Mahindra SUVs: A Royal Holiday

After all the hard-core off-roading, it’s time to get back to civilisation and head to Bikaner for the next night halt. On the way, the organisers decide to show us a more scenic route running along the Indira Gandhi canal and through a dry lakebed. The 4WD systems are engaged again as we exit the lakebed and get on to tarmac. By now, most of the others who found it difficult to manoeuvre through the sand the previous day have got better at it and none of the cars get stranded.

If you’ve been to Bikaner before as a tourist, there’s a good chance you’ve stayed at the city’s most famous palace hotel – the Laxmi Nivas Palace, which is our accommodation for the night.