Trekking to HarishandraGarh

Trek—-Harischandragad
Type—-Hill Fort
District—-Ahmednagar
Height above mean sea level—-4671 feet
Base Village—-Khireshwar (Kothala & Pachnai are also base village from other sides)
Region—-Malshej
Sights to visit—-Number of Caves, About 100 years old temple of Lord Shiva, Kokan Kada , a big Shivling
Difficulty Rating —-Above Average

The Team—-
Asawari Dinesh Teredesai, Nisha Dholakia, Harshad Prabhu ,
Jiby Mathew, Zeenat Sikilkar, Brajesh Dave , Chandrashekhar Divekar ,
Dayalan Nataraj , Gaurav Hada , Kshama Upadhyay, Mandar Ravindra Salvi , Rajendra Patade , Ramprasad Raghavan , Rohan Jadhav ,Santosh Sarma ,Sasank Kuntimaddi , Shruti Rao , Swapnil Sapre , Sumit Mahajan ,Atul Arvind

Date-27th Oct..

The Season-The best ever on earth

(Hey ,What is the best season on the earth??)

“ When spring comes, and in the soft air the buds are breaking on the trees, and they are covered with blossoms, we feel, How beautiful is Spring!

And when the summer comes, and covers the trees with its heavy foliage, and singing birds are among the branches,we feel, How beautiful is Summer!

When autumn loads them with golden fruit, and their leaves bear the gorgeous tint of frost, we feel, How beautiful is Autumn!

And when it is sere winter, and there is neither foliage nor fruit, then I look up through the leafless branches as we never could until now, and see the stars shine.”

The joy of being exhausted by reaching on the top of the great mountain,the joy of feeling refreshed drenched besides some river side/sea shore,the joy of having soothing feeling surrounded by the greenary ..

One just cannot compare them with each other..

What say if you can experience all in one go?Yes friends it was the place we visited..

The major attraction of Harishchandragad is Kokan Kada . Its beyond description, one should actually see it to experience the nature’s architecture. Konkan kada should be visited in the evening as well as morning. In evening one is enchanted by the sunset where as in the morning one can experience the divine feeling of being in the heavens. Taramati and Rohidas , the two peaks atop Harishchandragad, are also worth visiting as they offer beautiful views of the sahyadri ranges. The ancient temple of Lord Shiva atop Harishchandragad is also good sight for observing. An ancient temple and the caves present at the base village Khireshwar are also worth seeing.

Diary

If you imagine you are looking at it from above, you immediately notice the thin blue lines that highlight the great abundance of mountains and peaks, the most important of which is the Taramati Peak, for centuries both an affliction and a delight for the area.The height is such that one can have unobstructed view of Konkan(the westmost area in Maharashtra) from one of the points-Konkan Kada..

In the undulating areas towards outlined by the deep valleys, we find hills that are rich in history.

Ancient historical periods are intertwined here, leaving their indelible marks, starting from the tapasya of Vishvamitra for the throne of Devarshi ,his test for the truthfulness of King Harishandra,then Maratha’a win of Harishandragarh over mugals under the able guidance of Shivaji .

We left Pune at 5AM in the morning ,reached the base at 12noon.Started trekking and reached the Gad by 5PM. We also went to Konkan Kada the same day.Certain villagers prepared the dinner for us .

Woke up at 6AM the next morning ,reached at the top Taramati Peak.Also had darshan of Lord Shiva in a mesmerizing temple.

Started getting down at around 11 AM and reached Pune by 6PM.

What the member’s say?

Atul Arvind-
The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen, nor touched, but are felt in the heart. – Helen Keller

Swapnil Sapre-
“Dard Kaafi hai bekhudi Ke liye,Maut Zaruri hai Zindagi Ke liye,Kaun marta hai Kisi Ke Liye,Hum to Zinda hai sirf Ghumne-Ghumaaane Ke liye…”

Harshad Prabhu-
“Life is like having a cup of tea.
You sit by the side of the window, lift the cup and take a careless sip, Only to realize, somebody forgot to put the sugar. Too lazy to go for it you somehow struggle through the sugarless cup.

Until you discover undissolved sugar crystal sitting
at the bottom…”

At Last
“Manzilien unhi ko milti hai,jinke sapno mein jaan hoti hai…
Pankh se kuch nahi hota,sirf hoslon ki udaan hoti hai….”

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Interview of backpacker

The interview was taken when our team conquered Harischandra Garh – the second highest mountain peak in Maharashtra after Kalsubaai :-).

As the coordinator of the team,the interviewer from Channel-W approached me and here are the excerpts of the interview–

Interviewer:
What was the difficultly faced during your journey?

Me:
See there are three things –Ration,Fashion and Passion.
When one does certain thing for a ration(money)-there is difficulty.
When one does something for Fashion- there is difficulty.
But when one does something for the sake of passion-there is no difficulty but celebration all the way.

Interviewer:
What was the most exciting stage ?

Me:
Excitement(agitation)is a weakness,which makes one away from the god.Any journey is a real simulation of being one with the highness.There is path ,one has to cover and there is no room for cheer,sorrow etc.Once you achieve the target ,there is another journey waiting for you.Where is the scope of excitement in all these scheme of things?Or putting in a different way ,everyone’s life is a “Prasad”,just take it and go on.What joy and where is sadness?

In fact when the vision is for 1 year,you cultivate flowers and get excited by seeing it on every morning.When your vision is for 10 years ,you cultivate trees and get excited after seeing it growing,but when one’s vision is for infinity-these things doesn’t matter much to him/her,he starts cultivating himself and others .This is a journey –my way of journey.Alone- in search of the truth ,in search of myself ,no targets away from the clutter/mob near to the infinite galaxies.

Interviewer:
Would you like to give some advice for the travelers?

Me:
Everyone should travel ,go for long journeys –they teach one a lot .Being with oneself ,one starts understanding inner self better,one learns about how difficult the life is,and how simple can it be made.
Just keep your paraphernalia minimum and flexible.And the best part is when in the Rome -be like Romans,do what Romans do and eat what Romans eat.

Mohabbat pare hai khushiyon se ..mohaabaat pare hai har tarah ke gamon se..

Pip bahati hai galate hue naasuron se..

Chaand dharati per aata hai pichwade ki khidkiyo se..

Kartab kartab karwati hai..yeh mohabbat apne jamuron se.

Mohabbat pare hai khushiyon se ..mohaabaat pare hai har tarah ke gamon se..

Revisting Relativity

Ek lamhe main simat gaya hai sadiyon ka safar..

Zindagi tej..bohot tej chali ho jaise..

Ummeed se jyada hi mila hai aksar

Haathon se sab kuch choo liya ho jaise..

Kyun nahi milta sukoon-e-dil tu bataa e NOOR magar..

Fir bhi bohot sara jeene ki kwahish ho jaise…

 

Yesterday i just demonstrated over a discussion on relativity-how scientific and aestheticallyt beautiful are the objects (living and non living equally) surrounding us, only if we have a flavor and passion(should i say time as well) to look and observe them.

Much has happened in he last couple of years. i realized myself that -world is so unassumingly beautiful. It almost has made me believe that life is all about just that – Art and Beauty. But only almost, because during my lifespan , I have met more human mediocrity than I have had managed to have deep breathes. This dichotomy between the sublime and the unbearably mundane is too much to handle.

This! This I think must be the reason why I feel that I have just spent the fastest year-and-a-half of my life;-).

Feels like a lot and absolutely nothing.

Love..and cheers