A stretch of smooth roads lined with trees on both the sides was hubby's and my dream. We could think of no place around NCR especially when Gurgaon authorities are on a tree-felling spree. Post our trip to Sikkim in October 2018, we were planning a road trip this time. This was when after multiple discussions and research we zeroed in on Rajasthan. So we formulated a road trip from Gurgaon to these three cities in the exact order- Bikaner, Jaiselmer and Nagaur.
Let me help you plan a great road trip from NCR to Bikaner.
Choose the right time:
Rajasthan must be visited in winters, ideally from mid of September to mid March. Since temperate soars to 50 degree Celsius, summers is NOT the right time to visit Rajasthan, unless you are too fond of heat or want to leverage low price in off-season.
We chose first week of March (2019) when winter was slipping away slowly before the onset of summer.
The right clothing:
While summers can be harsh, winters are equally brutal. Carry clothes in cotton or breathable facbric in summers. Do not underestimate winters. From long jacket to woolen caps, you need it all.
P.S- We hadn't packed much of woolens and the first day in Bikaner was spent battling the biting cold.
The road condition from Delhi to Bikaner is excellent. Thankfully there are no potholes or unmarked bumpers. Barring a few places after Manesar, the roads are smooth.
The road distance from Gurgaon to Bikaner is 462 km via NH8 and NH11. If you choose NH52, it will be 502 km. It takes 8 hours or more to travel from Delhi to Bikaner. Once you enter the city, the view changes to an laid back, cluttered old town. The city traffic would slow you down. Since Bikaner is one of those old cities that has not modernized much, be prepared to drive through the narrow crowded lanes.
P.S- Hotel parking places are on the roads, not within the hotel premises.
2. Delhi-Rewari-Shahajahanpur-Behror-Kotputli-Reengus-Sikar-Laxmangarh-Fatehpur-Ratangarh-Bikaner (NH709)
3. Gurgoan-Rewari-Narnaul-Chirawa-Mandawa-Fatehpur-Ratangarg- Bikaner (via NH11)
We drove on route 3 (NH709)
|The lanes of Rampuriya Haveli|
We left from home at 5 am
We made it to our hotel in Bikaner by 2 pm.
Had lunch and rested for a while
Left from hotel at 4 pm to tour Rampuriya Havelis.
This is how you can plan a safe and glitch-free road trip by ticking off your essentials-
- Get your car serviced to avoid breakdowns
- Check car's tyre pressure and fuel tank
- On long road trip your car is prone to breakdown, flat tyre or overheating. Carry your car tool box just in case.
- Carry enough drinking water with you. I always carry my Milton Kool Rover Water Jug (11 liters capacity) on my road trips. This jug has traveled places with us!
- Pack dry snacks. Dhabas are not too frequent on lone highways.
- Please do not litter or trash plastic anywhere. Ultimately it goes into our own water bodies. Be a responsible traveler.