A Trek to Dugarwadi through the Woods

Water flows across the rocks,

The beauty seems to make the time stop,

A waterfall, stands so tall,

A beauty not often saw!

– Pixie Young.

The monsoon rains are here, pouring down, flowing fast in the drains. Monsoons – where the sky decides to undress it’s blue skin and yellow soul with rays of light caressing the warmth, trees with wet green eyes, dark clouds above the sea and the waves laughing out showing its white teeth.

Such was my experience when I visited the Dugarwadi waterfalls in Nasik.

Mountains of Trimbakeshwar road. Image courtesy: Atharav Joshi

One rainy day we decided to just get wet and ride on our bikes to explore Nasik and witness the pristine surroundings. So we moved on to the Trimbakeshwar roads where it’s a pleasure to ride with lush greenery everywhere. We went straight upto the checkpoint of Trimbakeshwar and there were 2 ways to go.. first one was to enter the Trimbakeshwar which I had seen before twice or thrice and the second was the unexplored way. It seemed like it was calling me! And then we took a right from the checkpoint towards Dugarwadi (till then I had no idea about this place). On the way, the mountains of Trimbakeshwar road were covered with clouds and fog and they mesmerized me with their serenity.

Beautiful wet roads

It was a beautiful journey from Trimbakeshwar checkpoint towards Dugarwadi. The scenic views took my heart away. This impressive waterfall is 30kms away from the main Nasik. There are very few people who know and have visited Dugarwadi and hence it is clean, clear and unexplored.

Sight while moving towards Dugarwadi

The fresh air, the water streams and the dense forest were being seductive while moving towards Dugarwadi.

After reaching the place, we had to park our bikes and trek down to 1-2kms to witness the beautiful Dugarwadi waterfall. It’s a descending trek via the hills where river guides you with its flow. After reaching a point you can see the beautiful Dugarwadi waterfall flowing, cascading like a never ending stream. A flow, a single direction with no beginning and no end in sight to be. From this distance, it makes perfect sense to this beauty. There is also a rope tied to get into the running waters of this waterfall. Some adventurous people try out that as well. But make sure that the water level may rise anytime and you can get trapped into the rushing waters.

From this point you can decide whether you want to stay up or go down via the rope into the rushing waters.

Dugarwadi waterfall view is breathtaking and spectacular for those who want to witness the nature at its best in Nasik monsoons. I recommend that while visiting this waterfall, people should go in groups and not alone or in couples, it’s not safe.

Responsible Travel Note: I suggest that we should not litter when we visit such places. It’s our responsibility to keep our Mother Earth clean and pure. Carry all the trash that you make or find on your way and dump it into your Dustbins once you are home. 

Responsible Travel to Dugarwadi

My choice is to support and minimise the environmental impact because it’s a more immersive way to travel. What’s yours? Would you like to visit the lovely but the lonely Dugarwadi waterfall? Comment to let me know.

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Raise your glass at Sula Wines

 

“Language is wine upon the lips.” Rightly said by Virginia Woolf.

 

To taste the best Indian wine one should definitely try to visit Sula wine which delivers the part city, part country side kind of wine in taste. This is my favorite place, whenever I’m in Nasik I definitely hang out here. The atmosphere here is awesome! The sky is so tragically beautiful that at night it seems like it is a graveyard of stars!

Vineyard view from the rooftop restaurants
Vineyard view from the rooftop restaurants

Nasik is known as the Wine Capital of India and it has the most suitable climatic conditions for grape cultivation. Sula Vineyards founder Mr. Rajeev Samant took up the challenge of transforming barren lands of Nasik into wine farming stations. Sula Vineyards was officially established by Mr. Samant and Mr. Kerry Damskey, who happens to be an eminent Californian winemaker. Proud of its Indian heritage, Sula wines names the region on its bottles and uses an Indian logo – the sun signifying wine from warmer regions.

Pyramid of Sula Bottles piled up
Pyramid of Sula Bottles piled up

Sula wines is about 170 kms from Mumbai. These days with the help of NH160 it takes one to reach in just 3 – 4 hrs with some halts in between. So yes, some weekends the wine lovers can definitely raise their glass at the Sula wines.

Sula has a 1.5 acre Greek-style amphitheatre with professionally landscaped lawns. Its semi-circular seating makes the young crowd to enjoy the coolest festival – SulaFest at its best in the month of February. Sula also has camp outs planned under the smiling moon & twinkling stars. This location transitions easily from daytime to evening events, with the cool breeze from the Gangapur lake and the setting sun providing stunning backdrops for celebrations. I personally like to ride on a bike in winters to chase the winds and watch the birds in the vast blue peppered sky.

Sunset at the Gangapur Dam
Sunset at the Gangapur Dam

The tasting tour involves of a knowledgeable guide who introduces Sula wines history and the making of your favorite wines. Tours and Tastings are conducted every day, throughout the year. Except Dry Days. Tours & Tastings are held every hour from 11:30am to 6:30pm of the week. Their wine tasting sessions cost Rs. 250 per person (the amount may vary.)

Grape stomping– the best experience in the wine making is mostly carried out in the month of March. So plan your trip accordingly if you really want to stomp those grapes hard.

Wine Making Process in brief
Wine Making Process in brief

Once the tasting tour culminates, you can head to the roof top restaurant. The roof top restaurant gives a breath taking view overlooking the vineyards. Sula has a souvenir shop that sells mugs, t-shirts, key chains and a lot more creative stuff. They also have a wine shop where one can purchase Sula wines below MRP.

Sula wines illuminated at night
Sula wines illuminated at night

Sula also have 2 restaurants:  Soma – the Indian restaurant and Little Italy – a vegetarian chain serving Italian cuisine. 3 kms away from the vineyard location is the resort of Sula Vineyards called as Beyond. The resort is a beautiful place to say with almost 40 rooms and one Villa to occupy. You will be mesmerised by the infinity pool, pleasant weather and bespoke services.

Beyond- Sula Wines Resort
Beyond- Sula Wines Resort

The best time to visit Sula according to me is during December – March

 

Would you like to unwind with a glass or two at the Sula wines? Wine lovers should definitely take this trip.

If you have visited this place before and have a different story to share, please comment below to let me know how you have explored Sula Wines.

 

The Gateway of India – Grandeur of the city

 

The Gateway of India – Grandeur of the city

 

A trip to Mumbai is incomplete without a visit to the Gateway of India as the place is full of fun and excitement. It’s a gathering point for locals and a popular spot among youth and couples.

The Gateway faces the vast Arabian Sea, flanked by Mumbai’s another attraction, Marine Drive, a road running parallel to the sea and the world famous architectural marvel Taj Mahal Palace Hotel at the forefront. The Mumbai CST station is not far away too. A lot of ferries ply from Gateway of India to the Elephanta Caves.

Gateway of India has seen a number of terror attacks. The first major bomb blast was witnessed in 2003 which killed many tourists and the last infamous attack on Taj, Mumbai in 2008 where Gateway of India was the arrival point of the terrorists. In these attacks more than 200 people lost their lives and after that Gateway of India wore a deserted look for a few days.

The monument has become a site for all kinds of peaceful protests. Candle light marches are a common sight at this historical place.
The majestic monument is a must-visit at night, in its pristine glory against the backdrop of the sea. It is visited by millions of people across the world every year and is a very significant figure in the lives of the people of Mumbai, as the Gateway defines the grandeur of the city that is a culmination of both, historic and modern cultural environment.

 

What’s YOUR take on this? Do you agree or disagree with me? I’d LOVE to hear your thoughts. Comment right away!

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