Jun 22, 2019

Trimbakeshwar (Trambakeshwar) is an ancient Hindu temple in the town of Trimbak, in the Nashik District of Maharashtra, India. It is 28 KM away from the city of Nashik and 40 KM from Nashik Road. One can easily reach to this place via road from Nashik, Mumbai, Pune and Shirdi. It is advised to visit the place early in the morning as temperature is very high during the midday mostly. After our last day - Sula Vineyard trip, We visited the temple early in the morning as we stayed in Nashik only. We had the car to reach the place. VIP darshan is available at 200 INR though we did not go for it as it wasn't much crowded. Soak yourself in the holiness and purity of the place which washes away all your regrets and sins; and brings wisdom and spirituality.

Trimbakeshwar temple is dedicated to the Lord Shiva and is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas. The origin of the sacred Godavari river is near Trimbak. Plenty of parking is available for private vehicle. The temple is located between three hills namely Brahmagiri, Nilagiri and Kalagiri. When you reach the place you see the ancient and old temple building from far. This is a black stone structure or turned into black shade due to atmospheric effects of Sun and waters. You can carry phones and take pictures inside premise but not inside the sanctum. The Shivalinga is small and located in a garbha griha that is down in a flight of stairs. However, a mirror is placed for easy darshan by devotees. It is not allowed by the priests to touch or go down to bow head. Usually one can stay there just for a few minutes. 

Kusavarta, a kunda (sacred pond) in the temple premises is the source of the Godavari River, the longest river in peninsular India. The current temple was built by Peshwa Balaji Baji Rao (Nanasaheb). Outside the temple premises, you can see plenty of shops and stalls so you can enjoy and even stay nearby as there are a lot of hotels including a few good ones. This place is also famous for doing many poojas to remove different types of doshas. People from India and all across the world visit this place for this purpose. These poojas are performed by Pundits in the temple complex and their homes during day time. 

At Nashik, you can visit other temples like Sita Gufa, Muktidham, a temple of hundreds of Gods. We visited only Muktidham temple and It has really wonderful depicting of lots of Indian Mythologies and Stories in temple premises. En-route to the temple are Coin Museum, Anjneri, Swami Samarth Temple and Gajanan Maharaj temple. Surrounded by hills one can plan to spend a day here visiting nearby places like caves and other temples. 

Maharashtra Jyotirlinga Tour is considered to be a very sacred pilgrimage and thousands of pilgrims travel to these holy places every year to get blessings of lord Shiva. In total, there are twelve Jyotirlingas in India. To cover all five Jyotirlingas in Maharashtra, you can start your trip either from Mumbai, Pune or nearby places. These cities are well connected by rail, road and air. It usually take four days to cover all the places. There are five Jyotirlingas in Maharashtra. 

1. Shri Trimbakeshwar Temple, Trimbak near Nashik
2. Shri Grishneshwar Temple, Aurangabad
3. Shri Bhimashankar Temple, Bhimashankar
4. Shri Aundha Nagnath, Hingoli 
5. Shri Vaijnath Temple (Parli Vaijnath), Parli near Beed

May 12, 2019

Quote of the Post: "Enjoy the place with your partner in crime, and invite your friends to Sula vineyards to taste its wine." - Quote about 'Sula Vineyards Nashik' - Sachin Kumar Gupta

Several years ago I've visited the Guinness Brewery and Storehouse in Ireland, and so I had little high expectations. I visited Sula Vineyards with my family. As soon as I entered, It was superb feeling. We took few photos at entrance only. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised that the experience was at par or even better in many aspects. We visited the place in the month of April. The experience would have been better if visited in Feb-Mar during the harvest and wine festival season.

Address: Gat 36/2, Govardhan Village, Off, Gangapur-Savargaon Rd, Nashik, Maharashtra 422222

Daily Opening Hours: 11:30 AM to 10:30 PM (Subject to change at times)

Entry ticket is of two hundred rupees (when we visited) but that can be redeemed if you purchase any thing like wine there inside. We used it for wine tasting tour. The wine tour, the professionals, well informed wine tour guide, the wine tasting and of course the souvenir shop was a great experience at Sula Vineyards Nashik. The wine tour was informative as well as interactive. The wine tasting ceremony towards the end was quite nicely designed and they gave extra information on how to hold glass of wine, taste it, and so on. One of the picture depicted there, also shows the art and science of Wine Barrel Making. At the Sula tasting room, you can enjoy good food and music along with different types of wine to taste. Just beware of that you shouldn't start rhyming Madhushala or Shayaris, and shouldn't share your secrets after drinking Sula Wines. 

Just before the tour, our son need some water, so we requested for a bottle, but at restaurant, team mentioned that you have to make minimum 1000 INR bill, that's the only area, I would request Sula team to look into. Given the location of the vineyard it's good that there is a rooftop restaurant on site. Good Place to relax with few glasses of wine and food. They also offer stay. Hope to stay here sometime in future. 

Enjoy some of the photos taken during our visit. Our son also enjoyed the place, though he couldn't taste the wine :) Away from the hustle bustle of places like Mumbai, Pune, this place will not only put rest to your wine temptations but also allow you sometime amidst the stunning expanse of vineyards. Best time to visit is around Feb as they have famous Sula Fest every year. I must say, This is a must visit place for wine lovers, if you are in Nashik, Maharashtra.

Feb 3, 2019

Quote of the Post: "The place where every place is renowned and famous landmark for one or the other reason." - Quote about 'Mumbai (Bombay)' - Sachin Kumar Gupta

Mumbaiii, Here I go again with family!!! Continuing from my last MumbaiDiary post, This time we started from Pune around 8:00 am by car and started with famous ISKCON Temple Juhu to visit in Mumbai, then #Juhu Beach #BandraWorliSeaLink #NehruPlanetarium #SwamiNarayan Temple #Mahalaxmi Temple #MarineDrive #GirgaonChowpatty during the first day. We had lunch at ISKCON Juhu itself, which was simply amazing with lots of varities. 

Next day morning, we visited #TheGatewayOfIndia #TheTajHotel #SidhivinayakTemple and #MuchMoreMumbai. During the first half of the second day, We also took short 90 minutes cruise trip from Gateway of India and back. We enjoyed the Mumbai skylines from sea and got to know many known unknown stories from cruise guide. You can enjoy Taj hotel old & new, Gateway of India and many more in the same frame, as soon as your boat/cruise moves away from shore. 

It would be best to hire a cab or taxi for full or 2-days for lifetime memories and experiences while Mumbai visit, as you will save lots of time without searching for parking etc. Even if you have your own car, I would recommend to hire a driver, like we did, to enjoy the trip fullest. 

Enjoy previous posts for more details about Mumbai Diary - Part1, Part2. So, I am just sharing these photographs during this Mumbai trip with family. 

Dec 12, 2018

It being our 7th Anniversary, although it feels like yesterday! I wanted to make it special for us, at the same-time to be comfortable for our 2 yr old brat. After all googling, I zeroed on 'Wintergreen Premium' room (post a detailed discussion with Dimple and Aadrika) at Amanora Fern Hotel and Resorts near Amanora Mall. It was a surprise for my better half and the team at Ferns didn't leave any room for me to complain. Right from a warm welcome to beautiful room decoration, an Anniversary cake to best wishes from their staff, they just pampered us... and our lil one loved it to the core, swimming pool and kids play area being his favorite. 

As we see in places like Dubai, and across Europe, the structures here are grand and are a treat to eyes. Wintergreen Premium room is big, lavish with comfortable sofa and terrace. Terrace view was spell-binding...be it evening or morning. it was just picturesque! The lake, lush green garden, fountain and Amanora sky-high towers - all in one frame. We also took some pictures as usual. The reception area is located in a lovely white dome shaped architecture with glass work all around and the Big Clock Tower right next to it adds to the beauty. Amanora The Fern is the most premium club & hotel committed to offer top notch facilities perfect for couple, corporate as well as leisure travelers. The hotel is very well connected to the important business (mainly Magarpatta) and entertainment hubs of Pune city. Free private parking is available on site. Anyone can easily reach the place, It is approx 8 km away from Pune International Airport. Make yourself at home in one of the 26 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars and LED televisions. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment.

One can take an early morning walk alongside the man made lake and enjoy the greenery & view of water reflection of the hotel. With our little one's morning tantrums, we could do afford a late morning walk for about an hour. The lawn is huge enough to accommodate over 1000 guests, and good for any kind of party, team event, or even marriage function. The food was superb at every meal (evening snacks, dinner, and morning breakfast with lots of options). Staff at the restaurant arranged baby chair for my son and he even enjoyed the food. We had little uncooked pasta, which they right away changed. There is also a general store in the premises, from where one can buy required stuff. The gym is huge with every equipment one can imagine, but I couldn't explore. Also, I didn't get the time to experience the spa but the facility seems impressive. 

They had beautiful swimming pool, badminton court, squash court, children's play area, tennis courts, and much more to keep the adults & kids busy. Next morning, we enjoyed at the pool. One request and a suggestion to the team, pool water should be warm during winters, specially for kids, so they can spend more time. Water being super cold, I had to pull my son out of it within 10 mins. The best part was the fountain view from kids play area and green lush garden. Our kid enjoyed this place around an hour, and needless to say that he was not ready to come out of this place. So many playful stuff for kids were present. The best part was, everything was so neat and clean, and properly placed. 

Great holidaying and awesome experience, 5 stars in all departments, lovely property, courteous staff specially Dimple, Aadrika, Laxmi at kids area, Reception staff, Room service, Housekeeping all were tip top. The check-in was smooth and very fast. My compliments to the management for maintaining such a beautiful hotel & resort. All in all, a charming place to relax after a hectic schedule. I will suggest this hotel to all my friends, and recommend anyone visiting this part of Pune. 

This was a great hotel at decent price. Thank you once again, hope to visit the place again with bigger group, and other Fern group hotels. 

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