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Horny Ok Please: 8000 km of Lomography!

Sonalee & Tony have started on a 8,000 Km journey along the coastline of India with 4 Lomography Cameras. And what could be better than they documenting and sharing their journey with the entire Lomographic community! So starting at week one, this is "Horny Ok Please" on their epic trip.

They say it takes seven lifetimes to see this country. Nevertheless, we’re attempting a tiny slice of the Indian pie so to speak. The trail is 8000 Km over 9 states + Lakshwadeep Islands.

Our route so far:

* Starting in Gujarat – Ahmedabad, Diu, Baroda & Gandhinagar
  • Over to Maharashtra – Bombay, Nasik, Pune, Ganpatiphule, Ratnagiri, Tarkali, Malvan
  • Then to the sunny beaches of Goa – Bagha, Agonda, Palolem
  • And down to the rocky Karnataka – Gokarna, Hampi, Bangalore
The Ride!
Tony and Bunny Cab India
Ahmedabad old city
Gandhi ji Ke teen bandar at Sabarmati Ashram Ahmedabad
Goats of Old city of Ahmedabad
Old Masjid of Ahmedabad

Starting our journey from the ‘dry-state’ of Gujarat we’re making our way down to coast to the tip of the Indian subcontinent. Our starting point and Gandhi ji’s karambhumi is Ahmedabad. The native city of the
father of our nation deems it to be kept free vices like alcohol. Like the medley of flavors that India is, we walked around the narrow streets of the old city of Amdavad by day, soaking in the hordes, haggling and tinkle of jewellery and mirror worked Navratri outfits and attended a gig by the local rock band Purple flower by night in the neat and swanky twin city of Gandhinagar.

Ahmedabad is like a half ‘n’ half pizza with the Sabarmati river dividing the two falvours. The wide roads, Indian Institute of Management IIMA & National Institute of Design NID and Gandhi ji’s Sabarmati Ashram on one side while the bustling narrow cul de sacs, ancient monuments from the Mughal era, butchers market (Batiyaar Gali) and havelis on the other side. All in a days work.

Beach Diu, Diu Beach
Colourful tuk tuks of Diu
Diu fort entrance to old city
Tony on top of the church Diu

We were quickly exhausted of the heat and amazing Gujarati thali and decided to head to the tiny island of Diu, the overnight getaway. Small, cheap and picturesque. Another study in contrasts from the rest
of Gujarat considering we stayed in a church (Sao Tome Retiro) and a large drink costs around INR 40 (Less than 1 USD). Yes, both were legit. Diu consisted of a sharp red fort of the old Portuguese colony, super white churches, multicolored tuk-tuks and an underground cave system. The beaches are nothing to write home about but who’s complaining when there is so much more to absorb.

Bombay Colaba shopping for shades and Hats
Tony and his childhood friend at the Dome on the rooftop of Intercontinental in Bombay at Marine Drive
Tony and his childhood friend Vivek at the Dome on the rooftop of Intercontinental in Bombay at Marine Drive Looking at the View

Then from the small sleepy village life of Diu to the Queens necklace @ Marine drive in Mumbai shook us up good for probably the longest drive of the trip. Mumbai to Ganpatiphule, Ratnagari, Malvan & Tarkali. All of which are lesser known beaches on the coast en-route to Goa. Spent time wandering the coconut plantations and probably the most beautiful, clean and deserted beaches we’ve come across so far.
The winding roads in the ghats and some tiny-tiny fried fish.

Gokarna Beach Feet
Tarkali and Malvan
Tony HOKP Car and the Ganpatiphule beach in the back
Tony in the water

More soon on Goa, Gokarna, Hampi and Bangalore!

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written by abhoan

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