PEOPLE’S MAGIC ON THE HIGHWAY TO NASHIK

I am dedicating this page to the lovely people I saw, photographed and met while driving to Nashik.

A weathered farmer through the window of the car
A weathered farmer seen through the window of our car

What a drive and packages of  experiences. Imagine 3 Chapters on a 200 km plus drive, is it not Magic?

pomegranates ready to be packed, the farmer and the highway
pomegranates ready to be packed, the farmer and the highway

The diversity in attire , mannerisms and eating habits is incredibly diverse in this vast country. I share the people with you on this magical drive .

a colourful temple dots the landscape
a colourful temple dots the landscape

The picture below shows a tribe on the move with all their worldly belongings.

Can you spot the dog?

nomadic tribe in transit with the western ghats as backdrop
nomadic tribe in transit with the western ghats as backdrop

I had never seen Milk Cans coloured in   bright Orange. While for many in other countries the dexterity of carrying these cans on a motorcycle on a highway would itself be an eye catcher.

Orange MILK CANS
Orange MILK CANS

A farmyard with a goat tethered to a tree caught my eye as we zipped by. “They have left me alone  to guard the tractor.”

The man on the bike has taken all my milk
The man on the bike has taken all my milk

A local   election enabled me to capture this image of the man in his  traditional attire , the dhoti . Imagine, it was all happening along the highway .

what to say of dhotis and sarees
what to say of dhotis and sarees

The featured image of Hanumanji and the Shivlings were created by these master craftsmen.

Master Craftsmen
Master Craftsme

In order to get a whiff of the local cuisine it is mandatory to stop at  a small roadside dhabha when you travel by road.This lovely standalone CAFE was manged by versatile  Vaishali. 

charming Vaishali
charming Vaishali
a roadside dhabha
a roadside dhabha
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MAGIC UNFOLDS ON NASHIK HIGHWAY

Lord Ganesh or the Elephant headed God is the first God to be worshiped as he is the remover of obstacles. The featured image was photographed on the mountainside of this magical drive.

Nature and it's Rock Gardens
Nature and it’s Rock Gardens

As we travel by road to Nashik, the beautiful countryside opens up like a flower blossoming.Do read Chapter 1 of this series on my blog: http://www.enchantedforests.wordpress.com.

the magic of nature
the magic of nature

It is extremely fertile land and its like driving through a fruit orchard and vegetable garden closely entwined.

The drive is in large measure through the Western Ghats which had me bedazzled.

rolling fields as we descend from the ghats
rolling fields as we descend from the ghats

It is possible to have an amazing feast from the land. I am left ogling as we drive past  various fruit and vegetable farms .

I spotted this fish farm with a peacock ( do spot it on the left in the open grounds)  dancing in the drizzle as we approached the valley.

fish farm and peacock
fish farm and peacock

The western ghats are the catchment zones  for many rivers one of which I photographed with a lovely bridge across it.

rivers
river with a bridge across

The monsoons have been bountiful and the countryside reflects its best in a coat of green.

sheep
sheep as fellow travelers

I had still not recovered from the sight of seeing Pomegranates when I spotted these   fabulous farms of tomatoes.

Am compelled  to add on a  Chapter 3 of this magical drive. So remain with me as the magic unfolds its wings.

tomatoes
tomatoes till as far as the eye can see
a closer  look at juicy tomatoes
a closer look at juicy tomatoes