Author: Niraj Yadav

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 …

Chai break enroute Nandi Hills

Nandi Hills: Bike Trip To The Misty Mountain

I never knew Nandi Hills would such be a wonderful place to visit near Bangalore until the night before the ride. I was in Banglore in last week of November 2013 with some personal stuff. Vishwanath (my friend in Bangalore) and I were planned to utilize the free day we had on 24th November 2013. Here is a short background. We were in Hebbala (north of Bangalore city) around 55-60km from Nandi Hills. Somehow, we had managed an interesting version of Pulsar 150. The bike was without RVM, I wonder what fun people get that they remove their mirrors and keep it safely in their house. RVM are very important and must for riders safety. Further, applying rear brakes would not reduce even 1 kmph speed unless the brake almost touched the ground, the electric start was not functional, the dashboard was completely gone. Ignoring all this it was decided to start the bike trip at 4:30 AM. We decided to start early just because the only thing interesting at Nandi Hills was Sunrise (this is what we read at forums). As …

Bike trip to Matheran hill staion mumbai

Solo bike trip to Matheran hill station

Matheran was not in my mind the night before the bike ride. I was thinking to take out my bike and simply stroll around. The place wasn’t fixed but I was planning to have some hilly ride. Finally decided to ride to Matheran from Mumbai. Matheran is a popular hill station around 100 KM from Mumbai. It is a popular weekend getaway for Mumbai folks. Technically this was going to be my first solo bike trip. Although the total distance was not more than 250 km to and fro but for a newbie it was nothing more than an achievement. Woke up at 6 AM took the camera, bike papers and a bottle of glucose. Since fuel was in reserve I was worrying whether pumps would be open in the morning luckily it was. Let the ride begin Since the ride was 100 KM one way I was not worried about the routes. Just noted some intermediate spots. First one hour was nice, cool and fast. Crossed Thane via Ghodbunder and reached Mumbra. Post Mumbra the state highway passes through …

Pelhar Dam

Bike ride to Pelhar Dam

A bikers soul never rest in peace. It keeps on looking for new paths and new destinations. Distance doesn’t matter. Hidden, unknown and untouched Pelhar dam is one such place near Mumbai. How did I come to know about Pelhar dam I was wandering on Google Maps in search of the river, lakes, dam anything closer to Mumbai or Thane. Scrolled down and spotted a tiny water body like symbol close to Virar. What then? When it’s fixed, it’s fixed  🙂 It doesn’t matter if the day is a hot summer afternoon and there is a good probability of stumbling a dried dam reservoir. No worries. I just wanted the throttle to move as it will move my soul. Patience and Biker Left my home around 11:30 AM. As expected it was hot but as long as the wheels are moving it is ok. Little did I know that the lined trucks were waiting right at our gates. 12 PM and huge traffic made the situation irritating. But this is where a biker learns what …

Bhandardara travel blog

Bhandardara – A monsoon retreat

Wandering is in the instinct of human being. Although we love to settle at one place, our inner being keeps pricking us to go out, roam, see something new. When a similar feeling flows in more than one soul a group is formed. This time, we were a group of six and destination was Bhandardara. A beautiful monsoon retreat. Extremely pleasant to eyes are the lush green hills, numbers of gently flowing streams. Shallow rivers asking you to remove your sandals and drop your feet to  feel the running water. Rural folks busy in their daily chores, some busy with their Bullocks in a small patch of land on the corner of a hill, some herding cows with hand built bamboo raincoat on their head. It was Friday night we decided to leave Mumbai and catch the Igatpuri bound train. All of us assembled at Dadar railway station. The train was late and was a bit crowded. Mumbai to Igatpuri does not take more than 3 Hours (~180 Kms). We caught the train at 12 …

Trip to Matheran by Budgetyatri

Matheran – I started my travel journey from here

Matheran was the first trip when we stepped out of the doors with a bit of nervousness and lots of excitement. It was natural though. When we are not in our comfort zone, certainly it makes us act over-cautious. It was way back in 2008, Matheran was not more than 100 kilometers from Bhayandar where we live. Technically, there wasn’t planning needed, still, I was ready with my Pen and paper. Planning the journey details You can address me a detailed planner and respecting this, I started preparation two weeks before. I along with Rajkumar, Sachin and Ravikant began working on the route, allotted time to each destination, fixed targets and so on.  But what fun it is when everything goes as per the plan 🙂 I have a dinosaur in my group so the next thing was to make the arrangement of food for him. Packed biscuits, wafers, farsan, chocolates, Dabur Glucose, etc. One of us begged his girlfriend for Digicam. A digital camera was nothing less than fantasy for us. The excitement was …