Tour De Web18-2010

Hi Good day People!
Happy Holi ! How was your holi & long weekend celebrations? I again celebrated it in a different way. My organisation last year had arranged a cycling picnic. They had visited Vasai & its 1 old fort by cycling to it from the nearby station. This time they had decided on Gorai beach & its village.

Many of us having missed the Mumbai cyclothon coz it was a long, professional kind of cycling + we were tied up with work coz of Budget, I was ill that time. We were very enthusiastic about this cycling event. I had practised in the night on my sisters cycle for 45 mins a day before this & enjoyed it immensely.

So yesterday(28th feb 2010) morning we were supposed to meet at Marve beach at 7:30. Marve beach is 15 mins away from Malad station. We got late & reached by 8. But very few people had reached & our cycles were being brought from our Matunga office for which the truck was late.

So in all we started around 9:30, went by ferry to the Manori village. The Esselworld & Global pagoda are on Gorai beach.We were 27 of us + 5 joined in later by road, so totally 32 which is larger than last years 20. We cycled for 10mins to reach Dominica resort where we had our breakfast & again started for Gorai beach around 11 on cycle. But by the time we reached the beach the high tide was coming in & we couldnt go on the beach since it was packed with people on holiday visit.

Almost all of the group went back to the resort for rest coz they were tired after the cycle riding. A handful of us wanted to cycle some more, we had just started enjoying it. So we decided to visit the Global Pagoda which was 1hour ride away.

So 6 of us went cycling, enjoying the peace & calm that prevailed in the area. It was a gr8 time cycling by yourself along a long stretch of road, with the Global Pagoda in the distance as our goal to be achieved. This trip meant a lot to me since its a month I came back from Vipassana course & had decided to visit the Global Pagoda asap. So here I was.

Being the only girl in the group of 6 + 1 who knew about this center & what is taught here, I become the guide more than a tourist herself. It was great explaining about the techings, technique, the center, the art gallery is filled with pic-stories of life of Buddha & I was trying to remember each 1 of them to recite to my group.

This seems to be the door under completion. The entire center is under completion. A lot has been completed but still some more time to finish it all off. This is Huge + beautifully carved. Each box has a different design

there are 2 smaller pagodas too. The door of the 1 which is completed.

This bunglow with the tree in full bloom caught my attention. On our ride back had to stop & click its snap. There were such beautiful bunglows & villas in the village. It was calm, sleepy, peaceful atmosphere. Many villas have been converted to hotels/resort for approx 1500 per day a room with beach right behind.

We came back to the resort for lunch. By then more than half the group was leaving for home. We said bye to them, had our food, took a little rest, played a little holi, clicked snap, settled the bill & started back cycling to the ferry ride back to Marve beach.

The Tour De Web18-2010 group snap !

The truck driver offered to drop us till Malad station, we were more than enthu to go till Vashi too in the truck + Standing.

The truck driver had to settle his paper work & was taking a long time so we had tea at a restaurant & then moved on by bus & train. REached home at 8:30. More than 12hour picnic. Gr8 1.Enjoyed a lot. Full too dhamal :)

It was a gr8 tour. If not Tour de France, it was definetly the best Tour de Web18.

Planning to start cycling in mornings since I have a cycle & a great peaceful, traffic less space to cycle-my colony :)

All of you, if you havent cycled in ages, please try it soon. Trust me its a great way of de-stressing :)

I am all charged(yes, the pain will start once I hit office 2mrw) for the week ahead !!!

Till then Enjoy your week & wait for a deserving, enjoyment filled weekend like this.


  1. Sahi! you really seem to do a lotta things :))

  2. I try my best Reuben to taste all the good things in life ;)

    I finally did a cyclothon:

    Have done 4 mumbai marathons-all dream runs. Hope to do half-marthon next year.


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