Our Trip to Nasik & Shirdi was a memorable trip to all of us for two things. Let me start with the good one.
This was not a planned trip, decided just a night before. My dear husband, arranged for a car. We packed our short & sweet luggages quickly. Next early morning, we started our trip happily after a hearty breakfast of Hot idlies in sambar and Dosas. Morning was pleasant without much traffic on the road. After we touched the nasik highway, we saw only greenery spread everywhere around us with some small green protruding hills with a yellow flower carpet adoring the greenery.
When we reached the ghats section there was some traffic due to rule breakers taking the wrong side of road for overtaking and got stuck thus obstructing traffic from opposite side for nearly an hour. This made us feel little low but the greenery around us, the different calls of unknown birds became our cheer leaders.
After we crossed upper vaitharana and reached the plains, it seemed like a journey in the heaven. The road was narrow. Greenery spread on both sides. Some places with fields & hardly 10 houses forming a village here & there that too many kilometers apart, with some dishes peeping out the tarpolin roofs. Hardly few vehicles passed by in the entire stretch of the road. No rest place, no hotels, no shop to get water. Wherever, fields, appear, paddy were spread on the road so that when vehicles run over them, the grain will be separated from the hay. No mechanic sheds or garage for help, if the vehicle broke down. No alternate transportation too only few vehicles (can count with fingers) passed us. The road looked liked its hardly travelled except few bullock carts of the villages. Neverthless, we were enjoying our journey.
We got a huge relief atlast when the road hit a main highway, which took us to Triambakeshwar temple. The place was very serene surrounded all the sides by hills. The season we went as after the monsoon. We had darshan of the deity, lord shiva in swayambu form. We had a simple lunch of roti, dal, rice and a subzi in a small joint near the temple. Took some shots when suddenly strong wind blew carrying along with it the sand, clouds surrounded and poured for sometime. Then we started towards Nasik.
(continued in part-II….)