Tuesday, 19 July 2011

My bucket list

Things to do before I turn 27
One of the inspiring and thought provoking movie (the Bucket List) is a must watch (before u r 30)..lol.it is never late than never. I have jotted down very simple things, some crazy stuff(adventure for me).to put it simply things which r back of my mind(but it is just that i have not taken efforts towards it) so here it is :

1.      whats is in ur bucket list? do share it.. if u r inerested in doing any of the above things..do get in touch with me..
1.       Climb fresher rock climbing wall
2.       go to garbut point@ Matheran- with BAAN hikers on 31st July 2011..
3.       Get scuba diving certificate(PADI certificatation)
4.       Go for river rafting- done 23rd July 2011.
5.       Participate in swimming competition(should be able to do all the strokes)..yipeee..can do all the strokes now...
6.       Cycle tour
8.       Visit to kas(flower valley)
10.   Climb kalsubai(highest peak in sahyandri)
   go to Everest base camp
11.    Visit Ladakh and spiti valley- http://www.spitiecosphere.com/index.htm
15.   Learn to drive a motorcycle
16.   Donate blood(made an unscuccessful attempt..did nt qualify due to low homoglobin level)
17.   Visit national Park and live in a tent
18.   Visit Golden Temple
19.   visit  Anandvan
20.  do volunteer work(teaching or helping around at school for mentally challenged kids)- -i should not have put this at the end...it has just broaden my perspective and made me appreciate simple things more...
21. to fall in love and get married(to find my best buddy as my partner)

Friday, 8 July 2011

Girls trip to Nagaon(Alibaug)..Part II

After quiet time at the beach, we headed back to our hotel with a smile on our face. It did not last long as dips started to feel unwell. We could see that she had fever. But vanita kept cool and did not panic..We prayed that it will be well in the morning. And it was. We woke up pretty early (considering no one is morning person..that was strange. i guess it is just the charm of the place which keeps u awake to soak in all the beautiful things nature has to offer..).A morning walk was what we needed the most. It gave us fresh start..

We had delicious poha made my owner’s wife(she insisted that we have breakfast…but we getting super late)..After munching on hot poha(made of Rice flakes from local rice mill has different taste to it which we won’t get in the processed food in malls). We took directions from the villagers about the tuk tuk stand(tuk tuk, sitara is a six sitter vehicle used by villagers to reach their fields and markets. It is always packed with people and never under 10 people in it. We got a ride upto revdanda. We could get some nice shots from the tuk tuk of the parallel sea shore and unnamed palace.

Unamed Palace

Murud Janjira Fort

We had to struggle to catch tuk tuk from revdanda to Murud Janjira fort. We convinced one driver and hopped on a tuk tuk.

Murud Janjira is also a sea fort (I did nt pay attention to the guide..so don’t know much about the history..i think the guy was just bluffing..but we still paid coz he was good in selling his tour..tourism helps the villagers to earn their bread and butter. The guided tour was not heavy on our pockets. )

We took a ferry to the Fort (it was sunny and windy.. which helped us to reach faster).

How do start i describing the fort.  We hardly got 1 hour to explore it(tried to c as much possible)..We were told that it had village inside a fort(we can actually see the ruins of the houses). The fort has a  lovely lake too(but it has not been maintained properly..u can’t see the water lying beneath all the weed) the best part was the tunnel from the fort to the shore(it is closed by the Govt now..i can’t blame the govt for it..unless we become responsible to use it properly..it is risky to allow tourists to see it..

One thing I just can’t digest was the display of love everywhere on the stones and gateways, doors.(is this way to show your affection to your loved one..why do they have to write their names??)

After reaching the highest point of the fort, we got awesome view of the fort and village. It was around 12.30 already and we had to get back to our hotel to catch ferry. We grabbed lunch at local restaurant and were ready to go to hotel.. but we could nt get any tuk tuk(had to wonder for 1 hour on full stomach..)
Luckily, one driver agreed on high rate(but we did not mind at all) he dropped us at our hotel(considering the afternoon struggle to catch the tuk tuk..we told him to wait..we ran to our room(packed every damn thing that was lying on the floor and varanda).

Finally we reached Alibaug @5(hush….)but to our surprise all the ferries were booked and we got 7 pm last ferry tkt(I was very happy about this coz the night view of Gateway of India and my Mumbai city).

We roamed in the alibaug market. To kill some time eat our fav south Indian Mysore Masala Dosa…

We got into the connecting bus and reached to the manadava jetty..(it looked charming with all the lights). The ride from Mandava jetty to Mumbai was cool ride( the breeze was cool) the Best part was we were having gud time singing and talking.

We reached Mumbai. We have to go separate ways now..back to home..We all started getting calls from parents(it was 8.30)..We hugged each other with promise for next trip..

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Girls trip to Nagaon(Alibaug)..Part I

Some geo facts abt nagaon( it is part of kokan region in India- called as California due to its beaches..i would nt like the comparison though..it is just quiet and beautiful village. One can take bus from Mumbai (3 hours journey) or ferry from Gateway of India(cool.. 45 minutes). Enough of geo facts ,time to start the journey. ).
Me and two colleagues(best friends were in need of a  break).eureka..lets go out(nt the usual movie, coffee and lunch stuff). Then where??? Girls trip..(that’s sounds awesome initially..but starts with grueling questions from over protective family(love them. Can’t live without them). We put our proposal of the trip with parents without any place in mind. Had n number of con calls (love this feature..god bless him ,who invented it).
We were back in office at lunch break(when actual brain storming started). We decided Nagaon is the place to go. Immediately shared our responsibility(I was in charge of hotel booking, dips handled transportation (checked all the ferry timings and all..my other collegue was being supportive(poor girl has work deadline...could nt do much..gonna get killed for this..if she reads this ofcourse)
We all started our journey @6 in morning. Boarded train to reach CST Mumbai. We were supposed to catch 8 am ferry from Gateway of India jetty @8. But we got stuck and it was full. We wanted upper deck tkt to get the picturesque view. We finally got tkt for 8.30 ferry. (which gave us time to click picures at the Gateway)

Gateway of India (taken from ferry)

To my surprise the ferry was full(u could see college kids and local people who r working at Mumbai and were going back to their village). The ferry journey was little shaky and fast.  For Mumbaikar 45 minutes travelling time is a piece of cake. The ferry services are cheap and provide connecting bus to Alibaug. We were in no mood to run and hence,we missed our connecting bus and had to wait for the next one in the scorching sun for half an hour.  We finally got the bus, and we immediately started eating homemade yummy food packed by mom(love our mums).
We had no plan of action, until we reached Alibuag. We headed straight to the Beach(which was like 10 minutes walk from the bus stand, which was nt so)..luckily we had time to see the Alibaug Fort( Alibaug fort is a sea fort. U can actually walk or take horse ride to reach there. Considering the high tide we choose horse cart.coz we had only 20 minutes to reach the fort before the water starts to fill in. )
Alibaug Fort is also called as Colaba Fort. The Fort has beautiful stone carved temple and Tulsivrindavan(it is tulsi plan in pot.can be found in every village in the courtyard.


Hardly got time to see the fort. We rushed to the shore. We took a rick from alibaug beach to our hotel in Nagaon. Our hotel was pretty basic but provided delicious food. The Hotel was owned by a Faily they had house in the courtyard.  People in Kokan region r very friendly . After we checked in the room, we were starving. Hotel owner helped us to find a hotel to have lunch .We munched on some Maharashtrian food and drank kokam kadi(which made us so sleepy) that we spend the whole afternoon chit chatting lying on a swing in the backyard of the hotel.

We headed to the beach in the evening for walk but ended up doing water sports. We did some bargaining (put our bargaining skills to test and we succeeded. We managed to reduce the price by almost 50%.) We decided to go with easy ride first which was banana ride.  He took us in the sea and the turned the Boat upside down(and our adventure started. All of us were going in separate direction.  Sceaming for help..what a site that must have been for the people on the shore. But thanks to our life jackets we survived and tried to get on the boat(the trainer had to literally drag us on the boat..lesson I learnt- have spent so many summer bunking swimming class was nt a cool thing.) After i got from Nagaon, I joined  swimming class, now  my  swimming coach has to keep track of time to remind me that I have to go to office. i just love it.(thinking of scuba diving now with my new swimming skills..lol )we  were super excited after our thrilling boat ride. we hopped on to the  other..now this one was bumpy ride(it did nt disappoint us).  My collegue was lying in the middle of the sofa and me and dips had to struggle on the sides. I have nt hold anything so tightly in my life.(except the rope of the Boat. I was cursing my trainer) drank lot of sea water. But We were  getting  excited after every ride. i guess thats why is called as adventure sport.

in the midst of our thrill rides, the sun was setting and we  just thought to spend some quiet time on the beach.