Summer Vacation Trip Part 2

So the day we arrived in Pune that is 7th June 2009 was a rest day for everyone except me. I had my first blogger’s meet that day which I described in my earlier post.

8th June 2009 :- We hired a vehicle to take us to Khandala and Lonavala and back. The driver turned out to be a mobile phone addict!! Thank god we had a safe trip. We stopped at a little restaurant “Shiv Sagar” just outside Aundh. The food was tasty and reasonably priced. Thats the place, our hired car, my parents and my sister’s MIL.


After filling our stomachs we moved on. The Pune – Mumbai Expressway was beautiful and the long tunnel awesome!


As it hadn’t started raining yet, all the waterfalls and greenery were dry in Khandala and Lonavala. So we didn’t get to enjoy much in the hot sun. We found Lonavala to be better than Khandala though. It sure was windy in Lonavala as you can see my new hairstyle. We bought the famous Lonavala Chikki and came back to Pune by evening.

khandala lonavala

9th June 2009 :- Again we hired a vehicle from the same guy to take us around Pune. And ended up with the same driver. First of all we went to Aga Khan Palace in Pune. It was a wonderful place with such green surroundings and peaceful atmosphere.

The Aga Khan Palace Pune is a national monument of India’s freedom movement. Following the launch of Quit India movement in 1942, Gandhiji, his wife Kasturba, his secretary Mahadevbhai Desai were interned at the palace from August 9, 1942 to May 6, 1944. Mahadevbhai and Kasturba passed away while in captivity at the Agakhan palace and their samadhis are located in the campus.Situated near the River Mula, the palace is a simple memorial to Gandhi and his life. The famous movie ‘Gandhi’ was shot here.

aga khan palace

Then we went onto see Pataleshwar Caves and the adjoining Shri Jangli Maharaj Mandir. Maybe be Nita or Suda will be able to shed light on the question – who was he? I don’t know 🙂 I was surprised to find so many office goers ( from their attire and bags) lounging around with newspaper or some book in that mandir and caves area on a late weekday morning.

jungli maharaj mandir

From there we went to visit Shaniwarvada, a palace fort built by the Peshwas.


Then we went to see the Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum. It was awesome but camera was charged at Rs 150 extra!! It was too much! But yes it is indeed a place to take snaps. Such wonderful artifacts. Maybe I will take photos when I go to Pune next time. From there we went to Nivant Garden Restaurant on Paud Road. There were three sections at that place – one ac section full of agarbatti smoke, one hot garden considering there was no wind and one inside with very less fans. We were all sweaty by the time we finished eating. I won’t recommend the place in summer. The chilly chicken dish in Pune restaurants (I saw in 2 of them) is quite different from other places. It is served as long slices!

After lunch we skipped a few places and went to Khadakwasla Dam which didn’t turn out to be much enjoyable at afternoon.


Then we came to back to hotel. On way the driver stopped the vehicle and went to attend some personal work. He was gone for around 45 mins! Atleast this time he didn’t play bad songs like he had done on our Khandala trip.

55 thoughts on “Summer Vacation Trip Part 2

  1. 150 rs for a camera was too much!!! I might have laughed and kept it in the car! 😛
    The Pune Mumbai expressway is quite impressive. I haven’t been to that part but everyone praises it to the skies.

  2. The Mubai Pune expressway is really very good and so is the Mumbai Lonavala route!!! Last year we had gone to Lonavala in the rainy season and the route was beautiful!!!

  3. The tunnel’s looking as good as ever.. 🙂
    And yes, Lonavala-Khandala is much better when visited during the rains…
    Nice pictures!

  4. The second pic is very Hollywood Movie-ish 😀
    kinda like a scene with some random song running in the background 🙂

    Shanivarwada looks beautiful! and quite majestic!

    yeah your hairstyle says that it was very windy 😛

    *Random comment*- mere pass bhi iss colour ka kurta hai
    *random comment ends * 😀

    The last pic is so serene 🙂
    Please send some of that water (even a bucketful would do 😀 ) here 😛

    I saw the new pic on the sidebar 😀 back to work eh? 😀
    All the best! 🙂


    • thanks! that photo is my personal fave! arree kurta ki baat mat karo. saved myself from embarrassment somehow when i saw a girl wearing a same kurta as mine in a mall…all these kurtas bought from malls are dangerous. Has your school started?

  5. That looks like it was a great trip. I hope to one day visit that area. You have a wonderful blog. I love the fact that you support so many causes. You seem like an amazingly kind person who truly cares about the world and everyone in it. You are amazing and your blog is amazing as well.

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  7. It was awesome but camera was charged at Rs 150 extra!! It was too much!

    I guess you’ve never been to a fort or palace before, eh! Its quite common to pay anywhere between Rs.20 & Rs.200 for a still photo camera & more for a video camera. 🙂

      • It varies from place to place. In Rajasthan you will find a lot of places charging on the higher side. I think I paid Rs.100 in Amer Fort in Jaipur last time I was there! 🙂

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