And Kimaya has started getting a bit nervous too. Maybe she's influenced by him? We don't know.
Unfortunately our usual getaway place, Nagaon, is actually much noisier than even Mumbai at this time. Hordes of urban barbarians rush there, throng the beach and turn it into a war zone.
So about a month ago, Kiran started searching online for relatively quiet, pet-friendly places to escape to. (I say 'relatively quiet' because it's difficult, or near impossible, to find absolutely quiet places in this country during this festival).
When a friend told us about a dog-friendly resort in a place called Jawhar, we jumped at it.
So last week, on the loudest day of Diwali, off we went with the K Gang; their luggage (heavy); and our luggage (light).
Jawhar is in the Sahyadri mountains, about 150 km north of Mumbai. It's a pleasant spot with lots of scenic views and walks. We stayed three days and nights and enjoyed every minute!
Yes, we could hear crackers in the nearby town, but they weren't very close to where we were staying, so Kiba wasn't very stressed.
There were lots of distractions for him too: the resort owner's three pet dogs, and four guest dogs! And some free-roamers! But we managed to maintain the peace despite Kiba's efforts to disrupt it.
Over to the photos now!
|On our way!|
|Exploring a hill top. See that red soil? A lot of it ended up in our car. A LOT.|
|Khadkhad waterfall - a fun walk. The man in the pink shirt is Vishwanath, who works at the resort.|
|Vishwanath posing with the K Gang|
|Palace of the local royal family; now mostly used as a movie set|
|We took one of the K Gang's quilts with us, to make them feel more at home|
|Off to Dabhosa waterfall. See the mud?|
|At Dabhosa waterfall|
|Getting up before dawn to look at a spectacular sunrise. The stupid things humans do...|
Photos: Kiran Khalap, Rajashree Khalap
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