Sunday, June 03, 2007

Weekend Drive to Mumbai

Pune ExpresswayWe drove down to Mumbai this weekend so we could wish my niece on her birthday in person.

Pune and Mumbai are connected by an Expressway of which everyone here is very proud. If you have travelled on Indian roads, you would know why. The 60 mile stretch of the Expressway is the closest any road in India gets to the US Freeways. However, once the Expressway ends, you are again back in the middle of the chaos and madness of Indian roads; we were lucky it was a Sunday so the roads were relatively less crowded in Mumbai (once we got off the Expressway).

Pune ExpresswayThe monsoon rains have just begun and so the Ghats seemed greener than they were earlier this year. This area gets prettier as the rainy season progresses, with greener foliage covering the hillsides, and you can see streams and waterfalls as you drive by. However, the rains can cause an occasional land-slide leading to unexpected traffic jams!

Pune Expressway


Sakshi said...

Sigh! I miss the rains and travels through Lonavla/Khandala and the kamshet tunnels..

Shantanu said...

@sakshi: The rainy season's ahead and you can still plan to drive down one weekend during the coming weeks...