The next leg was Agra to Delhi. It was such an overwhelming experience to ride through the famous ‘Yamuna Expressway’ – the only expressway in the country where even two-wheelers have to pay Toll tax, an amount of Rs.220 was collected. On entering Delhi, the bike had a minor breakdown. After having rectified the problem, I moved ahead and decided to stay in Meghalaya House. But the one at APJ Abdul Kalam Road had no vacant rooms, so I went to Vasant Vihar Meghalaya House. Luckily there were many beds available at the dormitory, so I put up there. It was such a good feeling to have met many fellow Meghalayans after a week, yes for me it felt like ages. Fortunately I had ‘Kwai’ worth 20 rupees in my bag; I distributed it among them, after which our conversation went on till late night. As the saying goes – “Tang shi kyntien kwai” – and you make many friends over it, after which your relationship with that stranger gets more comfortable and tend to converse over long hours. That was what happened with me too.
In addition, I met few fellow rider friends in Delhi and spent memorable time with them.
After Delhi, I was off for Jaipur. In Jaipur too, I was warmly received by riders there. I spent 4 days there as I had to get my bike serviced. In addition, I visited many forts and many places of tourist attraction. The fun that I had in Jaipur was so, that I didn’t want to leave the Pink City. After those 4 days there, I convinced my friends to join me to Jaisalmer, whereby 3 of them did tag along. We rode for approximately 620 kms to reach a village called ‘Sam’. It is about 50 kms from Jaisalmer, not far from the border with Pakistan. In fact, this village was once under Pakistan administration. But during after the Indo-Pakistan war of 1965, India captured a huge expanse of Pakistani territory, Sam being one of them.
Throughout this trip, I had the most fun here in Sam. From morning to late night, not a moment was spent being idle. We stayed in tents which were well erected, having proper bathroom & toilet facilities. Our day would start off with breakfast, and then we’d be off for camel ride towards the sand dunes.
After an hour or so of the ride, we’d come back, take bath, relax for a while and then be off for a ride to the desert. We’d come back in the evening, relax for a while, and then start drinking after dusk. Thereafter we’d be off for the Rajasthani folk music and dance performed by the local artists which would go on till midnight. We’d dance and sing along. It was so much fun! This went on for 4 days. A must visit destination, I insist!