Travel, travel, travel.....and then some wedding
Trip Start Apr 27, 2012
6Trip End May 02, 2012
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As we approached Kolhapur, the red soil of Konkan changed to black soil of the plains, the rice fields changed to sugarcane fields, and the food dominated by coconut is supposed to change into food dominated by spices. Having heard so much of the Kolhapuri cuisine, both veg and non veg, we were excited about having a meal in Kolhapur.
Having no idea about the city, we trusted the autorickshaw driver to take us to a place which would serve Kolhapuri specialties. However, he took us to some old market area around the temple, and suggested a really sad lunch home
On the way to Kolhapur, we had figured that the wedding wasn't actually in Sangli, but in a village named Palus. We asked around and were told to take a bus to Islampur, and then another to Palus. But nobody, including all the bus conductors we asked had any idea how long it would take to reach there.
We reached Islampur in an hour's time. A completely packed bus to Palus was just about to leave. We decided not to risk waiting for another bus and boarded this already over crowded bus. We somehow managed to put our backpacks on the lofts and found places to stand such that we wouldn't fall down. The road was mostly through sugarcane farms, with small villages every few minutes. That day, there were weddings happening everywhere. All through the way, we saw cars and buses decorated gaudily with flowers, garlands and ribbons. There was wedding traffic on both the sides of these two lane roads, which caused traffic jams at every village. We stood through most of the journey, and reached Palus almost two hours after the wedding time.
We had to make our way through the weekly vegetable market, which was jam packed with people and the most horrible looking vegetables. After the pristine beaches of Tarkarli and the calm forests of Amboli, this contrasting life in rural Maharashtra was quite hard hitting. Making our way through the block of people, we finally reached the wedding venue.The wedding ceremony was all over and almost everyone had left. The bride and the groom were waiting for their car to take them home. We gave them our best wishes and apologised for not being on time, they in turn appreciated us for making it such an adventure !!