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Quick spin to Jaipur in Ford Endeavour

  • May 10, 2015
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Delhi-Jaipur is one of the most travelled routes during the weekends and with the rising heat around northern India, we took a call of giving a quick visit to the state of desert - Rajasthan. Rajasthan is undoubtedly one of the most vibrant states of India. It is full of natural and historic landmarks, especially the lakes, and the forts. Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan is the biggest city of the state and even a small visit to the place provides an idea about the whole Rajasthan. The city is filled with numerous forts, several lakes, small hills and of course, the diverse fauna including peacocks and camel.

Delhi - Jaipur

If the destination has so much to offer, of course, our carrier to the place also had to have features that would match to our destination and taking us there was nothing less than the massive Ford Endeavour.

Even though the Endeavour is now aging fast, the SUV has a charm of its own. The 7-seater beast grabs attention like no other on the road and with the powerful engine, crossing long highways does not take anything more than the effort of an arm and a leg, quite literally in the 5-speed automatic version of the Endeavour.

We started the day early morning from Delhi and the road to Jaipur has improved a lot over past few years. The on-going construction of the highway is now almost complete except few patches and the condition has improved a lot. The traffic-struck NH8 is not the same anymore.
Jaipur is also known as the Pink City of India and has a long history behind it. The city was built when the capital was shifted from Dausa to Jaipur in early 1700s. The architecture of Jaipur was originally set as per Shilpa Shashtra and various other Indian architecture designs. Jaipur took almost four years to complete and the city was built to defend any attack from outside force.

NH8
The early morning drive concluded in Jaipur in about 4 hours 30 minutes. Being a Monday, the traffic was not very thick and the raw power of 156PS helped us to maintain the speed limit throughout the highway.

The Endeavour is very intimidating, and inside the city we could see people giving way to us, just because of the sheer size of the Endeavour. We finally entered the hotel, took a quick break and then went out again to explore the city.

Jaipur entry

Jaipur has some unique locations including few forts around, we decided to visit the Jaigarh fort. The fort is made on the Aravalli range and overlooks the Maota Lake and Amber Fort. The Fort is huge and runs of 3km in length and 1km in width. The Jaigarh Fort is connected to the Amber Fort.

Jaigarh Fort

As the fort is situated on pinnacle of a hill and the route is pretty narrow and has many twists, reaching the top in the Endeavour was not that painstaking. The 5-speed automatic gearbox took care of all the power, we did not require to engage the 4X4 too. The huge size of the car did create few space problems when the other cars were coming down the road but the Endeavour handled every twist and turn with the quick reaction. The massiveness of the car did help us to keep stacks of things and the cooled ice-box helped beat the heat. The roomy interior keeps the temperature under control with the powerful AC which is further helped by rear vents. Even though the Endeavour looks huge, maneuvering it through the tricky terrain is not a huge problem. The SUV stays on the path with minimal body-roll.

Amber Fort

From the Jaigarh fort, the whole city of Jaipur can be seen and it turns out to be a splendid view at night. Going back to hotel after the visit, the Endeavour again performed extremely well during the descends, the SUV kept the speed under control and never felt too big.

The night started with thoughts of exploring Jaipur the next day. The Pink City, as it is famously known as got its name after the whole city was painted in pink colour to welcome the Queen Elizabeth II in 1876 and since then, the name remained attached to the city. The city itself has many medieval architectures. Jal Mahal, Hawa Mahal and Jantar Mantar are a few famous structures of the many marvels in the city.

Amber Fort

Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Breeze is situated in the heart of the city and the motive behind the beautiful architecture is very interesting. The building was made in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh and was designed by Lal Chand Ustad as a crown of hindu god - Krishna. Hawa Mahal was built so that women could see the things happening on the street without being seen by people outside. The whole structure is very beautifully built and constant breeze keeps the inside cool. The massive Endeavour did feel dwarf against the Hawa Mahal.

Hawa Mahal

The next stop was the Jal Mahal or the Water Palace. Jal Mahal is situated in the middle of Man Sagar Lake. The lake and the palace was renovated and enlarged in 18th century by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Amber. The lake is covered by Aravalli hill range all around and numerous temples and forts can be seen on the range. Jal Mahal looks very unique and is one of the biggest tourist destination in Jaipur.

Jaipur is a beautiful city and tourists can buy traditional gifts, clothes and show-pieces from the local market.

Peacock

After a long time spent at the Jal Mahal, it was time to head back home. In Rajasthan, temperature rises quickly and dehydration starts without any notice and for that, Endeavour can hold big bottles with refreshments and water in its door!

The journey back started with quick refueling of the Endeavour. The huge 71-litre tank is big enough to do few hundred of kilometres and Endeavour returned us an average fuel efficiency of 8.4 km/l on our way to Jaipur. This included negotiating heavy city traffic and crossing three slow-moving toll plazas on the highway.

Jal Mahal

On the way back, we saw the sun setting down and the dark quickly shrouding the roads. At night, the huge headlamps of the Endeavour light up the roads beautifully, enhancing the driving experience. The brakes of the Endeavour are also very effective and hence, induces a lot of confidence while driving.

In all, the touch-and-go trip to Jaipur was filled with fun and a rather comfortable experience thanks to the Endeavour! Even though Jaipur is below 300km mark from Delhi, the city' different culture and great architecture adds to an experience of years to come.

 
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