Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Sinhgad fort trip

On 26th morning we left our homes for Sinhgad fort on our bikes. Ankush, his wife - Meenal, my wife - Meet and I enjoyed journey passing through Khadakwasala dam.


After reaching the foot of the Sinhgad fort we parked our bikes, got freshen up and had spicy misal pav.



I was not feeling well that day. So I decided to go by Tempo Trax to the top. Ankush, Meenal and Meet wanted to give a try of climbing. I must mention that all of them were suffering chikungunya and yet decided to opt for climbing.

The sun was shining and to protect themselves the team had a hat made from leaves. Creative people.




They enjoyed beautiful nature around them. I really felt jealous but could not do anything as I was sitting idle at the top of the fort waiting for my team join me. 



Ankush gifted Meenal hand made jewellery (नवलक्खा हार). He made it out of leaves and stem.


During their trek they took small breaks.



They had some entertainment too.


And of course, they had snacks in between. Weekends is a season for sellers of juices, fruits, curd, buttermilk, onion fritters and local food.


After all this, the team finally reached at the Pune Gate (पुणे दरवाजा) where I was waiting for them as decided.


After this point the team had four members including me. We had some fun at Pune gate of the fort before moving ahead.






My wife, Meet,  was wearing all types of natural ornaments, green gold jewellery.


We first visited a place where all the ammunition was kept.




On our route to next spot we found many crabs. Here is the shot of one of the smartest crab we encountered. He had his prey in his hand and was looking contended to have that. Isn't it?


We then went to see Dev Take (देव टाकं). The water was in the purest form. Local sellers attract visitors to their huts quoting that they prepare food using water from this tank. I think they don't have any other option. There is no other water source on the fort. It is not feasible to cook food using mineral water either.


"Water is life and it is miraculous that it is available at this height. Please keep the tank clean."

This time too we found a kitten on our trip. She was playing with something, may be a plastic cup dropped there by some careless visitor.


While coming back from Dev Tank we saw Hatti Tank (हत्ती टाकं), meaning elephant tank. I am not sure why it is called Hatti Tank. Is it because of its size or something else don't know. There was no guide on the fort who could give detailed information.


Temples near Hatti Tank.



Then we visited mausoleum (समाधी) of a great maratha warrier Narvir Tanaji Malusare. He sacrificed his life to conquer this fort for Shivaji Maharaj. He was called Narvir (nar = man, vir = brave).


We had our lunch after this. It was delicious. We had bhakari, pithale, bhaji, curd and buttermilk in our lunch. You will find many offer meal on ground. People like it having meal sitting on ground than on table and chairs.


After this we came down. This time all decided to go by Tempo Trax. All of them were tired. And I had no other option.


We took our bikes and marched toward Pune in the evening time.


2 comments:

vishvesh said...

nice photos with too nice commentry. Mandar u r good writer.

ksh said...

U must hav had gr8 time... gr8 nice photos....