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Old 5th September 2012, 08:39   #46
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Very interesting and helpful suggestions here.

I found this slideshow on rediff with a small writeup on each destination - interesting. Some destinations have been covered in earlier posts, but it's helpful all the same.

http://www.rediff.com/getahead/slide...i/20120830.htm

Happy Driving !
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Are we not bored of visiting the same old Lonavala, Mahabaleshwar, Matheran & Alibaug more than once in a year?
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Malshej Ghat is a good drive during the monsoons. So is Nashik highway.
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1] malshej ghat-junner-lenyadri-ozar
enough for this monsoon!!!!
Hi Guys,

Family friends are planning a one day trip to Malshej Ghats tomorrow. I read many travelogues here and I was glad to see the pictures in the travelogues. However I am not going there for the views – I am going just to enjoy the drive. It seems to me (from whatever I have read) that the road conditions are good except for some bad patches.

Now I do not drive a lot hence wanted to ask whether the drive is very tough. The only so called “long drive” I have done is till Lonavala (Tiger point etc). Is it very difficult to drive in the ghats (given bad visibility due to fog and hairpin turns)? For some reason I am really not comfortable driving on inclines.

Also is it worth going there with family? I mean I do not want drunkards bathing in the waterfalls and creating ruckus. A few months back when I was in Matheran - while going from Dasturi Naka to Neral, some people were drinking and just dancing on the roads – It just makes me angry when people do such things.
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Hi Guys,

1]Family friends are planning a one day trip to Malshej Ghats tomorrow.

2] Now I do not drive a lot hence wanted to ask whether the drive is very tough.

3] Also is it worth going there with family? I mean I do not want drunkards bathing in the waterfalls and creating ruckus.
@Saanil,

1] you are going to Malshej tomorrow means on Sunday, then expect lot of picnickers there with lot of hallagulla.

2] Driving in ghat section is somewhat skill of patience, its not hard to drive but continuous eyes on the road and alertness is must. More you drive in the ghat section, more you will get the experience and skill.

3] Sadly, during monsoon, Malshej ghat is full of drunkard dancing on the road on weekends. Better, go there on any week day.
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Family friends are planning a one day trip to Malshej Ghats tomorrow....
Saanil,

AP has crisply pointed out all aspects.

This particular ghat is not too much though and will be good to start with to gain some ghat experience. The old Mumbai-Pune NH4 Highway ghat would be much more difficult than this.

But just be careful of oncoming traffic, while maneuvering on turns, very few times it is narrow and can get close to the edge, there are edge barriers though broken at some places, especially since you are new to the ghat driving.

As experienced last monsoon at the start of Sep 2011, the ghat road was very patchy and badly ditchy at some places until you touch prime part of Malshej ghat drive, needed slow and steady maneuvering to avoid many ditches. Don't know this year, as we did not venture that side. But the road is easily maneuverable for a newbie too.
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Guys, also try out Kas. It is off Satara and the Kas plateau converts to a valley of flowers for 2 - 3 weeks every year just as the monsoons end. So the coming couple of weeks would be excellent. Kas is about 280 kms from Mumbai and just off the NH 4 - so driving is pleasant too.
Theres a good link here: http://www.kaasplateau.in/
http://www.dnaindia.com/pune/report_...-daily_1710438
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Looking for a good day drip suggestion for this Friday. Want to leave in the morning and reach back by 7:30 - 8:00 pm.
First preference is some beach.

Thinking about Dahanu Beach - does anyone have an idea about how many kms it is from Mulund & how long it would take and how good/bad are the roads? What's the best route to take?

Also, are the good options for parking/eating in Dahanu beach. What else is there to do around there?

Any other getaway suggestions also welcome - shouldn't be much more than a couple of hours drive from Mulund.
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@carboy, We stayed at Hotel Pearline, office trip many years ago. Decent property and decent food for the area. Parsi owned place, so plenty of rules
Come to think of it, the harsh sun would be quite an pain for me, I am guessing you want a water body, not necessarily a beach to go into, right?

Try Bhandardara, should be the same distance, but superb location to explore, negligent traffic, and should be cooler than Dahanu.
Food, should be done at Anandvan, - Link, very pricey, but was good when I visited. Do call them in advance and confirm your plans.

Have a great one and do update us.

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@carboy, We stayed at Hotel Pearline, office trip many years ago. Decent property and decent food for the area. Parsi owned place, so plenty of rules
Come to think of it, the harsh sun would be quite an pain for me, I am guessing you want a water body, not necessarily a beach to go into, right?

Not looking for a place to stay. Will just roam around on the beach, eat etc and drive back.

Is there no beach to go into in Dahanu?
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I suggested Pearline, for lunch. Beach is not great, opposite pearline, there is a large grove of casuarina trees, so some shade on the beach. Due to industries, the water was very dirty.

There is also Palghar and Kelva, which have a decent shoreline, food may be local home stay type foods with some resorts where you may be able to get some lunch.

Kelva Beach Resort might be a better option for food.
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Not looking for a place to stay. Will just roam around on the beach, eat etc and drive back.

Is there no beach to go into in Dahanu?
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Bang opposite the Pearline resort you have a park with benches under the casuarina trees and due to the cover of the trees there is protection from the sun,at least until late afternoon.
The park used to be empty, at least on a weekday. Wouldnt know about the weekend.
I had proposed Pearline for the next team-bhp lunch meet which is scheduled for 26th of this month. Incidentally there havnt been any posts in the last 2/3 days so I am not too sure about the meet happening.
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Guys,

I am planning a 3-4 days trip during end June to some place near Mumbai. It would be only two of us (I and spouse). Trip is purely been planned for relaxation and am not looking for any trekking during this trip. Googleing various destinations near Mumbai, I have shortlisted following places

Panchaganai
Bhandardara
Daman

Need some advice about the road conditions for these places (and if possible about accommodation as well).

We recently did Ganapatipule trip. so that is out of question now. Another place that was on the cards (but was dropped out because of Monsoon) was Harihareshwar, Diveagar.

Looking forward for any inputs from fellow BHPians.
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Panchaganai - Would be damp and musty, due to the rains. I am not sure if you would be able to go out and enjoy the weather. That said, it will be beautiful and amazing if you get a good hotel with a good view.

Bhandardara - comes alive in this season. Anandvan is a very pricey option, it was the only oiption when I went there in 2005. Superb location and amazing views around.

Igatpuri - This is a little before Bhandardara, Manas has some good properties and food also was good enough. One of Manas has the best view, I can't remember which one though.

Hadshi - I have not been here but, I like what I saw in some travelogues here (2011 Monsoon Trips: Hadshi (Temple, Lotus Flowers, Paddy Fields, Rolling Green Hills))

Avoid Daman, IMHO, not the place in this weather.

Have a good trip
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Guys try Jawhar, it is a place which is very beautifull in rains but not crowded.

Not many hotels to choose though.
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Thinking about Dahanu Beach - does anyone have an idea about how many kms it is from Mulund & how long it would take and how good/bad are the roads? What's the best route to take?
Dahanu beach is a great place if you do not want to venture into the beach. It is a regular weekend getaway for us. Count it some 4-5 times a year atleast.

Dahanu is around 100Kms GhodBunder junction. Continue onto NH8, take the left after Charoti toll plaza(the 2nd one after entering onto NH8) and continue towards Dahanu. After some 25kms, you would cross a railway crossing bridge, after which you would reach onto a 'T' junction. Take a left to go towards Dahanu beach, taking a right takes you to Dahanu Station. Taking a left, going straight for a couple of kms, you would reach a circle in the middle of which a huge tree is standing, take a right and you would see Dahanu beach 50 mtrs away.

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As suggested, hotel Pearline is awesome. Food, garden and opposite to the beach. There is one more just adjacent to Pearline, called beach classic. From what I have been hearing, they both belong to almost the same management, brothers or so. Not sure on this part.

Beach classic also has a open air restaurant with great ambiance and food. Would recommend it as well.

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@carboy, We stayed at Hotel Pearline, office trip many years ago. Decent property and decent food for the area. Parsi owned place, so plenty of rules
Come to think of it, the harsh sun would be quite an pain for me, I am guessing you want a water body, not necessarily a beach to go into, right?
For some water activities, I would be going to Krazy Krab resort near Golvad. Decent food with a swimming pool. You don't expect a water kingdom there.


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Not looking for a place to stay. Will just roam around on the beach, eat etc and drive back.

Is there no beach to go into in Dahanu?
You have a beach, but you won't feel like getting into the water. As mentioned, water is no longer clean, but you have plenty of options to roam around the beach and enjoy the sunset.
Try being there in the evenings and enjoy some bhel-puris by the beach.

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Guys try Jawhar, it is a place which is very beautifull in rains but not crowded.

Not many hotels to choose though.
Have been thinking to visit Jahwar on our Dahanu trips, as it is quite near. Any activities? What that place is all about? Some more information would be great.

Thanks!

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Mumbaiwaasis (and neighbours and everyone else)

I am traveling to Mumbai/Pune mid December with a few friends. Have 2 nights free when I am not sure what to do, so was thinking of skipping town and going to some nice, cold place.

Need interesting places near Mumbai/Pune. here is what I am looking for:
1. Should be easily accessible from Mumbai/Pune (rail/volvo) as I will not have a car and not too far. Will prefer something under 150-200 kms
2. A decent place (~3k) to stay
3. Not crazy busy (before 20th Dec)
4. Good, clean hill stations/ beaches preferred

Google gives me: Daman,Matheran,Lonavla,Alibaug,and a few other places

Being a first timer in Maharashtra, need pointers.

Thanks!
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