It was month of June and rains had not yet arrived in Mumbai - Nasik belt. We left Mumbai in papaji's SUV in mid afternoon and by the time we reached Nasik, it was getting dark as sun wanting to go home earlier in June evenings as compared to summer days. It had also started pouring light showers.
We decided to halt at our usual Hotel Panchvati which is quite famous in Nasik. With nothing to do in evening, we were off for quick dinner and a walk. I cannot resist the chance of doing some purchase for home when I am outstation, So here I was with my resins, Nasik chiwda purchase.As grapes being one product Nasik is famous for, you get good quality dry grapes or resins and wine, But alcohol being strictly prohibited in my house, was not my list.
We had decided to get up as early at 6am so after another 90km drive from Nasik to Shirdi, We could be in line for darshan early as it could take anything from 2 hours to even 4hours in queue for darshan depending upon the season. But we could barely open our eyes by 8am, We were ready by 9.30am were off to Shirdi.
On our way, we got lured by Nasik - Ozhar road !!!!!!!!, I mean we got deviated from usual Nasik - Shirdi road and by the time we were deep 50kms inside that we realised that road doesn't seem to be the one we usually take while going to Shirdi !!!! But worth mentioning is amazing road which passes by India'a airforce base and is traffic less. On checking with some locals and helpful aunty who stopped her car and asked her son to get the correct direction for us from the locals by communicating in rural Marathi. Going back 50kms to Nasik and taking another 80Kms to Shirdi didn't seem to be feasible and locals asking us to take the bypass road passing through rural villages which would be much faster.
Later while doing some google search, found that the river which we passed by originates at Trimbak near Nasik and swells into second largest river in India flowing for more than 1400 kms and joins Bay of Bengal flowing through Andhra pradesh. "The Godavari river". I still get that "WOW" feeling when I watch those moments captured in my lens on the banks of the river, not knowing at that time that we were on banks of second largest river in India !!!!
Papaji and I have been visiting Shirdi every 6-8 months in his SUV and on one of other trips to Shirdi, while coming back from Sinnar, we took a Nasik bypass road to Mumbai. Enroute we came across a wind farm on surrounding hills. Amazed and curious to look at wind farm, first for me !!!! We drove on the hill, capturing India's progress in green technology generating energy from Winds.