Monsoon treks are enjoyable for a multitude of reasons. Firstly, it is the easiest time to trek, considering that there’s no sun beating down on you, every step you take. Second, there’s no better season to enjoy the flora and fauna of the region in all its glory. Thirdly, the air is at its freshest, the smell of the wet earth is endearing and basically the clean wholesome atmosphere keep you going.
There are some amazing day and overnight treks that one can do in the Sahyadris in the monsoon. We had been planning a monsoon trek for long but the rains kept us waiting. We were exasperated to the point that we decided to go summit Lohagad fort last Sunday, no matter what, with or without the rains. It was divine providence that it started to rain heavily as early as Saturday night. And pour it did. When we all woke up at our respective homes super early (especially for a Sunday morning) it was decidedly a deluge.
It would eventually receive a record 200+ mm of rainfall, as we later found out.
Calls flew across the city. Surprising, most were even more enthused to trek that day. As per our plans, we were supposed to take the Pune Intercity Express (12127) from Dadar. We caught it at the last moment, the train having been delayed by 15 minutes.