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Hello, my name is Snehal. I am a blogger based in Pune. Through Splendid Traveler, I would like to share few experiences of my Life, traveling moments, movie reviews, and present readers with some handy tips.
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Breathtaking Trek to Torna Fort

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हिंदवी स्वराज्याचे तोरण. तोरणा किल्ला जिंकून छत्रपति शिवाजी महाराजांनी स्वराज्याचे तोरण बांधले. आणि त्याच्या टोकापर्यंत पोहचून परत येण्याचा आनंद खूपच आगळा वेगळा आहे जो प्रत्येकाने अनुभवावा. History Torna Fort is historically significant as first acquired by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj at the age of 16. The fort is incredibly massive; perhaps that is the reason Chhatrapati renamed the fort as “Prachandgad” (Massive/huge is “Prachand” in Marathi and “gad/killa” indicates fort). Tallest fort amongst all forts in the district of Pune, 4,603 ft above sea level. One can trek to the Rajgad from Torna or vice versa, is a 5-6 hours hiking. Trekking Experience Favorite amongst trekkers and now mine favorite too as I felt the thrill too.  Last Thursday Kushal called me asking any plans for Sunday, as we already visited Rajgad and Torna was remaining to visit, so I said what about Torna? He said okay. Then we called our…

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Inspiration

Top 10 Inspiring Travel Quotes

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Today I want to share my all-time favorite inspirational travel quotes (in my opinion). My motto is Explore. Dream. Discover. Read the exceptional quotes from great travelers and get the motivation to travel the world. I love inspirational travel quotes. I feel them when I go some new place and when I am not traveling I get the urge to move and feel again. These small quotes give you feelings of individual moments of enduring life in an unusual way.  They encourage me to explore life through various adventures. I love to connect with nature, people, diverse culture through traveling! Take a look at some of my favorite travel quotes. “Stagnation is what I fear; adventure and failure are far, far better. Minimize regret rather than risk.” – Lady Ottoline “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” – Lao Tzu “Most of my treasured memories…

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Inspiration, Travel

Parvati Hill Pune – My Favorite Place in a Heartbeat

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Parvati is a hillock in the City of Pune, India. The hill stands at 2,100 feet high above the ground. On top of the hill, you can visit the Parvati Temple, one of the ideal relaxation points for the natives of Pune. The hillock offers a picturesque aerial view of the city and if you are an earlybird, do not miss observing morning picture of the day. I have been living in Pune since two years now. I still remember my first visit to Pune, it was a rainy day June 17. My interview was scheduled at IT company situated at Singhgad Road. Today I thought I should write about my first emotion with Pune City. The interview was done as planned but one thing happened as  I was on 4th floor and I was waiting for an interview call. I sat front of a big window facing to Parvati…

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Travel

Bhaja Karla Caves – Best Historical Architecture Spot near Pune

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MARCH is a wonderful month to experience captivating early summer heat and the sunshine. And this time, I really wanted to visit nearby places in Pune which should be one day return and prominent. One of my friends recently visited Bhaja and Karla Caves, located in Pune, near Lonavala, Maharashtra. If you love history, architecture and art then the Bhaja and Karla Caves are the perfect examples. It’s a must visit historical places near Pune and Mumbai. The places are easily accessible from both the cities. How to Reach  Karla- By Road- 120 km from Mumbai 55 km from Pune. By Train – Malavli is the local rail station; also, both Mumbai and Pune are important railheads near Karla.   Karla and Bhaja Caves are the Buddhist style rock-cut architecture caves dating back to the 2nd century BC. The caves have a number of notable Stupas, the most stupendous excavation…

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Tarkarli Beach – The Perfect Weekend Getaway

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Are you exhausted? Bored of seating and working? I felt the same, consequently decided to go nearby places from Pune, why not beach? what say, and I needed a serene beach, clean water, soothing sand where I went earlier which was my favorite beach of all time YES which is located in Konkan – Tarkarali beach where I wanted to go with my people. The Tarkarli beach located in Tarkarli Village in Malvan Taluka, Sindhudurg District. We went by Bus at night from Pune to Kankavli which was also a thrilling road trip if you wake up at 3 o’clock in the morning you will see dazzling mist which will give you the feeling of vacation plus relief. Mist including zigzag turns moving towards Konkan is also a wondrous adventure. We reached to the Kankavli at 5 o’clock from Kankavali we have to go to the Malavan and then the…

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Travel

Ajmer – The Land of Gharib Nawaz

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All my paradoxical appeal of Euphemisms were laid to rest and my quixotic appeal of religious awakening was laid to rest when I bowed down to the shrine of Moinuddin Chishti at Ajmer Sharif. I felt elevated with a sense of bird leaving his cage created by the contours of his own mind and escaping beyond boundaries beyond human comprehension. I stood there stupefied at atmosphere which surrounded me. The crowd which surrounded me were filled with souls ready to redeem themselves and pastorate themselves at will and here I stood there without any thought or sense just looking at the tomb wondering at Majar and asking him for divine intervention. The proceedings of my life confounded me and made me ask for more and yet I believe the answer remains within myself which I have to discover by removing the cobwebs that I have laid down for myself. The…

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A Road Trip Down the Memory Lane, My Visit to Shivsrushti aka Raigad Mahotsav

A Road Trip Down the Memory Lane, My Visit to Shivsrushti aka Raigad Mahotsav
A Road Trip Down the Memory Lane, My Visit to Shivsrushti aka Raigad Mahotsav
A Road Trip Down the Memory Lane, My Visit to Shivsrushti aka Raigad Mahotsav
A Road Trip Down the Memory Lane, My Visit to Shivsrushti aka Raigad Mahotsav
A Road Trip Down the Memory Lane, My Visit to Shivsrushti aka Raigad Mahotsav

Intro – In the last week of the first month of the year I planned something exciting after a month long grilling work. And to my surprise, it was another road trip (which I crave for BTW!) in Raigad district a good 150 km. from the hustle bustle of Pune. On Jan 24th, 2016, I went to relive the majesty and greatness of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s era at “Raigad Mahotsav” (a first of its kind of festival arranged to relive and feel the great Maharashtrian culture), which was held from 21st to 24th January 2016. What was the Raigad Mahotsav all about? As it was the last day of the Mahotsav and people from all neighboring cities of Mumbai and Pune had thronged Raigad fort, to witness the “ShivShrusti” on the 20-acre land at the base of Raigad Fort, in the vicinity of Pachad village, to portray the golden era…

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Rajgad –The Maratha Fort Best for Night Trek and Overnight Stay

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Importance of Rajgad fort “Treasure of Maharashtra”, and the longest serving capital during the reign of King Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the fort has a great history including lots of historic events. Shivaji’s son Rajaram was born on this very fort, and the same palace also witnessed the death of Shivaji’s queen Saibai. Also, after one of the greatest escapes that can be termed as a Sherlock Holmes mystery for the Mughals, King Shivaji after his escape from Agra returned to Rajgad that was a Maratha safe house during the period. A Trekkers Paradise At the moment, the fort still holds intact the remains of caves, palaces, and water reservoirs that was designed during the mid-1600s.The main entrance door to the fort is known as the Mahadarwaja, where according to historians, the Maratha army had buried the head of Afzal Khan after being stabbed by Shivaji Maharaj. When I visited the…

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