Ganpatipule in pictures

Blessed with the bounty of greenery, hills, and beaches, Ganpatipule attracts nature lovers, peace seekers and pilgrims alike. Roads running parallel to the sea, clean beaches, Malvan style sea-food, helping nature of people are the key attractions. In addition, there are many secluded beaches in the radius of 5 km which people hardly visit. Aare-ware beach in…

From Guhaghar, with love

My sleep was interrupted by the announcement made from the bus stand opposite to my lodge. It was 6.30 a.m. and the first bus of the day was ready to make its way through the winding roads. I stood on the balcony to see Guhaghar at this time of the day where silence was drifting…

Pie in the sky: Patnitop

Somewhere between the excel sheets and the futile meetings, my thoughts had already resigned from the monotony of the captivity. My heart was yearning for yet another journey. A journey that could once again make my disintegrating body meet the infinite ocean of immortal soul. Read: A solo trip that changed me forever! A trip to…

The reward of endurance: Takmak Fort

Not to be confused with the Takmak Fort, Raigad; this place has its own charm. The hill fort is located at 2000ft. above the sea level and offers the stupendous view of hills and Tansa and Vaitarna rivers (Tansa River is the main source of water for Mumbaikars). Located very close to Mumbai, it is a…

Banaras through my eyes

One month prior to my visit, when I told one of my friends about my plans to visit Varanasi, he had a hearty laugh. “But why Banaras?”, he asked. ( Banaras is a former name of Varanasi.) “Are you a foreigner to visit this temple city or do you want to become a Baba(a saint)? There…

Kalga: A hamlet from a fairytale

A sleeping hamlet lost in its own world with very few tourists, this place is a land of flowers! The apple orchards, white and purple colored flowers were in abundance that lit the whole village just like the string of tiny bulbs lights up a place during festivals. In contrary to the fewer tourists, I…

Tosh in monsoon

Sweating, panting and thirsty, with drizzling rain, we began our climb to a beautiful village; Tosh and suddenly the cloud disappears, the sun shines bright with a view of the village far away and everyone halts. “Look, look, a rainbow !” And the little child in me aroused making me realize, once again, how wonderful…

Mythological importance of Kheerganga

Kheerganga is a land of Shiva. But most importantly, it is the place where lord Karthikey went in deep meditation and gave up all the worldly things. Also read: Kheerganga: Trek to the mystical land Here’s the story- According to the localites, it was the time when lord Shiva asked their son Karthikey and Ganesh to travel…

Kheerganga: Trek to the mystical land

Lush green forest, tall pine and deodar trees, waterfalls, snowcapped peaks, and view so beautiful that it melted my heart. The tall dreadful mountains crushed my ego, making me realize how small I am in front of His creation and here I was, speechless and left only with love. Mountain does teach one to be…

A hunt for the fireflies- Night trek to Rajmachi

After the wretched conditions of summer, monsoon was nearby. Sun had started playing hide and seek and it had already drizzled in Mumbai. So we could wait no more and hence planned night trek to Rajmachi in the first weekend of June. The adventure began in Mumbai itself where we missed our train and later…