Swapneel Shah

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Khandas Bhimashankar trek -Day 2

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…This post is part 2 of two-part writup of Khandas Bhimashnkar Trek where I have recorded memories and experiences from the trip…
Clockwise: Pravin-Nimesh-Hemant-Snehdeep-swapsshah

Clockwise: Pravin-Nimesh-Hemant-Snehdeep-swapsshah

After the exhaustive day 1 write-up, I will try to shorten this one… 😉 Well, as far as the trek is concerned it wasn’t really…

It was tiring, and more tough because it turned out to be unexpectedly long!!! The expressions above say only one side of the story… It was also fun, pure nature, excitement and loads of private jokes, friendship laughs all the way right from the nature’s call in the morning to the last minute as we departed…

So lets start from where we left yesterday… Khandas- A small village surrounded by mountains on three sides… No phone network has still been able to reach here till date… But its an amazing place where you would not feel cut out from the world, but rather it takes you closer to mother nature… Walk out in any direction, look anywhere and its all green and lively…

Views from Khandas...

Views from Khandas...

We started the trek with the typical Maharashtrian breakfast ‘chaha’ n ‘Pohe’ from our host Shantaram Ainkar… After a plain walk for around 2kms (Ganapati Ghat) the fun started… For me it was 1st trek after couple of years… So I was excited but also a bit doubtful about how I would be able to hold my stamina and keep going… But I guess, it was nature all the way along that kept most of us going…

Aah... It was beautiful all around...

An even mix of plain walk, walk through dense jungles, steep climbs, a few waterfalls, and above all nature in the purest form… It should take around 4 hrs. for an average guy to complete the trek from Khandas to Bhimashankar temple…

These two four snaps speak for themselves-

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  1. next time you go for any trek, you can ask me to join as well 🙂
    what a good start with pohe and chai!
    pictures looks beautifu.i am sure u got many..add some more.let me see this place more..among the five models here ‘pravin’ takes away award!

    priti

    September 19, 2008 at 12:06 pm

  2. @Priti: Yep, I will surely give you and Sagar a call… And yes, there are lot more snaps, uplaoded here- http://picasaweb.google.com/swapsshah/KhandasBhimashankarTrek

    Swapneel Shah

    September 19, 2008 at 1:07 pm

  3. Hey! This one was too short!!!

    Mrudula Shah

    September 19, 2008 at 10:04 pm

  4. @Mrudula: hehe… I cannot write a Harry Potter series… 😉 I am still new to blogging… I thought that the 1st day write-up was too exhaustive and so kept this one to the point!!! Surely, next time ons I will try to be more elaborate… Thanks for the feedback… 🙂

    Swapneel Shah

    September 21, 2008 at 10:13 am

  5. I can imagine how soothing the lush greenery can be. The buttefly picture is fabulous!

    Celine

    September 21, 2008 at 5:53 pm

  6. zakaas varnan. you know the other interpretation of “chaha-pohe” right?? hahaha 🙂 The fog looks beautiful. ani foolpakhrache chitr khupach sundar aahe. hungry for more (posts I mean, not butterflies!)

    priyank

    September 21, 2008 at 11:35 pm

  7. @Celine: Cool, so we can expect another post on the “Lonavala and around” label… 😉

    @Priyank: nah… not really… Maybe you can let me know offline… 🙂

    Swapneel Shah

    September 22, 2008 at 10:40 am

  8. अरे यार ऐ थो कहानी शुरू होने से फहले ही ख़तम हुई ;-(

    Anyways, nice pics. No need to write the Harry Potter story but you can try the Indian version, Hari Puttar. Come out with version 3 of this 😉

    Good luck!

    Gururaj

    September 22, 2008 at 4:55 pm

  9. @Gururaj: yeah, I know… will try some other time… 🙂 btw, Hari Puttar is India version of Home Alone and not Harry Potter…

    Swapneel Shah

    September 23, 2008 at 7:52 pm

  10. hey..
    nice post.
    i am planning to do a week of lonavala-mahabaleshwar-bhimshankar from bangalore.. i guess they are each far away. any suggestions on budget places to stay?

    -sneha

    sneha

    April 1, 2009 at 12:24 pm

  11. @Sneha: Thank you…

    Lonavala-Bhimashankar are close… Mahabaleshwar would be distant… I think you would get the entire range of hotels to stay at Lonavala and Mahabaleshwar… Bhimashankar would be a one-day, day trip…

    But the best time to visit any of these places would be in rains though Mahabaleshwar should be relatively cooler at this time…

    Good luck with your travel…

    Swapneel Shah

    April 1, 2009 at 5:19 pm

  12. M planning to go trekking to bhimashankar dis weekend…first time! what kind of shoes one wear?

    sheena

    July 13, 2009 at 4:35 pm

  13. @Sheena: Any normal sports-canvas shoes with a good grip would be good enough. It isnt a tough trek. No special trekking gear is required.

    Good luck with your travel…

    Swapneel Shah

    July 13, 2009 at 5:11 pm


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