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    Re: Trips with my lovebirds !!!

    I missed reading your last few posts. Channa. Your ventures into the greenery makes one realise how important it is to get out there into the wild once in a while and let yourself go free.

    Beautiful bikes / nature / food and what makes it doubly special is the company of like minded biking enthusiasts.
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    Re: Trips with my lovebirds !!!

    Channa!

    The place looks serene from the pics with no one around but just you all! Awesome one..

    Glad to see a Pulsar around The only drawback to take the Pulsar in these road conditions are the bumps that it gives to the back is bad otherwise love it to ride!
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    Re: Trips with my lovebirds !!!

    Thanks roms n rudrah

    Yes pulsar is not good on these roads but 200kms in a day is not that worrisome also.

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    Re: Trips with my lovebirds !!!

    Lets plan a bike meet.
    Channa awesome place to go. Nice pics.
    God gave me nice handsome face but no photography skills, you got both.
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    Re: Trips with my lovebirds !!!

    Quote Originally Posted by MULTIJET View Post
    Lets plan a bike meet.
    Channa awesome place to go. Nice pics.
    God gave me nice handsome face but no photography skills, you got both.
    Lol thanks!!
    Beauty with brain a rare combination!!

    Will definitely plan a ride next monsoon (y)

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    Re: Trips with my lovebirds !!!

    Madhe Madness 2016
    Date : 23 July 2016
    Location : Madhe Ghaat via Velhe

    Monsoon is the special season for people living around Sahyadris.
    A day out in the western ghats with rains or no rains will make that day very special.
    If you can capture the beauty in your camera then those memories will last forever.

    Here is the photologue of last weekend's drive to the Madhe Ghat with family.


    Little one getting ready with his bag filled with his fav snacks
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    First stop before Velhe
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    Nature teaches the value of relationship, and tightens the bond
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    A small tea break at Velhe
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    Empty Roads...made for FIATs
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    Chetan never misses any opportunity!
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    Reflection!!
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    Mesmerizing View
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    MightyLinea and Mighty Torana!
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    Torana!! Will conquer you one Day!!
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    Last Sip before we say good bye to the terrain!
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    A day in nature and so many sweet takeaways.
    Stay tuned for next trip update!


    Thanks for reading!
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    Re: Trips with my lovebirds !!!

    Continuing the tradition of monsoon ride, this year also we successfully completed the expedition.

    On the popular demand we wanted to repeat our 2014 circuit. http://www.myfiatworld.com/showthread.php?p=10569

    But this time we decided to do it other way round , entry from lonavla as it gets choked in the evening and exit via tamhini.



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    To be continued......
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    As the monsoon started, the team in BMC started discussing about the bike trip.
    We have set a trend and the team is growing year by year.

    2014 - 6 - Bikes
    2015 - 10 Bikes
    2016 - 13 Bikes (3 regular members dropped out due to bad health)


    On the first rain we created our whatsapp group to discuss about the route and date.
    On popular demand we decided to repeat 2014. But as we all were aware about the LONAVALA mess near Bhushi Dam.
    So we decided to do this trail otherway round.
    Pune-Lonavala-Amby Vally - Tamhini - Pune

    Route is all agreed. Dates agreed to 30th Aug and changed to 31st.
    Days are passing by but Rain god doesnt seemed happy with our date as we dont see much of rain since planning.

    We were worried and started discussing about the change in date. But many people adjusted their shifts and weekoffs to make it to the Ride.
    Considering all those we decided to hit the road on 31st Aug 2016...rain or no rain.

    Aug 31 2016
    Meeting Point : Nashik Phata Fly over Pune
    Reporting Time : 7:30am
    Departure Time : 8AM

    Finally the day has come, phone started ringing from 6AM till I reach the meeting point.
    I picked up my friend and reached the venue LAST :D

    ALAS!! To our surprise one of the bike got punctured before even the trip started.
    But good thing is it happened in the city and near the puncture shop.

    We decided to move ahead fill bikes tummy and stop for filling our tummies.

    We stopped at the nearby HP petrol pump. Everyone tanked up for the whole day adventure!
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    From here we started cruising on the old pune-mumbai highway and decided to stop for a breakfast at some good place.
    Noticed a low air in the front tyre of my silverhawk , quickly stopped by and filled up the air.

    ALL OK now :D
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    After 30mins of cruising we found a less crowded hotel with good parking space.
    We decided to fill our tummies while waiting for other 2 bikes to join.
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    Nice location makes the food yummy!
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    A quick group photo!
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    By the time we finished our breakfast, one more unexpected friend joined us. it is the GOD RAIN!!!!

    So far people managed the speed within 80 as we all were searching for the hotel.
    From here on wards people decided to test their limits.

    Next meeting point decided after the toll.
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    Morning ride through lonavla was blissful with less traffic, beautiful weather, light rain...just awesome.

    We stopped for a photoshoot after the Bhushi Dam.
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    From here on the rain got think and fog got dense.
    We bikers enjoyed this ride very much.


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    Silver Hawk....with silver fog!!
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    The road from Lonavala to Tamhini is very very scenic with lots of waterfalls, river crossings, green all around.
    Such a beautiful view everywhere. Fell in love with the nature once again.

    Best of it is we could hear sounds of just our bikes. Here and there spotted few bikes.
    Rain reduced its speed from high to medium. There we spotted a bridge with lovely flow.

    Stopped for a quick photoshoot again. Its a challenge to protect the camera from the rain and shoot.
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    We proceeded when the rain intensity got increased. The ride between the mountains is just amazing.
    After an hour of ride we came across a table top land, rain also stopped (drizzling now) so we thought lets do some photoshoot again.


    All dashing darlings..lined up for the pose
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    With heads down
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    Another lovely spot
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    To add spice to our adventure, one of the pulsar refused to start. We tried all possible solutions for 90mins.
    Finally decided to push it till we find the mechanic. Tamhini was another 20kms.
    We tried to push it from the leg, pull it by holding the hands...all went in vein.

    Finally managed to get a rope and this made life easy.
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    Lush green landscapes, black tar in between...drizzle to heavy rain...like minded people....
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    another beautiful day added to my life!!

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    Re: Trips with my lovebirds !!!

    Lovely pictures to start this weekend! Both your recent outings have amazing views of nature, I feel like just getting out tomorrow for a drive. The kids are enjoying themselves and feeling one with nature
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    First excursion of monsoon 2017

    Happy days are here again, rainy season is the one of the best season.
    In this season we dont decide the destination, just kick start the vehicle vrooom for 20-25kms and we are into amazing scenic place.

    Just happened the same last weekend. We were casually chatting in WhatsApp MFW group and we have been discussing about going for a bike ride since 2 years.
    Thought came why dont we just make it happen the coming sunday. Gesu, KV and me agreed while others ignored as it wont happen

    I asked couple of office friends who immediately agreed to join.
    So finally 5 bikes 7 people were on the roads of Pune on Sunday 2nd July 2017
    We all decided to meet at chandani chowk at 9:30am but few friends got late and we all could only start at 10AM.

    It was heavy rain all day and we couldn't get chance to take out the camera. All are mobile pics!!


    Pride Rides
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    First Selfie of the Day when godess rain allowed us to takeout our phone atleast
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    On they way KV wanted to take a detour and visit his Goat farm. Since we didnt had any fixed agenda we all agreed.
    KV Ordering his farhouse caretaker to prepare a special Goat milk Tea
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    Gesu's never misses any opportunity and wanted me to take few pics while KV is on phone
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    KV's Goat Farm House
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    After having a amazing goat milk tea, we proceeded with our tour.

    KV's quick sutta break
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    Silver hawk getting old :(
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    As I said Gesu doesnt waste any time, quickly grabbed his phone and Selfistaan
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    Group pic (R-L: KV, Smiranjeet, Suhas, Gesu, Kalpesh, Kalpesh's friend)
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    Ready to go again after a quick photoshoot
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    Glossy Road
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    Found this gavaran hotel who helped to quinch our hunger with home made bhakri and mutton/chicken/egg thali
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    Poor celereo slipped to this place while taking reverse :(
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    Magnificent view of back of Lohgadh and waterfall creating silver lines
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    Somewhere near Kamshet
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    Bidding adieu to KV and Gesu as they needed to head home early.
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    Sendoff party - Special Chai for KV and Gesu
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    Crowded malvalli water fall :( people lost all sense and parked randomly every where creating chaos.
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    Full JAM, no one was able to move, until police sent many people back.
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    Gushing water and its sound is so relaxing.
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    Police were really quick in clearing one line and making way for people coming down from Lohgadh
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    Trip is incomplete without a hot & spicy sweet corn
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    It was a short trip but it is always worth to spend time in between lush green wild mountains amid heavy downpour every now and then.

    Thanks for reading!

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    Re: Trips with my lovebirds !!!

    Date : 1st Oct 2017
    Venue : Lavasa Lake City
    Cars : 1 Palio, 1 Creta, 1 Eon


    Kids were just done with their mid term exams ( it was exam for Wife, and we all know how much tension they take).
    And the long weekend was approaching. So 3 families decided to go out of town to burnout that stress.

    Initial plan was to go for long drive, start on Saturday and back on Monday or Tuesday. But Saturday being Dasshera long vacation plan was cut short to 2Days and 1Night.

    Options Discussed
    1. Beach side (Diveaghar or Dapoli) - Rules out because of unpredictable weather (raining all day on Wednesday)
    2. Lavasa - Initially ruled out because of non availability of Bungalows in AIRBNB
    3. Some resort near Sinhagadh or Lonavala - Ruled out because of crowd
    4. Mahabaleshwar - Ruled out because of crowd.

    On Thursday night 11pm we sat and started exploring the options.
    We have booked our Goa resort through booking.com 2 years back. And friend casually searched for a lavasa bungalow, voila there are many available.
    And it was all free booking and cancellation. Without wasting much time we booked one bungalow and left a message to the owner to contact us.
    Within 5mins owner called back and discussed the rates negotiated a bit and finally we agreed to pay 50% of the booking amount. By the time we finish all it was 1AM . Without asking he offered 30% discount and rounded it to 10K including the exorbitant entry charge of 500 per vehicle. So nice of him.


    On Sunday morning we all set for the drive

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    Two very famous dishes of Shripad Missal and Thalipeth (Thanks Mashal Sidd for suggesting this awesome place)

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    Misal
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    It was almost 11 when finished our breakfast and sun started showing his oct power, getting hot every min.
    Lavasa will always amuse the drivers and driving fiat keeps you grinning all the way.
    With those bends and curves kids enjoyed the roller coaster ride till lavasa.

    This is our Ashiyaana for a Day

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    Some clicks from the Villa and arround
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    Inside of the villa
    Spacious Hall
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    Cleanly maintained bedrooms
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    Evening went out for a lake front walk and boat ride, none could stop this little from flying around. Very excited to see the water and boat

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    Morning I took Palio for a spin on the open roads of Lavasa. It was very pleasing weather.

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    Lavasa looked so beautiful in the morning.
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    Need For Speed Shot
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    Back to the Den
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    You will never tired or gets bored clicking these italian beauties

    By the time I reached kids were all woke up and charged to play some out door games.

    Some cricket
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    Some skipping
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    Some Badminton
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    After some sweat out took the kids for a walk

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    Chess time till all queens were getting ready!
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    Departing Shots
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    Even in the humid weather we played danced enjoyed and it is worth the money spent. Came home with loads of memories which will be cherished for lifetime.



    Thanks for your time!
    Bye until next trip with my lovebird
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    Re: Trips with my lovebirds !!!

    Superb shots once again, Channa

    The misal looked yummy man, hungry now as i'm seeing it

    How is Lavasa now? heard it is almost dead.

    I want to visit Diveagar/Shrivardhan or Dapoli, will be planning post diwali. Beach side would have been a good choice sans the crowd during long weekends.

    The Palio reminds me of our Lavasa meet, thanks for refreshing those memories back, buddy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rudrah View Post
    Superb shots once again, Channa

    The misal looked yummy man, hungry now as i'm seeing it

    How is Lavasa now? heard it is almost dead.

    I want to visit Diveagar/Shrivardhan or Dapoli, will be planning post diwali. Beach side would have been a good choice sans the crowd during long weekends.

    The Palio reminds me of our Lavasa meet, thanks for refreshing those memories back, buddy!
    Lavasa is lively now than before. Many adventurous activities coming up. Even with 500rs entry fee I had to search for parking space. So much of crowd.

    Had to wait 30mins for 10mins boating

    It indeed flashed all those moments. I did drive till petrol pump where we drove ahead of Lavasa.

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    Lovely pictures of Lavasa trip mchanna

    I always wonder if its worth visiting the place since apart from boating, there is nothing much to do and the resorts are super expensive. Especially considering distance from Mumbai, travel time doesn't justify the visit more than once. But AirBnb has solved that by giving options for renting out bungalows / apartments owned by people, so its a win-win situation for all. Glad to know more activities are comping up there, should attract more visitors.

    All in all, looks like you had a lovely family trip and a nice drive..
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