TTL: Clean Beach, Clear Water ; Diveagar

Within the group, we had all joined our respective jobs in April, and by the time it was September, we were desperate for a break. So, when the Dusshera break presented an opportunity for 4 days of holidays, a trip was immediately planned and executed.

We had planned to go from Pune to Diveagar. About 150 kms drive west through the western ghats would take us to this beach. We had heard of it to be quite a picturesque and clean one, so we were quite interested about it. I was looking forward to the drive, it had been quite a few months since I had gone for a drive. The Google Maps screenshot depicts the route we had taken.

Route from Pune to Diveagar
We booked ourselves a self drive car from Zoomcar, a snappy Honda Jazz and we were away at the crack of dawn; at about 8 am.

Me posing with the Honda Jazz

The road we took, would take us through the scenic Tamhini ghat and then further on, we shall reach Mangaon and then on to the beach.

Clouds enroute to Diveagar

Random flowers by the street

Hillscape enroute Tamhini Ghat

Long open road

En route Tamhini Ghat

Natural beauty galore. The road is patchy at places, with ditches which needed us to creep over them, but over all, the road to the beach was kinda fine.

Once near the coast, there runs a parallel road to the beach, with multiple points of entry to the beach. Find the right fork and one can take the car directly to the beach.

The beach road to Diveagar Beach

The beach was quite amazing. Wide and clean. The slope is a gradual one, making it ideal for families consisting of kids to come over and have fun too. Options of water sports were present too. The water is clear and absolute fun to splash about it.

Horse drawn Tongas on DIveagar Beach

Water Scooter at Diveagar Beach

Diveagar Beach

Small waves at Diveagar beach

The wide Diveagar Beach

Quad bikes on the Diveagar Beach

Clear Water at the Diveagar Beach

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The friends gang posing at the Diveagar Beach

In terms of crowd density, this is not a dense beach. One can find space to run about and play happily on the beach or have their own peaceful time. Be advised though, there is almost no shade on the beach and no provisions for chairs or umbrellas are present. Only a handful of shops selling water bottles and snacks could be found, so carry your food and water positively.

Once we had exhausted ourselves on the beach, running about  and splashing about in the water, we were on the ride back home. Instead of taking the route we had come by, we chose to take the alternate route, which would have us join the Mumbai- Pune expressway near Khopoli. On map, all we could see was a nice long almost straight road. What it actually turned out to be, was very close to a nightmare. The road is non existent for most of it and there are murderous ditches all along. Ditches the size of dustbins which would gobble up a wheel and some of the axle too. By the time we had reached the expressway, we were tired as hell and still had another hour and a half worth of travel left. So, take it from me, do not take the return route that we had taken, it was horrible.

We did make it safe and sound, albeit worn out and tired. Had a nice big meal at an old haunt of ours and we retired for the day.

When I look back, yes, it was tiresome; true, we could have gone to some other places too, but in the end, it was fun, and absolutely worth it.

Until next time!
Cheers!!

A Sky Full Of Stars

So, the college wifi had gone AWOL on me and am too lazy to tether the cellphone to the laptop and use it, hence the long gap.
But, my dear reader, I have come with one last treat before I sign off and start studying seriously for the upcoming exams.
These shots, are from a local hill station, Lonavala, about 60kms off Pune. And…these have been shot at night.
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Hope you like the shots. I ll be back, as and when time and internet access permits.
Cheers!!

The Road ahead…

Success and victory, are two terms, which are often used in very close combination, and often synonymous too. The path to victory, and the path to success, are riddled with rocky terrain


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and uncertain path and risks and dead ends.

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Yet, with encouraging views

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and a proper means to conquer,

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we cross the long, twisty road, and reach our destination.

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Here’s to success, here’s to victory.

The shots had been shot over the previous week on a trip with friends and family to a nearby holy shiva site, Bhimashankar. The road is breathtakingly beautiful and treacherously dangerous too. But, it was absolutely worth the risks.

Cheers!!

TTL: Pawna Dam, Lohagarh and Bhaja Caves

After a trisem of studies followed by a week of intense exam schedule, a need for a break was dearly felt. So, off we went. 4 of us, boys, in a Ford Eco Sport hired from Zoomcar.

The trip was taken via the scenic route, through the villages and wilderness. We went to Pawna Dam, climbed a hill to the Lohagarh fort, wen down the hill to the 1st century A. D Buddhist Bhaja caves, touched Lonavala and returned via the expressway. All in one day. It was hectic but strangely refreshing. It felt good, to us, it was a breath of fresh air đŸ™‚

Here are some of the glimpses.

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Our Ride!
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Kaas Flowers Enroute

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At Pawna Dam
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Just before the Lonavala-Pawna Dam-Lohagarh junction
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Local Fauna at Lohagarh
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Socializing
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Lohagarh

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Bhaja Caves
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Mumbai – Pune Expressway

Till the next trip…
Cheers!!