More to come.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.
Loved the Thar enjoying the sand adventure. Excellent day wise narration with beautiful pics.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.
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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.
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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.
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At last, this travelogue has ended!