Long Weekend Getaway - Part 2

Tripoto
10th Dec 2018
Photo of Long Weekend Getaway - Part 2 by Rachel D'cruz
Day 1

Sydney Point

Now comes the most exciting part, actually one of the major reasons why I wanted to visit Panchgani so bad “Cycling”. The next day we went cycling early morning to Sydney point to experience the beautiful sunrise. Though the weather was a bit cloudy & we didn’t experience the typical sunrise from Sydney point, we definitely had some fun time cycling & clicked way too many pictures while returning back to Zostel. Once we reached Zostel, all I could think about was breakfast. They served poha, coffee, conrflakes, omelette & toast, what more could a perfect breakfast look like? (Om nom nom :P)

Photo of Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra, India by Rachel D'cruz
Photo of Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra, India by Rachel D'cruz
Photo of Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra, India by Rachel D'cruz
Photo of Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra, India by Rachel D'cruz
Photo of Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra, India by Rachel D'cruz
Photo of Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra, India by Rachel D'cruz
Photo of Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra, India by Rachel D'cruz
Photo of Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra, India by Rachel D'cruz

Couldn’t get over how fun & exciting my morning was before breakfast & just how calm it got after breakfast. Because all we did after breakfast was chilled in the common room & stared at the beautifully designed Zostel property & the lovely mountain view opposite.

Photo of Long Weekend Getaway - Part 2 by Rachel D'cruz
Photo of Long Weekend Getaway - Part 2 by Rachel D'cruz
Photo of Long Weekend Getaway - Part 2 by Rachel D'cruz

Lingmala Waterfall

In the evening we visited a dam called Lingmala waterfall which is a bit far from Panchgani, closer to Mahabaleshwar. This was a random place that we found on the way & it turned out to be a good one. If you like the sound of water/streams, this is definitely the place for you. We reached the dam around 5 pm & it shuts by 6 pm so we didn’t really get to spend much time there but it was worth visiting. After that we headed to Mapro garden, wait, but did I tell you I ended up having Maggi again? Hahah.. I think that’s one thing you gotta do when you’re in Panchgani/Mahabaleshwar.

Photo of Long Weekend Getaway - Part 2 by Rachel D'cruz
Photo of Long Weekend Getaway - Part 2 by Rachel D'cruz
Photo of Long Weekend Getaway - Part 2 by Rachel D'cruz
Photo of Long Weekend Getaway - Part 2 by Rachel D'cruz
Photo of Long Weekend Getaway - Part 2 by Rachel D'cruz

Mapro Garden

Mapro garden is the perfect place for people who love trying a new type of juices? They have a variety of products but they are specially known for their drinks & if you visit Mapro garden you can test all the drinks & then buy whichever you like. The environment is very pleasant around Mapro & there’s also a cute cafe inside it where I ended up having “cold coffee” hahaha. If you’re my friend you’ll know why the cold coffee is in brackets & if you don’t I’ll just keep that for another post.

Photo of Long Weekend Getaway - Part 2 by Rachel D'cruz
Photo of Long Weekend Getaway - Part 2 by Rachel D'cruz
Photo of Long Weekend Getaway - Part 2 by Rachel D'cruz
Photo of Long Weekend Getaway - Part 2 by Rachel D'cruz
Photo of Long Weekend Getaway - Part 2 by Rachel D'cruz
Photo of Long Weekend Getaway - Part 2 by Rachel D'cruz

Well, after visiting so many places & having fun we still had a lot of time to kill before we could get done with our second day, so we visited a place called the Cheese Factory. Wish I could tell you how they made cheese & how my experience was watching it but I can’t, because this girl (me) visited that place around 8.30 pm & the factory shuts by 7 pm so all I did was tasted five different types of cheese that they made at the factory & bought the one which had garlic it in (obviously) who doesn’t love garlic in their food? At that time all I wanted to do was go home toast some bread & apply this cheese & eat. I see your mouth watering now so I better change the topic but before that, if you’re planning a trip to Panchagani please visit this place before 6 pm so that you can experience the whole cheese making process.

Day 3

Devrai Art Village

Things in Rachel’s head – “Time to leave. I know. But I still want to visit more places. I don’t wanna go back home. Wait. You still have to visit Dev Rai art village on your way back home. Oh yes. But. No. Why go back after that. I think I should stay back for a one more day. No. No. Can’t. Ok fine”

So we packed our bags, had breakfast & left to visit Dev Rai Art village before we could head home. The name itself fascinated me so much that I just wanted to know all about it (especially because it was related to art).

Photo of Long Weekend Getaway - Part 2 by Rachel D'cruz

Devrai Art Village is a non-profit initiative to connect with nature and celebrate creativity. They create things made of iron, brass, stone, wood, bamboo, and fabric. I wouldn’t be the best person to tell you everything in detail so I’m going to leave a link to their website below for you to get a better idea about them.

Devrai Art Village – https://www.devraiartvillage.com/

So I’m going to tell you the thing that fascinated me the most & I bet you wouldn’t be surprised. As we entered, we started checking the tiny things on the left side of the gallery which was half made of brass & half of natural things e.g. real leaf, stone, vegetables but, but, there was this weird looking black piece of art which I couldn’t figure what it was so I asked the lady working there & she told me it’s *cow dung*. I looked at my friend & said I wanna take this home hahah (didn’t buy it though). But I got a really pretty ring in the shape of a tortoise which was made of stone & brass.

Photo of Long Weekend Getaway - Part 2 by Rachel D'cruz
Photo of Long Weekend Getaway - Part 2 by Rachel D'cruz
Photo of Long Weekend Getaway - Part 2 by Rachel D'cruz
Photo of Long Weekend Getaway - Part 2 by Rachel D'cruz
Photo of Long Weekend Getaway - Part 2 by Rachel D'cruz
Photo of Long Weekend Getaway - Part 2 by Rachel D'cruz
Photo of Long Weekend Getaway - Part 2 by Rachel D'cruz
Photo of Long Weekend Getaway - Part 2 by Rachel D'cruz
Photo of Long Weekend Getaway - Part 2 by Rachel D'cruz
Photo of Long Weekend Getaway - Part 2 by Rachel D'cruz

After we checked all the pieces in the in the gallery, we headed towards the live workshop, which was the most interesting part because we got to experience a new form of art. I’m going to insert all the pictures from the live workshop so that you get a clear idea of how everything’s made.

Zostel Activity

Also, I just realized I forgot to mention the best part about Zostel, so before we could leave they made us do a fun gardening activity where we planted tulsi & mint plants. The whole idea of this activity was to learn how it’s done. But the activity didn’t end there, so the person who comes next after me & stays in the same dorm/same bed number has to water & take care of the plant & continues so on. It’s much cooler than it sounds.

Photo of Long Weekend Getaway - Part 2 by Rachel D'cruz
Photo of Long Weekend Getaway - Part 2 by Rachel D'cruz
Photo of Long Weekend Getaway - Part 2 by Rachel D'cruz
Photo of Long Weekend Getaway - Part 2 by Rachel D'cruz

Coming to the most important part, the budget, so I spent 5k including everything, I think that’s good enough, what’d you think? Let me know some cool long weekend destinations to visit next, in the comment section below.

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