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Old 1st December 2010, 17:02   #46
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Day 5,

Got up early morning to have darshan and aarti at Dwarkadhish temple.

Somehow, i missed the aarti at 7am but parents got it.

Came back to hotel and had breakfast.

Taxi was ready at door for day's sightseeing.

So far, we had covered three jyotirlangas and Dwarka dhaam,
we were going to visit the last jyotirlinga i e Nageshwar,
there is dispute between Nageshwar and Aundha Naganth about the originality as jyotirlinga,
started from hotel at @ 9:30 am,
as per schedule, it was one hour late,

first visited Nageshwar temple through some rural road,
the temple is renovated by T-series fame Gulashnkumar,
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next stop, Gopi talav,
nothing to write about it,
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moved further to okha to visit Bet Dwarka,
it is Bhet Dwarka and not Bet Dwarka,

Tata chemical at western tip of India,
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jetty at Okha,
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Okha port,
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moved to Bhet Dwarka by small boat on seat share basis,
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vessel at Bhet Dwarka,
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the temple from jetty,
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the temple at Bhet Dwarka,
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shop selling something different local products,
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left side Okha, right side Bhet Dwarka island,
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Bhet Dwarka jetty
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vessel engine,
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big b at Okha port,
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birds
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returned back to Okha port at @ 1:45 pm,



it was back journey toward Dwarka through main road,

some where in between Okha and Dwarka,
i saw something interesting and yelled ,'' stop, stop, .... stop the car''.....
driver applied emergency breaks,
i came out of the car with camera in hand,

i saw a stripped down beauty,.....


to be continued....

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Old 1st December 2010, 17:37   #47
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'' Stop, stop,.... stop the car''...

i saw a stripped down beauty,...


here it is,
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moved further to Dwarka,
road condition is not good as well as bad,

it was time to visit the last temple of the pilgrimage,
the Rukmini temple near Dwarka,
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beautiful small temple,
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returned back to the hotel at 3pm,
had lunch,
time to have rest for some time.


In the evening,it was shopping time for my mother,

the market,
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Father got tired standing with mother at the every corner of the market and i got tired holding the stuff purchased by mother.

Returned back to the hotel,
had dinner.

During last five days, we had covered so many temples and towns,
still, some energy has left to explore further,
but commitments at my factory forced me to return,
it was time to pack the luggage.

I was looking forward to next day journey toward Pune,
it was first time that my parents will board the plane.


Next post at tomorrow 11 am.
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...She had done remarkable work in restoring and building the temples and ghats 300 years ago...
I was told the same at Aundha Nagnath shiv temple (near Nanded-Parbhani in Maharashtra) - also referred as one of twelve jyotirlingas by some people.

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I am sorry as I could not post yesterday due to broadband problem.

Day 6


It was early morning ride from Dwarka to Jamnagar by taxi.
Started @ 6:45 am,
Somewhere after Dwarka,
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Beautiful sunrise,
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Roads are good all the way till Jamnagar,
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Somewhere before Khambaliya,
It’s the smoke from factory and not clouds,
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Essar refinery,
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Reliance petrochemical complex,
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Reliance colony and mart,
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Jamnagar area is bird friendly area,
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At @ 9:45 am, reached to Jamnagar airport,
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Flight time was 11:45am and we were the first to enter the terminal other than three security guards and an officer,

Within next 15 min, cars and taxis started to arrive with loads of passengers,
There was no sign of airport officers and airline staff at 10:15am,
Both are Sarkari company, aur kya ho sakata hai?:

At 10:45, a lady with airline badge entered in the terminal,
Then activities started,
Baggage screening started at 11 am for the 11:45 am flight,
Quick check in,
And waiting started for security check,
The terminal at Jamnagar airport is so small that even bus stand at any district place in Maharashtra is bigger than it,

Security check started at 11:30 am,
There was no announcement of flight delay,

There was long wait in security hold area,
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Finally, flight from Mumbai arrived at 12:15pm, good 1 hour late,
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Then quick turnaround and ready to fly toward Mumbai at 12:40pm,
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''Indian airlines ki uddan IC148 me aapka swagat hai,....'',

no apology for the delay,
What’s wrong going on with this sarkari airline?
Look at in-flight service, air hostess aunty and overall efficiency,
I can see the service level deteriorating at all level,
God save that airline

It was just 1 hour flight and landed at Mumbai airport at @ 1:40pm,

Plane parked at remote location [as usual],
Then bus ride to terminal 1A,
Ye Mumbai airport kab sudharega?

Then it was Volvo from Mumbai to Pune,
At 7pm, we reached to Pune,

It was a satisfying pilgrimage.

Thanks for reading this travelogue.

THE END.

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Flight time was 11:45am and we were the first to enter the terminal other than three security guards and an officer,

Within next 15 min, cars and taxis started to arrive with loads of passengers,
There was no sign of airport officers and airline staff at 10:15am,
Both are Sarkari company, aur kya ho sakata hai?:

At 10:45, a lady with airline badge entered in the terminal,
Then activities started,
Baggage screening started at 11 am for the 11:45 am flight,
Quick check in,
And waiting started for security check,
The terminal at Jamnagar airport is so small that even bus stand at any district place in Maharashtra is bigger than it,

Security check started at 11:30 am,
There was no announcement of flight delay,

There was long wait in security hold area,

Finally, flight from Mumbai arrived at 12:15pm, good 1 hour late,

Then quick turnaround and ready to fly toward Mumbai at 12:40pm,

''Indian airlines ki uddan IC148 me aapka swagat hai,....'',

no apology for the delay,
What’s wrong going on with this sarkari airline?
Look at in-flight service, air hostess aunty and overall efficiency,
I can see the service level deteriorating at all level,
God save that airline

It was just 1 hour flight and landed at Mumbai airport at @ 1:40pm,

Plane parked at remote location [as usual],
Then bus ride to terminal 1A,
Ye Mumbai airport kab sudharega?
Hi Ashishbhau,

in 2005, my company had bought one 25 flight booklet for some RS 60000/- from Indian airline and gave to me for my frequent trips
For next 7 months i had a terrible time. Each one of their flight was delayed minimum 30 minutes max upto 2.5 hours.

Eventually, i learnt one thing. If i have punish my Sales Manager then buy such a booklet from Indian Airlines for him. He will get frustrated and the probably leave. It could be an excellent attrition tool, probably lowest cost one as well.

i have never chosen to travel by Indian airlines since. Only good thing i remember about those 7 months is quality of food on board the flights with general second helping (bread, juices, coffee, tea, water etc) from the hostess, which reminds one being with one's mother or elder sister for lunch/dinner.


What matters is for both your parents and you, this trip was a satisfying one.
God bless all of us.

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Eventually, i learnt one thing.
i have never chosen to travel by Indian airlines since.
If there was any other choice, i would have never flown by IC flight on this sector but...
... there is only one flight operating from Jamnagar Airport and that is IC148.
Initially, i was little hesitant to book the tickets of this flight IC148 as i remembered what happened with IC814 kathmandu-Delhi via lahor-dubai-kandahar flight ten years back.

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Bhau, I have good experience with IC flights when i used to travel between MUM-NGP
I liked it only once when my seat got upgraded to business class :-)

ontime arr/dep is best with Indigo.

For sitting arrangments, I guess MUM-PUNe volvos are far better than any flights
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For sitting arrangments, I guess MUM-PUNe volvos are far better than any flights
As the plane was A320, the sitting arrangement in IC flight is better than other's same bird in the Indian sky.
The seat pitch is more than 32 as compared to others 29/30.
What matters is the overall flight experience and IC flights are far behind in that area.

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Forget the delay saar. How was your parents reaction to their maiden flight? Did they enjoy it?
I still vividly remember the reaction on my mother's face when I showed her how the ATM dispensed cash!
What we consider as quality of life now, need not translate the same to the previous generations. I realised that most are happy in their simple ways of existence now. But it gives me extreme happiness to show them how the world has changed and give them a first hand experience of what I consider is a luxury that I enjoy now!

On a lighter note, what did they have in Indian? Misal pav?
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How was your parents reaction to their maiden flight? Did they enjoy it?

Misal pav?
Father was more eager to board the plane,
mother was too worried about the earpain due to pressure difference,
i was eager to see the in-flight magazine and other scenery

Eager father and worried mother [ sorry for pic brightness/contrast].
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There was no misal but usal [chana subji], daal chawal , baingan bharta and a sweet which till today i could not fig out what it was?
[ who the hell had recommended this menu? ].

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@MX6/@Bhau,

Now the experience you both shared is immense.
My parents are yet to try a flight, but they are more happy with their free AC passes, my father being in railways.
Just this gone weekend, we were having a daal-bati program at home and I was telling mom of different ways to make baati and whether we can use microwave for it.
When my father told her that all my ideas are coming from internet, she still has that amused looks.
But if you observe kids nowadays, one day we will be in same shoes.

Bhau, a very well planned and brief TL. Before having the knee surgery, I had 2 things in mind 1.Leh, 2.Kutch with my Nomad.
But now with my better half I guess it has to be Estilo, sometime soon
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@Ashishbhau,
Flight delay from Jamnagar to Mumbai - Worthless
Food given aboard aircraft - Tasteless
Airlines which carried you people across - Useless
Experience your parents had - Priceless!

Remember the old email forward of the maiden trip of a father of an IIT graduate in the plane?

@Nomad,
Forget your bike. Take your better half. Which ever vehicle she loves to come in. Journey's are always longer lasting (in the mind and memory) when done with someone who loves you and who you love!
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Flight delay from Jamnagar to Mumbai - Worthless
Food given aboard aircraft - Tasteless
Airlines which carried you people across - Useless
Experience your parents had - Priceless!

Remember the old email forward of the maiden trip of a father of an IIT graduate in the plane?
I remember that email posted here in your's or vrp's travelogue,
and that worthless, tasteless, useless flight was indeed priceless.
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AP Sir : a lovely TL, full of information. I enjoyed every bit.
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Hi AP Sir,

I am planning a trip, with my wife, from Mumbai to Somnath, and from there possibly to Dwarka, this coming weekend. Your travelogue has helped me feel a lot more comfortable for this journey, thanks a ton!

I'm wondering if I may bug you for information regarding the cab service between Somnath and Dwarka please?
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