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Old 27th August 2010, 16:13   #661
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What is the story behind Nasik's naamkaran?
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Nasi / nasika is nose in sanskrit. This is the place where Lakshman was supposed to have cut Surpanaka's nose. Hence the name Nasik. Sita, Ram and Lakshman were supposed to have stayed in Tapovan in Panchavati which is a stone's throw from the present city of Nasik.
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This board at tapovan says it all !

Translation : Lord Rama's brother Lakshmana practiced austerity ( van ( forest ) for tapasya = tapovan ) here to defeat Ravana's son Indrajeet ( meghnath ). Lakshmana cut shurpanaka's nose here and threw it across the river, which is why the place is called nasik. This is the only place where Lashmana's temple is found and is considered sacred.
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Planning a weekend trip to Lavassa. Probably have lunch there, look around, water sports etc. Question: does one need a pass/permission or hotel reservation to get into the town of lavassa?
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Question: does one need a pass/permission or hotel reservation to get into the town of lavassa?
Not required. They generally allow you to drive inside without any problem.

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Planning a weekend trip to Lavassa. Probably have lunch there, look around, water sports etc. Question: does one need a pass/permission or hotel reservation to get into the town of lavassa?
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Not required. They generally allow you to drive inside without any problem.

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+1. You can go there without a pass/permission. If I recollect right (This is as per last year don't know if any new joints have opened up) there are only two places there to eat; one an American diner and other a restaurant ( which is open for specific time only). So plan to be there on time else pack something from home as backup
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+1. You can go there without a pass/permission. If I recollect right (This is as per last year don't know if any new joints have opened up) there are only two places there to eat; one an American diner and other a restaurant ( which is open for specific time only). So plan to be there on time else pack something from home as backup
Thanks. I plan an overnight trip 2/3 Oct.
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Saw some photos of Bhuleshwar being posted. So,i thought i will also post some from my recent trip. I had been to Bhuleshwar few months back and marked it as a place to visit during the monsoons. I did and i was not disappointed.

The last photo is through the sweep panorama feature of Sony DSC TX5.

The rest are from Nikon D70.

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If I recollect right (This is as per last year don't know if any new joints have opened up) there are only two places there to eat; one an American diner and other a restaurant ( which is open for specific time only). So plan to be there on time else pack something from home as backup
There is the American Diner restaurant serving typical American Stuff for American prices (my opinion). Then there is Ekant which serves buffet lunch etc. I remember seeing notices announcing that they were going to start another restaurant serving south asian cuisine (Chinese, Thai etc.) next to American Diner (same building). That should be up and running by now.

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There is the American Diner restaurant serving typical American Stuff for American prices (my opinion). Then there is Ekant which serves buffet lunch etc. I remember seeing notices announcing that they were going to start another restaurant serving south asian cuisine (Chinese, Thai etc.) next to American Diner (same building). That should be up and running by now.
Hotel mercure is a decent option for food and ambience. I beleive non-residents are also allowed in their restaurent.
For lodging, location of Ekant is much much better than mercure and even Fortune.
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MX6, could i add ?

This board at tapovan says it all !
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Had been to Kaas yesterday. I have no words to describe this place. Photos will follow shortly.

Enroute I did come across the test run of the 22 wheeler from Tata.

Oh man. The vehicle is simply astounding. The way it climbed up the ghats was amazing.

I tried to take photos of the vehicle from front. So accelerated and found a safe place parked and waited for the monster to turn up with my mobile camera set up. But another truck covered this as it crossed me.

Then I caught up and took a video of this as I overtook it.

Now please don't flame me. I do always overtake safe and from the right. But then this truck was scoop and hence did the manouver from the left. Also I kept my eyes on the road and on the bikers on the left and moved ahead only when they left a clear lane for me. And I wasn't looking at the truck and only the mobile camera was following the truck, with my eyes fixed on the road.

I was amazed to see the video where the truck was caught amazingly well though I couldn't see while capturing what was being captured.

Coming up next - Some snaps of Kaas.

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So are you not going to Kaas next week?
Or its one more time!
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It will be one more time. What I saw yesterday was just a curtain raiser.

Got to find my pentax raw format s/w cd to convert over 40 photos that I took in raw format.

Here's one of a very few I took in jpeg format.

Magnificent Maharashtra - The Mahalog!-kaas1.jpg

Click to see full size. I managed to shoot many pics avoiding multitudes who are flocking to Kaas in thousands.

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Here are a couple more pics of Kaas I'd shot in Raw format. They are unprocessed and compressed from over 10 mb to around 100 kb and 181 kb respectively.

They looked fabulous in my lcd tv. Not sure how it looks in a computer screen.
The mist sets in around 2:30 pm. By 3:30, this is how it looks
Magnificent Maharashtra - The Mahalog!-1.jpg

The yellow and white flowers which have just started blooming. Hopefully this weekend there should be more colours there.
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I have been enthraled by the beauty of MH with ur log, Star's log and Dream Diesel's logs.

And today, i see in TOI website about this piece of news, which just shocks me and makes me think, if atall we will have any of these forests , still standing, 15 years down the line.
Can anything be done about this thru this forum?

Mining blow to Western Ghats - The Times of India

A letter to Ramesh ?

Pls respond. sorry for hijacking ur thread.
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The Pride of Maharashtra ... Koyna Dam ..
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