Rajmachi | Revisiting a year old journey

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23rd Jun 2017

Strangers are just friends waiting to happen

Photo of Rajmachi | Revisiting a year old journey by Bhunesh Bhaskar

Probably one of the most visited forts within Mumbai-Pune vicinity, Rajmachi Fort is a sheer joy for a day's hike. So it was for me when I used to stay in Mumbai almost a year ago. I was on my way to the office today (23-Jun-2018) when I saw a notification from google photos flashing'Rediscover this day' to which I couldn't help but open and literally started rediscovering the day exactly a year after.

I was smiling while looking at these photos and remembering the fun we had for this was the first hike I did with my then flatmates. In fact, it was the first hike for Vivek and ever since then he is hiking & trekking all around the Sahyadri Range only to go beyond. The trek to Rajmachi can be done from the Lonavala side or the other side via Kondivade village near Karjat with first being the easier one. The later has a few uphill ascends making the trail even more exciting while it is filled with silvery waterfalls, lush green meadows and certainly a lot of people during monsoons. Hence I decided to post my memories from the day and keep this trip intact in the pages of Tripoto.

Day 1

Sometimes starting your day early is not a bad thing. Front to back is Me, Vivek and Vaibhav

Photo of Jogeshwari Railway Station, Station Road, Subhash Nagar, Jogeshwari East, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India by Bhunesh Bhaskar

And hence you should always prebook your tickets

Photo of Jogeshwari Railway Station, Station Road, Subhash Nagar, Jogeshwari East, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India by Bhunesh Bhaskar

Despite trying hard to get up early, we could only end up catching the close to 6 am train Indrayani Express to Karjat. Of course, we did not prebook tickets & travelled all the way till Karjat, standing, smiling at each other while gazing at the meadows from the windows or the doors of the train. The standing journey in the jampacked train did not tire us at all as we were too excited to reach the spot and start the ascent. Finally, after a 2-hour journey, we were finally at the Karjat railway station from where we took an auto to Kondivade village.

You can't start a trip in monsoons without a cup of tea

Photo of Rajmachi | Revisiting a year old journey by Bhunesh Bhaskar

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better

Photo of Rajmachi | Revisiting a year old journey by Bhunesh Bhaskar

Road to tranquility

Photo of Rajmachi | Revisiting a year old journey by Bhunesh Bhaskar

We anyways have to get our shoes wet so why not now

Photo of Rajmachi | Revisiting a year old journey by Bhunesh Bhaskar

Because bridges are beautiful

Photo of Rajmachi | Revisiting a year old journey by Bhunesh Bhaskar

One of those silvery waterfalls I spoke about

Photo of Rajmachi | Revisiting a year old journey by Bhunesh Bhaskar

Charting our course to the top

Photo of Rajmachi | Revisiting a year old journey by Bhunesh Bhaskar

This is the first major waterfall on the trail however it will never be to yourself

Photo of Rajmachi | Revisiting a year old journey by Bhunesh Bhaskar

Vaibhav usually doesn't laugh but when he does he does it the monster style !

Photo of Rajmachi | Revisiting a year old journey by Bhunesh Bhaskar

We made new friends

Photo of Rajmachi | Revisiting a year old journey by Bhunesh Bhaskar

The new trio !

Photo of Rajmachi | Revisiting a year old journey by Bhunesh Bhaskar

The view was so beautiful from up there

Photo of Rajmachi | Revisiting a year old journey by Bhunesh Bhaskar

Entering the Fort with a cinematic shot

Photo of Rajmachi | Revisiting a year old journey by Bhunesh Bhaskar

Reporting from the top ! Summit !

Photo of Rajmachi | Revisiting a year old journey by Bhunesh Bhaskar

Ohh how I wish to be back in clouds

Photo of Rajmachi | Revisiting a year old journey by Bhunesh Bhaskar

What goes up comes down again, so did we

Photo of Rajmachi | Revisiting a year old journey by Bhunesh Bhaskar

Life on the edge of clouds

Photo of Rajmachi | Revisiting a year old journey by Bhunesh Bhaskar

The best part of any travel are the people and experiences you gather

Photo of Rajmachi Fort, Pune, Maharashtra, India by Bhunesh Bhaskar
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