6000 km On A Budget. This Couple’s Road Trip From Bangalore To The Indo-Pak Border Will Inspire You | HolidayIQ Blog

6000 km On A Budget. This Couple’s Road Trip From Bangalore To The Indo-Pak Border Will Inspire You

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HolidayIQ Travellers Anusha and Arvind talk about their epic romantic road trip.

6000 km On A Budget. This Couple’s Road Trip From Bangalore To The Indo-Pak Border Will Inspire You:

  1. Bangalore (Karnataka)
  2. Rajasthan

Day 1. Arvind Loves Driving & I Love Travelling

Arvind Loves Driving & I Love Travelling
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“Arvind loves driving and I love travelling,” says HolidayIQ Traveller Anusha. The couple loves taking the road less travelled. Instead of planning a romantic getaway, they zeroed in on a road trip. “It was the perfect way to kickstart 2016, adds Anusha; a road trip to Rajasthan and the Indo-Pakistan Border seemed perfect. And so they began planning. The first hurdle was taking leave from work. “So we figured, why not plan the trip around long weekends? And voila!” quips Anusha. She listed down all possible information required - the route, tolls, hotels, fuel and sightseeing. They knew that they will need special permission to reach the Indo-Pak Border. They prepared their vehicle and began their journey on the December 24, 2015.

Day 2. We Planned The Trip Ourselves, Which Is Why It Was Super Cost-Efficient!

We Planned The Trip Ourselves, Which Is Why It Was Super Cost-Efficient!
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This trip was done in 50,000 rupees, which included their fuel costs, sightseeing costs, food expenses, permits, toll charges, and hotel stay. “We stayed in the best of havelis and homestays on our trip. The lowest tariff that we paid was 270 rupees,” adds Anusha. She elaborates it all because they book everything in advance - the stay and all adventure activities. “Referral codes, bonus credits and booking through multiple accounts saved us a lot,” says Anusha. The couple took adventure activities like ziplining, dune bashing, jet skiing and camel rides, which was all booked in advance and at dirt-cheap prices.

Day 3. Road Trips Have A Distinct Character - You Have No Inhibitions & Are More Open To Experiences

Road Trips Have A Distinct Character - You Have No Inhibitions & Are More Open To Experiences
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“The hospitality that we received from locals everywhere made us feel at home,” says Anusha Being vegetarians, the couple carried a few Maggi packets for emergencies. She says, “We were allowed to use kitchens at highway dhabas where we cooked Maggi. They didn’t charge us at all.” The drive-in Chittorgarh Fort, the Jaisalmer Fort, Monsoon Palace in Udaipur and zipline in Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur are a few experiences that made Rajasthan beautiful for the couple.

Apart from exploring new places, they loved trying local food. Poha was an everyday dish relished at Rajasthan either for breakfast or as a snack-on-the-go. "This trip will be definitely remembered for the various versions of adrak ki chai we had. I am a coffee lover, but after the road trip, I am a chai fan,”  smiles Anusha. Jodhpur kachoris, Chittorgarh dhokla, Jaipur mirchi vadas are a few local dishes that the couple loved. Throughout the trip, they ate only at dhabas, and hence their food bills were within budget.

Day 4. They Covered 13 Major Destinations In Just 11 Days

They Covered 13 Major Destinations In Just 11 Days
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Starting from Bangalore, the couple covered the 13 major destinations - Lonavala, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Tanot Border, Longewala, Jaipur, Mathura, Agra, Nagpur, Hyderabad, Kurnool, Anantapur and finally, Bangalore again. Arvind says that the roads from Bangalore to Hubli are in an excellent condition, but the Kolhapur-Pune highway was really congested with traffic. “We took the old Pune-Mumbai highway because we wanted to cover the ghats.  We drove on these roads nestled amidst beautiful Sahyadri ranges,” says Arvind.

They made a pitstop at Khandala and enjoyed the beautiful sunset and continued their journey from Panvel to Thane, Surat and finally landed in Udaipur. The best roads that we covered were in Jodhpur and Jaisalmer, where we also spotted lots of wildlife. The route towards the Tanot Mata Mandir from Sam Sand Dunes in Jaisalmer was the most scenic. This was probably the most gorgeous stretch we crossed. Driving through the Thar Desert was just mindblowing.” He adds further, “If you are planning to drive via Agra to Jhansi, especially the stretch between Nagpur to Hyderabad, keep in mind that the first 150 km are really bad.”

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Day 5. Packing For Road Trips Is Underrated. It Can Make Your Trip Far Less Cumbersome

Packing For Road Trips Is Underrated. It Can Make Your Trip Far Less Cumbersome
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“Keep your vehicle well stocked with water bottles, snacks and chocolates to avoid taking frequent breaks; they slow you down,” says Arvind. Medical kits and a fire extinguisher is also a must. He adds that it’s sensible to carry cash for emergencies but pay mostly through cards for ease of use, accountability and safety. “Be prepared for the weather and pack clothes accordingly,” shares Anusha.

Day 6. The Indo-Pak Border

The Indo-Pak Border
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Anusha and Arvind travelled till Tanot without any permit, but to reach Border Post 609 (BP609) they needed to get permissions earlier at the BSF headquarters near Tanot. “We were really tensed till the time the checkpost at BSF gave us a green signal. After completing our paperwork, we headed towards the peaceful BP609.” Says Anusha, “the 16 km-drive in an area with no population area was overwhelming.” The two clicked pictures and met soldiers of the Indian Army.

Day 7. Travelling Solo Is Great But Travelling With Your Companion Is Even Better!

Travelling Solo Is Great But Travelling With Your Companion Is Even Better!
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Says Anusha, “He had planned a surprise visit to the Taj Mahal. It wasn’t part of our itinerary; it is my favourite moment from our road trip.

Check out Anusha profile on HolidayIQ

Check out Arvinds profile on HolidayIQ


By Megha Goel

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