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Old 13th November 2012, 22:15   #1
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Hi Guys.

I'm taking time out to write a log after quite a long time. Apologies for that.
This write up will mostly be trip details and a few photos. I did two trips in my Red Swift recently.
First one was Hyd-Pune-Mumbai-M'war-Hyd in June 2012 and second one Hyd-M'war in Oct'12.

I must admit I liked Mahabaleshwar a lot and would not mind going there again. I mean its not quite cold as Ooty here in south or Manali and upwards but its good and Rainy season is the best time i feel, as you can literally float among the clouds then. We did that in June, but OCT was a bit dry. But then we had post monsoon waters in OCT and in June all the waterfalls and seasonal lakes were dry.

All said and done, you can go there almost anytime you feel like!

I must thank RANJITP1 for his expert guidance in both trips for route and traffic info. Amazing coincidence was that in June when i was going he was doing Mum-Hyd the same day. I took NH9 all the way as I missed the turn into mohol for pandharpur route and he was coming from that route. And, in OCT when I took the pandharpur route, he was doing NH9! Coincidence was that we had made no plans and independently doing these road trips on same day! he he!

Details from OCT trip: (I dont have details from June trip, sorry)
Total KMs: 1280
Fuel (petrol): 75
Expenses: Fuel - 5500, Budget Hotel - 3000 (1000 per night, hot water on request), Shopping - Dont even ask!

We basically had two days for sight seeing. First day was adventure day and we went to Pratapgarh Fort and on the way found an isloated spot perfect for camping by the river koyna. Day 2 was leisure, so we sat around on Panchgani table tops and Mapro garden which is undergoing major renovation. There was a small lake on top of a plateau in Panchgani! We also revisited Venna lake which was almost full with monsoon waters. In june, we walked onto the lake bed with ease, but now we didnt even dare to go down. It was nice small trip, I had lots of wada pavs and poha, while wife did lot of shopping.

Some pics:
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1. Ah! these lorry fellows with days and even months away from home
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2. Nice golden grass
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3. Grasslands and Tablelands
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4. Ah! empty road (avoiding the NH9 lorry mayhem)
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5. Our hotel, nice n clean.
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6. Road to pratapgarh
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7,8,9. Small waterfalls en route
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10. Pratapgarh fort
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11. Camping by River Koyna
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12,13. Fresh clear river water
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14. Inside the camp
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15,16. Bombay point, also called Sunset point
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17. Tarzan
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18,19. Lake formed on Panchgani plateau
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20,21. My wife took these two shots as we sat beside the lake
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23. Shadows together
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24. Never ending grass tables
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25. Rushing back home
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26. This fellow walked right across our car without a worry in the world. I had to break hard!

That's it folks! I would be happy to answer any questions about route or the place if you guys need anything. Thanks.
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Old 16th November 2012, 04:15   #2
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Do you work for ADP ( Fortune 9 Building )?
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he he.. No. My wife does.

coming back On- Topic.. will be adding a few more snaps from my June trip soon. Thanks.
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Hi! Unoczar, short and sweet travelogue. Did you take the Mohol- Pandharpur- Satara road in either of your trips. If yes, would appreciate some inputs on the road conditions.

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Yes, another nice TL from Unoczar. The last one to Horseley Hills was quite good.

Do update us on the road conditions from Mohol onwards. I know how bad the road is between Sadashivpet to Basav Kalyan as I'd recently gone to Shirdi.
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Hi! Unoczar, short and sweet travelogue. Did you take the Mohol- Pandharpur- Satara road in either of your trips. If yes, would appreciate some inputs on the road conditions.

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Hi. Thanks. Did I not mention about the route? I guess not, sorry. Here we go,
June: Missed the turn into mohol and continued straight on NH9, had to fight with traffic and diversions all the way and Pune too! Great help by RanjitP1 on bypassing Pune (I first went to Mumbai back then, pics coming up soon). While coming back we did M'war-Satara-Pandharpur-Mohol-Sholapur-Hyd. Road not bad at all! Although, an SUV would ensure a smoother ride, but, i would take this Pandharpur road anyday instead of the lorry madness on NH9!

This OCT trip we took the mohol-pandharpur-satara route both ways (no mumbai/pune this time) and it was a breeze! Some rough stretches in between, but, as I said, if you go in a Safari or Scorpio, you wont feel a thing. One more thing, the Zaheerabad-Humnabad (small stretch) is in very poor condition as of now(OCT). Need lot of patience negotiating those craters there.

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Yes, another nice TL from Unoczar. The last one to Horseley Hills was quite good.

Do update us on the road conditions from Mohol onwards. I know how bad the road is between Sadashivpet to Basav Kalyan as I'd recently gone to Shirdi.
Have I gone to Horsley hills? I don't remember me going to Horsley Hills. I was planning to but I guess I didnt go.. Anyways, I hope the above info should satisfy your query. Thanks!
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Have I gone to Horsley hills? I don't remember me going to Horsley Hills. I was planning to but I guess I didnt go.. Anyways, I hope the above info should satisfy your query. Thanks!
Sorry, I think that was ScarletRider or someone else. Mistook you to be him.
Anyways, thanks for the update.
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Hi Friends.

Here are the Pictures from the June'12 Mumbai-Mahabaleshwar trip. Sorry for delay.. I have 80+ pics to upload, hope that makes up for the delay.

Part 1: Mumbai

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1. View from our relatives' balcony in palm beach, navi mumbai.

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2. I was amazed to see these tall buildings

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3. Raining in Mumbai (we actually went to catch the monsoon as it was delayed in hyd, first day it rained in mumbai!!, Yay!)

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4. Sky walk!

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5. Famous Hospital

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6. Band Stand

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7. No caption needed here i guess

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8. Nice big masjid i found to pray in (AC'd!)

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9,10. Sea Link!
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Still in Mumbai...

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1. The famous Dargah

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2. Dry ice given by...

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3. You guys must've guessed it by now

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4. CST

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5. It's also called VT, I wonder why? CST is pretty obvious, but VT?

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6. Ah! This is from the end of Fashion Street. How can you not end up here when you have women with you?

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7. This guy gave an amazing amount of veggies(potato, cucumber, beet root, tomato, onion, capsicum etc) in this sandwich just for 15rs. Subway ka bhi baap tha ye!

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8. The Taj

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9. New Taj

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10. No need to say anything here!


Last set of pics from Mumbai here, as we move toward Mahabaleshwar!

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11. The Majestic!

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12. Steps near the Gateway

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13. Nice looking things these, I guess its a wave breaker?

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14. Relax!

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15. I like peace..

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16. This really sums up the spirit of Mumbai! The sea, the people, the tall buildings

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17. This small shop opposite chowpatty was featured in Highway on my Plate and served us an awfully large pizza (called fully loaded) for 350 or so. Burp!

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18,19,20. Now, as we move toward Mahabaleshwar, leaving Mumbai. Last pic is from a place we stopped on NH4. Nice parking with sheds.

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5. It's also called VT, I wonder why? CST is pretty obvious, but VT?
It was built during the British rule. They named it as the Victoria Terminus and hence the name VT.

After the Indians took over, we renamed it to Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus, popularly knows as CST.

Nice pics there. Seems you had been doing a Mumbai Darshan around. Do keep an eye in the SPOTTING'S thread in case someone might have just caught you roaming!
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So, now we reached Mahabaleshwar. We had around 4 days to explore the place.

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1. Our hotel (Elsie's Inn) was a budget hotel (1000/night) right in the middle of the market!

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2. View from window

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3. Way to one of many "POINTS" in Mahabaleshwar

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4. Table Lands

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5. You can only walk to Lodwick Point, no cars allowed.

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6. More plateaus

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7. There you go.. Peter Lodwick

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8. Memorial

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9,10. Views from Top.
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Nice to see you back in the TL section Unoczar. Mahby is one of my favorite holiday destination and have driven to it a few times already

Nice pictures except for a few that came out really hazy and could have been avoided posting

Look forward to the Mahby Pics !!!
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Nice to see you back in the TL section Unoczar. Mahby is one of my favorite holiday destination and have driven to it a few times already

Nice pictures except for a few that came out really hazy and could have been avoided posting

Look forward to the Mahby Pics !!!
Hi Avi bhai, Thanks. Ya, those could have been avoided, I'll take care.

By the way, whats the Maroon Marauder, cant see any pics in your garage. (KTM, i guess?)

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By the way, whats the Maroon Marauder, cant see any pics in your garage. (KTM, i guess?)
Sorry for the OT, But here you go; review of my Maroon Marauder :-

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/motorb...umps-home.html
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Thanks for that update Avi bhai, the bike looks stunning! (apt name i would say)

Lets get back OT.. On-Topic

Next set of pictures from Mahabaleshwar sight seeing..

First few pics are from Elephant's head point, it looks like an elephant's head (only from side view)
The views from the top were good and worth the long walk from the parking spot.

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Tomorrow i'll post some strawberry and pizza pics.. also panchgani. Will try to end this thread with those.

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