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Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Tamhini Ghat - Roadtrip

When V Hikerz was formed, we focused on treks. But there was so much to nature that treks alone would not make it complete. Roadtrips were something that we had never done. So when one of our organisers suggested a roadtrip, all of us agreed.

Tamhini Ghat is an old trade route that starts from the Kolad in the Konkans to a point where one diversion takes us to Lonavala and the other to Pune. The road is not great after a point but the view awesome.

We set out early in the morning as we wanted to beat the sun (as usual). We had breakfast at Khopoli and then set out on our destination.

We had decided to take around 3-4 halts along the route and take photographs. Once we crossed Kolad the scenery got more and more mind blowing to such an extent that we took at least 6-7 halts. We took photographs of each other, some squatting on the highway, some in the wilderness, others near milestones etc.It was fun.

This was when we realised that we were hungry and it was past lunch time. We thought we would go upto lonavala and have food at some dhaba around there.

But there was this spot which was so breath taking. It also happened to be a dhaba that served rustic village food.

As I write this note, my mouth is watering remembering the yummy food that we had there. They cooked the food after we ordered, hence the bhakris and curry were hot, fresh and yes SPICY.

For some of us the spice was a bit too much, but no one disputed the taste quotient.

Incidentally these same people also offer camping and we plan to go there sometime in December.

On the way to Lonavala and back home, I could not but think about life and what it has in store for us. Contrary to what we plan in life, we get to not only experience something unexpected and new but also memories that we will cherish for the rest of our lives.

All we need to do is keep our Eyes and Ears Open !

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