गुरुवार, १८ सप्टेंबर, २००८

SajjanGad - Mahableshwar

On Sunday me Prasad n Ajit had small one day trek come trip to Fort Sajjangad and unplanned visit to hill station Mahableshwar. From long time Ajit n Prasad was asking me to plan a trip together and finally we got time for it and we decided to go for Sajjangad and Thoseghar Waterfall.

SajjanGad is famous for Swami its a small fort approx. 12km from Satara. One has to go to Satara first to visit this place and Thoseghar waterfalls are 12 Km from Sajjangad. We started late at around 10 AM in the morning from Palus my hometown. But it was not as issue as Prasad took his speed machine his new Honda Civic. In just half hour we reached at karad where we refueled our car and started heading towards Satara by NH4 which was another 30 to 40 min journey as sometimes prasad speeded his machine up to 155. (If you are in Car you can feel it's moving with its normal speed but only speedometer can tell the truth.)

From Satara we started moving towards our first destination SajjanGad. Road was new to us and was not in good condition so it took another 30 min to reach there. We had small photo shoot on the way as it was bright sunny day and there was no sign of rain in next few hours though it was bit cloudy.

We decided to avoid trek and parked our car at base of the fort. From there you have to take few steps to reach till the top. After reaching the top we started exploring the fort, taking snaps. After sometime suddenly weather changed. Whole area covered with the clouds and it started raining and it lasts for around 10 to 15 min.

The scene from the top of the fort was amazing. It had all the colors of the nature. You can imagine that by looking at the images below. There is a temple of lord Ram, Samadhi of Ramdas Swami, Temple of Hanuman, few hotels (where we haven't got any food :-( ).

We started heading down at around 2.00 Pm and also got the information that we can not go to Thoseghar as road is closed due to landslide and we have to go back to Satara. Then Prasad suggested that we can visit Mahabaleshwar and enjoy the nature. Plan was good so we decided to take the lunch at Satara which we skipped and had some snacks instead of lunch and started moving towards Mahableshwar which is just around 60km from Satara.

Road from Satara to Mahableshwar is full of trees, nice curves, ghat section with danger signs everywhere. You can enjoy the nature at the fullest here. We reached Mahableshwar at 5.00 PM it was not too late. but without wasting too much time We headed towards one of the point. Visibility at Mahableshwar was only 5 to 10 feet.

Road till the point was bit scary as it was thru the jungle and foggy. When we reached at the point all we heard was the sound of the wind and waterfall in the valley. For some time fog cleared exploring the beautiful view of the valley. We had long photo shoot there. As there was some time and fog was clearing so we decided to visit Sunset point but when we reached there we got just fog.

While coming back we visited market in Mahableshwar with visit to one or two shops and started out descend journy at around 7.00 or so. We reached Satara at around 8.30 where we had Dinner and then Prasad and Ajit dropped me at Satara bus depot from where i boarded bus to Pune and they headed towards Palus marking the end of another wonderful journy and some diffrent experiences.

सोमवार, १ सप्टेंबर, २००८

KoraiGad Trek

It was Friday evening and I was in office as usual doing nothing and also it was my last day on project so was not in good mood. Suddenly GTalk alert message popped up saying you have new mail from Shrikant with subject one day trek to KoraiGad that too on bikes. Few months ago my team mate told me that KoraiGad is nice place to visit as it is near to Amby Valley and weather is beautiful. Also when we visited Lonavala in July we haven't got chance to visit Koraigad as it was raining heavily and road visibility was around 10 to 15 feet’s so we dropped that plan.

Considering all this I decided to attend this trek and then I checked the mail forwarded same to my friends from which Ganesh n Piyush and Satish agreed to come. My pillion was already fixed as Amin was coming to Pune so with all done I informed Shrikant that we are coming for this trek.

On Sunday me and Amin wake up early plan was something like this Ganesh supposed to join us at Chandani chauk and then we will be joining Piush and Shrikant at hinjewadi junction on Pune Mumbai highway also Satish waiting for us at Wakad and rest of the guys at Somatne phata. Everything except piyush (he was on the way but lost his cell on the way and didn't came it costs him 15k :-( ) and those rest of the guys (who joined late and came by Tavera) dropping out.

We waited for rest of the guys at first toll plaza but they didn't come on time so we had small photo shoot there. It was my photogenic helmet and bike who rocked the entire show.

We left the place with some nice snaps. Camera was with me and as Amin was riding I was free to click with Ganesh's point and shoot Coolpix camera. We reached at last toll plaza just before Lonavala and started waiting for Dhaval and Gang but someone called up and said we are leaving now (too bad). So we had chai-pani with breakfast at Manshakti Ashram canteen. After some time Dhaval and gang joined us there and we started heading towards destination via Lonavala, Bhushi dam, INS Shivaji. Road between INS Shivaji and KoraiGad is awesome it’s almost like a racing trek.

There are amazing turns and riding bike on them is such a pleasure which I can't explain here you have to visit that place. A sudden cloudy patch with very low visibility is one of the attractions of this spot.

We reached at the Koraigad base at around 11.00 PM which was too late as this journey takes only 2 hours. We parked our bikes at some local house and he charged Rs. 15 per bike.

Actual trek is of just 30 to 45 minutes we were at the top by 12.00 noon. Sabko ek hi lagi thi kad jake pani mein dubki lagate hein kyounki as expected it was not raining and everyone was tired. As soon as we reached the top everyone jumped into the water. There is a lake at the top of the Koraigad so no worries also lake is deep so you can swim.

After getting fresh we started to explore the Koraigad actually it was covered in clouds and visibility was poor. Camera persons Me, Samyek, Ganesh clicking insects, butterflies with guidance from Shrikant, Amin we started to move ahead.

From Koraigad you will get very nice view of beautiful Amby Valley. You can clearly see the entire runway, gate inline houses, lakes you can hear music also. Clouds add flavor to the show hiding the najara in between.

We finished our exploration and photo shoot and started descend journey. We reached base at around 4.00 PM where we had tea and again some photo shoot as it was me, my red beast, my photogenic helmet acting as model.

We started from there towards one of the point at Lonavala I don't remember the exact name but the view of valley from there was awesome.

We had group photo all bikers at that place and from there we just rocked the road with same curves and turns, highway till Somatane phata where we guys had tea and kanda Bhaji at dhaba and all of sudden it started raining heavily with dhadam dhudum and lightning. When rain slowed down we headed towards the final destination home sweet home.

Vaibhav ... see you soon with next trek