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ShiviMarch 12, 20197min4424

Katal Dhar | Lonavla | The secluded and mysterious waterfall | Travel Blog Trek

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Somewhere near Mumbai or somewhere in Maharashtra, you may find this amazing waterfall which I would love to mention in this travel blog. It will not be somewhere, technically but amidst the mountains, Sahyadri, and the gorgeous standing ranges in Maharashtra, you find – Kataldhar waterfall. The name is intriguing, isn’t it? Katal means a form of rock – Dhar is the brink sharp edge of a sword or a knife. In short – “Katal” means a Rock & “Dhar” means a Waterfall.

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You must be thinking why this explanation is given here, because when you will see the pictures and would explore the waterfall with me, and you may find that how sharp and steep the waterfall is that can kill you with its awe-struck views and mesmerising sounds.


About the fall – This is a Natural Waterfall, which completely depends on Rains. It is close to Lonavala and can be reached from Mumbai as well. As in Monsoon Lonavala becomes the most popular destination for all the Trekkers, but apart from all these resorts and clubhouses there’s this waterfall and “Kataldhar Waterfall Trek”. This trek gives you the real trekking pleasure in rains. Imagine that you are rappelling down from this waterfall which is at the top of around 350 feet with an overhang of more than 100 feet. The most important point is the gear and clothing when you trek to this fall. Everyone, please wear Full Sleeves & Full Track pants to avoid power bite from insects. Once you reach the base the entire valley will surprise you with gigantic waterfalls of Kataldhar. The waterfall is near Lonavla in Pune district – Maharashtra. It is basically not very famous among the travellers but it is certainly secluded and worth a visit. It is also because to reach the valley is a bit tough job and you need some basic experience of trekking before exploring this place.

 

The views and the beauty of the waterfall:

As soon you enter the forest, the sound of the chirping birds would thrill you, you will forget the city’s life and all the hustle and bustle that keeps you worrying about everything. To make the way to the waterfall is really tough as you need proper maps and directions to reach the valley (see the picture in the end). The most important thing is the instincts that make you reach the spot as you will find hardly anyone there. After walking some distance, the sound of the water falling from the distance got will get you there. Ahah! Well, the view to die for…

 

 

 

When I visited My heart filled with joy and started frisking.. and I knew that it’s the waterfall which I was looking for, From the spiky bushes and botchy trails, the point to witness is a huge waterfall, with thundering water currents. But how to get this waterfall? – While walking on the route keep watching and looking for the letters coloured in White on the Big Rock as “ Kataldhar Waterfall”. One more thing there are two 2 identical mango trees that identify the waterfall way. See some of the pictures below. Keep following the path and you would find some more pebbles coloured that will exactly take you to the waterfall. For any trekker, it is worth a visit and a surreal trek to go for this monsoon.  

As a solo traveller, I would say please visit this amazing waterfall and get drenched in the views. 

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ShiviAugust 24, 20189min2850

Harishchandragad: A challenging trek in the Western Ghats of India

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It all started with a thought to go on a midnight trek to this third highest peak in Maharashtra. One day my friend posted a message on WhatsApp saying that there is a trek to Harishchandragad fort. It’s been almost 20yrs since I did my last trek. So I thought let’s explore a new place and relive which I the travelling experiences I used to love doing when I was pretty young, as in in the college days. There were doubts in my mind that whether I will be able to do it or not as it was really long since I have done it. Keeping all doubts aside I gave it a go ahead.

We started from Cidco near Thane station from where the bus was supposed to pick all of us. We were a couple of friends who have decided to give it a try, among them there was one who is a freak traveller and keep on going to solo trip, and we were excited to take it ahead. We all started around 11:00 PM in the night from Thane station and reached around 2:30-3 early mornings to the base camp. After taking a break of around 30 minutes we all started our trek around 3:30 in the morning. The moment we started we saw fireflies all over scattered on the trees, there were plenty, and the sight of them was charismatic. They were in hundreds and it was mesmerizing to see them, in fact, for the first time in my life, I took a couple of them in my hands. Wow, that was a too cool experience which for me is tough to express in words.

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We moved from there and started walking with torches in hands as it was early 4 o clock. It was so calm and quiet that you can feel the essence of the forests and feel like you can talk to the trees and enjoy the nature. We kept on moving between jungle with the rough patches where at one point came and it looked like that was impossible to cross as the rocks were steep and straight to the height, where at one side it was a deep moat and if you slipped then you are gone for life – it was dangerous, yet we pulled off by helping each other.

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We moved ahead towards a Shiva temple which was pretty old where we took a halt for some time. The temple was stunning and the stones throw warmth and simultaneously a cooling feel to you. Morning sunlight came to the ray of hope and when the sun rises that first light gave such a great feeling especially when you are away from the materialistic world just with nature enjoying the forest and landscapes.

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By the time we reach the top hill, it was almost 8 o clock. The moment we all looked at the view everyone’s mouth was open by seeing the beautiful and mesmerizing clouds decked with ranges. We all went speechless by the beauty of this place. Each and everyone wants to just sit there quietly for some time and get engrossed in that feeling of nature. We were there for almost 3 hrs. Sitting, relaxing and watching how the clouds change their shape and nature. After having breakfast we started again to return back to our base camp which no one wants to do, but we all have to. While getting down we stopped again at the Shiva temple. We all refilled our water bottles and that’s when we realised that the pond water was pure and cool.

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Not just this we got a chance to speak with the locals and the villagers who had kiosks on the rocks offering the travellers fresh kokum drink or lemon water. By the time we reached the base camp, it was 4 o clock in the evening. We had our lunch and then we started back for Thane. The trip ends here but I’m sure no one wishes to go back. But we all were taking back some of the beautiful memories for a lifetime. We did say a goodbye to that place with a thought in mind that someday we will come again to see the beauty which has put a stamp on each and everyone’s heart.

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ShiviMay 30, 201813min4040

“I don’t understand what fun do people get in hiking mountains,” asked
a friend from my office, seeing my excitement for my first trek. “Oh,
it’s serene. Surrounded by mountains, you just forget all your stress
and hustle bustle of your daily routine life,” I replied.

For me Travel in itself is exciting. Travel – that one word that can
make my world go round. The one thing that I never want to lose an
opportunity on irrespective of it being a leisure trip or an adventurous
one. The thought of exploring something new is enough for me to pack
my bags and start hunting for some beautiful memories.

So when my friend from Travel Freaks asked me to join them on a trek,
I didn’t want to say no to him. Another reason for it is that I have
never been on Treks before. So after a little thought, analyzing my
budget and effort into getting my leaves approved….I WAS ON FOR THIS
TRIP.

My checklist was with me and seeing that when my office friend
expressed her doubt over hiking, I had a very casual reply. But when I
went for it, I realized it’s more than just being surrounded by nature. A
lot more than just being in nature’s lap. You discover yourself, your
strengths and that’s what this trip did to me. Though I have been on a
solo trip before, with this trip, I discovered some new facets
about myself.

Being my first trek experience, and given the schedule I live, I won’t
say I hardly get time for my fitness. In fact, I don’t get time at
all. So before starting the trek, I had my doubts about if I will be
able to complete my first trek if my friends around me who are
regular trekkers will get hassled because of me? A part of me had its
own doubts, but the adventure junkie in me overshadowed all those and
decided…that I HAVE TO DO IT. So, this was the first thing I learnt
about myself, never give up before trying.

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We started for Kheerganga trek in the middle of the afternoon. Four of us
and two guides. And yes, I had my hurdles. I was too slow
compared to my friends. But I was given the benefit of doubt.
Moreover, I was not even in hurry. I just wanted to enjoy my trek
rather than competing it. With all those bumpy ways, I learnt a second
thing, that no matter where you are, you do find your way. There is a
way out in every situation. It may seem tough but there will be a way
out.

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So, with all my enjoyment of finding my way out, I finally reached
Kheerganga. And it was beautiful. The view around, the beautiful
sunset…it took away all my tiredness. The beautiful sunset, a cup of
chai and friends around who were smiling and laughing along with you.
It could not get perfect than this.

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The next day once again we were ON with our trekking shoes, ready to
go down our way to Barshaini. So, we start walking back again and this
time I was too slow considering I was feeling a little dizziness. My
friends obviously concerned about me slowed down and got me some
energy drink. I didn’t like it, them getting bothered because of me.
They gave my bag to the guide. I felt so weak, mentally. Because as an
independent person, I always liked to do things on my own and hated
to depend on somebody. And as a rule for me, I never allow anyone to
carry my bags. But I had to give in to my friend’s order. Jokingly my
friend also teased me, that if he didn’t have to walk with me he would
have been much faster. And this didn’t go down well with my
egotistical streak, and next thing I started walking with all my
energy and walking way ahead, not looking back and there I realised
the third point, the confidence of going all by yourself. A solo trek
which I might not have done solo.

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In between, we came across this beautiful village and beautiful
people, celebrating Baisakhi. Those innocent faces with a welcoming
smile, I joined them in their local dance and tried few steps with
them. Yes, that’s another part of a journey that every travel freak
love to, i.e, explore the local culture.

My friends caught up with me soon and from there on we walked along,
laughing, joking, poking fun at each other and finding our way out.

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Dinesh, Neha and Himanshu, Thank You So much
for making my first trek so special and memorable for me. It would not
have been same without you guys. Love you all. Hugs.

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ShiviAugust 19, 20179min3930

Travelling is exploring your inner being. It always fascinates me as it brings a lot of challenges and expedition in my kitty. This time when I was planning my next trip, the third highest peak of Maharashtra named Ghanchakkar that is positioned beautifully amidst the Sahyadri ranges came out from my bucket list. 

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Overview of the destination:

These ranges offer an opportunity to observe the beauty of nature and lush green terrain that is perfect for hiking and trekking. Of course, any traveller would love to visit this place. SO, here I decided to take a plunge to the Ghanchakkar peak.

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The topography of Ghanchakkar plateau in the western India is a rugged terrain with stunning mountains amidst the Sahyadri mountain ranges in Maharashtra. Ghanchakkar plateau is the third highest peak in the Western Ghats of Sahyadri mountain ranges. It stands beautifully, guarding the two small villages and the flora and fauna, at the height of 1532 meters ( 5,026 ft). 

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Two base villages surround ascents of the peak, out of which we visited Shirpunje village, which is positioned around 22 kilometres from Rajur on the northern side of the Sahyadri Mountains. Taking this village, a base one can trek the Ghanchakkar peak in around 2.5 hours.

Let’s begin our journey:

I would love to begin my journey with letting you guys a bit about this rugged topography and Rocky Mountains of Ghanchakkar peak. Although, the region is surrounded by gorgeous views, waterfalls, lakes and an extensive forest region that are the virtual paradise for camping, trekking, climbing etc. This region provides an array of choices for outdoor adventures and nature lovers.

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It’s indeed a pleasure to illustrate the whole experience of the trek on a canvas of magnificent mountains standing high, stunning waterfalls and nature at its best. The group of around 24 adventure enthusiasts went crazy just with the thought of going on different type of trek and camping.  This gusto led me to take a wrong train, Alas! But, I managed to get on the train to move ahead. 

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Well, wait, the journey to the base camp was thrilling as the monsoons added an extra charm to our trip. The lush green vicinity and the roads all drenched with rains made the view awesomely great.  Not just this, the when a 7-year-old kid sat on the top of the jeep, everyone went awe-struck, she enjoyed immensely in the rains while on the top of the jeep with other travelers. 

Unforgettable trek experiences

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Accommodation: When we travel accommodation becomes an integral part, thus here, I had a home stay this time, which was in the heart a small remotely located village surrounded by the peaks and waterfalls. Yes, visualizing it is divine! The base village was actually a very tiny village that is not developed with a lot of modern amenities and lifestyle; rather I loved the place because of their immense welcoming attitude and treasured culture, which ideally, I was unable to experience in my urbane and chic lifestyle.

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With few fellow trekkers we stayed for a night and relished local cuisine, home cooked by the villagers (Staple Maharashtrian food), in fact, we all helped them and learned about the local food that they eat. Moreover, it was great fun to cook with them as well. Wow! What a thrilling experience with the entire team and the co-trekkers. The stay was warm and cozy with mesmerizing views from the windows, needless to mention it was raining, thus the lush green grass and the tiny ponds made us felt like kids again. The whole idea of connecting and gelling up with the villagers paid off when we played with the kids of the villagers. It was indeed an unprecedented experience.  Of course, selfies can’t be resisted! 

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Trek and Trail: We went for a night trail to enjoy the cool breeze and the serenity that this place has to offer. The team had fun at a huge lake that was approachable with an interesting small trek. The panoramic views and the rains was a terrific experience.

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ShiviApril 1, 20163min2520

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Not many hikers know about Kugti Pass in Himachal and on a serious note it is not surprising, though! You know why? Because it is virtually uncharted terrain and perhaps a pie in the sky in terms of beauty and landscapes!  It is one of the mysterious and unheard treks of India, yet it manifests the grandness of any great Himalayan trek. If you adore trekking, then the Kugti Pass is a trek in Himachal that needs to be precedence in your treks for the future.

Kugti Pass is beautifully positioned near the scenic hamlet of Kugti which is at an altitude of around 5,050 m above sea level. This terrain is a part of Pir Panjal range of Central part of Himalayas, and certainly a faultless destination for trekkers. Uphill this pass, one can attain the Duggi Plain, a meadow land, and an idyllic camping ground. Putting oneself at the summit, one can view the extravagant Manimahesh Kailash Peak and Dhauladhar ranges. The snow-capped mountains ranges make you crazy that are beyond the Lahul valley.

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The trek starts from Brahmaur of Chamba District. The nearest town is Brahmaur.

How to Reach – There are many ways to catch up here, one is via Banikhet and Chamba while the other route is via Khajjjiar and Chamba. From Dalhousie too it can be reached which is just 4 hour drive.

Via Air the Kullu Manali Airport at Bhuntar is the nearest. Pathankot is well linked with all the important cities in India.

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ShiviFebruary 17, 20161min2246

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ShiviFebruary 15, 20161min2930

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ShiviJanuary 12, 20163min3112

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Never been to height! Scared? Don’t Be! Join Hands with me and explore one destination for now!

Triund is the coronet gemstone of Dharamshala, positioned in the lap of Dhauladhar Mountains, it has the faultless view of the Dhauladhar mountains on one side and Kangra valley on the another.

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Triund is a very fashionable trekking spot. Triund creates a center of attention to a lot of tourists every year from India and all over the globe. With my last trip to Triund trek, I can definitely say that it is mesmerizing peak in ode of nature and can be portrayed as a serene trek which can be effortlessly consummate by roughly all age groups.

Triund has an unmistakable byway which goes through a striking mix of the forest of oak, deodar and rhododendron. Trek is moderately easy for the first five kilometers but the last one kilometer is a bit of a toil and tough trek. This last one kilometer has some “22 curves” as it has rigid and stony 22 tiring curves prior reaching the final leap of the trek to Triund.

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Alongside the trail one can find many old chai shops – small one where one can find good chai and refreshing Maggie. During the hike traipse is a merit and has a panorama of snow caddied ranges, lush green meadows. Triund is breathtaking and enlivening. Your Trip to Triund can be glossed diversely.

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ShiviOctober 13, 201511min2175

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The Dhauladhar is an unendingly interesting extent. This high, rough edge is sufficiently broad and sufficiently imperative both in its profile of rising and its relative closeness to the fields to be a noteworthy Himalayan range. It is a topographically dynamic district, set on a noteworthy push zone of the Indian plate. This is one of the essential and capable territories in the Himalaya where the weight cast by the Indian subcontinent plate on the Eurasian plate is at its most grounded.

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While the Indian mass wedges itself more profound under the Asian Plate, the Dhauladhar reach is one where you can see a working topographical model of the Great Himalayan Range when all is said in done. When you cross the watershed edge of the Dhauladhar from Kangra to Chamba or the other way around, you go through each Himalayan Climato-natural belt conceivable from tropical good countries of the considerable Himalayan waterways to the sub cold squanders at the highest point of the edge.

Snow Capped Dhauladhar Ranges

Trek close by rhododendrons and oaks, and camp in a cavern makes it a best way out from the hussle-bussle.

 Triund Trail

Found 18 km from Dharmshala, Triund makes for an alluring trekking destination, with all around characterized woods trails and amazing perspectives of the whole Kangra valley. The evening’s perspective sky from Triund is a sufficient motivation to set up a portable shelter here for the night. The trek’s length makes it adept for a weekend.

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In spite of the fact that the trek from McLeodganj to Triund is a precarious climb of more than 1,100 meters, it is very much remunerated by invigorating strolls amongst rhododendron and oak trees. There is no shortage of eating choices as there are a few bistros in transit, similar to Magic View, Scenic View and Snowline Café.

Flora and Fauna

The town of McLeodganj (otherwise called little Lhasa) accommodates a terrific chance to encounter the lively Tibetan society. The trekking scene here is all around sorted out and one can leave on numerous treks of longer term here, in particular Indrahar Pass, Minkiani Pass, Kareri Lake and the distance to Kuarsi Pass and Mani-Mahesh. On the off chance that you have a day to extra, favor trekking from Triund till Lahesh Cave and investigate the knolls underneath Indrahar Pass.

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Trek Description

This is a little and a simple trek, which should be possible either from McLeodganj or Dharamkot, which is 2 km in front of McLeodganj. The trail is 7 km from Dharamkot and passes Galu Devi sanctuary. From this sanctuary, it takes around 3 hours to reach Triund. The starting portion of the trek is a steady slope and the last 2 km from Snowline Café include a lofty climb the distance till Triund (2,975 meters).

  • Bhagsu/Dharamkot to Triund by means of Galu Devta:
  • Height: 6,184 ft to 9,760 ft
  • Separation: 7 km
  • Time taken: 3 hours

 Dharamkot

Bhagsu and Dharamkot are two towns arranged around 2 km up the edge from McLeodganj. These two can be considered street heads. The trail from Dharamkot is seemingly the more pleasant one as it trips through the thick crown of pine backwoods over the town. Stroll up through the woodland for around 15 minutes before you get to the Galu sanctuary clearing.

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There’s a little tea shop here, just underneath the holy place. From here, one trail goes south-west into the woodland to the town of Naddi. Another backwoods trail goes north-west, to the stream that plunges from Laka. The principle trail to Triund proceeds with straight past the little sanctum. The trail is a tenderly rising one, through oak shrubberies and crosses the lofty side of the Laka edge, taking after its shape. Dharamkot and Bhagsu lie straightforwardly underneath this trail.

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Roughly most of the way up the trail is a profound crevasse that crosses a precarious area and rises on a rough goad. The primary Dhauladhar range goes out of perspective as you rise from Dharamkot, swings into perspective here, the pyramidal crest of Mon seeming overwhelming.

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This whole extend is ideal for birdwatchers, as the timberlands here are truly swarming with different sorts of larks. Past the Magic View Café, the trail gets more extreme. As of right now, the Dharamkot goad of the Laka edge meets the Triund edge at right points, making a progression of steep gorges that end up in thickly lush gaps.

The trail proceeds through a progression of steep bends. It climbs the Triund edge through thick shrubberies of rhododendron and oak trees. It’s a charming, if marginally strenuous move from here to Triund in great climate. Watch your stride when it’s down-pouring, as the way transforms into mush.

 Kangra Valley

The last couple of curves bring you out of the rhododendrons and out onto the Triund edge. It’s an open verdant edge that extends a decent kilometer toward the south, before diving into the Kangra valley. There are a lot of spots to camp. You could even get a few procurements at the four tea shops here.

Kangra Valley

From Triund, wonder the faultless perspectives of Dhauladhar reaches, in particular Mun (4,610 m), Rifle Horn, Arthur’s seat and Slab (4,570 m). Water is rare and is accessible somewhere in the range of 1 km before Triund.

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The perspectives from here are superb. Toward the east, the Dhauladhar edge ascends in a progression of tops, the most conspicuous of which passes by the neighborhood name of Narwana. Beneath, falsehood the green verdant edges of Triund and just adjacent to the trail is profound lush abysses through which run the different streams that deplete the southern face of the Dhauladhar.

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