Naneghat Revisted !!!
It is not very often that I repeat my treks however some treks are so endearing that your heart yearns to revisit them, Naneghat is one such place which I would love to do over and over again. Perhaps this was the reason that the moment I received invitation from Mask Group to trek to Naneghat without thinking for a second I confirmed my reservation with them.
|Who needs an invitation to be here !!!|
|Aaj kal pao zameen per nahi padhte mere...dying to be here|
on the Western Express highway because the organizers had arranged for Pvt bus. Once I reached the highway I called up the organizer to know the position of the bus but to my dismay I was informed that the bus is late by half an hour. Abe ek bomb se recover kar raha tha ki doora bomb gira I was informed that some of the participants are also running late.
|Trek Bus journeys are something to be experienced ...Crazy Man, You'll go nuts !!!|
The bus arrived and we moved on and just like BEST bus it kept on picking up participants at every stop and the best part is that this pick up activity went on till the Shahad Station.
What I like about this pick ups is that that at each stop there is many a time the suspense that at the next stop who will be the new participants and if we are lucky many a time we meet some of our past co-trekker. School ka re union saalo bad hota hai per yahan to almost har Sunday is as good as reunion. Whenever a new trekker boards the bus he/she brings with them new happiness.Har chere me ek nayi khusi mahsoos hoti hai..one can feel the positive vibes oozing.
|The happy faces tells you all...|
|Everyone has a Tale to narrate!! we call it Trek Tales !!!|
|Our team and we all are loving it !!!|
|Naneghat entrance is very much visible from the highway on the right side of the road.|
|Introductions which everyone always forget....mostly|
|Arre cake pura round kyo nahi hai !!!|
Ask the Mask...Golmaal hai bhai golmaal hai
|Morning walk at Naneghat!!!|
|Frequent Breaks !!! highlight of this trek|
From here onwards the climb consist of mild ascent and then you come across a small clearing and after this another Plateau ( which was very fondly nicknamed as Platuuu). As there were lots of first time trekkers with us so the group was very generous at taking breaks. We were all suppose to take break at the platuuu but this elusive platuu aata hi nahi.and atlast when it did arrived everyone crashed out and relaxed as if they have made it to the top.We all broke into impromptu photo session.
Once everyone was over with this break we all moved on. The climb from here gets steep and the stone way makes it more rigorous . Overcoming all the fatigue we halted midway to have Bird eye view of lovely valley and from here our next halt was at the water tank. We all filled up our bottles here and moved towards the top. After trekking for another 20 minutes we reached the top. Here there is a big cave which can shelter around 50 people.Last year when I had come here the caves were in natural form but this time around they have converted it into Central jail. All natural beauty is totally screwed up in the name of restoration.
We all enjoyed our lunch and then went through the famous Naneghat Pass where in earlier days of empirical raj the traders used to drop a coin in the large pot so as to pass from this route( aaj ke zamane ka toll tax)
Once you come across the pass the view in front of you for a second could puzzle you because after trekking for almost 3 hrs and reaching the top if you see a bus or a car at the top you may almost utter WTF .
The reason we see that bus is because there is a way from junnar which is motorable and takes you right at the doorsteps of Naneghat. There is a small hill from this point
The view from this top is beyond any description of words .Each photographs has a story to tell
After enjoying and freaking out we skidded down this hill on the top and finally the time came to say good bye to naneghat and we all started our descend. While descending it started to rain heavily due to which the way became more slippery
For me getting down almost became a non event because I had a wonderful company of Jay Karia and Ketaki Ambekar. and my daughter. We kept on exchanging stories and in no time reached the base. In the meanwhile there were few casualties too , though of course of minor nature. Whereby Mayank knees were giving him pain and Arpit twisted his ankle but somehow ek dusre ko sambalte hua they made it to the base.
|Photo at platuu|
|Our hangout for the day...Naneghat caves|
(should I say prison now)
|Man made grills and fencing..I am hating this !!!|
|Now this is the trade route where you pay your toll|
|View from the caves|
|Toll collection Pot of olden days|
|WTF from where did car have come from !!!|
|this is the hill we have to climb to reach the topmost point or on the tip of Nanacha Angtha|
|Do I have to say anything|
|Everyone enjoying the breeze at the Top|
|Naneghat You made my Day !!!|
|Slippery Stone Walk|
|Akshita and Ketaki |
( I liked Ketaki fb update Naneghat me Nani Yaad aa gayi)
All in all Ma(a)sk kasam bada hi awesome trek tha
|Thanks to all|
How to reach:
Our bus followed the simple route from Andheri to Thane via Dahisar –Kalyan- Murbad-Saralgaon-Tokawade and you are there at Naneghat Entrance.
Another way is that one can take local train to Kalyan Station from there one can take ST bus or Private jeep. Naneghat is very easily accessible as the board of Naneghat can be easily seen from the road.