Tag: Beach

What a way to end 2008..

Systems Gang of boys..With tension running high since September this year…everyone of our Systems batch was planning something or the other for year end..Frankly speaking..I really find this question very stupid  that “What are you doing on 31st December??” are yarr..31st kya ho gaya as if Indian government has made some mandatory clause in Indian Penal code that if you will not celebrate 31st December in full faith of Indian constitution then you will be booked under IPC 777 for one year rigorous imprisonment..But the biggest irony is that I am one of those who hate is question ans still end up asking every one the same question.
Mulshi Dam Area

Never mind..being last year of formal education (bhaiya bakiyo ka to pata nahi mujhe aub aur nahi padhna)..we were all eager to plan for some trip sort of to wrap this roller coaster year..although we all are already suffering from disease called as Recessionrama but still all the guys of D-hostel wanted to go out and have some fun to unwind from already stressed phase which is currently going on…

“Abey kaha chalna hai??”, “31st ko kya karna hai??” quotes like this were ringing in the air since the 31st morning..and as usual we were not sure till last point that who all will go and where we will go- but jana subko hai ;)…that is actually true Systems spirit. Finally we decided to hit coastal area of  Konkan. Places on radar were Harihareshwar, Shreevardhan (Subu felt as if we are going on some pilgrimage because of the name of the places). Although we decided to leave early but YESAP was having some different plan..so we were only ready to leave the place by 3 pm..we booked a seventeen seater mini bus and were having 18 on board..so problems were plenty..but that is what journey is all about..with Rupesh busy with his last minute negotiation with his better half 😉 we were late by 30 minutes…People were already ready with set of  Lets play guys...on the beach“Some GOOD movies” dvd to watch in the bus..as it was a video coach..every one was bubbling with excitement about watching those “GOOD movies” in the bus..but it suddenly fizzled out as there was no sign of TV screen in the bus…

“Bhaiya TV kaha hai????” (in tension)
“Yaar yeh to VDO coach tha”
“Are yarr isme to TV hi nahi hai”…with such voices coming up..driver calmly flipped out a small palm top like panel out of the bus celeing and proudly announced..”Yeh lo bhaiya..yeh hai na TV”..we were floored..”Aur ha..isme DVD nahi chalta hai…” these two sentences were enough to puncture the complete enthu of the guys…never mind..our journey started off at 3:30 pm within few minutes people stopped for subsidizing there carving for a “GOOD drink”…which they bought and had within bus…while on our way to beaches we also saw Mulshi dam area..which was quite soothing..one of  the best part of the bus was that it was having a music system which was having Automix facility..just kidding..actually the road was so bumpy that a soulful melody was suddenly turned to cacophonous dance number waking up every one..this kept happening till the end..any ways..we reached shreevardhan without any prior booking of lodging..but still managed to find a 3 room cottage which was decent enough for 18 of us to survive.

31st Nite..everyone is high..

Then 31st night saw the usual activities..with few of us going out to get some food and drinks and rest decided to stay back and have fun (bole to photo photo and sirf photo..session) initially I was the playing my part of DJ with full honesty but left it as the food arrived..rest of the night was spent in getting high and having fun which can’t be described in this post (rated A..;) )..next day witnessed people visiting the beach and having some fun in the morning..then we moved on to visit a beach named Dive aagar…we were there till 6:30 PM in the evening and saw a beautiful sunset out there.
We boarded on the bus and then another round of fun started with all of us conceptualizing the Bhojpuri verion of Prison break..it was damm funny..with characters like Babban Misra, Sukde pandey and Mari cruzwa we almost Trip over..

created a pilot episode of the whole series with a special role for our friend for Satya..it was amazing…trust me it was one of the most amazing trip once again..and  a very special one too..but yarr ek bat nahi samjah mein aayi “Road ke side mein hum logo mein se kaun baitha tha???”…hahahaha….long live systems…and Happy new year to all…


Trip to Kashid beach..

It was on 5th June 2008..that we decided to go for the weekend off…but the million dollar

question was ? where we should go?…

well we decided for two things
1)- Trekking (one day trip with girls included).
2)- Beach exploration.

total 14 people were brimming with excitement for the trip (as usual in beginning there are loads of them to follow..)..but by end of the meeting there were only 7 of us left (only boys) for the trip…and place which found its position on our radar was Kashid beach.

The Beach front..
The team (which later turned on to be the team of so called war fighting soldiers, because of trip’s straining quality ) was..
Ashutosh, Shrinidhi, VIshal, Subu, Sharif, Prashant, and of course me :)..

About Kashid

Kashid is a beach town on the shores of Arabian Sea, in the North Konkan region of Maharashtra, India. It is located 30km from Alibag and 135km from Mumbai on the Alibag-Murud road.
Kashid is popular mainly because of its white sand, blue seas, green mountains, paddy fields, and rivulets. Kashid has a 3 km stretch of beach tucked in between two rocky hillocks with Casuarina groves all around the seashore. This is by far the best beach in this part of the Konkan region and though absolutely deserted on weekdays, the town can attract its fair share of week-end holiday makers. There are a few of small hotels in Kashid as the rest of the area is privately owned.

The waves here are unusually high and can be paradise for surfing. The waves can reach a height 5-6 feet even during the non-monsoon months. However it is dangerously high during the monsoons and surfing is not recommending during the months of June to September.

we hired a Travera for our trip..@ Rs 4500/- for complete trip

All set for the adventure..

another important question-ways to reach this scintillating place. To reach Kashid one can opt among the two choices

  • 170 km from Pune (via Mulshi)
  • Around 170-180 Km from Pune (via Khopoli – Mumbai Pune Expressway)

The Mulshi route does not have the best of roads. If you go via Khopoli, the distance is more or less the same and you get to use the expressway for better part of the journey. The route goes like: Pune -> Express way to Mumbai (ask them for Khopoli exit, as you will pay lesser toll money) -> Keep cruising along the expressway till the Ghats -> In the Ghats, locate the Khopoli exit (it comes after the second tunnel) -> Reach Khopoli and from there take the road to Pen (may be marked as Alibaug as well) -> Once in Pen, pass through the town to reach Mumbai – Goa highway -> Keep moving towards Alibaug -> around 1-2 km before Alibaug, take a left on the highway, to a road for Murud or Revdanda -> From there, keep following the road towards Murud at every intersection -> Around 35-37 km after Alibau (approx 20 km before Murud) you will reach Kaashid…

we started off from Pune at around 6:30 PM and reached Kashid (via Mulshi) by 2 A.M (altough the time was bit too much but we also halted for our adrak(ginger) tea at the road side dhaba, then we had a dinner in which we had only arguments apart from dinner and wasted almost 1 hour to decide whether we should take our dinner at that place or not..and finally moved from that place without having dinner in a hope that once we reach Kashid we will have a delicious dinner waiting for us…).
Never mindwe reached our destination by 2 in the morning with heavy rain welcoming us..and our dream of dinner went for a toss when our cottage owner announced proudly that at this time of night he wont be able to arrange any thing for us..rat within our stomachs turned into big dinosaurs..at same time ‘praising’ our trip manager Mr Subu.

I never felt so helpless for food as I felt that day..we literally said that “Bhaiya kuch bhi khane ko de do..” (please arrange any damm thing to eat..) finally our cottage owner proved to be an angel as he said that “ok I can arrange for few packates of biscuits and few boiled eggs..” late we got something to move our jaws..and went to our beds by early morning..

In the backyard of our cottage..

finally we woke up in the morning ‘alive’ (because everyone so dead tired due to journey that people who were looking Columbus at the start of journey suddenly started feeling like a prisoner war..but still we went at the beach by 9 in the morning and had loads of fun..weather being cloudy, we enjoyed more..but one thing which i felt that one should never explore beach during rainy seasons..the sand was almost black making the water even look more dirtier..still we enjoyed to the core

after beach exploration we went back to our cottage to pack our bags..altough it may sound as if our trip was small but beaches at Kashid and Murud Janjira are really beautiful..and best part is that these beaches attracts less crowd (beacuse its located in a remote part ) that’s why you can find this place quite peaceful..unlike our return trip this time around we chose the express-way route..and trust me it turned out to be real icing on the cake, we felt that our return journey was the best part of our whole trip, as we were able to view some best part of our countryside and the beautiful view of Khandala-Lonavala (on Mumbai-Pune express way)

at the end of the trip we felt that indeed it was quite a good trip to go for..although the route we chose for our first time journey proved to be a bit energy soaking…but that what compensated by the later part of the exploration..

I will always remember this tour of mine because of few really nice friend I made (read Ashutosh, Shirnidhi, Prashant and Vishal)…and will hope that very soon I will be back to these virgin beaches..