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. [attachment=4:kq6ikbbq]Goa Maha Trip 2.JPG[/attachment:kq6ikbbq] [attachment=3:kq6ikbbq]Goa Maha Trip 3.JPG[/attachment:kq6ikbbq] [attachment=2:kq6ikbbq]Goa Maha Trip 4.JPG[/attachment:kq6ikbbq] [attachment=1:kq6ikbbq]Goa Maha Trip 5.JPG[/attachment:kq6ikbbq] 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. [attachment=0:kq6ikbbq]Goa Maha Trip 6.JPG[/attachment:kq6ikbbq] Many more to come.