Weekend trips from pune

[Vengurla, Maharashtra, India] The Beautiful Beaches of the Konkan Coast: Vengurla

View from Fort Tiracol. Tiracol, Goa, India. From atop a hillock, we gazed at the shimmering waters of the Arabian Sea below. To the left, the Terekhol (Tiracol) river (hidden from our view) proceeded to its rendezvous with the sea. And beyond the river, in the distance, lay a clean sandy stretch of beach. We squinted our eyes and thought we saw a couple of tourists ambling along in the sand.

[Tarkarli, Maharashtra, India] The Beautiful Beaches of the Konkan Coast: Tranquil Tarkarli

The long stretch of sand is (almost) as flat as a pancake. Small waves crash in the distance and leisurely withdraw from the shore. Beige-colored crabs scurry along, visible one moment, out of sight the next. A couple of starfish lie still on the shore. Dozens of hungry plovers dig feverishly into the sand to find their meal. High up in the sky, a sea eagle flies home victoriously, with a struggling serpent held firmly in its talons.

[Ajanta, Maharashtra, India] Awed by the Timeless Wonders of Ajanta – II

Saving the Best for Last:

We had explored many beautiful caves at Ajanta on the first day. But Caves 1, 2, 9, and 10 — some of the most popular ones — were on our list for the second day. Yes, we had saved the best for last. From the spectacular murals of Vajrapani and Padmapani in Cave 1 to the rock stupa and beautiful art in Cave 10, the treasures didn’t cease to amaze us.


[Ajanta, Maharashtra, India] Awed by the Timeless Wonders of Ajanta – I

Lost and Found:

At the vantage point atop a hill, a marvelous sight unfolded in front of our eyes. A beautiful horse-shoe-shaped gorge framed by a dusty brown background. A series of rock-cut caves embedded along the U-shaped curve in the hillside. It was here that John Smith, while on a hunting expedition in 1819, discovered the existence of the Ajanta Caves, a site that had disappeared into oblivion for a long time.


[Daman, India] A River, Two Forts, and the Vast Blue Sea

From the hill station of Saputara to the seaside. We set off to Daman, a former Portuguese colony, along the coast of the Gulf of Khambhat. The Damanganga river meets the Arabian Sea. Daman, India After more than four centuries of Portuguese rule, Daman passed into the hands of India in 1961. The Damanganga river divides the town into Moti Daman (Big Daman) and Nani Daman (Little Daman) just before it meets the blue waters of the Arabian Sea.

[Saputara, Gujarat, India] Discovering the Little Treasures of a Small Hill Station

A journey along winding roads through a verdant forest took us to the small hill station of Saputara. We headed to this little town in the Dang district of South Gujarat after a great break in Silvassa. The route through the Vansda National Park was scenic and more beautiful than we had imagined. En route to Saputara, Gujarat. At Saputara, we reveled in the simple pleasures of a small town where you can walk to (almost) any destination.

[Panhala, Maharashtra, India] Panhala: A Historical Fort and a Town Within

In 1660, Shivaji and his army offered a strong resistance to the forces of Adil Shah II (led by Siddi Johar) who were trying to capture a key fort in the Deccan. The siege by the Adil Shahi forces lasted for over 5 months. Eventually, Shivaji and his brave soldiers attempted a daring escape from the fort, an event that led to the Battle of Pavankhind. The loyal and valiant commander, Baji Prabhu Deshpande, gave up his life to ensure Shivaji’s safe passage.

[Dadra and Nagar Haveli, India] Silvassa and its Environs: More than Meets the Eye

  Welcome to Dadra and Nagar Haveli. India. Tucked neatly between the states of Maharashtra and Gujarat, Silvassa is the capital of the Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli. The small town, formerly ruled by the Portuguese, is now an active industrial hub. This information was part of what I already knew about Silvassa. But there is much more to the area than just industries. Here’s what we discovered on a trip to Silvassa in December:

[Ellora, Maharashtra, India] Discovering the Exquisite Treasures of Ellora – II

Tucked away in the hills. The Buddhist caves, Ellora, Maharashtra, India A Much-awaited Trip The UNESCO world heritage site of Ellora is a weekend escape or long-weekend getaway from Pune. The splendid rock-cut caves had been on our wish list for quite some time. Along came the opportunity to pay a visit to this famous location. Of the 34 rock-cut caves at Ellora, 17 are Hindu caves (cave numbers 13 to 29), 12 are Buddhist caves (cave numbers 1-12), and 5 are Jain caves (cave numbers 30-34).