Archive for September, 2010

A Peace full Soul

A Peace full Soul

Shivneri Fort :

Shivneri fort was on Anup places to visit list for a long time. He used to crib always how much he wants to go to Shivneri and Singhagad. So finally we were at the foothills of the fort. I confess tht Im not such a big fort fan, but until the camera likes it I don’t have a problem. We were yet to decide wether r goin to climb all the steps and see th ruins of the fort or ride back. We asked some vendors around bout the no of steps and how much time it would take to reach to the top n back. They were quite hellpfull and the approx time was tht we would require was 2 hrs. With enough time in our hand me and shiva convinced Anup tht he can climb all those steps.

The two Honda's

The two Honda's

Ganesh Gate - Shivneri

Ganesh Gate - Shivneri

We literally dragged Anup to the top. I after a long time was walking. We bikers get so used to keeping ous ass’s on the seat, pressing a button and twisting the throttle that we almost forget the 11 no bus. So I tooo was struggling to climbing all the steps. God knw how the Marathas used to do this everyday, all this kellogs and bonvitta has made us so weak. We waited at all the gates, there were many of those. Took some snaps for which no one was ready to pose, tooo tired. The irony to all this was a family which we had started the climb after us consisting of children girls and old ladies overtook us halfway. Ohhh my God, salla puri izzat ka falloda kar diya..

Warrior

Warrior

So we had covered 3/4th distance n already our lungs were out. Has some ginger mixed lemon water, must have. Tht was mind blowing, thirst quenching and refreshing surprisingly and tht too jst for 5 rs. We finally made it to the top. I wanted to see a fort n ther was nothing of that sort around there. Everthing I could see was ruins so we all were quite disappointed. We asked some visitors that wht can we see here. Everyone pointed to a distant place, the birth place of Shivaji. As it was tooo far n there was no energy left after such a small endeavor we decided to jump down on to our bikes and ride home.

Shivneri is a nice fort to stroll along but it would not attract the ooo’s n ahhhh’s. The Archilogical department has put some nice sign boards which show the name of each gate you pass through and other structures. There are two gardens and a temple to visit. The climb is not that steep and the administration has renovated the steps for tourist. The only way to reach to the top of the fort is by climbing all the steps, there is no rope way or ny alternate mode.

Dimbhe Dam:
It was around 12 when we finally were back on the bikes. I was still raining and we slowly headed towards Bhimashankar & were planning to go to Ahupe from there. The weather started to get better and the road conditions started to worsen. There were potholes all over and the Honda’s were rattling. As a pillion I was jumping around and nither shiva nor anup wanted to slow down. We reached a village and took a break some 20 – 25 km from shivneri. Asked some villagers around of the route to Ahupe, most of the didn’t knw the place at all. Some rickshawalls told us the route but also confirmed tht there is no motor able route from Ahupe back to NH222 (Malshej) & also told us tht the road are worst ahead. So we decided to move back, the whole Ahupe plan was flop & I was a bit disappointed. We headed back to Junnar and then back to Malshej. We had in mind tht we are goin to visit the lake tht we had seen enoute. So tht was the backup plan but our man objective of offroading was yet to be completed.

While heading back to Junnar anup saw some caves on a mountain. A local told us tht the only was to reach there is on foot & advised us not to go there is would be dark until we returned. We went a bit ahead and saw a small path leadin to the mountain & the anup jumped off the road with my uni of the dirt track. I was a bit astonished seeing the unicorn perform so well even in this terrain. The ZMA was jst enjoyin it & climbing the slope with ease while the unicorn was struggling a bit with itz heavy load & the slope. I had to push it through for sometime. Shiva with his ZMA had climbed up a considerable hight wen some villages told us tht there is nothing ahead. So we headin back to find the tarmac. I was busy runnin behind them clickin snaps, it was difficult. In 20 mins we were back on road, it was the same experience tht you would have on Mars (pathetic roads).

Offroading on the Unicorn

Offroading on the Unicorn

Not on a Beach but near The Lake...

Not on a Beach but near The Lake...

Shiva with his Karizma

Shiva with his Karizma

After covering some more Km’s were again of the tarmac, this time we were climbing the slope wihch had no path. Anup on the ZMA was leading me to the top and shiva preferred to follow us on foot rather than being a pillion. I t was really a wonderfull experience. Parked the bikes & took some snaps, I would not write more on this let the photos do the taking.

After enjoyin the offroadin session and satifying the offroad thirst we headed to the lake. Took some snacks on the way so tht we can eat it at the lake, we were hungry….. Reached back on NH222 and strated finding a route to the lake. There was a small road which leaded to the lake. The road was bad but the area around was so scenic tht those the 1Km stretch is now one of my favorite roads. To our surprise the road adruptly ended and went inside the lake, yes right Inside the LAKE. Tht was scary & weired. I wanted to take some pics with the bikes parked inside water. A lady was washing clothes by the shore we asked here bout the lake and the road, she said the road is used in summer when the water level goes down and assured us tht except a few crocs here n there it was safe. So I started pushing the bike into water and the two lazy bone staring at me. Took some nice snaps. Waited by the lake for some time & then headed back home.

It was an awesome ride & we had done my things Malshej, Shivneri Fort, Offroading, photos by the lake. But we were not able to go to reach Ahupe so tht task is yet pending…………………….

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