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Wednesday, June 14, 2006


My first travelogue

If I have to express my travel experiences in a few words, I would say "I am a badly traveled person". To substantiate it, I have never traveled any where except when required, the only places are Mumbai(where I have spent substantial part of life), Pune(currently working), Nashik(visiting aunt) and my home town of Azamgarh. Even in the cities that I had been staying, I found myself not visiting most of the places worth a visit. So I had not known how Essel world looks like till a year ago or say Water kingdom, Madh, Matheran.... There are so many places that I have not visited for some reason or other.

So when a travel site asks me to write about one of my most memorable visits, I am in trouble what should I write about? Some friends suggested to read about a place and write the same, after all who's gonna check, but I decide other wise. So I dig into my memories to find out an visit worth a mention and remember the following trip to Nashik which was incidentally my first one.

It was around 6 years back when I first went to Nashik with my aunt, we took a local train to Kasara and a cab thereafter. The best part of the traveling to Nashik is passing through Kasara Ghat, especially in rainy season, so you have the road cut out through these huge mountains and surrounded by dangerously deep valley and gorges. Moving on this dangerously beautiful road was a thrill until the car broke down, the driver informed "30 mins to move". I grabbed the chance to explore the Ghat. The scene out side was amazing, there was a kind of foggy drizzle I had never experienced before, the whole Ghat was covered with foggy clouds and a number of small waterfalls coming down from the hills made the scene more delightful. The valley below was alive with greenery although it was the first rains of the season.

I have always wondered how it takes only a day of rain for the hills steeped in dark brown to turn green, within a couple of days as the rains approach one can see the hilltop covered with greenery and life. What with the greenery and blooming flowers attracting different birds and animals alike, including yours truly.

Since then onwards I always looked ahead to my Nashik visits every time the rainy season arrived, until I shifted to Pune. The scenery around the road to pune, especially in the Lonavala ghat area is equally beautiful if not more than Kasara and aiding to it is the beautifully built, comfortable and speedy expressway. The ghat area stretches longer than the 12-14 kilometres than that of Kasara and has got some of the most beautiful stretch of mountains I have ever seen.

By now I have lost count of the number of times I have passed through these ghats and know nearly all the places well, including the number of tunnels and the shape of each mountain or hill, each curve on the road, but the journey is still full of excitement and thrill. But some how now I prefer taking the NH4 or what is called as the old Mumbai-Pune highway, when in the mood of leisure. The road is much slower and narrower than the expressway and is lot more dangerous too, the curves and climbings are very steep than the ones you face on the expressway but neverthless add to the excitement of the journey.

9 Comments:

  • This is no doubt your most innocent attempts at writing :) Its a very sweet experience u've narrated :) Ther seems to be a gud blend of honesty & masala :) I liked it re!!

    ~Pri..

    By Blogger Pri, at 7:01 am  

  • Hey all my attempts are innocent re, I don't make up things :)) even if no masala gets added.

    By Blogger As If, at 7:09 am  

  • I know!!! :)

    By Blogger Pri, at 7:15 am  

  • hmmn..The start was very good but the end was a bit rushed but this is just IMHO. You could have made it better.

    One of my fantasy jobs has always been to be a travel show presenter or to travel around the world and get paid for it :-)
    Hopefully, I will travel a lot across India once I leave the current job :-)

    Was this write-up for the OkTataBye campaign? If yes, I also need to write something pretty soon :-)

    Cheers,
    HP

    By Blogger HP, at 9:15 am  

  • @HP, I may agree with you if you feel like that. I had to finish it quickly and keep it as short as possible.

    Yes it was for the OkTataBye campaign, but since they have asked this to be written in 100-150 words, I have sent only the third para as an excerpt. don't have any idea of I stand any chance though.

    By Blogger As If, at 11:38 am  

  • Time for a new post Dude...

    By Blogger HP, at 2:02 pm  

  • Have two posts in draft mode for nearly a fortnight, hopefully would be completing them soon.

    By Blogger As If, at 11:02 am  

  • suddenly after a bout of senseless posts ever1 seems to be comin up meaningful posts regaring past and current experiences.
    Good to know that i have a companion wen it comes to ppl who have lived in Mumbai but have rarely stepped out of its boundaries.I still havent been to Madh island. But i got a headstart on u for esselworld though.
    Still made up for a nice read. Keep posting

    By Blogger Snehal, at 11:52 am  

  • Hey thanx sneh, although I was thinking for quite sometime of posting about my travel experience the stim for this post came from the tatabyebye people who seem to have said the same to me after this post.

    By Blogger As If, at 7:44 am  

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