30/31st May 2009
Participants – Kiran(Trek Lead), Gopal(Deputy),
We started the trek around 7:30am . There is quite a bit of greenery along the route, though the effects of tree cutting can be realized easily due to the low density of trees on the route. There were many plants on the route wit h some sweet and refreshing purple berries which we kept plucking and eating on the way(locally known as karwande). We reached the top of the fort at around 9 and had a breakfast of snacks that each of us had brought along. We then roamed along the top of the fort for about half an hour, and the scenery of the valley and villages below and the mountain ranges beyond was excellent. There is a water tank on top of the fort wit h a little water, but this water is not potable. The trek is quite easy, but one should carry enough water wit h them as the region is very dry, especially in summer. We then started our journey down to the village. Here we rested for sometime at the village temple. Since there was enough time we decided to visit Devbandh on the route back. This route is also extremely narrow & usually directionless! Need to ask at every junction for directions. Our plan was to go to Vada via Devbandh – Khodala – Vada. It takes about an hour & half to reach Devbandh. Located on the Jawhar – Kasara road, this place is famous for the Lord Ganesh Temple . The place extremely scenic wit h hills on all 4 sides & a river flowing nearby. We could only imagine seating there in the hot month of May how scenic & heavenly it would be during monsoon. Instantaneously, we decided to have a trip in this area in coming monsoon! Here we spent some time in the serenity of the temple and then had our lunch wit h some cows who forcefully invited themselves to the party. We then started our return journey to Mumbai via Vada & Manor at around 3 pm and after a quick halt for tea at Vada junction, we touched Borivili, Mumbai at around 5:30 pm. Thanks to the good planning from Kiran again and the driving skills of Harshal we completed one more trek successfully.
Written by: Winnith Rebello