I realized I cannot compile my Rajasthan experience in one post, hence this first part. Rajasthan is a dream for every camera lover. The clear blue sky, the elegant camels walking in a straight line, the smooth black road, the vast sheet of sand, the bright colors…they all contribute to what can be termed as one of the top “photography destinations” of India.
Over the last few months, I have spent several days on the road and I am slowly getting addicted to the feeling of always on the move. It’s a different kind of feeling when you give yourselves up to the stars above, embrace a different view every day, pass by a village that flaunts a different culture, stop worrying less about the materials you have earned and rather focus on the different sights nature has for us to offer. Life looks clearer and I have passionately started loving the feeling of being on the roads. Less worry and more love. Less fear and more warmth. Dance beneath the starry skies and stop at an unknown place for a hot cup of tea. The strangers become friendlier, and friends become family.
Every day was different, and better than the previous one. I would rather talk about the roads in this post. We covered approximately 2100 KMS in this trip, and almost 60% of it was an easy drive. Our route was as below-
Delhi-Jodhpur (via NH8- almost 600 KMS) – Traffic was very minimal after Jaipur, roads were good too
Jodhpur-Jaisalmer (via NH15-almost 300 KMS)- Wonderful road and exceptionally “out of the world” view
Jaisalmer-Bikaner (via NH15- almost 350 KMS)- Found traffic only in the Bikaner City, saw several wild animals on the way
Bikaner-Delhi (via NH11 and SH20- almost 500 KMS) – Good road overall, slightly rough for almost 30 KMS near Fatehpur
Above is the overall description, and the distance is from the places where we lodged. In almost every city, our unanimous decision was to stay away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Hence, in every destination, we ended up gulping a few more KMS than what was calculated. And we LOVED it.
Rajasthan is damn gorgeous. While on the roads, we saw the endless empty fields, the lush green vegetation at certain places, groups of birds flying in the clear blue sky, wandering deer lazing near the main road, groups of camels ready to be clicked, several kids riding the fashionably dressed camels, tourists trying their best to get the perfect pictures, the gorgeous sand dunes among many other things.
For a newbie driver like me, this road trip was a great learning experience and I was pretty satisfied with my car handling skills, though I managed to scare Mr. Husband with the speedometer view. Rest all are experienced drivers and they were spellbound with the road, the smoothness and the view. It left us all amazed.
Sharing some of the pictures taken while on the road, hope you like them all.
Coming soon: Rajasthan: A Dream : Part 2
Till then, keep smiling and wish you a very happy new year!!!