Sunday, February 7, 2016

A weekend in the wineries

For the second year in a row, we travelled to Nashik, around 4 hours outside of Mumbai, for the Sula Fest.  This is a 2 day musical festival in the Sula Vineyards.  As well as the music, we were able to spend a morning in the town of Nashik itself.  We also went to visit a mineral museum - Nashik is one of the highest cities in Maharashtra and lies on the western edge of the Deccan Plateau which is a volcanic formation, and many interesting minerals are found there.  

The city is situated at the foothills of the Western Ghats mountains on the banks of the river Godavari. There are many Hindu temples around Nashik, as it is a site of pilgrimage.  The Kumbh Mela takes place here once every 12 years and attracts over 100 million people.  The city also features in the Ramayana story.  On the Sunday morning we went there were many people immersing themselves in the water, and others using it for doing the weekly wash!

There were all sorts of weird and wonderful things on sale as we wandered around the streets.

We ate at the Sula Vineyards and also did a vineyard tour and sampled some of their new wines.

The Australian Band, The Cat Empire, were my favourite band at the Sula Fest, however all the bands we saw on Saturday were great.

The following day we went to another vineyard (York) which was actually much more picturesque than Sula.  We again had a nice tasting, followed by lunch.

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