~ Let’s wander where the wifi is weak
Swoosh! It was pouring heavily, the rocks were slippery, there was mud all over and we could barely see (courtesy- clouds).
After a busy week, overloaded with assignments and evaluations, we had all been waiting for the weekend.
On 17th July, a pleasant Sunday, thirty of us set out for a trek to Rajgad, which is about 65 km from Pune. The trek was organized by the adventure club of SIMS, ‘Backpackers’.
We started at 9 am, reached the trekking location at around 11 am and the ascent started.
The sky was a beautiful blue and the trees were of numerous shades of green. The whole set up seemed so unreal– like a scene from a Disney movie. Soothing and calming, a visual treat!
Most of us were in awe of the scenic beauty and clicked a ton of pictures. It was as if every other view provided a better backdrop for a Facebook cover photo. The mini waterfalls along the way were surreal. It was truly a panorama of picture post cards.
The climb was refreshing, with cool wind blowing onto our faces. It was calming in a different sort of way.
Rajgad is a 4.5km trek; however, the path is rocky, which made it seem like a forever climb. Just when we thought it was doable, and we would reach the top soon, it started raining. It wasn’t just drizzling, but was pouring! We had to be extremely careful while walking. I was so mindful of watching every step carefully, my head was constantly tilted downwards; so much so that, by the time we reached the top, it was my neck that hurt more than the legs.
In spite of being soaking wet, with mud all over us, we lugged ourselves (and each other) and finally reached. The moment we were on the top, there was an immense sense of accomplishment.
Once on the top, all we could see were the clouds. It was raining and it was cold. There were a few locals selling hot tea and pakoras, which were absolutely delicious. There was also a temple, where we found a place to shelter ourselves from the cold wind.
For lunch, we had ordered food from a local vendor at the base. He had offered to deliver the food at the top. I was quite surprised, while we were on our adventure trip; the same trek was a boring old routine job for them.
After an anxious wait for about 45 minutes, our lunch arrived. We were all so cold and hungry, that – hot, homely, wholesome food was all we wanted, not the junk stuff of couch potatoes. We had rice, roti and curry – all made in Marathi style and served with a warm smile. After a hearty meal, we had a headcount, a group photograph (this took time:P) and started to descend.
Climbing down seemed much quicker, mostly because half the time I ended up skidding over the slippery slopes. On the other hand, there were some who were literally running down the hill (with ease), leaving me with a zillion exclamations.
We reached quite quickly. Yapping and chatting along the way helped.
By the end of it all, all of us were tired, drenched and exhausted. However, the trek did a lot of good to us. We were exhilarated and rejuvenated after a stressful week. Definitely worth all the effort!
Can’t wait for the next trek 😀
~ Bhagirathi Iyer ( Batch 2017-19)