When was the last time you switched off your phone and connected to nature? When was the last time you shut down your computer and experienced beautiful natural landscapes with your travel buddies? When was the last time you hugged a big tree like a naughty kid ?? If your answer is not ‘Recently’ then you must head to Andharban with your gang or loved ones who love to spend time with nature. Because you must go on trips with people you love and you end up with a beautiful trail of memories.
We CrazyUS decided to celebrate Friendship Day at Andharban. To complete this trek without any hassle you must go with experienced trek organizers, so we decided to go with Gad Vede (गड वेडे)Team. We started our journey on 6th August 2017 at 8.30 am (Which was supposed to start at 7 am :|) towards Pimpari Village which was the starting point of the trek.
The journey towards Pimpri village was super awesome. Nature was showing his richness through lush green trails of mountains, crystal clear rainwater, dancing waterfalls and many more things.
We reached Pimpri at 11am and formed groups as there were many trekkers had come to explore this amazing place called ‘Andharban’.
Andharban, This is actually a Marathi word. If we break this word into two parts then Andhar means Darkness and Ban mean Forest. And Yes, This is a truly Dark dense forest where at some places literally sunrays cant reach till the ground and you walk through darkness. This trek is primarily based on descending from the peak. We started walking through lush green grass and natural water streams. The ranges of Tamhini Ghat and foggy weather, what could be more beautiful than this!
Andharban amazed us with its own beauties. Its Mountain Trail covered with fog and clouds was something magical thing to see. Every place we reach was having its own pretty features that no one could walk ahead without stopping and looking at it.
Waterfalls were the best thing to see! But these places were little risky to walk as the ground was slippery at some spots. Take a note: While walking on places where waterfalls are falling or streams are flowing don’t put all the weight on the first step. Keep Balance and walk slowly.
We were walking on all the tiny paths somewhere covered with dry leaves fallen down in the fall season and somewhere on newly grown green grass. Every Turn and climb were having their own uniqueness which was making us fall in love with their amazing beauty.
We CrazyUS made this trek more memorable with all our stupid things and yes, we made loads of memories.
Andharban has its own treasure of wild plants and flowers which you may observe while walking through it. Some flowers were so beautiful that we could not resist ourselves to catch them in our lenses.
We descended the range and reached Bhira Village where we had delicious local food, had some rest, had a little walk in the village and yes a last big group photo! Photos are mandatory these days !!!
Some Information If You Are Planning To Go With Your Travel Buddies:
- Things To Carry
- Trekking Bag Or Any Backpack to keep all things and to keep hands free
- Some Energy Food/Biscuits/Fruits to have in between trek
- Water Bottle 3 Litters.
- Personal medicines
- Snugly fitting canvas shoes / Sports shoes
- Torch with spare set of batteries
- Safety pins(For Emergency)
- Electoralor Energy Powder or Glucon D powder
- Good trekking shoes, Extra Pair of Clothes
- Plastic bag to keep clothes dry
- Major Attractions
Beautiful Kundalika Valley, Tamhini Ghat, Bhira Dam Landscape Start Point, Plus valley, Independence Point, A View Of Devkund Waterfall from top of the valley and some beautiful spots for Landscape and macro photography.
- Location Address: Near Mulshi, Tamhini Ghat, Pune, Maharashtra (India).
- How To Reach :
From Pune: Pune → Piranghut → Mulshi → Tamhini ghat → Pimpri Dam.
From Mumbai: Dadar → Vashi → Kalamboli →Lonavla → Pimpri Dam and returning route – Bhira Dam → Pali → Khopoli → Kalamboli → Vashi.
ST Bus Route: If you are planning to go by ST bus then take a bus to Bhamburde village from Lonavala (40 km). From Bhamburde, you can either have a walk of 14 km or take a private vehicle to Pimpri village.
- Height / Elevation: 2100 feet at the starting point. You will start descending into the valley from the starting point.
- Best Time To Visit: August to January is the best time to do this trek.
So overall Andharban is the marvelous beauty amidst ranges of Sahyadris every trekker must visit at least once!
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