|L-R (clockwise): Nitin Achrekar, Sandeep Nair, Mukul Kumar Sharma, Salil Mahadik,|
Ishan Manjrekar, Amit Baliga, Piyush Roongta, Vishal Ubhare, Shreyas Shah
We reached Asangaon 10 minutes late i.e. at 7:30 am only to realise that the pick-up vehicle hadn't arrived and Vilas' phone was unreachable.
We waited for about half an hour and 2 of us went to the Rickshaw stand to arrange 3 Rickshaws to take us up to the base Mahuli village which is about 5 kms from the railway station. In the meanwhile, we got a local person to take us to Mahuli village in his Jeep for Rs. 350. We had to pay Rs. 50 each to the Rickshaw-wallahs because we broke their queue.
|Vilas Thakre's House|
To our relief, the rain started pouring down on us after about 1:15 hours of climb and took all our tiredness away making our remaining climb a pleasant one but for occasional bites from blood-sucking flies locally called as 'Pokli'. It's advisable to wear full sleeves t-shirt and track pants to avoid these insect bites.
|Nitin climbing the ladder|
|Shreyas and Sandeep dipping their feet in the pond|
Originally, we had planned to explore the plateau, go towards Bhandargad to see the Kalyan Mahadarwaza along with the multiple pinnacles and towards Palasgad to view the Tansa Lake, but we were so tired and had less time left before sunset since it was 3:00 pm already that we decided to start our descend. Also, it was raining heavily and our guide advised us to go down as quickly as possible since he feared the rainwater would flood the stream below making it difficult for us to cross it. In about 2 hours, we managed to get a clearer view of the multiple pinnacles behind us.
|Ishan, Piyush, Amit and Shreyas having snacks at Vilas Thakre's House|
|Amit promoting World For All's 'Save The Helpless Animals of Mumbai' campaign|