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Old 27th July 2009, 09:46   #1
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Default Chasing The Monsoon - The Backroads To Nashik and Beyond

Cascading waterfalls, rivers in spate, the planting of rice paddy, a tribal king's palace, an abandoned fort and majestic mountain vistas overlooking myriad shades of green...all within the span of a 400 kilometer round trip!

The smooth black tarmac between Manor on NH 8 and Igatpuri on NH3 took us through the pristine tribal areas of Khodala and Vihigaon where a left turn on the Kasara ghats deposited us at our friend's place for an overnight halt in Nashik...

An old stone bridge over the Vaitarna
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Smooth Black Top
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Old 27th July 2009, 09:53   #2
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Yes, a lovely drive indeed.
One more section that is great during the rains is Ghoti (NH3, after Igatpuri towards Nasik) to Triambakeshwar via Upper Vaitarna. Nice winding narrow roads, raining, green.
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Yes, a lovely drive indeed.
One more section that is great during the rains is Ghoti (NH3, after Igatpuri towards Nasik) to Triambakeshwar via Upper Vaitarna. Nice winding narrow roads, raining, green.
Now I must do a repeat trip as well... . Sadly they are building a dam in the area which will bring much of this area under water in a year or two.
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Old 27th July 2009, 10:02   #4
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Jawahar-Silvassa is also a beautiful drive.
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Wow, what an amazing drive this is. The pictures are awesome. Man, there is so much to see in our country, I guess it would require a lot of time and money to cover it all.

Great stuff genesis and keep it coming with loads of pictures.
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Old 27th July 2009, 15:28   #6
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A puncture near Vihigaon and a stop at Igatpuri to repair the tyre led to a delayed arrival in Nashik. The morning was spent looking for another innova to borrow the hook like contraption used to lower the tyre, since the tyre guy had succesfully lodged the end of mine between the chasis and the tyre the previous evening. Mission accomplished, we sped past barefoot pilgrims walking towards the holy towns of Shirdi and Trimbak to reach Jawahar the erstwhile capital of the erstwhile tribal kingdom...

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More Blacktop
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Old 27th July 2009, 17:01   #7
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Awesome pictures man. Simply Superb. Continue..
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zimbly awesome boss.

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Old 27th July 2009, 18:42   #9
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Wow, what an amazing drive this is. The pictures are awesome. Man, there is so much to see in our country, I guess it would require a lot of time and money to cover it all.

Great stuff genesis and keep it coming with loads of pictures.
I agree there is a 'lot' to see. However I feel sometimes there is a 'lot' in our backyard and we need to take the time to see. This trip was talking half a day off on Fri and back home by 6 pm on Sat. One tank of diesel and gifts for our friends for an overnight stay was all it took
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Great friends you have their I must Say

Also to add simply wonderfull pics, greenry. waterfalls and clouds just rejuvenates the body. Mindblowing!!!
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Great friends you have their I must Say
Great friends indeed. They are college friends with whom i reconnected after close to 18 years. It is amazing how one can pick up the connection as if it never dropped. A part of the reason for the late departure the next morning was also for recovering from some high spirited conversations past midnight.
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The two things we noticed about Jawahar as we drove in were:
1> It was a small size town which was the biggest in the region (it has its own bus depot )
2> The call to prayer signified a population that is predominantly Moslem, in contrast to the adivasi hamlets which dotted the countryside around it... and the promise of some good food!

On asking for 'Rajacha Palace' in my broken marathi, a helpful gentleman pointed us at two directly opposite directions... the old palace and the new palace...We walked past the moss covered stone walls of the old palace to discover a lonely dilapidated, roofless house standing forlonly at the side of a large field. A closer look at the inside of the house revealed some amazing wooden pillars still holding up the structure despite the vagaries of the weather...Beauty in the middle of destruction...

We sat back and watched the local kids immersed in a game of cricket (played with a plastic football and a cricket bat)...until a thunderstorm sent us running back to the car and speeding to the local dhaba to knock back some mutton biriyani accompanied by steaming tea...

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Lunch over, we drove down the muddy dirt track leading to the palace, an imposing stone structure with a maruti 800 parked in front! As we drove near a family of tourists standing outside, kept staring at us as if expecting something of us...Car parked, we asked the attendants if we could visit the inside but were politely refused since the king Mr Mukne was supposed to be visiting in an hour and they did not want to dirty the place/be caught showing visitors around for private gain! We also realised that the reason for the earlier stares was the fact that the other tourists had been given the same story and were trying to figure out if the Innova was carrying the king and the queen!

We watched the large family squeeze back into the 800, and then walked around the grounds to take some photographs. Deciding not to meet the real king, we hightailed it out of there, taking the road from Jawahar to Vikramgarh, Wada, getting soaked in the rain trying to take photographs of farmers and after many pit stops finally made it back home to Mumbai by evening.

Thus ended our exhilarating short weekend of chasing the monsoon and along with it the idea of starting another trip soon...

The entire set of pictures can be found on my site at

Genesis - soumya.org: Chasing The Monsoon

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Just looking at that greenery freshened me up. Genesis post some more pictures if you can.
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Wonderful .. but dil maange more.
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