Having clocked 1,00,000 KM in my car and having captured 340 species of birds in my camera, I keep wondering - WHERE NEXT! A blog about my long drives across different states of India, my Birding experience, Wildlife, Photography & all other exciting moments that I share along the way.
Pune to Mahabaleshwar and back: 300 KM Pune to Mumbai and back: 300 KM Pune to Hyderabad: 580 KM
I got a new job with a good raise, it’s time to celebrate.
Between the dates of resignation and joining, I got a few days at my disposal.
And what could be a better use of these days other than going on a long drive.
Perfect timing to fulfill one of my driving dreams i.e. to drive on the Mumbai
– Pune expressway at the highest possible speed. The timing was also perfect, an ex collegue and friend was in Pune, also another friend was there in Symbi , brother was there in
Mumbai. So I immediately decided to make this trip happen.
Day 1: 20-Mar-2010 (Saturday) Left Hyd early morning,
reached Pune around lunch time. Had lunch at friend's place, went to Symbiosis, met
my friend and went for shopping. Spent the night at friend's place. The road to Pune in general was good for 90% journey, only a
slight stretch between AP and Maharashtra was a stretch of Karnataka. That was
not so good. Other than that it was good road to drive. Not much of traffic and
majorly 4 lane.
Day 2: 21-Mar-2010 (Sunday) From Pune to Mahabaleshwar and
back. Again roads were just good enough to enjoy the drive, very scenic,
mahabaleshwar is known for that, crossed panchgani before reaching
mahabaleshwar, heard about it so much for its boarding schools, saw it for the
first time. A real scenic heaven – Panchgani is beautiful indeed. Was back to
Pune by 4-30 PM after visiting all the various viewpoints in Mahabaleshwar.
Day 3: 22-Mar-2010 (Monday) Had lunch with my friend from Symbi
Day 4: 23-Mar-2010 (Tuesday) Pune to Mumbai, went to bother’s
place, in the evening went to cousin’s home, stayed there for the night. So
this was the drive I was waiting for since I bought my car. Mumbai Pune
Expressway – it is worth driving once. Till now the best of the highways I have
driven. And I pushed my pedal this time, just to check how far can my car zoom.
And after 180 KMPH I started feeling scared. The car was ready for more, but
not me. That was my threshold. 180 KMPH I might never cross again in my life. I
was fearing since my car tyre specs said they are meant for 180KMPH, although
my car was capable of much more. I was very happy to see the Audis and BMWs
fading in my rear view mirror, although I know very well, I will never be able
to beat them if they actually start racing. Still the fun and the thrill was a
lot and this gamble with my life for once was okay I believe. Atleast I will
cherish this memory all my life to come. But a sincere word of advice here to
all readers – please don’t try this – speeding at 180 KMPH is too risky.
Day 5: 24-Mar-2010 (Wednesday) Morning came back to brother's home and left back for Pune. Reached Pune. I took a gamble with my life not
once but twice. This time again I pushed it all through, just couldn't resist
the temptation. I would still say please don’t try it ever. It's too risky. If even
1 person loves you on this earth then for his / her sake don’t push your paddle
to the limit. NEVER.
Day 6: 25-Mar-2010 (Thursday) At friend's place
Day 7: 26-Mar-2010 (Friday) At friend's place
Day 8: 27-Mar-2010 (Saturday) Left Pune reached Hyd 5-30 PM
finally I successfully touch the West of India. I have done, north, east, south
and this takes me to west. GO FIDA once again.