-Overview:
Location good enough for 1 days trek.

-Location:
The fort is 42 km to the south west of Pune, about 15–16 km west of Nasrapur, in the Sahyadris range.

Nasrapur is 10 mins drive from Toll on NH4 after a food plaza-Dominoz+CCD+McD.

Drive right at Nasrapur T. If @all u in great speed to catch up the right turn, u'll get another chance to take a U turn in next 2 mins, but if u miss even that, fir to bhagwaan hi mallik.

-How to reach/Route:
From Pune (Katraj) to Gunjavane (Depot) - Private Vehicle, ST is available from Swargate.

Gunjavane would lead to Gunjavane Darwaja leading to BalleKilla (Center) / Chor Darwaja leading to Padmavati Machee (north end) of the fort.

-Stay:
Padmavati Temple & Dharamshala, mostly full on weekends, or if U‘ve tents then probably U may stay @ the fort on a moonlit night under heavy wind & rain, but not recommended!!!

-Points 2 visit on the fort:
1. Padmavati Machee (north end),
2. Sanjeevani Machee (southwest/west end),
3. Suvela Machee (south east),
4. Bale Killa (centre)

-Best time to visit:
Monsoons (Jun-Aug) if u wanna njoy the monsoon trek, but if u wanna explore the fort in & out then would suggest Sept-Oct.

My Story:

There are times in life when u plan every minute detail to make sure that things fall in place the way u actually want it & then either IT CLICKS FOR U OR NOT BUT @times there is this thing....

SERENDIPITY...!

U plan & plan & plan, u try & execute but u land up with something most unexpected!

Which 1 shd thou choose?
1. Trek.
2. Monsoon Trek.
3. Monsoon Night Trek.
4. Monsoon Night via jungle YET less exhausted Trek.

U got it right!!!

The one with highest Adrenaline rush yet not the most exhaustive activity.

We started our day @ dusk: Saturday June 25th 2011.

1630Hrs Kalyani Nagar: Cerebrum Phase II
The Beginning:
We (default count me with Indrajeet J ) reached as on time & have got ample of time to
- Test drive an ATM machine of which 1 was malfunctioned,
- Wander & look around for the chicks in KP.
- Pay a visit to D-Mart, if in case we've missed out anything to carry.
- Watch high class ppl to go out for an evening walk along with their vodafone wala doggie.
- Watch old aged couple still caring for each other.
- Change of shift for the security guards.
- Find unfortunate IT/ BPO ppl in Office premises on Saturday evening.

Oh did I mention...
- We were also trying to find unknown ppl with trekking bags & Vishal.

We were supposed to be a gang of 8 ppl for the trek(of which I know only Indrajeet & Vishal; & Vishal was yet to reach). We almost looked @ every other person with or without bags, we could have managed to identify only 1 gal with similar key features but she ran her scooty to the parking...may b she is on for some other trek ;-)

Vishal-------sms->Indrajeet, "reaching in 5 mins".
Indrajeet---sms->Vishal,"after how many 5 mins?".
(laaaambi khamooshi................)

I was also checking out if any "Punto" is passing by, but today was the day when I've almost every single car in INDIA other than * :-)

1700Hrs
Here came Vishal Along with.."Manpreet", a lady with studious looks & heavy glass frame, shakkal se mere se bhi jyada serious lag rhi thi maám, but ph pe busy thi (may b bfrnd), trek pe jane se pehle, trek ka itinerary briefing.

Vishal: "Hey even Amrita has to be here, she called me by 4:30p that she reached".

Indrajeet: "we've seen only 1 gal with a trekking bag but she came after us by 4:40 pm, not sure where she is".

Then came Anurag & Megha, followed by Amrita (the same gal with identifying key features: trekking bag). So we are 1 short still. We picked up Rucha from a nearby spot: Adlabs(KP) on our way out. Lekin jitte der hum log adlabs k bahar ruke utte mein to ek documentary movie with popcorn khatam ho sakta tha.

We took the Katraj-Swargate-Camp-KP, so that Vishal can refuel the Punto. On the petrol-pump we could see Rucha & Amrita checking out the outlets, hmmm lemme guess the munching stuffs!!!

1820Hrs Katraj
Halt for a photo shoot..
Amrita,
Anuraag,
Manpreet,
Megha,
Rucha,
Vishal,
Indrajeet &
By default me

The Journey:
We were terribly late, approx an Hr behind the estimated time, or am I the only 1 who is checking out time. While reaching Katraj we already had a taste of the ‘Palki in Pune’.

We were planning to leave Pune by 1740Hrs & reach the base stn to Rajgad(Gunjavane) by 1820Hrs so as to make a comfortable trek to Rajgad somewhat in partial daylight (dusk on mountains are late).

That would have helped us buying enough time to gather some dry wood for preparing the meal.

1840Hrs crossed NH4 Toll
We got company!!! Rucha was dying of hunger!
Halted on food plaza (for munching appetizer): ccd+dominoz+mcd

Confirmed the route ahead with Vishal, ‘Nasrapur se right, proper right turn hai!

But as they say,’too many cooks spoil the broth’, address humesha driver ko pooch k samajhna chahiye.

As soon as I’ve seen Nasrapur milestone, asked Jeet to slow down (advisable: if both driver & navigator r double battery )..our probably right turn has to be nearby…we were speed’g  @80 & surpassed a T…& Jeet’s reaction was..’nhin nhin…Vishal ne kaha tha wo proper Right turn hai’..

Within a minute we got a call if we’ve taken the right turn, the right one!

Bcoz vishal was behind us & they were on right track..! Then where were we heading to???

When on any National Highway neither can u slow down all of a sudden nor do u have a quick u turn. We kept driving for another couple of minutes, this time slow enough to identify any cut to take a U-turn [if u r on the same route, make sure to slow down in case u’ve missed out the Nasrapur turn to identify the cut, else, u probably might reach Banglore J].

We took the turn to find Vishal & Manpreet furious @ us but as they say,’heyeee Sanorita, aise vadde vadde deshoon vich aisi chote mote mod nazar nhin aande hain'

Now Jeet decided to follow Vishal as a lamb but not sure wht was wrong in the Punto, the car itself started behaving weirdly…kehte hai bahut saloon pehle aise hi kisi viraan se gaon mein koi bhoot rehta tha..aur aaj bhi use isi gaon mein tehlte aur mandrate huye dekha ja sakta hai………….

We were right behind the Punto holding its pony tail. On the verge of the village yet another ‘right turn’ was waiting to add a drama to our adventurous journey. It was quite a steep & neither Jeet nor any1 in the car could guess the steep or the angle of the turn. Jeet somehow managed to get hold of the car & drag it back on the road after he accidently lost the control.

But eventually we have again managed to lose the pony tail of the Punto.

We reached a small T again & could see tail lights of another car but that was too far ahead to reach in such a short span, heading another ‘Right’. Neither Airtel (only available in Leh) nor Idea-3G (unfortunately seems we had only 2G) was providing us an amicable network.

We had a decent amount of petrol in the vehicle but it surely hadn’t been a wise idea to explore the entire village instead of reaching the base location for the trek now.

ek kali ghani raat, ek sunsaan sadak, no network coverage, biyanbaan gaon, na koi aadmi na aadam jaat……………Jai Bajrangbali..tod dushman ki nali……aaila.!!

desi phatphati ki awaz with headlamp on it, there is nthg more u can just ask for now.

Thank goddness:
1.      @least I (among 4 of us) could express in tuti-fhuti marathi.
2.      The guy on bike wasn’t from MNS.
3.      Above all, there r still sm part of the country whr lang is not a bar, all u need is an Indian heart.

All though he was going in opposite direction but not only he explained us the route but also escorted us to make sure that we don’t fall prey to a wrong path.

Soon we caught the furious Punto, ab to mujhe un bhootoon se bhi itna darr nhin lag rha tha jitna main Punto k darwaje ke khulne se darr rha tha.

It was hardly 5-10 mins more to the Gunjavane village, the base stn foor the trek, it was 2045Hrs now & I m still afraid of what waiting for us in that Punto!

The Trek: Night Trek in Monsoon.
Though this is the most happening part of the day, I probably won’t be able to justify the span in mere words, quite a speechless experience.

All my frnds who know about trekking/ jungle trek can understand what it could be to trek & climb a mountain via jungle without light (read as natural), with monsoon at its best!

The feel when u turn ur torch off & turn around to find urself on top of a hill surrounded by jungle from where the lights in the huts in distant villages are visible is utterly speechless.

Away from the regular traffic noise the only sound u may hear is the frog/ cricket or bats or the heavy wind breezing around.

Away from the city lights or light flooded malls, the only source of light is the moon (if its star light full moon nite) or the jugnus.

Nothing connects u (airtel/ vodafone/ idea) but ur direct voice & faith in the team.

Where all the high tech gadgets fail, ppl completely unaware of technologies keep living in these small villages since their ancestors & live quite a happy live without any deadlines to meet.

2300Hrs
We trekked, we crawled thru’ the mud, we climbed the rail’g. We did it all to reach the Chor Darwaja to Rajgad.

Both Dharamshala & Padmavati Temple were full with other ppl but luckily we managed to get some space for 8 of us! We had to clean the place a bit & the newspapers came in handy.

We were quite late to gather wood to prepare the meal, thank god we still got ready to eat options & just have to depend on burgers/ hotdogs/ canned foods.

Best way is to carry fruits with u or carry sm1 with apples (Amrita) with u, bcoz an apple a day keeps a doctor away!

One of the other teams reached b4 us already prepared khichadi aur luckily hum log pahunch gye warna khana waste ho jata

After the peth puja it was time for kaam duja, I aint talk’g abt sleep’g I know all of us were tired but had enough energy left to sing songs …

Saath ekkam saath…
Saath duni chouda…
Saath tiya ekkiss…
Saath chouge aai yai ya….

& play cards… but 2day we all discovered that the best part of any card game is:
1.      To distribute cards.
2.      To watch cards getting distributed.
3.      To shuffle cards mixing 2-3 decks & distributing.
4.      To play as a team with single set of cards.
5.      To reshuffle & re-distribute cards.

But it does wonder if u can get a physio along with u in the team, as every now & then u can get a cramp, there is a very simple yogic mudra which can get rid of any sort of cramp, unless u get a cramp while do’g that mudra itself.

It was 0230 Hrs when we learned another lesson, after u r completely charged up with all those stuffs the only thing left has to be: count 1..2..3 & go to bed, just don’t worry about rest 5

Ya before I forget, another key thing, do carry as many sleeping bags as possible, u never know with whom u r travelling & if u have a pillow u surely might not actually use it.

I could have managed to snore for hardly an hr or 40 mins when we (I, Indrajeet, Manpreet started feeling the heat). Rucha couldn’t sleep any longer (due multiple sleeping bags, probably confused which 1 to actually get into) & we weren’t melodious enough to sing a bed time for her!

Or were it those Ghost stories which kept the ppl in Punto alive & Rucha horrified, @least now we no why was the Punto behaving weirdly.

0800Hrs
Every trek dawn begins with tea & pohe, I aint talk’g abt THE ‘Kanda Pohe’, but ours was unusua, we got a candle, water drenched matchstick, lighter available J & a fruit cake from Monginis, it was Megha’s bday nxt day but we planned to celebrate 2gether.

Subah subah cake khane ka maja alag hi hai aur Jeet k saath to aur jyada, q ki wo subah subah meetha nhin khata hai & by default wo khaU mere paas aa jata hai

Soon we geared up to leave the fort while it continued to rain …
On our way down we had
- a photo shoot &
- world famous kekda bhajji
- pohe
- tea
- bread
- chewda
- apple …

baaki ka khau saman bag mein sahi salamat hai!

By 1000Hrs we were back to Gunjavane,
While driving back to Pune Amrita & Rucha joined us, they wanted to listen to Kishor da, RD da & rockOn or may b Anuragh & Megha were tired to listen those old aged songs.

We planned to trek down by 0600Hrs so that we can leave Gunjavane by 0800 Hrs & reach Pune by 1000Hrs in order to avoid Palki & this is where we actually were.

We had a lunch together; need not specify my choice of menu!

Finally 1630Hrs entered Pune & discovered a shortcut beating the crowded swargate directly to KP. But all of sudden our RJ cum Navigator got so charged up that she almost made the car the turn with even holding the steering wheel, now I know why is an apple a day so necessary!

ACP Praduman(shaking his fingers):
-Daya pata lagaO, ki aakhir ye AbhiJeet hai kaun...!
-Fredrics: yeh Aman aur Vishal ka chakkar kya hai...?
to be contd....

Some Key points for a night trek:
  1. Gud trekking shoes (please avoid woodland in shayadris spl during monsoon, as most of these forts have rocky patches).
  2. Torch with good pair of extra betteries.
  3. Try to stay together as much as possible.
  4. Have sm1 in grp who knows the trail or path (trust him/ her).
  5. Too many cooks do spoil the broth, avoid any arguments, ur voice might awaken the Kracken
  6. Do wear full sleeves & full pants, avoid sandals & have raincoat.
  7. Ample of drinking water & munching stuffs (preferably glucose content/ chocolates), plz avoid throwing the wrappers here n there in jungle.
  8. Either carry fruits with u or carry sm1 with apples with u, bcoz an apple a day keeps a doctor away
  9. Do carry as many sleeping bags as possible, u never know with whom u r travelling & if u have a pillow u surely might not actually use it
  10. Do carry snacks: chewda packets, alternatives for pillow.
  11. In case u r planing a monsoon night trek have some kerosene/ or wood with urselves handy.

 
 
-Overview:
Location good enough for 2 days trek.

-Location:
Bhandar Dara, Ahmadnagar District.

-How to reach/Route:
From Pune (Nashik Phata) to Bhandar Dara (Depot) - Private Vehicle, ST is available.
From Pune (Nashik Phata) to Samrad Village, Bhandar Dara – Private Vehicle, ST is available but limited frequency even from Bhandar Dara (Depot).
From Pune (Nashik Phata) to Ratanwadi Village, Bhandar Dara – Private Vehicle, ST is available but limited frequency even from Bhandar Dara (Depot).

-Stay:
Caves, mostly full on weekends, or if U‘ve tents then probably U may stay @ the fort on a moonlit night, but snakes might accompany U.

-Points 2 visit on the fort:
Nedhe (natural hole to the hill),  or THE 'Eye of the Needle'(Susnset & Sunrise point), Trymbak Darwaja, Kalyan Darwaja, Water cisterns.

-Points 2 visit near by the fort:
Sandhan Valley (might take a single day itself, if u kind of expedition), Fall @ end of Sandhan Valley(main attraction in monsoon), The Thumb-like pinnacle(Khunta of Ratangad) facing Alang at 1230m , The Dada g, Baan Pinnacle.

-Best time to visit:
October to February, (some might disagree & say the mosoon is the best time but u might miss out many viewable points due to heavy rain & fog, including sun rise & set).

-my Story:
This was the time when the when I didn't go to jeet's flat rather the other way round. Yeah Jeet came down instead.
It was a starlit friday night, the moon had enlightened the sky with her brilliance. The lamp posts probably not even required & I was more than excited as we were head'g towards our trek to Ratangad with a chance of night trek on the fort.

We were joining the InVenture group, pune for the same.

Nov'09, 06

2000 Hrs
Came in Indrajeet to my flat.
We've got all the required stuffs for trek, Jeet has got his Jungle boots(Woodland) again ..OMG!!! but as directed by Vishal he kept them optional. So we went out for dinner & to get the torch cells.

2100 Hrs
called Aditya (InVenture group), no response..!
got the cells, called aditya again, no response..still!

called Sameer(InVenture group), conveyed our status..

2130 Hrs
came in call, Aditya...."Hey Avishek whts ur status"(arey yar yeh manager hai kya, pehli baar call kiya aur 'hi' bolne ke jagah 'status' pooch rha hai)
"will leave Shivajinagar by around 10 pm & reach nashik phata within 20 mins"

2200 Hrs
we were about to leave...came in call from Aditya..
Aditya:"yar we are wait'g for 1 member, yet to join might get late by 15 mins, 'll get u a miss call as soon as we leave so tht u may reach accordingly"
me:"no we'll leave now as we might'nt get auto later"
Aditya:"ok".

waited there for an auto for 15 mins... :O
walked all the way almost to reach the kasarwadi phata..(phew!!! sara khaya piya 5 km ke trek mein nikal gya...fir se bhuk lagi hai :( )

2230 Hrs
@ kasarwadi phata..Adi's call
"readching in 5 mins"
me:"yeah we r almost there..."

2245 Hrs
reached Nashik Phata..a 17 seater with three ppl stand'g outside wait'g for us
Aditya, Rishikesh, Sridhar(InVenture group instructors).

jumped in....broom broom....start of the journey.
I got the last row seat..seigh...'ll b a jumping jack through out the journey.

after 15 mins
Aditya: "guys all set!, anyone yet to done with the dinner?"
NONE!!!(yar mera to sara khaya piya trek karke aane mein nikal gya, ab aage kye trek karunga, wo bhi bhuke peth :( )
Aditya:"ok 'll stop for tea some time later"

FM channels go'g on nonstop songs....its friday night guys!
wanted to update my tweets but better save my cell battery for better purpose.

Nov'09, 07

0130 Hrs
halted for tea, the drive must get a break as well as a tea wd b energizer!
only 6 ppl came down
driver saab, instructors(3), me n Jeet.
Jeet got a tea & me... cream-roll(20 saal baad...raat mein khane ka maja hi alag hai)

Aditya: "guys the bill is on self, plz"
Jeet: "sure"

me: "Aditya how long are gonna travel more?"
Aditya: "yar abhi 2 ghante aaram se so sakte ho(2 more hrs ..so relax & sleep tight)"
me(araam se, yahan samne se aate huye gadiyoon ki headlight ke focus ne nind haram kar rakhi hai)

(trying to get my face covered or hide behind the luggage or sleeping bags to avoid the focus of headlights of the other vehicles crossing over)

0330 Hrs
going throught the ghats, cldn't sleep atall & after some time I was competely awake, hope to reach the base camp soon & exicited about the moonlit night.

0440 Hrs
reached base camp, 'Samrad Village'.
ppl started mov'g out to sleep, but I prefered to sleep in the vehicle as there was space & warm too ;)
had put an alarm of 0630 hrs.

0615 Hrs
got up after a sleep of sleep of 1 hrs 15 mins, a much reqd b4 trek.
back-water!!! shd I jump into .....the child within me jumped of joy..
did a small photo shoot of myself, jeet & the sunrise

0800 Hrs
its bfast time, toda sa kuch kha lena chahiye.. ;)
We two r too intelligent ;) so we thgt Y to get all the stuffs, so we dumped some unrequired stuffs which probably might not of any help on the fort in one bag & get the other ready for trek...

0900 Hrs
Got drinking water..hand pump, a grt resource to get clean drinking water in most of the indian villages.
After a brief & formal introdoc, we were handed over the map of the fort individually followed by a group photo.

Team consists of:
Ashwini Rathi
Avishek Arang
Girish Deshpande
Gunesh Desai
Hrishikesh Joshi
Indrajeet Mukherjee
Sanjeev Gothekar

Sudhir Harikant
Vishal Butte

Started the trek.
Yashwant Rao(villager/ guide), joined us!

Aditya, HRishikesh or Sridhar completely get'g us the info & answers to our each n everything queries ...history, locality!
Also Aditya was lett'g us know about what all programs they would be conducting in due course of time(Nov-Dec-Jan), that kept me & Jeet allarmed!

Meanwhile we just by passed the Sandhan Valley, its awesome. its a different trek program all together & might take time.

After reaching certain point rishikesh backed out as due to freshly operated leg.

wandered here n there with my cam(in built in mobile), every1 was gett'g as many photos as they want. it was complete leisure time, a free weekend, miles away from system, worksheets, mobile connectivity, polution, rush hours...
I switched my mobile mode to offline even!

We could see the other end of the Sandhan Valley, it was terminating to a fall, Oh My! how fascinating would it look in the monsoon!

Kept walking ahead.
It was great passing through the green lands.

1330 Hrs
reached top...the caves.
filled our water bottles with the drinking water source...
The fort is origin for the river Pravara / Amrutvahini

1400 Hrs
Jaal Krida time..
the water in the cistern was so chilled also we werent sure of the dept too
after half n hour masti in the chilled water it was time for Lunch

1445 Hrs
Khakra & Paratha time!!!
-parathas(Aaloo+methi)
-khakra
-aaloo bhaji
-mirchi loncha
-mug daal bhaji
-green chillies
-apple
-pear
(guys sry if i miss out smthg, I was too busy in wrapping up the thgs)
even the team was too busy tht none thgt of the 'royal supper snap' until it clicked to Sridhar!!!

tx to Jeet for the swiss knife tht helped alot .... in the due course

1530 hrs
nap time
I, Jeet, Sudhir & Gunesh thgt to b in the open arena while rest moved to the cave.
Ashwini moved ahead to get sm mindblowing snaps of the fort instead.
The heavy wind wasn't allowing me to get into full gear, while Jeet looked comfortable
Even Sudhir & Gunesh moved out to wander on the fort!
just then a bif stone fell off the cave wall..thank godness none lied down there...
but every1 awoke after that except the instructors...
every1 started their own expedition of the fort thereafter.

almost @same time we heard lots of ppl(probably a team of 15 or more)

I got up, asked Jeet if he wanna join in,
Jeet:"later..."
me:"where z ur cam"...got his cam
after so many random question Jeet finally got u:"ab tum sone doge hi nhin to main kya karun....."

as we started our expedition we've found two teams reach'g the top(we had been expecting them @least 30 mins back..but its was it was their voice echo which made us believe they r closer than they actually were)

they almost had a competition to reach the top earlier so as to capture the cave for night stay, but soon as the reached the caves all their excitment & energy seemed to persish as we already had captured the same ;)
(so early to bed early to rise does work boys....)

I, Jeet & Vishal returned to caves after gett'g snaps.
the instructors got up so it was time to rock n roll all over the fort...
We've put all our luggages in the caves so tht we don't face any space problem to sleep in the night.
Yashwant rao was there to start the preparation for our dinner so we headed straight ahead.

We have covered
-Water Cistern
-Kalyan darwaja
-Store
-Underground cave for sheltter(its said its more than 1.5 kms in area)
-The Eye(best point for both Sunset & sunrise view...)

its a rare combination to get a common point from where both sunrise & sunset looks grt..
we had spend more than 40 minutes to capture all the shades of lights while the sunset...no doubt a perfect spot for photo shoot..
wind blowing strong there, but aditya says its even stronger in night & monsoon..

we even had been to the top of The Eye.
We came back to the caves where Yashwant Rao was about to start cooking the dinner..Aditya, Sridhar & Sanjeev joined him.

1900 Hrs
Vishal, Jeet & I moved away from the irritating nuicances by other grp.
carried our torches & gone to the edge in search of peace....'yeh hasin vaadiyaan'
gazing the stars in the sky, in absence of the moon.
Vishal had sm grt mann Dev saab's collection to add to it..calm quite peaceful environment.

2000 Hrs
returned back to the caves..probably the dinner wd be ready.
-Masala Bhat
-Papad
-Loncha
wht else is reqd frnds....this is the life!

2130 Hrs
sleeping time

2330 Hrs
felt choked up
disturbed Jeet's sleep

0030 Hrs
Jeet:"thik ho"
me:"yeah..i m perfect(ab jaike to nind lag rhi hai aur usmein bhi khalal...ofooh)"

0330 Hrs
Vishal still focsing his torch on spiderman.
Jeet:"spiderman spiderman..sssss"
me:"(Vishal) yar tujhe nind nhin aa rhi hai to @least us bechare makdi(poor spider) ki nind kyun kharab kar rha hai, kaam se kam use to chain se sone de ;)"

0530 Hrs
Jeet & I got up to hunt the fort @ early morn'g...
waO the moon completely on our head, no need of torch any more.
after our expedition of the fort we came back to cave.
the wind blowing @ grt speed.

0600 Hrs
(in the cave)Jeet's alarm (set in mobile) hit...
we thought to disturb the rest who were fallen asleep ;)

0615 Hrs
soon realising it wd b a grt sunrise to watch I came out with Yashwant rao along with the utensils to wash.
after keeping the utensils near the water cistern I moved to the edge to capture the sunrise

long photo shoot
the wind kept thrashing @ me ...

0645 Hrs
Sudhir, Vishal & Rishi joined in for photo shoot.

0700 Hrs
back to caves ...breakfast time

yashwant rao, aditya, girish every1 was into preparing the pohe
Jeet the cook somehow cldn't manage to keep himself apart from his proficiency. he jumped into the brooth about when to add salt to pohe.
& giving his final touch to pohe.

awesome pohe with some green chillies...

0900 Hrs
started climbing down

there are two steps patches..
another team already there
we asked them to hold on there.. (climbing down steps/ rock patch @ any fort is more difficult to climbing up...my opinion*)
all down...phew..Aditya maintained a calm desend as if he was climbing down his flats steps...

there after it was a simple trek through the jungle to the ratanwadi village of about 1.5 hrs.

1100 Hrs
A visit to Amruteshwar Temple.

waiting for the vehicle, no communication, neither reliance nor bsnl :(
we got sm local pedas meanwhile
5 ltrs of milk used to prepare 1 Kg of Mawa & hardly .5 Kg of sugar added..awesome taste(perfect for ppl who don't prefer sweet)

we had some light moments to share with each other...& the best way was recalling the momnets from the movie 'RUN'
-kawa biryani
-choti ganga
-arey sala kidney nikaal liya hai re
-petikot baba

Aditya some how managed to get to Rishikesh & came with the response that the vehicle got punctured so we've to wait for some more time
Sridhar suggested:"we may enjoy the bath in the fresh riverwater!!!"

1220 Hrs
came in vehicle

1240 Hrs
reached Samrad village

Lunch ready for us!

the team finished it in 40 mins approx
nxt round Aditya, Sridhar, Rishikesh, Sameer...(arey kya char din ka khana kha ke uthenge...)
they took more than an hour...
meanwhile to kill time Vishal joined the local kids for cricket
we discovered a grt local talent who can b handy in both ODIs & Tests as well...

1500 Hrs
left Samrad Village
way back to Pune via Bhandar dhara> Sangamner> Rajguru Nagar> Chakan > Pune
crossed Bhandar dhara dam & ghat ghar

1840 Hrs
a tea stall:+17 cups tea ;)

reached pune 2130 Hrs...

Points to remember:
- try to get there as early as possible..best time leave pune or mumbai by friday late night, the early u start ur trek the better possibilty to get the caves booked for urselves.
 
 
-Overview:
Location good enough for 1 day trek.


-Location:
Junnar District (around 12 kms from Junnar Bus stand towards naneghat)


-How to reach/Route:
From Pune (Nashik Phata) to Junnar – ST buses available (even a break journey to Rajgurunagar or Narayangaon)

ST bus, private jeeps available from Junnar Bus stand

-Stay:
If planning 2 day trek (including naneghat & nearby) & if U‘ve tents then probably U may stay @ the fort on a moonlit night, cattle would go down by evening, but snakes might accompany U OR else logging could be found @naneghat on payement.

-Points 2 visit on the fort:
Main Gate, Mahadev temple, climb carved Wall.


-Occasion Celebrated: both Me & indrajeet r back to pune now!

By now most of u might've got acclimatised by the way I start my journey. It was the Friday night & I moved to Jeet's house, prior to that we purchased the raincoats @ the end of the season, travelled all the way from Kothrud to Kharadi with gift wrapped dinner(jyada nhin bass halka fulka - dinner jara halka hona chahiye).
     - Chicken Afgani - Full - 1
         -  Chicken Tawa - Full - 1
         - rotis - by default (2 each only)

0500 Hrs
Alarm hit!

0545 Hrs
Watching bhigi billi @ 9xm, yes I was ready but w/o a bath 1st time ever - water too chilled for me that morn'g ;) but Jeet was yet to get ready, he was delegating with the other teams meanwhile!

0620 Hrs
By then I only knew tht we r around 9 odd ppl for
'had.. had.. hadapsar.. no Hadsar, yar kissika to sar',
two ppl b join'g us & together we would meet the rest @ millinium motors, wakdewadi which eventually changed to nashik phata!

We started off jeet's house & came in Dilip's call, Jeet said tell them we wd b reaching in nxt 20 mins!

I: Hi Dilip, we wd b reaching in nxt 20 mins.
Dilip: 20 mins! wakdewadi??
I: yes..(looked up to Jeet..wakedewadi in 20 mins from Kharadi the ultimate gaon... is he gonna drive F1 cars?)
Jeet: nhin baba adlabs, ask them where r they?
I: where r u now?
Dilip: Adlabs!!
I: ok we r reaching in 20 mins, (to jeet:) they r already @ adlabs!

First time ever in last 3 yrs I've seen jeet get'g late!

0640 Hrs
reached Adlabs seen two jat type guys, shakaal se hi UP/ MP wale lag rhe they!
phew.. I had a thought in the back of my mind .. koi budhe, pake huye aam honge(PM sort of - weekend masti karenge aayenge) but they r young n looks energetic!

0700 Hrs
reached Nashik phata, sari gadiyaan dekh li but none seemed alike wagonr but ST lal dabba... ppl shouting .. nashik-nagar
others yet to reach

Dilip: chalo bhai logoon tab tak chayi piee li jaye

in nxt 15 mins the other teams reached in & after a formal intoduction we headed towards nxt point as refered by Jeet..

Jeet:  ek ghante baad milte hai.. (as if ek ghante baad jo jahan ho wo wahin ruk jaye)

so team consists of
- Ashish
- Bhumika
- Dilip
- Indrajeet
- Swati
- Saurabh
- Vishal
- Zahabbyia
- Me by default

0830 Hrs
after crossing
- bhosri
- chakan
- rajgurunagar
we halted @narayangaon

we(me, aasish, dilip & jeet) stopped by bus stop as others were already waiting for us.

Narangaon Bus has a very significant role in our life(me n jeet)*

Vishal: (to jeet) chalo toda aage jaake aate hai, (just to chek if the snacks center is open) as both of them went ahead we gathered together to do the formal introdoc part 2 :)


the place near the stand was all mess, probably had rain fall last nite!

once vishal & jeet came back we headed for the much waited breakfast snacks (bhul na jana raat ko maine & jeet ne halka fulka khana khaya tha). We had

- The world famous Misal Paw
- kanda pohe ops I meant only pohe ;)
- udit dal wadi
- cut T off course (bhai trek ke liye energizer to chahiye na)

the stall had photos of esteemed puneites who took a break just like us.. alike veteran actor Neelu Phule g!

0900 Hrs
started ahead.
Jeet in complete F1 mood raced crossing 80+ kphs & me cherishing the nature completely with all the time in the world!

1000 Hrs
reached Junnar Bus Stand, halted there for a while, point of diversion to
- Shivneri(2.1 Kms)
- Manikdoh Dam(9.3 Kms)
- Malshej ghat
- Hadsar Fort(11 Kms)
- Naneghat(12 Kms)

1030 Hrs
reached Hadsar gaon
actually the guide (vishal) was more interested to go far to naneghat & start our trek from there, but soon the team changed the plan & he has to take a U turn & halt his car in hadsar village ;)

just when we started, I've learnt that there is an alternate way too

so after dilema which way to head & start we opted for the first way tht we took.

"So whts the difference in both ways"

"nothing there aint any direct steps to climb down so better we climb up this way & then get down the other way"...simple

Dilip started the cam in video mode, but the jungle made him be more protective aur jungle ki khaufnak wadiyoon ko par karte huye sab bad chale ....(..wahin jahan kooi aata jata nhin) ;)

Dilip was so inspired by the zeal & enthu that he taged the team.. Indian army

@ a point we halted to
- admire the nature
- take a couple of snaps
- O! did I mention to get hold of our breath too ;)
 
just then the weather was gett'g better n better

when we discovered that... that...

here comes the first twist of the day...

Jeet discovered that he some how managed to misplace his hand towel (a pink one). I've to go down again to 've a look @ it... so I did tht honestly just has a look & turned back ;)
(I always wanted to b on a treasure hunt but not for a pink towel!

Zohabia dropped her(Bhumikas') bag as I didn't had my own bag!


so nice of U dear! :), but jeet had to get hold of tht as I was too busy in searching his pink towel!!!

As soon as I returned back empty handed & climbed up a couple of rocks I saw every1 standing infront of a big rock patch.. a wall

thts so nice of them they r wait'g 4 me :)

but y is saurabh & vishal staring the wall... & wait is saurabh trying to do a spidy stunt...OMG! he actually is

nthg clicked to me ...best thought came to my mind don't analyse just reach to that point then we'll see what next...

as soon as I reached there I found its a deadend & the only way to the fort is clawling the wall..

r we ghodpads.. recall'g the ghodpad story of Tanaji...

in the meanwhile Saurabh was almost there 10-15 fts up hanging with reflecting complete confidence & comfort.. feel @ home

wht nxt vishal was analysing & guiding properly

we decided that if all gals make it then we all r go'g in this way else....

saurabh found a place just in the middle so as to make sure ppl make up to tht place @least, so nxt was swati

jeet joined in with vishal to guide & when jeet is tak'g the pain do I need to ;)

I joined the merry band with aashish, dilip, zohabia, & bhumika

it seems that every1 except jeet & vishal were njoy'g the moment they were crack'g jokes & even panicking :)

we had best jokes coming out of aashish, meanwhile swati made up there!

then it was zorabia nxt, after few hickups she managed it ... up there

although most of us noticed but it was bhumika who pointed tht Zohab's legs were shievering (actually there is a point from where the iron rods carved by the local ppl starts the grip is not easy there & also at fair distant). nxt was Bhumika & to our surprise she proved to b Michale Phelm among us by the time Zorab reached up there crossing saurab along with swati, Bhumika was almost there right behind her

dilip & aashish were next the only two whose climb was video shoot

as they would b climbing up & there aint much space to stand tall swati decided to move around to realise this aint the end of the world yet another rock patch was waitn for us up ther

so finally it was me jeet & vishal down there & I was gett'g ready in my tuexedo suit ;) aadmi teen aur bag 4, bahut nainsafi hai, although vishal said he would get both the bags but I knew that who so ever comes last it wont b easy for him so I had to get hold of myself

as for us there were vishal & jeet guiding us our foot rests but there won't b any1 doing this job for vishal

after transfering a couple of stuffs to the other bags making sure that each bag has @least some food/ water for backup purpose I started climbing up with both the bags & locking the bag buckle near my abs to get as proper hold but it didnt took much time where most of us were gett'g stucked!

it was very scary even the rappling seemed lot easier than this. although I keep doing hip-hops but a wrong move while do'g hip-hop won't cost so expensive which in this case would & to add to it climbing down was a bad idea not bcoz it wd hit my reputation but it was almost impossible after u reach certain point! :) so ..... get'g going son!

phew after a couple of pause to get hold of my nerve.... I made it...!

I must agree Saurabh showed a great temperment & paitience hanging in there, nxt is jeet..
after lots of hich-ups Jeet decided to climb down, & eventually made it, vishal almost performed a dive catch to get hold of Jeet climbing down, but they decided to go another way to the main gate..

only then to our surprise same in two villagers & I was expecting them to give yet another trial @least now but they opted out

saurabh climbed up by now but just when he was about to reach the scarf slipped off from him..this one was orange in color.

but the villagers got tht for us & to our surprise they hardly took 3-4 minutes whereas we all took more than an hr & half together!

Me & saurabh were climbing up the wall one of the villager warned us as any of the rock may fall, so they directed us a safer option which to our surprise made me go pale walk'g through the edge of the patch, a slight disbalance & needn't worry balanc'g anythg else ever in my life ;)

after chit chat'g with the villagers for a while I turned around to get a shock number of buffalos do'g jaal krida up there (3 water pools)

how the hell on earth did they managed to climb up!

so wht next, what all tourist spots do we cover here, only a mahadev mandir & the main gate of the fort, as told by the villagers, "keep on go'g the west..."

all of sudden The BABA within Dilip got 'jagrut' jai ho baba dilip..

all sort of jivan ke fhalsafe were com'g out of his mind & his aura was aspiring for us too!

it for sure gonna take both vishal & jeet 1.5 @least was what we assumed, soon wandering here n there we reached mandir we aggreed to keep mov'g so that we catch jeet & vishal quickly & they needn't cover all the floor!

then we 've found a water pool... the water was so muddy in color & bhumika was dying to jump into ... unlike zohabia, rest of us were neutral to it!

Bhumika's die hard wish died too soon as swati observed a snake in water...(better let the wish die than self ;) )

meanwhile Dilip wanted to shoot snaps in all possible pose & mood for impressing different gfs & updating social n/w profiles.

then we reached the hilltop point .. right infront of the main gate u can easily see any1 within the range of 5+ kms...

& there was a water stream flowing down fro the hill top, the wind flowing was throwing the water back to us, reminds me the lohgad trek.. this was the time i thght to enjoy the fresh water :) & gett'g some snaps..nadiya jharne pahad.....

the crew were still look'g out for both vishal & jeet in the manner which reminds me of Dilip Kumar of Mashal:
"e bhaaaiyeee... koi hai..."


I thought Y not go around & discover anything for me ;) I crossed the main gate & found vishal & jeet down there... whereas the crew were expecting them to come other way!

there was a small rocky passage beside them but it wasn't easy this way too saurabh jump in to guide in the mean while I 've got the newspapers to work as temporary bloting papers.. as jeet wasn't gett'g hold of bcoz of The Woodland shoes he had to drag himself over the newspapers, saurabh creating gateway for him to pass through his legs but wht scared me was jeet was too heavy compared to saurabh he may get saurabh along with him...

touch wood.. but where is the wood its only green grass, bush or rocky patch expect the 'Wood'land shoe!

finally all 4 (jeet, vishal, saurabh, me) made it to the up safely..

took a break & then...Lunch time...

recall na "raat ko kafi halka fulka khaya tha" ;)

we had almost every thing possible bread, butter, biscuit, thepla, khakra, paratha, achar, orange juice, thak(chach) & cadbury too(kuch meetha ho jaye - desert)

after all done we were all set to wander again & then start get'g down..so we were sure it won't take much as nthg to look @

the water pool where bhumika was dying to jump into but realised soon enough she got company(snake) & mahadev temple!

so I & jeet got into our rain suit & it started raining completely creating a fog effect

as we were heading the temple
Jeet: arey ab kya wahan jake mattha tekenge!


meanwhile baba dilip felt like to hear "Dil kya kare jab kisise pyar ho jaye" & a buffalo felt the same.. i guess!

so swati & bhumika were the only one to peek into the temple! rest of us stayed behind

the buffalo kept coming closer n closer
& jeet in hi usual bodylanguage... hudd hudd...hadd hadd...
but most of us felt that its time to discover yet another thriller...
as I was about to keep Jeets cam in his bag

Jeet: yeh camera rakhne ka time nhin hai

& in no time we all started running in all directions!

Not atall actually get'g whats happening & why as the buffalo chased all of us?

It would 've been the nightmare coming true..

even @ this point of time we weren't serious enough...doing the famous act "BachaO act from OSO!"...

with no idea who is where I got behind a cactus tree & called saurabh, swati & bhumika as its best covso er we can have for time being

Saurabh decided to distract the buffalo so tht swati & bhumika can take cover & runaway!

but unforunate the buffalo was too smart to get hold of the situation he rather followed swati & bhumika...

after me & saurabh escaped out I trying to b over smart landed up between a group of 5-6 buffalo(this part of the story is completely in dark for rest of the team.. what happened to me or to the buffalos is still a secret & let it b the same ;) )


soon we reached the main gate & were relaxed but to our surprise the buffalo was right there @ the main gate hold'g the post completely blocking the way to our exit.

we could neither run away nor cld jump off the wall it has got height & rock patch with algae all around

after a long wait finally the buffalo allowed us a pass.

doing a tauba
-neither would we feed a buffalo again
-nor would we sing or dedicate a song to him

it took around more than an hour to climb down making a round trip the village!

passing all the buffalos, we had a glass of water @ a villegers home & every1 wanted to 've a photo with the lamb but when the lamb got near Jeet I was gett'g worried for him, not the lamb yar but the Jeet ;), a lamb may get the real face of Jeet after this tiring trek it would b a gud dinner!

sooner we saw the road & none of us wd 've been happy ever again to see a coaltar road

wrapper up with quick photoshoot on the road & freshening up in the current water stream

left hadsar village.

took a break @ junnar - tea stall near bus stand!

it took some time to sort out if we wanna 've dinnner together or not but majority was to celebrate the occasion with the last supper (only for this trek) ;)

Jeetmeet you @ first restaurant after the 2nd ghat.
"O! no what if its a veg restuarant", was my quick concerned!
Vishal: I m on the driving wheel, trust me ;)

we skipped the 1st restaurant just bcoz nthg specified
(Veg/ Non-Veg)

had a gala feast together!

Departed thereafter for individual's home..sweet home!

2330 Hrs
got into Jeet's home, wht I was look'g fwd to was
to boil 2.5 Lts of water to get a warm water bath!!!!

b4 I got to sleep


Points to remember:
- if not on a jungle trek the woodland shoes are not the best fit gadget
NB: if u r on a trek where u expect many rockpatch & water flowing down making it slippery & creating algae, better keep ur woodland shoes home.
- don't take Pink Towel on a trek, they can only b handled properly by the ladies ;)
- don't feed buffalos on trek
- don't sing or dedicate songs to buffalos
 
 

RE-UNION...!!!, some thing that drove me to get up early on sunday morn'g by 0510 Hrs. I've been waiting for the day since ages...

0550 Hrs
tring trinnng!!!

me: (thinking proactively, to b on safer side) "hey Deepankar, are we planing for any water park or any thing similar, I mean do I need to carry a spare set of dress?"
Deepankar: "yea sure dude!". When I left the home it was as dark a twilight! reached koparkhairane stn & got a ticket to Karjat (return) via Thane. Just when the train was about to arrive got a sms( business card of Blessen) from Sumana, which she was about to post last nite ;) so that we can co-ordinate of ourselves to reach the destination.

0630 Hrs
Got the local to Thane, which eventually made me reach thane Platform 10 in nxt 20 mins.


0650 Hrs
wandering here n there to seeking the inquiry cabin to know about the platform from where I can get the train to karjat. Phew! @last found the inquiry, & to my surprise it was not crowded, I hurried to the counter & got that @ platform 2 it would b arriving shortly. Thank goodness!
& Platform 2 was just next to the counter so no-run situation. I just inquired a policeman to cross check. He said, "it'd b coming on platform 5 & its a fast local". Oops! who the hell should I believe, thought just to verify of my own, ran all the way down to platform 5.@Platform 5 I inquired to a paperwala, he confirmed it would b there, a fast local for karjat but @ 0730 Hrs! still half n hr more to go, should I go back to platform 2 to catch the other one? naa ....! may b i was too lazy to cross the platforms or was I evaluating more, hopefully the fast would make me reach quicker!some how I hanged on there till 0730 Hrs allow two more Asangaon(TT) locals to go from pltfrm2.

0730 Hrs
Came in the Karjat fast! aaa did I tell U tht the fast is expected to b more crowded, as it's long distance direct train with lesser no. of stops so mob alike me hu wanna go distant within lesser span of time prefer fats local here in mumbai. aLTHOUGH it a Sunday today but Mumbai never sleeps. It was overloaded but I somehow managed to slip into the other side of the entrance gate. It was suppose to take almost 1.5 hrs to Karjat, but I didn't try to acquire seat. It was more fun standing @ the gate, Always! After getting a proper place to stand I just checked if route map above the gate, after Kalyan the track goes either to Asangaon(TT) or to Ambernath( that I was sure of) but the going to Asangaon(TT) never ends up to karjat. Had I opted for those Asangaon or TT I would 've crucified myself.


0830 Hrs
I was just two stops away from Karjat
by now I was expecting Pune ppl to reach there & of not then may b close enough so called Sumana to learn where they were. To my surprise they were still suppose to travel 40 mins more. So I called up Deepankar to know the address.
me: "Hey Deepankar, just now I 've reached Neral so only 1 more stop, tell me how to reach the resort, get me the address!"
Deepankar: "oh thats gr8 but its gonna take 30 more mins to reach karjat... (What @%*$&^$*.... was sort of the reaction I had!)
me: "but only one more stop."
Deepankar: "ya but still, anyways r u in a fast local or slow?"
me: "fast of course!"
Deepankar: " then it may take less time! & As soon as u get down take an auto to Prakruti Resort...(but I was least interested in knowing the address now may b when I get down there 'll call up again to know the address....may god 20 more)."

0910 Hrs
To b honest it was a long joyful ride of 1.5 hrs from Thane. I again called up
Inquired if any train com'g from pune any sooner! "Shayadri 'll b coming @ 1000 Hrs (40 more minutes)". In the meanwhile inquired to some other officials abt if any other train or local to expect b4 10....."No local from Pune!" made me realize that it has to b Shayadri only so I preferred to wait till 1000Hrs. Y not go out & look around. It was an overly crowded market place with all those small gullies. I asked a gentle looking young person, "boss is there any ATM (Any Time Money sort of dabba which throws cash back @ U)".
Gentle looking young person: "no way boss! yahan dur dur tak kuch nhin milega!"

Disheartned with the expected answer returned back to the stn.


1000 Hrs
Came in Shayadri express @ platform2!

Sumana -- not reachable!
Deepankar -- not reachable!
Kishore -- out of coverage!

Rishi -- out of coverage!
Sumana -- not reachable!
Sudeshna -- not reachable!
Soumen -- finally tring tring....but it was his mom's voice ...
(is she also accompanying the crew or is it I just dialed the wrong no?), got the correct no from Auntie...

Soumen -- (again) all lines to this route are busy

Sudeshna -- all lines to this route are busy (although it played the dialer tones & "dial * to set this song as your dialer tone....but all in vain").
The place where all the mob would b screaming & snatching each other the ppl I am looking for would surely b there.I made it up to the dead end @ platform2, came back to platform1, had gone to dead end again as there was another way out other than the main gate.
Sumana -- not reachable!

Sudeshna -- not reachable!

Deepankar -- tring tring...finally

Deepankar: "hey man wher r u they r looking out for u!"
me: "even I too am!"
Deepankar: "its n/w problem out here, ok talk to Bharat (transfering the call)"(but it didn't last long not even got connected). Meanwhile I got out of the out gate @ the back & was moving back to the Main gate in the front, (hey there is a UCO bank ther but no ATM & also it is a Sunday so no cash chance even :( )
tring tring...it was Bharat.."six long years, 'ven't heard him since ages!"
& I even forgot to ask him hu was he..."whr the hell r u ppl?" (cld u believe tht reaction!).
Bharat: "we r @ the main gate"me:"ok U just hang on there!"

1015 Hrs
@ The Main gate4 ppl looking inside the stn for me how come they r gonna know tht I was already outside the stn. It was I guess Sumana( by default to get noticed quickly by anyone who knows her) then it was Soumen, his dress & hair style makes him distingushable in any crowd, my O my ther aint any changes in Bharat & there was Deepal too ( 'vent seen her too for almost 6 yrs)! Now I know Y they call it The REunion! Got an auto to reach the destination resort, soumen was staying back to receive sudeshna (she wasn't well but still coming). In the Auto I had a mixed feeling @one place it was like I was meet'g old frnds since ages whereas I also had a feel'g six yrs too long period if the frnds wd still b open up enough to mingle up with quickly. But slowly I realised that they too are exicited the same way as I am. looking at the board "Prakruti Resort", Sumana was excited as always, but the resort was nowhere nearby. It was quite a fair run to the resort. Just near the gate of the resort I've seen a volvo bus. (not knowing that we are almost ther) I said,"this is the bus which will take us back to the stn" & all of a sudden the auto got hanged. Nearby was a place where bricks are baked, I said,"look thats the resort, a brick bakehouse". With a lightening speed it clicked to me that all three excluding me where a Mechnical Engg, so in worst condition they may help in mending the auto! ;)

1100 Hrs
Finally reached the Resort! Men in black n blue were waiting for us!
Kishor, RIshi, Abhishek & Deepnkar(i mentioned Deepankar's name in the last as his was the only unknown face among all...yea this is the First time I was meeting Deepankar). After disposing off our bags we thought of to go around the premises & look wht all things are there in the resort. There was a pool not the playing one but the swiming one. We basked for a while & then thought ki pehle peth puja & then kaam dujja.
- Bread n butter n jam

- upmaa n chattni(eeeyaikess...but Deepal was looking forward to it!)

- poori & bhaji (batata)

- omlet


brd jam & upmaa!!!! for reunion... so I opted for the last two in the menu.
After peth puja we thought of to go for a merry go round around the premises & then we realised that there is a short cut to swiming pool to but there was a hut (which looked more like a hunter's den) to b discoved first through the green grassland.After few clicks & light gossips we realised that it's Rishi who 've changed his profession(has been with his handy cam shooting almost each moment, shooting each word we utter!) Kishor, Abhishek gave us the World famous see-saw video & to add spice to it Bharat & Sumana joined in( If I ever publish that scary video then every see-saw would b having a age restricted board along with it & kidds wd b afraid of ppl going near see-saw).There was a jhulla too & this time it was Sumana who was doing the QA audit on the same (stress/ strain/ durability/ load test & other analysis to verify all those mechanical theories). In the meanwhile Soumen, Sudeshna, Blessen & Aparajita landed up.

1200 Hrs
Although we've asked the keep some bfast for the rest but they came too late to get that. Sudeshna needed food the most as was hungry also she had some medicines.
We again gathered together nearby the same old jhulla & see-saw for gossiping around. This was the time when we were recalling old but golden days & even revealing the secrets of others ;). As the trip happened b'coz of the most humble & noble guy madras..... aka Prashath Krishnan. We thanked him & remembered his contribution in a very trivial manner of ours paying the complete tribute! Rishi still capturing most of the moments live! Meanwhile Soumen & Deepankar moved ahead to the pool to njoy the chilled water with the sun on top! Gradually we too have moved there but didn't joined them in the pool yet, which wasn't quite encouraging to them!After quite a while we too felt that rest of us should now activle participate else it was get'g boring now.But the main problem was most of us didn't had an aliter dress. Also as Abhishek need to leave early we weren't sure whether to 've lunch first or not. Finally I & Rishi started to make the things moving, we even came back to the room to change  & when we were almost ready we came to know tht there is a change in the plan as Abhishek need to leave early, it wd b better if we can 've the lunch first.
Lunch Time:

- salad

- achar

- papad
- hara
-bhara kabab
- some veg sabji(sry but I am strictly non-veggie)
- daal( I guess must b ther)
- chapatti
- paratha
- rice
- chicken masala

- chaach (butter milk)
.
Do I need to tell wht all I opted for from the menu?
Soon after the lunch all the spirit to get into the pool just got puffed off same as the soda from the coke.We were feeling terribly lazy to go out & feel the heat! Sudeshna was rest'g as she wasn't feeling well. & we too were resting as sudheshna wasn't feel'g well ;) we didn't want to leave a dear frnd of ours back to njoyee the time.Sumana got the old snaps of ours to share with & we were basking under the a/c( which got started after much effort of Deepankar) Sumana all of a sudden got an innovative idea. Actually she had a doubt if Sudeshna was really sleeping or not & to chek the same she required a couple of items- tooth-paste- camera- camera-man & - an artistic mindset (which she always carry with herself, god knows when she get time & scope to display the brilliance of it!) thats it....she started creating a mushtach on Sudeshna, so that when she gets up can 've a feel gud factor!!but Sudhesna wasn't an artist's canvas(read it as a director's actor), which made Sumana unable to complete her art but now her doubt grew stronger & Deepal's support or urge motivated her! As she grew desparate she required a khatroon ka khiladi who can stake his own life to get the best snaps. Blessen was an unanimously the vierwers choice! Sumana had gone under high risk of walking down bare feeted on the tip of a sword to accomplish the mission. Finally I came to know that Sudeshna wasn't sleeping, tx to Sumana, Blessen & Deepal.

1530 Hrs

it was getting late enough for Abhishek, this is what we thought & were too worried about him that we almost pushed him out :D. The auto was waiting for him & we were reaching there in grps. Abhishek, me, Sumana, Sudeshna, Blessen, Deepal, Aparajita, Bharat. But that wasn't enough to get a complete grp foto....so what by the time the rest join us yn't 've some snaps of selves.
We've got into action. Finally we were able to get the best snap ever of our life! A cheerishable moment together




1600 Hrs
After disposing off Abhishek we clubbed into the pool.
Where we've learned Sudeshna don't even know hu to cross a ghar ki dehleesh neither even how to climb down steps of her house. Deepal was more of a sport on that front. Bharat & Kishore were the only two guys who were unknown of any swiming skills but still it was brave of Kishore to do Ganpati to Bharat!

1730 Hrs
After almost 1 hrs 30 mins dhoom dhadaka in the pool it was the time for Rain Dance! Ummmmh rain dance can beat any heat I can tell u that!
The water fountain effect was temtating enough & as soon as we have approached the stage....damn! its chilled man!with all those mungdas & latkas & jhatkas.. finallyit was the time to get into a blanket...phew! after freshedned up it was coffee time...& to add effects to it we had garma garam pakodebut both coffee & pakode vanished in no time!finally we have reorder them & those too didn't survived longer.

THE Final Journey....We have wrapped off the rest of the things by 1845 Hrs. Adjusted into a tam-tam (all 11 ppl including duble patle log alike soumen, blessan & the heavy weight champs viz: me). Reached the Karjat station by 19:20 Hrs & Learned that its only 10 more mins to get apart. Soon we'll b back to our own destinations. It was gr8 fun all day with each other doing all those masti which we used to do in ou SCHOOL DAYS!!!

As I was approaching the train it frightened me as the day after 'll restart the routine...eagerly waiting for our next Reunion.








 
 

@2150 Hrs
got a call from Jeet, "Hey meet me near durga cafe 4 dinner!". Although it was late enough but I agreed.


@2226 Hrs
got a call from Sharayu, "hey were r U". "I m in bus, near sndt", phew that made her quite for a moment. I knew that I m gonna b crushed down for being late, but it was all to be handled by Jeet as he was responsible.

@2255 Hrs
even after some of the rapid fire calls to make me arrive on time I was late for I guess 10 minutes & ppl out there were popping up as if pop-corn. Ppl eagerly waiting for me: Tabrez,  Sharayu & Anand. Anyways presence of Jeet made me escape the situation.


@2320 Hrs
though it looked to me as if I was late & pointed to me that the trip is getting late for me, I've realized that a few more are yet to be there.


@2235 Hrs
After waiting for around 20 minutes "A herald  of Ganesha & Shivaji" was a surety that the troop is all set to move ahead.
The troop consists of more than 45 people to b escorted by Yuvashakti, Pune. Sooner we crossed the outskirts of Pune city. Tabi got a brilliant idea to start munching the "bhel". We've crossed Wai phata in an Hour & half. Tabi was getting innovative ideas to sleep in a "lal dabba" & Sharayu struggling hard.

@0230 Hrs(15th Nov)
it was ghat all over but wasn't all, just after crossing satara the actual fun had doubled. We were nJoying the roller-coaster ride as if we were on high tide.But in All we were appreciating the effortless spirit of Anand to hang on with his inconsistent sleep in "THE lal dabba", hats off ....

@0330 Hrs
the roller coaster stopped. we landed @ "Bamnoli"( around 35 kms from satara).
it was my friends again to welcome me down there... "my dear loving Dogs".It was a full moon nite .. awesome!!! we didn't want to waste that by sleeping, but Mahesh & Shahank wanted every one to rest as it would be a hectic day ahead, in the mean while Sharayu was more interested in getting info abt the Himalayan trek whereas Tabi was more into munching the bhel again @0410Hrs.They have arranged to stay overnite in a garage.

@0635 Hrs

got up early after a long time, couldn't sleep after 0530 hrs as it was somewhat chilled but getting up early was making me feel good.


@0830 Hrs
the breakfast time ..."KP", Tabi got it 3rice, not sure was it really tasty or was he really hungry!!!


@0920 Hrs
some other trek teams alike amateur trekkers from mumbai too had joined.
we had dumped two bags & carried two along with us.even after having bfast early had to wait for the boats to kick off :(one need to get a clearance from the forest dept to travel across.after 10 minutes the first ferry (ferry no. 6) took off carrying 25 ppl & there after 20 more minutes the other ferry carried rest of us (15 ppl) ... ferry no. 19.it was a splendid back water, almost crystal clear @ the banks & bluish all around, surrounded by greenery & hills.

@1100 Hrs
reached the base of vasota.


@1115 Hrs
assemble & kick off. It was a bright sunny day with the breeze blowing. The grass was soft enough to get us a feel of velvet.we had just started the walk & it was time for snaps.... click click ...click!!!! waise bhi ab to do ke saath ek aur model free.. free!!! well Anand was not only an additional free ka model but also a camera man with a spare camera. So Me & tabrez were free as no load to take pictures but can concentrate on our shots.

@1140Hrs
a hanuman mandir besides the free flowing water resource, it was refreshing that means me & tabi are now in business ;). yaar koi pani bharte huye model ke fotu le loo.....
we were the tail-enders...after some time there was a pass towards right a way towards Nageshwar, but we 've chosen the path left to the top. Mahesh was more worried that we'll create a gr8 gap & might leave behind so he was just hanging around us to make sure that we don't miss out the track while following the trail. But we were more busy in our business.then came the flora patch which reminded us of next Yash Chopra's spot..in the mean while I even got a couple of snaps... trying out amateur's luck. Sharayu was happy by now as she was sure of extra batteries for the camera.

@1330 Hrs
got @ the top. Tabi was getting frustrated.... "is this all we r in to see". "But dear we ain't in to view Tajmahal", is all that I cld 've quoted to make him calm down a bit.after some more snaps its Lunch time!!!! Tabi wasn't any more into it the bhel might 've made him feel that way. We had chapptis, theplas, & bhendi fry (tx to anand), some salad, & huge no of bananas(2 dz) which 've got spoiled due to the weight & being packed into the plastic. After the lunch ppl were basking a bit, & some were enjoying the Tadpole act of the two kids.... playing & fighting each other, throwing tadpoles @ each other.

@1430 Hrs
Lunch time over.
we decided to split into two teams so as to cover the two points in a better manner:
1. Vinchu-kada
2. Babu-kada

Vinchu kada reminded me of Vinchu kata of Lohagad, but the kadas were almost a copy of kokan kada the one @ harichandragad. Had an individual fotu shoot and in the meanwhile we have discovered that the batteries have expired & even the extra pair too. Oh Oh!!!time for get kicked of by sharayu as she was counting on them. Anand suggested we better get an early alarm just in case to survive ;)

@Vinchu-kada; ppl just forgot to see the view & were more busy in calling their near & dear ones due to the full n/w coverage.


@ Bapu-kada got a call from jeet, he was on break from the training which didn't made him join the troop.
 - it is being said that a person named babu was being thrown away from this point, to be lately made it named after that.now was the best time for Tabi.....we were getting down.

Sharayu played a song by Atif aslam, "hum jis gali me ja rahe hai..."
& along with us were those two ghost kids they were just jumping around us& in no time we were back @ the basegot a face wash in the flowing water... it was cold & refreshing. Tabi's final quote to Mahes,"jaate waqt hum sabse piche they aur laute waqt sabese aage!!!"

@1620 Hrs
waiting @ base for the ferry
. Tabi was the one to even utter a word, he was damn tired or was he!!!!

@1800 Hrs

back to Bamnoli.
once again I was among my favorite frnds dogs, as if they were eagerly wait'g for me to get back. It was getting darker. We had lot many task to be done:
1. get the bags from the locker room ;)
2. shift the individual stuffs in their respective bags
3. get hot sips of the tea
4. finish off the carrots as if in serial Karamchand jasoos!!!

in the mean while Tabi made it possible to coin out to get back to pune among others as we were sure about the last bust to satara is @ 1630 Hrs. So ppl had started looking out for other modes of transport.

what were we busy into...? me , anand & sharayu ... ahem!!!

after finishing off the carrots it was playing with bluetooth ... sharayu had a crush over her new mobile ..... "yaar blutooth se transfer hoga kya? n/w nahin hai na..". Anand trying to join us with a new concept of multi-bluetooth device sharing ... in a single go...
hu cld I leave them behind & why the hell should I leave them all aloof...
after all they r my frnds ;)

I too was trying to act smart to receive a file thr' bluetooth even though the memory is set to phone memory which is too small to receive a file of that huge size... where as anand managed to recieve the same file twice, & now wanted to move that apart ;)so it was a shame for me .... but this time I banged it on target. Tabrez was getting into hot discussion as now there is getting two groups:
1. Who wants to stay back to nJoy the nature.
2. Who wants to leave so that they can 've a splendid Sunday back in pune.

After lots of ifs-n-buts we landed up into a final decision to have our dinner first ;) "aakhir paapi peth ka sawaal hai bhai..."


@2130 Hrs
we had succeeded in getting a tempo 407 ready to commute us to satara for Rs. 800 which seemed to be a fair deal.
started my regular world famous allergic sneezing ;) as the tempo was carrying bricks & the dust was still there & Anand being afraid of getting affected pulled up his jacket hood which made sharayu get her snap of this night..."draculla Anand ;)" ... a professional one.

@2330 Hrs
reached satara. I looked out terribly for water to get a face wash else I was too uncomfortable to travel due to the allergy.


@0100 Hrs(16th Nov)
reached swargate.
Tabrez & Anand were damn hungry I was too dull to eat due to allergy & throat infection. Now was the time to share the bacha khucha khana. Anand brought banana chips tabrez took the muffins only three but Anand managed to get one for him, sharayu left with munching the banana chips. Tabrez left with a separate auto. Me, Anand & sharayu shared an auto, but Anand was doubtful abt the fare ;). reached room by 0130 Hrs.

the trip ended with a sound sleep on my bed finally.

The only regret of the trek: this being the first trek where I'ven't done a portfolio shoot of my dear frnds : stray DOGS ;)

 
 

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