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  1. Intro: I’m not really sure how to start my first detailed travel blog. Hence I will start with: “I always had a desire to visit the Himalayas and spend the night under the stars. I didn’t know where, when and with whom but the urge was always strong.” When my best friend Amar suggested that we make a trip to the Mountains in 2020 (just the 2 of us) plans didn’t materialize because of Corona and then work. Towards the later ½ of 2020, we started our planning again. We didn’t want to make it to any commercial / tourist spots or any place crowded. The Planning: After a lot of research, checking out many alternatives (Gaumukh, Ranikhet and watching vlogs on and talking to organizers who arrange ‘village tours’ in Himachal we decided that since this was our first trip, we wouldn’t go to any place that was too much of an effort to trek. Amar started checking out Airbnb and we narrowed down a remote village called ‘Durmi Tal’. The duration of the trip to Durmi Tal and the rest of the travel (which was still not planned) was decided as 2 weeks. (Working for a corporate, it is very tough to get a long leave beyond 2 weeks). We decided to reach Durmi Tal and then decide our way forward from there. After a lot of deliberation, our itinerary was decided as follows Home> Rishikesh > Durmi Tal > To be decided > Rishikesh > return. Dates were 27th March to 9th April. I was to meet Amar (he was coming from Andaman) at Rishikesh and then we move from there. Purchases for the trip: Electronics: Since I might go for treks, I decided to go for a 20,000 mAh Ambrane power bank on Flipkart. Note: After a lot of research, I found out that flights will allow max 20,000 mAh per person (even Indigo customer support isn’t aware of this and they never answered my mails even after multiple reminders) Cost: 1,100/- Gear: The weather in Durmi would very between 2° - 23° C with slight chances of rain. I hence went down to Decathlon and later at Jockey. I got a set of trekking boots (for occasional treks), 2 trekking trousers, a backpack and thermals. Note: An employee named Malasala Raviteja helped me with a lot of details and to make the right choices. He also conducts treks to the Himalayas and campings in Telangana. You can reach him on 90107-39847 Total Cost: 17,000/- Flight tickets: I had already decided the day I’ll land and return, I booked my tickets directly on the Indigo app on 20th Feb. Hyd > Del > Dehradun on 27th Mar - 10th April. (No extra addons). I chose the shortest time to reach destination. Cost: 14,300/- Travel: Since our travel is fragmented, I’ll break it up into segments and add the stays / expenses / experiences / contacts under each segment Day 1 - Hyd to Rishikesh (27th March) Flight from Hyd – Dehradun was 4 hrs with (1½ hrs layover in Delhi). Amar came down from Rishikesh was waiting outside with a cab, so it was a comfortable travel to Rishikesh for me. Rishikesh is 23 kms from Dehradhun (~ 1 hr drive). Cost: 1,200/- (total for the round trip) (Liquor - In case you wish to pick up liquor, it is best to pick it up enroute to Rishikesh. You do not have wine shops in Rishikesh. However, some hotels serve you only beer. Ask your cabbie to stop at a wine shop). Here are other ways to reach Rishikesh: At Dehradun airport (to Rishikesh): One can either book cabs from inside the airport or Step out and take a cab to Rishikesh. They charge approx. 1 - 1.3k (source: internet) or Walk down 1 to 1.5 kms to the main road and take Govt / Pvt buses. The fare should be anywhere between 50 – 400 max (source: internet) Rishikesh: Stay: We booked our place at “Hill top Swiss Cottage”. Stayed there for only a day and planned to start the next early morning to Durmi Tal It is a bit of a walk from the road (5 mins and a little climb). Better to take your cab up to the narrow lane instead of carrying your backpacks / luggage. Note: Avoid eating in the balcony. There are monkeys / baboons roaming around. We stepped out and went to the town in the evening. Visited the Ram and Lakshman Jhula bridges, original Chotiwale restaurant, the ashrams and sat by the Ganga for a while on either side of the Ram Jhula bridge. Day 2 – Rishikesh to Durmi Tal (28th March) The day before, we learnt that there was a massive road widening project being carried enroute to Chamoli district so we had to take a detour which would prolong our travel from 8 to 9 hours. Initially we decided to travel via Rishikesh > Rudraprayag >Gopeshwar > Durmi tal but had to take a detour via Rishikesh > Rudraprayag > Chopta > Gopeshwar > Durmi Tal We started at 06:30 AM. The driver was a maniac and dropped us at Gopeshwar within 6 hours with a 30 mins lunch break (WHOA!). From Gopeshwar – the villager from Durmi Tal picked us up. I could barely click a few pics through the journey because (1) the roads were filled with lots of curves and the driver till Gopeshwar was driving like a maniac. I had to hold on to the handle and (2) The villager from Durmi stuffed 4 people including me and my friend, our backpacks and other bags in an Alto 800. WOW. Details of cabs (Cost and travel times): We reached Durmi by lunch time. We were stopped many times in between by the locals who were blocking the road and celebrating Holi. A few pics taken on the way And finally, DURMITAL Since the house keeper wasn’t expecting us until evening, we had to wait out for a while before we entered. Lunch was also served pretty late. We had to do with Maggi as late lunch. A few pics from the beautiful Durmital We were put up in this (and the only) guesthouse that has a vantage point. This was a guest house since the colonial era. It was repaired recently. 1st Night @ Durmital It was a full moon night and the moon was shining in all it glory lighting up the whole place. IT WAS SURREAL AND MAGICAL! It was pretty cold and I couldn't stay out for too long. I wish I could've basked under the moonlight for longer. The temperature must have been between 5-6 C and in spite of the thermals, the cold was biting (Unfortunately I was only using my OnePlus 5, that's why the pics are blurry) A little history about Durmital Lake was formed due to landslide created a dam during British India. According to an official statement of the authorities of the British Empire the landslide happened in September 1893, at the end of the monsoon in a steep hill name Hariyadeep situated in the right hand side of Durmi Village in western direction. Having a total volume of estimated 150 to 200 million cubic meters, the barrier formed by the landslide masses successively dammed the river Birahi Ganga, forming a lake within a year. This lake increased its size to 4000 m in length, about 340 m in average width and 300 m total depth. On the 26th of August 1894 the shattered masses of the landslide could no longer resist the accumulated pressure of the water, perhaps due to seepage. The first catastrophic outbreak of the Durmi Tal devastated the valley of the river Alakananda for a long distance downstream from the dam. After the flood a new stable lake remained for next 78 years which became the major hub of water sports and recreational activities. Due to unusual settlement of natural dam it could not resist the lake water in 1970's flood in upper region of Birehi ganga river and later caused damage to entire Nizmula valley and affected many places in downstream. (Ref: http://durmital.com/services.html) A group of village heads under the leadership of Mr. Mohan Negi have taken up the initiative of putting Durmital back on the tourism map by and rake in more people. They’ve been following up with the state govt to have the basin dug up again and to have the lake re-created. Day 3, 4 & 5 – Durmi Tal (29th, 30th & 31st March) The night was extremely cold and we had to use mattresses as blankets. 29th was HOLI. We woke up when the sun was up, some of the village kids came over to wish us. We had a late breakfast and decided to explore the basin below. You can see the guesthouse from here: There were a small group of people celebrating holi By around 1400 hrs, we came back for lunch. After which we relaxed till evening Note: all vegetables are grown within the village. All are organic and fresh. Evening: 30th March: Was a special day It was the day I met my soulmate. But first an incident. The village priest recommended special puja for a villager to rid him of evil influences (bhoot pret puja) and lamb be sacrificed after prayers. The villagers wanted us to be a part of the occasion and have the prasad. Initially I was excited but came to regret it later because the prasad was “RAW kidney and liver of the lamb served with blood” and semi cooked intestines. I am not sure how but I managed to avoid the raw meat. I couldn’t however avoid the semi-cooked intestines.🤢 Pics of the path and the place where the puja place. The villagers were new to the concept of a Polaroid camera and were amused with the way the pics were being processed instantly We came back after this and rested till evening. I wasn't aware that I would be meeting my SOULMATE. After the ordeal in the noon, we wanted some good chicken for the night. We asked the housekeeper to arrange some well cooked lamb. The in charge, decided to introduce us to Soulmate in the night. SOULMATE is an ultra cheap quality and priced liquor locally manufactured. Meeting this soulmate was one of the most regretful incidents of my life. 2.5 pegs and I was hungover the whole of next day, threw up and slept till evening. This could also be because I consumed less water. NOTE: Keep drinking ample water at high altitudes. Otherwise you’ll end up with severe headaches My expression when I saw booze the next day. (After this day, I reduced my liquor consumption .. this is true) 31st March We decided to move around the village and talk to the villagers. We didn’t roam around much. Decided to come back early Day 6, 7 & 8 – Trek to Irani and stay (1st, 2nd and 3rd April) Right from the time I read about Durmital and Irani village Chief’s commendable efforts to revive tourism in that area, I wanted to meet him. Hence we planned a trip to Irani (one of the last Gadwal villages before the border). I have to mention this: The determination and unity amongst the villages and villagers across the whole area is commendable. Here are 2 instances: Setting up of a cellphone tower In addition to dismal connectivity by road, a large chunk of the area covering 9-10 Gadwal villages didn’t have a good cellphone network. BSNL was always there but connectivity was sporadic it was extremely unreliable. There were instances where medical help couldn’t reach the villagers on time and lives were lost. Also, due to the pandemic lockdown, the govt schools in these areas were closed. Unlike in the towns and cities, the children couldn’t learn from home because of the network. The village head of Irani Shri. Mohan Negi stepped up to take charge and fix this issue for all the villages and shot out letters to multiple companies. Jio was the first to respond. After assessing the feasibility, Jio suggested that they were ready to install the tower at Irani but the villagers need to ensure that the get the equipment from the foothill to the top of the mountains. The assembling would be done by the Jio team. Mohan got together with the surrounding villages and got a MOU signed up where all villages would send across their villagers in turns to move the extremely heavy equipment to the top. All the village heads agreed and they accomplished this task in a short span of time. The villages that were involved and benefited from this were Irani Pana Jhinji Durmi Pagna Gauna Nijmula Bhanani Bona BBC India covered this impeccable exemplar of unity. Link: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=3512092255477076 NOTE: I almost forgot to mention this and came back to edit this blog Mohanji and rest of the villagers are looking forward for aid or any sort of help to help improve the condition of the education in their village. The would want their future generations to have a good education and a comfortable life. The schools have been shut for a while due to the pandemic. Any help you can provide (either via NGOs who can teach the children or provide equipment for schools would be of great help) --- Trek and stay at Irani We decided to stay at Irani for 2 nights max and decided to carry only our shoulder bags, limited food suppl for the trek and water. We spoke to our guest house manager and arranged a local village guy who would help us with the trek to Irani + cook food for us (@1,500/- per day) We started early on 1st April along with a local villager (Umedh singh) who was a young and a very jovial guy. Patient and helpful. It took us 20 mins from our guesthouse to the foothills. From there it usually takes the villagers 1.5 – 2.0 hrs max to reach Irani. For me though, it took 9 lives + 3.5 gruelling hours with multiple breaks (that’s when I realized I really need to get fit). I went from “Lets do it” to “I want to go back” very soon. And then finally the sense of achievement once I reached the top was amazing. The climb wasn’t very steep but the path was filled with stones and loose gravel so one has to be careful. Durmi tal and Irani on map: A few pics at the beginning of the trek. Later, I put my phone in the bag that Umedh was carrying and I didn’t care to take pics. A shanty to serve food for the workers while going to the foothills The road to the foothills is under construction The vehicle owner on left, Umedh in between and Amar on right 5 mins to begin our trek. Headed for the foothills 15 mins into the trek and already out of breath, I am pointing out where we started from Mountains being dug and roads being constructed We reached Irani just after lunch time (2 pm) (in the meanwhile Mohan made multiple calls to Umedh to enquire about how long it would take for us to reach). Since the air was much thinner, it took a little time for us to get accustomed. Day 1 at Irani: We had lunch and crashed our early after talking to the Mohan Negiji. Bhabhiji (Mohan Negi’s wife) was kind to help us with home made food (pure veg) Mohan was kind enough to accommodate us at his residence and arranged a room with mattresses as blankets. (Max temp: 12C – Min Temp:1-2C) At Village chief Mohan Negi’s residence (Mohan on the left and Umedh on the right) The dynamic and young village chief, Mohan Negi ji The cheerful, always smiling and helpful Umedh View in front of Mohan Negi's residence View in the evening Day 2 at Irani: The night was extremely cold. The mattresses provided by the Mohanji (+ a pot of burning coal ember in the room) helped the 3 of us Amar, Umedh and me. We slept light and were up by 6.00 AM. It took time to gather the courage to come out of the room. Once we were out, we had a couple of smokes with a nice mug of milk with spices (cinnamon and other spices). Post 6:30 AM we were in for one of the best sunrises we had seen in our lives. Only a few lines form Pink Floyd’s Echoes can even remotely describe what we witnessed After we recovered from the stupor at the celestial sunrise, we had a quick breakfast and got ready to explore the village and meet a few villagers. The villagers were very kind and made us feel at home. In case you are keen in the saptakund trek, there is a village guide who can help you with the same. I will add the details later We later walked up to the primary and secondary school of the village. They had primary and secondary sections that were shut for more than a year because of the pandemic. The walk to the school was just a bit challenging but worth the minimal effort and the view from there. Umedh (as cheerful as ever) dropped us on the top (leaving us for few smokes) and went down to get us lunch. He was back after a hour with lunch for the 3 of us A few pics from our walk to the school and from the top "Men will be men" 🤪 After lunch we got down and went to the other side of the village. A few pics from village and the greenery around "Chandu Negi" - He is the man / guide who can help you with Sapthakund trek The village goddess temple Towards evening, as the sun was setting, It was getting very cold for us. We retired for the day after this. We planned to wake up early the next day and make it back to Durmital Day 3 at Irani: We woke up early. Amar being the active one decided to make a visit to the farms along with the Mohanji. I decided to laze around and have some ‘pointless conversations’ with my friends on the phone. After Amar returned, we had a lengthy conversation with Mohanji about the dreams and challenges the gadwails were facing. We spoke of how the children weren’t getting good education or jobs and were getting lured into drug addiction. The village heads are fighting an uphill task to combat that challenge Mohanji wished people could volunteer and educate / teach the school kids about latest technology so that they could land better jobs rather than take care of farming which has been their only source of income. We met a few notable people from Irani one last time and the village head of a neighboring village Ramani Village head of Ramani (Suraj Pawar) Chief medic of Irani (Anand Singh) We started at around noon. Again Umedh was carrying our luggage. Though it was relatively much easier to walk down it was very tricky too. The loose gravel and soil on the steep pathways always posed a risk or us slipping down and injuring ourselves We reached the base of the mountain within 2.5 hours. By evening 5 o Clock, we were back at Durmital Back to Durmital: Day 9 – Last day at Durmital (4th April) After a memorable trip, we decided to move back to Rishikesh and spend the last 5 days there. We requested Prem to arrange for a few beers for that night. (Beer was almost 2x the price) Day 10 – Travel back to Rishikesh (5th April) Packing our bags was the most laborious task. Once we were done we met up with all the people from Durmital who made our stay memorable and clicked as many pics as so that when we look back, every pic brings back those moments and a million emotions Going back would be exactly the same way. Durmital to Chamoli – by Maruti Alto and from Chamoli to Rishikesh – by Dzire We reached Rishikesh by 1600 hrs (our cab driver ought to drive an F1 car) and checked into the same hotel we were put at earlier. This time, we were lucky to get a room right at the top with a beautiful view. Once we checked in, we had our means and crashed out. We were pretty tired Days 10 to 14 – Back in Rishikesh (6th – 10th April) Day 10 – 6th April We decided walk around Rishikesh explore it and meet people. We decided to move out at noon. Towards noon, I had bad itch around my elbows and feet. Realized we were mercilessly bitten by bugs. Not sure if this was in Durmital or Irani. We ended the day spending hours sitting at our favorite spot, on the banks of Ganga besides the Ram Jhula bridge Day 11 – 7th April We woke upby 7:30 and decided to repeat what we did yesterday. Keep walking around, explore and meet people. The weather was relatively kind and the skies were covered (though not for long) We walked around a lot and sat for several hours at the banks of Ganga. (Same spot). While walking back from the banks to the road to take a shared auto back to Tapovan, I always felt a strange pull (a very strong, peaceful and divine vibration) emanating from a house. I always felt tempted to enter the gates and enquire whose house it was but I always stopped myself.(Several months later, I asked a close friend of mine (Srinath) and got to know it is Swami Chinmayanand’s Ashram). The next time I go back to Rishikesh, I’ll make a visit here for sure After walking around everywhere and coming back to Tapovan, we were very tired and wished we could have a couple of beers. We were lucky, to have a decent bar besides our resort. We had a couple of beers before we retired back to the room and crashed out Day 12 – 8th April We decided to repeat what we have been doing since the past 2 days and also visit Tat wale Baba’s cave. Srinath advised me to visit the cave if possible (Tat wale baba was an enlightened hermit whose stopped ageing in his mid 30s and lived till 95 years old) A care taker now takes care of his samadhi / cave. Unfortunately, we couldn’t meet him but met another caretaker. I had the opportunity to meditate in the cave. After we came back to our resort, we met a few interesting people. They had come from various parts of the world (Russia, Australia, Delhi, Mumbai etc) and decided to settle down in Rishikesh The next couple of days were spent in their company. Day 13 – 9th April A few more pics of Rishikesh before we took our respective flights back the next morning Day 14 – 10th April The day I didn’t want to come. Amar and I had to return back to Hyderabad and Port Blair respectively. We had an early flight and had to pack up and leave by 7 am. We had our flight from Dehradhun to Delhi at 11 and from there we would split The End: Thus, a memorable trip comes to an end. We carry several memories, emotions and experiences with us. As the lyrics of the song ‘The End by The Doors’ goes Hope to make to the mountains every year.
    7 points
  2. Heaven is myth, Devkund is real Devkund waterfall: A mysterious jungle trek Never-ending trudge of 12 km’s, soaked in soggy and muggy clothes straight for 8 hours, half-dead in hunger and cold, got lost in the dense jungle!!! A tale of 2 souls. Yes, it all happened in a day. Devkund waterfall-a fall that offers undoubtedly one of the most nerve chilling experiences. Grab a popcorn, turn on your imagination and try to visualize while you peruse through the blog. A special thanks to my soulmate who first time participated with me in this trek. And enjoyed it more than me. Photos were taken with Oneplus 9 and it was magical. Foggy start When forests itself beckons you, this happens! It is advised to start this trek early morning to avoid rush at fall and humidity. We woke up at 4 am checked all luggage and essentials (we do this before every trip). At 5 am the journey started. Well to inform you, there are no direct public transports to the Bhira village, where the fall is situated. If you are a group of more than 4 people it is advisable to book a direct cab from Pune or Mumbai, as your cost will cut down when you split among each other. Or best option is to drive your own vehicle. It’s a 4-hour voyage from Wagholi to the base village of the fall. Actually it will be 3 hrs only. But early morning fog took 1 hrs extra. We passed through Tamhini ghat which was eternal and exuberant. 60kms from Pune, this ghat is another one day trek that you can do on a weekend in Pune. But mind it, the roads are awful. I really mean it. And especially in monsoon, those herky-jerky path holed roads will make you bite someone’s head off, literally! But don’t you worry, the scenic landscapes and the panoramic view will bind you onto them and divert your mind from the irksome journey. My trusted companion in drive..... While passing through the enticing ghats, you will come across a lot of small falls outpouring rainwater with a flash and lush emerald green farms. Imagine what could you have asked for more when you spot the sun god in the mood to play peekaboo behind the dark clouds and sprinkling its golden first rays on these velvety farms? Nothing right? It was magical! The ghats are surrounded by Mulshi lake. You can have the best time with your family and friends camping beside the lake. It was a bliss to the eyes and soul to have witnessed the breathtaking view in the morning. We were enjoying the landscapes, listening to some romantic songs in the background. Beautiful ghat section Oh, I remember, it was the soulful ” ye haseen waadiyan ye khula aasman ” from Roja. ???? Don’t they say “the journey is more beautiful than the destination”?. Yes! it’s true. After so many bumpy rides we reached Bhira (base village)! My eyes twinkled I and felt butterflies in my stomach, yes just like the one on the first dates, to trek the ever enchanting Devkund waterfalls. We collected our belongings and left the rest in the car itself. Ate the famous Vada Pav as breakfast in the hotel. You can park your car there, they will charge Rs 100 as parking charge and will take care of your car. It was 9 am (we were delay by 1 hr as per our schedule time). We reported at counter. Here villages charges Rs 100 per person. If you have luggage and need a person to carry, it will be additional charge (based on situation). Also you can put your luggage to nearby hotel. I made mistake of carring my trek backpack with some unnecessary stuff. Paid Rs 300 to a guide to carry it. My suggestion to trekker, carry light. The trek started. We were all pumped up. And here it begins action-packed excursion to the mighty falls-Devkoond. Lovebirds❤ “India’s natural habitat/flora and fauna and landscapes are only revived when trekked through dense and condensed jungles. So let’s do this.. are you ready”? The guide said We started the trek. Unfolding the mysterious jungle! Bhira dam reservoir The first 30 minutes of the trek was quite easy as we were walking on a plain patch of grassland, along the Bhira dam reservoir. As we trekked more, we were invading into the dark forest which was covered with every possible variety of jungly trees and weeds. It was growing denser progressively. So dense that sunlight couldn’t enter into it. Yes! we are in the middle of Bhira. The essence of the jungle was coiling us and we were happy to mold ourselves. The next 1 hour of the trek got us to make our way through muddy plains, slippery rocks and stubborn bushes. Which was very exciting and thrilling at the same time. Traversed through a 6 feet deep stream? Trekked more and more, and there came a point where we found a 30 feet wide river stream right in front of us. When the guide said “we have to cross this stream, I rubbed my eyes and widened it to actually believe what he is saying. Something like this was my first-time experience and I was thrilled and fascinated. It was more than 5 feet deep! “It was going to be life-threatening but maza ayega(i am excited)”-I murmured. But then I start seeing my office, boss, targets in front of my eyes. Then decided will not cross the stream and instead will use makeshift bridge to cross it. It is Rs 20 per head to use this makeshift bridge. And we passed by more mud-caked lakes, gargantuan celestial spherical shaped mountains engulfed with fog, greener pastures, and impenetrable forests. We were worn out by then but we kept rambling with our faces lit up with impish glee in order to discover every step of the trek. The guide kept us engaged with the information trivia about the local environment as we kept walking through a series of interconnected sprawling forests. Trust me the experience was out of the world, that this blog can hardly do any justice. Exhausted and strained, we were just walking into an endless and unfading jungle. Then there came a part where we had to climb an inclined foresty peak, behind which the most awaiting fall was located. While climbing up, we just saw an animated world right in front of us. A view just like an illustration from the book of fantasy! Hundreds of butterflies fluttering around and larger than life tree roots, sheltering glowy honeycomb structured mushrooms that mischievously distracted us was absolutely magical. Just imagine. First glimps And with each footstep, the woosh sound of the fall was getting us anxious to end the wait, to see the anticipated waterfall. After 30 minutes of struggling through the climb, finally comes the divine fall that your eyes would ever envision. Unveiling the secluded divine waterfall! It was gigantic, it was colossal and the most artistic fall, mother nature possesses. Incredible it was! We could not believe our eyes that we actually reached there. We sat on a rock and gazed admiringly the pulchritudinous fall for 30 minutes without uttering anything to anyone. It was such an eye-soothing beauty, amid the pristine wilderness. A whopping amount of water flowing from the Kundalika river which is said to be the waterfall’s origin and falling into a huge pit left us astounded. We couldn’t get enough of that 80 feet massive waterfall. I went into some other zone of thinking and relating all this to LIFE. Accept the challenges, so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory! As in life, we come across so many hurdles, but we should never let the fear of failure overpower our impulse and self-motivation. And as you do so, see how beautiful the destination will be! Just like this trek that taught me so much. It all looked so meaningful! I am in love with it Love you zindagi departing click Promising that i will come in next monsoon We thought of going into the pond where the fall splashes into, but we noticed a rope was tied which said: “don’t cross beyond this rope “. Devkund waterfall: a pond of tragedy? / pond of deaths? We learned from our guide that few accidents took place so any of us will be prohibited beyond the rope due to safety reasons. Also, the water flow was very high. But we got up one by one to get captured with that mammoth waterfall in the frame. After getting some amazing shots of this enormous picturesque waterfall, we trekked back as we had to reach the origin before 5 pm for obvious reasons (its a jungle). And again we started the journey of life on a backtrack, crossing those semi flooded dense forests and three river streams. Trekked back with a feeling of triumph to the quaint village(Bhira). The guide showed us the route to Andharban forests (dark forest) pointing to an unspecified mountain to which I promised myself to trek that next time I visit Pune. We witnessed the exotic sunset on our way. It was perfect and exquisite. I would not exaggerate but after trekking for almost 12 km that day with all that spine-chilling adventure in the dense jungle, empty stomach, and wet clothes, I was still feeling my best. Then on the way back to our rooms, we had Wada pavs in a restaurant, also where we changed our clothes. What a day it was! Tiring tha par on the top of the world wali feeling aa rahi thi. (it was tiring but I was on the top of the world). Do let me know if you will still visit this waterfall? Also, let me know how did you like the blog. Till then, Take care of yourself and I shall meet you very soon with another exciting blog. nomadic_mit How to Reach Devkund waterfall from Mumbai & Pune By Personal vehicle Let Google Maps be your best friend. Set the location to Tata Hydro Power Plant, Bhira if you cannot find Devkund waterfall. From Pune: Swargate- Chandni Chowk- Paud- Mulshi-Tamhini Ghats- Bhira Village From Mumbai: Mumbai- Khalapur- Pali- Bhira village You can either go here early morning, do the Devkund trek & return the same day or you can reach Bhira in the evening, camp by the Bhira dam and start the trek early morning. The camping option also helps you to avoid the crowds at Devkund I personally suggest to go early morning to enjoy the fall. Also prefer weekdays against weekend. Difficulty Level Of Devkund Waterfall Trek: Devkund waterfall trek is an easy trek. It becomes hard only in heavy rainfall as we have to cross the water streams with high flow. But with proper guidance and gear Devkund trekking can be done easily. Do I Need a Guide? It doesn’t matter whether you need a guide or not you will have to pay Rs 100 per person as Guide charges. These are paid for common guides which are present throughout the trail till Devkund waterfall. This charges became mandatory after few souls who didn’t knew swimming ended up in the pond. Without this payment you won’t be allowed inside from the start point. Once you have paid the money and put down you name in the old register you can start walking on the trail which passes by the Bhira Dam backwaters to reach the Devkund waterfall. The trail is pretty well marked and well used. You can’t miss the trail even if you are blind. If you lose the track you would be an advanced level of stupid 😊. The trail provides various peaceful movements along the backwaters. Time Required? It takes around 120 minutes at full steam to reach from parking spot to waterfall. However, if you (yes you who is reading this) attempts this I am pretty sure you would stop after every 10 minutes where you will click 100 pictures. I don’t care if you are a seasoned / amateur photographer or a gorilla with a camera in hand you will stop every now & then to click some pictures. Trust me I did the same. Hungry Kya? At the Bhira village there are many people who provide home made food. While walking through the village you can notice the tasty food posters on houses. On the trail there are make shift stalls where you can get lemonade and some basic stuff. These stalls are available only on weekends. It would not make sense for them to run such stalls on weekdays. Have this in mind and carry a lot of water on non-monsoon days. Best Time To Visit From late September and October to April is the best time to visit the Devkund Waterfall because these are months right after monsoon and remain pleasant in all aspects. The rainy season is very much turbulent in the Western Ghats. It is often known to cause many unfortunate incidents, therefore, advised better to avoid such seasons if planning a trip.
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  3. Kalsubai Peak - The Everest of Maharashtra Last year after successful completion of Harishchandra gad trek, I decided to do Kalsubai terk in year 2022. This time the real challenge was taking 2 kids to this summit. But they managed very well. The success of this trek goes to them. Base Village We started our journey from Sangamner (previous night we reached here from Pune) in the morning with 4 adults and 2 kids. The base village was somewhat 2 hrs journey from Sangamner and we reached there by 11:00 am. After small rest we started for summit. I have already booked our stay with Mr. Jagan Khade (mobile no +91 8605963102). He was very friendly and took utmost care of us. I will highly recommend his service. How is a josh? High sir.... High Sir.... High Sir Trek starts by crossing small stre am of water which has farming land around of most of the villagers. Initial 20% of the trek is easy where you just have to cross rocks, muddy tracks and shrubs. Path for the trek is laid out so very well that it is kind of impossible to get lost. Around 2:00 PM we reached base camp. There we had our lunch in Mr. Khade’s hotel ‘Hotel Adaresh’. We then started for Summit climb to witness sunset. Campsite I would advise you to wear good quality sports/trek shoes for this trek as during rain, the path gets very slippery and needs some good grip for safety. There are various small shacks build-up by villagers throughout the trek where you can re-energize yourself but I would advise you to carry at least 2 liters of water per head and energy drinks to avoid cramps. Once you reach around 50% of the trek comes one of the difficult parts which is climbing up an iron ladder. It is an extremely tricky part of the trek which can prove fatal. Ladders are at an angle of around 70 degrees, so you need to be extremely cautious. It took us around 2 hours to reach the camp 4. We identified place for camping and pitches our tents. Around 5 PM we decided for Summit push with Kids. After climbing last ladder we reached peak. The view The view During short break Hureee we officially graduated from the top of peak. Happiness after summit climb Me & my trek partner Climber family At the top you have small temple of Kalsubai. The view from the top is extravagantly awesome, it just mesmerizes you in its beauty and leaves you awestruck the whole time you are at the top. Both my partners watching sunset Peak in the evening Last sunset of 2021 After clicking some memorable photos and cherishing the beauty of Mother Nature, we decided to return to our tents just below the peak. We called it as acclimatization round. Night was terrible it was windy and temperature was around 6 deg. But somehow kids managed it. Home for night Chilling night Next morning, we decided for final summit push. Being very cold myself and my brother in law decided to go to peak and others decided to rest in tents. We again climbed the peak for beautiful sunrise and here are few clicks. Peak around 5 PM First light Gearing up to capture sunrise Temple during sunrise me waiting for first sunrise 2022 View from top First sunrise of 2022 Love you Zindagi Me & my brother in law (Chaitanya). He is a true climber and my support during this trek. 2022 & me The peak & campsite 2022 & Aarav (my son). Happy faces We started to descend around 9:45 am. You need to be extra cautious and careful while descending as one wrong foot can be dangerous. It took us around 2 hrs to reach our base camp. We then took breakfast and again descend to base village where we had our cars parked. Chai During descend. Respect Kalsubai in Maharashtra is situated in the Western Ghats of Maharashtra, Kalsubai is the most elevated point in the state, at a stunning heights of 5400 ft. above ocean level. The zone goes under Kalsubai Harishchandragad Wild-life Sanctuary and draws in countless city occupants searching for an end of the week escape out in nature! The pinnacle is appropriately called ‘Everest of Maharashtra’. The folklore says that this pinnacle of Maharashtra was named after a girl named Kalsubai, who was blessed with healing abilities and would serve the villagers and the animals. She was also quite active in Village activities, which earned her respect and fame amidst all the inmates of the village. Its believed that once she went for a hike to the peak and never returned, hence in her memory the peak was named Kalsubai and the Villagers would hike to the peak regularly to take the blessings of the Kalsubai Devi. There was a small temple built at her home and the main temple was built on the peak, named as Kalsubai Temple. Kalsubai also gives a sneak peek into other challenging treks like Madan, Alang, and Kulang forts. If you get clear skies on your day of the trek you may get a glimpse of other peaks known as Harishchandra gad, Harihargad, and Ratangad. If you are a seasoned trekker you may combine all the treks, you may pitch tents or ask for accommodation from the locals, they would be more than happy to host you. Being one of the longest treks in Maharashtra, it's also famous among the night trekkers, who flock in here to witness the Sun God bestow his first rays on them. How To Reach The Location Of Kalsubai Trek The closest railway station to the location of Kalsubai trek in Maharashtra is Igatpuri in, which is around 19 miles from the Bari town (the base town). You can take a taxi/taxi from the station and it will take not exactly an hour to arrive at the base town. On the other hand, you can arrive at the base town legitimately by means of the street from Mumbai. Reach Kasara Railway Station. Take nearby Taxi till base town Bari By Road Mumbai – Kasara – Igatpuri – Ghoti – Bari Village Kalsubai Trek from Pune By Road Pune – Sangamner – Rajur – Bhandardara – Bari Nearby manages frequently go with climbers to the Kalsubai trek in Maharashtra Neighborhood Villagers offer homestay and nourishment choice Numerous eateries are accessible till Bari Village Kalsubai Trek Details Area: Bari Village, Akole Difficulty Level: Moderate Known for: Exciting trekking trails, all-encompassing perspectives on Western Ghats, Kalsubai Temple Altitude: 1646 meters Route Of Kalsubai Trek If you are looking for what route the Kalsubai trek follows then here it is. This trek in Maharashtra starts from the Hanuman Mandir, found a couple of kilometers from Bari town. The course is all around stamped and one ought not to have an issue exploring through the trail to the pinnacle. En route, there are a couple of streams to see; you can rest at the stream in the event that you wish. On parcels where there are steep slants, stepping stools have been set up to assistance trekkers. You’ll go over the stepping stools when you draw nearer to the pinnacle. Plummet back to the base can be somewhat strenuous, so take as much time as necessary descending and be mindful. Best Time For Kalsubai Trek Best Time to Visit Kalsubai Peak – June to August for Monsoon Trek, September to October for blooms trek, November to May night treks are prescribed. Taking the trek in monsoon is an incredible time to trek to Kalsubai, the climate is fabulous and the cool temperatures make it simpler for trekking. On the off chance that you love nature and need to watch blossoms sprouting, climb up to Kalsubai in the winter season. 1. Kalsubai trek in summer starts from from Mayand extends till June. The climate is genuinely hot during the season and it tends to be very damp for trekking. 2. Kalsubai trek in monsoon season runs from June to August. The climate is cool however conditions for trekking can be dubious. It likewise gets very blustery at the Kalsubai top in the storm. 3. Kalsubai trek in December, winters in Kalsubai start from the end of October and lasts till February. The atmosphere is astounding for open-air investigation during this season. What To Pack For Kalsubai Trek - 2/3 Liters of water - Some Dry natural products/Dry Snacks/Energy Bars - Great Torch must with an additional battery - Trekking Shoes give more grasp and solace on the trek - One Day Backpack 20 to 30 liters - Sun Cap and Sunscreen - Individual First guide and Personal Medicine - ID Proof - It would be ideal if you wear Full sleeves and Full Track Pant this will shield from Summer Sun/Thorns/Insects/Prickles - Downpours are normal, so gather your sacks likewise to spare them from getting wet - Rainwear/Poncho/Waterproof coat and so on if you are undertaking Kalsubai trek in monsoon. Frequently Asked Questions About Kalsubai Trek Is Kalsubai trek troublesome? The trek is tolerably troublesome, going through lavish paddy fields, wildernesses, little streams, good countries, and rough landscapes, and takes around 3-4 hours, with short interims in the middle of, to arrive at the peak of Kalsubai. Is Kalsubai Trek safe? Is a Kalsubai trek safe in overwhelming precipitation? Truly, it’s everything safe except you simply need to avoid potential risk: First of all, it is the most elevated top in Kalsubai trek in Maharashtra so it is steep yet it has railings or iron stairs to it. To what extent does it take to climb Kalsubai? Amateurs with great wellness or standard trekkers can finish the trek in 3 hours. It will take 3 to 4 hours to finish the trek one way you ought to keep away from evening move as the Kalsubai Shikhar trek course has next to no tree spread. Is Toilet Available on Kalsubai Mountain? Not accessible at location of kalsubai trek. Arrangement for tents will be made at Villagers House – eastern style cabinet. Are Kids permitted on Kalsubai trek? Children underneath 15 with Parents supervision because of the length of Kalsubai trek. Is there telephone connectivity on Kalsubai trek? Restricted telephone network is accessible for most mobile operators and the travelers will be able to contact and keep in touch with their dear ones. The other places to visit nearby Kalsubai Trek The Bandardara Dam: This Dam is 12 km and is about 22 minutes away from Bari Village. Constructed on the River Pravara, you experience Nature at its best here. Surrounded by mountains and waterfalls all around. There’s Arther Lake and Wilson Dam. The place is also home to Agastyarishi Ashram which is about 24kms away from Bandardhara. It’s believed it was home to Lord Rama, who took his Diksha here. Harishchandragad Fort: Being the third highest peak of Maharashtra, standing at a height of 4668 feet, this trek is mentally and physically daunting. Appearing as a Cobra head this concave cliff tilted up to eighty degrees. The Ratangad Fort: Situated at about 32 km away from Bari Village, it takes about one hour ten minutes to reach here. Believed to be constructed 400 years ago, this ancient fort stands at a height of 4225 feet in the Ratanwadi Village. Lying at the bank of lake Bhandardhara, it's covered under the Ajoba Mountain Range. It appears as a tip of the needle, hence the top of the peak is known as the "eye of the needle" or the "Nedhe". Alang Madan Kulang Fort: These being the three different fort treks are considered as one of the toughest treks of the Sahyadris. Usually trekked together, the rocky patches make it difficult for them to be conquered that easily. Situated in the Nashik District near the Bhandardhara Lake, the fort Alang rises to the elevation of 4852 feet and Madan to up to 4841 feet. Igatpuri: Situated in the Western Ghats of Nasik District and well connected through railways and roadways, Igatpuri can be easily accessed through the NH3. Its connectivity through railways is also pretty good. The Bhavali Dam and the waterfalls are like 11 km away from the station and take about 20 mins to reach there. The other places of attraction in Igatpuri are Vaitarna Dam, Darna Dam, and Tringalwadi Fort, and the Internationally renowned Vipassana Meditation Centre. There’s also a famous Amruteshwar Temple of Lord Shiva that is maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India.
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  4. Round Trip: Hyderabad -> Bangalore -> via Mysore (Non-stop) -> 900 Woods -> Wayanad -> Athirappilly -> Munnar -> KODAIKANAL -> Bangalore -> Hyderabad Total 9 days plan Bike: Classic 350 Round Trip: 2830 Kms Spent 50K (Including petrol) For Trip, this is how I plan every time: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/e/2PACX-1vQR7v2txYCS7aX410oyE3EmiwaoBqb8JurF782LSGIpijCWResBEKh8JFdteKDMwIY_FHRkAKx70F2R/pubhtml Here are some pictures that I would like to share:
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  5. Wow wow and wow. Very detailed informative travel blog @Vishu Varanasi. I loved it. I was feeling like I myself traveling, trekking. This one is one of the best travel blog of Trifod. Himalayas is in my bucket (now drum) list. This information will definitely help us people like us. Few questions 1. Can we plan such trip by our own with local help without third party agents? 2. Is it safe to plan such trip with family?
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  6. Tadoba is now closed until further notice. I've planned for Feb 14 in Nov itself. Now postponed and planning in March or April. Once opened, will update here.
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  7. Beautiful post. Thank you for sharing such useful information. I'm Planning for a 3 day trip with my family during the republic day weekend. I would like to know if this would be the right time to do this?
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  8. Thank you for sharing, Moved it to a new post for more visibility. Looks like you had a blast. Beautiful pictures. You averaged more than 320 Kilometers per day, that is one heck of a ride. How is the road to Athirappilly waterfalls? I loved driving on the forest road towards the waterfalls in 2017.
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  9. Thank you! To answer your questions 1. Third party agents may not be able to guide you to Durmi Tal / Irani, but to other local destinations. I will share the numbers shortly, you can talk to people from Durmital / Irani and plan your stay. For travel, you have local travel agencies for booking cars 2. Yes, at least this segment is very safe. The people from Durmital (Prem) and Irani (Mohan) are genuine people. The travel will be expensive though considering those are remote areas but well worth the trip. Durmital is a very safe place for family but there isn't much to do there except soak in the beauty and know the people Going to Irani with family is difficult (unless the roads are up). it is a very steep climb and difficult trek if one is not fit.
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  10. Most detailed log that read in the recent times. Thank you for contributing to the community. Definitely a go to guide.
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  11. Lovely post! Spellbound by the way you have crafted this. Next time you plan to do Uttarakhand, You should checkout Dhanlauti too.. so peaceful this place is.
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  12. Wow.. Excellent travel story @Vishu Varanasi.. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog and.. the pictures are just spectacular. Appreciate your effort in sharing the useful details so we’ll. Very helpful when I plan to do Uttarakhand. ‘Soulmate’ was the fun part which tickled my funny bone. Thanks a lot for sharing your experience 😊. Cheers!
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  13. Update on Tadoba AndhariTigerReserve The core and buffer safari is now open. Buffer safari opened today and the core was opened yesterday. @ullas you can now plan. But no core bookings. You can plan for either March or April.
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  14. Best Route from Hyderabad to Coorg : 860 kms Hyderabad --> Kurnool --> Ananthapur --> Bangalore --> Maddur -> Mysuru --> Coorg Road Condition from Hyderabad to Coorg: Hyderabad to Bangalore - 4 lane toll road, excellent Bangalore to Mysuru - 4 lane, high traffic highway Mysuru to Coorg - 2 lane road, decent road Best Time to Visit Coorg : July to February Best Restaurants in Coorg: Coorg Cuisine https://goo.gl/maps/BzyA8bNK3HJoAfvT9 Coorg gate family Restaurant https://goo.gl/maps/ftZmNww2M7hXkB217 Coffee Blossom Restaurant https://g.page/Coffee-Blossoms?share Best resorts in Coorg (Luxury): Club Mahindra Madikeri Resort Taj Madikeri Resort & Spa The Tamara Coorg The Ibnii Evolve Back, Coorg Coorg Wilderness Resort Best Coorg resorts (Nature): The Birchwood Retreat Coorg Treehouse (SUV recommended, no food options outside the hotel) Magnolia Estates & Resort Porcupine Castle Resort Coorg Natura Vista a Plantation Stay Coorg home stays: Elegant home stay Woody woods stay Deep Woodz Estate Day - 1 Start time : 5 : 00 AM Breakfast stop : 7 :00 AM to 7 :30 AM Location : Food Pyramid, Kothakota (Spacious parking, Good Food, Decent Washrooms, Kids Play area) Google pin : https://g.page/Food-Pyramid-Highway-Restaurant?share Fuel Stop : Reliance fuel, Anantapur Google pin :https://goo.gl/maps/rtL9J69vGRFPKkJy6 Lunch stop : 2 : 00 PM Location : Apoorva Multi Cuisine Restaurant Google pin : https://goo.gl/maps/hZuW5ubr1XKwW4sy6 Fuel Stop : Reliance fuel, Maddur Google pin : https://goo.gl/maps/yUVW5Tb3St6J3yGZ7 Coffee break : 5 : 30 PM Location : Empire Restaurant - Maddur Google pin : https://goo.gl/maps/io1ky8ATta27EPrf8 Final stop : 7 : 00 PM Best hotels in Mysuru: Grand Mercure Country Inn & Suites by Radisson Roopa Elite Hotel Le Ruchi The Prince Day - 2 Breakfast stop : Start post breakfast Start time : 8 : 00 AM Reach Coorg by 11: 00 AM, Check-into the hotel Places to visit: Namdroling Monastery Golden Raja's Seat Abbey Falls Day - 3 Places to visit : Mandalapatti peak (Jeep tour) Mallalli Waterfalls Day - 4 Places to visit : Dubare Elephant Camp ( 8 AM- 11 AM), 660 per person includes breakfast. Drive back to Bangalore Route: Coorg -> Kushalnagar -> Channarayapattana -> Kunigal -> Bangalore Lunch stop : 2 : 00 PM Location : Cafe Udupi Ruchi - Bellur Cross (Veg) Google pin : https://g.page/cafe-udupi-ruchi-bellur-cross?share Location : Empire Restaurant-Kunigal Google pin : https://goo.gl/maps/NfSQsVkgoJhyb89h7 Reach Bangalore hotel by 5 : 00 PM Stay options on Bangalore to Hyderabad highway: Attide Boutique Hotel Click Hotel Bengaluru Shivas Galaxy Hotel Day - 5 Start back to Hyderabad After Breakfast Start time : 8 : 00 AM Lunch stop : 12 : 30 PM Location : Matsya Amazon Kitchens Google pin :https://goo.gl/maps/ZMYJAabpo6zgiwGi8 Coffee break : 2 : 30 PM Location : Hotel 97 Google pin : https://goo.gl/maps/DUBsqRvvUqwxrYTw5 Reach Hyderabad: 6 : 00 PM Note: Additional Day-5 Coorg Water Rafting Sports & Adventures,Barapole River Iruppu waterfalls
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  15. Wow, another jewel in your sac.. What an experience this must have been.. I have done this during the month of August and it was lush green all around. Western ghats truly show up in different shades every season. What’s next in store for us? 😁Amazing story @mit1682
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  16. This is a perfect road trip plan. This will be my next place to visit in MH. Sunrise pictures are out of the world. Are these treks operational during monsoon?
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  17. Excellent log @mit1682.. What a way to start your new year. The skyline looks so lovely.. You must have experienced this around 4 am in the morning. Magical pictures. You surely are an inspiration to your kids in many ways.. cheers to more trips that you’d be doing this year.. 😊
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  18. Insurance should take care of it. I think you need to make to separate claims. If you can add pictures, it can be more helpful. You can also take second opinion outside the showroom for insurance claim. You can visit Stunnerz Auto Hub, Jubilee hills. Ask for Harish and refer my name.
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  19. Thank you for sharing the information. What is the speed limit on this flyover? Curves look sharp from the drone images, hope it doesn’t create problems like Gachibowli flyover.
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  20. Thank you Sagar. I t was a nice round trip and next December is for Kanyakumari and Danushkodi is what I am planning. ☺️
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  21. Thank you Gowtham and Sagar gaaru. Before jumping on to the detailed flow of my latest trip, I would like to thank you guys first for creating and actively moving in this platform. By the way, I am a solo bike rider who takes a max of 10 days of personal time off from work (of every 12 months, and these 10 days are only for my long bike ride). Mostly I take these 10 days from the month of December, because it will not impact business and company much, and I like foggy views, year-end feeling, etc. (Actually, December has its own advantages in my case, but it's completely a different story so not covering here) Coming to the details: (This is to the people who all are reading and planning a long ride to Kerala) 11th December: -> 5:00 AM: Done with all the setup by marking this sheet (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/e/2PACX-1vQR7v2txYCS7aX410oyE3EmiwaoBqb8JurF782LSGIpijCWResBEKh8JFdteKDMwIY_FHRkAKx70F2R/pubhtml) -> Around 6:00 AM: Done with Breakfast 2 Idly -> 6:57 AM: Started from home -> Took 3 total stops (Max 20 Mins each) in between, before reaching Bangalore. -> Reached hotel in Bangalore at some around 6:30 in the evening (STOP for the Day 1) Max speed: 110, Min speed: 60 KMPH 12th December: -> Started around 8:00 AM from Bangalore and reached 900 woods - (Meppadi -> Thollayiram Rd, Vellarimala, Kerala) (Reached around 6:00 PM) 5 total stops (Max 30 Mins each) -> Jungle Stay, Night tent camping, sunrise trekking + food was arranged by http://www.wildind.in/ (It was really a great experience to stay in a jungle, in a small tent without having signals for communication... If you are using Jio, you will get some least strength of the signal at a certain point if you stand on a rock and it will not help us in any way to get cellular network, Mine is airtel, so it was a complete shut) 13th December: Early morning: Trekking managed by Wildind as mentioned above. (Trust me, it was the best trekking in my life till date, and below pic is a proof for that) (Dear admin, you can remove the below pic, if it is crossing the terms and conditions of this site) Started from Jungle to Meppadi (around 12:30 PM and reached a hotel in Meppadi around 3:30 PM) -> Pookodi lake from Hotel (Worst Lake I have ever seen in my life) -> 2 Hours literelly wasted here. -> Night at Hotel Meppadi Max speed: 100, Min speed: 30 KMPH 14th December: -> From hotel to Chembra peak (Started at 6:00 AM from hotel to the ticket counter of Chembra peak, because only 200 visitors are allowed/day to climb it) Chembra peak is literally Heaven... I enjoyed it a lot. -> Returned to hotel from Chembra peak by around 2 PM. -> Started to Athrirapalli from hotel (and in between covered Lakkidi viewpoint) around 3:00 PM and took a stop for night stay, in Kodassery (This is near to Athrirapalli), and reached hotel by 10 PM. Max speed: 100, Min speed: 30 KMPH 15th December: -> Started to Athriapally water falls from hotel around 7:30 AM and reached to it in 50 Mins (Again, it was a thrilling bike ride experience in a scenic forest road) -> Next stop: Vazhachal Waterfalls (Actually next stop of Athrirapally was some other waterfalls, but I forgot the name of it) -> Vazhachal Waterfalls to Hotel, then started to Munnar on the same day and reached Munnar by exactly 5:00 PM -> 5:15 PM: Kalari Kshethra (and the people here are very sweet and honest, they helped me to get a good scenic stay) -> Stay. 16th December: -> Started from Hotel (Some around 5:00 AM) and covered below Sunrise, ponmudi Hanging bridge Ponmudi dam Chunayanmakkal waterfalls Varayattumotta Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary and all the above were very close to each other so all these were done by around 10:30 AM, and on the same day below (actual Munnar) was also covered Munnar Tea gardens If you have a bike, I suggest you to ride on the same road of Anamudi (I don't think a car can go well in that road, but you will not forget it in your life) Anamudi Eravikulam National Park Photo point Mattupetty Dam -> Started from hotel in Munnar to Kodaikanal (Reached Hotel in Kodaikanal by around 9 PM) 17th December: Done with Dolphin's nose Echo point Pine Tree Forest Guna Caves Green Valley Viewpoint Kodaikanal Lake Bryant Park Coaker's Walk (Actually Coaker's Walk was covered on 18th December, because of full fog, view was bad on 17th December so re-visited Coaker's Walk on 18th December) Solar Observatory -> Again, we can cover everything in Kodai just in 8 hours, because all places are very close to each other. -> Back to Hotel. 18th December: -> Kodai to Bangalore (3 rest stops, Max 20 mins each) -> Stay Max speed: 110, Min speed: 60 KMPH 19th December: -> Bangalore to Hyderabad (3 rest stops, Max 20 mins each) Max speed: 110, Min speed: 60 KMPH 20th Back to work. Only point where I was little upset is... I was not able to cover Wayanad properly and skipped Alappuzha because of covid restrictions, but anyway added Kodai to my list and I enjoyed a lot in Kodai. Pranamam 🙏
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  22. Wow, Heck of a trip that would have been. Firstly thank you for sharing your experience with us? In how many legs have you done with trip? Any accommodations or restaurants you have across which needed a special mention?
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  24. General: I am not sure why many people are calling it `Paragliding`, but actually, it is `Paramotoring`. Location: https://goo.gl/maps/KQ5bfr2FjF7Zqmd3A Timings: 6:30 AM - 9:30 AM 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM (Open all 7 Days) Duration and Pricing / Per Person (Inclusive of taxes and Insurance) 2500 Rs - 5 Mins 4000 Rs - 10 Mins (I personally Recommend this; I mean, in terms of pricing, airlift time, experience without getting bored, I felt this is best. Actually, I went with this because I checked with a guy who was already experienced with 15 Mins and 10 Mins) 6000 Rs - 15 Mins 8000 Rs - 20 Mins They are charging extra 1000 Rs for a GoPro video... So I suggest carrying your own Go Pro if you have one already Note: They are claiming that the longer you fly, the higher you go, so better choose a longer duration... But, I observed the blokes who went with 10 and 15 mins, and I felt like the altitude was ALMOST the same. Yes, I agree, there is a huge difference between 5 and 10 Mins (I mean, it is not even possible to fly high in just 5 mins as we all know) but is it really worth choosing a longer duration than 10 or 15? My answer is no. I agree that we will get an opportunity to fly longer but higher altitude? Pre-Booking is Mandatory: (But I see, they are accepting spot payments if there is no rush, even I didn't pre-book) 50% of the amount we have to pay in advance to confirm the booking (Non-Refundable: In case you cancel it. Refundable: In case they cancel it.) How to Pre-Book?: Call this number 9950780434 (we have to make an advance payment (50% of total) via UPI, and we have to share the screenshot with them on WhatsApp) Slots: Limited (so better to go with pre-booking so that we no need to get into last-minute surprises) Weight Restrictions?: Minimum: 20 Kgs Maximum 120 Kgs Age Restriction: There is no age restriction for this, but I personally don't suggest for the people whose age is > 55 Best time: Sun-Rise or Sun-Set? it's your choice... If we plan for a Sun-Rise, we have to wake up early and reach it by 6:00 (It is around 50Kms far from HYD) If we plan for sunset, we need to handle the dark side of the day. Road Condition: Not good at all and finally, it is a thrilling experience, you will definitely enjoy it a lot. Their website: https://www.wingmastersco.in/ My suggestion: Fly with Abhay Singh Rathore, blindly trust me, this guy is a gem, I felt he played with the machine very well than other pilots. And Finally some Photos Pranamam.
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  25. It has been a while we did a drive and it has been a while I missed reading / writing such a wonderful log @Vishu Varanasi Thank you very much for tapping on our most loving interest of traveling after being home for almost 2 years now!!
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  28. The second-longest flyover of Hyderabad, spread over 2.71 km at Shaikpet inaugurated by State Municipal Urban Development IT and Industries Minister K Taraka Rama Rao garu today. For hassle free traffic movement, Shaikpet flyover opened on January 1, 2022. Flyover will resolve traffic jams during the peak hours from Rethibowli to Gachibowli as wall as traffic from core areas to IT Hub, ie, Hitech city and Financial District. The six-lane two-way flyover has been built under the State government’s ambitious SRDP. The Shake Pate flyover was completed over a distance of 2.8 km at an estimated cost of Rs 333.55 crore.
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  29. Found another decent one on this route close to Omerga Hotel Kolhapuri Danka Family Restaurant https://maps.app.goo.gl/KCLZTVQVcQyjcMkSA I couldn't visit but while passing by place looks tidy though it has some good traveler reviews by Hyderabad - Pune travelers. You may want to include it in your list.
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  30. @shiva if you are in group then camping can be possible by your own. Yes during monsoon it is like heaven.
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  31. Camping on your own may not be a suggestible option. Place is pretty isolated during the night. Villagers may not be happy about camping. If there is any camping provider, it should be fine with a group.
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  32. @JRD beautiful clicks. Some are like dream clicks for me 😊. Keep traveling and share your experiences. Adding these locations to my bucket (now it is drum) list.
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  33. Thank you ☺️. This Trek during monsoon is like dream Trek. If everything goes well, planning AMK and Ratangad in this year.
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  34. Fantastic post @mit1682 I always enjoy reading your logs. Very informative. I should probably plan doing this next month. It looks like a designated paved trek path for the passers. Being a weekend, how crowded was it?
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  35. Yes. This peak is operational during monsoon. Little care required during climb.
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  36. Hello guys, I have a doubt on this note. We bought our car one year before. Recently due to the traffic issues, it got dent on tailgate and on side door. We have enquired the same with the showroom for which they were suggesting replacement and this won't be covered in insurance. Please tell me a best and cheap place in hyderabad to get it recovered.
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  37. More update. The road from Indore to Double Chowki is quite decent. I think if you're going to Indore, coming via the Nagpur-Betul-Harda route, going directly to Indore from Kannod along the same highway is best. Dewas-Indore NH3 (A.B. Road) is supremely shit right now with its patchwork of ups and downs, and it cancels out whatever you'd get from the brilliant Ashta-Dewas patch, if you were to cut north from Kannod.
    2 points
  38. Project name : Beverly Hills, Kokapet Builder company/name : Prestige Project Status: New Project Project price(per sqft) : 6600 /SFT Project location: Kokapet Google maps link : https://goo.gl/maps/TN5rZizSPkpWKFui6 Project RERA: P02400003715 Possession Timeline: JULY, 2025 Project details: HMDA/RERA Approved Posession: Dec 2025 5 Acres Size 1780sft to 2700sft 3 Towers 800 units Each Tower G+35 Floors
    2 points
  39. As of now, the maximum speed limit on all city flyovers is 40 kmph.
    2 points
  40. Hello, I have been a member of this wonderful community for nearly a year now and it is a great source for all road trips. I used all the suggestions here for a Hyderabad to Kanha road trip in Feb this year. We are planning a road trip from Hyderabad to Nainital in January. I and my wife will be travelling and I am 61 and will be the only driver and driving my Volvo XC60. Our plan is as follows 1. Day 1 - Hyderabad to Nagpur and stay at the Le Meridian. 2. Day 2 - Nagpur to Gwalior and stay at the Radisson there. 3. Day 3 - Gwalior - Agra - Badaun - Haldwani - Nainital. Will be staying there for 3 weeks and then return via Rishikesh. Any suggestions / recommendations, please let me know. Thanks!
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  41. Not sure if anyone is aware of Jaya Groups they did huge publicity in last 2 years and came up with prelaunch in almost every prime area and all of a sudden they are silent now. They named their projects Kondapur -Lexico park and anothe in chandanagar -Hilton? Almost a year now and we don't hear any updates from the builder and no proper response from MD Srinivas too. They claimed 10acres land in Kondapur ans showcased it as their own for the proposed project and sadly the reality is they don't own that property. From last 1 yr they have saying that they are in process of getting approvals and when asked for proofs they are simply trying to escape. Can someone confirm if this builder is genuine and did they really own the Kondapur land?
    2 points
  42. PRIME LOCATION GANDHINAGAR RTC X ROADS HYDERABAD. NEAR TO METRO RTC X ROADS METRO STATION TOTAL FIVE FLOORS ‍EACH FLOOR HAS ONE FLAT ONLY FOUR BHK ALL FLATS ARE NORTH FACING 2250 SFT PER SFT 7500/- +AMENITIES ‍BANK LOAN FACILITY AVAILABLE AVAILABLE FLOORS ARE 2,3,4 AND 5 NEAR TO HOSPITALS, SCHOOLS, SHOPING MALLS ETC.
    2 points
  43. @Sridhar Tandra can give you his advice on his recent visit to the south..
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  44. Heard there are a couple of other luxury projects in the planning stages that are trying to breach SAS Crown's height. All in all, good for the city skyline if they all materialize. There seems to be good demand for these large sized luxury units.
    2 points
  45. The journey to Hyderabad was really easy and good with great roads except few under construction work roads, for few kms intermittently. ORR raid experience was superb. I guess I have taken the wrong Circle on ORR and that has costed me a decent hour delay and changed my entire Hyderabad entry point. Before entering the ORR, my route was showing as Miyapur but after wrong Circle, I was taken via kompally and I was welcomed with heavy traffic. I entered kompally around 6.40pm and reached my destination - Nallakunta at 8.45pm.(pheww) Regards RTPCR reports or checking during the entire journey, there was checking or ask in Maharashtra neither in Karnataka which I was more concerned about. But we still did our RTPCR tests to be in safer side to avoid any issues with the authorities. Yes, at Solapur Toll there was police checking for the incoming vehicles towards Maharashtra. Thank you
    2 points
  46. Thanks for the update. I am on my way and shall post here the experience I had for the benefit of all.
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