A Memorable Trip To Nashik

Nashik is generally known as city of Pilgrims and there are around 2,000 temples in this city. But I have some different reasons to love this city. I spent nearly 4 years in this city while I was doing my bachelor (After getting my bachelor degree in 2005, I had never been there)

2nd January 2010 @ 9:00 PM I got a call from my family friend, they were planning to visit Trimbakeshwar and they asked me to join. I thought Trimbakeshwar… yes man, it is near to Nashik … If I will go then, I can get a chance to visit that place again and I can meet my old friends (जो हमेशा बोलते है साले कभी तो मिलने को आ, डिग्री ले ली तो कभी आता नहीं).

This reason was more than enough to join the trip and I said yes to them :)

We left Pune @ 12:00 AM as we had planned to have Morning darshan in Trimbakeshwar. The journey from Pune to Nashik was awesome during midnight. Traffic was less, climate was cool and soft songs made it worthwhile.

We reached Nashik @ 3:00 AM and everybody was in need of a coffee. So, we stopped at CCD near Satpur to have coffee. After having a refreshing coffee we started our journey for Trimbakeshwar. We reached Trimbakeshwar @ 4:30 AM, my god the climate was so cold that we all were shivering. Somehow we found the temple and it took nearly 3 rounds to around the temple itself to find the entry gate (yeah I had never been to Trimbakeshwar)

The darshan starts from 5:30 AM. So, we got some time to fresh n up, then we joined the queue for darshan. The biggest advantage of having darshan in morning is that the queue is not long and you get enough time to stay in Temple.

After darshan we had Tea @ Trimbakeshwar and we proceeded to Nashik. My family friends wanted to meet some relatives in Nashik and they asked me to join them. I was not at all in a mood to meet some stranger. I said, you people carry on I will join you while returning back to Pune.

I have some good things to do, I can meet my friends, can go to my college Katta (Some place around college where we use to hang out), the missal wala, Sharma Ji ki Adrak wali Chai n all (I said to myself).

I called Kaustubh, Sunday 6:30 AM, I knew that waking up an IT guy on Sunday morning and that too 6:30 AM is really bad, but I didn’t have any choice.
Kaustubh was sleeping (it was expected)   
Kaustubh: what??
Me: Are yaar, I thought you must be in gym but you are sleeping
Kaustubh: Today is Sunday please let me sleep, I will call you back
Me: you can sleep later on, come to CBS (Central Bus Stand), I will be there in 20 min
Kaustubh: you are in Nashik? Okay I will be there.

Next Call Dhananjay Sunday 6:45 AM (I am very bad I know :D)

Dhananjay: Pushkar please let me sleep, I just came to Nashik @ 5:30
Me: Then why you are sleeping for couple of hours come to CBS in 15 min
Dhananjay: Not now I will be there in 1 hour
Me: I will be leaving in one hour
Dhananjay: Okay I will be there in 30 min

Next call Pawan, Nayan, Sukhad, Harshal, Anil (All started the conversation with Gali then I called them to CBS)

Kaustubh came to CBS by 8:15 (Idiot slept again after hanging up the phone). Everybody was there by 9:00 except Pawan and Nayan and we decided to have Misal Pav @ KV (Krishna Vijay), after 5 year I was there having Misal Pav and Takkar (2/3)

Nayan came there and then we went to College Road. College Road, the most happening place of Nashik (though it was Sunday). We stopped at our Katta there, some gapshap was going on then Pawan came.

We decided to go to Nayan’s Place (he was going to Banglore that day and he was getting late). Me & Pawan went to Nayan’s place (Remaining had some important work, important work on Sunday huh I feel they might be sleeping till 11 if I was not there)

After saying B-bye to Nayan, we (Me & Pawan) roamed around the city. Nashik has changed a lot of big shopping malls, multiplexes n all have come up.

2 PM, I called Vaibhav and decided to meet @ CCD, Mahatma Nagar. That reminded me of an incident, once me and Vaibhav went to CCD (It had just opened in Nashik at that time). We scanned  the whole menu and found that Black Coffee (30ml) is coming in our budget :)

We had few cups of coffee there. Then I went to meet my land lord Kiran Bhau. From there we went to Panchwati (my family friends were calling me since last 1 hour).

Panchwati is famous for temples and
Sita Gumpha caves, KalaRam Mandir, Ramganga n all.  My friends asked me where these temples are we want to visit that (I thought, please ask me where is Ram Bar, girls hostels, Circle Theater :P)

Somehow we found those temples. These temples are beautiful and worth watching. Why I had never been there during my 4 years stay.

Then we went to Tapovan, here
Laxmana - brother of Rama cut the nose of Shurpanakha that’s why the city is named as Nashik/Nasik. We had some photo session there and came back to Pune.

I must say this was one of the memorable trips of my life. I met my old friends after 5 year, went to same CCD and had cappuccino where I could afford only Black Coffee during college days. I visited temples and historical places of Nashik (which I had never seen in when I was sdutying).


Nayan said...

Yes Pushkya... for me too this was a memorable trip...
One is that we all met after so looong time...
Second is I had nearly missed my bus to bangalore... hehe...
Thanks to the rickshaw wala who agread to ride despite of strike... ;)
But we need to have such meetings once or twice in a year... :)

Unknown said...

I wish I could be there with you Guys.....

Any ways may be next time.

Vikash Kumar said...

Indeed a trip to Nashik is like a trip down the memory lane :) I also had a trip like this .. it was wonderful.. Misal pav in Nashik is unbeatable :)

but family friends?? really??

Snehal said...

Hey Pushkar,
Nice travelogue dear…I can imagine you must have enjoyed this trip.
College days humesha golden days hote hain… for many reasons ;-)
Nothing could be more pleasurable than spending time with old buddies after long time .
I wish bohot jaldi tu aapane bivi baccho ke sath phirse Nasik visit kare ;-)

Pawan J Manghnani said...

U forgot to mention two most important things in your writeup

1. Nayan ke ghar pe jo "Ghajar ka halwa" khaya. I always wanted to eat it one more time. First time I had it, was when Nayan invited all of us for lunch and that was in college days.

2. Aur pushkar tune apni kali zabaan k bare me b mention nahi kiya. Nayan almost missed his bus.
He must have remembered only u throughout his journey that day.
Was a very close call for him.

Kuch Is Tarah... said...

Nayan: we will definitely plan a meet once in a year.

Livin: There is always a next time, will plan a meet soon :)

Vikash: Family Friends hmm no comments ;)

Snehal: Thanks, really college days are golden days. bivi oops biwi bachcho ke sath Nashik jaunga agar mauka mila to :P

Pawan: Sorry yaar, how can I forget Gajar ka Halwa... it was delicious... Nayan tu Nashik kab ja raha hai wapas??
This time you will not miss the bus :D

balvinder said...

cooooooooool bro.. :)

Mr. NosyPost said...

I know it was amazing day....And very funny blog to...that day i met anil,nayan after so many years...dhanjay,harshal,pavan,you and sukhad after so many days