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Strolling around Mumbai on Cycle – Tips and Experiences

Bicycles have been one of my best childhood memories. My first love, a gearless Hercules AXN. How could I sleep that night? That night ended waiting for tomorrow’s light. We were together for 4 years before it was stolen. Tried luck second time with second-hand Ranger Swing, unfortunately, that too remained for a couple of months before getting stolen. Now, after 12 years I have the pedal back. Yes, a long wait indeed 🙂 The excitement was same as it was on the first day with my first cycle. I take it to my office daily riding 4.5 km one way on the chaotic Mumbai roads. Can’t express the joy of getting on the seat and feeling the breeze. After trying my hands for one month, felt like I should take it for a tour around Mumbai. So friends, take your popcorns sit back and enjoy the post. And yes, do not forget to comment. You don’t know how much your two words make me feel. Preparation Frankly speaking, I had no clue of the kind of …

Weekend Bike trip to Dahanu & Bordi beach: Day 2/2

The night was unexpectedly cold. Yesterday’s ride from Mumbai to Bordi was not much tiring. Woke up at 5:30 AM and left for Bordi beach to watch the Sunrise. Bordi beach was almost deserted except for some fishermen and joggers. You can take your motorcycle or 4 wheeler on the beach. It’s wide enough to practice drifting 🙂 The morning was spectacular.   Bordi Beach: Spent an hour practicing photography. I was silly enough to forget my camera battery in the room though managed with Vishwanath’s camera battery. Spotted a Neem tree on the shore. Used twigs for cleaning the dental. It felt so nice to sit under the open sky in front of the blue ocean on the white sand and moving the twigs swiftly round and round in the mouth. My heart whispered this is the moment you keep looking for. And it happens, we go a long distance in search of something. And ultimately spot the happiness in some tiny moment. I feel this is what the moment of life is. The …

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Weekend Bike trip to Dahanu and Bordi beach: Day 1/2

Dahanu and Bordi beach are popular weekend getaways for Mumbai folks. The place remains less crowded compared to other tourist spots like Lonavala, Alibaug and Matheran. And therefore, it becomes an ideal place for people seeking a peaceful, quiet and beautiful place Mumbai to Dahanu Beach: It was around 12 PM on Saturday that Vishwanath and I decided to leave for Bordi beach. Packed bare minimum and left Mumbai at around 3 PM. The distance between Mumbai to Bordi beach is no more than 160KM. That means around 2.5 hours of a bike ride. NH 8 was excellent throughout. Took left from National Highway towards Dahanu. The road from Highway to Dahanu beach is just awesome. The unexpected cold wind on this road made us feel the winter. Wide road with invisible traffic and big trees on both sides of the road made the ride pleasant and engaging.   An evening at Dahanu beach: Reached Dahanu beach around 6 PM in the evening. Sun was half into the ocean gleaming dark red over the horizon. The beach …

Vasai Fort – A living remnant

Situated in the coastal part of Vasai town, the huge walls of Vasai Fort, also known as Bassein Fort certainly shows the test of time it has stood. The Fort overlooks the Vasai creek and had several watch towers. Although there is nothing more than the ruins of huge entrance and arches left, still the place has a unique charm. The inner room probably the biggest one is used as a nice underarm cricket playground. Other locations are very creatively used by wedding photographers. The fort is protected under the ASI. Ride to the Vasai Fort: It was the 21st February 2016 when Rajkumar and I decided to spice up a lazy Sunday afternoon. The distance of Vasai Fort from my house was no more than 30 KM. Hence, it was possible to have a quick bike trip. Left Bhayandar around 2:30 PM and rode straight to Tungareshwar temple. Tungareshwar temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is situated on a hill in the interior of the Vasai village. Spent an hour and left for …

Bike trip to Invincible Maratha fort : Kille Raigad : 2

Waking up in Sahyadri has always been memorable for me. Fresh smell of air the and chirping birds set a positive environment. It was 7 AM now. Day 1 – Mumbai to Raigad Fort on bike As planned yesterday, if we find a small waiting queue, we will tour the Fort again via Ropeway. Took our bikes and rode to the base village Hirkanewadi. Got to know that it will take one and half hour waiting. Said No to the Fort plan and instead of going up, went down the village. Little did we know that a different world was waiting down the village. Greenery everywhere and crystal clear water flowing down the terraced farm plots. Sometimes beautiful places are hidden a few steps away. I don’t mind going few steps ahead 🙂 That is the reason I love to explore the untouristy places. I believe, it is the odd places where we seek solitude. Returned from the village and began morning routines. Packed the stuff and we were ready to leave for Mumbai. Before …

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Bike trip to the invincible Maratha killa : Raigad Fort : 1

Raigad is a beautiful hill fort some 180 Kms from Mumbai. This is the same fort where Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the founder of the Maratha Empire was coronated in 1674 and he declared Raigad as his Capital. This was the inspiration behind the trip. We (me and Sudhanshu) made out the trip during monsoon in the month of August 2015. Mumbai to Raigad Fort: As decided, we met him near Oberoi Mall flyover and rode towards Navi Mumbai via Santacruz-Chembur Link Road (SCLR). Later, took Pali Khopoli route before entering NH 17 i.e. Mumbai Goa Highway. Rode till Mahad, from where we had to take the left turn for Raigad Fort. Mahad to Raigad Fort was another 30 Km. Though the whole ride was quite scenic and beautiful because of the monsoon but the last 25 Km till Raigad fort was splendid. Some photos from Mahad to Raigad Fort route Uphill ride to Raigad Fort was quick and steep. Nice view of the plains can be seen once you reach a certain height. There are …

4 boys ride to a tribal village Khadki for World Yoga Day celebration

I along with 3 of my friends was in a tribal village Khadki to celebrate the first World Yoga day on June 21, 2015. Yesterday i.e. 20th June 2015 was quite eventful.  Bike breakdown, sent back from Purushwadi, welcomed by an unknown host and night walk in the jungle by the river was much more interesting than what we had expected.  I remember Bhangre ji saying yesterday, government teachers will come to teach Yoga to the tribal kids in Shiva temple tomorrow morning. It was a good opportunity to contribute to the International Yoga Day and make this day memorable.    Our tent was pitched in the temple. Rajkumar and I woke up at 6:30 AM and left the place for morning activities. We took a tour of the village to witness the grace and simplicity.    Some photos from the morning tour round the village Getting ready for school Shyish smile Village colors Khadki village River flowing by the village Morning chat   Children started gathering in the temple by 7 AM. Chatais and Chadars were …

Bike trip to Purushwadi

In search of million Fireflies : A weekend getaway to Purushwadi

I was all planned to do a bike trip to Firefly festival in Purushwadi village of India. However, the things didn’t go as expected but the consecutive events ended in a wonderful experiences and adventure. Fireflies. Amazing creatures they are! A single firefly can make tens of children running on their feet. A lone nomad firefly can make the boring night interesting. Can you imagine the thrill when not hundreds but millions of fireflies dance around you? Yes, you heard it right. And when they cover a tree to perform the dance of light you just watch them dumb folded. It seemed so surreal so fantasy and like a fairy tale. The city folks asks. But where are these fireflies? Well, if you stay in Mumbai, Thane or Pune you are very close to them.Although the place is not a popular tourist destination but they are worthy to be featured in the list of must visit places near Mumbai, Thane and Pune Let’s start the story. One of my friends told me about the Firefly festival …

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A beautiful village – Ratanwadi

This was not the first time; I have been here thrice, that is more than what I visited my own village. I knew nobody here, neither anybody. It was the beautiful minimalism of the village which had left a print in my hippocampus. How is the Ratangad village? A dwelling of some 30-40 small houses scattered over the hills. The majority of them kutcha. A stream originating from the slopes of Ratangad flows by the edge of the village. A check dam on the river serves an excellent play area for the tourists. —— Read the first part of the trip Day 1: Bike trip to Bhandardara —— Amruteshwar Shiva temple Nearly 1300 hundred years old temple dedicated to Lord Shiva sets an impression for Ratanwadi. Amruteshwar temple as it is called is constructed using Hemadpanthi architectural style. The genre of architecture is named after Hemadpanth of Yadava dynasty. The style consists of using Black stones for construction and lime to glue the different pieces. Tulja Bhavani and Tambdi Surla are some other famous temples of …

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Tansa lake: An offbeat place for solitude seekers

Hunting for another spot to ride on the weekend, I stumbled on Tansa lake or Tansa dam. It is more of an offbeat place. Hardly anybody visits here. There is not much to see there. But some photos on the internet were quite interesting. What’s then, pulled up my bike on Saturday 5:30 AM in the morning and vroomed to Tansa. The total distance of the ride was about 200 Kilometres. It can be very easily done in 1 day or can be stretched to two days if night camping is planned. Mumbaikars, here is how you can reach Tansa lake Route 1: Via Vajreshwari Road Get on to NH8. From NH8 take a right turn for Vajreshwari. Better ask anybody on the highway after Vasai. When the Vajreshwari road ends take left turn from Zidke towards Ambadi. This brings you on SH 35. Now from here, there are two options. One, get onto Dinkarpada-Kondhale road and finally take the right turn from Kambare. Tansa is straight in front of your eyes after some kilometers …

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Solo bike ride to Bhandardara hill station – Day 1

Weekends were coming and going. Friends were busy. Not much interested in watching television. My best friend (that’s me) told not to stay this weekend at home. That’s what I did, charged the camera put some clothes in the bag and picked up my bike on a fine Saturday morning 6:30 AM and started my bike trip towards Bhandardara hill station. The morning was chilled and calm as usual. Roads were empty. Reached Thane via Ghodbunder in no time. Took the left from Toll towards Mumbai Nashik Expressway. This road is one of the most nicely maintained highways which has made the Mumbai Nashik distance easy. Sometimes you may face too many lorries and trucks plying on this route, but that is rare. Usually, I ride at 60-70kmph but 85-90 on this road seemed an average speed. There aren’t many curves before Kasara Ghat. Take right from Highway after Ghoti Budruk. The good road ends at this turn and the crater begins. But instead of riding and cursing throughout, I feel one should enjoy every …

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 …

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 …

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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 …