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Day 12 - Vagator to Nate, Maharashtra

Jay Kannaiyan
Yahoo Lifestyle Entertainment
11 May 2013

I had a lazy morning in Vagator filled with more discussions with Baba Ramji. After filling up my tank with Goa's cheap petrol, I got back on NH 17 and enjoyed a sublime ride into southern Maharashtra. After some initial construction work, the road was good, traffic was light and the hilly curves made for a lovely ride. All the road signs are in Hindi now and I said bye-bye to South India.

I got off the highway south of Ratnagiri and got back to the coast. Near the village of Nate, I met up with the family that runs GaneshAgroTourism.com on a 40-acre Alphonso Mango farm. I was put in touch with them as my father supplies them with organic fertilizer. It's a beautiful property with a hill-view of the ocean. They're fully booked so I'm sleeping on the terrace.

I'm enjoying the clear night skies and was surprised that I could see the Southern Cross on one side of the sky and Polaris, the North Star on the other side. Both are low on the horizon and visible due to the clear air.

From here, I ride into the largest city in India tomorrow...

Watch Jay's video postcard from the mango orchards of Nate, Maharashtra:

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