Go Back   Team-BHP > Buckle Up > Travelogues


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 3rd December 2009, 21:46   #1
BHPian
 
genesis's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 765
Thanked: 294 Times
Default Smoke On The Water, Fire In The Sky (Into Lonar Lake And Crater)

Smoke On The Water

Name:  smoke1.jpg
Views: 5342
Size:  49.4 KB

Fire In The Sky

Name:  fiery_sky.jpg
Views: 3046
Size:  30.7 KB

Smoke On The Water

Name:  falling_rock.jpg
Views: 3908
Size:  94.5 KB


...guitar riffs...song plays... fingers stab the air guitar...

No Matter What We Get Out Of This

Name:  big_smile.jpg
Views: 2791
Size:  103.8 KB

I Know We Will Never Forget
Name:  01_twilight_zone_web.jpg
Views: 3127
Size:  42.0 KB

Thus begins a story of what happened last Independence Day...
genesis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 3rd December 2009, 21:57   #2
Distinguished - BHPian
 
phamilyman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Gurgaon
Posts: 5,601
Thanked: 3,452 Times
Default

Lovely pics hain saab

aur pics banao ji! Very good stuff!
phamilyman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 4th December 2009, 04:06   #3
BHPian
 
genesis's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 765
Thanked: 294 Times
Default

Nestled in the middle of the world's largest hypervelocity crater of balastic rock, lies the mysterious lake of Lonar a place of myth, reality and nature.

Lonar had been floating in my subconscious for a while, so when a long weekend presented itself, we added an extra day and took off for the over 500 km drive. (Lonar is 150 km from Aurangbad which in turn is 400km from Mumbai).

But why go straight when you can twist? The drizzling rain suggested perfect weather to view the charms of Malshej Ghat and so we decided to take the non mainstream route via Malshej through Ahmednagar (NH222) to Paithan, Jalna, Sindkhed Raja and Lonar. A decision we were initially very glad we took...

Road to Malshej

Name:  malshej_curve.jpg
Views: 3500
Size:  59.1 KB

Chasing Waterfalls

Name:  waterfall.jpg
Views: 2841
Size:  135.1 KB

Into the hills and beyond
Name:  malshej_lake_mtn1.jpg
Views: 2561
Size:  61.3 KB

Maid of the mist
Name:  malshej_mountain.jpg
Views: 2503
Size:  107.0 KB

A Mossy Affair
Name:  moss.jpg
Views: 2459
Size:  57.5 KB

Keeping Faith
Name:  malshej_temple.jpg
Views: 2935
Size:  94.0 KB

Keeping Dry
Name:  vadapav.jpg
Views: 2417
Size:  98.5 KB

Keeping Time
Name:  malshej_approach.jpg
Views: 2493
Size:  123.6 KB

Vada Pav in belly, mist in my face, it was time to pick up some speed and head for the plains...

Last edited by genesis : 4th December 2009 at 04:15.
genesis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 4th December 2009, 09:09   #4
BHPian
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Pune
Posts: 726
Thanked: 9 Times
Default

Great pics, great song title which fits the place you visited. Waiting for more info and pics on Lonar itself!
Abhay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 4th December 2009, 09:24   #5
BHPian
 
SX4LOVER's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Highway
Posts: 277
Thanked: 129 Times
Default

great pics there!
But where are the lonar pics? i had been to lonar this diwali but i guess due to the weather there was not much to appreciate. as it is i was enroute from nagpur and planned only an hour's halt.
The road that u talked about (through malshej) is it the same that goes to ahmednagar without touching pune? how is the road condition.
SX4LOVER is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 4th December 2009, 09:41   #6
BHPian
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Kottayam
Posts: 588
Thanked: 2 Times
Default

Hello there, nice narration and wonderful pictures, you have my undivided attention, please continue posting more
Majic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 4th December 2009, 10:47   #7
BHPian
 
genesis's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 765
Thanked: 294 Times
Default

Thanks for the appreciation! Responses inline

Quote:
Originally Posted by SX4LOVER View Post
great pics there!
But where are the lonar pics?
Have not reached Lonar yet!

Quote:
Originally Posted by SX4LOVER View Post
i had been to lonar this diwali but i guess due to the weather there was not much to appreciate. as it is i was enroute from nagpur and planned only an hour's halt.
You need atleast a day in Lonar. Tons to appreciate, even other than the crater. It takes an hour for the MTDC in Lonar to cook lunch!

Quote:
Originally Posted by SX4LOVER View Post
The road that u talked about (through malshej) is it the same that goes to ahmednagar without touching pune? how is the road condition.
Yes this is the road which goes to Ahmednagar without touching Pune. It is great till Ahmednagar and quite scenic. You do lose some time in Ahmednagar city once you get in.

It is the midway stretch of the road, (I think it was after Paithan which is a mess). From Ahmednagar I would recommend taking the 4 laned highway to Aurgangabad and taking the road to Lonar from there rather than bypassing Aurangabad.

If you dont like twisties, you can take the Mumbai - Pune expressway from Mumbai, get off at Chakan go past the Bajaj Plants and come out on the Pune Ahmednagar Highway having bypassed Pune.

It was the time of the swine flu scare, hence we decided to give Pune as wide a berth as possible

@Abhay, @Majic: Thanks! Yes there is more to come, but a day job to do also
genesis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 4th December 2009, 11:10   #8
BHPian
 
advaitlele's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Pune, Vadodara
Posts: 493
Thanked: 249 Times
Default

This place is on my radar for sometime now.

I will wait for your travelogue and photos to unleash. Hope I can do that in coming long weekends. More pics please. And, A great title to the thread, very apt.
advaitlele is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 4th December 2009, 13:14   #9
BHPian
 
genesis's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 765
Thanked: 294 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by genesis View Post
Vada Pav in belly, mist in my face, it was time to pick up some speed and head for the plains...
As the road descended from the hills, the landscape changed from green to brown.
Name:  descending_plains.jpg
Views: 2576
Size:  109.3 KB

Pulling over on a curve to admire the scenery we heard a distant drumming coming towards us. A perfect spot to meet some villagers going to the local temple.
Name:  pilgrims.jpg
Views: 2378
Size:  85.5 KB

And also admire the relationship between man and his best friend
Name:  faithful_companion.jpg
Views: 2316
Size:  127.3 KB

After Ahmednagar, we encountered a few road blocks
Name:  roadblock.jpg
Views: 2254
Size:  81.0 KB

Passed through the gateways of some small towns
Name:  gateway.jpg
Views: 2234
Size:  87.1 KB

After lunch in a bar near Paithan (no kidding! that was the only place we could find who served food), we drove by those paitently waiting for buses
Name:  mother_son.jpg
Views: 2203
Size:  136.3 KB

And those who were not
Name:  auto_rickshaw.jpg
Views: 2256
Size:  146.8 KB

And the appearance of turban's started indicating that we were now firmly in the plains
Name:  turban1.jpg
Views: 3172
Size:  124.8 KB

Name:  turban2.jpg
Views: 2754
Size:  126.0 KB

And after some really bumpy patches we came to the final winding stretch to Lonar
Name:  lonar_road.jpg
Views: 2597
Size:  81.1 KB

And checked in at the MTDC from where we got our first view of the crater
Name:  lonar_first_view.jpg
Views: 2343
Size:  54.4 KB
genesis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 4th December 2009, 16:35   #10
BHPian
 
SamuraiJack's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 169
Thanked: 127 Times
Default

Awesome! haven't heard of this place.. any more information that you can pass on would be great.
SamuraiJack is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 4th December 2009, 17:08   #11
BHPian
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Kottayam
Posts: 588
Thanked: 2 Times
Default

Really nice please continue with more pictures and narrations!
Majic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 4th December 2009, 17:22   #12
BANNED
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 813
Thanked: 220 Times
Default

Amazing snaps.. now waiting for the travelogue to come..
gadadhar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 4th December 2009, 17:24   #13
BHPian
 
dushmish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 416
Thanked: 70 Times
Default

You have me glued on to the fantastic narration and wonderful pics. Have been planning to go to Lonar for a long time.

Keep posting.....
dushmish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 4th December 2009, 17:46   #14
BHPian
 
Hurrycane12's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Pune
Posts: 457
Thanked: 52 Times
Default

Good Pics and narration keep it coming.
Hurrycane12 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 4th December 2009, 18:17   #15
BHPian
 
gomzi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: SF Bay Area
Posts: 783
Thanked: 125 Times
Default

@genesis, fantastic pics and narration!

Now you have given me another place to visit over a long weekend, so thanks for that

Looking forward to the rest of your travelogue.

Btw, thats one of my all time fav songs too
gomzi is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Mhawk goes from Vihar, tulsi lake (Mumbai) to Gurdongmar lake (Sikkim) ac 427 Travelogues 113 1st September 2015 12:14
Travelogue: Trip to Shastas and Crater Lake akroy Travelogues 9 10th January 2012 09:35
Articulation @ Bidaraguppe lake and water wading at Dhakshina Thirupathi hisunil 4x4 Excursions 41 7th March 2011 12:48
Trip to Crater Lake and Sand Dunes the VTEC guy Travelogues 1 21st September 2009 04:59
Icy trip to Solang valley, Parashar lake and frozen Serolsar Lake phamilyman Travelogues 61 4th February 2009 17:22


All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 18:13.

Copyright 2000 - 2017, Team-BHP.com
Proudly powered by E2E Networks