Pune

Wandering in Pune/Mumbai during Ganapathy Celeb – A Photo Essay

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However I recently went back to Mumbai, via Pune for the Ganpathy celebration and to meet my grand-daughter who is in college in Pune.After spending a day in Pune with her we went on to Mumbai by bus,and spen a day revisiting Juhu Beach, sea food joint Mahesh for lobsters and crabs and beer.Then wandered around aimlessly in coffe bars and back to Delhi after a day as my grand-daughter had to go back to her college in Pune.

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My Trip to pune

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We started our Journey from Wadgaon Sheri in Pune around 1130pm to Shridi Village which is in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra. From NH 9 the distance is 154 Kms (3 hrs drive). We reached the place at searched for the hotel. There are plenty of options available depending on your requirement such as u need room for changing or for staying. We checked in around 3 am and took rest for an hour. The best time to visit the temple is when the morning aarti is happening this is at 6 am.

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A Visit to Lavasa, Pune

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There is not much to do at Lavasa except walking along the waterfront promenade, the prime attraction, which is very well maintained and clean. It was about 10mins walk from our hotel, Mercure. It also offers various options for dining at restaurants serving delicacies from different countries like American, Australian, Lebanese, Singaporean, Chinese along with Pizzas, Ice-creams and Indian street foods like Chats & Tikkas. Some of these are overpriced. It is recommended to have meals at the hotel; however, one can try these restaurants for one meal.

We had our dinner at American Diner, which was obviously a costly affair. The place had on offer, a 5 course dinner for a couple (Valentine’s eve) at a discounted price of Rs. 1000/- (we did not opt for it). The restaurant serves imported drinks. We tried a Vodka brand called Pinky (this is the first time, we heard about this brand). It was ok.

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Bhima Shankar Jyotirling darshan – Maharashtra Yatra (Part 3)

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Bhimshankar is a carpet of greenery and legend has it that the dense jungles here served as a refuge for the Pandavas. In recent times it has gained tremendous significance since it was declared as “WILD LIFE SANCTUARY”. Nature enthusiasts would do well to explore the serene hidden depths of the Bhīma Shankar Wildlife Sanctuary, where the local biodiversity has been diligently protected for generations. It is also becoming one of the attractive and well known religious places in Maharashtra as well as in India.

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डाकिन्यां भीमशंकरम ………..भीमाशंकर ज्योतिर्लिंग यात्रा.

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पिछ्ली पोस्ट में आप लोगों ने पढा कि हम लोग भीमाशंकर ज्योतिर्लिंग यात्रा के लिये इन्दौर से पुणे पहुंचे, वहां रात्री विश्राम करके अगले…

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Romancing the Train – Pune to Nasik

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My favourite travel author Paul Theroux says in the opening paragraph of ‘The Great Railway Bazaar’ – the best travel book ever written – “I have seldom heard a train go by and not wished I was on it”. One simple sentence summarizes the entire romance and mysticism around the trains. It conjures up the sights and sounds of unknown exotic destinations. It is as if you don’t care where the train goes; you only want to be someplace that is far and not seen before. Someplace where people look different, language you can’t understand but sounds musical; and food is an adventure everytime.

Meanwhile, the train chugs along several stations. It is the perfect weather to buy chikki in Lonavala and feast on hot vada paos. The taste brings back memories from the past. It seems as if the chikki and vada tastes have been standardized like McDonalds. You remember the taste from times long gone when you took the Madgaon Express from CST to Goa every month on the Konkan Railway Line.

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