INDIA ROAD TRIP – DAY 9 – VAPI TO ANAND
Around 10 AM I started from Vapi to my next destination Anand. Anand is home to the famous Amul Dairy. I had called and booked a hotel from Vapi before I started. The drive was cool and enjoyable as the roads were great on this stretch throughout the trip. I was in Anand sooner than I had estimated. It was around evening and my car was low on fuel. I recall struggling a bit to find a good fuel pump (gas station) near the place where I was planning to stop by for the night. Finally found one. Filled the tank to the brim and started looking out for the hotel that I had booked. After a bit of confusion and struggle I was finally at the hotel. I was surprised to see that it was actually a resort cum hotel. It was quite spacious. I checked in.
I drove to the city in my car to take some photographs. While I was taking the photographs an educated-looking gentleman actually came in to snatch my camera (not so much of a gentleman behaviour after all!!). I was surprized and taken aback by the incident as it was the first time someone actually misbehaved with me during my trip so far. Anyway I did not lose my camera – the camera was still with me luckily!!
I went back to the hotel and had a tasty supper. A colleague of mine called me when I was at the hotel and I spent a lot of time talking to him. I did some research on the route to my next destination – The ancient valley civilization site called “Lothal”. It would be a dream come true to visit this place. So far I had heard of it only in the history books and I recall those photographs from my school days. From the maps it did look a remote place but I was determined and very excited to visit the place. I kept thinking of my next day’s trip to Lothal and I did not realize when I fell fast asleep.