“Like to keep her runnin’ just a little longer
Too little time, too much to see!”
The bad boys, the outcasts, the hooligans, the rebels! Or so the usual perception about us MOTORCYCLISTS. But I have met one of the nicest people on a motorcycle. We are an unusual bunch really, but not necessarily, outcasts. We don’t like to travel in bubbles, we like exploring Mother Nature. We love adventure, trails, twisties, barbecue & a drink and we probably love our machines more than we love our girlfriends. What does that get us to do? It gets us to explore the unexplored, to ride the road less traveled, to know no roads & at times, to get there before the road.
Anyone who loves travel & the rich experience involved in it, will be able to relate to this at some level. We aren’t the frilly types, living in hotels; we are the fun-type, who love to camp. And with that, I’d like to share some a cool place to camp around our very own Western Ghats of Maharashtra.
Taked is a small village located 48kms from Nashik and a little ahead of Igatpuri. It is blessed with massive lush green Sahyadri’s that are packed with windmills. The country side will surprise you with lovely tarmac roads, clear blue sky and alluring water bodies. There are no hotels in Taked so one should be well equipped with camping gear (Tent, power banks, sleeping bag, Emergency light, water and snacks).
It is the ideal place to camp as it takes you away from the daily hustle and bustle of the city. The villagers are very pleasant, they will help you setup your camp and serve local homemade food. Poha for breakfast, Fresh water fish, mutton/chicken konkan curry and bhakri. The food was cooked in typical Maharashtrian style. It was spicy and had a very local flavour.
The nights are extremely chilly and the sky is packed full of stars. So much silence in the atmosphere that I could still hear my bike roaring. It was one of those perfect nights where I had my motorcycle, 5 best friends, bliss location, cold weather, crackling bon fire and a glass of rum. You experience the thrill of being alive and you get to experience the wilderness that has so many things to offer you.
So, clean your jacket, find your gloves, get on your bike & let’s explore nature. Won’t be long before you look over your shoulder & realize, Gosh! I should have…
Keep me posted on your adventure & share your experiences.
Get there before the road
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