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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...
Gudi Padwa, Mumbai - March 2018The Marathi folks celebrate Gudi Padwa to mark the beginning of their New Year. Men and women dressed in their traditional attire. You'll see men and women beating huge drums, display of local culture and heroes is all over the place.
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Day 18 --> Bharuch --> MumbaiA day which we looked forward the most (as we would be able to achieve our goal); at the same time a day which we dreaded the most (as our journey was coming to an end).Compared to the other days on return, we had planned this one in detail. Distance to be covered was about 320 kms only; so we took our time to get ready in the morning (we made sure to wear the same black tee’s which we had shopped in McLeod Ganj); got our group photo clicked by a hotel attendant before we crossed the 139 year old golden bridge over narmada river. We wanted to return the same way we had started; so Ansu took the Avenger, Anand the Thunderbird and me and Kuttan huddled in the car. There was to be no swapping; except me and Kuttan (Kuttan took the wheel first).As i played the DJ, the miles were swept off and within half an hour of breaking fast, we were across the borders into Maharashtra. As i took the wheel from Kuttan, the climate did a u-turn. It was shining bright when we left in the morning, but now the clouds had grown thick and dark and the downpour took us by surprise with it’s ferocity. The visibility reduced considerably and so did our speed; we didn’t feel like stopping though. The riders who initially enjoyed the respite from heat were getting completely drenched and even the car skidded a few times on the slush. We realized that not a day on the road could be taken for granted and continued our ride cautiously. Mother nature had a last trial for us to face and we were determined to win through.Home was within reach and our hearts quenched any hunger our stomachs had as we quit lunch for just tea and headed towards our destination. The riders went in first and were soon followed by the car for a warm reception by our family who had all arrived and waited for us to make landfall. Hugs, kisses and happy tears flowed from family; with Ansu’s pet dog Philie loudly welcoming him back with excited barks.Getting out of the car and standing together with my brothers, i felt a happiness which i’d never known and the smile didn’t move out of my face for the rest of the day. Ushering us into the apartment, the riders quickly changed into dry clothes and Ansu’s dad made sure everyone packed into the hall where he announced our grand return. Anand’s parents gave us a team trophy while Ansu’s parents along with our spouses presented us individual awards (shaped as bikes) and tee’s with the biker brotherhood logo to commemorate our successful ride.We gladly posed for the photos and the other 3 brothers got involved in picking up choice gossips of our trip and sharing it with family. Sheetal (my wife) and Ansu’s mom noticed that i was very calm and were curious about that. I told them that i was feeling an enhanced sense of peace at having completed the journey and everytime i closed my eyes for a moment, i was back at the mountains of Ladakh, a curving road by the gurgling river, a cool breeze flowing with prayer flags fluttering and the only other sound being the bike’s.Rounding up the celebration, I made a special mention of the support of our family, especially the spouses gave us whose good wishes ensured our journey ended on such a high note and also that it had strengthened the bond between the brothers. The family responded by saying that the trip also brought them together as they kept a close track on where we had reached every hour.Victory was to be celebrated, but the road goes on and new ventures await us brothers; as we strive to expand our brotherhood and go to places yet to be reached.I’d like to end this long write-up with my favorite poem from The Lord of the Rings..“Home is behindThe world aheadAnd there are many paths to treadThrough shadowTo the edge of nightUntil the stars are all alight”Let’s ride towards the stars…Epilogue:The brothers parted the next day after spending the night congratulating each other, reminiscing few more stories from the trip and discussing hazy ideas of some of our future trips (whereupon mine and Anand’s wives; Sheetal and Anuya jumped into saying that they’d be joining too).I had mentioned in the title that the trip was life altering for us. Elaborating on the same below.Anand promised that he’d go for more rides in Kerala with his friends and wife (now that he no longer had any inhibitions on riding). He was moving to a day job (after many years of doing night shifts) and with the thunderbird in hand and God’s own country at his disposal, looked set for a comfy ride ahead.Ansu planned to continue going for rides near Mumbai with his TAG and F.L.G groups and also shared his intention to start a biking group on his own; sending out invites and bringing the joy of the ride to more like-minded brothers and sisters. His lone ride on his bike may soon have a lady company too; as his parents continue to coax him for marriage.Kuttan shifted his focus to finding a job first (hopefully in India itself) and then investing on his bike. He targets to do masters in engineering (preferably automobile) from an international university and hopefully achieve his dream job (which he had shared during our ride)As for me, I had gone to the trip anxious, but determined to find my purpose; I came back relaxed and peaceful believing that life will take its own course just like the stream flowing from the mountain top into the valley. Professionally, i have started at a venture i believe in; while promising to invest more time in writing; which is my passion. For me, this travelogue is only a beginning.
As the designated writer amongst the brothers, i pondered over ways to write about our experience in a manner which would appeal to readers across ages and inspire atleast a few to take up a journey which could become life altering, if not enhancing. Through posts in FB, i have already shared few highlights from our trip, at times day wise and at times clubbing them. I wrote a detailed piece on our preparation as well. For the comprehensive travelogue though, i felt a need to convey few messages; which we brothers have discerned through our experience of being on road. Instead of only being a chronological detailing of events, this travelogue intends to touch upon few of our best memories (day wise) and how they left an ever-lasting impression on us; and may strike a chord with you too in your lives.Day 1 → Mumbai → RatlamWaking up before sunrise, all packed and thrilled, we said fond farewells to better halves, parents and siblings and were flagged off (rather photographed off) from the front gate. Our route was planned in advance and so was our formation. Ansu led on the Avenger (bike), Anand followed in his Thunderbird (bike) and i, Vinod took the wheel of Xcent (car) while Kuttan sat next to me.The sunrise was surreal and the beautiful orange light filled up not only the skies, but also our hearts. Catching up each other at the toll gates, our excitement at having started the trip boosted our speeds and before long we were riding up the Kasara ghat section (hilly roads). The misty hills were a welcome sight and (ironically) cleared any apprehensions we had in our hearts. Each one of us was smiling visibly, all the while focusing on riding / drively safely on the road. Both me and Ansu were familiar with the route till Nashik, as we had both ridden / driven across the stretch multiple times.The reason for the smiles became clearer when we stopped for breakfast. Ordering our 1st tea (chai) of hundreds to come ahead, we looked at each other and i exclaimed “So it begins. Finally we have started. Now, we know we’ll complete this no matter what happens”. Nods of ‘I feel you, bro! We’ll do it’ appeared instantly on the faces of all the other 3.Yes, Ansu had set the goal. “We’ll ride all the way to Ladakh and back”, he had said. We all had jumped in and attached ourselves to his vision. Throughout the preparation time, there were multiple hurdles including persuading family, funding and leave planning, but kudos to him to sticking to the basic goal. Multiple options were put up including flying or travelling via train (with or without our machines), renting bikes from delhi / manali, etc. But, he was adamant. We had to ride and come back all the way on our own machines, there was no other way, we were getting this done. And at that restaurant (which served excellent Chole Bhature, btw), we knew that we had started.In hindsight, i can of course take pride in the fact that we met our goal. But for that day to arrive, it was vital that we set a goal, didn’t compromise on it and got started. My proudest moment from the trip was there, at that restaurant coz it had begun. We had taken that first step (or wheelturn, if i may)
Starting from my college in Matunga, located in the heart of Mumbai, we started our journey to surprise our birthday boy!Since I love driving, road trip was the most preferred option! We started our road trip at 11 a.m. through the eastern expressway towards Nashik. We filled the gas and headed towards the famous Bhandardara Campsite facing a couple of tolls on the way. After taking a right turn from AH 47, the conditions of the roads worsened but were manageable and at sharp 3:00 p.m. we reached the campsite!
The journey started at 5 am in the morning and we were still confused regarding our final destination. Me along with 3 other college friends thought of letting public decide our destination. We made a video and uploaded it up and asked viewers to choose among Gokarna and Hampi. These two options were given as the routes parted after Pune and by the time we reached Pune, comments flooded and our destination was finally decided. Hampi it was!
I was in Mumbai, and had got some 5 hrs before my flight to Kochi. I decided to meet my friend at Lower Parel at her office. This turned out to be an interesting affair when seeing the camera in my hand, the guards suspected that I might have taken pictures of the building, and held me at the gate, inquiring about my whereabouts and the purpose for which I was there. It was only after Shikha arrived that they were convinced that I wasn't up to something fishy. Few hours later, I was in my flight to Kochi.
We left for Mumbai after having a late breakfast the next morning; driving along the same route and made a few stops along the way.Accommodation: MTDC Lakeview Cottages INR 2500-3500 per nightMeals: At MTDC or local restaurantsSula wine tasting: INR 375 for tour and exclusive tasting of 6 wines. To book a VIP tasting, you can contact Sula Vineyards through their websiteTravel: Drive from Mumbai to Bhandardara and onward to NasikHope this information is of help to you :) If you have any other suggested sights or experiences, do share them with me.
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.
287 Kms from Vanakbara
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.
311 Kms from Vanakbara
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...
It takes around 2 hours by bus to reach Baroda. Vadodara has a vibrant history related to Art and Architecture. The Laxmi Vilas palace is one such marvel. The Baroda Museum & Picture Gallery in Vadodara was built in 1894 is along the lines of the Victoria & Albert Museum of London. The number of architceture of marvels in this city should be gone and seen. Not explained.
It was late in evening when we realized it was an hour journey back to Vadodara and we decided to head back.Day 4 was all about our return journey back to Pune. We managed to have a quick lunch along the way at Bhajandas dairy farms, Virar Mumbai.While on return journey, do visit the Schmitten factory outlet on Surat highwayDelight for chocolate lovers
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.
217 Kms from Vanakbara
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
Examples of Rajput architecture and a prominent pearl fishing centre distinguish Gujarat’s lesser known gem, Jamnagar,...
Aradhana Dham, Jamnagar
Jamnagar - Venice of Gujarat Still having old architectural marvels... Presently come up due to reliance and essar Places to visit lakhota lake lakhota lake museum main palace Bedi port - famous for corels Kachori - famous eatry Having dominos , subway only Mc Donalds, pizza hut n much more yet to come....
Jamnagar has been synonymous to jalebi and fafda for all the other communities at large. But my one night sojourn will attempt to tell you what lies in this nagar beyond the banal jalebi and fafda routine. The journey to Jamnagar from Mumbai is a good 14 hour run in the Saurashtra Mail that takes off from Mumbai about 8-25pm. It is preferable to take a three tier AC if one wants to enjoy the entire next day without signs of fatigue. General sleeper is the fun sorts but leaves you with lesser energy for next day as the sleep would be disturbed. With the usual delay in train incidents one lands in Jamnagar at about 12:30pm the next day. One already starts witnessing men in white cotton Kediyas and a white turban and the traditional ladies with a unique attire of a choli, a ghaghra, a dupatta, some jewellery and black tattoo like artwork all over their hand.
224 Kms from Vanakbara
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...
Booking the trek was easy but then I started having so many questions. What to carry, where to buy, how to prepare to be fit, what to eat, what to drink etc etc. But the most important task was to convince my family that I can do this. Just the idea of living in a -30 degree temperature was driving them crazy. And I realized it all had just gotten real.
Chadar Trek is a winter trail following the Zanskar river in Leh Ladakh. The word "Chadar" literally means sheet. Due to extreme cold, the entire Zanskar river freezes and turns into a sheet of ice and hence it is called Chadar. The temperature in winters usually ranges from -12 degrees during the day to -30 degrees during the night and can go to as low as -35 sometimes. This river trail connects the villages in Zanskar valley with Chilling (base camp for the trek and around 60 km from Leh). The locals have been using this route for centuries as the mode of commute in winters there is no other link available due to heavy snowfall. Zanskar valley is actually situated some 450 odd km away from Leh by road. But what we do here is a shorter version of the river trail. It is about 8 days long trek covering roughly 80 km and usually follows the route Tilad Do- Gyalpo- Tibb Cave- Naerak.
Please be patient. THIS IS GOING TO BE LONG! :p :p
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
102 Kms from Vanakbara
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
The city of Junagadh in Odisha, is a popular religious destination as well as an interesting tourist city. It is situate...
As the train approached Junagadh, it looked as though a constellation of stars was down to kiss the earth. At half past four in the morning, I reached the Junagadh station. An auto drove me to the foothill of the Girnar, that is approximately 15 km from the station and I realized that what seemed to be a constellation of stars from the distant was indeed an array of lights that lit the Girnar so beautifully and guided pilgrims throughout the dark.It took me 2 hours to reach the peak of the mountain. I was right on time to catch the mesmerizing sunrise. The cold wind that blew brought goosebumps and looking at the spreading colors of the sun, my heart whispered to my soul that the climb was all worth it.I was able to reach the peak in two hours because I climbed without taking any break, yes, literally without any break. I didn't even stop to take a sip of water. The climb is a bit exhausting, but the shower of cold breeze at the peak will definitely refresh your body and soul.Mount Girnar which is considered to be older than the Himalayas is a sacred place for Jain and Hindu pilgrims. At the peak of Girnar, is the 'Akhand Dhuni' which literally translates to eternal flame, beleived to be lit by Lord Dattatreya himself.
I was really very excited about climbing the highest mountain of Gujarat and so as Shreyansh, as both of us never did it. The Girnar is older than the Himalaya Mountain. It’s immense beauty has always attracted me towards it. And now I was about to start a real adventure. Night trekking, climbing the Girnar.Check my next blog post where I will take you on a visual journey to highest mountain in Gujarat.
Well…it is all about my trip to Junagadh District. This time our Wayfarer's Club planned to go for Gir Safari in the Sasan Gir jungle of Junagadh. We were very hopeful about this trip. After all it was the chance to see the Asiatic lions (Babbar sher) in their natural living. Unfortunately I could not join my Wayfarer friends for the Safari, but I decided to join them for visiting places in Junagadh and the Madhopur beach. I had been to Junagadh before but never made it to the Mt. Girnar. This time also it was not on our list, but I was excited about visit to this beautiful city.The moment I entered in Junagadh my first task was to buy milk, sugar, tea and some other snacks as we were staying at a farmhouse for night. At the farmhouse we had delicious ‘’Bhadthu Rotlo’’ - a special and traditional food item for winter season. After completing dinner we set the bonfire. The bonfire was the best thing in that bone chilling winter night.
Junagadh is primarily visited by the pilgrims for sacred Girnar hills which is a home to many Hindus and Jain temples, scattered around the Girnar hill.It is the highest peak in Gujarat State. Reached our point of shelter- hotel Somnath and kept luggage.Savoured Kathiawadi Thali at Patel’s restaurant, the food is wholesome and reasonably priced, more servers than the customers. Thali's at Gujarat do not come with sharing privilege,unlimited servings of Papad,roti,rice,dal etc can be enjoyed ,needless to say.Sakkarbaug zoological park
Junagadh city is the headquarters of Junagadh district. The city is the 7th largest in Gujarat, located at the foot of the Girnar hills, 355 km south west of state capital Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad. Literally translated, Junagadh means "Old Fort". An alternate etymology gives the name as coming from "Yonagadh", literally "City of the Yona (Greeks)," referring to the ancient inhabitants of the city under the Indo-Greek Kingdom. It is also known as "Sorath", the name of the earlier Princely State of Junagadh. After a brief struggle between India and Pakistan, Junagadh joined India on 9 November 1947. It was a part of Saurashtra state and later Bombay state. In 1960, after the Maha Gujarat movement, it became part of newly formed Gujarat state.
179 Kms from Vanakbara
Best time to visit - January,October,November,December
Rajkot today may deceive you with its congested roads and new heights, but the soul of the city still screams Gandhi. Th...
After long driving of 5 hours reached Rajkot at 9,00p.m, approached Hotel Babha kingstone,room was available.After a tiring journey we were in need of a good night's sleep.Early morning after a delicious breakfast at the hotel left to
Rajkot is frequently referred to as "Rangiloo Rajkot" meaning colorful Rajkot. The people of Rajkot like to enjoy themselves to the fullest no matter which season or time of the day. You can find them eating out at 1 am. Shopkeepers mostly close their business in the afternoon.Rajkot is multicultural. However, only Gujarati, Hindi, Urdu and English are well understood. Rajkot is the part of Kathiyawad. Because of this people of Rajkot are also known as Kathiyawadi.The City is also the home town of MohanDas Gandhi
319 Kms from Vanakbara
Best time to visit - January,February,March,April,May,June,July,August,September,October,November,December
Saputara is a picturesque hill station located in the Dang district of Gujarat. Known as the 'womb of nature', Saputara ...
It was time to go home. We started at early morning, the way is filled with twists and turns. There was a biotic park and a wildlife sanctuary on the way down. We visited both of those. Though, sanctuary isn't recommended if your vehicle is domestic kind of. There a jeep is required. It is a deep forest.
The next day we woke at sunrise. The view from the hotel was awesome. Fresh, non polluted air welcomed us. After enjoying the morning at hotel we went to have breakfast in town.
#TripotoTakeMeToSandakphuThe wish to go to Saputara took birth when i saw the hoarding of Saputara hill station at Junagadh, Gujarat. So, I decided to go to Saputara with my family. It was the time of winter (December). We decided to go there by road. We took our car and traveled all the way to Saputara from Bhuj. We started in early morning. And the journey was mind blowing. Nothing compares to a road trip with your loved ones. we sang at the top of our lungs, got lost; found new roads and much more.. If you want to add more fun to your trip it's good to use google maps; because it shows the shortest path, however those paths may not be highways. We passed through many villages, where roads were barely there, but fun surely was!
5. Saputara is another scenic and idyllic getaway just 250 km from Mumbai. It is a very popular hill station and is situated in the Sahayadri range. The name of the hill station means ‘Abode of the Serpents’. The tourists here can enjoy an array of adventurous activities. The ‘Artist Village’ is the main attraction where one can buy beautiful artefacts and Warli paintings.
5. SaputaraThe name Saputara literally means the ‘abode of serpents’ and one can find an image of a snake situated on the shore of the river Sarpganga that flows through the town. Saputara has mythological importance as it is believed that Lord Rama spent 11 years of his exile here.
Exceptional ghats. Amazing view of the sunset. A must for adventure fanatics.
7. Get a real account of the everyday lives of fishermen at Vankabara JettyVankabara Jetty is a congested fishing village on the west of Diu. Work begins early at this chaotic seaside settlement, with some fishermen constructing large fishing boats, while others set out to sea to get a hold of the catch of the day. While seemingly happy to be hard at work, life is difficult for these fisherman who struggle to make ends meet. It's fascinating to get into a conversation with them and figure out what everyday life looks life for them. They will enchant you with their tales and the visit will leave you happier and more fulfilled with your own life.8. Head to Ram Vijay for some homemade ice-cream and soda