Day 19- of kings, artists and their untamed fantasies

Badami to Hampi These Rocks– desiring to have complete freedom among these rocks the horses of fantasy, unaided, untamed, look, gallop away to the horizon at even the slightest noise. Naked wild horses. These rocks of Hampi – (Chandrashekhar Kambar, 1992) The three women are welcomed by the capital city of Vijaynagara (14th-16thc.) empire on Day…

Day 18- bumpy ride, transcending heights and a quaint li’l town

Bijapur to Badami Badami- definitely does not mean almond-like and it has nothing to do with manufacturing almond oil!! Earlier known as Vatapi, Badami was the capital city for Chalukyas from 6th- 8th c. and is famous for its rock- cut architecture- the caves are examples of first ever Hindu temples. But, before our women…

Day 17- The city that inspired the Taj, the city of Sultans

Usmanabad to Bijapur The trio began their day quite early. All excited to head towards the next State- Karnataka, in their journey, moving further away from  home struck them as soon as they hit the road. The signboards were no more in the familiar script, the landscape changed and alongwith it changed the language as…

Day 16- The third (wo)man rises

Shirdi to Usmanabad Our ladies have finally entered the third week of their journey. And the biggest challenge they have overcome in last 2 weeks is that they have finally stopped misplacing things. Yes!! you heard me; be it their mobile chargers, dongle, cameras, cell- phones, knee- caps and even the driving license, first 1 hour…

Day 15 of twists and turns and disppointments

Nashik to Shirdi Getting a good sleep only in the morning for few hours, they left from Nashik at around 9 am. But the day 15 involved a no. of twists and turns in their journey. Initially they had planned to make a stop- over at Ahmednagar, at a distance of 156 kms. from Nashik…

Day 13/14- holy dip or holy drink…the choice is yours!

Aurangabad to Nashik The three women drive from Aurangabad to Nashik on Day 13 of their journey, covering the length India. The city gets its name from an episode in the great Hindu epic, Ramayana when Lakshman chopped off Shrupnakha’s nose- nasika- believed to have occured in the present Nasik city. Rama, Sita and Lakshman stayed  for…

Day 12- of tyre- vaalas, mobile kitchen and a handful of kindness

Ajanta to Aurangabad via Ellora air pressure for tyre 1, 2, 3, 4- CHECK level of coolant- CHECK oil- CHECK fuel- CHECK GET, SET and Zooooooooommm!! That has been the daily morning ritual for our ladies for twelve days now! Much to their satisfaction everything seemed right with the car as they left Ajanta with fond…

Day 11- when the stones beckon you… never say never

Exploring the grandeur of Ajanta John Smith – a British officer for the Madras Presidency accidentally walked into the hidden caves during his summer- hunt back in 1819. Mr. Officer must have been quite smitten by the sheer magnificence and grandiose of its Buddha statues and bewitching frescoes. That was the day the treasure of early Indian cave…

Day 10 More police- vaalas, teachers and strange encounters

Amravati to Ajanta The hotel at Amravati definitely made it up for the rats by providing a sumptuous breakfast next morning- hot aloo paranthas with curd and pickles. (A delicious start to day 10 of the journey- nothing could beat that!) And  our ladies were ready to leave from this very endearing town by 8:30….

Day 9- Now this is what you call ‘mehmaan-nawazi’

Nagpur to Amravati This has been the best Highway so far lined with flowers all along the road. And the beautiful highway led them to a dining table laid with yummyness, for when you are on the road nothing can taste better than ghar ka khana. The ladies’ very close friend from Delhi- Mrs. Nutan Kapoor,…

Day 8-in the company of great men

Jabalpur to Nagpur via Ramtek   On day 8 our women entered State 3- Maharashtra of their journey. The landscape changed and they couldn’t help but notice all dried- up trees that lined the highway.    240 km from Jabalpur is situated a small town of Ramtek, (literally meaning the Vow of Ram) and in this town come…

Day 7- Of boatmen who sing ’bout Kareena

In and around Jabalpur Day 7 and the ladies gave their Gaadi some rest. But relaxing wasn’t on their agenda and they hired an Ola cab to show them around the city. (Note: This is NOT a sponsored post. They just happened to take an Ola. But if this reaches the marketing lords at Ola,…