Apr 01, 2011
1st April, 2011
The dazzling blue sky clamped down like a dome on the dead-yellow sand and grass caging us from all sides. Not a soul was to be seen anywhere. No village was in sight. The sun breathed fire relentlessly.
From Vataman to Bhavnagar there was not one tree to provide some shade. The water we were carrying was almost boiling. The bike was making a strange sound. The temperature was too much even for a Royal Enfield. We were thirsty and heat was burning us. Yet we were mesmerized by the rugged nature. It had a beauty of its own – the beauty of death. This is what we had come here for to see and experience.
The dry river-beds were dazzling white. There was no sand or mud but white salt. The sea is nearby. There was no living being visible for over 50 kms except for the black buck that we saw. The herd looked visibly tired and moved slowly even when they saw us. We could see Bhavnagar town from a distance of 16 kms – yet another experience. We never saw such country.
We had started from Daman yesterday and reached Vadodhara. We had started early but were still exposed to the burning sun because the bike gave problems. Yesterday made us understand that Bharat Darshan is not only fun. It calls for immense determination as well. When the body gets weak, the mind goes numb. We must keep going, we must push on, we told ourselves repeatedly. The RIL guest house, where we stayed for the night (We are grateful to Mr. S. K. Sengupta) was at the other end of Baroda city and we had to travel another 20 kms or so to reach there. We were thinking of lying down on the pavement and sleep for some time.
We started for Bhavnagar at 6.30 am today.
Daman to Palsana to Kakodra to New Pardi to Ankleswar to Jambua to Vadodhara.
Vadodhara to Borsad to Vataman to Pipali to Dholera to Bhavnagar.
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