Off the beaten path in Maharashtra: Phaltan-Satara with Jakson Inns

This is my 100th post on Wannabemaven. Three years and 100 posts, that’s the longest I have stuck to any hobby. Many persistent efforts later, the blog is getting noticed. Occasionally travel brands reach out and if it interests me, I am always willing to collaborate. Earlier this year, on…

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Meeting Olive Ridleys at Velas Turtle Festival, Maharashtra

A small coastal town in the Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra is home to the annual Velas Turtle Festival. The endangered Olive Ridley Turtles thrive in warm tropical waters of the Pacific and Indian Ocean and India is a hotspot breeding ground for them. If you want to see hordes of these…

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Add Silvassa to your list of weekend getaways

After returning from Udaipur, there was going to be no big trip for a while. But my feet were itching to travel. So I decided to do a short road trip to Silvassa. Silvassa gets its name from the Portuguese word ‘Silva’ meaning wood. The city is the capital of…

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In search of the Nagla Bunder Fort, Thane and an unexpected discovery

It was a while since I rode the bike so I did a short road trip to Ghodbunder last week. We were supposed to end the trip at Hotel Fountain at the Thane-Ghodbunder junction after treating ourselves to Kheema Pao and Chai. But we changed our minds after I saw…

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Celebrating the Bhandara festival at Khandoba Temple, Jejuri

bhandara festival jejuri - Khandoba Temple near Pune

I was randomly surfing the web one evening when I saw a picture of a temple in Jejuri covered in carpets of yellow. A quick search told me that the spectacle is called the “Bhandara Festival”. Bhandara is turmeric and the festival is related to a local God named Khandoba.…

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Beach Hopping in Maharashtra

The one thing Maharashtra must be thankful for is the Arabian Sea. Western Maharashtra is blessed with a wonderful coastline stretching 720km and dotted with beaches, both popular and pristine. There is a beach in Maharashtra for whatever your reasons – adventure sports, powdery white sands, virgin, secluded and/or a…

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Rafting the Kundalika – My Tryst with Adventure in Kolad

Kolad River rafting-Kundalika River

I’ve been discovering places one weekend at a time. But slowly my wanderlust was wearing off from exploring food, forts and treks around Mumbai. I now wanted a new adventure! I happened to read about river rafting in Kolad, a small village in Maharashtra with a population of thirteen thousand. Kolad is…

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Everything you need to know about Exploring Aurangabad in 3 Days

It was a long weekend when Holi coincided on a Friday. I quickly planned a trip to Aurangabad. Three days is all I had and it was sufficient time to explore Aurangabad (strictly from a corporate slave perspective). Aurangabad is great for history lovers. There are caves, forts, Mughal architecture…

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Sula Vineyards Tour – Day Trip from Mumbai

I’ve been planning a trip to Sula Vineyards since time immemorial. Sula Vineyards is quite versatile a location – Perfect for wine lovers, great for offbeat travel and apt as a weekend getaway. You must know, Nashik is the wine capital of India and Sula Vineyards has had an important…

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History connects itself at Vajreshwari Temple

I visited Vajreshwari temple a couple of days back and was surprised to learn that the temple shares its history with Bassein Fort, a structure I visited earlier this year. Located on a hillock on the outskirts of Vasai, Vajreshwari Temple is dedicated to Goddess Vajreshwari – An incarnation of Goddess…

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Top 5 Things To Do In Navi Mumbai

India's Tallest Indian Flag - Things to do in Navi Mumbai

Officially planned city of Navi Mumbai is often seen as a residential surrounding. The township accommodates lakhs of people, some of whom, on a daily basis commute to commercially vibrant Mumbai. Residential towers are increasingly being built here, malls are not uncommon and elite restaurants have sprung up in every…

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Road Tripping in Gujarat – 3 Nights 4 cities

Road trips from Mumbai - Kabootar-Khana-in-Champaner-Pavagad-Archaelogical-park

Earlier in 2014, I received 2 invitations to travel from friends. First was a wedding in Churu, Rajasthan; Second was an invite to Daman for a friend’s family occasion. Unfortunately, I had to choose between the two. Nevertheless, I gleefully murmured – “Good start to 2014”. South Gujarat is very…

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Celebrity Wax Museum, Lonavala: A Poor Man’s Madame Tussauds

Karla Caves and Celebrity Wax Museum have ranked high on my list of must see places in Lonavla. The latter had more of my attention since it was our very own Indian Madame Tussauds. A wax museum in India and so close to Mumbai had me eyeing this location for a…

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