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Sardar Sarovar Dam: A Damn Good Visit

Especially during this weather. It had rained, not much, but considerably well for greenery to erupt everywhere. We realized on the way that it has rained much more in the nearby villages and towns of Baroda.

Talking about the trip, it was one brave attempt by us four girls to travel alone to Sardar Sarovar dam which is a good 96 kms from Baroda. M’s Wagon R as our carrier, we left at 6:30 am on last Sunday, all sleep deprived but excited. Thank God for Google Maps, we easily find our way through all our mini adventures.

SH 63 was beautiful. The farms on both sides of the road had abundant greenery to please our eyes. The thick trees formed long arches making the road look grander than normal. And it kept drizzling. Had it not been for the drizzle, the road wouldn’t have looked as picturesque.

Sardar Sarovar dam

After we crossed Dabhoi, the uphill route started. The sights on both sides left me wordless. I had not expected such beautiful scenery – tiny waterfalls, rocky streams, palm trees, mountains fading into low hung clouds – this looked no less than an exotic hill station. We couldn’t keep ourselves from stopping several times in between to take photographs. There was anyway less traffic on the meandering roads.

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Sardar Sarovar dam

I had almost forgotten the much-talked-about dam as I got lost in the natural beauty of the surroundings. As we passed the administration office (where passes need to be bought for visiting the dam) and approached the main area, I comprehended the crowd that awaited us at the main spot. Indeed, the parking lot surrounding the dam was full of buses, jeeps and cars messily marked. Cows and people of all kinds swarmed around the whole area noisily. It was a Sunday. And India. What else did I expect?

Corporate spoils you. You get used to air conditioned sleek offices that are cleaned three times a day by professional housekeeping staff. And then when you are required to find your place among the crowd in rainy, sticky, weather and walk around in wet mud, it is repulsive. For me, it was, because I am exceptionally finicky. But after a while, I just learnt to embrace and enjoy it. I stopped caring about my shoes and hair and enjoyed the water.

Sardar Sarovar dam

Sardar Sarovar dam

You get the first glimpse of the dam as you make a turn after security check. The steep road turns right and there you can see the overflowing dam in its full grandeur. The sound of the gushing water is loud and compelling. The water flows into a river beyond which are mountains half covered in clouds. I wish the crowd was less; it would have been a delight to sit on the wooden benches and gaze at these gifts of nature.

Sardar Sarovar dam

Sardar Sarovar dam

Sardar Sarovar dam

An interesting stall has been put up by Gujarat Tourism in the area. All the gems of Gujarat, little known or popular, are showcased here in the form of photographs. And because no outing in Gujarat is complete without food, some food stalls are also put up here where we had bhajiyas (Rains have to be accompanied by bhajiyas). Dry snacks, cold drinks and fresh snacks like poha, bread pakoda and khaman were also available.

There are several View Points created around the dam where you can spend some time looking at the dam and nearby lakes from different angles. We felt we had had enough of the crowd and decided to head downhill despite the curious, questioning (and often disapproving) stares given by official guards. We even heard one of them muttering – Itni jaldi?

But this was the best decision taken by us. As we drove downhill, the crowd vanished. There were no guards controlling our movement either. There was peace amid greenery. Thankfully, the rain had also stopped. We stopped several times and strolled around, soaking in the magnificence at our pace. As we came back to the base, we passed several lakes and tiny waterfalls where people had stopped either for photographs or for vaghela makkai (boiled corn).

Sardar Sarovar dam

Sardar Sarovar dam

Though I dislike rains, I realized this locale wouldn’t have been as impressive otherwise. The trees, mountains and greenery look stunning only when they are washed over by mist or rain. Moreover, the splendour of the dam is visible only in this season.

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A very satisfying experience, indeed.

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Travel Begins In Your Backyard–Travel Quotes

A big obsessive travel fanatic that I am, I am always looking for an excuse to travel. I explore my surroundings very intimately and make sure I do not leave out even the tiniest speck unseen. And once I am convinced that I have seen everything, I am dying to go beyond the limited borders.

I love quotes. I am always on a lookout for simple, specific quotes that reinforce my belief in life and its philosophies.

I came across this beautifully presented travel quotes and I couldn’t help but put them in one place. I believe in each one of them.

                 

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PS: All pictures are from the net. Except the last one which has been created by me.

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Back To You

I’ve been down, I’ve been beat
Been so tired, that I could not speak
I’ve been so lost, that I could not see
I wanted things that where out of reach

Then I found you, and you helped me through
Yeah you showed me what to do
That’s why, I’m coming back to you. Yeah

Toastbox

Toastbox, Bugis Junction

sentosa wallk

Sentosa walk

raffles hotel

Raffles Hotel

sentosa travellator

View from Sentosa Walk

Clarke Quay coloured windows

Clarke Quay

singapore roads

Singapore roads

singapore skyline

Singapore skyline

Central Mall

Central Mall, Clarke Quay

china town

Chinatown

starbucks carrot juice

Starbucks

Mos Burgers_effected

Mos Burgers, Bugis Junction

Memories of Singapore refuse to fade away. Like a bittersweet feeling, it continues to haunt me and then tingles my happy senses. It pulls me away from realism to surreal in a way that I wish not to come back.

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