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    Default Rugged Rajmachi

    Riders: Jegan(CBR250R), Pratik(Classic 350), Unnikrishnan(Unicorn), Hemant(Xtreme)

    Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer..!!

    Long and extended weekends are always marked red on our calendars to make sure we dont lose any opportunity to escape the city and explore the check list. Thats how this trip also went into practice. Rajmachi Fort has been on the to do list for more than an year now and it was only making us desperate to get out of the usual schedule and go trek the fort. Finally on the eve of the New Year the opportunity knocked our doors and we all were more than glad to accept it.

    For all of us Rajmachi was only known from the Monsoon experiences people shared over the internet and we did not have any clue what was in the offer. Off late we all developed a new habit of starting for the trips early in the morning. So it was decided we start at 04:30 AM and we kicked off on time, at least I did. (Giggle) There was an initial mix up on the meeting point and I zoomed past everyone on my CBR250R and reached outskirts of Lonavala first. Ashwin & Prasad started their trip on 4 wheels (Etios Liva), along with Unni on his Unicorn and reached Karjat to meet Hemant who stays nearby, waiting for them on his CBZ Xtreme. Pratik and Ninad arrived at the rendezvous point on Pratiks Royal Enfield Classic. Before starting further, over a nice cup of tea we all finalized on the plan for the day. At the starting point of Lonavala, I was grinning at all of them waiting for them with my cup of tea. With 4 bikes and 1 car we continued our trip further. We took the route parallel to Della adventures and went behind that spot to enter the off road experience. The road condition was poor or I must say there were no road only stones on our way ahead.

    The legend of Rajmachi was known to all of us and we were prepared for the same. The road was testing the skills and stamina of the bikers and was testing the stability of the 2 x 2 vehicle to perform on this uncomfortable terrain. We parked our vehicles at the base of the fort and had an hour long trek to complete. Our will to reach the top kept us going, stopping in between on our way to the top to click the beauty of the place and to pose for some profile pictures. Serene was the view and comfort was the first feeling we experienced atop the fort. After regaining our breathe we also posed hard for the picture on top and also clicked a lot of pictures of the beautiful view. Took a 30 min break to have some refreshments to beat the heat after descend. We walked ahead for 20 min from the parking spot at the fort base to Udhewadi village which has a lake (Udhaysagar Lake) alongside Godhaneshwar temple. After the long trek we all had a super relaxed time dipping our feet into the lake which was a very refreshing experience in itself. We also visited the Shiva temple which looked like an ancient architecture where we clicked some more pictures before we could start our return journey. It was 02:00 PM in the afternoon and we had to stop by a restaurant (Rama Krishna) in Lonavala for our lunch which turned out to be decent. After crossing Karjat where Hemant retired for the day we all split our ways back in our directions back to the city life and back to the rush.

    The saddest and the happiest part of any trip is the end of the trip, as it ends for that time but makes us rich with our experiences and gives us an opportunity to say to the destination I will be back.

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    Nice! Seems like you guys had a lot of fun!
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    Nice t-log and beautiful captures.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Monk View Post
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    Nice! Seems like you guys had a lot of fun!
    Yup... It was a sweet ride on our way to Rajmachi... But the coming back ride was tiring, since the offroaders (Thar, Gypsy, Bolero, other SUVs) just dig the entire road stretch, which made it difficult for us to come back to Lonavla city... Bigger wheels moved the stones almost everywhere on the road...
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    Some really beautiful pictures. Thumb up!

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    Default Re: Rugged Rajmachi

    I rode this stretch years ago on my R15 and it was a miserable ride to say the least. Another equally if not worse stretch is a place called Bankot which is around 40km of sheer hell near Anjarle, heck you don't need to go all the way to Leh Ladakh when you have Bankot right here in ones backyard. Ha!
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