Route of trip
Delhi-Jodhpur (via Bullet Baba temple, Pali)-Jaisalmer-Delhi
“पधारो म्हारे देश ”
Going on a road trip is always an adventure. Plus, you don’t have to stick to any schedule. Unlucky on the latter part as we hired a self-drive car for four days and exceeding the time meant extra charges.
All of my trips in college have been a budget trip, spending as less as possible. Yet, this one costed a little more than expected. But it was worth the payout.
Day 1, 1000 hours. The time to pick up the car. Filling up the tank, set our eyes on long awaited trip and started off with the trip.
Delhi to Jodhpur is a 600 kms long journey. But with right company of friends and music it will all be worth it. Moreover, the road is well constructed.
On the way, came our first stop -Bullet Baba Temple. It added few kilometres to our journey, but a unique place to visit.
Located about 50 kms from Jodhpur city, Bullet Baba or Om Banna is a shrine devoted to a deity in the form of motorcycle. Passerby stops at the temple to pray for safe journey. It is said that, Om Singh Rathore, a local youth, died on this spot and later his bike was taken to the police station. But the bike kept returning to the accident site. This came as a miracle to locals & they began to worship the ‘bullet bike’ an construct a temple for it.
Day 2 started with heavy breakfast of Jodhpur kachori followed by visit to Ummaid Bhavan Palace and Museum, Mehrangarh Fort and Toorji ka Jhalra Bavdi and soon after left for Jaisalmer.
We reached Jaisalmer around midnight. As we entered the city, some guys on bikes started to follow us. Confused with what’s happening, we started to drive fast and so do they. Soon we realised they are middlemen (dalle) when one of the guys started flashing hotel card. We talked, bargained checked in to one of the hotels. With the same Hotel owner, we booked the camping site stay at sand dunes for the next day.
Note– Try to have a look at Jaisalmer fort at night from your hotel’s terrace. The place looks magical.
Day 3, We visited Jaisalmer fort, Patwon ki haveli, Tazia tower, Jawahar palace.
Jaisalmer fort is the second oldest fort (after Chittorgarh fort) of Rajasthan, still resides a quarter of city’s population. Tons of eateries serving multicuisine & shops to buy local handicraft are available.
Sam & Sand dunes- a place to spend calm night under the star trail in desert chill with bonfire.
After we reached campsite, they took us to sand dunes in the middle of the desert with nothing in our sight.
The adventurous off-road ride in an open Thar on dunes was breath-taking and surely not for faint-hearted. We experienced camel ride and an awe-inspiring sunset.
Rajasthani dance, music and food, you’ll get to experience all of it at campsite. If you’re a hookah lover you can ask for one here.
Day 4 started little early, kyuki Delhi duuuur hai. Distance between Delhi and Jaisalmer is 750 kms and takes around 15-hours to cover. Make sure there are quite a drivers if you aren’t considering any major halt enroute.
On our way back we visited kuldhara village and Jaisalmer war memorial. Kuldhara is a deserted and haunted village (as some legend claim) near Jaisalmer. There are many stories surrounding the abandoned village from lack of water to earthquake to atrocity of local Diwan(official).
Built beautifully, Jaisalmer war memorial depicts the history of Indian Army through the ages. It also showcases about the 1965 & 1971 war which this piece of land witnessed. Captured tanks and trucks of Pakistani Army with there flag painted upside down are seen here.
Unlike us, if you aren’t out of time, do visit Longewala border where the battle was fought in 1971
(Border Movie Starring Sunny Deol is set of battle fought here) and Tanot Mata temple.
Contemporary folklore credits the temple for the outcome of the battle of Longewala.
We drove overnight and reached Delhi around 8 in the morning. It was day of submission.
Submitting the car, we hired. Without any scratch or dent on it we submitted it and took security deposit back.
And a happy trip to Jodhpur & Jaisalmer came to end.