Champaner : A World Heritage Site

We took half a day off at Jambughoda Palace to visit the nearby Champaner World Heritage Site. It’s some 25km from the Palace and the drive is one of the most beautiful I have had in Gujarat. Clean winding road with Jambughoda Forest on either side. At Champaner, we visited Professor Ghanshyam Joshi, who has … Read more

Jambughoda Palace and Wildlife Sanctuary : A Serene Experience

On our way back from Velavadar to Mumbai, we were looking for a stop-over. And we found the enchanting  Jambughoda Palace at the Jambughoda Wildlife Sanctuary. The drive from Velavadar to Jambughoda was mostly ok, with the exception of a detour we made to visit the Vadhvana Wetlands. By the time we left, it was late and we … Read more

Prabalmachi : A village in the hills

Prabalmachi (390 metres above sea level), is a quaint little village hidden in the hills off the old NH4 (Mumbai – Pune highway). On your way to Pune, on the NH4, before the first highway toll booth, take a left. Drive towards the Prabalgad Fort. The road is fit only for an SUV and after … Read more

Manor – Wada – Suryamal – Khodala – Igatpuri : Awesome Drive

Well, that’s pretty much the post. Coming to the beginning, we started from Andheri West, Mumbai, took the NH8 (Western Express Highway) to Manor – Wada – Suryamal – Vihigaon – Khodala – Igatpuri and back by the NH3. Most of the drive is through a picturesque route, almost without any place to stop and … Read more

Panjim City

In 2006, I and a friend went biking to attend the International Film Festival if India at Panjim City, Goa. These are some images from that epic (by those days’) journey.

Panjim, also known as Panaji, is the capital of Goa. Panjim City is the oldest civic institution in India. Being such an old city, it is full of heritage and plenty of fanatic places to stay.

 

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A cup of chai at Krishna before we leave Law College Road, Pune.
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We avoided NH17, the Goa Highway. Instead we took the Pune – Bangalore Highway, NH3 and cut through the Ghats at Bhor, if I remember correct.

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Mumbai to Coorg by Road

The retreating rains call for one last time to cavort under the cloudy skies and misty winds. Just the right time when we decided to road trip to south of India, to Coorg, in the Western Ghats of Karnataka. The first stop of our journey was Belgaum as we wanted to drive through the Anshi National … Read more

Panchgani, Maharashtra

Panchgani is a beautiful 6-7 hour drive from Mumbai*. As you cross Pune, the drive gets better and you move ahead for another 1.5 – 2 hours and take a right. Then the ride up the hills is awesome, and best attempted on a weekday. Avoid the weekend, when Panchgani / Mahabaleshwar become as crowded … Read more

Murud Janjira

Update: I had first visited Murud Janjira about 10 years ago. I had experienced a beautiful drive by the sea, which is now gone, and sadly the sea side has been bought over and converted into private properties. I am updating this articles with some new photos.

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The Nawab’s Palace at Murud Janjira.
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The beautiful seals at the palace gates.
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This beautiful corve of the road retains its excitement event after 10 years…
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One of the buildings inside the palace compounds. Probably was servant quarters or something like that.
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An old school inside the town of Murud Janjira.
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The Murud Janjira Court. This tiny town is packed with history and has plenty of architectural heritage. I need to make another trip, this time, with plenty of time.

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Manali – Rohtang Pass in October

Manali, October 2011.  Late October isn’t the ‘touristy’ time to visit Manali, and that’s the very reason we decided to make it. After all, we had to see Rohtang Pass at least once in our lives. We found it a wee bit difficult to get a taxi to take us from the hotel in Manali … Read more