Rajasthan Road Trip – Day 1 – From Gurgaon to Bikaner
It was a simple and uneventful summer evening in Gurgaon. We were sitting on a terrace and just chatting up. My friend, Shivendra Sharma was to leave for Rajasthan in a couple of days and we were simply elaborating on how Rajasthan would be in the peak of summers. As the conversation majored, I got a bit enamoured to the idea and offered to join in.
Shiven had planned to take on a taxi to drive through the state and we thought that we two will be merrier. My TATA safari and driving expertise would come in really handy for the Rajasthan Road Trip. And that’s how it happened.
Erstwhile called the Rajputana during the British Raj, Rajasthan is an enamouring state. It is also culturally rich with its artistic and cultural traditions. In fact, being endowed with natural beauty and a great history, the palaces and forts of Rajasthan attract people from all over the world. And I was no different when it came to “Romancing Rajasthan”.
Rajasthan is located on the northern side of India and it is hot out there especially in Summers. It comprises most of the wide and inhospitable Thar Desert (also known as the “Rajasthan Desert” and “Great Indian Desert“). Overall, the thought of driving through Rajasthan’s desert and cities was incredible. So finally, Here is the rundown of how we did it.
So here we were on Day 1 of the 5 day Rajasthan Road Trip. By and large, our target was to get to Bikaner by evening. Hence, we moved from Gurgaon at 7:00 hours in the morning. Though, I found contrary to the popular belief that Rajasthan is absolutely beautiful in Summers.
Did I mention the roads are empty too? We travelled through National Highway 8 and then moved right from Kotputli to Neem Ka Thana and then onwards to Sikar. Above all the roads were unblemished all through the route. We found some great unpretentious and healthy food to eat too. Finally, we reached Bikaner around 16:30 hours.
Actually, please enjoy the first batch of pictures – through the day and into the evening.