It so happened that our last trek to gorakhgad was very memorable, specially on 2 count first it was a trek which we did on our own and secondly the cost to each person was very petty. This prompted me to the thought why not let us have a group where we all gather and have fun and enjoy our passion of trekking rather than follow a commercial route. So on this noble premise I started my group call Weekend Wanderer which incidentally is also my pseudonym.Our trek to Kothaligad was our maiden outing.
Initially we had planned a small group of 8 -10 ppl for this trek but it so happened as everyone got the news that we are going for trek the numbers started swelling and we ended up with a team of 26 members.
Now the Million dollar question was where to go for trek . I was very clear that the first trek has to be simple. Few of my friends suggested that we should do Chanderi but I was little apprehensive as Chanderi for a first timer could be dicey prospect. Anyway we narrowed down our choice to Kothilagad/Peth as this trek is not very long and not too difficult so all in all a good trek for beginner.
The night before the trek I had butterflies in my stomach Saala puri raat tension ke mare neend hi nahi aayi, Ki agar subha utha nahi to sab gali denge aur bolenge organiser hi gayab hai. Sharp at 3.00am I was wide awake made few wake up calls to Nikhil and Subhashji.4.30 sharp Nikhil and Pooja were there at my place. I felt this is good sign dost log time per hai.We had targeted to catch 4.42am local to Dadar but were there before time to catch 4.39 local. At Vileparle station Subhashji were to join us, but unfortunately the train came on the other platform and Subhashji was on another, still I managed call out aloud and meri pukar sunkar subhashji jumped from his platform and made it to our train I thought Wah kya start hai . We all regrouped at Dadar and then from Dadar we took 5.37 am Karjat local.Enroute all members kept joining us and as usual it was Sunday Reunion.
|janam janam ke dostwala scene at Karjat Platform|
|Unlimited Group photos me se yeh pehla group photo|
We all moved out of the station and decided to catch 8.30 ST bus to Ambivali but then on second thought I felt jab maje kar hi rahe hai to kanjoosi kyo kare chalo Tumtum karte hai and we hailed a tum tum stuck a deal with him and hired 3 tumtum for 26 of us so that we all can go in comfort
|Idlis for Breakfast|
We started to trek moving from the hotel following the tarred road as it was going but just little ahead one must take left turn and follow this new way .
|Stone laden road....You simply cannot miss mumbai roads wherever you go !!!!|
This road is not tarred but kind of stone laid way. The walk from here is nothing but a gentle climb.While walking you can see lovely mountain range
|view from the road on the way|
|Ek photo FB ke naam bhi|
Thankfully we reached our 1st point of break per yeh aur baat hai ki photo ke chakkar me is se pehle 25 break aur ho chuke the.
|Everyone wants to catch the Heaven|
The name is Bond, James Bond!!!
We rested here for a while, few guys had Nimbu pani, few hung around. Koi masti me laga hai ,Anjali,ramya,divya,jyoti,anusha all had extensive round of photo session. Atmosphere pura ka pura charged up tha !!!
|Fooling around at the plateau|
|Glimpse of Kothaligad from the plateau|
|Approaching Peth Village ,green fields on both the side and Kothaligad right in front|
|Masti at Peth Village|
|Rameya fighting the way forward|
|Pooja has Question here but ek muskutahat ke sath arre aur kitna aage chalna hai|
|Caves at Kothaligad good enough to shelter 50 ppl|
|Carving on pillars in the caves|
The final climb to the top is very thrilling and once you reach the top suddenly you can feel the cool breeze caressing you and you forget all the hardship of the trek.The View from the Top is mesmerizing and one can see innumerable peaks like Padargad,Karnala,Bhimashankar range and many more.
All of us lied down on the grass at the Top and enjoyed our well deserved lunch.
|Lazing after well deserved Lunch|
Here I want to add Rameya because of height Phobia could not make to the Top but she showed lots of will power to make it to the caves. To her credit I can say she missed the top by hardly 20 steps.
After spending some time at the top we all started our descent. The descent was not very tough all of us made it easily to the peth village where we rested for a while and moved gradually to Ambivali village.
Naadan Parinde Ghar aa jaSo all in all a successful maiden trek as a group for Weekend Wanderer and to celebrate our success the heaven opened up in the evening and it rained very heavily. All of us rushed out of the hotel shelter and danced in utter pleasure under the downpour.
|Weekend Wanderers rocking in rain|
|Barsaat me Tak dina din|
It was 6.00pm when we reached Karjat and CST local was at 6.30 so we quickly got wadapav packed ki chola train me kha lenge.But the Karjat local was very crowded so like a true trekker sab ke sab station per Mandi dalkar bhaite gaye and what a rocking time we had ,enjoying wada paw with no care of the world. We all enjoyed like nobody's business and to top it all we had Cadbury Chocolate kyo ki abb kuch meeta to banta hi hai na bhai.
|Amit and me serving everyone|
Train journey was another madness no place to stand also lekin Weekend wanderers ki Battery Khatam hi nahi hoti hai...Everyone was singing till Thane.
Some one asked me "yeh log thakte nahi I said Sir Yeh log Jannat se return aa rahe hai!!!"
|Thank You All|