Day5 Route: Mapusa (GOA) - Swantwadi - Amboli - Ajra - Uttur - Tawande Ghat - Nippani- Kolhapur - Satara-Shirwal-Kapurhol-Pune-Shikrapur-Shirur-Ahmednagar-Rahuri - Shani Signapur - Shirdi & halt [700 KMs]
As usual plan was to start early in the morning from GOA but started bit late around 5:45AM. Here I must say th Navigation in my Samsung Grand came hady to check out from Candolim towards Sawantwadi.
At around 9:00AM we were crossing the beautiful Amboli ghat section. The view & sceneries in this section was mesmerizing. Had to stop near a waterfall which was a treat to watch. There were few road side eateries which had ht pakodas & Maggie.
Ahh.. sipping hot tea with Maggie beside the waterfall, surely not to forget for years.
Crossing one of the tunnels (Khambatki) enroute to Pune
Reached Shani Signapur via Pune & Ahmednagar at around 6:00PM. Fortunate enough to visit the temple during the famous Aarti time.. was a wonderful experience!
After the Pooja & Aarti, we started for Shirdi ataround 7:00PM. Another 70 Kms to go to reach Shirdi. Imust admit here the road thoroughout was in pathetic condition which took almost 2:30 hrs to reach Shirdi. Note* after dark travel to be avoided! Stayed in a hotel (Sai Miracle Inn) which was Decent. Day6:
Had a good night sleep & nextday at around 9:00PM we proceeded towards the temple. We straight away went to the Gate No. 1 to avail the senior citizen fascility. We took the ticket & straight headed for the darshan. I must admit here, due to the senior citizen fascilty we had a wonderful darshan. I was not able to click pictures in Shirdi as it was strictly not allowed... Stayed there for 1 hour & headed towards our next destination - Trimbakeshwar Trambakeshwar
is an ancient Hindu temple in the town of Trimbak, in the Nashik District of Maharashtra, India, 28 km from the city of Nashik. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas.
It is located at the source of the Godavari River, the longest river in peninsular India. The Godavari River, which is considered sacred within Hinduism, originates from Bramhagiri mountains and meets the sea near Rajahmudry. Kusavarta, a kund is considered the symbolic origin of the river Godavari, and revered by Hindus as a sacred bathing place
It was raining & place was so crowded & no so clean. But yes, we did went inside the temple & it took us 2 hours for the Shiv darshan & pooja. Again the temple is situated beatifully amidst the mistic hills in the back side... Mumbai
: Its time to relax in Mumbai, reached there a around 7:00PM & retired in my Bros place at Kandivelli East. This was my first visit to this city which is said the commercial capital of India & the city which never slips!!
Day7, Day8 & Day9 all in Mumbai. Visited the famous Gateway of India, Siddivinayaka temple & the MahaLakhsmi temple. Also travelled around the city & saw some iconic places.
Few Pics of Mumbai.. Day10
: Mumbai to Bangalore (1050 Kms done in 14 hours)
Time to go home after the wonderful 9 days in road traveling across Western Ghats, visiting lots of places in & around. This trip was special to me as I was able to convince my parents & take them along through the places. They both were overjoyed & quoted "God bless son, you are acting like Sravan Kumar who took his old parents for tirth yatra..
Thanks to Mr. HV Kumar of India Highways who helped me to fix my itinerary. And my wife for taking care of me, my daughter & my parents & nursing us with home made tasty snacks..She also wonderfully guided me throughout the trip with the GPS & maneuvering the traffics.. & lastly thank GOD., that we reached home safely!!
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