Malshej Ghat : Weekend Trip

Malshej Ghat is located 117 km from Navi Mumbai. Its in-between Kalyan-Ahmednagar Road. It is a popular picnic spot during monsoon, frequented by weekend warriors of Mumbai.

Most people visit this place to enjoy waterfalls and scenic mountain ranges. It lies in Western Ghat ranges.
In some places the waterfall makes a landfall on the road, making it a thrilling drive for adventure lovers.
Best time to visit: Monsoon (June to Sep)
We started from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai and took ambernath, badlapur, murbad route which was ok with few bad patches in between. It took us almost 3 hours to reach at the peak point
Best option is to start early and cross ambernath and badlapur before 9 am to avoid hassles of traffic
Route is scenic and roads are good after you cross Murbad
Take eatables along as Malshej ghat does not have any good restaurant, only raodside bhajji pakoda and vada pav stalls are available. It’s just a ghat with stunning views.
There are number of waterfall after the ghat starts. Don’t spend too much time there as the main view is at the peak point where waterfall fall straight in middle of the road. This scene is unique and there is no place on Earth where this kind of setting is there

You can take bath in the middle of the road, wash your car as well. People were standing in middle of road for group bath.

Experience is awesome. It tends to get cold here during monsoon so spare clothes can be a good idea as u will feel like getting drenched with numerous waterfall options.

Word of advice to family travelers: Crowd gets bad to worse in peak season, so be cautious and stop at places wisely. Don’t go to internal roads on foot as it can be risky. Stay near to your cars and enjoy if  you are travelling with family. 

After crossing the malshej peak point there is a police check always, be careful as they check documents and see if you are drunk.

The road is filled with clouds which is again an awesome experience.

There is a MTDC resort after malshej peak poing and its literally in between clouds during monsoons.

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Trip to Varandha Ghat

There is a saying ” When there is a will, there is a way”

 We completely follow this wherever we go and we make plans which generally are not standard trips as per people around us are concerned.

Me and my better half love to explore and every year on monsoons we go on and explore western Ghats again. Since we have explored most of the places, this time we zeroed on “ Varandha Ghat”.

We took the only road which connects Mahad and Pune from Mahad side. This road goes parallelly with Panchgani-Mahabaleshwar road.

We started from Navi Mumbai early and took Khopoli road to reach Mahad. The roads are all broken and pathetic. It took us more than 4 hours to reach Mahad which is just 144 kms from Navi Mumbai. It’s getting repaired and getting concrete now so people will have better experience in 2019 onwards.

Its better if valley is entered from Pune side. Atleast the roads are good but the best views are in Mahad side which no one should miss.

We reached Mahad around 2 pm, had lunch in Mahad and started our Varandha ghat journey. There is a left turn which is not so visible after crossing Mahad in NH66. Google maps are recommended here.

Initial journey is through small 2 lane road which crosses many villages but when you start ascending in to mountains, adventure starts.

In monsoon season the valley is full of waterfalls. I mean literally there are waterfalls in each and every turn of the road. Feeling is amazing and you are suddenly in green heaven.

We crossed Kal river at the start of the road and it went with us for quite some time. River went to different direction after some distance and we started climbing Ghat section. At one point the ascend is quite steep and I realized I have a 1200 cc small car and is very good for this type of climb.

 Just look at the pictures below and you will understand the beauty this place possess. We started clicking pictures as if we will not see this kind of beauty again.

There is a spot at the top (Centre of Mahad-Pune road) where there are options of refreshments (Chai, Pakode and other eatables). The rates are normal and service is great. Usually crowdy on weekends but the owners here manages it very well.  This place is completely foggy in monsoon season. Headlight and fog light are must at this stretch.

After we crossed this point, we continued getting waterfalls each with unique characteristics and sizes. Moreover Nira-Deoghar dam starts and it went along with road for a long-long time. When we thought the beauty ends at top and we started hurrying for destination but we were in for a huge surprise when we saw the dam alongside road. The dam has both mountain and water views.

 Its Unbelievable sight with amazing landscapes.

 There is endpoint which is called BHOR after which you can take right and go Panchgani or else continue straight for Satara/Pune.

 This place is hidden gem of western Ghats and usually less crowded. Road conditions are just about ok but you cannot drive fast due to single road and sharp turns.

 Take ample time for photography and you will not regret it !!

Jabalpur : Land of Dhuadhar and Marble Rocks

Jabalpur is the 3rd largest city in Madhya Pradesh. It has beautiful dhuadhar waterfall (Believe me the name says it all) and Bhedaghat.

The beautiful Dhuandhar Falls is located at Bhedaghat 30 km away from Jabalpur.
‘Dhuan’ means smoke. Mist emanating by water falling on hard rock has visuals of smoke, hence it is called Dhuandhar or Smoke Cascade.
Dhuandhar falls is located on the Narmada river.
Marble Rocks, located just a km away from the waterfalls is a must visit. Boating is an amazing experience, especially by the moonlight. Boating facilities are available from November to May. Boating in Narmada is not allowed during monsoon season.
There is a fixed rate by MP Tourism for these boats. They will take INR 700-900 based on the distance they cover. never fall in to trap of going more distance and paying extra buck. People always try to extract maximum money.
Jabalpur is a 3rd tier city with restaurants, malls and multiplexes. You can have everything which a modern man requires.
How to Reach Jabalpur by Air

Jabalpur Dumna Airport, located around 20 km away from the main city centre, connects the city with rest of the country by air.

How to Reach Jabalpur by Road

Jabalpur is connected to major Indian cities like Nagpur, Indore, Bhopal, Pune, Aurangabad, Kanha and Bandhavgarh by regular interstate bus service.

How to Reach Jabalpur by Rail

Jabalpur Railway Station lies on Mumbai-Howrah-via Allahabad main line. Served by the Western Central Railways, Jabalpur Railway Station is an important rail junction of the state as it connects Jabalpur to major Indian cities like Delhi, Nagpur, Kolkata, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Patna, Bhopal and Lucknow.

Kerala : God’s Own Country

Recently we planned for Kerala vacations and believe me it was just superb!!

Kerala is often referred as God’s Own Country and it’s an apt title. Once you visit Kerala you will feel the tranquility, beauty and natural wonders in length and breadth of the state in the form of mountain ranges, wildlife, backwaters, monument, museums, beautifully carved temples, art galleries and lush green forests.
Located Southwest of India, Kerala is a perfect destination for tourists.

Our starting point was Munnar

A small town and a hill station, Munnar is located in the Southwest of Kerala. Tea plantations, waterfalls, and number of resorts make it a comfortable and beautiful place. National parks and wildlife are other major places you should not miss when you are here.

We started our journey to Munnar from our landed place and it took about 3 hours to reach. We were exhausted but the climate and the enchanting beauty of tea gardens just took us to some other level.

Suddenly we were energized by the god’s best creation!

By the time we got ready, we forgot how much we have traveled to get to this place and how tired we are!!
Some resorts were made just for couples as they were secluded and tranquil. You can not even hear a pin drop sound.

Just you and your partner!!!

It’s the best place to explore each other under the umbrella of nature. There will be nobody except you and you. Not even the waiters will come and disturb you (Lots of Sarcasm on this one). If you are hungry you will have to go and eat. Charges are high as compared to the quality of food. People don’t bother. In-fact nobody will bother you at all.

Good for people like us who are looking for solitude and want to explore wonders of nature.

Two days we had to explore Munnar and believe me we had very little time to explore the place.

Munnar Tea Garden
Munnar Tea Garden
Munnar Tea Garden
Munnar Tea Garden
Munnar
Munnar
Munnar Tea Garden
Munnar Tea Garden
Munnar Tea Garden
Munnar Tea Garden

Next stop was Alleppy (Allapuza) also famous for the backwaters.

The Backwaters of Kerala is another important tourist destination in the state. Its made up of the interconnected rivers, lakes and canals which merge into Arabian Sea.

You can hire a houseboat and be in water with beautiful surroundings for days. Whole houseboat is yours, you decide menu and enjoy royalty.

Most of the people who come here are honeymooners and couples and they love it here.

Marari Beach
Marari Beach
Marari-Beach
Marari-Beach

Backwaters

Kerala Backwaters
Kerala Backwaters

Next It was Kovalam (light house beach) and this was the best place among all the places visited. Its setting is unique and I never saw it earlier. There is a dead end after which the walk lane starts. One side its sea and other side resorts. In fact I never saw this kind of setting ever in my life.

A beach town on the Arabian Sea in southern India, Kovalam features two most gorgeous beaches. The most popular and largest beach is Lighthouse Beach (crowded) and Samudra Beach (fewer people).

Kovalam Beach
Kovalam Beach
Kovalam-Beach
Kovalam-Beach
Light House Beach
Light House Beach

People here know how to entertain couples but they have failed to understand average Indian traveler with family requirement. I found the resorts as very good with great option for non vegetarians.

Vegetarian guys you need to adjust a lot in Kerala as it seems people here eat only meat and nothing else.

I wish people here start loving animals as they love nature and start working on preserving animals.

One more thing. I guess the most important thing in Kerala. There is a ban in Liquor after some time in 2015 which makes me feel,

Thank god I visited earlier!!!

I think the place has its positives and negatives. Our moto should be to take positives and work towards happiness!!

I feel I had a perfect couple time with my better half!!

Sun Sand and Sea!!!

It was a perfect ending to our 10 day holiday!!

Waiting

Waiting is the worst possible thing that can happen to anyone. It takes a toll on your patience and can make your day miserable.
In my job it’s a normal thing. I m in sales n I wait for customers, trains, planes, taxi and the list goes on n on.
Right now I m waiting for an important customer while he is enjoying his lunch.
Anyway waiting is now a big part of my life.
Most of the people look at waiting as a negative thing.  I m also in sync with those people but being an optimistic person I always look for positivity in everything.

Waiting also allows you to catch up on important things which were pending and u had no time to finish those. 

You can always

increase your activity on social networking sites n also catch up with old friends. 

You can work on the presentation, reports, your resume to name a few. 

Waiting also gives me a piece of mind as I think about what am I doing in life and is it worth doing it. In fact most of my life important decisions were taken while I was waiting for some or the other things.

You know if anxiety is subtracted from waiting than you will have one of the best break from your routine n fast life. You will have sense of calmness in your behaviour. 

Well people can give lots of logic on waiting but my mantra of life is being cool n whatever I m doing n always look for positives in my life.
People always calls me Mr. Cool n I love this tag on me.

Signing off !!!

It seems my waiting got over as my customer has called me !!!

Teammate to Leader

An interesting read which I came across somewhere. Don’t know who wrote it but felt its worth sharing.

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What do you do if you’re suddenly put in charge of a team, a project, a division – or even a company?
Having been an exceptional team member in the past doesn’t mean you’ll automatically be a great captain – in fact, what made you a star performer could actually get in your way. If your individual success hinged on doing superior work, for instance, you may need to overcome a pitfall familiar to straight-A students who end up doing all the work themselves when participating in group projects.

Suddenly accountable for people you can’t control, for work you can’t do on your own and maybe even for the output of people you’ve never met, you might panic. Many new leaders do. But realizing that not even the world’s most spectacular track star can beat the time of a just-average relay team may help you realize that the power of a team can outstrip your own performance, even if it’s world class.

That’s a good starting point for getting out of your own way. Consider some of the following advice, as well.

1. Visualize “winning.” To do this, you’ll need to project all the way to the finish line. Create powerful images in your mind, and then express these objectives in ways everyone will remember – from the boardroom to the shop. It’s important to turn rudimentary wishes into specific goals; to go from earning a profit to earning $1 per share, to go from having happy customers to having a net promoter score of over 75, to go from being socially responsible to setting up 20 scholarships for employees’ kids.
Establishing quantifiable measures and time-frames turns wishes into goals. Goals then transform capable individuals into powerful teams. Unified teams lead to world-class performance. And articulating, measuring and celebrating meaningful goals means attracting highly qualified employees.

2. Build a great team. If you hire talented people and put their interests ahead of your own, good things will happen. Your own commitment to serving your team will spur them to become stewards for clients, vendors, shareholders, other employees – and anyone else who has a stake in achieving shared goals. Once the right team is on the field, your own tasks are simply to make sure they have the resources they need and to clear any obstacles out of their way.

3. Don’t play the popularity game. You may be tempted to be popular, and to that end, you might use the proverbial carrot or another type of enticement to garner support. But don’t give outsized bonuses or spackle over real issues with any sort of “free lunch.” If you build fake esprit de corps by giving stuff away, it means you’re failing as a leader, because in actuality, there are no free lunches. Everything comes at a cost. And as leader, you’re accountable for the yet-to-be-reckoned expense of keeping people in line with bribes. You’ll find that not only do their appetites return, but you’ll eventually need to pay for the “food.”

4. Do play the long game. On a related note, only yield to pressures to fix things in the short run if you’re sure your solutions won’t have negative ramifications in the long run. If you keep an eye on the full array of short-, medium- and long-term consequences, not only will your team come to trust you – even though they won’t always agree with you – but so will the market.

5. Be ready to pivot. New problems will flow from every decision you make, so pick solutions that generate a next set of problems suited to your management abilities. You’re not solving a puzzle where finding the perfect piece will complete the picture; you’re dealing in ever-changing probabilities. So adapt, adjust, iterate until you find a good-enough course of action. Then, carry out your plan as if your life depended on it – it’s more reasonable to strive for perfection in execution than in decision-making.

6. Don’t pass the buck. In private enterprise, power can shift from manufacturer to distributor to retailer to customer, and back again. It all depends on an ever-changing balance between supply and demand. In government, politicians calculate how taking from one generation to give to another may keep them in office – until the wheels of society fall off. As a business leader, you’re a steward, not a politician, so resist the temptation to simply shift burdens. Success rooted in inequity spawns instability and strife, whereas applying fairness, durability and equity will pay dividends over time.

7. Listen to your team. Listening is an important part of your job, so be sure to ask for input. But also remember that the most popular ideas are often the least feasible, so don’t base your decisions on popular opinion or politics alone. Martin Luther King, Jr. said it best: “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.” Build the personal capital that allows you to make tough, unpopular calls – then make them. Explain your reasoning to your team, and if you’ve listened well to them, they’ll listen to you when you make the tough calls.

8. Pass the baton. If you insist on making every single decision, you’ll have a less-innovative, less-energized and less-committed team. So decentralize decision-making where possible; empower those closest to the facts and then make them accountable.

9. Know that sometimes, there actually is an “I” in team. People are naturally self-interested. Don’t be surprised by this, and don’t punish them for it. Instead, reward those who have enlightened self-interest – who take into account the long view, who consider the concerns of the community in which they’ve chosen to live and who work for the many non-financial interests other people have. Expecting others simply to deny self-interest altogether for an objective you’ve set will merely unleash instability – and can even destroy your organization.

10.Acknowledge your bloopers. Embracing feedback, particularly the negative kind, is one key to recognizing mistakes. Be humble, vulnerable and willing to learn. If you are, your whole team will learn from its mistakes, too.
Leadership is not about being the best producer, or about being liked, or about making speeches – it is, at its very core, about getting the best all-things-considered results. Incorporating the above tweaks into your already well-established pattern of great individual performance will put you on your way to transforming yourself from manager to leader.

As management-consulting pioneer Peter Drucker noted, “Management is doing things right. Leadership is doing the right things.” In my experience, doing the right things the right way is the mark of a great leader.

 

Some Funny Moments

Life gives you an opportunity to live life king size. We come across lots of funny things in life where we enjoy the moment. I travel a lot for my job and make sure that I enjoy small moments which comes during my travel.

Came across these pics which I couldn’t resist and sharing with you all.

Do make some comments and share similar pics,so that we can enjoy the moment and create much needed humor in our lives.