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    Part-1: Chasing the Rain at Raigad

    After a hectic day at my office on Friday i could take it no more. Needed a break, peace of mind and that's when my bike comes in handy. In second trip advisor was out and i was browsing the list of places i could go and come back in a day. Raigad Fort was the result of all the search i did that night.

    The Route: Pune-Mulshi Dam-Tamhini Ghat-Raigard Fort-Varandh Ghat-Pune
    The Distance: 386kms.


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    As usual my friends made plans to start at 6:00 A.M and as usual it was 8:00 A.M by the time we left. The road till Mulshi dam was all known to us since our last trip to Lavasa. As usual the bumps and holes drilled us till the Lavasa turning. Then beauty stikes. Mulshi dam had come in all its glory. By the time we reached dark clouds were fast approaching and it turning into a stormy day.


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    After a quick photoshoot and a chai we started for the next halt. Tamhini ghat. Tamhini ghat has some nice corners but unlike lavasa, its far from smooth. Here and there you will find bad streches of road. Had a 30 min break here. Hot kandha bhaji was amazing, we kept ordering plate after plate. There are numerous small waterfalls(dont picture a big one) along the ghat roads.

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    Could not resist a quick shower at some of the small waterfalls as it had already started to rain and we were wet anyways. The road down from Tamhini ghat is fantastic. you cut through hills, mini waterfalls and soothing greenery all around. By the time we reached the bottom we were drenched to the core due to the heavy rains.

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    On the way stopped for a smoke at a bar and restaurant and found a family, a complete family dancing to "Munni badnam hui" and drinking beer. Men, women, mothers , daughters all drunk and dancing. The Tavera was open with heavy music blaring. It was a sight to see. Anyways my friends were stuck and wanted beers, so we took 2 beers and headed out not knowing when to drink. I had strictly said the drivers were not to drink, only the pillion could so t\only 2. Somewhere along the road a dirt road seemed to go nowhere. It was time to get adventureous, took the road. It ended on a cliff!!! The place was so mesmerizing ou gotta se to believe it. My eyes could see as far the horizon, nothing but the forest and some factories and a long winding road. My good pillion friends had their fill of beer and we pent a good hour sitting there. The view was so good no one wanted to leave the place and go. But time was running short for us.

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    GPS out. Re-Checked the map and started. Suddenly in between my friend realized he was running outta fuel. There were no petrol pumps nearby so intead of taking the direct road to Raigad we had to go to Mahad to re-fuel.

    Bellies we filled, bikes we refuelled, it was 1:00 A.M and we had still not reached Raigad Fort. Drove crazy fast o make up for the lost time. Once we ditched the SH and took the inner road for Raigad, hell materialized. The 25 kms drive from the SH to the fort uphill was like a nightmare, roads were bad. very bad. The rains had made em worse. Thankfully, the last stretch was a clean paved road where we could finally zoom off

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    Story to be continued. Part-2 to be followed............Gotta rush. Getting late. Have a bus to catch to Hyderabad
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    Thanks Monk.:thumbup:

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    Good start. Waiting for the rest!

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    Part-2: Chasing the Rain at Raigad


    The ride through the 25 kms of nightmare felt like hours to complete, although it took only 40-45 min or so. It was nearly 4:00 A.M when we finally reached and got our tickets for the cable car. Anpther hour of waiting ensued. The view from the bottom to the top is nice. You keep wondering how on earth did Shivaji Mahraj built such a solid fort up there.

    Cable car starts and we all become kids again. Laughing,shouting,screaming at times. Pure kids. Once we reached the fort, guides came down on us like a pack of wolves wanting to show us around. We bargained a fellow at Rs70/- to show us the fort and get to know its history.

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    Spent an hour on the top. Visited some scary points. Out of nowhere the rains which had abeted started again and this time with a renewed vigour. Took shelter in the shed made for visitors. Again had to register our names for going back down. Light was fading fast and the storm was growing worse.


    It was 8:00 P.M and we were still on top of the fort and there were no signs of the storm abetting. My friends were getting nervous since w had to drive back to Pune and we had Varandh Ghat between us. no one wanted to face the Ghat roads in the middle of the night.

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    Finally we decided, come whatever we were going back. Reached the base village at 9:15 P.M. Rains continued and still 180kms between us and Pune. Everyone saddled up, tightened their jackets and took a deep breath. The ride started.


    Agains the 25kms of nightmarish roads till SH and it had gone even worse due to the darkness and heavy rains. There were 2 cars ahead of us and those prove to be our guardians till we touched SH. Thankfully the rains had become slower by this time.

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    We had finally entered Varandh Ghats. It was 11:30 P.M. Thanks to our dying batteries we didnt check the GPS and took a wrong turn. Instead of ending up at Varandh Ghat we were riding towards Mahabaleswar!!!. Realized this after 10kms or so and turned back.


    The uphill drive was getting more and more difficult. Cloud cover had set in. Forget seeing my friends bike. I was unable to see my own console. The visibility was set to zero at all times. At times it was difficult to judge the distance between the bikes and we were nearly running over each other.


    And the worse part. There was not a soul in sight.. Finally after a hectic drive we reached the top. The sight. Wow, no words to describe, stars over our head, the sky all clear. The lights were switched off, indicators came to life and the moment my 200 came in neutral the radiator fan started blasting off at full force. ditto for my friend. We stat there at the top for some 5 min admiring the view but fear soon crept in. It was clocking 12:30 A.M and we were smack in the middle of nowhere.


    The drive downhillw wasnt much of a problem like we faced while going uphill. In between there were a few scares of rocks falling and thumping on the road. Mini Landslide if you say, but thank God for the visiblity improvement we were able to avois those.


    Tick Tock and it was 1:30 A.M and were finally on flat ground. Found an old shack selling tea and cig still open. Took a much needed break. Got freshened, the NH wasnt much difficult to hit. Miles kept zipping by and soon we were almost at the threshold of Pune. Found a dhaba open, stuffed our stomach lie pigs and almost dozed off.


    Good things come to an end. It was a hell of a journey of 386 kms full of lovely memories. By the time i reached home the clock was ticking 3:00 A.M. Door locked and i fell on my bean bag and went to sleep.
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    Beautiful pictures. Specially those of the rope-ways.

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    Thanks Krishna. This is one of the best places I found for riding from pune during monsoons.

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    Exciting trip you had! Keep it up. Hope to cover this stretch soon

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    Amazing set of pics and it is very scenic in monsoon, i had been there 2yrs back how in the world did shivaji maharaj build a fort on top being the capital and toughest one to conquer..
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    Thanks dude. If only the actual road to the fort from the SH is made good, The ride would have been so awesome.

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