Nov 30, 2013 – Day 1 to Diveagar
|5.45am||Churchgate station, Mumbai|
|6.00am||Gateway of India / Apollo Bunder, Mumbai for Ferry|
|7.40am||Left Madve jetty for Alibaug|
|9.10am||left for Kashid|
|12.15pm||Left for Murud|
The first day – From Madve to Alibag we covered almost 20km in an hour. This made us very optimistic of our distance covering abilities.. only that this route didn’t have any ghats. After पोहा at Alibag, we moved on towards Kashid, which had a ghat just before Kashid beach invited us with its beauty. Our first ghat of the ride and it took our breaths out ! we relaxed for almost an hour at Kashid beach on hammocks sipping coconut water.
Murud wasn’t far away, we reached by lunch time had a lunch on the sea-side hotel overlooking the bright beach ahead of us. Our original stop was at Murud but since we were this early at our destination, we thought we should move on further, Diveagar. The ferry at Rajapuri made us wait for almost an hour. This hour though was well spent, interacting with the individuals, checking the routes, ferry rides, etc. It was here that we got to know that a ferry exists down south of Harihareshwar at Bagmandla to Bankot (Thank god, it exists! Else we would’ve required another 100km+ to reach Velas beach side). We commenced our 2’nd ferry of our ride, Rajapuri, Murud to Dighi. The road from Dighi was bad, period. It didn’t improve till we climbed the first ghat just next to the Dighi jetty, came down when it improved.. Diveagar was there almost by the setting sun, evening in its prime. We looked for room to stay, and day 1 was done.
Day in Numbers
- Distance: 90km
- Ghats: 2 normal sized
- Cycling Time: 6:15 hours
- Water Rides: 2
- Relaxation / Enjoyment Time: ~3:30 hrs