Cycling to Dahanu and Tarapur Forts – a beach and history holiday!

Dahanu and Tarapur are coastal forts in picturesque locations at the northern end of the Maharashtra coast with pristine beaches along side – a great holiday!

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Cycling to Mumbra Devi Temple – in search of Parsik Fort

A nice cycling route to Mumbra Devi Temple located at the north end of the Parsik Hills range where I was hoping to find traces of an old fort – Parsik Fort

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Cycling along the mangroves of Mumbai

Global Vipassana Center, GoraiBuddha Statue and Stupa, GoraiStupa at Global Vipassana Center, GoraiBell Tower, Global Vipassana Center, GoraiThe Myanmar Gate, Global Vipassana Center, GoraiThe Myanmar Gate, Global Vipassana Center, Gorai
Road-side restaurant, GoraiStreet in Gorai VillageOld House in Gorai VillageGorai Police StationManori BeachCycle tracks in the sand
Bullock cart rides into the sunBullocks resting at ManoriCycle at Manori JettyCycle at Manori JettyCycle on Ferry at ManoriManori Creek
Manori CreekFerry at Manori Creek

After a break of about a month, I was eager to get back on the cycle. I cycled along the Western Express Highway till Mira Road, then took the detour towards the shore and rode along the mangroves of Uttan, climbed up Uttan hill, then down to Gorai. I visited the Global Vipassana Center to admire the giant Stupa, then rode ahead to Manori, took the ferry across to Marve, rode till Madh, took another ferry to cross over to Versova and then returned home. A great way to start a Sunday!

Cycling on Elephanta Island – Feb 2013

Shiva as Lakulisha - the Lord of YogisSunrise at KalinaBalloon man going to workShip sailing on the way to ElephantaShip sailing on the way to ElephantaSeagulls and Ships
Seagull flyingElephanta IslandCycle on ferry to ElephantaToy train at ElephantaRoad to Elephanta CavesIdyllic road to cycle in Elephanta
Idyllic road to cycle in ElephantaBoys relaxing at ElephantaPillars in Elephanta CavesNataraja sculpture at ElephantaSculpture of guardians of Shiva at ElephantaSculpture of guardians of Shiva at Elephanta
Shiva and ParvatiThe Trimurti at ElephantaArdhanareshwar Shiva at ElephantaThe pillars in the main cave at ElephantaShiva Linga at Elephanta

Elephanta Caves on Elephanta Island is one of the well known tourist destinations around Mumbai.

However, I decided to visit the island to try something different – I took my mountain bike there… to my pleasant surprise, I found a wonderful cycling route that circles the island along the shore and at the end, climbs up the hill to the caves.

Then even better, there is a short but steep climb uphill to a pair of cannons… then the downhill ride was a completely unexpected bonus!

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Cycling to Arnala Fort – Feb 2013

Sunrise at Giriz LakeSunrise at Giriz LakeFishing boat at Arnala beachFishing boats at ArnalaWaiting for boat at Arnala beachFerry boat at Arnala beach
Loading the cycles on the boatSetting off to Arnala islandEnjoying the sea breeze on the boatFisherwoman on boatCycle loaded in boatFisherman dressed in his Sunday best
Sand sculptures at ArnalaVillage kids admire our cycles at ArnalaArriving at Arnala fortFort entrance at ArnalaArched gateway to the fortCarved insignia at the entrance to Arnala fort
Domed roof at Arnala fortFresh water well inside Arnala fortOverlooking the sea at Arnala fortArnala fort abutting the seaEnjoying the view at Arnala fortEnjoying the view at Arnala fort

We went on a cycling trip from Andheri to Arnala fort – a round trip distance of about 120 km following a route that hugs the coast all through the Vasai island.

The fort is on an island that can be reached by a rickety fishing boat overloaded with people and luggage. The island is occupied by the fishermen community and we were as much of a spectacle for them as the fort was to us.

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Snapshots of a trek to Kohoj Fort