Monday, September 17, 2007

If its Saturday, it must be a trek!

Monsoon mania. It's raining and what better way to soak in the rains than driving out of town, walking up the hills and exploring the greens! Strongly recommend the Mumbai-Pune belt during this time. Pick a place, pack some sandwiches and you're off.

June-Lohgad. The rains, maniacal winds that made me feel like I was space walking, a pleasant walk up the fort and finally, ending it all with a dip in a glorious waterfall. A unique experience was the gusty winds blowing heavy droplets of water from the waterfall vertically upwards! And it came lashing at us like a thousand needles. Crazy.

July- An office trip to Kondane Caves. The walk up the caves was muddy and splishy splashy; completely of the enjoyable variety. Some funny moments with people slipping along the way.

Kondane Caves-the destination of the trip but our interests were automatically diverted to the waterfalls at the mouth of the caves. Though there were waterfalls on all our trips, this was the only place where I completely let go, getting drenched from top to toe. And the best way to experience it I guess.

July- Peb Fort. This one was hardcore hiking and thrilling. We walked up the mountains and down the valley, along slippery routes with some strong winds.
Puddle splashing, pebble throwing, or just posing for pics along the railway line- had a lot of fun here.

July- Nilshi. The most activity oriented trip. Kayaking! Definitely the best activity of all the trips. That and just floating and trying to swim. Oh, pure fun. And then the rapelling and group games were interesting too. Thanks Ipshi, next time you should head for one like this.

The calm and beautiful lake Gibbs; cloaked by the green hills and cloudy skies.

Fishing village at Murud. A trip where we spent more time travelling to the place than being there. An overnight trip would be better for this destination.

The Janjira fort, in the middle of the sea. Taking a boat from the shore to the fort was high on our list. Unfortunately bad weather played spoilsport. But the adventures at the 100 ft high Garambi falls almost made up for it. Another washout was sadly the oil slick at Kashid beach though we did hang around there a bit, playing games. (and had a tough time getting rid of the muck later :)

Chai time! No trip big or small is complete without a chai break- off the highway, up the mountains. And its even better with the rain droplets dripping into your cuppa.