22nd October, 2005, Jaipur Highway: One lazy Saturday afternoon the Kazi Brothers thought of taking the new bikes out and opening up the throttle on a long stretch of road. Only the Jaipur Highway came to mind and by the time we made our various pit-stops, it was 4 pm.
Anyway, since our minds had been made up, we decided to ride out. Getting out of Gurgaon and past manesar was a bit of a pain. A bike like the Karizma doesn't like roads to be inhabited by people or too many vehicles. Manoeuvrable as it maybe, it likes straight open stretches to take flight.
So once we had crossed Manesar the ride was just majestic. We were clipping 120-125 kmph till we were just short of Neemrana Fort where we stopped for tea and snacks. After a 15 odd minute break we headed out again only to stop and appreciate the sun setting behind the hills. It's beautiful to be riding through the Aravalli Range.
Finally we turned right off the NH-8 and headed into the village and a short distance inwards we took another right and up a short steep winding road through an old village came upon the Majestic Gates of the Fort. Of course now this has been changed into luxury resort by the Sita Group.
After parking our bikes and checking out the view, we came to the entrance only to find out that the entry to the Fort closes at 6 pm. The picture was specifically taken to show my disappointment.
So what if the fort was closed, we loved our first ride on the Kazi's and headed back to Delhi. Of course that was the beginning of our plan for the next expedition.