“Astronomy compels the soul to look upward, and leads us from this world to another.” — Plato
Away from the hustle bustle, lies this picturesque village, at the base of Ajoba hills with solar powered electricity and clean toilets- Dehne.
The three of us had booked this trip online with a travel group- Travel Trikon for a weekend getaway. We met our co-stargazers at a pre-decided location- Asangaon Station (located on the Mumbai Suburban Railway, Central line). Asangaon to Dehne was a one hour (45 km) road trip organised by the group. We were accompanied by a very knowledgeable astronomer (hobbyist), a photographer and an organiser from the travel group. Food was also part of the deal- evening snacks- bhajiyas with tea, dinner- traditional vegetarian maharashtrian food at a local house, breakfast- poha with tea. We were also told to carry- warm shawl, water and snacks for midnight munching. Tents, blankets and pillows were provided as it gets nippy!