Accordingly I asked Rhishi and Ramesh about this. They both agreed along with my cousin Aditya and his friends.So we started planning and arranging the things. It was winter of 2011, might be Oct-Nov, I don’t remember exactly,but there was enough cool atmosphere and ultimately the best season for hiking.
There are lot of places at Harishchandra gad to explore. So we should have to plan for 2 days. Because of the stay, we needed to have cooking and sleeping stuff. We packed all the things.I would like to thank my bro and sister-in-law , who helped me out for the packing. And We decided to leave on Saturday morning.
Our journey started form home at 8 AM in the saturday morning. Meeting point was Shivajinagar, from where Ramesh was about to join us ,also we were about to catch the bus for Alephata. Getting stomuch packed with heavy breakfast,we headed towards Alephata.
Unfortunatrely we didnt get bus for Khubi phata,so asked Zeep driver who were wating for passenger at corner. After lot of bargaining with one Zeep driver, he agreed to ride us upto base village Khireshwar in 800 bucks. we headed towards Khireshwar. The Zeep was fantastic, complete safari material .Fully air conditioned(Natural) and double decker. Therefore we could sit on top of zeep, aditya and his friends were enjoying sitting on the top.
Meanwhile we got the lunch parcel at Khubi phata.Passing khubi phata, we were feeling cool air while riding on dam side road. We started our cameras for clicking beautiful images of Pimpalgaon Jog dam.
Around 12:20 PM,we reached the Khireshwar.Little beautiful village.After getting promise to pick ourselves on the next day from Zeep driver,we started walking towards the harishchandreshwar temple.
And here after crossing the hill,thrilling challenge was about to start. There are around 6-7 hills we need to ascend and descend,examining the real stamina at every point.Before starting walk, we can see less dense forest plateau.
There are two routes to reach temple from the plateau, one is going through very dense forest,crossing only one hill and other one is through hiking 6-7 hills up and down. We took rest for a while,being only three there , Rishi,Ramesh and me and thinking about which route to take.Rest of our group was ahead. Pushing some buttermilk in tank,we started walking towards temple and decided to go through straight path hiking 7 hills.
We were only walking, walking and walking ,clicking some awesome images.Also we were searching for Aditya and his friends,but no luck.
And at last we could see the Harishchandreshwar temple.uhhh......! Ramesh pull out some eatables from his bag.we started eating,still no sign of three monkeys.we finished eating and drinking.Feeling was like drinking nectar.....We thought of waiting for them,but the sun was about to set in hour,so decided to go straight to catch the sunset at Konkan Kada.
We made Maggie for breakfast.Packed with breakfast,we decided to commence our return journey.And this time we were going another route which goes dense forest skipping up and down hike of 7 hills.We gave money to children who help us in the night and clicking the images with them,started walking towards Khireshwar.
And as promised the Zeep driver was ready to pick us at right time...........Fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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