Date: 14 June 2015
Location: Malavali, Bhaje
Event: Lohagad – Visapur Trek
Repoting Time: 6:00 am
Reporting Location: Pune Station.
Early Sundays are rare when one starts working but then its monsoon!!!
The summers set you almost on the hibernation mode. The scorching sun gulping your energy at the fastest rate. Suddenly you realize that you have been stuck inside your house for quite some time. The showers across the window which introduce the urge to have tea looking at each droplet awakening the earth. The backpack lying in the corner of the room starts speaking silently. Those silent words set you up because its monsoon my dear the one which takes you beyond these cement walls. They make you explore cute red beetles on the streets, they make you want the heights, they take you beyond this smog to the clean breath making you feel the clouds and the real original fog.
Lohagad – Visapur were calling and we were all set.
The fresh air could be felt. The empty streets made it easier to reach the station on time (Empty streets is almost a fantacy in pune). The journey began at 6.30 AM. We boarded an empty train, 70 of us. New people is always exciting because its the start of the journey where you can start exploring even before reaching the destination. On reaching the station Malavali, near lonavala the screaming tummies were calmed by “Dabke Pohe”. The breifing didnt take much long and then we were set free with our very own backpacks.
The first attraction of the day were “Bhaje Caves”. The beautiful elegant and amazing architecture of the caves can actually make you want to sit there for forever. It carries its own charm. Lots of selfies were in air. Everyone’s enthusiasm was mesmerizing. Everyone excited about their climb.
We were heading towards visapur from bhaje caves. Every time we climb any mountain we as backpackers from Backpack Outdoors have a tradition of chanting “Shiv garjana” so that is how we began. The scenic beauty from the height was pleasing and the weather was beautiful as if it were told that we were coming and it decided to please us. In the whole mob of trekkers the best trekker i would say is dhruv. The kid oh I am sorry he doesnt like it if you consider him kid so i would adress him as a 3 and half year old trekker was all set on his boots jumping climbing and enjoying the terrain. I guess he was the best inspiration for each one trekking those mountains.
Reaching the top of visapur. Feeling the heights in the veins the rains were on their way. Suddenly the showers making each one drenched giving the feel of monsoon and the climb down with thickness of the green cover was just another treat.
Before we started for lohagad we had lunch. And then climbing through the ruptured stairs, crossing different doors of lohagad we reached the top. The fog surrounding us. Mighty winds blowing and drizzles set the view for us. All the participants were cherishing their good time. Everyone was walking back with new set of friends. With questions about which is the next trek.
The train journey was fun on the way back. Even after being tired everyone was enjoying singing songs not realizing that we were back home….
Waiting for 28th June. Its Duke’s Nose time..