Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Moving towards an indefinite treasure….
To journey beyond travel, add a tinge of adventure and the voyage becomes an incredible one for intrepid trekkers. In each episode of Treks in a WesternGhat We travel to far-flung regions where they embark on incredible journeys combining ecology, anthropology and history with outdoor pursuits while providing a panoramic view of some of the most beautiful and remote places in the WesternGhat.
After finishing my company meeting late night I joined Rajesh Sir who was a coordinator of this great trip & we both started our journey at mid night. In an old KSRTC bus drizzling rain very unconditional N H 17 road uneven time our journey started but it wouldn’t stop my sleep. We spent some time in bus stop after reaching early morning we caught the first bus to reach our Base team.
After 1 hour comfortable journey had our breakfast and started our next journey in wild both teams together. In Vivek Sir's Team except him almost all others were new to me. So there was lot of pleasantry chat and our journey ahead became interesting & easy.
We parked our vehicle few kilometers before the village because the roads were very slippery so after a few minutes of calm walk in jungle we reached one small hamlet & Rajesh sir started to search for a guide (He had visited this place few years back to find one waterfalls nearby) after few minutes of searching he was able to find a suitable one who could guide and had very good knowledge & idea about this forest range. Our guide looked very old but more than that he looked very strong for his age.
He took the initiative for our team, first 1k.m. walk was not much tough but after that we faced a deep valley started to climb down a valley carefully. After a tough attempt we were able to reach bottom but our next journey was more exciting but little dangerous too.
We walked in a very thick forest towards backwater which was 60-80degrees steep dicey slope our guide was able to find some pathway between deep forests it was very dangerous if we slipped we would directly fall below into deep water.
Finally we reached a brook & started to walk against the water flow. I was always contented to walk in back stream waters. As usual our next journey was climbing jumping walking on the fallen trees helping each other like more adventurists. At last climbing one big rock I was able to see the main step of the waterfalls. It’s was terrific we hastily reach the bottom of this big mysterious waterfall.
We took bath for a long time & enjoyed this beautiful place in our own way. On our return because of heavy rain & continues hiking our journey become tougher but everyone still enjoyed & After reaching my home next day early morning all I could do was climb into my cozy bed snuggling inside my warm blanket could just keep dreaming of the lovely place and wonderful adventure.....