Road Trip to Goa!

Upon hearing the word Goa we start thinking about beaches with golden sand and serene water, Shacks, Music, Parties, etc. Our visit to Goa for the new year’s eve is one of the most momentous trip of my life. At first when the trip was being planned I knew that my parents would never allow me to visit Goa for the new year’s celebration and that too on a road trip. But due to the perpetual insistence from my friends I gathered the courage to tell my father about the trip and asked for his permission. This was just a formality to shut the mouth of my friends as I knew he would never allow me to go on such lousy trips. That’s what he thought about such road trips I used to think. But to my surprise and sheer luck, he said YES. I was on cloud nine. It was like a miracle. We were elated.

Our ride, Maruti Swift Vdi was serviced a day before our departure. With the dawn of the new day we were ready to go. What lay ahead of us were two days of fun, gusto and open roads. Our first stop was at Vitava Petrol Pump. After getting the tank full we were all set to roll. Three friends, one destination and unlimited fun.

Our Route.

You can visit Goa via Trains, Flights, buses or private vehicles. With the rise in the number of biking groups, many bikers have started riding to Goa. I advice you to take on the road and your own vehicle if possible. I assure you it would be a memorable journey filled with several mesmerizing exhibition of nature’s beauty and some enduring memories to cherish.

The distance of Goa from Thane is approximately  615 kms and would take maximum 12 hours depending upon your speed and how often you stop. If you don’t have an idea about the road you can easily use a GPS or simply ask locals on your way for the directions. There are two major routes connecting Thane  to Goa

Mumbai to Goa via Ratnagiri:

If you are a nature lover then this route is for you. But let me tell you one thing that even if you are not very fond of it this road would make you fall in love with nature. The road goes through picturesque forests on its sides. It looks more beautiful in monsoon. But with beauty comes some risk. The roads are winding and has a lot of curves. So a steady speed must be maintained in order to avoid accidents.

Pune-Kolhapur Highway:

Many people choose this route for Goa in order to tackle traffic problems and also save time. People who are obsessed with speed also prefer this route. It is the best road to take if going to Goa as it has long unwinding roads with four lanes. The only drawback of this route according to me is the high number of toll booths. Repetitive toll booths are annoying.

Leaving Early In The Morning

We decided to take the Pune-Kolhapur Highway while going and the highway via Ratnagiri on our way back. Leaving at 6 in the morning we reached Kolhapur at 1 pm. We made a halt outside a local dhaba, for some authentic Kolhapuri lunch. We were delighted to have a scrumptious lunch consisting of spicy Chicken rassa, some yummy Misal and bhakris. Post the delicious lunch it was time for some rejuvenating sugar cane juice. It was refreshing and pure, unlike what we get in cities.  Finishing the juice We were again ready to roll.

Refreshing Sugarcane Juice.

After driving for a couple of hours we reached Amboli, a lovely hill station resting in the arms of the the Sahyadri ranges. Amboli is approx 135 Kms drive from Kolhapur. Having a quiescent climate and away from the hectic city life it attracts a lot of tourists especially in monsoon. We stopped to click a few pictures with the waterfall. After some clicks we again continued our journey. Our next stop was directly at Sawantwadi for some energizing chai.

Amboli Ghats
Amboli Waterfalls.
Somewhere before Sawantwadi.


We finally reached Goa at 5.30 in the evening. There was a big check post at the Goa border, mainly because of the new year. The number of cars crossing the check post was very high. The roads were fully packed. People not only from different parts of India, but from different parts of world visit Goa to welcome the new year.

Now the most important task was to find a nice and cheap hotel which looked very difficult in that peak season. After inquiring in various hotels we were a little worried. The rates were very high and the cheapest fare we got was 4000 per day. We even declined that.

Parking our car outside Baga beach we decided to relax for some time.The beach was crammed with people. The three of us landed ourselves comfortably on the cold sand. The atmosphere was enthralling. Some nice music, beautiful sunset and cold breeze. It was a perfect evening. Spending some quiet time at the beach we left for dinner. There was a different menu card for the new year and the rates were quite high. We ordered some Chinese food. One thing I noticed that the waiters don’t pay much attention to you  if you don’t have alcohol on your table and unfortunately we didn’t have. We were non drinkers. After dinner we were very tired and the only thing we wanted was some peaceful sleep. Not having any hotel to go we decided to spend the night in our car. This being the most awesome decision we took that made the trip worth remembering. Faizan took the driver’s seat while I took the non driver’s seat and Abhinav slept on the back seat. It was one of the most amazing sleep of my life.

The next day we woke up late from our luxurious beds. We took the car to the nearest petrol pump for refueling. Over there I saw a bathroom. It was pretty clean and we desperately needed to bathe. Parking our car at the side of the petrol pump, turn by turn we used the bathroom. Bathing in a petrol pump’s bathroom is something I had never imagined, but it was fun. We even got dressed at the petrol pump in the open. Having some fish steak burgers for breakfast we left to explore Goa.

We visited Aguada Fort, Calangute Beach, Vagator Beach and Chapora Fort.





Aguada Fort: It is one of the most popular tourist spots in Goa standing tall on the shore of the Mandovi River. This fort was built in the year 1612 and till now it is very well maintained and preserved. One of the outstanding feature of the fort is its four storey lighthouse built in 1864. I advise you to visit Aguada fort first as it is very big and you’ll have to walk a lot.

Calangute Beach: Calangute Beach is located 15 kms from Panaji in North Goa. It is also called as the Queen of Beaches. It doesn’t matter at what time of the year you visit,this beach is always crowded.


Vagator Beach: Adjacent to the famous Anjuna Beach is Vagator Beach. This beach is less crowded as compared to other beaches like Baga or Calangute. It’s a peaceful place to witness the beautiful sunset.

Chapora Fort: Popularly known as “Dil Chahta Hai Fort” Chapora fort is located high above the Chapora River. About 10 kms from Mapusa this fort was built in 1617. The fort is very old and very popular among tourist, but sadly it is not very well maintained. There is no proper parking facility. Moreover, there is no proper access to the fort. You have to climb a lot, but once you reach the top you will realize that it was worth your effort.




We visited only a few places as our trip was only about 2 days and our main aim was to experience new year’s celebration in Goa.

By sunset we went to Baga beach. It was the last night of the year and the milieu was breathtaking.

Last sunset of the year

The crowd had gone berserk. Every single shack was full with people. Finally the countdown for the new year began and as the clock ticked 12 there were some splendid fireworks all over the beach. The black sky got painted with various radiant colors. It was enticing. It was a night worth remembering.

We smoked hukka till 5 in the morning, which was very awful and expensive. After that we went to our car for some sleep. In the morning around 9 with left for Vasco to pick a friend who was to travel with us to Thane. Reaching Vasco we used the public bathroom to get fresh. We changed our clothes on the side of road which was very awkward but we didn’t have any option. Getting some burgers for breakfast we were ready to leave.  Leaving exactly at 12 noon from Vasco we reached Thane at 2 am by taking the highway via Ratnagiri.The highway via Ratnagiri is very much scary at night.

Though the trip was very short, the experience and the memories we made in those 2 days were simply amazing.

Ride to Ladakh 2015

When someone says Ladakh we automatically start thinking about huge barren mountains, azure skies, colorful Tibetan flags, serene Pangong Lake and most important the beast – Royal Enfield. Also known as the Land of High Passes, Ladakh is an ultimate destination for adventure lovers. The trip to Ladakh was a long awaited trip for me and my friends. Ladakh was like a dream for all of us. It had become an obsession. The trip was being planned for more than a year. Getting delayed from May due to a friend’s marriage, it was rescheduled to August 2015. We were very excited for the trip.


The plan was to reach Jammu by train and parcel our motorcycles from Bandra Terminus to Jammu two days prior to our departure. To be on the safer side Tickets was booked three months before the trip in the month of April. So Jammu was the starting point of Ride To Ladakh 2015.


On the morning of 9th August 2015, our dream journey began. Swaraj Express departs from Bandra Terminus at 7.55 am and covering distance of 1952 kms it reaches Jammu at 14.40. This journey will definitely make you to witness some breathtaking landscapes and sceneries. We reached Jammu Tawi around 3 pm and directly rushed toward the parcel office. It came as a relief to see our motorcycles reaching there safely. Completing the formalities we took our motorcycles and started our hunt for rooms.

It was a hot day in Jammu. The climate was scorching and by the time we found a decent and convenient hotel we were dripping with sweat. After getting fresh we took our motorcycles to the nearby mechanic for some minor repairs. Post dinner we were ready for the much needed sleep as we were completely drained.

Itinerary of Ride to Ladakh 2015:

AUG  11  DAY 1    –  Jammu to Srinagar.

AUG  12  DAY 2   – Srinagar to Dodhpathri


AUG  13  DAY 3   – Gulmarg to Srinagar.

AUG 14   DAY 4   – Srinagar to Dras.

AUG 15   DAY 5   – Dras to Leh via Kargil War Memorial for Independence Day Celebration.

AUG 16   DAY 6   – Leh Sightseeing.

AUG 17   DAY 7   – River Rafting.

AUG 18   DAY 8   – Khardung La.

AUG 19   DAY 9   – Pangong Tso.

AUG 20   DAY 10 – Pangong Tso to Leh.

AUG 21   DAY 11 – Leh to Pang.

AUG 22   DAY 12 – Pang to Manali.

AUG 23   DAY 13 – Manali sightseeing.

AUG 24   DAY 14 – Manali to Chandigarh.

AUG 25   DAY 15 – Bikes transportation to Mumbai.

AUG 26   DAY 16 – Back to Mumbai from Chandigarh.

Here is a list of essential things one should carry for a Bike Ride to Ladakh:

  • Water: Dehydration can result in some serious health issues at such a high altitude hence having sufficient quantity of water is very important. Drinking water at regular interval is vitally important.
  • Documents: Drivers License, One Identity Proof and all the documents regarding the motorcycle like RC Book, Insurance, PUC etc should be carried. If you are not taking your own motorcycle or it is not registered on your name then you are required to carry a non objection letter by the person on whose name the motorcycle is registered.
  • Medicines: Having a proper First Aid kit is must. Medicines for AMS ( Acute mountain sickness) is must. Moreover medicines for headache, stomach ache, fever, cold and cough should be carried without fail.
  • Clothes: Riding Jacket of a high standard along with fine gloves and a balaclava is very essential. You should also carry proper woolen clothes, warm inner and clothes which can be worn in layers so you can easily adjust your attire according to the existing temperature. You will be crossing a couple of streams on your way hence, it is advisable to carry water resistant shoes.
  • A postpaid SIM as a prepaid SIM would be dysfunctional once you enter into the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
  • Extra clutch and accelerator cables.
  • Extra Tyre tubes and puncture kits.
  • Tyre inflator and Air Compressor Pump.
  • A Proper Tool Kit.
  • Sunscreen and Lip Balm.
  • Chargers, Extra Batteries and Memory Cards.
  • Sturdy Helmet and UV Sunglasses.
  • Extra key of your motorcycle.

In my next blog read about our journey from Jammu to the beautiful Srinagar which happens to be the first stop of Ride To Ladakh 2015, as we move a step closer to our dream.




Bike Ride To Kashid.

It was the last day of April. At this time of the year Summer is at its strongest in Mumbai. The scorching heat along with the tormenting hot wind becomes unbearable. We desperately needed a getaway at least for a day to get some relief from the fierce weather. And after a small meeting and a brief discussion on our WhatsApp group, a bike ride to Kashid Beach was finalized.

About Kashid: Kashid is a very popular beach town in the north Kokan region of Maharashtra. It is mainly known for its sun-kissed beaches with white sand and serene blue sea. The beach is stretched up to 3 kms and is considered one of the cleanest beach of the Kokan region. Kashid beach is very popular among tourists during holidays especially summer but remains deserted during weekdays. The feeling of sitting tranquilly on the cold sand with cold breeze blowing around and witnessing the beauteous sunset is totally spellbinding. The beach has many water sports like Banana Ride ATV, Jet ski and Para sailing. The charges for water sports are less as compared to Goa.

Its is around 125 kms from Thane and approx 135 kms from Mumbai.

How to Reach:

By Bus: All buses that regularly ply between Mumbai Central-Murud halt at Kashid.

By Ferry: You can take Ferry service from Gateway of India to Mandava beach. From Mandava beach you’ll need to take an MSRTC bus to Alibaug. Then from Alibaug station private shared tempo to a naka (road junction) near Kashid. It would take approximately 1 hour to reach there.

Nearest Airport -Mumbai (130kms), Pune (170kms).

Nearest Railway Station – Kolad(57kms), Nagothane(63kms), Khopoli(105kms).

Our Route.
Our Route.

We were a group of six people out of which four had already been to Kashid. It was my first time. Our rides were an Avenger 220, a Pulsar 200NS and a Pulsar 180. Next day i.e May 1st around 8 in the morning we commenced our excursion. Just before the start of our ride I got a little tensed as the other two pillion riders were wearing balaclavas and over it they were wearing helmets. I didn’t have either of them leaving my face completely exposed to the harrowing sun. That was my greatest mistake. It is highly recommended to cover your face and head from the direct rays of the sun. Wearing a balaclava and helmet is must even for the pillion riders. If you are going by bike I will advise you to start your ride early in the morning, especially in the summer so that you can reach Kashid before afternoon. Riding in the afternoon heat can be very tiring and could ruin the day. This was the mistake we did. Our first halt was at a petrol pump in Navi Mumbai. To be on the safer side Rs.800 of petrol was filled in each bike. It was very hot so we stopped outside the petrol pump to have some cold drinks.

Getting refreshed after refueling.
Getting refreshed after refueling.

Once we left Navi Mumbai we directly made a halt at Vadkal Naka for some refreshing soda and milk cold drinks. On your way you would also pass through the famous Karnala Bird sanctuary.

Halt near Vadkal Naka for some soda and milk cold drinks.
Halt near Vadkal Naka for some soda and milk cold drinks.
Enroute Kashid!!
Enroute Kashid!!
On our way back!!
On our way back!!

From Vadkhal, the road diverges from the Mumbai-Goa highway and extends to Alibaug. The road passes through the fascinating kokan villages and lovely green forests.

The road passing through lovely green forests.
The road passing through lovely green forests.

Traffic is very less on this road which runs along the resplendent sea. This stretch of the road fades away all your tiredness with its marvelous view.

The road to Kashid running along the resplendent sea.
The road to Kashid running along the resplendent sea.
Just before reaching Kashid Beach.
Just before reaching Kashid Beach.

We finally reached Kashid beach around 1 pm. Parking our bikes we settled ourselves under the shed near the beach and relaxed for sometime. Some Maggi and bhurji pav were ordered for lunch. It is advisable to carry your own food if its a one day trip. There’s a small stall just outside the beach that serves Egg Bhurji, Maggi, kanda (onion) bhajiya, chips, cold drinks and tea. But these items are quite expensive. We had a light lunch as we had to go into the water.

Our rides!!
Our rides!!


Horse rides on the beach.
Horse rides on the beach.

After sometime we got changed and entered into the water. The water was warm and clean.

Relaxing in the warm water.
Relaxing in the warm water.
Crashing Waves!!
Crashing Waves!!

After spending some soothing time in the water and playing with the waves we went to get changed. There are two small bathroom behind the food stall where you can change your clothes. The charge for using the bathroom is 20 Rs. per person. After getting changed it was time for some group photo.

The Gang!!
The Gang!!
On our way back.
On our way back.

Some beautiful sunset shots taken on our way back.

The Beast!!
The Beast!!

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