Exploring the least explored…

I hail from a state which is rarely found on a travel itinerary, and that’s a pity, for it homes some of India’s oldest history and culture. And it always makes me feel low when I see such lists. This is my attempt to bring out some hidden gems of Andhra Pradesh and also fulfilling my wish of travelling to the least explored destinations. This trip came as a surprise as one of my friend called me and asked me whether I am going to visit Anantapur during a long weekend in December, which we discussed earlier and I asked him to give me a couple of days to decide.

It took me a day to decide and here’s the outcome of that decision ๐Ÿ™‚ . This trip is also one of my most memorable trips as I have traveled almost 2500 kms in 4 days that to only by buses (public as well as private transport)! Though I was exhausted a lot after the journey, I thoroughly enjoyed my trip and feeling so happy to share this travel tale with you all ๐Ÿ™‚ . Hope you love it and start exploring my state a bit more from now!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Bye.. Bye.. Mumbai..

13.11.2016:

07.30 hrs – We reached Dadar from where we can catch a shared cab to the famous hill-stations Khandala and Lonavla. Yes, our today’s plan is to explore a bit of these two hill-stations! And this is also a part of my to-do bucket list. A drive along one of the finest roadways of India, the Mumbai-Pune Expressway, which are the highest class of roads in the Indian Road Network. My cousin and nephew dropped us here after we got a cab and our driver is Rahman kaka (uncle). Usually they charge Rs. 150 or 200 for each person, thanks for the demonetization, they asked us for Rs. 300 each and we reduced it to Rs. 250 ๐Ÿ™‚

We opted a cab drive for two reasons, one – this is the fastest way to reach Lonavla, two – the road is one of a kind and we must try it at least once! Though we got another co-passenger, kaka was not happy and wanted two more passengers to carry on with the drive. As we were waiting, two more guys joined us on the back seat, while Mythri and I occupied the middle seats and another girl occupied the front seat. 8.30 hrs – It took us half-an-hour to hit the Expressway and just for info, an expressway is a controlled-access highway; it is a highway that controls entrances to it and exitsย from it by incorporating the design of the slip roads for entry and exit into the design of the highwayย itself.ย 

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The Mumbai Pune Expressway, officially the Yashwantrao Chavan Expressway is India’s first six-lane concrete, high-speed, access controlled tolled expressway. It spans a distance of 93 km (58 mi) connecting Mumbai with Pune.ย This expressway has reduced the travel timeย between the cities of Mumbai and Pune to approximately two hours and also reduced the traffic on the Mumbai-Chennai highway. The drive along this road is smooth as well as fast and soon we were to find why this is one of the most beautiful routes in India.ย 

The road makes its way through the Sahyadri mountains, a part of the Western Ghats and the smooth road offered us a magnificent view of the rolling hills which are draped with a blanket of brown-colored vegetation, leaving us to our own imagination of these during the monsoon. Am sure that, the road offers magnificent views of the lush green hills, verdant valleys, waterfalls and lakes during the rainy season and making the beauty of this route one of its kind ๐Ÿ™‚ . Looking forward for one such views!

Another attraction of this road are the tunnels carved in the Sahyadris and they are very well-lit to provide enough lights for the vehicles moving. This is my first experience on such kind of roads, as I didn’t see as many as the tunnels I had seen on this road. And the speed of the vehicles are insane and one of my wild fantasies is to have a bike ride on this road :-p ๐Ÿ˜‰ . I know it’s a kinda impossible task, but who knows, probably one day I can make it through ๐Ÿ˜‰

10.00 hrs – It took us around 90 mins to reach Lonavla and we were ready to begin our adventure ๐Ÿ™‚