Author: Niraj Yadav

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Solo bike ride to Bhandardara hill station – Day 1

Share it onFacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedinemailPrint 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 …

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Malvan to Goa – Konkan bike trip – 6

Share it onFacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedinemailPrint Day 3 and Day 4 Morning struggle: We had to start early from Malvan. Today’s plan was to visit Sagar Sangam and via Vengurla reach Goa. Woke up early in order to capture the shared bathroom and toilets. This is what we do when these things are shared. Morning was chilled and so the water. There was no warm water facility for shared bathrooms. With my shivering body and shivering hand lifted the mug and placed down. Repeating this reluctance multiple times gave me the needed warmth which made my bath easy 🙂 Packed up and left the lodge, took road which goes to Sagar Sangam. Sagar Sangam is at the mouth of Devbag backwaters, a 10 KM peninsula like stretch. Road were misty with fogs. School going children on cycles made the scene interesting.   Off to School Sagar Sangam: At Sagar Sangam the silent Karli river meets Arabian sea. Beach is not too long but white sand and water sports are active there. There are options for Dolphin show, they …

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Ganpatipule to Malvan – Konkan bike trip – 5

Share it onFacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedinemailPrint Events from Day 1:Thane to Dapoli Dapoli to Anjanvel Lighthouse Dabhol to Guhagar Beach Events from Day 2: Guhagar to Ganpatipule temple    Ganpatipule to Malvan: Finished from the walk-through in Prachin Konkan, without wasting any time we started towards Malvan as we were already late. This phase was one of the most scenic in the whole tour. High mountain roads on one side and vast ocean roaring on the other side. It’s very much like the Pacific highway map we used to play in the NFS.  Scenic road after Ganpatipule – Sagari Mahamarg  Scenic road  – Sagari Mahamarg  Tree canopy  Road to Malvan  Rock cut roads – Sagari Mahamarg After Ratnagiri, there isn’t much ghat and mostly the roads are straight on table tops. But you get to see fantastic stretches of green and yellow fields.  Konkani Pahaat  Landscape – Malvan  Near Malvan  Landscape near Malvan  Landscape near Malvan  Near Malvan  Sunset scene near Malvan  Reflections Sun was coming down fast and we were 20 kilometers behind Malvan city. Suddenly the …

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Ganpatipule Temple – Konkan bike trip – 4

Share it onFacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedinemailPrintToday was the second day of my Konkan bike trip. Yesterday, we started from Mumbai and stopped in Guhagar for night stay. Mumbai to Guhagar was very scenic particularly Dapoli and Dabhol. Today, we were ready to take the adventure to next level. Guhagar to Ganpatipule was going to be riding in the ghats and rural roads. Guhagar to Ganpatipule coastal road Route Scarred with the horror of yesterday night, we wanted to leave the place as early as possible. Took the ice bucket challenge in the morning and left the room.  Mountains were misty and winds were chilly. Silent hills and curved ghats made the ride more interesting.  Ghat roads just after Guhagar  Misty morning  Bagulas Morning life  Shallow and silent river before Tavsal jetty  Konkan scene which has always been in my mind   We were targeting Vengurla for today but didn’t want to compromise with nice spots. Tavsal jetty    Tavsal Jetty   Reached Tavsal jetty and had our hot chai and spicy kanda pohe. Frequency of the Ferry is …

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Memorable sunset of Guhagar beach – Konkan bike trip – 3

Share it onFacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedinemailPrint From Dabhol lighthouse we moved ahead to Guhagar. Guhagar is around 15 km from Anjanvel. Guhagar is a pretty small and straight town with an awesome beach and windy surrounding. Search for the night stay in Guhagar Our priority was to get in a decent hotel/cottage anything and then proceed with sightseeing. We had around 1 hour to settle ourselves before the sun sets. Soon the search started getting troublesome. Every hotel lodge we visited, turned us down. They were not ready to listen. Just kept repeating that there is no room for singles and only family is allowed. Half an hour passed and we were still on road. My eyes went on a wall next to road ‘rahnyachi uttam vyavastha aani gharguti jevan milel’. Called that person, the wall which had the advertisement was nothing but his store. We settled the deal for Rs.500, it was much cheap in that area when compared with other hotels in Guhagar. That man opened the mystery why we were rejected from all places. He said …

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Why we loved Anjanvel – Konkan bike trip – 2

Share it onFacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedinemailPrintRead the previous and the first post Thane to Dapoli here.  From Dabhol jetty, we rode towards Anjanvel gaon. And from there a road goes to the left towards a small village. Some photos from the Dabhol I believe this brings lots of memories for many of us! En route lies the controversial ENRON power plant. After the village, a kutcha road on the left takes you to Anjanvel lighthouse.   Anjanvel lighthouse   The lighthouse is at the end of the plateau. Gates leading towards the lighthouse was closed. I waited outside with bike and luggage while Vishwanath went inside and returned with the good news. Almost all the lighthouses remain open from 3 PM – 5 PM. And we were there around 4:15 PM. Took my bike inside and parked it there. The place seemed deserted but it was nicely maintained. ……. Loved by readers: 5 travel tips that will keep you fit on the road ……. The compound had beautiful flowers blooming. But the keeper was nowhere there. I was wondering who …

Planning and beginning – Konkan bike trip – 1

Share it onFacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedinemailPrintKonkan has always fascinated me with its soul-soothing coconut gardens and pristine beaches. Bike trip to Konkan was certainly something I wished to do. Sagari Mahamarg Some 20 days before the trip, as usual, I was going through travel and biking forums when my eyes got stuck on a word  ‘Sagari Mahamarg’. To me, it sounded like a fiction word. It was making me restless. Next day in office I went through the list of national holidays. Got my leaves approved for the long weekend in October. Initially, the Konkan Darshan was a solo for me but later my friend joined me. Planning the route: Luckily this was the most beautiful part of the tour. None of the Jetty made us wait.  Just as we used to do during Engg days, figured out the routes and halting stops in the last week very loosely. This becomes quite difficult when you struggle between the time you have and locations to explore. I started several times but left the job hanging as things didn’t balance out well. As …

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Haunted Shaniwarwada Fort Pune – Photologue

Share it onFacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedinemailPrintI was in Pune from last two days. Today was my last day in Pune with nothing to do. I was looking for some exciting place in Pune that I could visit. Then my friends and I decided, why not go to Dagdu Seth Mandir since it was Ganeshotsav and later sense the haunted Shaniwarwada Fort. The weather was cool today and it remained cool the whole day. We three left for Pune city from Kalewadi phata. We arrived there and saw the place massively packed. Devotees and tourists from nearby places were buzzing all around. Dagdu Seth Temple: During Ganeshotsav, Dagdu Seth temple has its special distinction. It is not only famous in Pune but in entire Maharashtra. People pour in large numbers during this week. Took blessing from outside the temple as standing in the queue and taking darshan required courage. We were standing on the footpath opposite to the temple. A boy with painted face approached us and asked for something to eat. Though he was small his face bore a kind of …

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

Share it onFacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedinemailPrint 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 …

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

Share it onFacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedinemailPrint 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 …

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

Share it onFacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedinemailPrint 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 …

Bike trip to Rajmachi and Lonavala

Share it onFacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedinemailPrint 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. …

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Vasota Fort Trek and Camping in Bamnoli village in Satara

Share it onFacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedinemailPrintVasota Fort or Vyaghragad is one of the most isolated forts in the district of Satara of Maharashtra state and the trek to fort is rated as medium to difficult! 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. 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. 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 costly, they charge around 390 rupees per person. …

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Nandi Hills: Bike Trip To The Misty Mountain

Share it onFacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedinemailPrint 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 …

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Solo bike trip to Matheran hill station

Share it onFacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedinemailPrintMatheran 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 …

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Bike ride to Pelhar Dam

Share it onFacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedinemailPrint 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 …

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Bhandardara – A monsoon retreat

Share it onFacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedinemailPrintWandering 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 …

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Matheran – I started my travel journey from here

Share it onFacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedinemailPrint 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. …