Here’s how our last trip of the decade turned out to be – a road trip to India’s Grape City – Nashik! (Image courtesy: Internet)
Though winters are amazing to be unfolded into travel plans when you have a bucket of leaves to claim before they lapse over. Thanks to our wedding leaves and the hundred first year festive calendar, our vacation plans for 2019 have always been for a toss!
Juggling the permutations and combinations, we lost ourselves only to deciding a quick weekend getaway to an undecided location which sooner turned out an out-of-the-box plan to NASHIK!
Just as you frown reading the destination name, here is a quick glimpse of all we extracted from this not-at-all-planned road trip while we discovered this beautiful developed and well-planned city just-in-time before the crowd finds this jem!
Day 1: Sula Wines
Long drives are my favorite and my birthday just gave me a reason to indulge in my favorite. Starting off at 8 am, we were all geared up for a day trip to Sula Vineyards at Nashik. The 4.5 hours’ journey from Pune was amazing! Open air, minimal traffic and a perfect scenic highway (except for the 4 toll booths mid-way) was a dream long drive.
Our stomachs gave in and we took a break at Parivar Hotel, Narayangaon, a small eating joint to have a unique dish called Kadi Wada. So, our usual Batata Wada dipped in piping hot Kadi with fried green chilies and Pav on side describes this dish to the best.
Drenched in fullness, we took around 2.5hrs further to reach our hotel booked at Nashik.
Taking a quick nap at our room at IBIS, we left by 4pm to the main destination for which we had come kms from!!
30mins from our hotel at IBIS, Satpur, driving to SULA is filled with kaccha raastas and grass all around till you reach the gate with the sun symbol to welcome you along!! The entry-fee is ₹200 pax and is redeemable at the eateries in there.
Entering SULA, I realized, the grapevine is a bliss for all the photographers with a color-filled atmosphere for you to click on!
After the photo shoot, we headed for the 30 mins Wine Tour and Tasting Session which is priced at ₹400pax (₹200 for touring and ₹200 for tasting)
While the staff was great at explaining the Vinification process, we had a great time tasting the 6 wines offered to us.
Post the high-rated sessions, we gorged our favorite over-priced snacks comprising French fries and Pizza at the eateries out redeeming our pocketed entry-fees at relief!
A few more pictures and we had covered the vast lush polished land area of SULA to be cherished and remembered by 7pm.
(Learn more of the upcoming SULAFEST 2020)
Heading back to the lovely lighted city of Nashik, a budget friendly sea-food serving restaurant, Radhakrishnan which served a variety of tasty seafood in pocket-prices sorted our dinner plan.
We gorged upon the Prawns and Bombay Duck and dug into their Mutton Thali with awww as we decided to explore the city further and continue our trip to check out India’s famous Trimbakeshwar temple the next morning before checking out of this unexplored beautiful grape city.
Day 2: Trimbakeshwar Temple
Enjoying a well-spread buffet breakfast, we made our move to Trimbakeshwar Temple which falls 24kms from IBIS, Satpur.
The well-infrastructure roads to the temple made us go aww as we enjoyed our temple ride and reached the destination in half an hour.
Being famous for its Jyotirlinga, Trimbakeshwar is way too crowded for people like us who want to make a move within an hour or two.
Getting a fast-track entry for 200pax, we entered the easy entry line only to realize there were hundreds of like-minded others who had skipped the regular queue creating another set of an elongated que taking us 2 hours’ of standing in the so-called fast track line!!
The temple was enormous and carved with perfection but the crowd gave us no time to enjoy the sculpture and we ended up dragging and pulling ourselves to get the glimpse of Lord Shiva.
(ProTip- Visit Trimbakeshwar only if you have enough time to relish the artifacts else it is a waste of money and time.)
Departing this lovely city, on our way back we had Nashik’s famous Rajas Lassi and had our dose of Sitafal Lassi priced at ₹50 for half a glass and rejoiced our last few moments at the unexplored planned city of Nashik as we bid goodbyes to each other by 1pm to meet HOME!!
Get Set Packing Girls to enjoy Road trip to India’s grape city!
Here’s another suggestion for a long weekend plan – Murudehswar in Karnataka!