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Khadakwasla Lake and Sinhagad Fort

After being stood by in the house for 2 weeks by rain, we finally decided to get out for some fresh air. Though we risked catching a rain storm but we were really excited about this trip. We got out of the house early with empty stomach hoping to find some delicious local snacks on the way.

Khadakwasla Dam

It only took us 40 minutes to enter the pleasant green land. We reached Khadakwasla dam, the entrance of the lake. It is the most important lake that supplies water to Pune city.

We rolled the window down to let the fresh air enter the car. It was so gracious to let the wind blew through our hair.

Rice fields by Khadakwasla lake

Not everyday we could drive to the luscious green road which surrounded by lake and mountains. We peacefully observed simple and grounded lives of the villagers along the lake.

Eggplants and peanuts grow in Khadakwasla

It must be like paradise to wake up to this kind of countryside everyday.

Onion Fritters or Pakoda

We stopped at a small shack on the way to grasp these spicy onion fritters which I used to give the recipe few weeks back. It was hot, crispy and delicious.

Then we drove up the steep and narrow lane almost 800 meters to Sinhagad Fort, used for many infamous battlefields in the past, now one of the most famous tourist attractions in Pune.

It’s also known for the trekking enthusiasts’ destination and family picnic spot.

We strolled around in this tableland park, visiting ruins and old day infrastructures, which were built in these extreme conditions.

We applauded the previous generation engineering genius.

The scenes from this highland were breath taking. The wind was so strong that we had to hold our little monkey tight so he wasn’t blown away. He was so happy playing against the strong force and to be so close to nature. It was so much fun.

We also grasped some fresh cream popsicles and grilled corns with masala and lime for snacks.

We were so exhausted after reached home almost 4 pm. We had these takeout and everyone were knocked out.

We plan to make a trip to the next hill station soon again next week. Would you come with us? 🙂

The only regret in this trip was I didn’t prepare a picnic basket. I really love packing food when we were on the trip. Do you like picnic? What’s your favourite food to pack?

Enjoy,
Tes

20 comments to Khadakwasla Lake and Sinhagad Fort

  • I do like picnics. I like fruit and cheese with bread. There are a lot of great bento blogs out there that really have some exceptional ideas. Love the onion fritter photos.

  • I do like picnics and like to pack fresh fruits, sandwiches and not to forget freshly baked muffins. I love this kind of outing during monsoon, ahh it just heaven…lovely pics..seems like you guys had a FUN!

  • Those onion fritters are making me drool!

  • Oh! The pictures are lovely…and yes…picnic…I usually love to pack homemade bread, cold cuts and lots of fresh fruits…

  • sensiblecooking

    What a wonderful trip. The greens are so beautiful. The fritters made me drool. Glad you had great trip.

  • Oh, what a perfect day! I wish I went on more picnics…usually I pack tomato mozzarella sandwiches or cold pasta salads.

  • Kaz

    That looks like a fun and wonderful day!

    I love picnics. I like potato salad and lots of veggies with dip and fresh fruit for dessert at mine. =)

  • Oh how pretty! What a gorgeous spot to get out and enjoy.

  • looks like you had a great time!! for picnics, my favorite is fried chicken! I am from the south, I think its in my blood!!

  • Tes- your adventure with the kids outside looks so beautiful! Insanely lush and truly breathtaking. We’re not big picnic-ers but do enjoy packing up a couple of harder cheeses and a nice salami along side a baguette. It travels well and always make a great treat.

  • dawn

    tes thank you so much for sharing your life with me. i really enjoy reading your posts and seeing your pictures. Do you have a facebook acct? STILL LOKKING FOR A RECIPE FOR CUCUMBER SALAD, PAD THAI, AND YUM WOON SEN SALAD IF YOU COULD FIND THE TIME TO EMAIL THAT TO ME IT WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED. I WAS HOPING TO EXPERIMENT OVER THE WEEKEND A LITTLE. ANY AMERICAN DISHES THAT YOU MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN THAT I COULD SHARE WITH YOU AS WELL. I WILL LOOK UP SOME OF MY VEGGIE DISHES FOR YOU AND YOUR PARTY AS WELL. I REALLY LOOK FORARD TO CHATTING WITH YOU AND SHARING OUR RECIPES AND PICTURES. THANK YOU FOR BEING A NEW FRIEND WHO SHARES MANY OF MY OWN INTERESTS.
    DAWN

    • Tes

      Dawn,
      Thanks so much for your sweet comment. I’ve just posted sweet cucumber salad recipe. Please check out my recent post. I will get pad Thai post in a couple of days as now I am sprouting the beans at home. I couldn’t find the beansprout for pad Thai.

  • Life in a Recipe

    Another great road trip. The scenery looks amazing. A feast for the eyes as well as the stomach!

  • tushar singla

    hi tes..
    im planning a one day outing to khadakwasla this weekend.. do u suggest we go to sinhagad fort as well or should we not merge the two places in one trip?

    • Tes

      Hi Tushar,
      You should definitely visit Sinhagad fort if you are going to Kadakwasla. The fort is not so far from the lake but driving up there is quite a challenge. If you wait for few week for rain to shower all over the place and change the dry land to luscious green, it could be more memorable.
      We were thinking of visit the lake again sometimes soon. Next time we are gonna try hiking up there and leave our car in resort parking facility. You should do that if you have time… it’s very rewarding to trek along the trails surrounded by wild flowers and greens.
      Tell me if you need more help 🙂

  • Hey very nice photos and post too. Thanks for sharing with us. Here is another post giving information about Sinhgad fort and the forts around Pune. You might like these forts to visit.

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