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Old 30th July 2013, 20:26   #106
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Seems that you are not independent on the Independence Day. Or planning to take the Friday off to get extended weekend so you can get away from the City. SDP inspiration??
Never have been Independent on Independence Day. Working in a Financial Services sector always means sacrificing normal holidays. But we do get a comp-off for that particular day which we can take on some other day, so its not all bad. Wifey also in same sector so no issues for me. But i did go to dabhosa this weekend.
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Hello All,

Just an idea, instead of meeting this Friday evening, we can also schedule a short / full day trip on Sunday (4th August 2013).

I just saw a post of Dhamini falls somewhere near Parsi Da Dhaba. I am not able to get the details of this place on internet, but the place looks promising.

Thanks,
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I found Dhamni Dam near the area you mentioned. Is it the same. Attaching a map.
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The Travelogue we all have been waiting for! (Rain, fog, waterfalls, a huge lake & 6 cars - The story of an EPIC drive!)

Thanks EagleEye!
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Here are the pics from my side.
sorry for the delay

Our Monsoon Drive to Igatpuri-Bhandardara was the First of the Monsoon Drives this year.

On the way we saw a Biker Group enjoying their ride, sticking together, following speed limits and hand gestures.
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We also raced a Train
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So we all do enjoy long drives, and you could see that on our face
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Long open roads
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Surrounded by greenery
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But then some political party decides to send 51000 people to Shirdi Darshan in 1100 buses, and that made our joyride suffer a little.
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But then we had Him to guide us.
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and immediately we were on a detour, which was kind of a boon... stopped around for some pics
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We let this train pass by
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and we were again on our way
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Back on the Highway, with open dry roads... still no sign of Rains.
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The Curvy Roads on the Ghats, still no rain!
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and then we saw some hope...
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and we raced to it!
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to be continued...

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Continued...

Driven by the hopes of Rain... we continued further
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and then it hit us, and it hit us hard. And the fun begins!
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Rains!!
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on the climb to Bhandardara, we stopped again to click some pics.
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The Line Up!
Beat - Miraj Choksi
Swift - SuperBee
Laura - EagleEye
City - SwapsZone + Teju + Yuvan + Shruti
Liva - Anupam Pathak + Tejas Deshmukh
DZire - Sahil Patil + 4 friends
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and the family pic, with me missing
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Baby on Board!
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iVtec!
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More Scenery
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Yup! It was Cold!!
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Randha Falls
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With the Day over... we drove back.

with some foggy conditions on the Highway.
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An Awesome Drive! Rightly described by EagleEye as EPIC.
Missed by most BHPians here. Hope you guys join in for the next one.

Malshej Ghat Drive on 18th August.

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Great drive you guys had there! I had fun reading about it and looking at the pictures. Long winding roads, greenery around and great company....what more could one ask for?

The fog also looked very challenging from a driver's perspective!
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Hey Swapnil,

Great pics & a good narration, Thanks for sharing
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Hi Swapnil,

Awesome pics, Thanks for sharing. The pics of the waterfalls were worth the trip. Surprisingly why was the waterfall so dirty.

I hope the pic where you had you son on your lap was when the car was standstill and not while driving. If otherwise, I would term that as dangerous.

The driving becomes a nightmare in the foggy conditions and the fog lamps are totally ineffective in that Igatpuri ghat stretch.
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[quote=swapszone;3199843]Continued...


and then we had a driver change.

Hi Swapzone. The pictures are awesome. One suggestion. Don get me wrong. Please avoid driving with a kid on your lap.

By the way, your son is very cute.
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Swapnil, good pics!
Thanks for sharing!

At Randha falls, there are 2 separate falls, right?
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Great drive you guys had there! I had fun reading about it and looking at the pictures. Long winding roads, greenery around and great company....what more could one ask for?

The fog also looked very challenging from a driver's perspective!
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Great pics & a good narration, Thanks for sharing
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Hi Swapnil,

Awesome pics, Thanks for sharing. The pics of the waterfalls were worth the trip. Surprisingly why was the waterfall so dirty.

I hope the pic where you had you son on your lap was when the car was standstill and not while driving. If otherwise, I would term that as dangerous.

The driving becomes a nightmare in the foggy conditions and the fog lamps are totally ineffective in that Igatpuri ghat stretch.
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Hi Swapzone. The pictures are awesome. One suggestion. Don get me wrong. Please avoid driving with a kid on your lap.

By the way, your son is very cute.
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Swapnil, good pics!
Thanks for sharing!

At Randha falls, there are 2 separate falls, right?
Thanks for the concern guys... but I don't Drive around with my son on my lap. But he likes being at the Steering Wheel, and so the pic.

No Idea as to why the waterfall was so dirty, guess the red soil was the reason.

And Yup, there are 2 falls at Randha. EagleEye has capture the other smaller one in his TL.

The fog at the Ghats was really bad, the visibility almost "0". Had to be very careful there.
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Super pics Swaps. You guys really enjoyed it a lot.

The alternate route that you took while at Kasara Ghat is the one that takes you right outside Manas if i am not mistaken.
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...And Yup, there are 2 falls at Randha. EagleEye has capture the other smaller one in his TL.
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Did not see that in EagleEye's thread as well.

Hope this is what you are talking about.
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Pic taken from my old thread:
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travel...ml#post2884267 (An unplanned long-weekend trip to Bhandardara-Igatpuri)
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It's somewhat similar.
But the pic is there on Tejas Deshmukh's FB page.
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