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Our Mysore-Bengaluru Family Outing


Illuminated Mysore Palace

Illuminated Mysore Palace

Vidhan Souda, Bengaluru

Vidhan Souda, Bengaluru

We went for long overdue family vacation to Mysore and Bengaluru in first week of June (2016). There was uncertainty/doubt whether we would be able to get this break as well but finally we could make this memorable trip. After consulting friends and going through reviews, we decided to use KSRTC’s Diamond Class Airavat service to travel to Bengaluru and back.


Waiting for the bus @Swargate Bus Station

Waiting for the bus @Swargate Bus Station

While travel in Scania bus was comfortable, it took more than 15 hours to reach Bengaluru from Pune. It was expected to reach at 8:30AM instead it reached at 11:30AM. Although bus is capable of doing more than 85 kmph, there is a governor on the engine which limits the max speed to 85 kmph. Part of the reason for delay was this controlled speed. After getting down at Bengaluru, we realized that we will need to travel to satellite bus stand by shuttle bus to catch a bus to Mysore. It was simple enough but additional step that was not planned. There were plenty of options to reach Mysore from satellite bus stand. We took the KSRTC Saarige express bus to Mysore that reached destination in about 3.5 hrs.

Hotel Suhashini Palace, Mysore

Hotel Suhashini Palace, Mysore

Hotel Suhashini Palace, Mysore

We had requested pickup at Mysore bus stand to our hotel Suhashini Palace. It was provided promptly and with smile by desk manager. Hotel is in good locality and is definitely family friendly. We stayed in family room which had 4 independent beds. Room was quite spacious and AC worked quite well. Staff was friendly and gave all the information that I asked for. In fact our Bengaluru hotel was finalized after desk manager Prasad told me about Sheetal Residency Hotel in Majestic area of Bengaluru. Although hotel does not have any restaurant of its own. There is a modest but very nice vegetarian hotel named Hotel Santhosh. All the food items that we ate in the hotel were tasty and priced quite reasonably. One real good item that you can try there is Ghee Roast Masala Dosa! Filter Coffee was also excellent. In the evening, we visited Laxmivilas or Mysore Palace. Now a days, it is lighted for 30 minutes on Sunday between 7 and 7:30PM. It is quite a spectacle to see illuminated palace and other surrounding monuments.
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Our 2014 Year End GTG in Malshej Ghat

2014 year end AamhiMitra GTG venue was finalized as Malshej Ghat about a month in advance. Rajan booked 15 bed dormitory accommodation at MTDC Flamingo Resort, Malshej. Usually this location is most preferred during monsoon as thousands throng Malshej Ghat and enjoy exceptional scenery and waterfalls all along the winding ghat road. Ulhas and Avinash had experience with this resort before so without second thought we decided to go with it. We decided that weekend of 27th December was most suitable for majority of AamhiMitras. Also, this time we decided that one night stay is not good enough and hence we booked resort for two nights – 27th and 28th.

Following were the participants –
Avinash, Vandana, Sumedh
Sanju, Madhvi, Sanvida,
Ulhas, Swati, Rutuja
Gopal, Radhika
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Matheran AamhiMitra GTG–March 2011


DSC03382Long awaited AamhiMitra GTG finally happened on March 12 and 13th, 2011. We met in Hotel Ashok in Matheran. Although our get together was of short duration, we enjoyed it thoroughly. Avinash, Sanju B, Sanju K, Satish and Rajesh came from Kalyan side while Makarand and myself joined from Pune. We missed company of Ulhas and Ashish who could not make it for this GTG. Click pictures alongside or here.

Nostalgia – Karla Cycle Trip – December 1984!

Dec 1, 1984 - Sanju showing board of caution before climbing down Borghat. In those days, there was no expressway but just a two lane road including in the ghats!!! L-R - Sanju, Rajan, Ashish and VallabhThis trip is from our engineering college days. It’s close to our heart! A year before, we cycled from Mumbai to Pune but that time, we did not carry any camera. To commemorate 1 year of Pune Cycle Trip, we decided to once again go up the ghat up to Karla. The same team from last year – Rajan, Ashish, Sanju, Mohneesh and Vallabh – completed this cycle trip. We stayed at the same MTDC Karla resort room A-47 that we stayed in Dec 83 as well! These snaps are clicked by Ashish’s Agfa Click 4 camera.

January 2010 – Mahabaleshwar Trip

Friends - Rajan and Sanju @ Arthur SeatGauri and Madhavi @ Arthur seat pointIt has been our practice since last 6-7 years that we usher in new year with friends. This year was little different as four of our friend’s son/daughter were appearing for SSC exam. Due to this we dropped idea of grand scale year end bash. Sanju Badhe could squeeze in 3-4 days that gave some refreshing break to Vidisha who must have been pretty bored with all study and no play. He came with family to our house on December 31st. We then got Makarand and family to join us just for 31st eve.

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Manali 2010

View From Solang ValleyWe recently went to Manali Adventure Camp through Nature View – An organization run by Sangram and Shraddha Soman of Badlapur. The trip was from May 19th till May 31st including train journey. The overall group size was about 40 consisting mostly of kids in the age group of 5 till 17 years. There were few middle aged like us and few senior citizens. We gelled well and it was really enjoyable break for all of us! See our photos from the trip here.

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