Saturday, August 5, 2017

Wine Capital Of India: The Vineyards of Nasik

July is here and my favorite season of the year too, I just love rains so like every other year We packed our bags and headed straight to one of the best places to be during monsoon, My Hometown "Nasik" :)
At the rate at which people are traveling these days the day is not far when Nasik would become one of the tourist destination as it has everything from beautiful calm hills to splendid sceneries, vineyards, unexplored places and of course religious places that most of the people come here for.
So today I would cover one of the chapters of our monsoon trip to Nasik which is "The Vineyard"


Chapter 01 : The Vineyards of Nasik

So we reached Nasik early morning and it was beautiful, the weather was just perfect, cold breeze with light drizzle just made the whole atmosphere magical, we just had handful days to soak in the monsoon completely so we decided to start with the vineyards as we were quite tired from our travel to go trekking already :P

Sula Vineyards:
We started the winery expedition with Sula Vineyards, one of the most known names even outside Nasik..the winery is spread across huge acres of land and during monsoon, everything just turns into a lush green paradise.
Sula has two restaurants "Soma" and "Little Italy" one amphitheater which you could rent out for your special occasions too, a resort "Beyond by Sula" and a tasting room in their Nasik estate.
They offer tours and tasting which is conducted throughout the year except for the dry days, it takes place every hour, you could check out more details about Sua vineyards here:

https://www.sulawines.com/



York :
York is just 2 km from Sua vineyards and if you are someone who wants to avoid the crowd then this is a place for you as it is less crowded than Sula and has an equally splendid view of the Gangapur dam. They offer tours and tasting too.though this facility is not as huge as Sula but it is a must visit if you are a wine lover.

you could check out more details about York here :

http://www.yorkwinery.com/



Soma Wine Village:

Soma vineyard is another beautifully located place with their own resort and a spectacularly close view of the Gangapur Dam.this one is also spread across huge acres of land and is a treat to the eyes with beautiful green surroundings.

You could find all information about Soma wine village here :

http://www.somavinevillage.com/

There are many more vineyards in Nasik but due to time constraints, we decided to check them out in our next trip..Some of the ones that we could not cover were:

-Grover Zampa Vineyards - http://www.groverzampa.in/
-Vallonne Vineyards          - http://www.vallonnevineyards.com/

If there are any other winery that I missed do comment below and also do let us know your favorite pick :)




Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Weekend getaway around Hyderabad | Ananthgiri Hills

The month of June is here...yay!!! its monsoon, time to take as many weekend trips as possible :)
I personally love the smell of the wet Earth ,it just renders deep into the soul making everything so much more relaxed and peaceful. Anyways without further ado, let's jump right into our weekend trip to Ananthagiri hills.

Month of Travel: End of June

Mode of Travel:

We a group of 4 friends traveled by car.Ananthagiri is 70 km approx from Hyderabad and travelling by road is the best option if you want to enjoy the weather and scenery, though I believe you could take a train as well til the vikarabad station.  We started early in the morning at around 7 am and reached Ananthagiri by 9.30 am With a break for breakfast on the way.

                                                                  On the way :)
On the way breakfast from a small joint

Places to see in Ananthagiri:

Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple:

This temple is located in Ananthagiri Hills, about 75 km from Hyderabad. Lord Vishnu is in the form of Sri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy and Ananthagiri is named after him.

Trekking:

There are two trekking trails in the forest, one that begins from the Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple and another that begins about 0.5 kilometers from the temple, that is right opposite to the temple gate.

Trail 01:

                                                 The forest right beside the temple



Trail 02: The second trail is about 0.5 km opposite from the temple gate.



                                                       Viewpoint at the end of trail 2

 We also drove around 2-3 km from the temple and found some interesting viewpoints, the whole place is lush green and less crowded, though the whole experience would have been much better with rains, nevertheless, it was a good break from the concrete jungle that we dwell in.



 As the Sun was getting hotter and hotter we did not bother to find the lake and decided to head back to Hyderabad and have our lunch as we were really hungry by now.

Were we had Lunch: 

The drive to Hyderabad was pleasant but as i already mentioned ..we missed the rain big time, so we headed to this Arabian Mandi place which is quite famous in Tolli chowki  named " Al -Zaara matbaq Al- Mandi"  heard a lot about the outstanding Mandi that this place serves and went with a lot of expectation.

The place is setup in an authentic way with floor sitting and private cabins, we waited impatiently for our mandi to arrive but it was not really as expected. We have definitely had better Mandi in Hyderabad this place just came across much hyped. Anywho we finished our Mandi and headed back home relaxed and content.

Do check out "Ananthagiri Hills" if you are looking fora getaways from hyderabad, if you are  a nature lover you would definitely love this place .


Some more pics from the trip: