More to Life than Mumbai & Money… A Saturday in Kolhapur… caught up on some Time and Life!


There’s More to Life than Mumbai & Money… A Saturday in Kolhapur… caught up on some Time and Life ! … have put up some photos we took

Just returned from a Saturday in Kolhapur in Maharashtra…10 hours drive from Mumbai..a bit more by Train… took the Sahayadri Express from originating station, Chatrapati Shivaji Station  (VT Station) in South Mumbai at 5.50 pm on Friday Evening and reached Kolhapur at 6 am on Saturday

…was escorting daughter to the pre Nationals State Camp… she’s all of 16 and has been appointed Captain of the Maharashtra State u 19 Schools & Colleges Girls Football Team for the 57th Schools Nationals in Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar Islands from December 1, 2011

…and Kolhapur…. what a laid back town… Maratha & Shivaji Pride is clearly visible…. Mumbai has spoilt us for Time and Money both !… Lodges and Hotels are plenty available and range from just Rs 250 a day for a Non Ac Room to the high Rs 3199 a day for Double Occupancy in the AC Executive Room (Superior Rooms are pricier) in the three star Victor Palace… Food is reasonably priced but can be spicy… remember the Veg Kohlapuri Dish on Mumbai Menu cards !…. and Rickshaws are the mode for Local Travel and easily available.. Private Vehicles are available too on very reasonable rates as we found out

A great travelling and actually a logical tip… if you want guidance on where to stay and eat and what to see and where to shop check with the locals… our rickshaw driver from the Station, Uttam, guided us to three Hotels before we  checked in to one that cost us just Rs 600…It had no restaurant but did serve us superb tea…. After a Hot water Bath, we checked with the reception guy as to where we could have a decent breakfast… ‘Prathana’ is the place… simply walked two minutes to it…. Not airconditioned but serves great South Indian Idli and vada and Dosa and other fast food and Fresh Fruit Juices… serves Chinese and Punjabi too at Meal Times in their AC Dining hall on the first floor… then checked with the Counter guy for booking a Vehicle for the Day… Dinesh… he arranged a Sumo for Rs 1000 for 12 hours 10.30 am to 10.30 pm… Rahul was the extremely accommodating and knowledgable driver…and there’s no screaming and yelling drivers in Kolhapur…Traffic courtesy is cool with a “You First” attitude read more