Companion Biker: Mirant Tiwari , renamed Mr. Mythology. Very protective of his six month old Yamaha but not so much that he can refrain from narrating the creation of universe and philosophies of Hinduism while driving on the country roads. Also, he has given me a deep insight into being a Brahmin and having to please Shiva. 'Dear Brahmin readers, do please Shiva-Shankara since he is the only one who has the right to kill a Brahmin. If anyone else touches you, it is against the constitution of Hinduism - please raise your concerns in a temple nearest to you.' (@Mirant, yaar... no offence intended. It was sincerely enlightening but you know my readers like me as a stand up comedian - or so I think right now.)
Route: Okay, some serious talk here and no jokergiri. This was my second time on the same route and it was painful to recall memory by memory and re-chart the map last night. Result: this blog entry.
Just giving the landmarks on the way, you can connect the dots via google maps if interested. Otherwise you will find too many down-to-earth village folk anytime of the day to guide you.
Ahmedabad - Subhash Bridge - Airport Circle - Noblenagar - S.P. Ring Road - Dehegam - Dehegam to Baayad Road - Go Untill Dabha Village - Go to Jhanjhari via Dabha. (Total about 80 km, Roads are smooth, well shaded and you will be driving through farms once you cross S.P. Ring Road )
My return route is a little different:
Jhanjhari - Nirmali Chokdi - Vyasji na Muvada - Utkanteshwar - Dehegam - Ahmedabad. ( You could visit Kedareshwar between Vyasji na Muvada and Utkanteshwar if you like. )
The road trip was like cutting your way through a smooth vanilla chocolate cake sitting in the comfort of your home. (Okay, I can confess here that I have been dying to find this cake of my dreams in Ahmedabad). You can expect to witness closely a small part of farmers' life while you drive through these country roads with ample of 'stop here' and 'stop there' moments. I had a nice brief chat with a farmer plucking mangoes who was nice enough to gift me a sweet desi mango :).
Caution: Take enough water or keep buying water on the way because you will need lots of it to survive the sun till the end of the day.
Wildlife: If you are an amateur birdwatcher like me, you will find a lot of variety of birds. I saw a number of Indian Rollers, Little Green Bee Eater, Black Ibis, Open billed stork, Woolly necked stork, little egret, pond heron, purple heron, white breasted kingfisher, A bigger variety of bee eater, a swallow, a raptor like a harrier (also collectively named as 'take your binocular next time' :) ).
We also saw an Indian Monitor Lizard and the Yamaha almost became the Yamaraja for a number of squirrels that were venturing on the streets without any zebra crossings.
Some more photos:
|Where do I go from here? Oh shoot... I should have thought my way out first.. :P (Mirant, don't take revenge please...)|
|Not nomads/gypsies... just tribals who transfer goods from one village to another using their camels and donkeys.|