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MY FIAT LINEA HAD A DATE WITH GOA/MAHABALESHWAR/MUMBAI/PUNE

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  1. J Ravi

    J Ravi Esperto

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    MY FIAT LINEA HAD A DATE WITH MAHABALESHWAR

    Part 2: Goa to Mahabaleshwar

    DAY 3: 1 March 2010, Monday

    We entered Maharashtra near Sawantwadi. The cops stopped and checked all the vehicles coming from Goa side. But, we were asked to go without stopping. Then, it was non-stop drive to Mahabaleshwar. The distance from Ginger Goa to MTDC, Mahabaleshwar was 409 km via NH 17 and SH 72. The route was picturesque. NH 17 was excellent. There were many ghat sections en route. Near Ratnagiri BP, I got my Fiat Linea's fuel tank filled up. The petrol price in Maharashtra was less by Rs 3 per litre compared to Bangalore. On the way, we clicked some photographs of sunset after Chiplun, as suggested by my MMI Lx130 navigator. At Poladpur, we had to take right turn and go on SH 72 to reach Mahabaleshwar. The road was not good near Poladpur, but improved later all the way to Mahabaleshwar. At this juncture, I must mention that all the signages including milestones and warning boards on NH 17 were in Marathi only. English signages were very few. Those who do not know reading Marathi or Devanagari script will have tough time. I also found many private vehicles sporting Marathi registration number plates.

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    We reached MTDC, Mahabaleshwar, at 8:30 pm. We had to pay pollution tax for the car and entry ticket for occupants [four persons], totaling to Rs 90. I kept the receipts with me and whenever somebody asked me to pay tax, I showed them and I was allowed to go without any monetary transactions. The MTDC campus was huge. We saw very few guests staying there. There is nothing to praise about the place. The special suite allotted to us was in need of painting and extensive repairing. I will not stay there if I visit Mahabaleshwar, the next time. The snacks, biscuits and fruit juice that we brought served as dinner and we slept in no time after a tiring day.

    DAY 4: 2 March 2010, Tuesday

    I knew that strawberry with cream and makkai pattice are synonymous with Mahabaleshwar. We had our brunch, evening tea and dinner at Madhur Strawberry Garden located near Venna lake. These two popular items figured in our menu in all the occasions.
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    Many more to come.

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  2. J Ravi

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    Here, I have to tell something about my MMI Lx130 navigator. It was acting like a friend, philosopher and guide all along. But, while going to the cluster of points here, it goofed up. Ultimately, I had to seek the direction for these places from the tax collector, who guided me properly. Please note that it goofed up only once in the entire 2887-km long trip.

    We visited many points like Marjorie Point, Monkey Point, Arthur Point, Hunter Point, Echo Point, Malcum Point, Savitri Point, Kate’s Point, ending with Mumbai Sunset Point. Here are the pictures which are self-explanatory.

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    As usual, many more to come!

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  3. J Ravi

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    More peaks, more photographs.

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  4. VahanPujari

    VahanPujari Staff Member Janitor

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    Re: MY FIAT LINEA HAD A DATE WITH GOA/MAHABALESHWAR/MUMBAI/P

    Take NH17 once. Its picturesque & awesome. If you're a lone driver, however, its a bit tiring. More details here --->>> http://www.teamfiat.co.in/forum/viewtopic.php?f=25&t=57

    The other usual route of Mumbai-Pune-Kolhapur-Goa is here --->> http://www.teamfiat.co.in/forum/viewtopic.php?f=25&t=36
  5. J Ravi

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    More peaks, more pictures.

    Just one observation. All the points and peaks still have the old British names.

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    It goes without saying: more to come!

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    More photographs of Mahabaleshwar.
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    Statutory warning: More to come!

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    DAY 5: 3 March 2010, Wednesday

    We checked out of MTDC Holiday Resort by 8:30 am, breakfasted at Madhur Strawberry Garden and started our journey to Mumbai. We took the same route up to Poladpur via SH 72, and then, NH 17. En route, we passed by the side of Savitri Dam.
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    To be continued.

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    Part 3: Mahabaleshwar-Mumbai-Pune-Bangalore

    DAY 5: 3 March 2010, Wednesday

    The distance from MTDC Holiday Resorts, Mahabaleshwar to Oritel Service Apartments, Andheri [E], Mumbai, was 232 km via SH 72 and NH 17. We had a tea break at Vithal Kamat, Mahad and lunch break at Vithal Kamat, Panvel. We reached Oritel by 4 pm. We rested, refreshed and started for Marine Drive by 8 pm. Even at that time, there was bumper-to-bumper traffic with gridlock at many junctions. But, I was not surprised as I had experienced this mess earlier. My MMI Lx130 navigator guided me well and took me through Bandra-Worli Sea Link. We enjoyed Marine Drive, Gateway of India and Taj Hotel. We enjoyed chat items from the vendor Sharmajee’s at one end of Marine Drive. I was determined in two aspects:

    1. I should return home with my Fiat Linea’s logo/badge/monograms intact
    2. I should not allow others to touch my Fiat Linea’s front/rear/ sides

    So, one of us acted as watch & ward for my Fiat Linea at public places. I drove extra carefully in order to avoid any collision with other vehicles. I must thank my stars as I was successful in my target.

    The Rumbler Strip provided on NH 17 was very nice. I found the Rumbler Strip installed in all the village limits. Our Karnataka PWD/NH/NHAI engineers/contractors should learn to copy this model in Karnataka.

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    More Mumbai photographs.
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    DAY 6: 4 March 2010, Thursday

    We returned to our service apartment at 1:30 am.

    Here, I must tell about Oritel Service Apartments. This air-conditioned apartment comprised two bedrooms and living room. Dedicated and secured car parking was available. It had swimming pool, gymnasium, in-house restaurant, etc. The tariff was Rs 7 k plus luxury tax of Rs 700, totaling to Rs 7,700 per day for four persons, complimentary buffet breakfast included. The staff was courteous and helpful.

    We had sumptuous breakfast leisurely and rested. In the afternoon and night, we went through Bandra-Worli Sea Link.
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  10. Ravi

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    Hey nice report Ravi. You have captured your tour nicely.

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