There were several streams and water falls on the way and so we carefully crossed them. No matter how hard we tried to walk over the rocks to avoid getting drenched, we failed and had to walk with wet shoes on. One good thing was that it wasnt raining. So incase, if you are going in rainy season, you may need an additional help of ropes and other safety equipments to cross them. The same streams were the only source of drinking water and in a lengthy trail as this, it was a blissful experience.
|Quenching our thirst|
|Enthusiasm was still up|
|Flowering on the plateau|
|Restaurant @ Hirdi|
|Grandsons’s Wife and their daughter|
There are just 4 Houses in the village and all of them belong to one family. This hut where we were eating was owned by Grandson of the village’s most senior person (dada). His granson along with his daughter in law handled the cooking affairs and their cute little daughter helped them around. This is their primary source of earning.
|Senior Most person in Hirdi – Dada|
|Village with just 4 huts|
|Only a Dog could have hope from him 😛|
|Wondering if going back was possible|
Luckily, everyone could pull up together and after walking incessantly for 2 hours we reached the last waterfall. Having reached earlier than expected, we decided to enjoy the fall.
|Our private waterfall for the trip|
We knew no would turn up at this point as late as 4:30 pm so we were the only ones shouting and splashing water on each other. And not to forget I had a great pedicure thanks to these little creatures.
Natural way to get Pedicure
|Tree fell off|
My friend who on the way to the village was talking of Ram Rahim’s Gufa had now started a conversation about Jaggi Vasudev (Sadhguru). Again the contrast! There is something in the air of these woods that takes our mind from outer world to inner self. I have a long pending to wish to stay in a forest but don’t know when I would be able to fulfill it.
We reached the starting point at 6 pm after walking 16km. One of the most difficult forest trails taken was over ….
|All of us|
|Nightmare on the trip – Flat tyre|
Since my friend couldn’t control the desire for Tea, we stopped at popular joint – Vithal Kamat. Unfortunately, after we saw the buttery pav’s and steaming bhaji we were unable to control our taste buds so we ordered dinner; just then it started to rain so heavily that even the roof was leaking. Post dinner, we wore our raincoats and started riding home
|The final hurdle – Traffic Jam|
To those who don’t know about my relationship status – no, it was my mother.
Lessons to learn
1. Never leave late from any such place as no one can come to your help if any untoward accident happens. Even a flat tyre can’t be repaired. It would have been better if we hadn’t stopped to eat at Vithal Kamat.
2. This trail should be taken in a big group only because the start and the end point is 40 km away and so you need someone to take you back to the start point.