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2 JANUARY 2023 . MONDAY . JODHPUR, RJ

We explored Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur for about 3 hours. Afterwards, we drove straight to Umaid Bhawan Palace and spent half-hour in exploring it. Then, it was time for lunch. We visited Jodhpur Coffee House on a busy road and had snacks. Food was not good. To compensate that, we walked to the nearby Janta Sweet Home, where we tasted many sweets and savouries like Mawa Kachori, Pyaaz Kachori, Rabdi, Mirchi Vada and Makhaniya Lassi.

We left Jodhpur at 4:15 pm, drove non-stop to Chittorgarh. I had two navigators, offline NaviMaps and online Google Maps in my Thar. Google Maps misguided me several times and won't work when there was no network. So, as a backup, I had offline NaviMaps too. The road from Jodhpur to Beawar was excellent. At Beawar junction, NaviMaps asked me to take right and Google Maps guided me to the left. NaviMaps showed less distance than the Google Map's route. There were no signages at this important busy junction. Both were directly opposite to each other! But, the ETA was the same in both the cases. I made the blunder of selecting the route recommended by NaviMaps as it was shorter. Then, the nightmare in the night started for the next 100 and odd km. Half way through, we realized that NaviMaps showed the shorter route and Google Maps recommended a longer route, but ETA was the same in both the cases, which meant that the former route was terrible compared to the latter! There were umpteen number diversions due to work in progress. It took us through narrow village roads. Few enquiries confirmed that it was the correct route. So, we continued. Only earthmovers, trucks, JCBs gave company. The road was terrible. We had another night of off-roading! We drove through a place called Asind and finally reached Bhilwara bypass, where we got connected to the Delhi-Udaipur-Mumbai 6-lane expressway. From there, it was a beautiful 6 and 4-lane road all the way to Chittorgarh. We reached our hotel at 9:50 pm. We ate our well-earned dinner at the roof-top restaurant and called it a day.

More to come.

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J.Ravi

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3 JANUARY 2023 . TUESDAY . CHITTORGARH, RJ

The first half day was the rest day after an excellent buffet breakfast. We drove to the Chittorgarh Fort in the afternoon and spent ~3 hours going around various places of interest inside the fort like Kumbha palace ruins, Jain temple, museum, vijaya stambha, etc. Finally, we watched the wonderful sound-and-light programme [son et lumière] in shivering cold winter evening at the Kumbha palace ruins before returning to our hotel.

Me and wife visited this fort in 2019, while returning from our Ladakh trip. Details are here.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chittor_Fort says:
The Chittorgarh (literally Chittor Fort), also known as Chittod Fort, is one of the largest forts in India. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The fort was the capital of Mewar and is located in the present-day city of Chittorgarh. It sprawls over a hill 180 m (590.6 ft) in height spread over an area of 280 ha (691.9 acres) above the plains of the valley drained by the Berach River. The fort covers 65 historic structures, which include four palaces, 19 large temples, 20 large water bodies, 4 memorials and a few victory towers.

In 2013, at the 37th session of the World Heritage Committee held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Chittorgarh Fort, along with five other forts of Rajasthan, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as a group called the Hill Forts of Rajasthan.
More to come.

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J.Ravi

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4 JANUARY 2023 . WEDNESDAY . CHITTORGARH, RJ TO AURANGABAD, MH

After a satisfying buffet breakfast, we checked out of our hotel, refueled at BP Chittorgarh, where petrol was cheaper by ₹ 3 than that of Jaisalmer. The petrol price was similar to that of Jodhpur. When we left the petrol pump, the time was 9 am. For a change, both my NaviMaps and Goodle Maps agreed to show the same route and distance to my destination, Aurangabad, MH!

We stopped at Cube Stop food court near Dhamnod for lunch. The food was good. The toilets were clean.

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The roads were excellent 4-lane ones until we reached Dhule. We had our quota of off-roading and bad road from Dhule to Chalisgaon to Kannad ghat [~80 km], that too in the night. Four laning road works were in progress in this section with plenty of truck traffic. There were many diversions and traffic jams. Even on the Kannad ghat road, there were traffic jams due to overloaded trucks getting stuck at the hairpin bends. Finally, we reached our hotel at Aurangabad, MH at 10:30 pm. We ordered food from the room service and retired for the day for well-earned rest.

5 JANUARY 2023 . THURSDAY . AURANGABAD, MH

We enjoyed a splendid buffet breakfast and took rest for half day. In the afternoon, we left for Ellora Caves and explored it for about 3 hours. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellora_Caves

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While returning to our hotel, we visited Bibi Ka Maqbara, aka Taj of Deccan. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bibi_Ka_Maqbara

More to come.
 

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6 JANUARY 2023 . FRIDAY . AURANGABAD, MH

Another day began with sumptuous and delicious buffet breakfast at our hotel, The Fern Residency, Aurangabad. Later, we left for Ajanta Caves. We spent about 3 hours exploring it and returned to our hotel. But for a few rough sections, most of the road was a good 4 lane one. While Ellora Caves were mainly of Jainism and historical sculptures, Ajanta Caves were mainly about Buddhism and paintings. Both Ajanta and Ellora Caves are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, which should not be missed by anyone.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ajanta_Caves

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7 JANUARY 2023 . SATURDAY . AURANGABAD, MH TO BANGALORE

The final day of our trip began with another excellent buffet breakfast; we packed, loaded Thar with our luggage, checked out at 9 am. Thar had its tankful of petrol at IOC Dakshata Petrol Pump, managed by Aurangabad District Rural Police Force. The staff wore khaki uniform. First time I came across a petrol pump managed by police force. Here is the location: https://goo.gl/maps/KLrThqEmYGMSQgAK7

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Our homeward route comprised Beed, Osmanabad, Solapur, Vijayapura, Hosapete and Chitradurga. The road was beautiful all the way to Bangalore. We had to drive through Solapur, where we had tiffin at Kamat Hotel and vada-pav at the nearby Puneri Vada Pav and continued our drive to Vijayapura. En route, twice we were stopped by MH cops at toll plazas to check my driving licence and vehicle documents. After showing them, we were allowed to proceed.

We arrived at Gol Gumbaz, Vijayapura at 3 pm and spent half hour there. Climbing 7 steep flights of steps was, however, a task.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gol_Gumbaz

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We continued our homeward drive. Road was good. Traffic was thin. We had dinner at Chitradurga bypass and continued our drive.

8 JANUARY 2023 . SUNDAY . BANGALORE

Raging Red Thar brought us home safely and comfortably at 1:30 am. Our Thar behaved fantastic throughout the trip. No breakdown. No accident. No damage. No puncture. No problem from cops/RTO. No challan.

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The total distance covered in this trip was 5,018 km in 15 days. The actual fuel efficiency recorded was 9.61 km/litre of petrol for the entire trip including off-roading and sand dune-bashing, measured by tankful-tankful method.

I am thankful to all, who have liked, appreciated, commented and browsed this travelogue.

At last, this travelogue has ended! :-D
 
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THAR VISITS THAR

6 JANUARY 2023 . FRIDAY . AURANGABAD, MH

Another day began with sumptuous and delicious buffet breakfast at our hotel, The Fern Residency, Aurangabad. Later, we left for Ajanta Caves. We spent about 3 hours exploring it and returned to our hotel. But for a few rough sections, most of the road was a good 4 lane one. While Ellora Caves were mainly of Jainism and historical sculptures, Ajanta Caves were mainly about Buddhism and paintings. Both Ajanta and Ellora Caves are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, which should not be missed by anyone.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ajanta_Caves

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7 JANUARY 2023 . SATURDAY . AURANGABAD, MH TO BANGALORE

The final day of our trip began with another excellent buffet breakfast; we packed, loaded Thar with our luggage, checked out at 9 am. Thar had its tankful of petrol at IOC Dakshata Petrol Pump, managed by Aurangabad District Rural Police Force. The staff wore khaki uniform. First time I came across a petrol pump managed by police force. Here is the location: https://goo.gl/maps/KLrThqEmYGMSQgAK7

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Our homeward route comprised Beed, Osmanabad, Solapur, Vijayapura, Hosapete and Chitradurga. The road was beautiful all the way to Bangalore. We had to drive through Solapur, where we had tiffin at Kamat Hotel and vada-pav at the nearby Puneri Vada Pav and continued our drive to Vijayapura. En route, twice we were stopped by MH cops at toll plazas to check my driving licence and vehicle documents. After showing them, we were allowed to proceed.

We arrived at Gol Gumbaz, Vijayapura at 3 pm and spent half hour there. Climbing 7 steep flights of steps was, however, a task.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gol_Gumbaz

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We continued our homeward drive. Road was good. Traffic was thin. We had dinner at Chitradurga bypass and continued our drive.

8 JANUARY 2023 . SUNDAY . BANGALORE

Raging Red Thar brought us home safely and comfortably at 1:30 am. Our Thar behaved fantastic throughout the trip. No breakdown. No accident. No damage. No puncture. No problem from cops/RTO. No challan.

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The total distance covered in this trip was 5,018 km in 15 days. The actual fuel efficiency recorded was 9.61 km/litre of petrol for the entire trip including off-roading and sand dune-bashing, measured by tankful-tankful method.

I am thankful to all, who have liked, appreciated, commented and browsed this travelogue.

At last, this travelogue has ended! :-D
Loved the Thar enjoying the sand adventure. Excellent day wise narration with beautiful pics.

Pls also share charges and reviews of hotels where you took halt at, will be of great help for fellow travellers including myself:)
 

J.Ravi

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Here are two clippings of our drive to Indo Pak border near Tanot, RJ by our Thar on 31/12/2022.


 

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Here is a clipping of tough sand dune bashing we did on 30/12/2022 somewhere at Thar desert, RJ, where me and my Thar learnt the first lesson of off-roading and sand dune bashing.

 
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