Sachin Gavde

Sachin Gavde

Sachin Gavde

I work with JP Morgan Chase in their Investment Bank - Finance Function. Ever since joining JP Morgan in May 2004, I have travelling for office purposes to US & UK & Asia.This plus being a avid traveller I try to explore as many places as possible whenever I get some spare days. All these visits have been an experience to cherish, which I wish to share with my near & dear ones thru this blog. Hope you enjoy it as much I enjoy it writing it.
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Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai June 7th 2014

Back in November 2013, i was already planning for first holiday of 2014 and Dubai came up as something feasible - both from time and cost standpoint. I searched more and made up my mind that its the Oasis in Gulf that we will visit in Feb, just after their DSF event in Jan.Just as we were abt to book logistcs, we felt like checking with few close relatives and we did with both Kaka's and to our delight, Prakash kaka agreed to join us.I booked logistics. Air fare specially b'use i was booking 2 months in advance turn out to be really cheap..approx INR 11k per person return from Mumbai on Indigo direct flight.The savings that we made there, we invested in our stay by booking a really good hotel apartments near to tourist places ... read more
Dubai Mall Entrance
Dubai Acquarium
Burj Khalifa - From The Base

Asia » India » Maharashtra » Raigad » Harihareshwar March 19th 2014

Idea of visiting Raigad was being tossed up few times in last few months but nothing concrete was getting worked out.Come December which is low business and high on holidays, i pre planned a weekend off in office and visit a nearby gateaway.Few resorts were shirt listed but none of them could materialise b'use of few uncertainities.Finally as if it was destined, suddenly just 2 days ahead of actual travel, all logistics got worked out.Saturday to Monday, stay at Motel Visava, extended family..and we were on our way!! Travel is more fun when you have more people.We checked with Mahesh and he willingly joined us.We left Home by 11 am. Plan was to pick up Mahesh on Mumbai Goa HW near Wadkhal naka.This time we took a different route thru JVLR but due to some confustion ... read more
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Asia » Malaysia » Langkawi September 22nd 2013

I have made up my mind to go on a global family holiday in year 2013. Sai is now 2 years plus and is growing up well.Since Nam's pregnancy our global travel together as come to a halt which i was keen to resume.What better oppourtunity than my 2 weeks mandatory leave.This time i planned it in August but for this holiday I was planning since June.Lot of research hours went in..multiple locations..It boiled down to Thailand or Malaysia and its Malaysia finally that we zeroed out on.Itineray was carefully selected after studying all that Malaysia as a country has to offer to a tourist. This time i was also happy for the fact that decisions were taken together by me & Nam i/o me taking it and later seeking her opinion.It worked wonderfully well.Itinerary includes ... read more
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Batu Caves
Inside Batu Caves

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Nilgiri February 3rd 2013

Its been only couple of months since our last family holiday to south of Maharashtra.But then i had mandy scheduled in November during Diwali.It was good opppourtunity for yet another family outing.We discussed and concluded to go.After a few deliberations, we zeroed out on Ooty & Mysore.Main reasons were seasons of the year.We wanted to experience the best winter of the season one can get in India and whats better than Nilgiry Mountains.Since air fare contributes maximum to your travel cost, we fixed that first well in advance.The route was Mumbai-Coimbatore-Bangalore-Mumbai.In fact there is no alternate if you are visiting ooty & Mysore from Mumbai.Post that i searched for the stay and after a lot of research using Trip Advisor and other travelportals, picked up below 2 which were slated as The Best in respective locations. ... read more
Dolphin Nose Point in Conoor
Tea Factory Visit in Conoor
Pyrakara Lake - Ooty

Asia » Japan » Tokyo » Ginza November 16th 2012

Its been a year almost that we have been trying to get all newly introduced approvals etc for our travel from office.Finally in Sept Ajay succeeded in getting it and we were on.It was approved for me & Siddharth for a week long travel to Tokyo & Singapore respectively.I decided on week of 8th Oct but while arranging the logistics,it came across that all hotels in Tokyo are fully booked due to a IMF Annual event in that week in Tokyo.Plus Monday was a Tokyo off.Given these 2 issues, i was forced to push my dates to a week after. With so many travel experiences behind us, preparing for Tokyo was least of my concerns.My focus was on my agenda as this was my first abroad visit after becoming VP earlier this year.I was visiting there ... read more
Tokyo Station Dome
Seafront @ Odaiba
Promanade @ Odaiba

Asia » India » Maharashtra » Malvan June 23rd 2012

somwhere in April, Nikhil my nephew, suggested that we should go out for a picnic in June.June b'use he was going to be free and wanted to enjoy before he starts his final year.Initially i thought it to be a passing thought.Never did i anticipated that it will be so eagerly awaited and so much discussed and planned trip of recent times for all of us!!Nikhil/me/Nam/Mai were constantly in touch with each other on reservations from that time till actual date of travel.Nick visited us few times just to discuss and plan.That level of enthusiam was amazing!!It actually drew me closer and got me more and more involved as we approached the day of travel.Nam was as usual intensely busy in packing since we were travelling such a long distance by car with Sai for the ... read more
@ Opal Hotel,Kolhapur
Sunset from Panhalgad,Kolhapur
From Kolhapur to Goa

Asia » India » Andhra Pradesh » Hyderabad » Banjara Hills April 14th 2012

Hyderabad Blues A family Holiday after almost 2 years!!It was due ..rather overdue!Last time we went out on a holiday was in September 2009 to Pittsburgh,USA.Then Nam got pregnant,Sai was born in October 2010 and all the time till end of 2011 went in seeing her grow to 1 year. Somewhere at the start of 2012, we felt that now Sai is grown enough to take her out and thats how the idea of holiday started taking shape.Initially the thought was to visit Andaman & Nocobar Islands but then on 2nd thoughts, we felt its too adventurors considering that we have not see how Sai will cope with air travel & staying in hotel etc.Hence we revisted our choice. From office, I ensured that all things are in place and consciously selected 3rd week of March ... read more
Sarovar Hotel,Hyderabad
Hyderabad Identity - CharMinar
Chaumala Palace

North America » Mexico » Baja California August 29th 2010

July 2010 intra month - I get a msg that my global managers want me to visit Delaware to discuss progress on some of the current projects going on in Financial Control space. The visit which was originally planned for a week gets extended by another week. Dates are finalised as Aug 9-20th. After some tussle with Travel desk finally I get booked on Etihad on Mumbai-Abu Dhabi-Newyork-Abu Dhabi-Mumbai route on business class. Like last time, this time also Vinayak comes home to see me off. (He didnt came to the airport thugh as it was pretty late in night!!). I hire Meru Cab & my experience like last time is good this time also. Being Business class, I get priority treatment thruout. Nitesh my colleagues was also booked to travel on the same flight. We ... read more
@ 270 Park Avenue, JP Morgan HQ
All time Favourate!!
Lady Liberty from a Distance


On Friday, we were on our way back to Pittsburgh from Florida.It was Orlando - Atlanta - Pitts flight.As we landed at Atlanta, we were bit excited.Reason!! Prakashkaka & Anukaki had their Atlanta - Pitts flight scheduled the same evening.They didnt know that we were in USA too. We have told them that we were in HOngkong.All this lie was part of the surprise that we were cooking for them.Me, Nam & Amey. In fact all from Nam's familiy were told that we were going to Hongkong for holiday.So at arrival, we checked on the indicators if their flight has left.Our flight was scheduled at 9.30 pm with slated arrival at 11.30 pm in Pitts.We roam around the Atlanta airport.Its considered as one of the busiest airports in the world. The Air Trans flight left & ... read more
Niagara Souveniers
Niagara residents
@ Cave of The Wind

Asia » Singapore May 23rd 2010

This visit to Singapore in May 2010 was totally unplanned & not thought of. One of my direct who was planned to visit Singapore to ovsersee one of the critical migration project, expressed his inability to gp over at last moment & I had to go.It was only a week before the planned dates, my travel was confirmed. So everything was last minute but I think I got my logistics placed well.Saturday May 15th direct flight from Mumbai to Singapore on Jet Airways & return travel on May 25th in evening. Another comforting factor was business class travel. Vinayak came to see me off at my place & he left after saying goodbye to me at the Mumbai airport. The flight was a bit late but covered for the lost time in flight time.So I still ... read more
View from East Coast Park
I took this on my way back to Changi Airport
Clarke Quey - View from Fullerton Hotel




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