During last year Diwali vacations we had been to Igatpuri and Sula Vineyards. It was a three day trip.. Friday early morning to Sunday night. Igatpuri is famous for Bhandardhara dams, Randha Falls and nearby Vipasana center. The distance between Mumbai and Igatpuri is approx. 130 kms.
We had already booked our rooms in Manas Resorts at Igatpuri as during vacations it is difficult to find a good accommodation.
On Friday morning at 8 AM, reached Dadar for a cool cab for Igatpuri (the rates for Igatpuri & Nasik are same). From Dadar trains and shared taxis (I think Rs 300/- per person) are also available but since we were more than two, thought it would be better to take an individual cab. I was told that this is the best option to go in that direction. Trains were out of question as all wanted to reach there directly and comfortably without wasting time. To our bad luck, no cool cab was available for that direction and after quite some wait we got an AC taxi for Rs. 1600.00. Normal rate is Rs 1200.00.
First Day – We took the Mumbai-Nashik Highway (NH-3). On our way, we had breakfast in this food joint. For us ladies, traveling by road has its own set of difficulties. So, I always prefer to stop at a joint where they have clean washrooms and more than the food, I judge the services by its washrooms. I must say this one didn’t disappoint me. 🙂
Reached Igatpuri at around 1 PM. Since more people were to join us by evening, it took some time to select the best rooms, take possession of all and check in. Had our lunch and we were ready for our small trekking atop a small hill.
On the base of this hill there is a village called ‘Baaichi-wadi’.
I clicked some pictures of Fauna category. The houses were very colourful and beautifully decorated.
Seeing me clicking them, everybody felt very shy, the house lady, the kids, even this girl including cows and goats. LOL. In a fraction of a moment they all ran in.
See how they are running into their houses. So camera shy they were !
Went on top of the hill, this was the scene from the top.
I like this picture very much. So many shades of natural colours. The golden hues of rice paddy looks so rich & good.
Saw the train bridge and the tracks which goes to Nasik.
Back at hotel by evening we were joined by others including our Belgian friend and her little daughter. We had a karaoke session besides the pool. I enjoyed the session very much as most of the songs were of my choice :))
At night there was a party at poolside again though personally I would have preferred a night at that shy village.
Glossary – Baaichi-wadi – Baaii’s house. Marathi readers, translation please. What is Baai ?
Note :- There are more pictures in my Fotoflickr and Webpicasa.