For this week’s photography challenge: Reward
My kind of reward for my hardwork would be the time I spend with nature 🙂 (and friends) , be it in a beach enjoying the cold waters,
or a hilly area , where I can relax with my feet up , after a climb.
But, sometimes, a simple thing like a glass of sparkling wine is more than sufficient 😉
The final place that we went to was Sinhagad. Originally it was planned that we will do the trekking from below to the Fort above (estimated at around 40 mins or so) and I was promised that it would be an easy one. But since we weren’t sure of the place we used the GPS and it took us directly to the entrance of the Fort. I was the only one who had a huge sigh of relief and thanked the GPS (I was not very sure of the trek what with my knee giving me problems). But to compensate that, the walk around the Fort was for almost 2.5 hours. It doesn’t look like it at first, but then when we kept going the path never seemed to end at all. It was a huge circle and it was on the top of a hill, so we could see the range of mountains and other hills for a very long stretch. Here are some photo’s from that place.
Matheran – A Place totally cut off from the usual ways of living. And its closed during the peak monsoon season. It is more close to nature. There are no vehicles allowed. You have a train but it was not in working condition when we had been there. After a particular point, the phone signals stopped working too. You need to park your vehicle in the Parking lot (which itself is in a very steep location) and from there entry to the other places (hotels, market, view points) is through hand pulled carts or horses (and a 40 min ride on a horse for the first time is very scary and painful, but again another experience in my life done with. Yay!!!) Our Hotel was called The Veranda in the Forest and being an heritage hotel, we felt like royalty. Food was amazing. Many view points were close by. And if you need to visit the far off places, you need to hire horses. Felt very close to nature and the place was sort of empty when we were there so our mini-trekking was relaxed and nice. Sad that we planned it only for 2 days.
Primary mode of transport
Veranda in the forest – Hotel
Heavy rains in the evening
Felt like royalty
Charlotte Lake – Sunrise
Playful dogs @ echo point
Honeymoon Point (wonder why it is named so)
A short cut to Louisa Point
View from Louisa Point