Trips and Itineraries for Valvand
Weekend Getaways from Valvand
66 Kms from Valvand
Best time to visit - January,February,October,November,December
India’s second largest city, Mumbai, previously known as Bombay, is home to a few hundred captivating contrasts and creeds. Mumbai is bursting with frenetic bazaars, shaded avenues thronged by commuters and roads brimming with traffic. The dynamic Maharashtrian metropolis is also a powerhouse of India’s business and trade sectors. But regardless, the city’s ethos lies in its biggest railway station - Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, in people-watching and eating bhelpuri by the iconic arch of the Gateway of India and in the exquisite Taj Mahal Palace, that holds a decade worth of stories about both Bombay and Mumbai. A few other places to visit in Mumbai are Nariman Point - a legion of office blocks in the heart of the city and the Prince of Wales Museum for its eclectic architecture. Watching the sunset with a plate of vada pav at Marine Drive and experiencing the vibrant festival of Ganesh Chaturthi at Juhu Beach are few of the best things to do in Mumbai. One must also travel to Mumbai to be dazzled by the country’s biggest, and most prolific film and media industry, wherein if you’re lucky, you might stumble upon a Bollywood star or two.
The trail begins along the route to Rajmachi from Lonavala. We had been on this route a few months back during our solo night trek to Rajmachi, hence we were familiar with the trail until Jambhavli phata. Since we were walking in the dead of the night, and that too on a new moon day we could hardly see anything apart from what our torches illuminated in front of us. But nature has its own way to break the dark of the night. In this instance, its weapon of choice were the fireflies, and they were beautiful. Little sparks of light randomly illuminating and disappearing around us. I walked, trying to spot as many as I could but our torch lights betrayed us. Soon we came up to the Jambhavli phata from where we turned right to proceed to Valvand - our stop for the night.We reached Udhewadi village at 5 am. The 11 Km long walk wore us out, and we were ready to hit the sack. The morning alarm for breakfast was at 6:30, so we hardly had an hour of sleep. That precious hour was interjected with murmurs, snores, heavy rains and thick fog. When the bell rang, we woke up and munched on homemade Parathas prepared by Shilpa - our co-lead. We washed them down with a cup of tea and were ready to hit the road just after 7.