Solo trip to Maharashtra…

Hold your breath homo sapiens!!!, my best travel experience is coming your way. Yes, the best in each and every way. The good thing about me is that I like and enjoy others company, when people are around or with me. But, the best thing about me is that I love my own company, literally more than anything else. Now please don’t tell me that there’s absolutely no difference between LIKE and LOVE. Yes, you guessed it right!!!. This post is about my first solo trip of many more to come.

All my posts start with ‘DESTINATION’ but, trust me I love the “JOURNEY” more than the “DESTINATION”…

It was already more than 80 days since my last trip which was a bike trip. I sincerely can’t stay more days without traveling. So, it was time to do something big, something better, something which I had never done before in my entire life. Hence, I planned a solo trip. Fortunately I had leaves remaining with me which I applied exactly 40 days before I took them. It was the time of Deepavali (The festivals of Light) and probably the biggest festival in the entire world. With all the weekends included, I had 17 days for the trip. I work at Bosch India (RBEI) and stay in Bengaluru, my native is Belagavi. I traveled to my home town on 23rd October, spent the festival until 28th October with my family. Planning for the trip was already on track, but I still feel it was a bit late. That’s why I choose Maharashtra as my destination which is close to my home town. Among all the places in Maharashtra, Mumbai is my all time favorite. I had already been there before and that to twice, but still wanted to and it was the first in my list. The cities which were in my list are Mumbai, Nashik, Aurangabad and Pune.

I was so overwhelmed, over-excited about the trip that I had just planned but not booked neither any places of stay nor the travel. I did finally on the last day before the journey began. I first booked the stay only at Mumbai which I did through AirBnb. I did not have search for long time, I got a good, an affordable place at a society inside Aarey Colony, Goregaon (East). Then accordingly to the drop place, I booked a KSRTC bus to Mumbai. KSRTC buses are the best, they are a class apart. Though I had plans to do street shopping in Mumbai, I took some extra luggage with me, few were unnecessary. Okay Okay!!! I’ll learn…

Let’s start…

  • Day 1 (10302019) : Reached Mumbai which is also known as the “City of Dreams”, India’s biggest metropolitan city, India’s most populated city, India’s most urbanized city, the city which literally makes you realise the importance of “TIME’, and the list goes on and on…

    The owner of my stay which I booked was very co-operative in guiding me not only this day, but throughout my stay in the city. I reached the Aarey Colony around 0930 hours on 30th October. Didn’t waste a single minute, took less time to get freshen up and then left the room.

    Whenever I’m alone traveling, I always try to use public transport than book an auto or a cab. And you know in Mumbai is world famous for ‘Local train’ network, it is termed as the “LIFELINE” of Mumbaikars (Residents of Mumbai in Marathi, the local language of Maharashtra). Local trains are the best mode of travel in the city, they are frequent, very much affordable and that is the main reason why they are heavily crowded.
    I caught a train from Goregaon station to the Bandra station. Famous places to visit in and around Bandra are Bandra Fort, Bandstand mainly for the view of Bandra-Worli sealink, Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan’s residence and so on…
    I took a BEST bus from Bandra station to the Bandra fort. It was almost afternoon when I reached the fort, bandstand is just besides it and on the way falls Shah Rukh Khan’s residence. The bandstand is a hot spot for most of the love birds, but more famous for the view of Bandra – Worli sea-link.
    I was there around 1600 hours. Thing is I love walking too. Then I booked a cab from bandstand to the most famous beach of Mumbai, The Juhu beach. I enjoyed the sunset having the delicious Pav Bhaji. Later that day, I traveled to Andheri in a metro, roamed around Versova then Ville Parle. I was never felt tired or exhausted. While wandering around, I bought a note pad to note down my journey and this was the first time I thought of blogging about my travels.
    I took back the local train and reached Aarey Colony around 2230 hours and had a good night sleep.

    Summary of Day 1 : Total Steps walked ~ 17,164…
    Total Distance walked ~ 11.61 km…

    Few shots from my Day 1 (Shot on Motorola OnePower… )
  • Day 2 (10312019) : After a good night’s sleep, I woke up rather early at around 0630 hours. Was ready within an hour and left the room. Had already decided to visit Sanjay Gandhi National Park the day prior. It was just around 10 km from my stay. The park is huge and well maintained. The facilities are very good. There are entry fares which seems logical. I literally wandered around the park for almost 2 hours. One of the attraction of the park is the Lion & Tiger safari, which is charged around INR 80. Nothing much to witness as the animals are caged, wouldn’t recommend it. The other attraction which is more famous is the Kanheri Caves which are 109 of them. Hundred and nine of them is not a joke. These are Buddhist caves. There is a special bus service from the entrance of the park to the caves. I made a friend while I was at the bus stop waiting for the bus, he was from Rajasthan.

    They contain Buddhist sculptures and relief carvings, paintings and inscriptions, dating from the 1st century CE to the 10th century CE. Kanheri comes from the Sanskrit Krishnagiri, which means black mountain. The site is on a hillside, and is accessible via rock-cut steps. The cave complex comprises one hundred and nine caves. The oldest are relatively plain and unadorned, in contrast to later caves on the site, and the highly embellished Elephanta Caves of Mumbai. Each cave has a stone plinth that functioned as a bed. A congregation hall with huge stone pillars contains a stupa (a Buddhist shrine). Rock-cut channels above the caves fed rainwater into cisterns, which provided the complex with water. Once the caves were converted to permanent monasteries, their walls were carved with intricate reliefs of Buddha and the Bodhisattvas. Kanheri had become an important Buddhist settlement on the Konkan coast by the 3rd century CE. Most of the caves were Buddhist viharas, meant for living, studying, and meditating. The larger caves, which functioned as chaityas, or halls for congregational worship, are lined with intricately carved Buddhist sculptures, reliefs, pillars and rock-cut stupas. (Source – Wikipedia). For more information visit the Wikipedia page. I was bewildered as how could they build over such a large area without modern technology or maybe are technology is primitive against theirs.

    The caves are spread out on a very large inside the forests. We couldn’t discover all 109 of them but we did more than 80 caves, which is quite an achievement for me. He was a good company, asked me to click his pics and in turn he clicked mine. So, a good deal.
    The park closes at 1800 hours. We parted apart, I then left towards my stay. Now, I was tired and a bit exhausted. On the way I was fortunate to visit an Irani cafe and taste the Irani tea. I regained some energy, took some more time and had a visit the Oberoi Mall and later towards my stay. I reached my stay around 2000 hours. Day 2 ends here.

    Summary of Day 2 : Total steps walked ~ 14,781…
    Total distance walked ~ 9.46 km…
    Few shots from my Day 2 (Shot on Motorola OnePower… )
  • Day 3 (11012019) : Had more than enough rest the previous night since I returned to my room early. I like Red, Blue and White among the colors, but I love Black. This day, I was completely dressed in Black from head to toe. You can imagine how much I love Black, because I wore it even in hot and humid Mumbai’s weather. I left the room early, again took a local train and this time to Churchgate. Had planned to visit Elephanta Caves. The caves are on an island which is named Elephanta around 10 – 15 km from the Gateway of India. You get a ferry ride costing INR 300 for one way at the Gateway itself.

    First I took a walk from Churchgate to the Gateway, a few kilometer’s that’s it. The Gateway is now very well protected after the unfortunate incidence of 26/11. There are security personnel with machine guns loaded. Infront of the Gateway lies The Taj and The Oberoi. The Taj is not less than a palace. If you are a car lover, you will definitely like this place as some of the most exotic cars will be plying towards and away from these hotels. After spending an hour clicking pics and making memories near the Gateway, I took the ferry ride to the Elephanta Caves. The ride takes around 70 – 80 minutes from the Gateway to reach the island. The ride was fun, I had few US nationals to spend time with. I don’t remember their names but spent quality time throughout the journey. After reaching the island, the caves are located more than a km away and atop the hills. It was a bit tiring now. On the way upwards you will find shops, small restaurants on both your sides. If you want to buy anything, you should have the skills of bargaining. I just bought a hat at an affordable price. It took me 30 minutes to climb and reach the caves.

    There are 5 caves, the first one got me like Wohhhhh!!! you got to be kidding me. Elephanta caves are one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These are mostly dedicated to Hindu God Shiva. I was literally awestruck witnessing the Trimurti sculpture which is 6 meters high. There were even the sculptures of Nataraja (Lord of dance) and Yogishvara (Lord of Yoga), but the Trimurti (Three faced Shiva) sculpture stood above all. It is even the official logo of Maharahtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC). The caves 1 and 2 are huge and have many sculptures carved, caves 3 and 4 are relatively small and most the part have been damaged, you know who are the culprits…

    I heard from one of the guides that the Portuguese had made this island as one of their base. They called it Elephanta because they found many elephant idols. As a reason you can even the see one of the biggest cannon placed atop the hill. That’s it from the caves, on the way back where the boat ride begins I had my lunch. One of my favorite Misal Pav.
    Another 70 minutes of ride towards the Gateway, it was almost 1600 hours. As we reach towards the shore, Ohh Noooo!!! it started raining. Trust me. Mumbai rains are heavy. My spirit was higher and heavier than the rain, it couldn’t stop me from exploring the city.
    I then took a route to the my most favorite place in Mumbai, The Marine Drive. I walked through the Flora Fountain, to the Marine Drive. Marine Drive is known as the Queens Necklace. I enjoyed the sunset and the rain got heavier and heavier, it was a thunderstorm. I had to find shelter no matter what. After waiting under a shelter nearby for more than 45 minutes, the rain started to fade away. Thank God, my plans for the day are still alive. It was sunset and the Marine Drive was literally lit as f**k!!!… Queens necklace as they say…
    I took a walk over the entire Marine Drive to the Girgaon Chaupati/Chowpatty. I had the famous Bhel Puri and some other snacks as my dinner that night. It was 2100 hours by then. Ahh!!! I was late, left to room. Guess what, local train again. Reached my room and literally slept… Alas!!! Day 3 ends here…

    Summary of Day 3 : Total steps walked ~ 25,986
    Total distance walked ~ 17.68 km

    Few shots from my Day 3 (Shot on Motorola OnePower… )

  • Day 4 (11022019) : The last day to explore Mumbai, it was also a shopping day for me. I first took the local and came to Churchgate. After spending few minutes, I then booked a cab to Colaba. Colaba is famous for its docks, fashion street and many more…

    I was late visiting the famous dock, The Sassoon Docks. It is one of the oldest and the largest fish market in Mumbai. Since anyhow I was late, I didn’t had much options rather than head back. I immediately booked a cab to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST).

    Formerly named as The Victoria Terminus, it is a historic train station and also an UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of the biggest having 18 platforms. It has many memories associated with it, the most unfortunate being the 26/11 terrorist attacks. From there I just roamed around the nearby places, On my way fell the Central Library, the BMC Building, Bombay High Court, Kala Ghoda, the world famous Shivaji Park (The place where many great Indian cricketers were trained including the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Sunil Gavaskar, Ajit Wadekar, Vijay Manjrekar, Eknath Solkar, Dilip Vengsarkar etc…) and also many more old buildings which were built during the British settlements in India. Such buildings are the ones which make the streets of Mumbai, worth roaming around.
    Mumbai is also known as the “Manchester of India“, mainly because of its cotton production and industries. In Mumbai, cotton clothes are cheap and good. I bought loads of them. The evening view of CST is beautiful as you will see later as I post them. During my entire journey walking through the streets of Mumbai, I rarely went to exotic or lavish hotels. I mainly had street food for one more reason which the Mumbai is famous for. The only rest I gave to my legs was only when I was eating something. I immediately left to Lower Parel, which is known for its skyscrapers and also the night life. It was night time, I visited one of the biggest mall of Mumbai, High Street Phoenix spend some time and returned to Goregaon through the local train. My legs were hurting by then, they were crying, begging me to stop. I finally heard them. So, Day 4 ends here…

    Summary of Day 4 : Total steps walked ~ 28,346…
    Total distance walked ~ 18.22 km…

    Few shots from my Day 4 (Shot on Motorola OnePower… )
  • Day 5 (11032019) : My last day in Mumbai, I decided to rest, rest and only rest. I had to leave for Nashik that night. I booked my stay again through AirBnb and also the bus which was about to leave by 2100 hours. My checkout time was 1100 hours, but the owner was co-operative as said earlier, he allowed me to stay till 1900 hours. That day I woke up late, just walked for some time around the Aarey Colony, had lunch and came back to my room. I again took a small nap, check out the room at 1900 hours. I reached the bus stop at 2000 hours, at the last moment I get a message saying the bus is delayed by at least 2 hours from the mentioned pick up time which was at 2100 hours. Boredom struck, fortunately my mobile was fully charged. I just waited, waited and waited for the bus to arrive. Finally it did at the stroke of midnight. Nashik is just 6 hours journey from Mumbai.
    Goodbye Mumbai!!!, until next time…

  • Day 6 (11042019) : Reached Nashik at 0600 hours. My room was just 5 km away from where I got down at Nashik. Nashik is an ancient holy city, it has links to the “Ramayana“, an epic poem. I reached my room by 0730 hours and slept till 1030 hours. I had booked this room for just one night, the next night I had planned to leave for Aurangabad.

    It was my first time here in Nashik, the room owner guided me very well about the transport to all the holy places. My first place to visit was Trimbakeshwar, an ancient Shiva temple located in the town of Trimbak which is around 30 km from Nashik city. It is also one of 12 Jyotirlingas in the country. The Godavari river has its origin near Trimbak.
    We, The Hindus believe Monday as the day of God Shiva and fortunately or unfortunately this day was Monday. So, I made my mind ready for the huge rush of devotees which would be gathering here. Yes and that was the case, I was in queue for 2 hours. Beautiful temple as I would say. I sought the blessings and came out. Near the temple lies the Brahmagiri hill, famous for trekking. Since it was already 1600 hours I had to drop the plan.
    Immediately I left to the city to visit other holy shrines. Prominent of them are the Panchavati, Ram kund (where Lord Rama was thought to have bathed), Shri KalaRam Mandir, and Sita Gufa (Sita caves, where Rama and Sita are said to have worshipped), the Godavari Ghat. It took me again 2 – 3 hours to explore these holy places. I then roamed around the city haplessly for another 2 hours and later left for the room.

    After my dinner, I had a good conversation with the owner. Here, I would like to thank my friend Sidhhi who is from Nashik. She helped me explore Nashik and also me that I visit Sula vineyards the next day. She also made me try the Nashik special Misal Pav. Thank you Sidhhi…
    Day 6 ends here…

    Summary of Day 6 : Total steps walked ~ 19,829…
    Total distance walked ~ 13.81 km…

    Few shots from my Day 6 (Shot on Motorola OnePower… )

  • Day 7 (11052019) : I checked out from my room with all the luggage. I took a local bus which stops at Gangapur, the village in which Sula vineyards is located. Sula winery was 4km away from the Gangapur stop. The local auto rickshaw driver said he’ll charge INR 200 for the ride. I rejected, and on the way I saw a villager heading towards winery. I paid him INR 50 and he dropped me at the entrance. Instant savings haha!!!…

    The entrance fees is INR 400 which can be reimbursed in any of the restaurant located inside except for drinks, applicable only on foods. It was the first time I was visiting any of the vineyards. Sula is the biggest in India. Sula wines are the largest selling wines in the country, because of the climatic conditions which is very much suitable for wines Nashik is also called as the “Napa Valley” of India. I paid INR 400 more for the factory visit and tasting of the wines, a total of different wines will be given to taste. It is very well maintained area. Had my factory visit, tasted the wines and headed for lunch. Since it was an off season, I couldn’t experience the production of any wine. The wines were already produced and preserved in large oak barrels.
    I had my lunch and moved out. It was still 1600 hours, it means I had ample amount of time until night where I have to catch a bus to Aurangabad. Oh!!! blessing in disguise. I planned my trip to Shirdi before I go to Aurangabad. I booked an auto to the Nashik bus stop, the auto driver was helpful. Instead of keeping me waiting for the goverment bus, he took me towards the private bus stop. I paid for the bus ticket, the bus arrived in half an hour and I was off to Shirdi. Shirdi is just around 3 hours of journey from Nashik. I had a good nap in the bus, and by the time I reached Shirdi, it was already 2130 hours.

    The only reason for me to visit Shirdi was Shri Sai Baba Temple, it closes at 2215 hours. Until I kept my luggage, mobile and footwear at their respective counters it was already closing time. I reached one of the entrance gates at 2217 hours. Firstly the security denied letting me in, but in no time he agreed. I was lucky not to miss. I was present inside the temple for the final prayer of the day which happens between 2230 and 2245 hours. After that I left the temple, collecting all my belongings and headed to the nearby restaurant for my dinner. The bus stand was nearby to the restaurant, I immediately left to the bus stand after my dinner, remember I had to catch the bus to Aurangbad.
    Not everything goes your way!!!, I missed the last bus for the day by just few minutes. The next bus was at 0500 hours the next morning. I had money, I had luggage to carry. My mind said let’s book a hotel for tonight, wake up early and leave. But, my heart said sleep at the bus stand, you’ll gain a new experience. And as most of the times, I listened to my heart. I slept at the bus stand risking my luggage. I had to spend five and a half hours and it was chilling. The winter in India had already arrived. Fortunately I was carrying a blanket with me which was of great help. And somehow I spent around 6 hours, not much slept. I’ll never forget this experience in my entire life. The bus was on time at 0500 hours and I was off to Aurangabad. Day 7 ends here…

    Summary of Day 7 : Total steps walked ~ 11,998…
    Total distance walked ~ 10.2 km…

    Few shots from my Day 7 (Shot on Motorola OnePower… )

  • Day 8 (11062019) : Left for Aurangabad at 0500 hours, I did not had proper sleep the previous night. I slept in the bus while on the journey which was for 3 – 4 hours. I had already booked the stay through AirBnb. I called the owner and she easily guided me to reach the room. The entire family was very co-operative. They cooked me breakfast while I was getting ready. It was 1000 hours and I didn’t wanted to waste much time. I left to explore Aurangabad. The first place in my list was the Ellora Caves.

    There is a direct bus to the caves from the Aurangabad bus stand which is around 30 kms from the city. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are over 100 caves at the site. It is one of the largest rock-cut monastery-temple cave complexes in the world, featuring Jain, Buddhist and Hindu, monuments, and artwork, dating from the 600–1000 CE period. Cave 16, in particular, features the largest single monolithic rock excavation in the world, the Kailasha temple, a chariot shaped monument dedicated to Lord Shiva. Out of the 100 caves, only 34 are open to the public. These consist of 12 Buddhist (caves 1–12), 17 Hindu (caves 13–29) and 5 Jain (caves 30–34) caves. (Source – Wikipedia)…

    I couldn’t believe my eyes. How can someone carve something such huge from a monolithic stone. The Kailasanatha Temple is 30 meters in height. I had literally stopped believing in humans, it could definitely be some aliens. If it was really humans, then I can surely state that we will never be able to match intelligence, patience and by far even their technology. Right after India got independence in 1947, we always have been falsely informed about how great Mughals, Nizams, Portuguese, British were. Not great but they are the real culprits, they have destroyed so many temples, burned so many books. Indian textbooks never speaks great about the Indian kingdoms. I always feel, if you want to know more about such places, please visit them rather than reading somewhere. And especially not the textbooks. Each carving, each and every sculpture have an unique story in itself. I fail to describe any further.

    After Ellora caves, I left towards the Devagiri (Daulatabad) fort which is few kilometers away. Devagiri was the capital of the Yadava dynasty and also the Delhi Sultanate, later named as Daulatabad by Muhammad Bin Tughluq. It is one of the best constructed and one of the strongest fort ever built. It takes more than an hour to climg up the fort. The fort as well as the view from the top is majestic. After exploring the fort for more than 2 hours, I decided to leave.

    Next stop was Bibi Ka Maqbara (Tomb of the Lady), is located inside the city of Aurangabad was commisioned by Aurangzeb. It has a stiking resemblance to the great Taj Mahal which is situated in Agra. But you know there’s always a difference between expectation and reality :P… Jokes apart!!!…
    By the time I finish this, I started to feel ill, to feel weak. It has a hectic and gruesome week for my legs. I decided to head back to the room and sleep. I reached my room by 1900 hours and slept till 2100 hours. At 2100, I went to have my dinner.
    Day 8 ends here…

    Summary of Day 8 : Total steps walked ~ 23,477…
    Total distance walked ~ 15.67 km…

    Few shots from my Day 8 (Shot on Motorola OnePower… )

  • Day 9 (11072019) : The room where I had booked my stay belonged to The Regional Manager of Maharashtra tourism Development Corporation (MTDC), Mr. Chandrashekhar Jaiswal. He wasn’t there during the time I stayed. His wife Mrs. Rachana Jaiswal, on the previous day informed me that all the buses towards the Ajanta Caves has been suspended due to poor conditions of the road. This was because the region received more than expected and heavy rains during the Monsoon which literally damaged the roads. I was heartbroken. Ajanta Caves is around 120 kms away from the Aurangabad city. She said the only way I could visit is by car. She and her husband were very co-operative in this matter. She spoke to Mr. Jaiswal and he arranged me a cab to Ajanta Caves, which would be at the door by 0900 hours. And as said it did. If not them, I would have to come back some other day from Bengaluru just to visit Ajanta Caves. I’ll always be grateful for their help, assistance and guidance.

    We were off to the caves. Mr. Jaiswal also asked me to inform the driver to take me to the Ajanta view point which falls on the way to the caves. He did. And the view point didn’t disappoint a bit. A magnificent view of the entire Ajanta caves, built in the shape of Horse shoe. It took us almost close to 3 hours from the start of journey to reach the caves. He left me at the parking and went for lunch. The caves is 4 km away from the parking area, there are special shuttle buses meant to carry people to and from the parking until the cave entrance. I boarded the bus and got down at the entrance. I never realised that I had left my mobile phone inside the bus. I took the ticket, went inside and when I try to click pics, I realise that my mobile phone is missing. No!!! a mini heart attack…

    I again boarded the shuttle and came back to the parking area, all the way I thought I had left my phone inside the cab and not in the bus. We searched in the cab, it wasn’t there. I had started to believe that I will lose my phone. The driver called through his cell phone, it’s ringing, ufff!!!…. A lady picks up the call, she says she found it and she is coming towards the parking to return the phone back. God bless her…
    She came and started demanding INR 1000 in return of the phone, we settled the matter for INR 400. But, at least I got my phone back. I again took the shuttle and went towards the cave. Simply wasted more than 80 minutes of time.

    The Ajanta Caves are 30 (approximately) rock-cut Buddhist cave monuments which date from the 2nd century BCE to about 480 CE. It is also an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    The architectural style is similar to that of Ellora caves, Elephanta caves etc…
    The paintings inside the caves and on the walls is well preserved, no one is allowed to touch the paintings. Can’t believe the paint still exists, maybe partly even after more than a thousand years. It took me around 2 hours to explore the caves. I would like to appreciate MTDC and Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), for maintaining the site. No doubt our ancestors were superhumans. Not just in power but, more in intelligence and more technologically advanced.

    MTDC also has a restaurant at the entrance of the caves, I had my lunch and left towards the city. There are many small shops which sell some artifacts. I bought few of them, slightly costlier I would say but they are worth keeping. It’s a full stop for Aurangabad. My next place was Pune. I had already booked the bus which was about to leave Aurangabad at 2200 hours. The cab driver left me to the bus stop, where the bus to Pune would arrive. I was well before time so, I decided that I have my dinner. Bus was on time and I boarded, did nothing other than sleeping in the bus. Day 9 ends here…

    Summary of Day 9 : Total steps walked ~ 5,600…
    Total distance walked ~ 5.2 km…
    Few shots from my Day 9 (Shot on Motorola OnePower… )

  • Day 10 (11082019) : Aurangabad to Pune is around 5 hours of journey. Reached Pune by 0400 hours. Got down near my friends home Bhushan Vernekar. Poor guy, he came to pick me up in the chilling cold. We went to his place, and I literally took rest. Officially my trip is over, I just came to Pune to visit my Grandmother, my uncle, my aunt, my nephew and my nieces … okay to say in short “My Family“…
    I woke up around 1000 hours, by then Bhushan had left to his office. I took bath and left to my uncle’s place located in Pashan. I stayed in home all the time, didn’t go anywhere. I deserved this rest. My legs deserved it. I’m proud of my body, they didn’t let me down even for a single time during the entire 10 days of travelling. I spent that day with my grandmother and next day by afternoon I came back to Bhushan’s home. I had train to my home town Belagavi that night. We had dinner and he came to drop me to the railway station. Goodbye Bhushan, thanks for the hospitality. I owe you.

    Hence, my solo trip ends here… I’m a bit emotional now 😛 …

    Summary : Total traveling ~ 3,400 km…
    Total number of days – 10…
    Total distance walked ~ 110 km…
    Total steps walked ~ 1,60,000…

As I had used all of my leaves, this trip happened to be my last of not only the year but also of the decade. I reached my hometown by 0700 hours. I had a train to catch again to Bengaluru that night.
Right after few moments after I reached Belagavi, I suffered from an unwanted incidence which immensely shook me to the core. Maybe I was too happy over the entire course of my trip, something and someone waited to make me sad. It’s very personal and won’t be discussed here.

I summarise my decade as follows,
“Started this decade when I was studying in 8th standard. Now at the end I’m a Software Engineer. Wohhh!!! time flies. From being a first bencher nerd, then making friends and planning a trip during college, to becoming a last bencher and to eventually bunking classes. From being a topper, to being saved marginally by getting passing marks in few engineering subjects. From being a shy and a silent guy to experiencing a heartbreak. This decade has taught me both win and lose, both love and hate.
The decade which gave me lots of friends, lots of memories, lots of fights, lots of challenges. The decade which also took away many things and many people which and whom I can never gain back.
I just hope everything is or was for a better tomorrow. I’m happy with the friends I have while I enter a new decade, and at the same time I’m equally sad that some people aren’t there. I surely miss them. I’m grateful to all my friends, my family for everything. Thanks for all the teachings, for all the lessons, for all the love and for all the care.
I learned that, Life is never just about winning, it’s about never giving up. No matter even if you lose sometimes. Be grateful for whatever life is offering you, because it is the most precious gift we all have.”

PS : The planning for the next trip begins 😛 , which will be in 2020…

8 Replies to “Solo trip to Maharashtra…”

  1. Explained whole ride very nicely in steps. While reading the destination details, I felt like I am also travelling with you.
    Good coverage of points in detail which will help me in future.
    Thank you

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    1. Thank you very much Sir, …. 🙂
      Your words means a lot…

      You can contact for any help you need during the travel…

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