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We Are Dropping Our Lovely Drives

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After we search on-line for ‘Nice Drives Close to Mumbai’, we usually get comparable returns. However over a time frame, we’ve got been dropping these lovely drives to over-‘improvement’ simply as we’re dropping the environment, clear air and water, bio-diversity, silence ranges and evening skies (amongst many different issues.) Lovely drives are a useful resource too, and dropping them is a big loss in each which means.

Truly there aren’t many lovely drives left anymore. While you seek for this question, you will discover many articles claiming the next as nice drives. However within the final 10 years, we’ve got destroyed the scenic magnificence on these routes. Verify for your self:

Mumbai to Lonavala Khandala : These twin cities have grow to be tremendous congested and sizzling (climate sensible). The method to them through the Mumbai – Pune Expressway or Mumbai Pune Previous Freeway are each not charming. Rampant development, skyscrapers that cowl the hill view and elevated site visitors destroy the expertise. Additionally as soon as in Lonavala Khandala, the one factor you discover is each store promoting Chikki and all routes at the moment are lined with vacation properties in various phases of development. No charming cafes. No lovely properties. Simply concrete. Now Lonavala even has a big Mall with McDonald’s. The drive is finest averted. (Dangerous pictures warning).

Mumbai Pune Expressway : About 15 years in the past, it was a fantastic scenic and principally empty freeway stretch with agricultural fields on both facet. Not anymore. Billboards, skyscrapers, vacation properties, funding properties, instructional institutes consuming into the hills, and vastly elevated site visitors have killed the attraction of this as soon as beautifulk drive.

Mumbai – Goa : Busy freeway, stuffed with rash drivers, principally single lane, and heavy accident charge. It was once very scenic however elevated site visitors and plenty of sluggish transferring vans on a single lane destroy the expertise. In locations the freeway is being widened however the development by no means appears to be over. Be joyful in the event you cross Vadkal Naka with out a lot site visitors. I keep away from this route. See this: Mumbai Goa Freeway Sees 1000 Accidents A Yr.

Mumbai – Alibaug – Kashid : The identical as above. Solely the previous couple of kilometers are respectable.

Mumbai – Malshej Ghat : Horrible until about 20-30 km AFTER Kalyan. From anyplace in Mumabi until Kalyan it’s stuffed with site visitors, highway development, vacation properties, and an annoying variety of giant pace breakers (I as soon as counted some 23 speedbreakers inside Kalyan). Hopeless. Solely after 20-30 km after Kalyan does it begin to grow to be considerably good. However its not going to final, contemplating whats panned out prior to now. Giant townships, skyscrapers and funding properties are already being constructed.

Kamshet – Matheran : A lot of this route is barely accessible through the Mumbai Pune Freeway so learn above.

Mumbai Mahabaleshwar : Identical as Mumbai Pune Freeway. Solely the previous couple of kms are half respectable. Mahabaleshwar itself has grow to be densely congested and overvalued with huge site visitors jams.

Mumbai – Igatpuri : Very dangerous. From Mumbai until a bit of forward of Kalyan Bhiwandi the freeway is filled with truck site visitors and development. There’s a tiny stretch in Kasara Ghat which is as but lovely (about Four-6km, July 2017). The complete hills round Igatpuri, and surrounding villages have their timber chopped off and also you get a view of bare hills. In summers even these are set on hearth so all you see are charred hills. Undoubtedly not fairly. When returning, be ready for dense site visitors round Kalyan crossing.

In early summer time/spring you will discover the complete area (all the drives talked about above) stuffed with smoke. Forests are burnt and the smoke hangs thick within the air. The drives are not to benefit from the scenic magnificence (that are are dropping at a speedy tempo) however extra to have the ability to drive, as a result of we aren’t capable of, in our cities. Properly, seems to be our like highways will quickly resemble our metropolis roads.

There are nonetheless some good drives left, however I take pains to not write about them, lest the selfie wielding, ‘like’ looking for crowds populate these too. However clearly that isn’t the reply. Perhaps we want some type of protected standing for freeway surroundings too?

Mumbai Goa.

From round 2003-Four, the trip to Goa from Pune. We stopped at these ghats close to Kolhapur and will nearly hear our personal heartbeats. Not anymore.

Sawantwadi in 2005

Sawantwadi from round 2005. Its practically unattainable to seek out just one automobile right here.

Mumbai Pune Expressway 2003

At Lonavala, these type of open vistas are not seen.

Mumbai Pune Expressway 2003

The Mumbai Pune Expressway had agricultural fields throughout. Word the rolled up hay. Kodak shopper unfavourable on Nikon FM10.

Mumbai Pune Expressway 2003

Mumbai Pune Expressway, round 2003. Word the empty freeway.

Mumbai Pune Expressway 2003

Mumbai Pune Expressway round 2003. Word just one automobile in sight. And nature throughout. No billboards.

Billboards kill the scenery in Lonavala.

A panoramic shot in Lonavala on Mumbai – Pune Expressway. Billboards kill the surroundings.

Mumbai Pune Expressway 2003

Rolled up hay from agricultural fields on Mumbai Pune Expressway 2003. A sight now extinct.


Kashid to Murud Janjira.

The highway from Kashid to Murud Janjira, round 2006. You would as soon as drive subsequent to the ocean. Now the ocean view has been taken over by non-public bungalows.

Kashid to Murud Janjira

Kashid to Murud Janjira drive in 2006. Word how one can see the ocean all through. Now its not doable with development on the seaside facet…

Ghoti to Bhandardara 2008

The attractive highway from Ghoti to Bhandardara, round 2008.

Bhandardara traffic on 2018

Ghoti to Bhandaradar in 2018, 10 years later. These are all principally ‘vacationer’ buses who deliver folks right here to wash and take selfies within the the numerous waterfalls.

Construction in the Himalayas

Even within the Himalayas, the scenic magnificence is being devastated. Ever since I keep in mind, development is the principle sight together with Chandigarh – Manali Freeway

Dense market near Katrain, Himachal Pradesh

And that is Katrain, a city on the way in which in direction of Kullu. It seems to be like a dense market from previous Delhi, doesn’t it?


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