Sun started shinning through windows it was I guess 7.30 and we were around 30-40 km away from base village. View outside window was pretty refreshing with green trees everywhere sun shinning above them, cool breeze and slightly rainy just like perfect village sceneries.Now our night driver started feeling sleepy so he switched with alternate driver.He took drivers seat and he suddenly picked up speed on zig zag ways of mountain which was no less than any roller coaster ride. This sudden twist and turns of bus wokeup everyone in the bus and we started to notice beautiful view from the window. After some time we could see number of beautiful waterfall on mountains surrounding us, hiding behind foggy climate.We were so happy now to see all these and starting feeling it was worth all that wait at platform coz if we would have come as per plan then we would have reached here when it was dark and missed witnessing such beautiful view.
Isliye bade bujurg kehte hai humesha Jo hota hai achhe k liye hi hota hai.This quote fits here so perfectly.
We were just admiring scenery around suddenly there was a small section of Kaccha road ahead and our bus was stuck their and couldn't cross it. Now the situation included a small road, muddy road, raining , edgy turn on mountain ..........it was scary to look outside window and see such depth but still driver decided to take reverse and go ahead with some speed. Everyone sitting behind driver decided to standup for 2 reasons
1.To balance bus weight on safer side
2.If anything went wrong then run out quicker.
But luckily driver was skilled enough and we sailed through this problem too.
Finally at 9 AM we reached at the base via pachnai village. Subah subah baarish me garma garam chai is just an awesome start of the day. We all had hot tea and quickly were ready to start the trek.
Slow rain and cool breeze increased everyones excitement to finally kick start trek. And we started walking upwards, following expert trekkers directions. Walking on rocks , greenery everywhere, showering rain, carrying luggage on our back and after almost an hour of all these we could finally view village from besides our way in between fog.
Some more walk and here comes our 1st waterfall, everyone went to enjoy shower of waterfall.
Then again we walked some more and here comes a bigger waterfall. Again all of us stopped below the waterfall and enjoyed it's shower, few were not even willing to leave this waterfall now.But they were dragged out of the waterfall and again we continued now we could see a water flowing river , so we were advised to go cross it holding each other's hands , here few villagers also helped.Thank fully water level was not too high, thus we quickly crossed and moved ahead.
Then again continued with lots of beautiful scenery, selfies, picture clicking, walking, waterfall ,etc. Around 12.30 we reached at our destination cave which a good 3 BHK cave of the fort. At the entrance room a village family had set up their kitchen to cook and stay then we moved to next room which was all dark inside even at noon so had to carry torch always,in the lights of torch I could see a nice big room everyone settled here and keeping their bags. Now moving ahead I could see 3 small rooms attached as if these were small bed room at ancient times.
Then a few of us decided to hv breakfast of kanda poha and others decided to go ahead to shiv ling. So people started walking towards temple, then took blessings of ganpati bappa and moved ahead to shiv ling.
As soon as all reached we could see a view of shiv ling at center with 4 pillars surrounding it, and water everywhere.
Then few wanted to jump in the water and touch the pillars but at some distance we could see a black line, now we were not sure such black line is just a piece of wood or some snack. No one was ready to jump in and check what it is, then suddenly one person acted strong and jumped in this motivated few more and they too jumped in and went ahead to chk that black line, it was just a wooden stick. Now everyone jumped in the water and took blessings of shiv and touched all 4 broken pillars
1 pillar is broken from top
A pillar is broken from middle
A pillar is broken from bottom
Only 4th pillar is standing tall and unbroken
After clicking lots of pictures we decided to return to caves as now everyone was hungry.
As soon as we reached caves everyone changed clothes and then sat down to have garma garam bhakri , batata bhaaji, papad , daal and rice. After such yummy food we decided to take some rest and sleep for some time and depending on weather decide further plans in the evening.But in the evening due to heavy rain and risky weather we decided to stay back at caves and enjoy the stay with no mobile network, no facilities except food, just people around and phone batteries dying.
So started group conversation with an introduction and any trekking experience by every individual.Most were new to trekking so hardly could share any experience, so regular trekkers shared their experiences of various places like trek in deserts, leh ladhak trip, trek in north, sarpaas , etc etc.
This surely inspired the beginners to continue and explore more. When we were done with all the story telling and listening, Then we had dinner and started we playing games like housie , Mafia etc till 2 at night then slowly slowly everyone started moving to their sleeping mats and few dozed off. But then one person said let's tell horror stories and whoever was not sleeping gathered together and we sat in a circle. Then suddenly a guy said it's said that 3AM is the time when evil is strongest. One look at watch and what a coincidence it was exact 3 AM. We still continued all stories of all bhoot , chudail , chetkin , chakva , etc etc almost at 4.30 we ran out of all horror stories we knew, thus decided let's sleep as next day we need to cover few points and also return.Then suddenly a villager came with torch and all of us were literally staring him as if he is just some bhoot, but fortunately for him or us that I donno but he was a human.