Road trip from Delhi to Gujarat (Dwarkadhish, Somnath) and Diu with family

CADA

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First of all, I would like to thank our great admin Mr. Yogesh Sarkar for giving all of us a platform to share our travel stories and stay connected. You are and you will always be a source of inspiration for all of us. You are being missed brother.
I had been planning this trip for a while and I was waiting for Yogesh's return from Ladakh so that I could get an OK from his side for my itinerary. He never came back :-( . Why did you leave us at such an early age brother..
This post is dedicated to you brother..

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The following is the day wise summary, which you people, may find helpful if planning for a similar journey.

Vehicle: Hyundai i10 1.2. L Kappa (2010 model)
Travelers: Self, Wife, Kids (10years old and 6 years old)

Day 1: Oct 1 Tuesday
Route - Delhi, Jaipur, Ajmer, Beawar, Pali, Sirohi, Abu Road, Palanpur
Total KMs - 780 KMs


Started at 5.05 am from Delhi. Reached Palanpur, Gujarat at 6.15 PM.
Stoppage time for breakfast and lunch - around 1.5 hrs

Road status - Fantastic roads except for a bad patch between Pali and Pindwara.

Very limited food options after Ajmer till Pali. Once you get on the Jodhpur - Palanpur road, then quite a few lunch options were there.
Used FASTag on all toll booths. Separate FASTag counter was not open anywhere in Rajasthan hence had to use normal cash lane. FASTag was not detected at few toll plazas and hence hand held scanners were used.

Day 2: Oct 2 Wednesday
Route: Palanpur – Rani Ki Vav (Patan), Modhera Sun temple, Radhanpur, Maliya, Jamnagar, Dwarkadhish
Total KMs - 650 KM


Started at 8.15 am from Palanpur. Reached Rani Ki Vav at Patan at 09.45 am. The roads were mostly single lane roads after Siddhpur and mixed of bad and very bad roads. The road inside city of Patan was very congested and full of traffic.

Good parking space available at Rani Ki Vav. Kids upto12 years age are allowed free entry. Tripods are not allowed inside the premises. Even my mini gopro tripod was not allowed.

Left from Patan at 10.15 am for Modhera Sun temple. The roads were somewhat in good condition but still single lane.

Reached Modhera at around 11.30 am. Here also, ample parking space was available and kids upto 12 years were allowed free entry. Toilets at both Rani ki Vav and Modhera were bad and stinking. Left Modhera at around 12.15 noon.

After Modhera, we were supposed to join on the main highway from Radhapur. The route from Modhera to Radhanpur was in a very bad state. It was a very small single road passing through villages till Sankeshwar and after that it joined the 4 lane highway which again had very large pot holes at frequent patches. Road was also very bad when we were about to reach Radhanpur.

Reached Maliya at around 6 pm in the evening. From Radhanpur to Maliya there comes a small area of kutch where you could see mountains of salts being extracted out of sea water bodies on both sides of the roads.
After Maliya, the road connecting Jamnagar was again a diversion and was a single village road which was supposedly a state highway. It was very bad in condition with lots of potholes and off-roading.
Reached Jamnagar at 8.30 pm. After reaching Jamnagar, road was pretty good for a while and it was a 4 lane highway. However after a few kilometers, the road again became a single road with lot of bad patches and diversions. Had dinner at Honest on Jamnagar-Dwarkadhish Highway.
Finally reached Dwarka at 11.45 pm.

FASTag used at all tolls. In Gujarat, almost all tolls had working dedicated lanes for FASTag and it was detected without any issues.

Day 3: Oct 3, Thursday
Route: Dwarkadhish, Beyt Dwarka, Nageshwar Jyotirling, Porbandar (Kirti Mandir), Somnath
Total KMs - 315


Left hotel at 7.15 am. Reached Dwarkadhish temple at 7.35 am. Rushed for the Darshan as the same remains closed between 8 am to 9 am.
There wasn’t a lot of people around. Deposited electronic items at the counter and shoes at another counter. Belts and wallets were allowed to be carried inside the temple while car keys with remote were not allowed along with camera and mobiles. We didn’t entertain any approaching Pandits and went straight inside main temple. There are separate queues for Males and Females and we had fantastic darshans without any hassle.
We then had our breakfast at a small restaurant outside main temple and took an auto back to the car parking at Gomti Ghat. The car parking is not a dedicated or properly managed parking.

We then started for Beyt Dwarka. The roads were fine with few bumpy patches. Took the general ferry which costed 20 Rs per person. It was almost full when we reached and hence we didn’t’ have to wait for a long time and it got moving. After a 15 minutes boat ride, we reached Beyt Dwarka. There are lot of cows and other animals roaming freely everywhere in main Dwarkadhish and this was not any exception. After 10 minutes of walking, we reached the main temple. Here also, the electronics and car keys had to be deposited at the counter. There is a guided tour provided freely by the guide arranged by the temple every 15 minutes free of charge. They tell you the whole story of Beyt Dwarka and its significance and later ask you to donate as per your wish. After darshan, we left to the ferry point and this time, the ferry had limited crowded and again started promptly.
We then started for Nageshwar Jyotirling. The road was a very narrow single road and was broken. There wasnt any crowd at the temple and after spending a few minutes there left for our onwards trip to Somnath.

Now the worst point of the trip started. The road from Dwarkadhish till Somnath (specially after Porbandar) is broken and there are a lot of diversions and off-roading. We were not able to manage a speed of even 30 kmph on this route. It took us more than 3 hours to reach Porbandar. Had lunch there and made a short visit to Kirti Mandir.
After asking local drivers about the route, we decided to continue to the National highway to Somnath which was broken. The route was so bad. Infact there was a continuous 50 km track which had no road at all and the car was like snailing at 15 kmph. After Madhavpur, the conditions somewhat improved and we could continue at a slight better pace.
This was the most torturous journey of the trip and we reached Somnath at around 7.30 pm.

PS - At Somnath Toll Plaza, FASTag lane was closed and so I went to the other lane which clearly mentioned Cash/ Tag. However the guy at counter refused to scan FASTag and asked me to use the FASTag lane. After wasting a few minutes arguing and telling him why no one was sitting there and why he can’t accept FASTag as it was clearly a dual purpose lane, I had to give up. Told him to get the truck on my tail back up so that I could go back. A guy from toll helped me back up and opened the FASTag lane. The FASTag detected fine.

Day 4 – Oct 4, Friday
Route: Somnath, Bhalka Thirth, Diu
Total KMs – 90


Left hotel at 9.20 am after breakfast. Reached Somnath temple parking at around 9.30 am. The parking was ample. However it was quite some walk to the main temple from the parking. Here also, we had to deposit our electronic items at the luggage counter. At the temple, there are separate queues for male and female devotees. The darshans were very good as there wasn’t any rush. Stood at the sea-side for a while and then left the temple at 10.30 am.

Hats off to the temple management for such clean and professionally managed premises.

Reached Bhalka Thirth at 10.45 am and after visiting the small temple there, we left at 11 am for Diu. The roads from Somnath to Diu were again very bad with lots of diversions and for around 30 KMs, there were no roads at all.

Finally reached Diu at 1.15 pm and checked into our beach resort. The beach resorts at Diu do not have any private beach, they are all on the opposite side of Nagoa beach. If you have your own vehicle, it is suggested to stay at some hotel in the city area as the prices at the beach resorts are very steep. Plus, Diu is a very small city, hardly 10-15 kms and hence you can anyhow visit either Nagoa or Ghogla beach very conveniently.

There was very poor Jio connectivity after Somnath and also in Diu.

Spent evening at Nagua beach which was not very crowded. Being a Friday, I was expecting a lot of crowd here but the crowd was reasonable and we could spend some quality time there.

Took dinner at hotel and slept.

PS: Roads inside Diu were absolutely wonderful.

Day 5: Oct 5, Saturday
Diu sightseeing- Visited the following in the morning in the order mentioned:

· Gangeshwar Temple,
· Naida caves,
· Diu fort,
· St Paul church,
· Diu museum (nothing to see, can be avoided),
· INS khukri memorial (road was closed, had to take detour, construction going on and hence can be avoided till the time renovation completes, good vantage point though)
· Ghogla Beach (evening)

Took lunch at a restaurant on Fort road and returned to hotel.
In evening, went to Ghogla beach. It was almost empty and was pristine. Only a single vendor offering limited water sports activities. A lot of tiny crabs were there in the sand hence you had to be very careful while enjoying at the sea shore.

Went to the local market at fort road in the evening and then left for hotel.

Day 6: Oct 6, Sunday
Route: Diu, Somnath, Rajkot, Chotila (??)
Total KMs : 387

Started from Diu at 8 am. Plan was to reach Himmatnagar (580 km via Somnath) by day end and to reach Delhi from Himmatnagar (860 km) on next day.
Reached Somnath at 10.15 am. Took the 4 lane highway to Rajkot. Road was good but had frequent potholes. At Junagadh bypass the road was very bad and almost offroading. Had good views of Girnar Mountain from the road though. We went non-stop and had our lunch at a restaurant after crossing Rajkot.
At around 3.45 pm around 14 KMs afer Chotila, suddenly felt a jerk and had to stop. There was oil leaking from my car all over the road. The car was also not moving after engaging gears.
I tried to search for a mechanic and after a lot of persuasion (as it was a sunday) a mechanic accepted to visit. He came after 1 hour and told that "Gear Box fatt gaya hai" ( the gear box has blown). I asked him how much time it will take to repair, he told me 3 days. I was like, what the hell? Thank fully I had number of a relative who runs a garage in Delhi. Called him and explained him the situation. He talked to the mechanic and told him to do it by next day as it wasn’t a more than 6 hours job. To this, he said the gearbox is not available and it had to be bought from some scrap shop from Jungadh or Rajkot. Finally after a lot of negotiations, he told me to take the car next day at 4 pm. Since there wasn’t any other option and it was already getting dark, I decided to get the car towed to his garage and make a night halt at Chotila. Checked my family into a hotel at the highway and got the car to his garage. Then again there was trouble with the mechanic regd the quote he gave. He kept on increasing he quote as now he felt that I was alone and at his mercy. Finally I had to accept his quote and leave my keys with him.

My family back Delhi were now all worried for us and were giving all advises on "not to worry" and “stay safe” and "we told you to go by flight" types. After dinner I went to bed praying to God that the car gets Ok next day and I would be able to complete the remaining 1000 KMs of the trip in next two days. The trip already had been delayed by 1 day now.

Day 7: Oct 7, Monday
Route: Chotila, Ahmedabad, Udaipur
Total KMs: 450


As soon as I got up, I called up the mechanic for the status of the car. To my surprise he told me that the car was ready and he was taking a test run and I can take the car at 10 am. I was utterly surprised and the next 2 hours were spent in anticipation. At 9.30 am I left hotel and took lift from a traveler to reach the garage. The garage had not opened and the car was not there. I again was starting to get worried. I again called up the guy and he told me to wait for half an hour. I had to wait there for almost an hour till he finally showed up. I did a test run and found that the 3rd and 4th gears were getting very difficult and hard to operate. Told him the same and he said it must be a clutch related problem. Since I wanted to resume the journey as soon as possible and I paid him the money, went back to hotel, checked out and started my return journey at around 11.30 am.
Except for the gear issue, the car was moving just fine. Target was to reach Udaipur and make a night halt there.
Crossed Ahmedabad around lunch time, got the lunch packed at Mcdonalds and kept on moving. Six laning work was in progress and road had lots of pot holes and diversions due to which we were not able to maintain a consistent speed.
The day went by without any adventure and we reached Udaipur at around 8 in the evening.

Finally Delhi was in sight and we could wish to reach home the next day i.e. on Vijay Dashmi.

Day 8: Oct 8, Tuesday
Route: Udaipur, Nathdwara, Beawar, Ajmer, Jaipur, Delhi
Total KMs: 650
Back to home


Finally the day had come and the 8 days long trip was going to end today.
Started from Udaipur at 6 am. Took the route via Nathdwara to Beawar to Ajmer to Jaipur to Delhi.
Udaipur to Rajsamand was a breeze. Great 4 lane highway. Except for a few cattle on the road, we did not encounter much traffic.
Nathdwara to Beawar is a single road but is in a very good condition. On this route, there are two toll booths and both are not FASTag enabled. I had to pay in cash at these two toll booths. No where else during the trip I paid toll in cash.

We reached Beawar at 9.30 am and took breakfast at a midway dhaba after crossing Beawar. Beawar onwards, it was the fantastic 6 lane highway again and I was sure that it would be a very good drive till Delhi.
The car was performing good (the gear issue was still there). We reached Ajmer at 11.15 am and Jaipur at around 1 pm. There was a lot of city traffic and lots of truckers around Jaipur. Probably everyone was going back to Delhi after the vacations.
Near Kotputli, the road construction is going on and we had to deal with a 30 minutes long traffic jam. Also the toll booths had a lot of long queues and separate FASTag lanes were non operations and hence had to waste a lot of time there.
We reached Neemrana at around 03.15 pm and had our lunch at Highway king. Finally, we reached home at around 6.15 pm which I would say was a great feat considering that I was expecting to reach much later in the night. Ended the day with the Dussehra Celebrations in the neighborhood.

Trip Summary

Petrol - Around Rs. 18000
Toll - Cash Rs. 70, FASTag Rs. 2300
KMs travelled (as per ODO) - Around 3450 Kms

Post trip update-
Took the car to local mechanic next day and the gear cable set had to be replaced. Also the gear oil which that mechanic at Chotila had put in was old and had to be replaced.
As per all my relatives, this trip should have been done on a flight to avoid such kind of misadventures and it would have been much more enjoyable.
However, for myself and my wife and kids, this was a great road trip and we enjoyed every bit of it.

Thanks for reading. Few pictures we took during the trip are attached (in random order).

Bhalka Tirth.jpeg
Diu entry.jpeg
Diu Fort.jpeg
diu lighthouse.jpg
Diu Museum.jpeg
diu resort.jpeg
Gangeshwar Temple Diu.jpeg
Ghogla beach 2.jpeg
Ghogla Beach Diu.jpeg
IMG_20191003_153826-01.jpeg
Jalandar beach Diu.jpeg
Modhera Sun Temple.jpeg
Modhera sun temple.jpg
Nageshwar.jpg
Nagua beach.jpeg
Panikotha view from diu fort.jpeg
Random country roads.jpeg
random country roads.jpg
Rani ki Vav.jpeg
rani ki vav.JPG
St paul church diu 2.jpeg
St paul church Diu.jpeg
 

@Gujjubhais_Log

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Day 6: Oct 6, Sunday
Route: Diu, Somnath, Rajkot, Chotila (??)
Total KMs : 387

Started from Diu at 8 am. Plan was to reach Himmatnagar (580 km via Somnath) by day end and to reach Delhi from Himmatnagar (860 km) on next day.
Reached Somnath at 10.15 am. Took the 4 lane highway to Rajkot. Road was good but had frequent potholes. At Junagadh bypass the road was very bad and almost offroading. Had good views of Girnar Mountain from the road though. We went non-stop and had our lunch at a restaurant after crossing Rajkot.
At around 3.45 pm around 14 KMs afer Chotila, suddenly felt a jerk and had to stop. There was oil leaking from my car all over the road. The car was also not moving after engaging gears.
I tried to search for a mechanic and after a lot of persuasion (as it was a sunday) a mechanic accepted to visit. He came after 1 hour and told that "Gear Box fatt gaya hai" ( the gear box has blown). I asked him how much time it will take to repair, he told me 3 days. I was like, what the hell? Thank fully I had number of a relative who runs a garage in Delhi. Called him and explained him the situation. He talked to the mechanic and told him to do it by next day as it wasn’t a more than 6 hours job. To this, he said the gearbox is not available and it had to be bought from some scrap shop from Jungadh or Rajkot. Finally after a lot of negotiations, he told me to take the car next day at 4 pm. Since there wasn’t any other option and it was already getting dark, I decided to get the car towed to his garage and make a night halt at Chotila. Checked my family into a hotel at the highway and got the car to his garage. Then again there was trouble with the mechanic regd the quote he gave. He kept on increasing he quote as now he felt that I was alone and at his mercy. Finally I had to accept his quote and leave my keys with him.

My family back Delhi were now all worried for us and were giving all advises on "not to worry" and “stay safe” and "we told you to go by flight" types. After dinner I went to bed praying to God that the car gets Ok next day and I would be able to complete the remaining 1000 KMs of the trip in next two days. The trip already had been delayed by 1 day now.

Day 7: Oct 7, Monday
Route: Chotila, Ahmedabad, Udaipur
Total KMs: 450


As soon as I got up, I called up the mechanic for the status of the car. To my surprise he told me that the car was ready and he was taking a test run and I can take the car at 10 am. I was utterly surprised and the next 2 hours were spent in anticipation. At 9.30 am I left hotel and took lift from a traveler to reach the garage. The garage had not opened and the car was not there. I again was starting to get worried. I again called up the guy and he told me to wait for half an hour. I had to wait there for almost an hour till he finally showed up. I did a test run and found that the 3rd and 4th gears were getting very difficult and hard to operate. Told him the same and he said it must be a clutch related problem. Since I wanted to resume the journey as soon as possible and I paid him the money, went back to hotel, checked out and started my return journey at around 11.30 am.
Except for the gear issue, the car was moving just fine. Target was to reach Udaipur and make a night halt there.
Crossed Ahmedabad around lunch time, got the lunch packed at Mcdonalds and kept on moving. Six laning work was in progress and road had lots of pot holes and diversions due to which we were not able to maintain a consistent speed.
The day went by without any adventure and we reached Udaipur at around 8 in the evening.
Sorry to hear about the car and extremely sorry that I couldn't help. Chotila is my work place.
 
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