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In Photos: Road Tripping in Rural Maharashtra!

I am transiting through Singapore on my way to South Australia as I pen this. Amid the lavish hospitality of the Singapore Airlines’ SilverKris Lounge and the excitement of visiting the land down under, I find myself looking back fondly at the last week, which I spent road tripping through rural Maharashtra. Just 2.5 hours away from Bombay, the state revealed many hidden surprises! We drove along pristine lakes, stayed at a work-in-progress art village just off Panchgani, and lazed in the warm afternoon sun on virgin beaches along the Konkan coast.

This is our visual ode to Maharashtra; all photos are taken with the Sony Cybershot:

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1. READING MURAKAMI BY PAWNA LAKE
near Lonavala, finishing this picture of tranquility.

Pawna Lake, Pawna lake Lonavala, Indian travel blogs

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2. A GORGEOUS SELF-CATERING ABODE IN PAWNA NAGAR 
on a hill, overlooking Pawna Lake.

Pawna lake, Deogadh homestay, getaways from bombay

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3. A PRISTINE OUTDOOR OFFICE
by the mango trees, quaint villages, untraversed hills and pristine lake of Pawna.

Pawna Lake, Pawna lake Lonavala, Deogagh Homestay

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4. GOLDEN SANDS ON THE KONKAN COAST 
shining at sunset.

Alibaugh, Alibaug beach, Alibag

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5. FINDING A LITTLE BIT OF PARADISE
at Devrai Art Village, just off Panchgani.

Panchgani, Devrai Art village, weekend getaways from Mumbai, Devrai homestay

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6. TASTING CORN DELIGHTS IN MAHABALESHWAR 
at Garden Ice-Cream Restaurant; corn is grown widely in the region and this little restaurant serves innovative and delicious corn snacks.

Panchgani food, Panchgani where to eat, Mahabaleshwar where to eat, Garden restaurant Mahabaleshwar

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7. LIFE IS MADE FOR MOMENTS LIKE THESE
, on a virgin beach along the Murud-Alibaug route.

Alibaugh, Alibaug beach, beaches near Bombay

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8. AFFLUENT BUT HARDWORKING, THE VILLAGE FOLK
of Maharashtra. Land values have gone through the roof, especially along the coast, but they choose to live simple lives, working on their fields and sending their kids to school. Mighty impressive.

Pawna Lake, Pawna lake Lonavala

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9. THE COSY DEVRAI ART VILLAGE HOMESTAY
; the art village is a work in progress by a local NGO, that helps families from Naxal-affected areas to relocate to Panchgani and work on their Dhokra Art from the Bastar region, as a sustainable source of livelihood.

Devrai Art village, Devrai homestay, Panchgani

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10. SPRING IS IN THE AIR
and the serenity of Maharashtra’s countryside is everywhere.

Panchgani, Devrai Art village, weekend getaways from Mumbai

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11. THE VIEW AT THE END OF A FOREST HIKE
in Mahabaleshwar, that was first charted out by the British. It has long been forgotten and covered by the hideous facade (think boating and horse riding) of touristy Mahabaleshwar. Luckily, we met someone who knows these forests like the back of his hand!

Mahabaleshwar, Panchgani

Have you travelled along rural Maharashtra? What gems have you discovered?

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32 Comments

  1. wow..that’s amazing, I live in Maharashtra, and despite what Maharashtra offers, we hardly get tourists from outside(although we have loads of local tourists).
    The konkan coast is gorgeous, you can easily find beaches all for yourself.

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    • It really is amazing, Ashwin. More people need to discover what the state has to offer! And I agree, so many stretches of virgin beaches along the Konkan coast.

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  2. Shivya you probably get this a lot but your posts are so inspiring girl! I love how you unearthen offbeat destinations that are just so beautiful! Enjoy your trip down under!

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  3. Karthik says

    Great Wrap up !! Good to see Murud- Alibaug beach here … our favourite was Kashid beach.. untamed :) . BTW welcome to South Pacific – if u r planning to NZ do visit Auckland

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    • I’ve heard Kashid is lovely. Missed it. Next time! No NZ this time, didn’t have time to apply for a visa + not enough money ;-)

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  4. There is so much to see and experience in India itself, my bucket list keeps increasing and loved this off beaten destination you just chronicled :)

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  5. Hi Shivya! I keep coming back to your blog for travel ideas and these are so inspiring, one day I am sure I’ll end up giving my corporate job too! I have a suggestion – if you could share more details on where you stay, it would be a great help. For example, I cold not figure out what the self-catering place in Pawna was and how does one go about booking/renting it out.

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  6. Konkan is next on my list. Do not miss camping at Kashid Beach when you’re there next. I think Letscampout (or something like that) can arrange camps/tents for you.

    Interesting blog you have got here. Kudos!

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  7. Wow Shivya, your post looks amazing and so does all your trip. I admire the way you have decided to follow your passion. I must say you are doing a great job and the posts are fun and interesting to read. So keep sharing :)

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  8. All pictures of your travel story are captivating! Even being a Maharshtrian myself never got a chance to explore such beauty, How unfortunate I’m. Once I had Deoghar trip, I’m sure you’d love to explore it in your future trip… Thanks for sharing, my instinct says i will visit these places one day :)

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  11. hi Shivya, i absolutely adore your blogs! Could you tell me how you travel within cities (public transport, etc) and how much budget do you keep aside for local and international destinations for road travel?

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