India is a very hospitable country. The people are helpful and polite to strangers and travellers, most of the time. All through our travel we have relied on the locals for guiding us to hotels, forts, shopping haunts and on to the highways. It’s only when we are on the highways though, without a soul in sight, that we are completely at the mercy of our two navigation systems - GoGo India and SatNav.
We lovingly call them Crime-master GoGo and Sattu.
The road from Indore to Dhule consists of a portion of the NH3, the same road takes you from Indore to Mumbai. A 267km stretch of potholes, ditches, undulations and in utterly pathetic condition. A drive that should have taken us 5 hours at max but took us 8 hrs and 22 mins overall!
Though we are in MP now - 2 states away from Rajasthan - we still cannot help but look back at the wonderful surprises that we found along the way. Sure, Gujarat had the Rann of Kutch and our brief stay in UP took us to the eternal monument of love, but it was Rajasthan that sticks in our memories.
A short look at the times gone by and a last look back at Rajasthan.
Why write about the Cedia? As we come towards the end of our journey and we look back at all the places we visited, all the distance we covered, all the time spent on the highway, we realized the one thing that connects all the dots is the car.