Month: August 2014

Diary from Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Tanot, Longewala and Jaipur travel – Part 3

Continuing from Part 2 from Jaisalmer. Following morning we were at Jaipur station. Album cover Jaipur in a day: We were late by complete 2 and half hours and reached at 7:30 AM at Jaipur station. According to the plan we were to search and place our stuffs in Dharamshala and roam around the city. Is se sasta aur achha aur kahan !! However, just as we came out of station an auto driver reached us and asked ‘kidhar jaaoge?’   We said ‘kisi saste aur ache Dharamshala me lekar chalo?. ‘Dharamshala me kya karoge ji, aap ko 500 me acha hotel aur 700 me Indica karwa deta hoon. Ek din me pura city ghuma dega?’   It was a jackpot for us. Our negotiation skills worked and we finaled the deal with Rs 300 for hotel room and Rs.500 for Indica car with driver. He was trapped 😉 Checked in the hotel.  Ran the tap water here was water.  We became emotional when we remembered the yellow water and breakfast in Jaisalmer and near border.  Driver’s …

Diary from Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Tanot, Longewala and Jaipur travel – Part 1

Travellers: Niraj Yadav and Vishwanath Dalvi Album cover  The plan was Mumbai to Ahmedabad by Rail.  Ahmedabad to Jodhpur by Rail. Roam around Jodhpur in 8 hours we had. Move to Jaisalmer from Jodhpur. Stay 3 days in Jaisalmer. Visit Tanot and Longewala border post. Travel Jaisalmer to Jaipur. Roam one day in Jaipur and back to Mumbai. Short excerpt from the trip —     The tour provided us a first hand experience of cultural and spiritual insights of people living in remote expanse of Thar. It made us feel the high spirit they have to tackle challenges arising from hard surrounding and made even harder by successive governments. Their simplicity, never complaining nature and feel of Indian aesthetics in their daily life are still alive in our minds.    The tour put our negotiation skills at test. And we are happy we managed it well. We will remember the trip for the experiences which soldiers posted at border shared with us, the never ending roads rolling on the desert hills and high speed wind which …

Diary from Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Tanot, Longewala and Jaipur travel – Part 2

Following morning we were at Gadisar lake, Jaisalmer A pleasant morning at Gadisar lake: Took rickshaw from Jaisalmer station for Rs10 each and as decided went to Gadisar Lake. Let the photos speak… Album cover HDR version of Gadisar lake – Jaisalmer Hungry fishes in Gadisar Lake – Jaisalmer Close up of a hungry fish Gadisar Lake scape Poser pic at Gadisar lake Parked boats at Gadisar Lake – Jaisalmer Colored windows at Gadisar Lake   Enjoying solitude Lines and shapes attracts us at Gadisar Lake – Jaisalmer Capturing local life at Gadisar Lake – Jaisalmer Art shop near Gadisar Lake – Jaisalmer Sadhu at Gadisar Lake – Jaisalmer Out of Handicappness: From there we went to Joshi German Bakery at Gopa Chowk, which is in the main city nearly 5 minutes by auto from Gadisar.  German bakery is quite popular among the foreigners there. But bakery items are only available from October to March. Had a nice breakfast and asked for Bike. I was planning for any Pulsar version. But he didn’t had any. …

Bike trip to Rajmachi and Lonavala

Every new bike riders living in Mumbai Thane craze to ride on Mumbai-Lonavala route. Same was with me. Finally, the day arrived when I was riding in the ghats. Let’s have some flashback. A week before I set out with my friend to Lonavala. We started late and left Mumbai around 12 PM in the noon. ‘Waze’ Android GPS application, suggested a shorter route to Rajmachi from JVLR->Kanjurmarg->Vashi bridge->Kalamboli->Panvel->Khandala->Lonavala. It didn’t click us, that the application was showing route for 4 wheelers and we were on a motorcycle until we were CAUGHT. Destiny had planned us to stop reaching Rajmachi. First, the fuel indicator fooled us. The tank was almost empty just before the turn towards Vashi bridge. If I hadn’t filled my tank there was no petrol pump next 7 km. Second, faced enormous traffic after Vashi bridge which burned our more than 2 hours. And finally, we entered Mumbai-Pune Expressway and drove for 8 Km before getting caught by Traffic police since two-wheelers are not allowed on Expressway. Reached Panvel around 4 PM. There was no …

vasota fort camping in bamnoli satara

Vasota Fort Trek and Camping in Bamnoli village

Vasota Fort is one of the most isolated forts in the district of Satara of Maharashtra state and Vasota Fort trek is one of the difficult treks. Trekking this fort fills the bucket list of thousands of trekkers. It was the month of July. Rains had started in Mumbai. And rains means waterfalls, green mountain slopes, trekking, camping. This time, it was a little far from Mumbai where I live.Vasota or Vyaghragad! The name seemed strange to me, I had never heard it before. As per the trekking clubs, it is one of the most adventurous jungle treks in Maharashtra. Vasota fort is not easily accessible and government authority keeps it close for 3 months of monsoon. How to reach Vasota: For Mumbai folks: – There are two options First, they can catch a Satara bound train from Dadar railway station. Second, they can get a bus from Elphinstone bus depot in the west, right under the Flyover. Private buses operate regularly for Satara. Private bus operator charges around 250-300 per person. State Transport buses are …