Solo trip to Lonavala from Mumbai

Tripoto
13th Jun 2015
Photo of Solo trip to Lonavala from Mumbai by Altafuddin Sk

Not All Who Wander Are Lost.--J. R. R. Tolkien

The last minute dropping out of a friend, just few hours before the journey begins put my first trip of the monsoon to Lonavala in danger. I went to sleep with so much rage in my heart because nothing I hate more than a cancelled plan. The next morning i woke up before the sun, knowing that the day is not going to be as what i had planned. I did not give up. A part of me was calling me from inside - "seize the day my friend, seize the day".

I got up, packed my bag and left home alone(like the song of Rabindranath Tagore: "Ekla cholo re" meaning = go alone) to seize the day. May be the god's will was also in my favour which was clearly felt in the weather of the day. Around 10 AM I reached Lonavala station, unknown place, dialled few numbers to gain more info but failed because everyone go to this place by personal or pre-booked vehicle as all the points are in different places which is costly for a lone person.

Photo of Lonavala, Maharashtra, India by Altafuddin Sk
Photo of Lonavala, Maharashtra, India by Altafuddin Sk
Photo of Lonavala, Maharashtra, India by Altafuddin Sk
Photo of Lonavala, Maharashtra, India by Altafuddin Sk
Photo of Lonavala, Maharashtra, India by Altafuddin Sk
Photo of Lonavala, Maharashtra, India by Altafuddin Sk
Photo of Lonavala, Maharashtra, India by Altafuddin Sk
Photo of Lonavala, Maharashtra, India by Altafuddin Sk
Photo of Lonavala, Maharashtra, India by Altafuddin Sk
Photo of Lonavala, Maharashtra, India by Altafuddin Sk

So i thought of at least visiting a good point and go back home. So took an auto and sailed for the "Lions Point". In the way I crossed another point "Bhushi Dam" which i planned to visit on my way back. When i reached Lions Point, it was completely covered in the fog, nothing left to see. I doubt myself for not giving up.

Within few minutes, the weather changed magically, the sky became crystal clear and the view from the heaven was in front of my eyes.

Photo of Lion’s point, Lonavala, Maharashtra, India by Altafuddin Sk
Photo of Lion’s point, Lonavala, Maharashtra, India by Altafuddin Sk
Photo of Lion’s point, Lonavala, Maharashtra, India by Altafuddin Sk

I enjoyed this amazing view with sweet corn for like an hour and decided to walk towards the Bhushi Dam which was around 6-7 KM away from Lions point. Then came the clouds and rain to ease my journey.

After 80 mins of walking in rainy shower, i reached Bhushi Dam. The dam was closed for some reason but the waterfall saved the day. I spent round an hour under the waves of the beautiful waterfall.

Then i walked another 4-5 KM to Lonavala station and came back to Mumbai at 9 PM. I was tired like hell, exhausted. My roomies and friends called me crazy for going alone that far. But I would never be able to explain the experience and fun i had the whole day.

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