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    Bike ride to Sangla, Reckong Peo!

    For a long time we had planned for this. This time we decided to change our starting point from usual Lucknow to Delhi. We arranged for the bikes from our siblings and friends. Our journey commenced in the hot and sweltering month of June from Delhi. With the sun shining bright and temperatures unrelenting, we decided to start off in the evening at around 5 pm. It took us nearly an hour to move out of the snarling traffic of the city and another hour to reach Muruthal which was only 45 Kms from our place. Murthal [derived from Muni sthal or the land of saints] is a small town…

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    Kashid Beach! Mumbai Getaway

    It is in continuation of my last Mumbai travel blog in which we visited Elephanta Caves. Kashid Beach: We set off for 133 Kms car drive to Kashid Beach in the late afternoon. Making our way through the traffic of Mumbai was a difficult task but once we crossed Panvel we and our vehicle could relax a bit [especially the person on the driver’s seat]. We travelled the expanse of Karnala Bird Sanctuary but unfortunately because of a very tight schedule [typical of Bombay dwellers] we gave a skip to the visit to Karnala Fort as well as to Karnala Bird Sanctuary. We could get a feel of an excursion…

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    Mumbai & Elephanta Caves!

    Mumbai, the city of dreams, the city that create stars, city of trade….. there is no dearth of adjectives when we Indians proudly refer to Mumbai [named after Goddess Mumba Devi temple, which interestingly is located at Haji Ali]. It was earlier named as Bombay [actually Bom Bahia, meaning a good bay]. So in the month of May, with dreams [or rather expectations] in our eyes we were off to Mumbai. Though it was our first visit but names like Juhu, Chowpati, Bandra, Church Gate etc had been etched in our minds, thanks to Bollywood [Mumbai Films]. After 24 hours of train journey [from Lucknow] we reached Lokmanya Tilak Terminus…

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    Badrinath: Lucknow to Badrinath road trip!

    In continuation with Road Trip from Lucknow to Tungnath On our return leg from Tungnath we arrived at Chamoli in the evening next day and instead of planning any stay there we decided to continue our onward journey. Crossing Vishnuprayag, the confluence of river Alaknanda and Saraswati we reached Pipalkoti. It was getting dark so we took a hotel near the bus stand for overnight stay. I had stayed there before and I remember that the place would be overcrowded but that day there were hardly any tourist. We had vegetable pakoras at the bus stand and on enquiry our doubts were put to rest. After the Kedarnath disaster two…

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    Binsar! Into the greens!

    The trip was planned only a day before the departure. Clueless about what to do in the short winter vacations [Remember, We all are teachers] we finalized a car trip to Binsar. So it was decided, I, my wife, my son and my two friends were going to Binsar the next day [or night to be precise].Some of the reasons behind zeroing upon the place were – a long car drive of about 1000 Kilo meters from Lucknow to Binsar and back, nearly 500 kilo meters of which was going to be in the hills touching the altitude of 2600 meters from sea level [Binsar is nearly 8500 ft from…