Nargol Trip

DSC00853DSC00791(May 23-25, 2008) During summer vacation for kids, we were planning a short outing for quite some time. After tons of emails/phone calls, finally three families – our, Sanju and Avinash – made it to Nargol. While I drove from Pune, Sanju and Avinash came in Sumo from Kalyan. For me drive was more than 310 kms one way. I drove via expressway up to Kalamboli and then took Thane-Belapur Road and then Ghodbunder Road. Then we turned right on NH-8 – Western Express Highway to Nargol. We met at Manor. Sanju and Avinash waited for me there. We took left at Aamgao – just after 11 kms after Talasari then via Sanjan we came to sleepy town of Nargol. We had three fun filled days there. Nargol is still not commercialized and hence there are no crowds. The town is sleepy even during morning hours. It was pretty humid out there and as the bunglow that we rented – courtesy Bhushan – Gauri’s cousin brother – was very near beach, we were sweating a lot. But all that was forgotten once we came on the beach or stayed in the shade of “Suruche Ban”. Our kids simply would not want to come out of the waters. We too played in water. We also visited Mango Wadi owned by Bhushan. Here for the first time in my life, I saw mangoes touching the ground. There were hundreds of mangoes that could be plucked by bare hands – even for short person or kids. There were three varieties – Keshar, Balsad Alphanso and Rajapuri. One of the two nights – we gents stayed in the open malran next to the wadi. It was fun. There are no hotels etc for eating in Nargol but Bhushan is a great cook and we enjoyed eating different/variety food made by him. We played “mendhicoat” as well. This was perhaps the only trip where we did not do too much travel after reaching destination – part of the reason was driver of Sumo was fussy as he came out of Maharashtra although he had declared that he would travel within Maharashtra when he started from Thane. Anyway! All in all it was one heck of a trip. We captured moments using two still cameras – Sanju’s and my camera. You can view the photos here.