I had kept a buffer day in Bhuj, for visiting BSF HQ for the permit to Vighakot visit. Ever since, I had read about vighakot on various blog and also got to know that my FB friend Nittin khattar had also visited the same, my zeal to visit here also was high along with the intention of handing over thank you cards for our soldiers guarding the border.
Inquiring locally in the hotel, where i was residing, i was told that the BSF HQ is on the Mundra highway. Although in Bhuj, one can find alot of Army area around, I easily visited the BSF office there, but was later to be informed that the actual office is on the Airport road near Dmart. I was at the office around 10AM, and hardly anybody was present for the permit request. Compared to weekends, it’s better to visit the office on weekdays to avoid crowd. The BSF HQ office staffs were very cordial and helpful, they guided me what and how to write an application letter in terms of format. They gave a letter copy of already written and asked me to fill up in the same format. A copy ID proofs of vehicle (Registration certificate) and self (aadhar) was attached and accepted by them. I was asked to come down in the evening to collect the permit.
Upon leaving the BSF office, i wanted to visit the enfield service station on Mundra/Mandvi highway to have a general checkup. The service station is small and less service technicians are available here. I was lucky to get their help in servicing my bike in less time. I requested them to top up the engine oil, clean air filter and chain lubrication.
With the job done, i then went back to room and got ready to visit Nirona village, as i wished to buy something for mom from this place. This village is just 40 kms away from Bhuj. The road to this village is of good and even better than Bangalore.
Entering into the village, one can easily identify the Rogan art family house. Only 2 families do this art as of today. Their houses are very nearby on the same lane. I first visited the second brother family where the guy explained and demoed about this art. But unfortunately he did not have much varieties of art materials to buy.
I later visited Mr. Adbul Khatri house to see if they had better choices, yes they did. I liked the designs here. These artists make, wall hangings as well as dress material. So i bought dress materials. The price varied from 1000 – 10000 INR and more, depending upon the art work done on the cloth material. I bought a dress material of worth 2.5 K. Returning back to Bhuj, post the pleasant experience at Nirona.
By evening, before going to BSF HQ around 6 PM, i went onto search for buying Indian flag for the flag pole on my bike. Post buying, i figured the pole holding gap on flag, is too small and thus needed to be increased. So I continued towards finding a tailor shop to get the job done. The guy there started asking questions about the flag, where i shall put, who i am, where i am going, etc. He felt happy to see the nationality in me, and thus got the job done without taking any money from me even though i insisted. Thank you sir, long live you.
By around 6 PM i started towards the BSF HQ in collecting the permit. After waiting for 15-20 minutes, i got the permit document. Around 1 km away, there was a xerox shop in front of the college on Airport road. I took half a dozen copies of the permit and then went on to Dmart in buying water bottles for the next day ride. Again the day ended with a lovely kolaveri and chocolate golas.