Mumbai - Udaipur - Jaipur - Sawai Madhopur - Himachal


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So overall, avoid the NH8 and NH1 where ever you can. It becomes difficult since one has to reach fast and one cannot experiment too much Wirth rural roads, not knowing their current condition and time required. Also on hectic trips its not always possible to research thoroughly. These highways are not only boring, but also very toll heavy.

My trip from Mumbai - Mt Abu - Sawai Madhopur - Jaipur - Chandigarh - Una and back cost me Rs 4151 in tolls (and higher because I did lose a few toll receipts). Not counting fuel and stay over and eating, at this cost I could have taken a train...


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Musing on my multiple trips along this route. For various reasons, mostly regarding work and research I have done this route so many times, but every time it surprises me, often not pleasantly.

Starting from Mumbai, the NH8 is fairly decent after one crosses the Vasai Creek. The road gently meanders through the rolling hills of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park and then the Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary and beyond. Beatiful forested stretches on either side make it a very scenic drive. Our first stop is typically the Kamath's at Manor for breakfast.

The morning drive through Maharashtra is divine and the roads buttery smooth.

Until you cross the check nana into the Gujarat side of NH8. Buttery smooth roads. But trucks, trucks, trucks, and factory, factory, factory on either side. The entire stretch of NH8 through Gujarat is the most boring, depressing site ever. It makes you drowsy. And the intense traffic on this highway prevents you from moving ahead very smoothly. The drive through industrial towns of Vapi, Ankleshwar etc will make you lose faith in capitalism and consumerism. The worst part is having to drive through this stretch when you are returning back. As it is you are a little sad to have to be back to the daily grind, then you go through this primer. Anyway...

The Giriraj Kathiawadi Food on the Vadodara stretch of NH8/48 is excellent. We try and look for it. We used to stop at Sugar and Spice food Court, They had an excellent Kathiawadi Thaliu but unfortunately it has shut down.

A bit of the National Expressway 1 bypassing Ahmedabad is a great stretch of road. One can drive on smooth four lanes road with scenic beauty either side at a consistent fast speed (80kmph speed limit), and the road is closed to pedestrians, two wheelers, animals etc. But its mid afternoon and one can get drowsy on this long straight road with no challenges :)

The moment we cross into Rajasthan, beauty!

The first signs of the Aravallis, gorgeous landscapes, farmlands, villages, dhabas with great food.

Often Google Maps routes you through a different inner road and I have loved it. But unable to pinpoint exactly where.

We once stopped at this highway Dhabi for lunch. The food was awesome. We took a walk along the lane next to the Dhaba into a beautiful river side.

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We walked into this beautiful lane...
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And sat by this gentle stream...

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You must try Ahura just before GJ border a parsi food joint with fresh home made breads & masala.
Bun maska & egg omelet kheema pav are some favourite dishes to taste.

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I tried. is it Parsi Dairy?
It’s parasi owned before Dapchari where you enters GJ from MH which operates 24 hours now they have opened one on mumbai-Pune expressway also.
Parasi Dairy is on opposite side at entry point of Maharashtra from GJ.

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