Pune to Lonavala and Back – Long Drive Chronicles!

Pune to Lonavala and Back – Long Drive Chronicles!

Tropical climate in India leaves little scope for us to experience a pleasant summer ever! Perhaps this year, India witnessed the most tormenting summer in many years. I was never a lover of Monsoon, yet the scorch this year was so severe that I couldn’t help but curse global warming for deferring rains.

As a child, the idea of romanticizing gloomy monsoon days never occurred to me. I saw my father revel at the thought of heavy showers. Like him, I knew many others who rejoiced if weekends were welcomed with a torrential downpour. Meanwhile, rains always made me grumpy. It meant getting stuck at home and then hoping that the connection to the cable network is not lost. I was no good at daydreaming on rainy days either.

Even as I grew up, rains seldom managed to impress me.  Lunch, however, was the only thing I would look forward to on a rainy day. I remember Mother serving us hot khichdi loaded with peas, potato, and cauliflower, with fried Hilsa or omelet on the side. I could never establish why bongs insisted on repeating this menu every time it rained on weekends, nonetheless, I have grown up obsessing over the same. My bong genes are at fault!

Anyways, unlike my days in Kolkata, rains no longer repulse me. Having said that, I have not started romanticizing it either. Nonetheless, monsoon definitely brings relief from the tormenting summer scorch and makes my weekends perfect for long drives. This fondness is, however, an influence of my husband’s love for long rides.

I was not alien to bae’s travel goals, but being in a long distance relationship gave us fewer opportunities of planning trips together. After spending the first few months of our marriage setting up our home in Pune, it was time to explore the Western Ghats at the onset of Monsoon in 2015. On our first long drive together from Pune to Lonavala, I discovered how beautiful the Western Ghats were. We covered several destinations together in the following months, but this has remained a special one. This year as Pune finally welcomes Monsoon, I have decided blogging about every place I visit and share my long drive experiences.

Also, you can watch our travel vlogs on Youtube at still22videos 

And what better way to begin the series, than reminiscing our very first drive to Lonavala?

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Our Weekend Trip to Kashid-Vihour

Our Weekend Trip to Kashid-Vihour

Whether you are a homemaker lodged within confines of your home as daily chores drive you crazy, or a professional, struggling against odds to tame your career, there comes a point when your heart aches for a little recess. A few days to bail out before resuming mundane errands. Even if you have an extravagant tour marked on the calendar, stealing a day or two for a humble weekend getaway could be a welcome change.

Visiting beach destinations, for instance, is ideal if you live in Bengal, considering the several options you could have in the kitty. Meanwhile, in Maharashtra, it is about exploring the Western Ghats. A few days back our friends proposed visiting Kashid for an extended weekend. Much to my relief, husband seemed perfectly fine with the idea. Planning took no more than a few days because the dates of traveling were already fixed. The only thing left was to zero down a perfect stay, which would allow our friends’ Labrador to stay without any fuss. Our paw babies need occasional getaways as well, don’t they?

While exploring pocket-friendly options for the stay, considering Scooby, the Labrador pup was to come along, we stumbled upon this decent-looking villa a few kilometers (13 km to be exact) away from Kashid in a place called Vihour, which would be our home for the next few days. Closer to Murud-Jinjira, Vihour seemed straight out of our reverie at the very first sight.

With virgin beaches, it is a small village, home to a handful of families. In fact, our Villa, called Mati Guest House, was possibly up for renovation, for we could easily say that we were the first guests after a long time. We could smell the fresh paint on walls and rooms were yet to be furnished hotel-like. Hence the rent for a weekend proved quite pocket-friendly.

As we drove closer to Vihour our mobile signals were lost. On reaching we discovered only one of our cell phones caught network and that too from a specific corner of the house. It might seem primitive to many, for us it was the perfect excuse to revel amidst nature for the next two days sans worldly worries.

So we were in a destination sans network, nor did our rooms have a television (unexpected) – A perfect ploy by nature to have nothing else to focus on but immerse in its beauty. The secluded villa was graciously perched amidst nature, looking onto the mighty Arabian Sea. I don’t remember for how long I kept gazing at the Arabian Sea from our balcony. Watching the sunset and then trying to draw pictures running imaginary lines across stars as the night grew beautiful.

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You could watch the vlog post on our Vihour trip @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pX6bwdLH9XE&feature=youtu.be

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