600km, Hitchhiking Trip from Hisar to Jaisalmer
Fill your life with adventures, not things, have stories to tell not stuff to show, That’s what I believe. I had a drastic and fun loving experience last week. Our seasonal exams were going on and we were feeling frustrated, we wanted to go somewhere and take a break from this hectic schedule. So I and my roommates decided to go on a trip during our seasonal exams. We attended our first exam and on the same day in the evening, we planned to skip our exams and go on an adventurous journey. This was a plan at the last moment. At that very moment only, we started packing our luggage left the hostel and began our journey to The Royal Jaisalmer in Rajasthan.
Terms and conditions of the trip
We left our remaining 4 exams and started our journey. But before going, one best thing which we did and will be unforgettable for the whole my life was making some rules for the trip. We made some awesome rules and regulations which all of us had to follow. They were very interesting, the rules were –
Rule 1: We won’t use the money for traveling purpose and for staying i.e. on hotels etc.
Rule 2: We won’t use any kind of technology, phones etc. So we kept the compass and Rajasthan map with ourselves.
Rule 3: No one will say that I want to go back. If anyone does, then all of us had to leave and go back.
So these were the rules that made our journey more exciting. With me, were 3 of my seniors and our adventurous trip began. We were so happy doing this kind of trip. We were currently in Hisar. So we started crossing Hisar by walking. This was so much fun roaming on roads with friends but after 2 hours of this fun, we started taking a lift from the cars. Now the real adventure begins. As we asked for a lift from every other car, truck etc but no one stopped as we were four people and that too boy. So no-one was ready to stop for us.
This was hilarious. For more 20 km of the walk I gave up, I told them that I couldn’t walk anymore. But my friends motivated me, encouraged me then, again we began walking. At around 2 am, we reached a village called Chaudarivas there we sat near a breaker on the road because that’s the place where vehicles slow down. So there were the chances that someone will stop to help us. I loved the feeling of breaking the barriers of exams, walking for hours and hours with my friends at late night, waiting for the lift. This trip will gonna be perfect, I knew this.
At around 2 am, finally, we got success, after asking lift from so many vehicles, a truck finally stopped, the driver gave us to lift. As soon as we sat in the truck, and enjoyed a lot there. We had dinner in the truck itself which we had packed from our hostel. We talked, we laughed, it was a perfect journey experience. After doing all this we went to sleep as we were tired of walking since hours.
At 5 in the morning, I got up but I left my friends sleep. So now there was only me, the truck and the driver. I was scared a lot that time because of the driver for feeling sleepy. He was, again and again, closing his eyes. I started talking to him to divert his mind but he was still feeling sleepy. I was terrified at this point in time. Then I started talking loudly, I started shouting in between and I also made sounds with the truck so that the driver doesn’t sleep. Then I asked him to stop at a Dhaba for having tea. The driver stopped at a dhaba, everyone else also woke up at that time.
We all had our te then I told them everything that what was happening in the truck. At 10 am, the driver dropped us in Nagaur district as he didn’t have to go further. As soon as we came down from the truck, one of its tires burst as the truck was moving for a long time and also it had iron in it. But luckily, it burst in front of the shop where the driver had to go. We offered money also to the driver for helping and dropping us but he refused to take. The driver was very kind. We then went to a restaurant for having lunch. The food was delicious. After having lunch we started our journey.
We started walking towards our destination without taking the help of technology as per our rules. So we used maps and compass and took the shortest distances. As we were walking, we had to cross so many villages but there then came a village which made us feel terrified. There were so many green flags everywhere. Something was written on the walls and that was niether English nor Hindi. All we could see there were Muslims and green flags. We got so scared. We were in doubt that whether we are in India or somewhere else?
We then gained courage and somehow overcame our fear and asked a shopkeeper that which place is this? As we asked this question all other people around us started looking at us. We were like what crime had we done that they are staring us like this. Then the shopkeeper pointed out Pakistan on our map and asked do you want to go here it’s just 30-40 kms away. My heartbeat skipped at the very moment. I was like what, we are just 30 kms away from Pakistan. We immediately tracked our way again also asked the shopkeeper where our destination was and immediately we went from that place.
This was terrible. As we were going from shortcuts and using compasses maybe we had tracked some wrong way. But thank god that we came to know everything on time and went back. I can never forget this thing. Then, after that, In our way, we got a pickup. It took us up to 40 kms ahead and dropped us in the way as from there it had to go some other way to a village.
Struggling for lift
But the journey now became more difficult as we didn’t get any vehicle for 2 hours. We were sitting on an unknown road waiting for some vehicle. But there was no one there no vehicle, even we couldn’t see any human over there. There were only we 4 friends. We just saw sand and sand everywhere and a few deers. After waiting for hours and hours, we finally got two trucks, they both were new and were heading towards Jaisalmer. Two of us sat on one tractor and other two on another tractor.
The traveling on the tractor is very difficult because the seats of the tractor are of iron, our bum gets pained. The tractor covered almost 150kms and dropped us in a village at around 10 at night. It’s totally a unique experience. We were very close to our destination now.
We went to a dhaba near us and had our dinner there. At night, we slept at the same dhaba on its terrace. We took some newspapers from the dhaba owner, laid it on the floor and slept over it. It was a proper village life kind of experience. We enjoyed such a night experience.
Traveling in JCB
Next morning, we got up and again started walking towards our journey and the same problem happened again. We didn’t get any lift. But then a JCB stopped, and all four of us adjusted in that small JCB. This moment was full of laughter, it was a hilarious moment. All four of us and a driver adjusted in a mini JCB. This moment cannot be forgotten for the rest of my life. We had a lot of fun in our way, we sang songs, cracked jokes made fun of each other and had the most special time in that small JCB. The JCB also dropped us after a while.
Then we realized that Jaisalmer was still 80 km away and it was very difficult to get a lift. So we decided to go on a train but we couldn’t take a ticket and use money as it would be against our rules. According to our earlier made rules, we won’t spend even a single penny so we caught up a train without even having the tickets. It was also a very memorable experience. As we know,
“A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and souls of the people.”
So does here, if one wants to see a pure Rajasthani culture, he should surely travel in Rajasthan’s Jaisalmer train. People were so kind and generous. People there reflected their culture so nicely. They are properly dressed up according to their culture.
Amazing Sand Dunes
We were finally, now in Jaisalmer, to our destination after the beautiful journey of the train. From there we took a lift in an open jeep and went to sand dunes. There was sand everywhere. There were big sand dunes. It was all a desert area. The climate was also hot it was the pure desert experience, the scene was so mesmerizing we could also see camels there. We found a tree there so we sat there and rested for a while as we were feeling tired and we slept there.
After having rest we got up and went towards the city. Then we went to visit the famous Jaisalmer Fort. It is the second oldest fort of Rajasthan and is also known as Golden Fort. The view there was so beautiful and the place was very peaceful. We had our lunch there. At night we slept there only as the view there was so pleasant at night. We could see the whole city from its top.
Exploring the Jaisalmer city
Next day we woke up, had our breakfast and started exploring the nearby places. We were roaming on the streets of Jaisalmer. We explored all the local places, saw the Jaisalmer main marketplace and also saw the pure Rajasthani culture over there. In the evening, we had to go back after this long beautiful journey so we took a train to Jodhpur and from Jodhpur to Hisar. We finally reached our place after having so many adventurous experiences.
I am never gonna forget this incident of skipping my exams for traveling, our funny trip rules and regulations, traveling in a JCB it was the best one, the peaceful view from the Jaisalmer fort and much more. The biggest thing was walking for hours and hours for too long distances but by this experience, I realized that
“Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter.”
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