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151 Kms from Nasik
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 cr...
Dream a little dream of FUTURE. How smart our cities could be? Is a Blade runner kind of future awaits for us? How would you find an affordable place to spend a night in a hugely expensive city? Is a disruptive way of living approaching fast into our travelling lives? I was harboring all these thoughts while for the first time I heard about the POD hotel in India, that too in Mumbai.The IDEA and where to find themYou can experience these future proof living styles in developed, over populated cities like Tokyo, Kyoto, Moscow, London, Amsterdam, New York, Bangkok. The concept behind is secluded and minimized living for a hassle-free stay during a quick visit of these cities. Plus points of these pods are also its close proximity of main communication points like airports, railway stations and pocket friendliness. These make the pod type of hotels popular over a short span of time.No need of VISA to have a taste of PODThe idea sounds tempting, right? But could not plan for the trip right away? No worry. Mumbai now offers the coziest POD experience you could have. The new addition to the Maximum city's ever expanding offering is only 4 km away from Andheri Railway station and 5.5 km from Mumbai International Airport. A well connected spot in the busy city, URBAN POD is a perfect place for a night's stay. Or may be more than a day.The Place and amenitiesThe first thing that you would notice is a clutter free entrance. A traveler's dream is to find a place that is free of all the chaos(when staying the night is the concern) and this place would offer you just that. After you reach the first floor and have not yet reserved a POD you have to complete the necessary documentation. Please do carry an identity proof as it would come in handy for booking a room(POD). If you are carrying luggage, you need to hand them over to the stuff who would take care of it. Did I mention that your shoes are not allowed inside the pod? Okay, it is a shoe-less shrine of a traveler's soul. Besides it helps the place to stay more clean and hygienic.The timing for check in is 15:00 hours and check out timing is 11:00 hours. They would provide you break-fast at the cafeteria till 10:00 hours. Now what would you need for a good night sleep is taken care of the management in a pretty innovative way. A free WI-FI connection, a TV remote, a fresh towel, a water bottle would be offered to you to take possession of before finally catching a glimpse of the POD. The interior is very much in accordance with the minimalist approach of the idea of the seclusion. The pods are built as row houses inside of separate rooms and are very soothing sights.Once inside, you can actually feel that as a human being we really don't require much to go for a sleep. All we would ever need is a soft bed, a dim light(a reading light sometimes), some light fragrance and invitation of sleep.It offers just these in right proportions. End result will be a cherish-able experience for life. The future of smart travelling is here and this proves how.I forgot to mention the common washrooms which are quite spacious and inviting would offer you solace and are enough to calm your weary souls.Still planning to spend a lot for a night's stay in the City of dreams? Please check this place for a new experience with decent pricing which wont hurt your pocket. And remember future beckons, this could the part of a cyber-punk life you always wanted to experience.
Are you reading this, sitting in your office cabin with no Friday night plans whatsoever? After having slogged super hard at work all week, is your new year's resolution of having more fun, crashing right in front of you? Well, we've got good news for you! It's still not too late to get into action and plan an outing that is sure to start 2018 with a bang!Here's How!
Day 2 was Christmas and we decided to cover mainly Mumbai fort and nearby iconic places as they are close to each other. Took the cab to Flora Fountain to start with, but it was closed as some work was going on. Walking through the fort area along the colonial buildings made us feel like we are walking through roads in somewhere in Europe( most of the time :))
We took an early morning flight to Mumbai and reached around 9 AM in the hotel we booked in Santacruz area(Read my review on Fab hotel Embassy Park BKC). We had an amazing breakfast of wada pavs and chai in a small eatery called Ravi's near our stay. After quickly refreshing, we set on our first day of the trip to Sidhivinayak Temple and Haji Ali Dargah. We could not enter both the places due to the huge crowd and were pretty disappointed by then. Decided to go ahead with Lunch and found a nice place called Cafe Noorani(Mughlai style) near the Dargah and its a good place if you are a non-vegetarian. After having a delicious lunch, we went to Linking Road for shopping and found it to be a reasonable place. The trick is to tell 1/3rd if any price the shop keeper tells :) We found travelling in Mumbai pretty easy as we could get cabs and autos very easily and we need to pay by the meter. Ola and Uber also are very popular. Juhu beach was last on the list for the day and chaats were awesome here though the beach was very unpleasant and dirty.
I reached Mumbai around 12.30 PM and the train to Bikaner was at 2.35 PM so I had enough time to reach from Sion to Dadar railway station. Mumbai is not new to me at all and especially in the last 8 years I have travelled to Mumbai a dozen times for a lot of Business meetings and trainings. Train got delayed by an hour at Dadar station and by the time I reached Bikaner there was a delay. I reached my first destination the next day at 4:00 PM.Route:Bangalore-Hubbali-Pune-Mumbai(By Bus)Dadar(Mumbai)-Ahmedabad-Jodhpur-Bikaner(By Train).Rajasthan is a Land of Kings, Palaces (Mahals and Havelis), Forts and Temple ruled by Rajput’s with its rich Heritage and Culture. Rajasthan is well connected by Roadways, Railways and Airways. The best time to be here is between October to March as the weather in this part is very pleasant during that time. The temperature varies from 5 degrees during night to 25 degrees during the days.
Having few more days to spare, I thought to go south and touch the Arabian sea before returning back to Nagpur. So on reaching Delhi, after half a day’s rest, I left for Mumbai. I was touching the land after a gap of 20yrs. The last time I was here, I was a kid in early 1998. The first day, I took a tour bus at Churchgate and covered all the important places of Mumbai. The second day, I dedicated to Siddhi Vinayak Temple and Haji Ali Dargah, before resorting to Marine drive. I caught my train at night towards Nagpur, marking the end of my journey.
164 Kms from Nasik
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 a...
Day 14: September 30, 2015:I left Pune at 9 AM and began riding towards bangalore. The first leg of the return went peacefully as I reached the outskirts of Kolhapur. A small break for lime soda and I immediately continued riding towards Belgaum. As i crossed Belgaum it was about 2:30 PM.I knew that reaching bangalore by 10 or 11 PM was easy if I continued without a break. Just as I crossed Hubli an near Havery, traffic cops had blocked the highway and diverted traffic towards Ranebennur and from there I had to deviate towards Davanagere. When I reached Davanagere, it was almost 630PM, due to the road condition through the villages.I had a tea and continued towards Tumkur, It was almost 10 PM when I was a few kilometers before Tumkur town. What I hadn't seen in more than a week came back to haunt me. The rain gods came down heavily and the remaining 80 kms to reach home was spent well in getting drenched.When I finally entered bangalore, it was 1145 PM. I had travelled a total of 940 kms in a little less 15 hours. I was trembling and couldn't stand on my feet as the last day journey had taken a toll on me.Finally, I had completed a full 6200 odd kms in about 15 days, going through a lot of "hardship", meeting a few friends, visiting a few places and experiencing unknown roads of the country.It is time to end the blog with a note that everyone should travel to some unknown destination by their own at some point of time in their lives.
Source and Destination city for flight: Pune(PNQ) --> New Delhi(DEL) --> Siliguri(IXB)The price of prepaid taxi was fixed, I was charged 2200 INR for private taxi in December 2016.
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.
125 Kms from Nasik
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...
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.
266 Kms from Nasik
Best time to visit - January,February,September,October,November,December
Popularly known as Baroda, Vadodara is great travel destination for history buffs and art enthusiasts. The town is known...
Day 13: September 29, 2015:I started late at baroda and decided to enter karnataka by evening. The journey was going to be long. I left at 830 AM after breakfast and hit the highway.It took about 7 hours to reach the outskirts of Mumbai. I lost my way on the outskirts and began asking for directions. Finally, when i touched the road towards Panvel, it was about 5PM. I accidentally got onto the Express-Way and a cop was waiting to "mug" me off some money in the name of bribe.After an hours ordeal with the cop and having lost money, I found the road towards Pune and continued my journey.Almost 7 PM when I arrived on the outskirts of Pune. Time to check into a hotel.
We had a plan to halt again at Ahmedabad, but "We the Riders" aren't only riders, we are "Super Riders". We had started from Bhuj at 8 am. Our breaks were scheduled after every 100 kms, But the exciting part was that we were very close to Ahmedabad in the afternoon itself, we had covered almost 75% of the target destination....."Hmm that's exciting, we can cover 100 kms more, so that we would be close to Mumbai and the next day ride wouldn't be hectic"...Chalo let's cover 100kms more and halt at Vadodara, we decided while resting under a tree. In the evening, we had reached Vadodara to find there was heavy traffic in the city, we were dying to get a hotel. Finally we got one at the Airport....the name itself was Hotel Airport. The stay was luxurious and the comforts were much needed after this long ride. We had stayed there for a night.Day 7 - Vadodara to Mumbai
Important Information:1. Travel:Car Rental: My Choize cars: https://mychoize.comRent: Rs 2200 per day plus Fuel2. Stay:Day 1: Gopnath Bungalow : http://www.gujarattourism.com/hotel/details/340 (Recommended)Day 2: Hotel Anil FarmHouse: http://www.girjungleresort.com/ Day 3: Pride Biznotel Vadodara ( Check MakeMyTrip for options)
The false grave in the tomb chamber the real one is underground
Now it was time for us to head back to Mumbai. We started riding back and at Bhuj we got our bike serviced and by night we could reach Vadodara.Next day we again started early with a motive to reach Mumbai by night. We could reach Daman by evening and again it being a union territory we had some good beers to charge ourselves for the one final time for the trip.
Early morning, the next day we were headed back to Mumbai which is nearly 800 Kms away. We did a stop-over at Vadodara, for the night, where we enjoyed the street food, before proceeding to Mumbai. Having visited both the Legends, at Dandi, and the Lions, at Gir, we brought our road trip through Saurashtra to a successful end.
It took us a lifetime to plan, cancel, re-plan and then reschedule the most cliched yet epic journey to the mountains of the Ladakh range.12 long days of mesmerizing ever changing landscapes . Mountains left us awestruck. Enormous rivers followed us everywhere.It is one of those amazingly beautiful places I believe where even the simplest of the camera can give you a pro-level splendid nature photo.Sit back , relax and enjoy Ladakh through my lens.
On day 9 morning made visit to City Palace and Monsoon Palace and then started my return journey to Pune through Vadodara. Reached Vadodara by 09:30 PM and settled in a hotel near the city. On day 10 started my ride towards Pune from Vadodara and reached Pune at 09:30 PM.
145 Kms from Nasik
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...
LonavalaLonavla is located 64 KM from Pune. It is a hill station. A tour to Lonavla and Khandala can be combined with sight-seeing visits of Karla, Bedsa, and Bhaja caves and also the two fortresses, Visapur and Lohagad. Another spot of attention is the ” fort Tungi.” The Andharban trek starts from village Pimpri, passes through dense forests, valleys, and waterfalls, and ends
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:
172 Kms from Nasik
Best time to visit - N/A
The destination of the World Heritage sites of Ajanta and Ellora caves where you find a new meaning of beauty, Aurangaba...
We reached Ajanta by 11 am,caves are little away from parking place where you get Government buses to go inside Ajanta caves area.We get into that bus and within next 10-15 minutes we were at caves base location ,we brought our camera and entry tickets and started exploring biggest man-made caves I seen ever.
Day 3 started with an early morning trip to Dadar railway station to catch the Tapovan express to Aurangabad. It takes around 7-8 hours and is pretty taxing if you are not used to day time train travels. We preferred this train to avoid complications in check-in time at the hotel etc. There are overnight trains to Aurangabad and also flights from Mumbai. Aurangabad is around 300+ kms away and zoom car is also an option (we did not explore it though).We reached Aurangabad around 1PM and checked into Hotel Keys Aures . After a quick refreshment, proceeded to see Panchakki and Bibi Ka Maqbara. Bibi Ka Maqbara is a must watch though its said to be a poor imitation of Taj Mahal.
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.
170 Kms from Nasik
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
An integration of historic monuments and modern skyscrapers, Surat is a quaint town located along the banks of river Tap...
We were a group of 30 ranging from teenagers to some super inspiring senior citizens and started our journey from Surat, Gujarat. The cost mentioned here is Surat to Surat all including train tickets, bus/cab, stay, food, adventure activities and rafting, sight seeing at Hrishikesh.
Hello Everybody!!This little blog is for the one where I belong to...SURATIf you come to Surat you are not going to get many tourist attractions, as Surat is all about business; from Diamonds to Textiles. But still there are few places to visit. Among them two of them are Dumas Beach and Gavier Lake which I am going to talk about.
Day 5: Surat to Maliya, Ahmedabad 450 KmsAhmedabad was our next destination for stay before we reached Kutch. We stopped at Malliya for rest and the drive ahead to Kutch.Stay: GK Hotel, Maliya-Halvad Highway, Near Petrol Pump,, Malia, Gujarat 363670 Ph no: 7046009901/2/3
233 Kms from Nasik
Best time to visit - January,February,March,April,May,October,November,December
Of panoramic views, perennial waterfalls and picturesque landscapes, Mahabaleshwar stands out as the largest and most po...
Mahabaleshwar - The very name evokes the beauty of the region - lush green forests and the mountain range of the western ghats. Quite a number of scenes of Baahubali were shot here.A small piece of advice:Now that you have seen all the places where Baahubali was shot, now go see the movie again. The thrill of having seen the sets and the places where it was shot, makes watching the movie again even more magical.Relive the magical moments of Baahubali!Cover picture credits:https://www.google.co.in/search?q=ramoji+film+city+bahubali+sets&rlz=1C1CHBF_enIN747IN748&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjny73k8rvWAhUEOY8KHaiwBzEQ_AUICigB&biw=1366&bih=662#imgrc=XTqs_Zzv2V61dM:
it was around 10 o'clock in the morning and we reached Mahabaleshwar. we stayed at Hira Baug resort panchgani, okay so it is a little far from town but trust me the view you get from here is worth it! charges are variable so if you wish to go there then please google its price or contact them directly. had lunch over there and then i went to sleep as i traveled for 16 hours, and ya lunch was good! after 3 hours of sleep i woke up at 4:00 pm and then left resort to explore Mahabaleshwar! i don't know how but sunset was early so as soon i reached Venna lake there was about to sunset, so what i did was just set down near to the lake and enjoyed that beautiful sunset! it was wonderful, the silent water that kids playing around and that cold weather makes it perfect! then i left for Mahabaleshwar market. it was usual market surrounded with some stuff and all. yes do not forget to try strawberry with cream! if you like strawberry then you will love it as Mahabalehswar is capital of strawberry! then i left for my resort as i was hungry, i had my dinner and went to sleep.
The clouds were at the level of our eye line at our entry(made at night time) to Mahabaleshwar which proved to be an amazing sight.Next day we were off to discover the beauty of this marvel that we made our visit to. Mahabaleshwar certainly has one of the best hills in all of Maharashtra if not the best. The multi-colored impression the hills give are something to look out to.
Located in Maharashtra, Mahabaleshwar is a gorgeous hill station, with hanging clouds and covered in mist, wrapped in a lush green wild. With a rich princely legacy reflected in colonial era architecture that earmarks the town, Mahabaleshwar has a charming appeal. The town’s scenic beauty is enthralling, being the base of five rivers, nestled in magnificent Western Ghats. With spectacular view of the sunrise and sunset, trekking trails, horse riding paths and boating in the rivers, Mahabaleshwar offers a meditative ambience, the perfect weekend getaway and thereby one of the best places to visit in India in May.How to get there: Well-connected by road from Pune, which also has the nearest airport. The nearest railway station is Wathar.
We expected to take a ferry, but there was none. So we had to take this long along-the-river road. The road above the river is full of red sand. It required high levels of patience to ride this. More than 50 minutes, the road was all red with up and down slopes of red sand. I was sure, the bike would skid at some place, but it didnt. I must be a good rider. What was worse was the incoming trucks loaded with more red sand and blowing the dust in the air. Siddi was all red when we reached the bridge crossing.
7. Mahabaleshwar:Once the summer capital of the Bombay province, Mahabaleshwar is a plateau that is surrounded by valleys on all sides, and offers stunning vistas of the lush greenery it is surrounded by. It is also known for being the birthplace of the river Krishna, along with 6 other rivers. One can also make day trips to Raigad, Pratapgad, Wai, Lingmala waterfalls and the Venna lake. Located at 160 and 260 kms from Bombay and Pune respectively, Mahabaleshwar is one of the ideal places to visit in Spring season in India.
However, for those who truly wish to enjoy wine while strolling around some beautiful vineyards, there is a very good news. In a bid to promote wines made in the 40-odd vineyards and wineries in Nashik district in north Maharashtra, the state government has organised its first wine festival — ‘India Grape Harvest, Wine Festival 2018’.
About NashikIf you are old soul and gypsy at at heart,and like to explore old temples,believe in God Shiva then Nashik is the best place for your upcoming weekend.Nashik is also famous for maha kumbh mela.When my friend ask me to accompany me for her business visit then as usual I said yes to her.We left to nashik from thane from Tapovan express early in the morning. It takes 3 hours to reach Nashik from thane.But before we left for nashik I just google what places we can see in nashik so google suggest me places like panchvati , kapaleshwar mandir ,sita gunfa,etc. First of all i'm not that much connected with Ramayana's story so I went into the history and read more about this place.
Galna Fort is an one of the best fort near Nashik district in Maharshtra. Basically Its under Khandesh region. Galna Fort was a major fort in the South Khandesh Region (Maharashtra). This is one of the forts in Maharashtra state with the bastion and the entrance in very well condition. This fort is located on hills between Dhule and Malegaon.
This time, when Good friday brought with it a long weekend, those options just didn't seem appealing and I decided to check out places which were easily driveable, but which I had never visited.As I scratched my brain and went through the travel stories online, Nashik caught my eye. The 3 hour driving distance from Mumbai, the vineyards, the mythological connection, the local delectable food - there was definitely a weekend plan here in the making. Not withstanding the weather reports showing a sunny April Nashik,I opened up the online search engines, put in my budget and star filters and zoned in on my stay for the 2 days - IBIS Nashik.Given that the plan was to keep this getaway easy on the pocket, I chose Ibis which was within my 2K per night stay bracket with breakfast and promised a clean and comfortable stay. Ibis is conveniently located at ~15 mins from the city center and the similar time in the opposite direction towards vineyards.With our bags in tow we left Mumbai on Friday morning and completed the 3 hour journey comfortably given the excellent condition of roads - tolls cost us only ~INR 200 one way to Nashik. There are some good restaurants ahead of Bhiwandi for quick refreshments like Urban Tadka, Pop Tates, Mac Donalds, Shiv Sagar etc. The check-in at Ibis was smooth and we decided to cool off in the room untill early evening.At around 4.30pm we started our ~50mins drive from Ibis to Lake Vaitarna. The lake with the dam makes for a scenic and clean picnic spot, however has no restaurants in the vicinity. The lake does have a great resort, JenJon Lake Vaitarna Resort, which you can definitely consider as a stay-option, however, since only resort guests have access to its restaurant, its a good plan to come prepared with your own picnic basket to enjoy the view, in case you like us are not planning to stay in Jenjon.The lake side provides a great space for kids to play around making it a wholesome bet for a good evening.Around 30 mins away from Lake Vaitarna is a smaller water body, Mukane reservoir, on the banks of which is a boutique vineyard 'Vallone Winery', which houses the reputed pune restaurant chain 'Malaka Spice'. Vallone Vineyards overlook the Mukane reservoir and Malaka Spice with its open air seating provide an equally captivating option to enjoy the sunset vis-a-vis Lake Vaitarna. We visited Malaka Spice after our time on Lake Vaitarna for dinner and thoroughly enjoyed the delectable asian spread, the rose wines and the hospitality of the staff. Vallone vineyards also have quaint accommodation and its proximity to the lake and reservoir make it a compelling stay-option. After a sumptuous, languid dinner, we closed our first satisfied day in Nashik.Our second day in Nashik was split with the first half dedicated to temple-trails and evening to be immersed in Sula & York wineries. Another awesome activity in Nashik, which remains largely unadvertised is 'Gliding' at the 'Deolali Gliding Club', which allows you a chance to glide for 15 minutes over the city - an amazing way to bring in a sunset. The gliders are non-motorized 2-seater planes, with an army pilot. We missed this owing to the maintenance work of the gliders, however i recommend future travelers to definitely check this out. Mythology has it that the Ram, Sita and Laxman stayed in Nashik during their vanvas and the famos incident of Ram cutting Shurpanakas nose (nose is 'Nak' in marathi) happened in this city, hence the name,Nashik. We started off with the area of Panchavati, which derives its name from the presence of 5 sprawling banyan trees. Underneath these trees is the well-known Sita Gufaa, which claim to be the caves where Sita hide from Ravana. Despite reaching Panchavati at peak afternoon time, the banyan trees made sure that the place felt a good 5 degrees cooler. We then made our way to the close-by Kalaram Temple and spent time in the spacious temple premise admiring the serenity of the simple black-rock temple. Nashik has many more temples in the Panchavati area dotted along the Godavari river which runs through the city. Godavari is called the Ganga of the west and origniates in Trimbakeshwar, where the famed Shiv Linga resides.After a sumptous meal of traditional marathi Khandeshi fare at 'Divtya Budhlya', we headed back to Ibis to gear up for our winery visits. Both Sula and York wineries are ~20 mins away from Ibis Nashik and are close to the Gangapur Dam. Sula and York both run wine tours through the day untill 6.30pm. Sula was our first stoo and we signed up for the wine tour with tasting (only winery tour costs INR100 and the tour with tasting costs INR350). The tour is a short 15 minute tour and the rest of the 20 minutes is devoted to the wine-tasting (we got to taste 6 wines in total, 3 red and 3 white). I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, which was ensured by the devoted Sula staff. We spent another hour on the first floor open deck which houses the Sula restaurant and provides an eagles view of the property.As sunset approached we quickly made our way to the York winery which is only 5/7 minutes away from Sula but allows a spectacular sunset view over the lake. The open garden restaurant at York plays great music and we spent our last night in Nashik over some great food and ambience at York.Overall I felt Nashik was a well-rounded getaway with a packed offering for a two night stay, costing us just INR12,000 as a couple all inclusive.
The drive was lovely and fuss-free. We stayed at The Gateway by Taj Nashik which is according to me, the best property in nashik. Its huge and opens to greenery in abundance. You too have options of some budget and mid-class luxury hotels here. Stay at Taj Nashik will be around 6000 bucks per night including your breakfast.After getting refreshed at the hotel, I have rushed for my favourite destination and the reason I have chosen Nashik ie Sula Vineyards. Yes!!!! you have heard it right..I have been craving to be at sula vineyards for long since Sula fest in february happens. It is wonderful that Sula vineyards have grown to be an upper-class chic destination and got the name of India in Wine-Game of the world. You get a decent tour of the vineyards regarding the grapes crushing. wine manufacturing and all the hardwork that the team here at sula undergoes to provide us the best Sula Wines. You have a pretty cafe at the upper deck overlooking the vineyards and trust me you forget soon that you are in india, nothing short of a small village at france or italy. Those who are having love for italian fare can try italian cuisine here at another restaurant inside the vineyards. You also have wine tasting sessions here at a nominal cost but not on dry days so plan your trip accordingly. The rich also having options to rent villa's (private villa) to stay for few nights and find their own italian villagers life within india within a given package. Above all, I found Nashik a calm and serene city growing all around the sula vineyards mostly and a place where the rich gets to have best of the world because when you talk vineyards & wines, you need some paper notes to meet your thirst. Isn't it? But do explore and do a sula session soon.
Traveling places and creating memories has always been a dream of almost everyone, and traveling has always been fun for me too. Exploring places, experiencing different cultures and knowing different people; added with natural beauty of all places, is what I’ve always experienced and craved for.
Known as India's Vineyard, Nashik has many wineries that you can tour, eat at and visit. York, Sula and Soma Vineyards are the ones that are open to tourists. In fact, if wine tasting manages to bore you somehow, you can always check out the stunning Pandavleni Caves in Nashik.
6. PanchvatiTHEN: Panchavati was the place in the forest of Dandakaranya, where Rama built his home along with his wife Sita and brother Lakshman during their period of exile in the wilderness. This place is called Tapovan where Lakshmana, the brother of Rama, cut off the nose of Surpanakha, the sister of Ravana, when she attempted to kill Sita. This is also the place where Ravana sent Mareecha in the guise of a deer to lure Sita and later abducted her.
Nasik: Fun, food, fashion, wine and music – that's Sula Fest for you. The first week of February will give you a weekend to remember. Sula Fest in Nashik is a party-goer's paradise with music performances by internationally-acclaimed artists, great food to go with the wine, the fantastic energy of the crowds and a tent site where you can sleep under the stars.Nashik makes for a great road trip for people in Mumbai. For travellers reaching Nahik from other cities, Mumbai and Pune are the nearest Airports.Read More: Dolce Vita in the vineyards of Nashik by Harleen Kalsi