Month: December 2015

bike trip to Raigad Fort

Bike trip to the invincible Maratha killa : Raigad Fort : 1

Raigad is a beautiful hill fort some 180 Kms from Mumbai. This is the same fort where Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the founder of the Maratha Empire was coronated in 1674 and he declared Raigad as his Capital. This was the inspiration behind the trip. We (me and Sudhanshu) made out the trip during monsoon in the month of August 2015. Mumbai to Raigad Fort: As decided, we met him near Oberoi Mall flyover and rode towards Navi Mumbai via Santacruz-Chembur Link Road (SCLR). Later, took Pali Khopoli route before entering NH 17 i.e. Mumbai Goa Highway. Rode till Mahad, from where we had to take the left turn for Raigad Fort. Mahad to Raigad Fort was another 30 Km. Though the whole ride was quite scenic and beautiful because of the monsoon but the last 25 Km till Raigad fort was splendid. Some photos from Mahad to Raigad Fort route Uphill ride to Raigad Fort was quick and steep. Nice view of the plains can be seen once you reach a certain height. There are …

Jaipur in a day: Amber Fort and the charm of Sheesh Mahal

I was on a one day tour of Jaipur on my Rajasthan trip. The day started with Hawa Mahal and later Amber Fort. Hawa Mahal was a gorgeous to visit.  Masterji picked us from Hawa Mahal and left for Amber Fort rather Amer Fort as called by locals. The fort is a bit at a distance from the old city of Jaipur. Road leading to the fort is shaded with trees on both sides, nicely laid tarmac sort of a curvy hill road. Within half an hour we were at the base of Amber Fort. The fort has two options to arrive at the main entrance gate. One makes use of elephants and another one is for motorcars. People take the Elephant ride from the base to the entrance. The elephant walks up a narrow slope zig-zagging to the entrance. But it costs on the pocket. Masterji dropped us near the entry gate. Punched our composite ticket which we had purchased from Hawa Mahal. Took a guide to get the things explained. Right after the entry …

Jaipur Hawa Mahal photo

Jaipur in a day: See the unseen at Hawa Mahal

If you happen to be in Jaipur, you cannot miss the Hawa Mahal. It is such a gorgeous place to visit in Rajasthan. A technical marvel and historic grandeur. This post is the continuation of my Rajasthan trip. My journey in Rajasthan started from the blue city of Jodhpur followed by a motorcycle ride in the desert of Jaisalmer district for 3 days and now I was in Jaipur. All I had was one day to tour Jaipur. Though my time was limited but I was determined. And luck was on my side. Hotel, car and a driver all in Rs. 800   We were late by 2 and half hours. The Jaisalmer to Jaipur train reached at 7:30 AM at Jaipur station. Just as we came out of the station, an auto driver reached us and asked ‘kidhar jaaoge?’ We said ‘kisi saste aur ache Dharamshala me lekar chalo? ‘Dharamshala me kya karoge ji, aap ko 500 me acha hotel aur 700 me Indica karwa deta hoon. Ek din me pura city ghuma dega?’ Seemed …

Jaisalmer fort traditional musician

Jaisalmer Fort and Bada Bagh – Rajasthan bike trip – 7

What a ride it was from Longewala border post to Jaisalmer. We reached Jaisalmer before evening. Sun was still in the sky. Jaisalmer Fort and Bada Bagh was on the list but only after we secure a room. You would like to read the first 6 parts of the Rajasthan bike trip Jodhpur – Part 1          Gadisar Lake Jaisalmer – Part 2         Kuldhara abandoned village – Part 3 Sam Sand dunes review – Part 4          Tanot border – Part 5        Longewala border post – Part 6 Hunted for rooms and finally moved inside Maheshwari Seva Sadan near Hanuman circle. Maheshwari Seva Sadan is a Dharamshala run by Maheshwari samaj trust. Rooms were quite cheap just Rs.75 per person. Rooms were okay but the water was yellow and hard. Who cares? Filled up a bucket full of yellow water and har har gange 🙂 Vyas Chhatri or Bada Bagh Next, we left for Vyas Chhatri. Vyas Chhatri also known as Bada Bagh is at …

Tanot Mata Temple to Longewala border post – Rajasthan Bike Trip – 6

After taking blessings from Tanot Mata, we continued our motorcycle trip to Longewala border post. The distance between Tanot and Longewala is not more than 35 km.   Longewala needs no introduction. It has been the battleground during 1971 India-Pakistan war. Bollywood movie Border is based on the 1971 war with Pakistan at Longewala. You can still find some captured-destroyed war materials at Longewala.     Tanot Mata Temple to Longewala: The ride was fantastic. It felt like we were the only soul in the endless arid desert. When we reached there, the soldiers asked us to park our bike outside a small room opposite to the war memorial. We also met a group of 4 bullet riders from Gujarat. A military police from Siliguri asked where were we from? He was excited to listen that we were from Mumbai. For the next one and half hour, we were talking about Mumbai. He shared how joyful were his youth days when he was positioned in Navy Nagar, Mumbai. It was really nice talking to him.   The surprise at …

the-road-racer-interview

Interview of a Road Racer

Hello guys. You all will be excited to meet our today’s guest. It was very difficult to connect with him due to his busy schedule. Popularly called Road Racer, we are the first one to interview Mr. Binahel. Welcome, sir! Would you like to introduce yourself to our new audience? Mr. Binahel: Hello, friends. I am sure you all know me. Yes. You must have probably seen me many times, either vrooming through the narrow city roads, zipping fast on the empty fly over with that loose unbuttoned Shirt filled with air and a nice pair of floaters.  Remember? Yes, there you are!! Interviewer: Thank you for your sweet introduction. We have heard that people use slangs for you when you pass them on your motorcycle? Is it true? Mr. Binahel: No, that’s not completely true. They are losers! Do you know one thing? I was loved by everyone, particularly young boys. And when I use to pull that throttle, all the heads turned towards me. I use to be the centre of attraction, a …

Best places for bike trips in India

Ramgarh to Tanot Mata Temple – Rajasthan bike trip – 5

What a peaceful and calm night it was. Hundreds of kilometres away from the bustling city we were in the middle of the Thar desert in a tiny village of Ramgarh . Our journey started from Jaisalmer and today’s plan was to visit Tanot Mata Temple and Longewala border post on our motorcycle and finally return to Jaisalmer. Woke up at 5 in the morning, finished with morning chores, left Ramgarh at 6 AM. From the village of Ramgarh, we had two choices. One road goes to Longewala border post and straighter one goes to Tanot. We took the straight one and proceeded to Tanot Mandir. Ramgarh to Tanot Mata Temple: The distance between Ramgarh to Tanot is 75 KM. Road was extremely fantastic. Very nicely maintained by Border Roads Organisation. Riding on the road over rolling hills of sand is no less than a sense of absolute Freedom. The road appears straight and endless, literally. No sign of life except some military trucks and wild desert for 75km. This area is the core region of Desert National …