We reached the Samrad Village early in the morning at around 4:30 am and felt so intense cold as soon as we got out of the traveller.We halted at the abode of Nivrutti one of the local villagers who was there with us to guide for rappelling. We had our breakfast and stored the sandwiches in our backpacks for the lunch.It's 5:30 in the morning when we started the trek from base village Samrad. The village looked spectacularly beautiful and serene while the Sun was rising and we entered the forest towards valley.
Reach Samrad, the base of the trek, early in the morning. Relax and recharge yourself in the village.You should begin the trek by afternoon from the base. It is only then that the valley starts seeing sunlight. It is advisable to start the trek during mid-day. You can hire a local guide too if you are not trekking with a group.The initial trekking can be done effortlessly as there is no uphill climb. After walking for a km, you see the entrance of Sandhan Valley. The valley is five to seven metre wide, blocked on the sides with vertical rocks of a height up to 30 metres. The narrow valley is also the course of a seasonal river which floods it during the monsoons, when the valley is shut down.
The fireflies emerge in the grasses & trees of Samrad village along with most of Maharashtra. Samrad is scenic & untouched but it is slowly getting famous because it's the starting point of Sandhan valley.
Got up. Dressed up. Went to college. Friday, tired of the routine, we decided to just pick up our bags and leave that night for Sandhan Valley, surely after some research :P . The images of the trek at Sandhan Valley speak for themselves and should be enough to convince you about it!!
Samrad Village is just few kilometers ahead on the route to Bhandardara, we chose this location since it is one of the dark place in Maharastra. Good for Astro photography lovers, one can enjoy lot of camping spots and this is also the base village for Sandhan Valley trek.