Trekking to Bhajja caves and Logagarh fort.
Day 2 started with our regular ritual of our morning run and the run was along the mumbai - Pune highway. What a thrill it was to run along the highway! Had a coffee in a highway shop mid way of our run...
We had planned our 2nd day trek to the caves and forts and all using only public transport...
So Back to our rooms and set out for the trek with our back packs packed with 2 bottles of water, sunscreen lotion, hand towels, coolers, cap, turbo mobile chargers and the much needed selfie stick😁
We started from our resort at 9 AM , walked for 2 kms from our resort to the bus stand area, had our breakfast - Misal paav and khandha poha at the bus stand food point,then took an auto to the lonavala railway station, autowala charged us Rs.100.
We checked the train timings in the google search engine. The caves and the fort we had planned to trek was in Malveli...So we had to take a local train from lonavala to Malveli. Went to the ticket counter and got the tickets which costed Rs.5 per person . The next train to Malavli was at 10.20 AM.
It was an awesome experience in the local train, and took just 10 minutes to reach Malavli.
When we got down in the Malavli station it was sooper hot, and we realised that we might have a tough time trekking in the hot weather and so was it.
We walked around 4 kms from the Malavli station towards the Bhajja caves....We were almost drained of our energy by the time we neared the caves....So had to take a break. We stopped at the Bhajja village and found a small road side shop, they had only Missal paav, ordered for missal paav,( it was much better than the one that was served at the his stand hotel) charged our mobiles, got 2 chilled water bottles and started our trek. 500 meters from the village was the bhaijaan caves and we swt out to climb the steep stairs of the caves. Mid way through the steps was the entry ticket collecting point and it was Rs.15 per head. It was indeed a tiring trek ...The reason being the weather. This trek would have been better during the monsoon season.
On reaching the caves...We were astonished to see the beauty of the carvings .
The inscription and the cave temple are protected as the national monument by the Archeological society of india. The chaityas and Stupas are mesmerizing beauty. We spend around 2 hrs going around the caves and clicking pictures. We were able to see the narrow road to the lohagarh fort and all the way thinking of it was a good decision to trek all the way to the fort in that hot sun.
We got back from the caves and started our 4 km trek to the lohagart fort., One of the wrong decisions that we took considering the weather.
We walked around 2kms on the narrow hill road and it was scorching heat, the water we took along with us was over, there was one small place with a thatched roof and a stool. It was like a god sent place to us...We rested there for an hour, and dropped our trek plans, and decided to get a lift in one of the vehicles going to the fort. Unfortunately none of the vehicles stopped. Finally one car which was going down to the bhajja caves stopped seeing pathetic state😁
We thanked them and asked us to drop us back to the cave entry point. From there back to the same shop to have some chilled drink and decided to get back to our rooms, half heartedly. It was 3.15 then. Reached the Malavli station at 3.30PM and the person at the ticket counter tells us the next train is at 5.10 PM. We took a decision to travel to the fort by auto and get back instead of waiting nearly 2 hrs for the train . Lalake snack to the auto stand in the village and bargained for a rate of Rs.800 to take us to the fort and bring us back. That was a good decision that we took. It took 20 minutes by road to reach the fort base. We climbed the fort for the next 40 minutes, took pics of the breathtaking beauty, the view of other side of visapur fort and the caves were just awesome...The sad part was the poor maintainance of the fort. At some places there are no steps to climb and had to crawl on the rocks. But the beauty of the fort after reaching it was all worth the tiring trek. We got back from the fort and had to rush back to catch the train.
One thrilling experience it was. Caught the train and back via the same route, Malavli to Lonavala station, then auto to our resort.
It was a tiring day but we wanted to explore the city. We booked a cab, started at 12AM and drove all the way to the tiger point crossing the much spoke about Amby valley/ Sahara valley....At 1 AM in the mornin, was surprised to see the tiger point crowded with families and youngsters. And there were stalls selling Maggie at this odd hours😁 Got down from the car to take a view of the place and started back. The tiring Day 2 ended well with a relaxing drive.