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In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.
He thought of putting down his papers for better opportunities.
The newspaper on his breakfast table read, “Mass layoffs in the IT industry”
The next day, email popped, “Congratulations, you’ve been promoted”
Life has its own way of giving shocks & surprises!
Are you tired of asking the sandwich wala for some extra cheese and butter? Does the extra cheese light up your face?
Well, then this a paradise for a foodie in you.
Get up and head towards a foodie destination, ‘Gurukripa’ where your taste buds are put to senses.
Gurukripa in a sit-down and take away restaurant in Sion, Mumbai. There is a variety of delicacies to choose from, ranging from the desserts to the chats, South Indian cuisine to the North Indian one.
Watch the making of cheese pizza
Watch the making of cheese sandwich
Having trekked Kalsubai at the extreme weather conditions, here are few observations penned in this blog. Hope this helps you plan your trek flawlessly.
Kalsubai is the most renowned, crowded and the highest peak of Maharashtra with the summit at an elevation of 5400 ft above sea level. The peak is titled after a lady named Kalsu, who is believed to have escaped from the Indori village, saving herself from the slavery of her employer’s ruthless cruelty.
There is a temple on the peak constructed in her memory. Every Tuesday and Thursday, the local devotees gather at this temple to offer prayers.
Things to notice during the trek
Since I’m writing this blog after my monsoon trek to Kalsubai; waterfalls, mist and river streams are few of nature’s delight to experience on the trail. If you are lucky, like me, you can experience the phenomenon of the reverse waterfall – water droplets flowing against the gravity due to the force of the wind. Sounds like magic, ain’t it?
During summers, it gets difficult due to the heat. Monsoon and winter are the best time to consider this trek. However, I would suggest you refrain from considering this trek in case you are a beginner and not focused on fitness. Else, the trek would drain your energy more than help you enjoy it.
There is no (potable) water facility available throughout your trail, you are required to carry water bottles (reusable preferred) for your consumption. It is better to keep sipping water to avoid dehydration and cramps. The trek would take approximately 3-4 hours for an ascend and about 2-3 hours to descend, making a total of 6-7 hours including few breaks.
You can have an early breakfast at the village and leave for the trek. Also, you can pre-order your lunch at the base village which is served as a Maharashtrian thali. Please do not waste food as there is a lot of hard work and efforts that go into preparing meals for each one of us out there. The villagers are extremely hospitable and helpful towards the trekkers.
Once you start the trek, the first landmark you witness is the village temple followed by a stream that is to be crossed to begin the trek. During monsoons, there is a patch of fresh slush near the paddy fields, so don’t worry much about the stains, they’re bound to happen. Remember the famous tagline, ‘Daag acche hain‘? At the end of the day, you are bound to get wet and stained after you complete the trek.
Going further, the trails take you amidst the plateaus and rock patches that have flowing water through them (in monsoons only). There are four extremely steep slopes towards the later end of the trail while ascending. There is a provision of iron ladders constructed for the people to help them reach the temple situated atop the mountain. This is the only way to descend back as well. Respect the fellow trekkers and provide a way for a proper climb, up and down, to avoid flocking on the ladder which should not be overloaded. In case you have Acrophobia, you will definitely lose it by the time you complete the trek.
The views from the top are mesmerising. You can see Bhandardara backwaters and the peaks of Ramsej, Harihargad, Brahmagiri, Anjaneri, Ghargad, Bahula, Tringalwadi, Kavnai, to the north; Aundha, Vishramgad, Bitangad, to the east; Alang, Madangad, Kulang, to the west; Ratangad at south-west and to the south you will be able to see Pabhargad, Ghanchakkar and Harishchandragad. During monsoons, due to fog, you can experience the carpet of clouds beneath your feet with the winds dragging you along.
At the end of the day, the feeling of such an achievement has no bounds.
How to reach?
By Public Bus – Nearest Bus Station is Bhandardara.
By Private Transport – The start point is well connected through the Mumbai – Nashik Highway by road.
By Railway – Nearest station is Ghoti. You can also travel up to Kasara station and get a shared transport till the Bari village.
By Air – Mumbai or Pune.
- Lohagad (Iron Fort)
Elevation – 1,033 m (3,389 ft) above sea level
District – Pune
Base Village – 5 kms from Malavali village
Nearest Station – Malavli or Lonavla
Nearby Attractions – Bhaja Caves, Karla Caves, Lonavla, Aamby Valley City
Speciality – Large gates, intact fort walls, carved by Buddhists, Vinchu kata
Elevation – 1,066 m (3,500 ft) above sea level
District – Maval
Base Village – Tikona Peth
Nearest Station – Kamshet
Nearby Attractions – Lohagad, Lonavla
Speciality – Twin fort of Tung, Big entrance, Trimbakeshwar temple, Caves
Elevation – 826 m (2710 ft) above sea level
District – Pune
Base Village – Udhewadi/Kine Gaon
Nearest Station – Lonavla
Nearby Attractions – Della Adventures, Kune Waterfalls, Narayani Dham Temple
Speciality – Fireflies during pre monsoon, camping, Shrivardhan Fort, Manaranjan Fort, Caves
- Korigad (Kumwarigad/Koraigad)
Elevation – 923 m (3,028 ft) above sea level
District – Pune
Base Village – Peth Shahpur
Nearest Station – Lonavla
Nearby Attractions – Mulshi lake, Pawna Lake, Lohagad Fort, Lion’s Point, Bhaja Caves
Speciality – Goddess Koraidevi temple on the fort, six cannons – the largest of which is called the Laxmi Toph
- Mahuli Fort
Elevation – 858 m (2815 ft) above sea level
District – Thane
Base Village – Mahuli gaon
Nearest Station – Asangaon
Nearby Attractions – Vaitarna Dam, MArleshwar Temple, Durgadi Fort
Speciality – Open Shiva temple, small perennial drinking water cistern on top, three caves, Kalyan Darwaja, many pinnacles
Elevation – 640 m (2100 ft) above sea level
District – Raigad
Base Village – Mamadapur, Fanaswadi
Nearest Station – Neral
Nearby Attractions – Matheran,
Speciality – Cave on the fort is occupied by disciples of Swami Samarth, underground meditation caverns
Elevation – 1297 m (4255 ft) above sea level
District – Ahmadnagar
Base Village – Ratanwadi and Samrad
Nearest Station – Igatpuri/Kasara
Nearby Attractions – Bhandardara dam, Malshej Ghat, Vaitarna Dam, Lenyadri Caves
Speciality – 2000 year old fort, natural rock peak, 4 gates (Ganesh, Hanuman, Konkan and Trimbak), Amruteshwar Temple, 10 ft high 60 ft wide natural hole
Elevation – 1280 m (4,200 ft) above sea level
District – Nashik
Base Village – Anjaneri
Nearest Station – Kasara
Nearby Attractions – Trimbakeshwar, Sula vineyards, Brahmagiri, Dabosa waterfall, Tiger falls, Ashoka falls
Speciality – Navra/Navri (Groom/Bride) pinnacles, birthplace of Hanuman
So what are you waiting for? Done any of those or all of them? Let me know your views in the comments section.