And here we roll again! Riding towards Pune from Gujarat, for the next stop and slowly reaching towards our goal, i.e Goa for IHR (India HOG Rally) 2017.
But God, we also had to cross Mumbai, especially Thane where construction was going on. Seriously riding down from that heavy traffic was like winning a battle.
Well, we started at 6.30 in the morning from Vadodara, missing the flavour of fafda and dhokla that we had last evening. With a cool breeze in the atmosphere, we moved towards Maharashtra. And, I must say that Gujarat has some very good roads , and Maharashtra too, despite having so much of traffic, they have pretty good roads.
Our route plan till Pune was – Vadodara – Bharuch – Navsari – Valsad – Vapi – Thane – Lonavla – Pune.
Our main motive was to cross the industrial area of Bharuch in time and we succeeded in doing so, because of lesser traffic. As the sun came up the day started to get warm and we wanted to cover the major route before noon.
While crossing the area of Valsad and Vapi, we could feel the smell of acid which opened my nostrils like anything! But yes, the toughest task was to cross the Thane traffic, a long jam of approximately 5 kms which was surely going to take an hour to clear was something serious. Well, it was pretty hot till the time we were in Thane and the heat and traffic were trying to drag us down, but no, a rider is someone whose motive is pretty clear in his mind. Somehow we managed to get out of that traffic in half an hour and made our way to Lonavla.
Yes, just with the name of Lonavla, one starts to imagine the beautiful ghats of Maharashtra and curves to ride down which a rider will always love!
A foodie like me will start to think of the famous Chikki that we get there. If one explores the history of Lonavla and Khandala hill station, one would be glad to know that it was discovered by Lord Elphinstone. He was the Governor of Bombay Presidency during the time.
And, though the riders are not allowed to drive through the new express way from Bombay to Pune, they are blessed to take this pristine route from the ghats. And, we finally reached our stop for the day, that was Pune!
Considered to be the cultural capital of Maharashtra, Pune is known as the “Oxford of the East” due to the presence of several well-known educational institutions in the city. The city has emerged as a major educational hub in recent decades, with nearly half of the total international students in the country studying in Pune, it is also one of the fastest growing cities in the Asia Pacific region. Pune is also known for the automobile lovers and one can easily spot some good machines on the road and leave them wondering what made it vanish in the blink of an eye.
It was now time to rock the night in Pune, for our final destination… yes yes, Goa!!!