay, here goes:


Day 6: Bhuj - Ajrakhpur - Rapar - Dholavira - Rapar - Bhuj (460km)
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Having had a rather tiring day 5, we were not too keen to start early the next day, and hence only left the hotel around 9. The plan for the day was to visit Dholavira and come back, which itself would take the whole day since Dholavira is a good 250 kms from Bhuj. However, Aarti had been dying to see some artisans at work and also get some shopping done, so we decided to halt first at a village called ‘Ajrakhpur’. ‘Ajrakh’ or hand-block printing is a native craft of Kachchh, and artisans practicing this craft were mostly found in village Dhamadka, some 50 kms from Bhuj. However, after the devastating earthquake in 2001, the village was almost entirely destroyed, and the government rehabilitated the Ajrakh artisans to a new village, named ‘Ajrakhpur’ after their craft. This is about 10 kms outside Bhuj on the Bhuj - Bhachau highway.

As we entered the village, we stopped to ask someone about where to go to buy stuff, and he immediately pointed us to the house of Mohd. Musa. Once we reached his house, Aarti’s eyes widened to unimaginable proportions, and stayed that way for the next 1.5 hours till we left the village. He had one room full of dress material, suit pieces, sarees, and what not! Everything was pretty and colourful, and Aarti had a hard time deciding what to NOT buy! Once she did decide, Musa offered to show us his workstation, and we gladly accepted. It was indeed interesting to see the accuracy and speed with which Ajrakh artisans print material with hand blocks, and also all the different ‘natural dyes’ used, which Musa explained were made from all kinds of natural things like plants, spices, oils, etc.


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Musa’s humble abode

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That’s the natural Indigo colour

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Indecision at its peak!

After a good look at the printing process and a nice photography session with the artisans, we decided that it was about time we left, or we’d have to chuck our plan of going to Dholavira. Aarti of course could have settled there, and pulling her away was indeed equivalent to torture for her. Thankfully, once we left the village, her eyes returned to normal size and her excitement on crossing the Greater Rann while going to Dholavira returned in full force!


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Amazing accuracy and hand stability… and awesome patience!

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Musa showing off a newly printed saree

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Only natural colors used for printing, this is made from turmeric

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A stack of printing blocks

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Another artisan at work

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A set of block prints

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Printed sarees left out for drying

The left cut for Dholavira comes right after the Euro Multivision factory on the Bhuj - Bhachau highway, and one then comes on to a narrow but smooth single-laned road. From here, we started following the route outlined in Outlook Traveller’s Driving Holidays, and ended up taking a rather long route to R which went through several villages. We couldn’t find a place to stop for lunch, so settled instead for chips and namkeen bought from a roadside shop.


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Some birds at a lake enroute Dholavira

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Their numbers were huge

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Pretty yellow fields were a welcome change at places

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Too bad, the flamingos were so far away to shoot. This was at 300mm!

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A very strange bird

Finally, around 2:30 pm, we hit the stretch of road right before Dholavira that crosses the Greater Rann. Needless to say, it was breathtaking, and the urge to drive on the vast white Rann was almost overpowering. Aarti had decided already that she wanted to explore the Rann on foot, and as soon as I parked on the side, she jumped off the car, and headed straight for the Rann. She’d hardly gone 20 feet when she realized that the Rann was indeed very, very marshy, and came dancing back, as is evident from the photograph below.


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The soil was too marshy even to support a human being, imagine a car!

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The "bridge" to Dholavira over the Rann

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The great vast white Rann

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White Rann

Since we could not explore the Rann on foot, we decided to move on, and take some shots on our way back. We reached Dholavira around 3:30 pm after spending several minutes searching for the Harappan excavation site, which we thought was quite strange, given that it is the largest excavation of the Harappan valley civilization in India. We eventually came to the conclusion that the distance from Bhuj probably discourages people from visiting the place, and that when the road from Khavda to Dholavira is finally constructed, the place should be much better maintained.

After looking at the museum where artifacts found from the excavation as well as the history was explained, the caretaker took us out to the excavation site. The elaborate water management system, and the pots, seals and jewellery of the Harappans left us amazed at the level of advancement of humans 5000 years ago!


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A water harvesting mechanism at the site

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The entrance wall was 20 feet thick!

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A 5000 old house, the lease probably expired.

We left Dholavira around 4:30 pm, and then stopped for some shots on the Greater Rann stretch. Carefully navigating the marshy land, we set up our tripod, and took some couple shots. I also ventured out a bit to take some shots of the electricity poles which seemed curiously majestic in the otherwise barren terrain. After spending a good half an hour enjoying the beauty of the Rann and taking photographs, we set off for Bhuj.



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A pipeline runs parallel to the "bridge" probably providing fresh water to the "island"

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Parched land and Kiyang on the "bridge"

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The design of the base of these poles is amazing, it's made to withstand the marsh during monsoon.

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Footsteps in parched land

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A panorama of the Rann and the "bridge"

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Another set of footsteps in the Great White Rann.

The return journey was tiring, but we were hell bent on having a non-veg meal on our last evening in Bhuj, and so went to Hotel Prince, right opposite our hotel, for dinner. Our Gujarat guide book had mentioned that it served non-veg fare as well. After an okay meal of fish and chicken, we literally dropped dead in our hotel.
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Default Day 7: Bhuj - Bhujodi - Palanpur - Abu road - Udaipur (650km)

Our first experimental trip outside the Himalayas had been lovely, and we were more than sad now that the time to leave had come. The simplicity, beauty and colours of Kachchh had left us longing for more, but that only meant that there would have to be a next time. For now, it was time to head back to Delhi, and so we packed and left the hotel around 10 am.

The first stop for the day was the Khavda Mesuk Bhandaar near the bus stand in Bhuj. Aarti wanted to buy some sweets for friends and family, and our guide book recommended this particular shop. It was rather difficult to locate it in the back lanes of Bhuj’s main market, but we eventually did find it, and shopped for some traditional Kachchhi sweets like Gulab Pak.

Our next stop was Bhujodi, a village 8 kms from Bhuj, known for craft artisans. We stopped here in the shop of a National Award winning artisan, and Aarti shopped to her heart’s content for some beautiful (and remarkably cheap) stoles. Here too we were fortunate enough to catch an old lady weaving shawls, and she posed with a beautiful smile for Aarti (not for me though!). We then went to an NGO called Srujan’s store which too stores all of Kachchh’s different crafts, where I bought a very interesting book on Kachchh’s history, people and culture. Another addition to our coffee table books!


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The lovely old lady had a unbeatable smile

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The bus at Srunjan had some great prints outside

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A camel figurine outside Srunjan's retail store

We then pushed off around noon for our destination for the day – Udaipur. It was the 31st of December, and we’d planned to ring in the New Year in this romantic city. The expressway to Udaipur starts at Bhachau, and is excellent throughout, and the average speed never drops below 80 kmph.


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Amazing highway after Bhachau

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We had to request him a lot to let us take a shot for Aarti's office.

At Sankalpur, we crossed the Great Rann again, and it was wonderful to see it for the last time! There was a flock of flamingos bathing in a pool of water in the Rann just off the expressway, and although I tried my best to capture them on camera, they were just too far away to be captured even by the zoom lens.


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It was great to see the Rann for one last time for the trip

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Flamingos in the lake

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They were too far away, even at 300mm lens it was not clear.

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A rabari family moving into the Rann

The expressway turns extremely beautiful as one enters Rajasthan specially between Jhadoli till Udaipur. We reached Udaipur around 8:30 pm, found our hotel with some difficulty, and then collapsed! We were booked in a hotel in the older part of the city since no other hotels were available due to the peak season and that day being New Year ’s Eve. The hotel was situated on the banks of Lake Pichola, but on the back side of the Lake Palace. Anyway, the room was very pretty with a typical Rajasthani painted ceiling and a beautiful jharokha.


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The stretch near Abu road is absolutely fantastic

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The railroad going next to the highway just added to the charm

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Dusk meant end of photography for the day

We freshened up a bit, relaxed some, and then went to the rooftop restaurant of the hotel for a late dinner. The view from the rooftop was excellent, with Lake Pichola visible in all its glory, and the Lake Palace and the Udai Vilas all lit up right in front of us. It was bitterly cold though, and the angeethis weren’t working one bit. Also, the food was atrocious, but the atmosphere was quite romantic, and we didn’t let the cold and the bad food spoil our mood.

By the time we finished setting up the tripod and taking a few panoramic shots of the Lake Palace and around after dinner, it was nearly 12. We had expected to see fireworks, but the ones we saw were totally awesome and completely unexpected! The most beautiful fireworks were set off by the Lake Palace, the Udai Vilas, and a dozen other hotels around the lake. We happily ‘free rode’, and got some excellent views!

Having welcomed 2011 with great enthusiasm, we realized how tired we really were, and were out in a jiffy as soon as we hit the sack.


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Fireworks at the beautiful Lake palace

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Udai vilas, Oberoi

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Another palace hotel from the rooftop

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The dining area had an awesome view!

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The fireworks were great to watch from the rooftop
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Default Day 8: Udaipur - Chittaurgarh - New Delhi (750km)

We got up lazily the next morning on the first day of year 2011. A lousy breakfast and a lazy morning saw us leave the hotel by 11:00. Before leaving for Delhi, we decided to make a quick trip to the much heard of Sajjangarh fort (Aarti had been there earlier and remembered it to be beautiful) and spend an hour or so there. A sneak preview of the town aroused our curiosity enough to ensure that we'd definitely go back sometime.


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A morning view of Udai Vilas across the lake from our hotel

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The Lake Palace

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The room had a great chabutra to sit and enjoy the view outside

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This guy charged us 20 bucks to pose for the camera. Smart eh?

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A close look

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Sajjangarh fort

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The main building at the fort

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A panoramic view of the plains below from the fort

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A plastic vulture on a lone branch

We decided to push off from there by 12:00 and after a harrowing time in Udaipur traffic reached the highway heading towards Chittaurgarh and eventually towards Delhi. A decision was made to make a quick stop at Chittaurgarh as well and see if it would be worth to visit the town again sometime. Thankfully, it too did not disappoint. I had been there before to attend a friend's wedding sometime back but it was a first visit for Aarti.

A quick dash around the table-top fort in the town and a leisurely lunch later, we finally were able to leave for Delhi by 4:00pm.


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Enroute to Chittaurgarh, fantastic highway

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Climbing Chittaurgarh Durg

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A ruin at the end of the hill-top, the place where some friends and I spent a lovely afternoon playing cards a couple of years back

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A panoramic view of the lush green valley

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A minaret at the Durg

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Another ruin at the Durg

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Lunch at some nice garden restaurant at Chittaurgarh

The drive back to Delhi was long and I do not remember exactly but I guess that we made it back by 2:00 am or so. It is worth mentioning that we had the best meal of our trip at a non-descript Dhaba somewhere between Jaipur and Delhi. It comprised of the very famous but sparsely available Daal Baati Churma.


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The last shot of the trip.

Kachchh had definitely left its mark on us. We had gone there expecting very little, and had come back with so much more. The region is definitely one of the most interesting in the country. It is at places as barren as Ladakh, as colorful as Rajasthan and as contrasting as Kachchh where the true essence of India can be felt. Someday, we shall return there again, this time with a better mindset and a little more knowledge of the region to experience more of Kachcch.
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Hello folks,

I am planning a Roadtrip in and around Gujarat during the last week of December this year and require your help in planning the perfect Roadtrip. Our main motive is to explore Gujarat and bits of Rajasthan driving to various destinations soaking in the culture and having some adventure.

Basic Details:-


Tentative Dates: 23rd December - 2nd January or 27th December - 6th January

Number of People travelling: 3 - 4 guys (The fourth friend is yet to seek permission from his father)

Roadtrip Start Point - Ahmedabad Airport

End Point - Ahmedabad Airport

Tentative Trip Duration - 10 - 11 Days

Number of Drivers - 2 (A friend and Me)

Distance to Be Covered: 2800 - 2850 kms

Vehicle - Looking for Self Drive Car Rentals though got an excellent deal on Innova (Rs. 2500 Per Day, 300 km Limit).


Tentative Plan:-

Day 1 - Reach Ahmedabad early morning, take the vehicle and head to Gir National Park. (Ahmedabad - Gir: 348 kms)

Day 2 - Early Morning Safari, Drive to Somnath (Temple + Lunch). Head to Dwarka. (Gir - Somnath - Dwarka: 272 kms)

Day 3 - Temple + Breakfast, Drive to Bhuj (Dwarka - Bhuj: 393 kms)

Day 4 - Visit friend's Family Deity's (Kuldevi) temple which is near Mata No Madh and go to his hometown in Todia, Head to Rann Utsav from there. Stay at Rann Utsav or Head back to Bhuj (Yet to decide) (Bhuj - Mata No Madh - Todia - Rann Utsav location: Approximately 200 Kms)

Day 5 - Head to Mount Abu or Udaipur via Rani Ki Vav (Bhuj - Rani Ki Vav - Mount Abu: 438 kms)

Day 6 - Sight Seeing At Mount Abu, Stay in Mount Abu or Head to Udaipur depending on the locations to visit in Mount Abu. (Mount Abu - Sight Seeing + Udaipur: Approximately 215 kms Or Mount Abu Local Sight Seeing: 50 kms)

Day 7 - Head to Udaipur, Sight Seeing and Relaxing near the lakes throughout the rest of the time. (163 kms or 50 kms depending on the decision taken on Day 6)

Day 8 - Drive to Osian from Udaipur (Udaipur - Osian: 317 kms)

Day 9 - Spend at Osian, Sight Seeing & Relaxing (Local Driving: Approx 50 kms)

Day 10 - Drive back to Ahmedabad (Osian - Ahmedabad: 520 Kms)

Day 11 - Explore Ahmedabad Or take an Early Morning Flight back home depending on the Flight Availability and timing. (Local Commercial Transport)

_______________________________________________


Now, the Doubts:-
  • Is the plan feasible Or Worth Attempting?
  • Does any of the day seems cramped?
  • How would you recommend editing the plan? We are open to adding and removing places except the Bhuj as it's a friend's Home Town and he is visiting it for the first time.
  • How much money should we keep Handy for tolls as I have read that the roads have a lot of tolls!
  • Recommended places to stay in the locations picked? (We do not want luxurious resorts, anything in the mid-range would be good enough though luxurious resorts are welcome if they are value for money)
  • Will the weather be too cold during that period? As the other friend driving has high Haemoglobin problem and I have Sinus. If it is then which other Place can be visited during that period of time? (We would be taking as much warm clothes possible)


It would be appreciated if anyone could help me out with finding the right self drive car rental service as if the 4th friend decides to quit, an Innova wouldn't make sense for three people. In that case, We would like to take a C or D Segment.

P.S - We are not well aware about Gujarat from travelling perspective. I know they are quiet a few travelogues on Gujarat and I did go through them but am extremely confused hence posting the thread.

Thank You!

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Are you going ahead with this? Do share what plans you finalized. I'm planning something similar - though mine includes a drive from Pune to Vaddara, picking up my parents, and continuing from there

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Hello folks,

I am planning a Roadtrip in and around Gujarat during the last week of December this year and require your help in planning the perfect Roadtrip. Our main motive is to explore Gujarat and bits of Rajasthan driving to various destinations soaking in the culture and having some adventure.

Basic Details:-


Tentative Dates: 23rd December - 2nd January or 27th December - 6th January

Number of People travelling: 3 - 4 guys (The fourth friend is yet to seek permission from his father)

Roadtrip Start Point - Ahmedabad Airport

End Point - Ahmedabad Airport

Tentative Trip Duration - 10 - 11 Days

Number of Drivers - 2 (A friend and Me)

Distance to Be Covered: 2800 - 2850 kms

Vehicle - Looking for Self Drive Car Rentals though got an excellent deal on Innova (Rs. 2500 Per Day, 300 km Limit).


Tentative Plan:-

Day 1 - Reach Ahmedabad early morning, take the vehicle and head to Gir National Park. (Ahmedabad - Gir: 348 kms)

Day 2 - Early Morning Safari, Drive to Somnath (Temple + Lunch). Head to Dwarka. (Gir - Somnath - Dwarka: 272 kms)

Day 3 - Temple + Breakfast, Drive to Bhuj (Dwarka - Bhuj: 393 kms)

Day 4 - Visit friend's Family Deity's (Kuldevi) temple which is near Mata No Madh and go to his hometown in Todia, Head to Rann Utsav from there. Stay at Rann Utsav or Head back to Bhuj (Yet to decide) (Bhuj - Mata No Madh - Todia - Rann Utsav location: Approximately 200 Kms)

Day 5 - Head to Mount Abu or Udaipur via Rani Ki Vav (Bhuj - Rani Ki Vav - Mount Abu: 438 kms)

Day 6 - Sight Seeing At Mount Abu, Stay in Mount Abu or Head to Udaipur depending on the locations to visit in Mount Abu. (Mount Abu - Sight Seeing + Udaipur: Approximately 215 kms Or Mount Abu Local Sight Seeing: 50 kms)

Day 7 - Head to Udaipur, Sight Seeing and Relaxing near the lakes throughout the rest of the time. (163 kms or 50 kms depending on the decision taken on Day 6)

Day 8 - Drive to Osian from Udaipur (Udaipur - Osian: 317 kms)

Day 9 - Spend at Osian, Sight Seeing & Relaxing (Local Driving: Approx 50 kms)

Day 10 - Drive back to Ahmedabad (Osian - Ahmedabad: 520 Kms)

Day 11 - Explore Ahmedabad Or take an Early Morning Flight back home depending on the Flight Availability and timing. (Local Commercial Transport)

_______________________________________________


Now, the Doubts:-
  • Is the plan feasible Or Worth Attempting?
  • Does any of the day seems cramped?
  • How would you recommend editing the plan? We are open to adding and removing places except the Bhuj as it's a friend's Home Town and he is visiting it for the first time.
  • How much money should we keep Handy for tolls as I have read that the roads have a lot of tolls!
  • Recommended places to stay in the locations picked? (We do not want luxurious resorts, anything in the mid-range would be good enough though luxurious resorts are welcome if they are value for money)
  • Will the weather be too cold during that period? As the other friend driving has high Haemoglobin problem and I have Sinus. If it is then which other Place can be visited during that period of time? (We would be taking as much warm clothes possible)


It would be appreciated if anyone could help me out with finding the right self drive car rental service as if the 4th friend decides to quit, an Innova wouldn't make sense for three people. In that case, We would like to take a C or D Segment.

P.S - We are not well aware about Gujarat from travelling perspective. I know they are quiet a few travelogues on Gujarat and I did go through them but am extremely confused hence posting the thread.

Thank You!
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Default Re: Help! Planning A Roadtrip in North-West India

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Originally Posted by bassman View Post
Are you going ahead with this? Do share what plans you finalized. I'm planning something similar - though mine includes a drive from Pune to Vaddara, picking up my parents, and continuing from there
My friend had to undergo nose surgery a few days ago because of which we have postponed the trip to February next year. Hence, I will be heading to the Himalayas this month.
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