Sunday, June 15, 2014

Lonavala

Google Maps: Lonavala, Maharashtra, India
Trip: Bangalore > Pune > Lonavala > Mumbai > Gandhinagar > Udaipur > Ranakpur > Chittorgarh > Ajmer > Jaipur > Delhi

Last whole day we were driving from Bangalore to Pune and it had taken its toll. We wanted to relax today but fate had other plans. By the time we entered Lonavala, it was 2.

Lion Point @ Lonavala

The weekend crowd was thick near the main market and we had to navigate through a narrow side road to aviod congestion. By 3 we were on top. Lion Point is remarkable if not unique -a ridge that spreads over half a mile and offers an almost surreal view of the valley below. We were two excited children wanting to grab it all.

Valley View @ Loavala

It was cloudy, breezy and chilly. The clouds were creative in shaping the shadows on the valley floor from whatever it was allowed to filter from the sunlight. We stood at one of the cliffs and took the whole panorama in our eyes. Shivaji lake which is inside Navy Area is visible and adds immensely to the beauty.

Monsoon River @ Khandala

There is a railing that has been put to avoid people skidding to the deep valley. A lot of adventure seekers were on the other side for a clear photograph or just for fun. We followed them and were thrilled with the sharp drop that Lion Point offers.

Shivaji Lake @ Loavala Navy Area

The chill forced us to back down and settle in the car. We decided to start for Mumbai. A rough estimate was putting us @ Neha's house by 7.30. However a traffic jam outside Lonavala and heavy rains in Mumbai slowed us down.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Baijnath

Google Maps: Baijnath, Uttarakhand, India
Trip: Delhi > Nainital > Kausani > Baijnath > Delhi

We reached Baijnath at around 10 from Kausani. Breakfast on the way was complimented with a breathtaking morning view of Nanda Devi range from our table and that made our day. Baijnath was the bonus.

Fishes in the flowing river @ Baijnath Temple


Saturday, May 24, 2014

Kausani

Google Maps: Kausani, Uttarakhand, India
Trip: Delhi > Nainital > Kausani > BaijnathDelhi

Kausani is a secluded hill station in Uttarakhand famous for comprehensive view of Nanda Devi range on a clear day. Trip to Kausani was eventful. We booked an overnight bus for Nainital from Kaushambi Metro Station. Direct bus to Kausani was not available and Nainital being less than 75 miles, we thought we will find something to hop from there.

Nanda Devi range @ Kausani

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Madurai

Google Maps: Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
Trip: Bangalore > MaduraiKodaikanal > Bangalore

We started for Madurai early morning at 7 and as has been the ritual, we broke our fast at McDonalds Krishnagiri. Road from Bangalore to Krishnagiri is under construction. The slow pace was covered up by the fantastic stretch from Salem to Madurai. The 300 miles were covered in 7 hours. Heritage Madurai proved to be an excellent choice for hotel, thanks to Manish who booked in on cleartrip. The stay was royal. We unpacked and refreshed ourselves.

Highway to Madurai

Friday, April 18, 2014

Gwalior

Google Maps: Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India
Trip: Delhi > Agra >  Fatehpur Sikri > > Gwalior > Khajuraho > Delhi

Gwalior was a quicky. We were on our train to Delhi from Khajuraho when we saw the fort palace and decided to pay it a tribute. We had to look for a hotel or take Shatabdi @ 7.

View from right flank @ Gwalior Fort