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This ride involves smooth roads and easy-to-access facilities
This ride involves some tight corners and narrow roads.
This ride has tight corners, two-lane roads, and some off-road sections.
Highway - Majority of the ride is via state and national highways
Night Halts - This ride involves a night stay and the return journey will begin on the next day
Off Roads - This ride involves jungles, river crossings and mountainous sections
Return - This is a one day ride and you can be back by noon or evening.
Beginner If you have upto 10000km of riding experience, and if you have been on less than 3 rides
Moderate - If you have more than 20000km of riding experience, and have done at least 5 rides.
Professional - If you have more than 40000km of riding experience and have done more than 5 rides.
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Did you know that Kalyan was one of the strongest Maratha outposts in the area? Kalyan is the primary entry/exit point if you wish to travel North and South of Maharashtra. There are a number of large godowns and industries here, which is why there are many huge lay-byes, where you can wait for your group to assemble
The township of Shahapur can be considered an oasis of sorts, since it has 4 dams that provide for a large percentage of Mumbai's water supply. Once here, you will be riding on well-kept, although 2-laned roads. Be careful of oncoming traffic, as Shahpur is also home to some very large industrial complexes.
Riding along the NH3, you first hit the luscious Kasara Ghats, which seem to have been designed exclusively for those looking to rule the corners! At the top of the Ghats sits Igatpuri, one of the most famous hill stations in the country, We suggest a short break here, to sample the lip-smacking "vada pao" and "kanda pohe".
As you enter Nashik, watch out for the exit to theChatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Uddanpul (flyover). This 20km marvel of engineering feels more like a racetrack than a city road. It's so nice and smooth, you will be left wanting for more as you descend down the exit to Vani and Mhasrul, our next destination,
As you hook a left onto the Nashik-Vani road, you will be riding through Mhasrul. This satellite town has some very good roads, but shops here are few and far in between. There are very few petrol pumps and spare parts shops on the way from Mhasrul, so we suggest riding as carefully as possible, till you reach the next major halt.
Saptashrungi is a place steeped in history. It is of great significance in Indian mythology and culture. The town is surrounded by 7 hills, which is why it is named so. This holy city is also where the roads to Mumbai and Gujarat intersect, so expect some heavy trafffic in the evenings. We suggest a halt here inspite of it being a detour, just so you can visit the Saptashrungi fort
The roads open up, there is a crisp bite in the air, and the mountains approach in the distance as you head towards Vani. The lovely, curved roads will excite the bikers. The beautiful environs will delight the photographers and nature lovers. A ride through Vani will feel like visitng an Alpine town, and we're not joking about that. The roads are so winding, they almost seem dizzying.
Guess what? Saputara is at the base of a smooth, flowing s-bend. As you enter Saputara, you will find a huge lake, and a number of lodges and shops around it. The place is tiny, but worth every moment spent. Try out the "Australian" omlettes here. They are simply mind-blowing. You should ideally tuck in early, as you definitely HAVE to make a visit to the Governor Hill, and ride the famed ropeway.
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