SULA Vineyards & Half glass of Wine

sula-1024x768I don’t know how many of you have heard about this. If you have not, let me share my experience with you. But before I start let me clarify that these are purely my experiences & my views about this place. Those might be conflicting with others.

So after long wait of almost 3 months finally we decided to go for outing this weekend to Sula Vineyards, a place nearby Nashik. We were supposed to leave Mumbai by 7.30 latest but unfortunately things didn’t happen as expected.

Since we have decided to hire a car instead of taking our own cars, we were waiting for the car.But unfortunately,we came to know that car sent by the travel company was 6 seater while we were 7. That was just the start. We sent the driver back & the hunt begins for alternate car. Myself, Himesh & Vinay started dialling all our feasible contacts who can provide us with the car. Somehow Himesh could hire a car, by the time all this drama was going on, we had a good breakfast with a cup of tea at Himesh’s place.Thanks to Auntyji! Best thing was playing around with little Swara, Himesh’s daughter. Oops! I think I’m diverting the topic, that’s obvious since the captioned topic itself is very boring. Anyways let’s go back to the Sula Vineyards.

So finally our car came by 10AM. That’s already 3 hours late. We headed towards Nashik but hardly after 5 kms, we stuck up in traffic. That was disappointing, since we were running low of energy after the cab hassle & now this traffic. Thanks to Pallav atleast he was trying to cheer all of us saying “Be positive….” (But come on how can I be, I’m O positive… Oops! I know that was real bad PJ) After almost half an hour we could get rid of the traffic. Driver was the different species on the earth, probably just another type of person, he was continuously on the phone inspite of being aged. Yes, while driving also, he was comfortably attending all his calls. He reduced his number of calls, only after Himesh warned him not to do so, but he reduced, he didn’t stop.

Somewhere around 2’o clock, we reached our destination. All we could see, was a huge area covered with plantation of various types of grapes. (Obviously, you can’t identify various types but atleast that’s what the guide told us). Four of us registered for tasting wines. Then, guide took us on a walk, told us about the history of vineyards, who started this vineyard & why is the name so? Interestingly, SULA (SULAbha) is the name of Owner’s mother. He decided to pick up only first four letters.

After the tasting session was over, we headed for lunch. Half day is almost over. Now, you must be thinking, what I’ve enjoyed in this half day? Nothing… absolutely nothing… I don’t drink, so I didn’t taste Wine, furthermore it was saturday, so I couldn’t even eat non-veg. Oh! come on dont even ask me how was the crowd, because there was no crowd. We were the crowd,nobody was there except 7 of us. Even our driver disappered after sometime :-) Thank God, we didn’t take our own cars, otherwise I would have been one of the most frustrated as well as exhausted person after driving 400Kms just for a veg lunch. In fact, thanks to Divya, the well-wisher of our team who actually suggested to hire a car & thanks to Pallav as well, who took efforts to hire a car.

Post-lunch we had a mandatory photo session. Come on, we were on weekend outing, we have to convince ourselves. Then as expected, 4 of us had some wine & that’s all; we were done for the day & we left for Mumbai.

Ok I understand those who drink, had nice time but guys tell me very honestly, going all the way 200 Kms just for a glass of Wine (Trust me that was not even full, I should say half glass of wine), spending 7-8 hours in travelling, is it really worth?

Come on guys, let’s go to my farmhouse, hardly 90 Kms from Mumbai, that’s 2 hours drive. Just imagine, you can have wine there too (I think even SULA your branded wine as well). Just imagine, 4.30 in the evening, on carrom board, with a cup of tea or wine whatever you like, sounds good right?

Think about it!

For me Sula vineyards, is definitely thumbs down. But even those who drink, why to go 200 Kms,for just a half glass of wine?

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Alibaug Weekend Trip

So finally we decided to go for weekend out to Alibaug. Frankly speaking Alibaug is a familiar place to me as its my native but still I preferred to go there with friends. Alibaug is something like neither a full fledged city nor a village. You will easily get all basic essentials here with even few luxurious options. And alongwith that you can visit some really nice places. I’m very sure that nature lover will like this place. Surrounded by beach from 3 sides, roads with the view of nice hill areas. Both sides of the road with greenaries especially in the monsoon.

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Anyways so getting back to the topic, our weekend trip. so including me, we were 5, Himesh, Keval, Sanjay, Vinay & offcourse Me. We started from Mumbai somewhere around 8 in the morning. Though saturday morning 8 AM is too early for all of us, we all were fully charged & nobody was ready to miss a single chance to tease one another. At Karnala, we had our breakfast before heading towards Alibaug. For those who don’t know, Alibaug is approximately 90 Kms from Navi Mumbai. On the way we halted at Tinvira dam & finally somewhere around 10’o clock we reached Alibaug.

After getting refreshed,we straightaway went for lunch. But guys that was a real fiasco as restaurant was not at all good, atleast food was of average quality.so I will suggest while choosing restaurants in Aliabug be careful. You might get a nice hotel but you have to be very choosy. Then we headed towards the first beach of our mission :-) that’s Varsoli beach. Actually we had decided to spend little time here as we were eager to go to Kashid beach which is somewhat 35 kms from the Alibaug. So quickly after taking few snaps we started our journey to Kashid.

Without stopping anywhere we directly went to Kashid beach. To my surprise, beach was not at all clean. May be because of heavy rains or dont know for what reason. But seriously trust me, I’ve been to this beach so many times earlier as well, I always found it very clean. Not sure what went wrong this time. But I will recommend not to visit Kashid beach in the monsoon. You can try in winters. We played on the beach for sometime & obviously followed by a brief session of photoshoot. After this somewhere around 6 PM we went to Birla Temple which is hardly 3 Kms from Kashid. A Ganesh temple on the hilltop, completely built up with white marble… After spending more than 2 hours there we returned back to Alibaug,where we had dinner.

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After dinner, instead of going home straight away, we went to Alibaug beach, it was already somewhere around 10:30 in the night. Guys, I’m telling you, trust me that was the one of the best part of this trip. The cool breeze, calm atmosphere & only thing you can see everywhere was the darkness & water. It was really awesome. We returned back home after spending one hour on the beach. Then, we planned to watch the movie but as expected everybody was so tired that all slept by 1:30AM. So that’s how we spent day1 at Alibaug. Next day morning Sanjay was the first one to get up, (obviously he slept first so no wonder :-) ) Anyways so after having morning breakfast, we played cricket till we get tired & felt like bathing again. But obvious we all were so enthusiastic that could not control. Then we headed to the Mandwa jetty, this is the place, from where, you can reach Gateway of India(Mumbai) within 30-45 minutes by ferry.

After a brief photosession on the jetty, we went to Karmarkar museum where you can see nice sculptures. I’m not sure about the history but you will like these. This was my second visit to this museum. It used to be in a big hall initially but it seems now they have kept only one hall open for visitors, not sure why.

By the time, we had lunch it was already 4’o clock so we had to pack-up & start for our journey back to Mumbai. So that was all about our weekend trip to Alibaug.

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Delhi Agra trip

17022009466Last month I went to Delhi, probably February is the best time to meet this place as the weather is not so hot not so cold. But for me the reason was different. Actually, this year we decided to celebrate my Dad’s birthday in Delhi. So with my whole family I went there. I landed early morning in Delhi. It was a nice bright morning with slightly colder than Mumbai. we visited quite a few places in Delhi, most of them are old monuments including Qutub Minar,Lotus temple & also we saw India gate, Parliment,President’s house. Though it wasn’t my first time to visit these places, I really enjoyed this time ; especially Qutub Minarvisit. Honestly telling you though I’ve been to this place earlier as well, I don’t know why but this time I had fun & captured several photos. Also I found Birla temple a very calm & nice place to visit. Actually I went to this temple for the first time.

On the very next day I went to Agra. Wow!!! Practically this was my third attempt to see Taj Mahal as last 2 attempts, I could not see Taj. But finally this time I could make it. Whole day I spent there. Apart from Taj, I managed to visit 16022009429Agra fort which is hardly at walking distance. Frankly speaking this Fort is being overlooked as most of the tourists come here to see Taj. Obviously Taj is very nice place but I feel Agra fort is a very nice old days building worth seeing.
Take my word, go visit this place you are surely going to like this and fortunately its properly maintained by Indian government.

Anyways, so in short I really had nice time in this trip with my Mom-Dad!!! :-)

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