On one of my free days, I spent my time at the nearest but the most overlooked fort in mumbai. Sion Fort. I had been there long back, but not after I started visiting hills regularly. Its close to the station and right on the Eastern Express highway. Exactly at the place where you find the maximum traffic in sion: near the Multiplex Cinema.
I will try and update some historical information if I could find any. Till then, you may want to have a look at the pics.
I happened to visit a place called Hatkeshwar. It s towering hill and a strenuous hike for a day. We 3(Myself, Anju and Ashish Mhatre) started from mumbai on saturday night and went to stay in a small temple in Madh village near Malshej. It was very cold and it was a little difficult to sleep on the cold floor of the temple. Ajay Dhamdhere, Mahendra Singh and Vilas Ashtaputre joined us after about an hour or so. Mornings were very cold and we were actively looking out to make a fire. Ajay had forgotten the gas burner(and it made me very very happy - I can now lit a fire to make tea). Tea was refreshing in that cold - except that it lost all its warmth in a minute...!
We reached kolewadi and started our trek. At the first look, it appeared very simple and my (overconfident) calculations told me that it wont take anything more than 2 hours. We initially lost the track and went to the right side of the hill. after a session of route finding, Ajay suggested that we go back to the plat…
A route which existed some 20-30 years back, but eventually faded due to lack of usage- was our target for the last weekend. We did manage to get some things right, while we need to visit again to complete the rest. Some stuff below will be useful for fellow trekkers who in future plan to visit this place.
Some Geography: Raireshwar, within itself is a popular place amongst trekkers and bears a significant history with Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj commencing the “Oath of Swarajya”. Geographically Raireshwar is more like a table platue, which spans over 20 Kms in length and 7 Kms in bredth( at the maximum). Raireshwar is now connected by a Tar road which reaches the south eastern edge. The road goes from Bhor- Korle – Raireshwar Khinda – Wai – Bhor.
A discussion and pep-talk about a friend of mine (whom I owe a lot of respect and is known to be a solo- hiker) prompted me to pen this article. He ventures into the hills all alone without any team or companion and is almost addicted to it. While this is a great hobby, there are both- Pros and Cons to it. These are my 2 pennies on the matter of doing it solo. I will not ridicule solo hiking outright. I am sure there are many benefits and experiences that you have liked about going solo and something about it has been a reason for this addiction to keep on doing it repeatedly. I also understand that solo hiking gives you flexibility of time and date, higher ability to introspect and lack of dominance from anyone. Obviously it could be seen as an easy way towards an adventurous enlightenment. However, Let’s be clear on something- Trekking / Hiking (whether solo or group) is a high risk activity in India. We do not have specialized methods of safety and communication, easily available…