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Day 26: October 27th - Jaipur to Delhi along Highway 8

Forget Route 66, you must travel along National Highway 8, the craziest road on the planet !

sunny 38 °C

After a great day at Jaipur, including the Observatory and Amber Fort, both over 400 years old, it was back to Delhi along National Highway 8.
Now India's roads vary from nice new tarmac to unmade, pothold dust tracks. Well National Highway 8 had all of these, plus 10 million trucks who all thought that they were FI or Paris to Dakhar Rally drivers.

So forget your dream of riding or driving Route 66, its one of the craziest roads on the planet. The first part of the road through Rajasthan was great, on new tarmac, fantastic scenery, light traffic, including more carts being pulled by camels. Then the drive slowly took on a different character. Every driver became an F1 or Paris to Dahkar Rally driver whether is was one of the thousands of old trucks, taxi's, cars or 125 motorbikes. There were overtakes, undertakes "in between takes" - 'OH MY GOD' !!!!, off road takes, horns and lights, cows, goats and sheep, oh and also the people who at small villages and towns trying to cross NH 8 #########.

The 'Race' became fastest, tighter, crazier the nearer we got towards Delhi. Have you all seen the film, Gumball Rally" that coast to coast road race across America. Well multiply that by 10 and you get National Highway 8.

I have never seen so many tucks in all my life. But I was in good hands, I had Sunjay, he is the Indian World Champion Driver, we were taking every truck,car, cow, goat and camel on the road. I loved it, road it and survived it. We finally got to Delhi and crossed the line first, what a drive NH8 was !

Posted by Mike Casey 08:00 Archived in India

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