Trips and Itineraries for Junnar
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One of the major attractions of the city of Ahmednagar, this is an ancient fort and a favourite of adventure lovers. This is mainly famous for the Konkan Kada which is like a challenge for trekkers and also the temples inside. The Harishchandra Temple inside is a favourite of tourists and the other temples here include the Nandi and Shivline Temple. This fort covers a large area and encompasses a number of other ancient buildings and palaces. The three peaks here are the Taramati, Rohidas and Harishchanra and the Taramati peak is the higehest one. The Harishchandragad Fort is on the Malshej Ghat banks of the Junnar Region. As you reach the top of the peak and stand in front of the fort, you will be able to enjoy the beautiful views of the Malshej Ghat, Jivdhan, Nane ghat, Kalsubai and many other places. So if you want to make your tour a little more thrilling then this is a must visit.
The Harishchandragad fort can be reached within 2hours of straight walk from the valley. It actually made our journey more thrilling, once we had to shelter ourselves in caves. There are numerous caves and enough to shelter almost thirty people in one. Traversing the rambled landscape and gorges was easy due to the inbuilt carved steps and the arrows engraved on stones for better directions.
It can't be described. Just see the pictures, plan, and go there immediately.
It can't be described. Just see the pictures and go and visit the place.
2. HarishchandragadForts in the region around Pune need a special mention in this list of treks near Mumbai since the potential of outdoor activities in the area has clearly not been met. Harishchandragad fort in the Ahmednagar District dates back to the 6th century and a short hike to the top gives you a surreal view from the Konkan Kada. Visit the Kedareshwar Cave and spend the night under the stars.Base village for the hike: Khireshwar VillageDistance between Base village from Mumbai: 138 kmHiking time: 2 hour
Place located in Khereswar village, 160 KM from Pune. It carries a great history from 6th century, sources from an ancient scriptures, like, Matsyapurana, Agnipurana and Skandapurana. The fort is quite ancient, Remnants of Microlithic man have been discovered here (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microlith), said to be that the caves and idols of god had been carved in 11th century. Though the cliffs are named Taramati and Rohidas, they are not related to Ayodhya. Great sage Changdev (one who created the epic Tatvasaar), used to meditate here in the 14th century and the caves are from the same period.
So one day I just packed my back pack and registered for this two day camping and trekking to harishchandragad. I don't know how but I managed to convince one of my cousin to come along with me. Having zero knowledge about the trekking conditions and the route I just hopped onto the bus and went on the trek. So now I was with a group of unknown people about 25 to 28 people all set for the trek. I was so happy that I was doing something which I was crazy about all my life. There was a bus arranged by the trekking group for all of us till the base village. It was my first time ever going to an unknown place with a bunch of unknown people.As an introvert I had quite hesitation in speaking but I managed it well due to the group as they were such a lovely group as most of them were unknown to each other. So now let's start with the journey..There are several routes to reach harishchandragad. We took the simplest route which is the panchnai route as most of them in our group were beginners. The bus journey was frightening after crossing Igatpuri as the roads were extremely narrow and it was an essel world ride for me. This is a very stupid comparison I know:) but then who cares I was feeling so happy how the journey was going forward. We reached panchnai at around 5 am the next day. I was feeling very energetic even though not slept in the bus. There was a family in the village who arranged breakfast and tea for us. The menu was Kande pohe and tea. After the simple but delicious breakfast We started the trek. The base village was so beautiful and scenic I was awe aspired by the surroundings. We started walking towards our journey. There were so many small waterfalls on the way which we saw. It was the first time I experienced it. And there was something called as a reverse water fall. I had never heard about this term which I saw from my naked eyes. It was so beautiful. On the way there were several wild flowers which I saw and also mushroom habitations. After around 2 hours of walking we reached our first destination where we were about to stay at night and you won't believe it!!!! It was not the tents but there were several caves which could accommodate around 20 to 30 people. The caves were so clean and beautiful. We slept through the night in the chilled weather. The next day our destination was the taramati peak and the Konkankada. The early morning weather was absolutely foggy and we could not see any thing further. We were divided into two groups and special tone of speaking was being done to find out the correct route and finding each other It was so much fun. We were enjoying ourselves to the core and feeling lucky that the weather was so nice to us. It was drizzling and the feeling was awesome. The route to taramati peak is very hard and dangerous which is what I felt. But as soon as we reached the top the feeling was something different we didn't even had the time to click pictures as we were capturing the same with our naked eyes in our heart. So after this great experience our next route was the kokankada. This is the place which everyone was eagerly waiting for. Each and everyone had a picture in the back of the mind about this place. As soon as we physically experienced the place we forgot all that we had in our mind and were truly amazed by the view it had. The pressure in wind was so powerful that we were astonished and thought that we would just fly away. It's an experience that can't be put into words but can only be experienced physically. We had couple of hours just sitting on this kada and saving all the pictures in our heart. We had a great time on this trek and made so many friends on the way which is the amazing fact of travelling with unknown people and become friends for life. We started our journey back to Mumbai in the evening. No body was tired. Everyone was sad about leaving this beautiful place. I wish one day I could just quit my job and do trekking for rest of my life as I don't feel corporate world and enviornment is suited for my personality I wish I wish and i wish again!!!!!!!
We took a train to Kasara station and then a local ST bus for a place called Khobi Phata. The conductor just threw us out of the bus when we reached Khobi Phata.. and there we were standing on a National Highway in the middle of no where with our 8kg backpacks. We didn't know the route to the summit so we asked the locals for help who guided us faithfully. At one point we went on the wrong path and reached this amazing place which I nicknamed 'The Fountain Of Youth'.
The trail to Naneghat would never fail to enchant you with it's most distinguished charm. Consider yourself lucky when you get to see "The Indravajra" from atop Konkankada (a rare phenomenon called Brocken Spectre) when you trek to Harishchandragad.
I had been longing to go on a trek for a long time. I kept coming across numerous Facebook pages of the tonnes of tour operators organizing one day treks. This fueled my desire more. I just randomly happened to RSVP one such trek - a fireflies trek to Harishchandragad, and before I knew it, my friends were on board and we had booked the trek! Fireflies trek, the name itself is so appealing, who wouldn't want to see trees decorated with fireflies!We traveled from Dadar to Kasara by local train and then from there we reached our base village Pachnai, by private cars. The road from Kasara station to Pachnai is rocky and bumpy, the 2 hour long drive wasn't pleasant, but once we reached Pachnai, we forgot all of that.We had tea and biscuits at Pachnai and started our night trek at 3 AM. Our first spotting of the fireflies was at the base village itself, an entire tree full of these marvellous creatures! We were awe struck, the tree would light up like a Christmas tree, and every few seconds all the &quot;lights&quot; would turn off and the tree would go back to being &quot;normal&quot;. This got our spirits amp-ed up an we were ready for the trek.We frequently spotted fireflies in the first 45 mins of the trek. Trees, shrubs, bushes, plants, all of it coming alive by the light. It was magical. It was impossible to click any photos though, because it all happened so fast and also because the luminescence would go off as soon as we tried getting close to the source to click photos. After a couple of tries, we though it best to not disturb their habitat and to leave them at peace.Soon after, the sightings stopped, that was it, the Fireflies part of the trek. But that wasn't the only thing for which we had signed up for. Harishchandragad in itself is a beautiful place in the Western Ghats, there is much to explore. So on wards we went! Trekking in the dark, the weather a bit cold but pleasant enough, the moon our only source of light (apart from the torches we carried of course) , not many stars in the sky though, because it was cloudy for a while.The groups that organize such treks, put Harishchandragad under the 'level : easy' category. Now for an avid trekker, these treks are indeed very easy, but for people like me who go for treks once in a while, it was neither easy, nor difficult. I'd put it in the 'easy to moderate level' category. In fact a lot of people on the trek said the same. It's because the initial 1.5 2 hours of the trek involve a lot of climbing and because it was dark, we had to be really carefully of our footing. Also we didn't take many breaks. There came a particular flat, barren stretch which had small white shrubs (plants?) that looked like a miniature version of the 'Weirwood trees' from Game of Thrones. We put on the GOT music while trekking here, and also discussed the show (and books) at length. It was one of the highlights of the trek for me.At around 5:30 AM, we finally reached our first point. The Sun was still shrouded by the clouds, and by now it had started drizzling. This didn't deter us, we all holed up inside a make shift hut that also served as a shop for tea and maggi, among other things. (Hats off to the people who run this shop all the way up there, managing supplies among other things must be quite an arduous task). We ate the snacks that we had carried with us, rested for a bit, played mafia and then left for our next point. By this time, the Sun had come out in all its glory, and watching the first sun rays pierce the sky was a sight in itself.Our next stop was Konkan Kada, it was around an hour's trek from the first pit stop. Konkan kada is the most scenic spot of the Harishchandragad trek, people camp out there. The beauty of that spot cannot be put in words. When we first reached there, we were very disappointed because it was so foggy and cloudy that we couldn't see any of the sights that we had heard so much about. But slowly, as we sat there, facing the cliff down, the clouds literally lifted up. Even when it drizzled, it was like the rain was splashing at us, from below and not falling down on us. I was stupefied the first time it happened. And as the clouds parted, the sights below took my breath away. Konkan Kada is a concave cliff, which overlooks a deep gorge and across it are the Malshej Ghat. From here, one can even see the highest point of the Sahyadris, the Kalsubai peak. There is a small hole kind of observation point, from which you can bend over the very edge of the cliff and see everything below. It is brilliant, to say the least.After this, we visited the Kedareshwar caves that have the Shivling. Explored around a bit. At around 9:30 AM, we started our descent. It was a beautiful trek.(A point to note for this trek - during the descent, there comes a path which has to be tread really carefully. You've to hold the rocks, balance yourself and step downwards, so it is sort of like hanging on to the rocks and stabilizing your footing. Just thought of mentioning it in the post. Not a cause of worry, the trek leaders will be there to guide throughout and it is not a very difficult trek either)
finally we reached to base village.we got our bus after some more walk at 1 am of Monday morning.In monsoon, proper care should be taken while trekking in the rockface after Tolar khind. It is advisable not to walk on the rock face in monsoon particularly during night where one can experience heavy rainfall with thunder strikes.Harishchandragad is also known as trekker's paradise as rappelling, rock climbing & valley crossing can be done simultaneously in one trek itself. It is also famous as the best fort in Maharashtra for camping. There are nearly 9 caves in total inculding 2 big caves on Harishchandragad which can accomodate around 100-150 campers.“Distance changes utterly when you take the world on foot. A mile becomes a long way, two miles literally considerable, ten miles whopping, fifty miles at the very limits of conception. The world, you realize, is enormous in a way that only you and a small community of fellow hikers know. Planetary scale is your little secret.Life takes on a neat simplicity, too. Time ceases to have any meaning. When it is dark, you go to bed, and when it is light again you get up, and everything in between is just in between. It’s quite wonderful, really.Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.“We don’t stop hiking because we grow old –We grow old because we stop hiking.”Keep hiking cheers!!!!
It is the birthplace of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the founder of Maratha Empire. The fort extends up to 1 mi (1.6 km) with 7 spiral well-defended gates. We climbed through these gates to the top.
Distance from Pune: 100kmStarting Point: Junnar VillageDifficulty Level: Moderately difficultTrek Length: 1hrBest Season: All year (monsoon preferred)Sightseeing options: Such as the Lenyadri Ganesh Temple, which makes up for one of the Ashtavinayaka Temples. The trek also exposes the beautiful landscape of the Konkan plateau. 6. Lohgad Trek
Another one among the famous Buddhist caves discovered around the 2nd century CE, the Lenyadri caves are beautiful and are about 30 in number. Excavations have revealed that some of these caves were used as monasteries and praying halls while others used to be the dwelling places for the Hinayana Buddhist monks. Some of the famous caves here are No 7 that contains a shrine dedicated to the Elephant God Ganesha. This shrine happens t o be a part of a group of 8 such shrines which are together known as the Asthavinayaka. The caves are a treat to visit and one will relish the sights here.
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Weekend Getaways from Junnar
116 Kms from Junnar
Best time to visit - January,February,October,November,December
India’s second largest city, Mumbai, previously known as Bombay, is home to a few hundred captivating contrasts and creeds. Mumbai is bursting with frenetic bazaars, shaded avenues thronged by commuters and roads brimming with traffic. The dynamic Maharashtrian metropolis is also a powerhouse of India’s business and trade sectors. But regardless, Bombay’s ethos lies in its biggest railway station - Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, in people-watching and eating bhelpuri by the iconic arch of the Gateway of India and in the exquisite Taj Mahal Palace, that holds a decade worth of stories about both Bombay and Mumbai. A few other places to visit in Mumbai city are Nariman Point - a legion of office blocks in the heart of the city and the Prince of Wales Museum for its eclectic architecture. Watching the sunset with a plate of vada pav at Marine Drive and experiencing the vibrant festival of Ganesh Chaturthi at Juhu Beach are few of the best things to do in Mumbai. One must also travel to Mumbai city to be dazzled by the country’s biggest, and most prolific film and media industry, wherein if you’re lucky, you might stumble upon a Bollywood star or two. Read More
Mumbai is the most expensive city in India, but that doesn't mean you can't explore its modern life and local culture without breaking the bank. Things to do in Mumbai don't always come in four digits expenses and can be enjoyed through the many places and journeys the city contains within itself.Here are some fun and inexpensive things to do in Mumbai, which won't cost you a lot:1. Explore the love of the stage at Prithvi TheatreFounded in 1942 by Prithviraj Kapoor, the theatre was a travelling troupe of 150 members who staged plays across India. Now, in the 21st century, Prithvi Theatre is THE place to spot the acting nerve of Bollywood. In the premise of the complex also lies a cozy but vibrant Prithvi Cafe. This open-air cafe is decorated at night with huge lanterns and bamboo decorations. Every fourth Monday, Prithvi Cafe holds an open mic where poets, comedians and enthusiasts of the stage can be spotted crooning away to glory.
Looking for best resorts near Mumbai for your next weekend getaway? With a perfect long weekend right around the corner, it is time to pack up and experience the magic of best resorts around Mumbai.Even if it is only a weekend away from the city, your yearning to escape the madness of city life should be met by suitable accommodation that mirrors the charm of the destination. Here are a few amazing resorts around Mumbai:
Well, my date with the tasteful delights got over with the Pondicherry trip. By the end of june, I was back in mumbai preparing to leave for some good place for a short vacation. So, 3 of us decided pondicherry this time.
So two hours later, Kasa Kai Mumbai! There I was. The trip had ended. And my trip hangover week had started. I’m always sad for a few days after a trip ends. I actually fell ill and worked from home for a week. But anyway, time to save up for another adventure!More images on www.aposs.in and www.instagram.com/aposs_.
Out of the many getaways that surround Mumbai, Lonavala has to be a favourite for many Mumbaikars. This is is because a trip to this charming hill stations allows you to experience four of the most magical things in the world, namely a scenic drive, a chance to experience the monsoons, trekking and of course food at some truly incredible restaurants.So if you are heading out on NH4, we recommend you bookmark these places as they cover everything delicious, from the best dhabas to street side snacks that you can gorge to your heart’s content. Excited? Let’s go then.1. Rama KrishnaWhere: Old Mumbai Pune Highway, Lonavala
The year end is nearing and with lots of festivals come lots of holidays! This weather is the perfect time to head out on a road trip with your family. Road trips are such a great way to relax, reconnect and have fun. Here are some undiscovered places near Mumbai that you can visit!Mumbai to Panchgani is a slightly long drive of 4 and a half hours spanning more than 240 kilometres. Panchgani derives its name from the five hills surrounding the place.It’s a popular hill station in Maharashtra. If you haven’t been here, this is the place to go! The lush green hills surrounding the plateau are scenic and beautiful. There are many activities to do here from paragliding to just taking a hike to the highest points of Panchgani.
Mumbai may not necessarily be among the traditional destinations such as Varanasi to celebrate Diwali, but India's financial capital celebrates the festival of light with full fervour. And do you know what is that one thing Mumbaikars love about Diwali? Fireworks! Mumbai's skyline is a sight to behold on the night of Diwali and if you wish to watch or capture this spectacular display of fireworks, then the iconic Queen’s Necklace is your playground. The night sky is lit with stunning fireworks and hundreds of people step out of their homes simply to watch the show!Photography Tip: To capture the fireworks in their full glory, using a tripod, with a shutter speed of around 1/20-1/60 seconds will be helpful. Also, when using the camera in low exposure for those firecracker shots, the Canon EOS 750D will give fantastic results.
75 Kms from Junnar
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
Called the Oxford of the East, Pune is a bubbling cosmopolitan city. A large student hub, this city loves art, culture and theatre. The Sahyadri hill range of the Western Ghats makes this destination ideal for hiking and wildlife spotting. A shower of rain brings the city alive. The Agha Khan Palace of Pune is a sprawling complex with emerald green gardens and sprawling lawns, perfect for a casual stroll. The Shaniwarwada is an ancient structure built by the Peshwas and the ruins of this marvellous architecture can still be seen in the city. Dedicated to the brave hearts of the Indian Army, the National War Museum is a popular tourist destination and houses militia paraphernalia. Those interested in meditation can get day passes from the Osho International Meditation Resort, which is very popular with tourists. Handcrafted beer, baked goodies at the Kayani Bakery on East Street and eateries such as Touche the Sizzler, Malaka Spice and Dario's will complete your trip here. Read More
The plan was again for Andaman and Nicobar islands , but because it so seemed a far cry , we were obliged to drop the ‘An’ from Andaman.The same group as last time , almost . Just that this time , in the place of the non-kafir , we had Prat amongst us. The packing was done , the bookings were done. Our itinerary was supposed to be of a three-day trip : First travel to Daman , then to Diu (which is a fifteen-hour bus journey from Daman) , back to Daman , a detour to Udvada , the small ghost town of Parsis (Zoroastrians) where a fire has been burning at Atash Behram for more than a thousand years ! without any seventh-year itches , or thousand-and-one-year itches , and then back to home.I had even drawn a customized map , carefully noting the distances and time between the spots we had planned to visit.We were just one day away from the impending journey , and this is where things went awry – violent showers showed up at Daman and Diu.While planning the journey , we had carefully picked up the dates with the brightest , immaculate sun shining on the website portal. Nevertheless, the website defied us – Weather went south !Nonetheless , the following night , a pack of six foolhardy youths sneaked out of their college periphery (owing to lack of permission) and set out to set the Thames on fire ! or the Arabian sea , or… hell! the Gulf of Cambay on fire !!!
We started off at Pune , all set for Aurangabad , sneaked out of the college at 8 pm pretending to be going for random chores , because the college won’t allow us to leave. Once out, we set off for the railway station and boarded a train to Aurangabad.Once in Aurangabad , we right away started our journey after a few samosas on a booked brand new Innova.It was drizzling and the pristine grasslands , hills and forests on the way made the scene even more picturesque. After an hour of travelling, we halted at a petrol pump to pour some fluid into the car and in turn , empty out some of our fluid. But were confronted by a harsh dilemma. There was just a ladies toilet available ( so are men just supposed to pee around wetting random bushes? ) which led us to hold our urges a little longer . However ,N2 and N3 , antiblack and notsowhite , loose cannons that they were , couldn’t keep up and surrendered in the face of their more faithful callings. They peed in the ladies toilet , and that too, in the wash basin , because they didn’t have sound comprehension about how to use the female facility ( how could we possibly have known? Given our decorum of not sneaking into the lady facilities so often).
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It was a long time we went with family for an outing. I and Arriesh's family were planning to visit a place which would be relaxing and close to nature. Being the nearest beach from Pune, we finalized Alibaug. We hired a cab and started from Pune at 7:00 AM in the morning.
Day 55, I reluctantly headed home to Pune. I Caught a midnight train from Arrah station and 30 hours later I was back home. Everything had remained the same, I had changed...
Just same excited as July 2016 Ladakh trip. Last year we did, yeah "us" did the Ladakh Expedition and now we were all set for Spiti. Let me just brief you how we came up with Spiti. Being naive Himalayan tamers we did Ladakh in 2016 and due to Kashmir curfews we needed to skip Srinagar, Kargil and Nubra from our itinerary. Here you can have complete lookup over my "Ladakh 2016 - Cursing The Kashmir Curfew". Eager to go Kargil Memorial, Nubra Valley and Pangong again :) but fate destroyed my wishes. Srinagar got shut down again and transport offices were closed. No other option than to go via Manali was left with us. We re-planned from Manali and skipped Srinagar from the plan. And whoa, now spending around 40k just to see one new place ( Nubra ) was not a good deal. That was the time when I decided for solo Ladakh. But Neha ( One of my colleagues ) keep on suggesting Spiti and she sent me pics of Kalpa Valley [ Suicide Point ] and yeah it triggered me and Anya; Within seconds Spiti plan was on. In 2 days read all blogs and made a custom plan of my own. Yayy, Spiti Baby. Well getting back to us, we 3 are still the same, myself "Azee" riding on my babe Honda Stunner CBF, my school friend "Anya" with his beast Honda Unicorn & "Gaurav" our best buddy with the Street King Yamaha FZS. We added 3 new riders, first timers, my cousin "Sujit" and Anya's 2 college mates "Kavya" and "Purvesh" on Simla rented Classic 350 & Electra respectively. 17th June 2017 00:40AM flight PNQ - IXC to reach at 08:30AM. Now lets hit the roads.Packed Bikes, Ready For Transport >>
Where & When?10th of September 2017 at the Finkick Adventures SCUBA Diving Center, Divisional Sports Complex Swimming Pool, Yerawada, Pune.Who can attend?Age 10+, non swimmers welcomed, no upper limit but if over 45 yrs of age, will need a signed medical certificateHow much does it Cost?There are limited tickets available, only 200 diver and 500 visitor. A visitor pass is priced at INR 100, early bird full cover passes are at INR 1950, increasing to INR 2850 post 28th August. (Get passes)What do you need to carry?Your own towel, swimming costume and loads of enthusiasm!What’s special for a certified diver attending?Certified Divers can participate in a full underwater obstacle course and a free-diving course. Try holding your breath and taking a dive without a tank!More info on the EVENT PAGE!
100 Kms from Junnar
Best time to visit - February,March,November,December
The city of Thane is a great getaway from Mumbai. Its beautiful lakes, lovely locales, boat rides and old forts makes it a popular weekend spot for tourists. The most popular lake here is the Upwan Talao, which is also famous for hosting the Sanskruti Arts Festival. This sparkling lake also houses a Ganesha temple near its confines. Enjoy the thrill of water rides at the Suraj Water Park, which also doubles up as a picnic spot here. The Masunda Lake is another famous lake, which offers boating and water scooter facilities as well. Don't forget to try out the delicious local snacks that are sold here! Thane offers a chance to discover the unique flavours of Maharashtrian cuisine. Lodging here is not a problem with numerous hotels and guest houses available as per the tourist's requirement. If nature is something that you wish to explore, Thane is the place to be!Read More
I have been following many travelers on Instagram and then one day, I saw an amazing post by Nequesta aka Nikita Vhora. The post was about an ancient temple that was burried all this time under water and due to serious drought in Maharashtra, the temple has come out and started to attract people from around the region. I will talk more about the temple later. But Drought is what we need to focus right now, since it has become a sensation in Maharashtra and causing lives of many in remote villages.
It was 24th November 2016. Everyone were excited about the expedition that we are about to begin. For some of us it is the first overseas expedition. Moreover, this is the first time we are going to cross an International borders over land.Although the entire trip was planned, we still had confusion regarding the Visa process. As we read through different travel blogs and in-hand experience of fellow travelers who have crossed the borders several times, we were slowly catching up fear. Some said: One must have Multi-Entry Visa while the others suggested to get visa from the Thailand/Cambodia consulate before starting the trip. We never had time to decide which path to take. Moreover, there were fake websites and fake guidelines all over the internet. One of the travel blogger was requesting for money, so that he would provide us the itinerary for successful travel. We ignored all of that..A Wise Man once said: Life is all about taking risks. If you never take a risk, you will never achieve your dreams.That's Right! We prepared ourselves to take the risk crossing an international border over land. What we had in our hand prior to boarding the flight was just the e-Visa for entering Cambodia. Also we had booked a minivan that would take us to the Thailand Border (Aranyaprathet). From the border, we are on our own. I know you can already feel how scary it was for us to enter a country where law is not maintained and the people do not speak the language that we speak and there are landmines , yes LANDMINES which are still ALIVE. The only language that works there is "Money".Alright... Let me not scare you further and continue with the journey.
I left my room and caught the first local train and reached to the Thane station. From there, I boarded on an express train to Igatpuri . To my surprise there were many fellow trekkers on Thane station, and in the train also. I interacted with a few and they all were surprised that I was travelling solo. Some even gave that poor look " Poor fellow, got no family or friends." I smiled and kept on. There were many beautiful and picturesque sites in the way. I thoroughly enjoyed them.
First thing first, never go solo trip if you have no travelling experience. I had my share of travelling experience. I have been travelling since 2011 and have been to some of the most dangerous places where I have seen death from a close view. So, I had an idea of what all things could go wrong on a trip. So, as a traveler you should have something in your experience bank before you are ready for a solo. At least do a trip with some trip organizer. Next comes my golden rule of life, start with small steps. Ideally plan for a solo trip of a day or two. You can learn from its experiences and plan longer trips as you become experienced. After selecting my destination my next step was preparation for the worst possible outcome. In case, the trip does not go as planned, I made myself sure that what was the shortest route to come back home and it should be working 24*7. I also wrote down some necessary details on paper as one should have a redundant source in case phone battery goes off or worst phone goes off. Now, ready with safety, I searched for some places to stay and then drew out itinerary from several websites on which it is easily available. Other detailed preparations I have mentioned here.Now, the most important advice which you would not find anywhere is even after so careful planning a fear still remains in one's mind, it remains when you lock the door and leave the house, it remains when you board the bus or train and you secretly desire that something should happen so that you could convince yourself in cancelling the trip. Please overcome that fear. It happens with everyone, happened with me also. I wanted to come back from the railway station but pushed myself and I am happy that I did so. You will all be a new person if you manage to win that fear. In fact, it is that fear only, which is stopping us from going on a solo trip.
On the other hand I reached Thane at 8.30 pm in the night because of heavy traffic at Airoli Toll and road work near Ghansoli.Riders:Jegan aka motowanderer on Honda CBR250RHemant on KTM Duke390Eye of the Photographer:Nikon D5200 with Nikkor 18-105mmGARMIN Virb Ultra 30Oneplus TwoOneplus OneSafety Gears:Jegan: Rynox Tornado Pro Tri-Series Jacket, DSG Primal Gloves, Scoyco K11 Knee Protectors, MT KRE SV Momentum HelmetHemant: Solace Sprint Jacket, Solaces All-Weather Gloves, Mototech Knee Protectors, Studds Shifter helmetHere are the pics from the trip:
We decided to ride. I did not ride since long, I wanted to do endurance. I was not sure if I could do it but then decided to give it a go. I plotted out the route. The plan was to leave Thane as early as possible to reach Amboli and stay there for a night. Next day, go to Sindhudurg fort then Vijaydurg fort and reach Amba village for another night stay. Last day of the ride, start the return journey via Bhor where the infamous Necklace point is located. Google showed that it is 1177 kilometers. We booked hotels and did our preparation. I changed the cone set of the bike and did a complete service. Hemant had to pickup my bike which was with Pace and Pixel Motors for a week for service, parts and tyre change. He received a soft rubber Pirelli Diablo Rossi II upgrade on the rear.Day 1: September 2, 2017
So, to continue by own tradition to spent my birthday at some new place that I always wanted to explore, I planned to visit Murudeshwara. As usual, I called my cousin at 11:30 AM and asked him if he will join, and all he asked was what train we will be catching. He must have got used to my absurd habit of dropping sudden plans on him.Three and half hours later, we were at Thane station waiting for Mumbai - Mangalore Matsyagandha express with our sacks on our back and thoughts about how long we will be standing in train before we can rest our butt for some time. Luckily, three hours into the journey, a group of people got down at Mangaon and we got a place to seat. Rest of the journey was completed comfortably (with our nomad standards). We got down at Murudeshwara Road at around 4AM in morning only to see couple of autos waiting outside railway station. This was my first time in an of the four southern states of India and I was really excited and worried about it at the same it. We took an auto from Station to Town and were planning to spend some time outside temple before the doors open. But auto driver suggested us a hotel nearby temple, so we planned to go for it. Place was average and we got the rest needed before starting our day.
89 Kms from Junnar
Best time to visit - January,February,March,July,August,September,October,November,December
Famous for its many temples and ghats, Nashik is one of the holiest cities in India. And for those looking for something more, there are the Sula Vineyards to explore. The eventful history of Nasik is evident in its various forts, including Harihar Fort and Ramshej Fort, that are sprinkled all over the city. The Sita Gufa or the Cave of Sita is believed to be the spot from where Goddess Sita was abducted by Ravana, while Panchvati is believed to be the asylum of Lord Rama during his exile. The Timbakeshwar Temple of Nasik is as much an architectural masterpiece as it is a religious centre. Carved intricately, this much-celebrated temple is perched on top of the Brahmagiri hills. Indulge your senses at the Sula Vineyards, which offer an insightful and entertaining tour that offers information on wine manufacturing and a chance for wine tasting. Nasik offers an impressive assortment of Maharashtrian food that is lightly influenced by the neighbouring states of Gujarat and Rajasthan. Popular restaurants include Barbeque Ville Veg Aroma and Aster The Coffee Shop. For accommodation, Nashik has options in all segments – budget, mid-range and luxury hotels. Read More
Located on the banks of river Godavari, this city is home to the famous Kumbh Mela organised every 12 years. Despite being spiritually relevant, the place is perfect for a short break. The waterfalls and vineyards are great stress relievers. The Sula wine industry has blossomed here over the years. A visit to one of the vineyards could be quite relaxing. A journey to Nasik will definitely be worth your while.Distance from Ahmadabad - 475 KmWhether you’re looking for a weekend of fun or just plain relaxation, list offers the best places to visit near ahmedabad within 500 kms. Their close proximity to the city make them popular local getaways. A two-day weekend is enough to take in the sights and sounds. It saves you time and money. All you need to do is settle on a destination and then hit the road. Take the time out to pamper your senses and enjoy some alone time. It not only relaxes you, but makes you appreciate life. You might not get to visit all these place near Ahmedabad for a perfect short trip. However, you can always try to take mini vacations every once in a while. It will be well worth it.
73 Kms from Junnar
Best time to visit - January,February,March,April,May,June,July,August,September,October,November,December
A modern-day resort town, the hill station of Lonavala is around 106km from Mumbai. It makes for a great weekend getaway from Pune as well, if staying at luxury hotels, spending time with family at a massive waterpark, roaming the halls of a wax museum and go-carting sound like fun to you. If you are here during the monsoons, do check out the many gurgling waterfalls. You can even drive or take a local bus to the fascinating Karla and Bhaja Caves nearby. But if you would rather do nothing, then driving aimlessly through the green Sahyadri ranges all day, while stopping for the locally-made chikki candy is also a good way of indulging in tourism in Lonavala. There are even some yoga retreats that you can check into for some professionally-guided relaxation. If you have more time, you can combine a trip to Lonavala with a visit to the popular Lohagad and Visapur forts, located in Khandala. Read More
As usual, we(Prasad, Hemant and I) finished our night's watch(struggle of a night shift employee) and started towards Lonavla, Maharashtra. After Panvel, we did take a break somewhere near Bringhanwadi Toll Naka. That was our first stop and then we continued riding towards Lonavla. During this time, my focus was all on the new set of tyres that I fixed in the CBR250R. Friends wanted to hear how it did during the ride... Consider this as my review of the tyres as well... The new Michelin Pilot Street Radials are grippy/sticky and way better than the Michelin Pilot Sporty(This was $#!+) that I used before.Note: Naresh Shetty, if you are reading this, please change your Michelin Pilot Sporty to save yourself from slippery roads. #MonsoonTimes
Lonavala so happens to be the most cliche place where all Mumbai and Pune residents rush to when the weekend is here. It is the most popular holiday destination for residents of this area. With so many hotels there, one gets confused as to where to stay. It is quite a choice to be made since there are so many hotels and you may have stayed there before. Going and staying in the same hotel can just get boring after a point. This is where AIRBNB saves you! It gives you a home away from a home. The feeling of a home does not go away while you're out in your own comfort space and having the time of your life.
Day 1 : Bike Ride to Lonavala & KhandalaMy friends decided we'll go to Karla Caves, Lonavala and Khandala on bikes. Yes on bikes! We have 3 Bikes and 5 people, So we started in morning at around 8 it was cloudy and seemed like it might rain. Just in 10 minutes we were on the highway and it started raining, I was spell bound by the blows of morning breezes I wished I had the power to freeze time. We stopped at a dhaba to have breakfast and tea best part of the bike trip is we can stop anywhere we wanted to.Our first destination is Karla Caves and we reached there after 2 hours of bike ride. Carved into a rocky hillside, Karla caves are among the oldest Buddhist cave shrines in India. It is located on the Pune-Mumbai highway at Karla.
अगर आप मुंबई में रहते हैं तो आपके लिए मानसून में जाने वाली सबसे बढ़िया जगह है लोनावाला! मानसून की शुरुआत के साथ सह्याद्री पर्वत श्रृंखलाएं और हरे घाट, झरने और सुखद जलवायु और आकर्षक हो जातें हैं। शहर की हलचल से शीघ्र बचने के लिए विलक्षण पर्वतीय शहर लोनावाला की यात्रा की योजना बनाएं।कैसे पहुंचे - लोनावला में अपना एक रेलवे स्टेशन है जहां पुणे और मुंबई से काफी गाड़ियां रोज़ आती हैं | सबसे पास एयरपोर्ट है पुणे में, जो वहाँ से 60 किलोमीटर दूर है | और आप अगर मुंबई या पुणे से आ रहे हैं तो अपनी कार से भी आ सकते हैं, केवल डेढ़ घंटे का रास्ता है दोनों शहरों से |कहाँ रहें - होटल ग्रैंड विसवा में आप हर सुख सुविधा केवल 3,000 रुपये में पा सकते हैं | आप चाहें तो ये आप अभी ही ये होटल बुक कर सकते हैं बिना पैसे दिए, यहां क्लिक करें |2. उदयपुर
I feel envious towards those who are born and brought up near hills. I’m fond of online personality tests and whenever I’m asked if I prefer hills to beaches, I always give a positive answer. Although beaches are romantic, I find solace in less crowdy places and that is why I prefer hills. Every time I visited my boyfriend, who is now my husband, we went on bike rides to the hills near Pune. Lonavala is one such places that still fills my heart with ebullience.It had been drizzling all day and to rejoice the generosity of the weather, we decided to go on a ride to Lonavala. The breathtaking valleys, coy mist, silvery skies transforming each second, prancing clouds, and lush green blanket of curly grass blew my mind. The road to the marvellous Tiger point was full of many hairpin curves and the mist was so dense that one could hardly say if the two headlights coming from the front were of a car or two different motorbikes. The trees on the road were bent as if they were doing it deliberately to hear the harmonious music of the wind.We reached the Tiger point. The place got its name as it gives impression of a tiger trying to leap across the valley. There was a small waterfall formed due to rain and the notorious mist was hiding it from it after every fifteen seconds as if it was a secret treasure. Yes, there was crowd, but it didn’t matter either. Thanks to the mist! We roamed around the place, the mist decreased suddenly, and I found a ravine nearby. It was so deep that most of the day it must have remained in shadow. Over it, a narrow path twisted its way down through the tress, over an open ridge where Sahyadri flora in varied hues grew wild, and then steeply down through a tangle of slender bamboo. I was about to call it heaven as the mist took the scene away from my eyes, and I was left illusioned as if I had been drugged.Visiting Lonavala and not tasting its delicious corn pakoras is like being in Switzerland and not tasting its cheese. The tempting fragrance of yummy pakoras with onion chutney is something that amplifies one’s hunger. The pakoras should be followed by a kulhad of hot coffee- so thick that if you don’t wipe your mouth after having it, you will be left with a crusty, brown moustache. To dig deep into the ocean of hillside cuisines, we also tried roasted corn with green pudina chutney peppered over it.It was around 6 o’clock when we decided to leave. The orange-purple Sun was peeping out from the grey clouds, and the city below was becoming alive with all electric lights. We could hear the leaves of the trees rustling and indicating that it was time to rest. The birds were going back to their nests with some savoury gifts in their beaks for their little ones, and we too returned with imperishable memories of the wedding of hills with clouds in Lonavala.
Route B: The second trail begins from Lonavala and crosses the Tungarali Dam to reach the Rajmachi Village. This is a 15km long straight road, where you can easily take a vehicle. However, cars can only go up to a certain point till a diversion comes. There is a place where you can park your vehicle at the diversion and from here the last one kilometre needs to be covered on foot.How to plan it: If you start your trek from Lonavala, you do not need more than a day to reach the fort and make your way back to Lonavala.Distance: 15kmWhere to stayKajrat:
We caught the train and started our journey. We reached Lonavala around 10.30 in the morning and hired cab to reach the Heritage Villa. On our way we stopped for breakfast and had mouthwatering spicy vada-pav and adrakwali chai. What a relief from hectic journey. Our villa provides the excellent view and surrounded by Mountains and Lush Greenery. After spending some time, we booked the cab and the journey begins.Tiger Point: This point resembles the shape of tiger. Hills were completely surrounded with the fog, which gives the spectacular view. A small waterfall makes the scene picture perfect. This exotic location beauty was just spellbound.Loin’s Point: Next to tiger point, this place is situated. The The hills and mountains get carpeted with lush greenery, clouds overflow the hills and cool breeze make the view is heavenly beautiful.Bhusi Dam: This dam was the jewel of our trip. The dam overflow with sparkling water and foggy weather and scenic waterfall makes you to fall in love with Lonavala. Indeed this place is the best hangout place with friends, and enjoys the water fun, but as its slippery steps and inconsistent water flow, you need to be very careful.Karla Caves: This is the house of the Buddhist shrines with ancient rock-cut caves. The place is very peaceful and architectural perfect. Most of the stupas are simply built and bare but some contain carvings on the top. Timing for visit is 9 AM to 5.30 PM and entry fee is 5/-Bhaja Caves: Located in Karla caves and display the sculpture of a prince in a chariot, dancing couple, an armed warrior and a prince seated on an elephant and much more. Small waterfall again makes the scene astonishingly beautiful.The caves are high up in the mountain and you need to climb up the stairs and many stalls are situated on your way. The beauty of Western Ghats is breathtakingly glorious.Celebrity Wax Museum: this was our last destination for the day. As name suggests some big celebrities, like Asha Bhosley, Rabindra Nath Tagore, Swami Vivekanand, Mr. Beans, Shaktiman, was statues are there. A good place to click photographs with all the celebrities and these statues will look original in some point. Timing for visit is 9 AM to 9.30 PM and entry fee is 100/-Our Day 1 journey ended and we came back to our villa, we packed variety of tasty roasted and grilled chicken and enjoy our dinner in balcony which is the best part of the villa. Good thing is loud music is allowed and we enjoyed a lot.
This hill resort offers a refreshing change of scenery. Just a three hour road trip from Mumbai it is a popular weekend getaway abuzz with adventuresome activities from trekking, camping and waterfall rappelling. Monsoon is the best time to see this hill station come alive. A place made very popular by Bollywood is Khandala and Lonavla, twin hill resorts that are about 93 kilometres away from the city along the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. These two places stand 5 kilometres apart from each other and offer one adventures like trekking, camping under the skies, tour’s of the various farm houses that dot the place and water rappelling. The Korigad Fort is a great monument that stands here and so are the caves, Bhaja, Lohgad, the Tiger’s leap and Karla. It would also be fun to get a glimpse of the Duke’s Nose, a cliff that resembles the nose of the Duke of Wellington and aptly named after him.Distance from Mumbai - 83 Kms
179 Kms from Junnar
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The destination of the World Heritage sites of Ajanta and Ellora caves where you find a new meaning of beauty, Aurangabad was named after the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. The city is located at the banks of the Kham River and known as one of the most historically significant cities of Maharshtra. You will also find the best museums out here which include the three most important ones. These are the Sunehri Mahal Museum, University Museum and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Museum. apart from recieving all other modern facilities and amenities during your trip, you can laze away the afternoons in the beauty of the Bani Begum Gardens too. Read More
The vehicle took off and we set on our way chatting and frolicking , recording videos of ourselves and of the beaut environs of Aurangabad in the pleasant drizzle AND… of course , reminiscing over our old and new one-sided loved ones . The next stop was at a Motel about forty kms before Ajanta caves. Half of us freshened ourselves up , the other half didn’t feel like it. Notsowhite tried to take a dump twice , but to no avail.After at least three of us had relieved ourselves, we took a light breakfast , grabbed a few cans and took off again amid fun , frolic and raunchy remarks and slanders. Theslut , who was a boy. Since we were all boys , spent the journey taking the piss out of Bro. The non-kafir was the quiet and probably the maturest one. I had packed along two books, one of which was ‘the Satanic Verses’ , and throughout the trip , I managed to read no more than five pages.Finally , we arrived at the bus stop of Ajanta from where a shuttle bus would take us to the caves. We bought a few statuettes of supposedly ‘antique-stone’ (as per the seller) and then after taking along a few packets of chips and snacks and clicking a few pictures of the wondrous hills encompassing us , boarded the shuttle bus . It was a short and wavy journey through the hills and forests and was really a spectacle to behold.
We got down at Aurangabad at 8:30 am which was late as the train got delayed by 90 mins. we had our breakfast, rather I would say it was a brunch as we planned to make it till the base village, Salher wadi, without any food breaks by 3 pm and start the trek.We got into the bus at 11:00 am till Malegaon and as per the bus driver we could have reached there by 1:30 but again there was a delay and we only managed to reach Malegaon by 3 pm. Traveling in bus we weren't sure on when would we reach the base village so we decided to take the shared taxi till Satana and continue to base village from there. Thanks to our taxi driver, he agreed to drop us till Salher wadi at very nominal cost. Finally we reached the base village by 6 pm.
Before exploring Bombay we were at our friend’s place at Aurangabad, Maharashtra spending quality time with family. We had a chance to visit Ajanta. It’s a 2 hour drive from Aurangabad. A must visit if you are around Ajanta. It is a thousand years old cave and took around 700 years to construct. I would suggest reading up about Ajanta and then visiting the place rather than hiring a guide, which I did not find reliable. But yes they’ll show some interesting paintings, 3D effects and illusions inside the cave. Total there are 30 caves, only 26 are accessible the other four don’t have a way to get inside. It’ll take you around 3 hours to see all the caves.
As they say that happiness is along the journey not at the end of it, we were actually experiencing it in this road trip of Maharashtra. It was day 3 and we had to cover two more Jyotirlings which were Nagnath in Aundha and Vaijnath in Parli.We had an amazing Maharashtrian breakfast before we left.
Aurangabad is a bustling town (The world-heritage Ajanta and Ellora caves are a little distance away) and I could comfortably find a decent hotel (Hotel Karthiki) near the main bus stop. The hotel was cheap and pretty good for the tariff (Rs. 600 per night). I freshened up and then headed out to the main bus stop to figure out how to get to Lonar. Turns out Lonar wasn’t very much frequented by tourists and was more or less an off-beat destination. I guess researchers and geologists were the ones enamored by the place. So here was the deal with buses. Private buses leave at around 2.30 am to a place called Sultanpur which is about 15km from Lonar. Sultanpur lay enroute to Pune so all buses heading towards Pune might as well stop there on request. There are state transport buses from Aurangabad to Lonar as well but their availability is meager compared to the private buses. One can also take a state transport bus from Aurangabad to Jalna and then head off to Lonar. Jalna is around 100 kms from Lonar and the availability of buses to Lonar from Jalna is more than in Aurangabad. I weighed my options and decided to take a private bus at 2.30am to Sultanpur. Sultanpur is 135km from Aurangabad. The bus promptly did turn up at 2.30 am. It was an uneventful ride to Sultanpur. Reached Sultanpur at about 5.30am. Sultanpur operates private autos to Lonar Village. I parked myself in one of these and amidst “Baazigar” reached Lonar at 6.30am.
Aurangabad is a good place to visit if u love street food.... WE had street sandwich which I think not a single hi fi restaurant can make... WE tasted almost everything there which was available on the streets. There are few historical places but govt is not maintaining them so no one visit them.
This city is named after Mughal Emperor Aurangazeb. It was called Fatehpur before it took its present name. This city is gateway to the World Heritage Sites of Ajanta and Ellora caves. Developed as a modern city, Aurangabad provides all comforts and modern facilities.
Arrive into Aurangabad on a morning flight. Transfer to your hotel and proceed for a half-day sightseeing tour of the Ajanta/ Ellora complex. Don't forget to take a torch- it'll come in handy inside the caves. Return to your hotel at your convenience. Overnight Aurangabad.
We spotted a rustic, vegetarian dhaba called ‘Deluxe Dhaba’ and attacked the food as soon it was served. Dal Tadka and Shev Bhaji, (a famous local Maharashtrian dish) was our nourishment for the night. After a few quick cups of tea, we set off again at a steady pace.
Junnar is another winner when it comes to weekend getaways from Mumbai. The place is serene and thus offers one a time to relax and be one with nature and enjoy the blessings it bestows. This historical city at the foothills of the Sahyadri Range is home to the Shivneri Fort and a weekly vegetable market is the most happening event here that draws tourists from all across the country to visit the place. At Junnar one can get involved in milking a cow at daybreak for one’s own benefit (milk tea or coffee) and then go about picking from the freshest of vegetables for one’s daytime meal. Enjoy watching the locals dance during the night time as they try to appease the local deity or Devi. One must pay a visit to this place sometime to enjoy the best of what Mother Earth has given to us.Distance from Mumbai - 155 Kms Read More
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Junnar is another winner when it comes to weekend getaways from Mumbai. The place is serene and thus offers one a time to relax and be one with nature and enjoy the blessings it bestows. This historical city at the foothills of the Sahyadri Range is home to the Shivneri Fort and a weekly vegetable market is the most happening event here that draws tourists from all across the country to visit the place. At Junnar one can get involved in milking a cow at daybreak for one’s own benefit (milk tea or coffee) and then go about picking from the freshest of vegetables for one’s daytime meal. Enjoy watching the locals dance during the night time as they try to appease the local deity or Devi. One must pay a visit to this place sometime to enjoy the best of what Mother Earth has given to us.Distance from Mumbai - 155 Kms