Saturday, 7 February 2015

Men's Day Out at Mulshi near Tamhini Ghat

Mulshi Lake is one of the most scenic areas around Pune during the monsoon. Just over 60 Kms from the city, nestled in the hilly terrains of the Western Ghats, the area transform into a beauty beyond imagination.

So when the five of us, a.k.a the famous five, planned for a day's outing at Mulshi in the winter, we were not expecting too much apart from a long drive and day full of friendly chitchats. We erred in our judgements. Not only the long drive and the fun filled day among the company of friends, but also Mulshi offered us with opportunities galore for photography - which was the main intention behind this tour - with its superb picturesque landscapes and rustic ambiance. We may have missed the lush greenery and the silver-jet waterfalls, but we did not fail to enjoy to the fullest. The primary reason was undoubtedly the company of the like minded friends but another big reason is the absence of the over enthusiastic noisy crowd, for the time being the non-peak season.

So on a Saturday January morning we started around 7. The road was empty, the GPS was on and the music was playing - perfect combination for a leisurely road trip. Not to mention, the fun had started by leg pulling and sharing jokes, far beyond the formal boundaries of the confined professionalism.

Driving through Kothrud, Chandni Chowk, Paud and Pirangut, we never realized that we have almost reached our destination. We stopped only once in Paud, just to have a cup of hot tea and a light breakfast of dhoklas and laddoos. Time really flew in the wink of an eye apparently, such was the effect.

Upon reaching Mulshi, we thought to go ahead a bit further to explore the area. 

The First View of Mulshi

The Road Ahead
There is a famous waterfall point just besides the lake. Normally on any holiday during the rainy season you would definitely find a lot of cars on this road, but on that day we were the only wandering souls. Even the temporary settlements of the tupris were completely abandoned by the shipowners because of no business in the off season. We parked the car, got down and started exploring-cum-hiking.The waterfall dried up completely but it left its mark over the boulders and the pebbles. We,being no avid takers, still managed to climb to the top of the steep rock facade. The view from the top was simply magnificent. Here are some of the snaps from this area.

Abandoned Settlements

The Gully towards the 'had-been' Waterfall

Team Work


Bokeh Effect




Rock climbing???..Damn Easy!

The Longer the Shadow, the Deeper the Friendship

The First One to Summit

Fallen and Drenched
We spent almost a couple of hours into the wilderness aimlessly, but it was our choice to be aimless. We may have been aimless but not pointless, which could be seen below:
Last but not the least

View from the Top

Say 'Cheese' Guys...

What Are We Doing?

The Star Effect

Yet another Star Effect

Preparing for the Descent

Relaxed (after Getting Down)

Time to Explore More...

Black & White
Not far behind...

The Dilapidated

A Water-facing Property
We have not yet made it to the lake so we decided to drive a bit more until we find out a place where we could get down and reach as close to the lake as possible. We didn't need to drive long, for we have found a place where we could reach the shore easily.



We parked the car at a distance and walked towards the lake. The sun was shining ferociously which was not at all an ideal condition for photography, but our spirits were really indomitable. Proofs can be seen below:





It Always Feels Good

Mixed Bag
Wave

Ready for a Pose, Any Time Any Place
And That Makes the Two of Us
Everyone went down the memory lane, back to their younger college days as the trip brought out the best of all humor and banter from all of us. It was really nice to see the colleagues evolving as friends.





Setting Up the Gears for a Groupfie
A Truly Inferior Copy from 'Dil Chahta Hai'
Time is the most perfect example which conforms to the theory of relativity. When you are having a good one, it seems to be flying and even the longest of hours are felt like the tiniest of the moments, while on the other hand, it stands still  when you are going through a real hardship. I am no philosopher, but as they say, all good things come to an end and it did pretty quickly.

So the farewell alarm rang and we had to part our ways with Mulshi. But, it was truly unexpected and a sweet surprise to find 'ourselves', even if it lasted for a few hours. I am sure each one of us will cherish the memories for long, at least until the next trip, if not longer.

Before signing off, a big thanks to everyone of the group. Without each one of you, this post would not have been written at all.

So long, Cheers!!

Below is the groupfie, taken with the help of the tripod.

Photo Courtesy: Tamal Chakraborty


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  5. Hi all, ulshi Lake is one of the most scenic areas around Pune during the monsoon. Just over 60 Kms from the city, nestled in the hilly terrains of the Western Ghats, the area transform into a beauty beyond imagination.I have visited this place twice in a year. If anyone wants to visit this place, book your tickets in VRL Travels

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    Mulshi is the name of a major dam on the Mula river in India.[1] It is located in the Mulshi taluka administrative division of the Pune district of Maharashtra State.

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