Through the wild Rajasthan to North India

It was weird but when I was entering another Indian state the driving habit of the people living there also changed. Driving in India is crazy but driving in Rajasthan is even worse. Standing still – the worse what can happen to an Indian guy. The result: honking all the time and trying to somehow overtake the car in front even if there is no space at all. My first station in Rajasthan was Udaipur which is supposed to be the most romantic city in India. The streets were getting narrower and the honking concert started. I was pushing myself to an extremely narrow road to a backyard where I could stay for two nights.

The city palace of Udaipur
The lake makes the city together with its antique buildings to the romantic city

It is true – Udaipur has some very beautiful places. But I had to schedule the visit of the sights because the heat has arrived in Rajasthan and hard to bear. I changed my daily routine. I woke up at six in the morning for walking through the place I was staying. The good thing: In the morning the streets are quite empty and the noise level is fine. The light for photography is perfect and the sights poorly visited. An Indian guy on its bicycle started my day with telling me that I “look very tired”. Nice.  Around 11am it is incredible hot and hard not to melt in the sun. Then it’s time to leave the streets and look for a suitable place for a siesta, for reading or writing. Around 4pm I was able to leave the sun and heat shelter. In the evening I was relaxing on the roof terrace of my guest house and listened to the sound of the city.

A typical Indian shop
The city is waking up slowly in the morning
Panorama of Udaipur

To avoid the crazy traffic of Udaipur I decided to leave early in the morning for my next destination: Jodhpur. I was chatting the day before with an old man who recommended me to make a small detour to visit a fortress and a temple. I followed his advice because with my car I am quite flexible. And already the road was worth the detour. Small streets, beautiful villages. India was waking up. After a while I entered the road to the fortress. I spotted a big cow shit in the middle of the road which I didn’t wanted to have on my car so I took the cow excrement between my tires. Some meters before I reached the obstacle it turns out that the cow shit wasn’t cow shit it was a sleeping dog puppy. It woke up by the sound of my car and did what it shouldn’t have done: Jumped up. I heard the sound when the dog got under my car and the wiping afterwards. I was totally sad. Why the hell is the dog sleeping in the middle of the road?

The man with the nice advices
Driving in the morning is fun
Squirrel doing a jump

The fortress Kumbalgarh was stunning. On the beginning I thought: “Not another fortress. Should I really do the detour?” But already when I was driving towards the fortress I was impressed by its massive walls. On the top of the fortress tower I could see how wide-spread the walls were. It looked like the Chinese Wall and went into all directions. Incredible!

View to the massive walls
The huge fortress
It was amazed by seeing this massive fortress

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3 Comments

  1. Mathias
    5. October 2017
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    Hallo Namensfetter, ich bin zwar schon 60 Jahre alt aber du lebst meinen heimlichen Traum, Respekt und Glückwunsch vor so viel Mut.
    Wünsch dir alles Gute für deine weiteren Vorhaben

  2. 19. October 2017
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    Hallo nochmal
    Wie gesagt, ich möchte seid zwei Jahren mit dem eig. Kfz nach Asien/ Indien fahren.
    aber bis jetzt habe ich mich noch nicht so richtig getraut…
    Ich war jetzt mit meiner Freundin seid 03/2015 im Auto unterwegs von Marokko bis Istanbul.
    Nun sind wir getrennt und ich möchte alleine bzw. mit Hund nach Asien kommen.
    Braucht man zwingend ein Allrad Kfz?
    Wieviel Geld hat dich der Diesel gekostet bis Indien?
    Wo bist du momentan unterwegs?
    Wie hast du Reisebegleitschaft gefunden?
    über antwort würde ich mich risig freuen…
    Timo
    mrbrown1@web.de
    woandersalsgestern

    • Mathias
      21. October 2017
      Reply

      Hallo Timo! Also erstmal Glückwunsch zu dein Vorhaben! Also zwingend brauchst du eigentlich kein Allrad, kommst auch mit einem normalen Auto bis Indien. Allrad macht wesentlich mehr Spaß, sobald du in Bergregionen oder Wüsten bist und mal etwas die Umgebung neben der Strecke kennenlernen willst! Hund kann an bestimmten Grenzen vielleicht schwierig werden, aber solang du alle Dokumente und Impfungen hast, sollte es gehen. In Indien gibt es aber sehr viele Straßenhunde die schon die Menschen und noch weniger andere Hunde leiden können. Also das solltest du überdenken. Wie viel Diesel du brauchst, hängt von der Strecke ab. Ich habe 28.000 KM bis Indien gebraucht und hab dabei knapp 2400 Liter verbraucht. Im Durchschnitt kostet der Liter Diesel 75cent, wobei er im Iran 19 Cent und in der Türkei 1,40 Euro kostet. Die kürzeste Strecke sind 10.000 KM, dabei geht es durch Iran und den Süden Pakistans. Insgesamt bin ich knapp 56.000 KM gefahren und bin auf den Rückweg durch Pakistan durch. Meine Reisebegleitschaft waren allesamt Freunde, den ich von der Reise erzählt habe und eine Etappenweise Mitfahrt schmackhaft gemacht habe 🙂 Das hat ziemlich gut geklappt! Ich schick dir mal eine Mail, wenn du Fragen hast kann ich dir gern helfen!

      Viel Spaß beim planen! Mathias

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