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    Quote Originally Posted by xstunter View Post
    @sachin Nair - You havent completed your Leh trip log and you have started a new one. Hope you complete any one of them atleast.

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    Deepan, Dont say that. I have updated our Leh log last week. We finally reached Leh in my last edition updated

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    Hey man nice log man... perfect, not too detailed not too concise either... . And oye! seven steps pint is 1143 Metres Not feet
    Corrected. Nice to ride again after a long time.

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    Wonderfully different!
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    Hey Sachin ! Wonderful log and awesome pics there mate. Do you have more pics to be uploaded ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nagesh Patankar View Post
    Hey Sachin ! Wonderful log and awesome pics there mate. Do you have more pics to be uploaded ?
    Yes More Pics are coming and also Day 2 Log..

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    Thumbs up Day 2 - Exploring Toranmal and return journey

    Day 2 - 11th Dec'11 > Exploring Toranmal and return journey
    450 kms > Toranmal to Thane
    Route - MSH1 & NH3

    How do I wake up? I can hear people shouting outside the hotel, "Tey bagh tey bagh Kolaa" I did not know what is a Kolaa? So I went outside still not out of my sleep mode completely wrapping myself in a blanket. I realized Fox is called Kolaa in Marathi and in all excitement I asked the tourist, Kuthe? Kuthe? He pointed his finger on the other side of Yashwant lake where I could see a Fox drinking water. Wow, what a sight I wish I had a camera handy or at least a Binocular to get a better view. Others woke up one after the other and we ordered for Tea/Coffee and breakfast. A nice cup of tea close to the Yashwant lake was enjoyed by all of us as we discussed on today's plan.

    Last night I had inquired with a localite that how much time would it take to view all the points and places in Toranmal to which the guy had said, it will take 2 hours max. I said That's It!!! Wow, so there are few must visit points in Toranmal like Yashwant lake, Khadki Point, Sita Khai, Lotus Lake & Machindranath cave.
    Since, this place is so quiet and unknown to many there were very few tourists who came. We met a group of toursits who had come by car and wanted to know which group we belong to and how do they join as well? So we explained them about the Xbhp group which is home to many bikers in India. How we ride and importance of riding gear?


    Beautiful natural lake of Toranmal, Yashwant Lake


    Another view of Yashwant Lake

    It was around 9AM when we left hotel for sight seeing the nearby places in Toranmal. We visited the 'Khadki Point' first which was a trekking area where there was lot of picturesque views of the valleys below. It was good to see many seating and shade arrangements created for tourists to relax and enjoy the cold breeze and brilliant views of the valleys.
    Roads to visit points in Toranmal are not in the best condition however all the places are within 5 - 10 kms radius so it is pretty much manageable with no rain. In Monsoon it would be a totally different story.






    Toranmal Hill Station - one of the various sight seeing points











    Next line to explore in Toranmal was the famous 'Yashwant Lake' It's named after the late Yashwant Rao Chavan, Maharashtras former chief minister who is said to have rolled into Toranmal on horseback. Boating is allowed in
    the lake but we did not bother boating and just enjoyed the lake close by. Sometimes the best way to live life is to enjoy the serene beauty of nature where one can find silence, calmness which is a way of life. Toranmal is just the place where one should visit to reclaim life as it will make you forget all your worries and make you enjoy the ambiance.


    Another view of Yashwant Lake


    Wonder what is she trying to remove from there?













    After Yashwant Lake we went back to our hotel rooms, collected our luggage and checked out. Post which we visited Lotus lake, The Lotus Lake is so named because there are Lotus flowers which cover the entire lake. Hundreds of these beautiful Pink colored lotuses cover the entire length of the lake making it a memorable sight for any tourist passing by. As soon as we approached the lake there were small children holding these beautiful flowers to sell to the tourists who pass by. All I could do is give them some money as they really where in real need I think they way they were desperately trying to sell those flowers. After clicking a few pictures of the lake and enjoying the view we moved on and saw the Sita Khai.Just like any other view point, they offered a panoramic view of the valley below.













    Last but not the least was Machindranath Caves which we had decided we will view on the way while going back. Alright I must say admit that reaching Machindranath Caves was a difficult task as it was complete offroading with sharp stones lying randomly everywhere. Climb followed by equally difficult drop from the road was very challenging indeed as if we braked our tires skidded and if we did n't we would have certainly fallen. Very carefully we completed this few kms which would lead us to Machindranath cave. I had stopped in between to click everyone pass by this dreadful stretch and we reached at point where it was mentioned 'No Vehicles here onwards' Hmmm Hot sun above warning us not too walk too much :P, road looking empty ahead with no Vehicles allowed mentioned, strange enough we decided to move on with Puneet all the way in the front of the group. Riding pass this board you would find yourself riding along the edge of the cliff and if you slip nothing to save you what so ever. Puneet while riding suddenly within a matter of few 100 metres suddenly found the road dissappearing which was followed by steps which lead to Machindranath cave. Puneet might have got the worst nightmare trying to brake and save himself from going any further down. Luckily there was one guy standing there who managed to pull him back, no he was not a guy he was an angel for Puneet :P Lucky you bugger, Be careful next time!!

    We all parked the bikes and with others already tired and soaked in sun decided to gave up the idea of watching the cave and stood their place. So it was Puneet & Me who finally trekked a few meters to reach the cave. Walking distance to cave was again very narrow and it is said that this cave becomes hidden in Monsoon due the waterfall flowing right over it. I would suggest no one to visit this cave in monsoon as it would be asking for trouble and very easily can turn into a mishap. One has to literally crawl all the way inside if you have to reach to the end on the dark side of the cave where there is a statue which was hardly visible in dark. Legend has it that Sage Machindranath used to meditate here.


    Way to Machindranath Cave


    The offroading begins....




    Not for the faint heart... Difficult terrain..


    Oops.. Riders riding very cautiously


    Freaking awesome experience and difficult too




    Babuji zara dheere chalo :P




    Puneet taking his final steps to reach Machindranath cave - This cave becomes hidden in monsoon due to waterfalls right from the top of the cave.





    Outside Machindranath cave


    Machindranath Cave


    Going all the way inside the cave was like training session in army base camp :P


    End of Cave - Deepest part


    Inside the cave clicking Puneet standing outside.



    After exploring the cave which was the last in the list to be checked out in Toranmal we finally started our return journey at around 1PM. Yesterday's journey was a long and tedious one and we only hoped for a much better experience riding on MSH1 & NH3. After descending from the Ghat we began riding on MSH1 which was a single lane highway with moderate traffic. Pretty much manageable and fun to ride MSH1 stretches for almost 150 kms till you reach close to Dhule and finally touch NH3. We reached NH3 highway close to Dhule at around 3:30pm so you can imagine that the road was good as we found out. Once you reach NH3 there is no looking back as the highway which also a part of the GQ project is just superbly quick. We stopped for late lunch at a nearby Dhaba which took so long to serve food that it was almost evening by the time we left. It was close to 5PM and we still had close to 250 kms left to reach Thane. We suffered the fate of huge traffic in Nashik due to flyover bridge work under progress, we unfortunately reached the traffic zone at around 7:00 when the traffic was at its peak. Nevertheless, half an hour of trouble in fighting the traffic we moved on, regrouped again and rode at sane speed and finally crossed Kasara at around 9pm. Small tea break and we resumed our ride and finally made it to Thane at 10:30pm. So it took us exactly 9 1/2 hours for the return journey. The return journey was much more faster as MSH1 & NH3 turned out to be less in distance compared to NH8 which we took while going to Toranmal.

    With such beautiful places to visit and ideal surroundings to experience, the place of Toranmal was certainly the best place we could visit. With the pristine surroundings and the calm ambiance we were completely rendered helpless with excitement and pleasure. Surely a must see spot this hill station in Maharashtra is one place we wouldnt mind going again and again.

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    ek number sachin

    somehow i missed this log. amazing write up and even better pics.
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    Very nice pics and description. Putting Toranmal in my 'to visit' places. Thanks for sharing!

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    Sachinnair nice write up & photos , Toranmal is not that much popular & knows , but a really good place to visit . The red chillies spreading is called "Pathari" locally , Packet full of Water is very much popular & called here as "pani pouch" , the picture ofprakasha barage look good but really nice when there is water in tapi . the offroading is real fun & killing moments for tyres

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    great pics.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by saurabhjd View Post
    ek number sachin

    somehow i missed this log. amazing write up and even better pics.
    You did not miss it, you read it in the nick of time.

    Quote Originally Posted by animeher View Post
    Very nice pics and description. Putting Toranmal in my 'to visit' places. Thanks for sharing!
    If you like a nice peaceful place with good scenic views of deep valleys then Toranmal is the place you should visit.
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    Sachinnair nice write up & photos , Toranmal is not that much popular & knows , but a really good place to visit . The red chillies spreading is called "Pathari" locally , Packet full of Water is very much popular & called here as "pani pouch" , the picture ofprakasha barage look good but really nice when there is water in tapi . the offroading is real fun & killing moments for tyres
    Wow, I m impressed. You know a lot about this place. However I am confused with the "prakasha barage" you have mentioned. What is it? Some valley?
    Offroading was lot of fun indeed

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sachinnair View Post
    Wow, I m impressed. You know a lot about this place. However I am confused with the "prakasha barage" you have mentioned. What is it? Some valley?
    Offroading was lot of fun indeed
    I have visited toranmal many times as its a near to me , i live in dhule . The bridge photo you posted is known as prakasha barage . We need to be careful on offroading & on village roads as those stupid jeep drivers won't like to give side & they drive their jeep covering full road .

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