We’re still obsessed with the beauty of the monsoon. We woke up in the morning, and the boys put on their trekking shoes while I brewed some hot chocolate and put it in the flask. We’re ready for another weekend adventure. This time we’re going to the notorious Ghangad Fort, the magnificent fort hidden in the green valley near Tamhini Ghat.
Ghangad Fort was built about 300 years ago, and the fort had been captured by many rulers in this region. It was also a prison to hold political and women prisoners in the olden days.
Oh by the way, I’m so sorry the pictures in this post aren’t so good because I couldn’t seem to manage getting the shots in the rain. My camera kept frozen because it was so cold and wet. Anyway, you can watch our trip on youtube here as well.
To Get to Ghangad Fort
From Pune, head to Mulshi Lake on Paud Road. Drive along the lake to Tamhini Ghat, and turn right to MCKS Ashram Road. This road is pretty bad, but the sceneries along the ride will make you forget how bumpy it is. Keep driving on this road until you reach Ekole Village, the base village of Ghangad Fort.
Trek to Ghangad Fort
A good breakfast is the best way to start trekking. We had heavy hot food in Mulshi Lake before reaching the isolated part of our trip. Carry some food and water with you because there isn’t much in the villages around here.
As we reached Ekole Village, the starting point of the trail, it started to rain heavily. The trip seemed really quiet, and we didn’t see anybody on the route. The trail was flooded and cold, and somehow we were excited to be soaked in the rain. Fresh air and the sound of water gushing through wet mud set the beautiful scene in our journey.
The trees were wet and dripping, and wild flowers grew on the moss-covered rocks. As we carefully climbed up, thick leaves of the shrubs and trees shrouded the path. We could hear loud water falling against the rocks somewhere. It was so powerful that we had to stop and cautiously listened, to be sure that we’re not heading to the dangerous point of the trail.
The rock steps led us to a bald cliff where the winds blew mercilessly. Raindrops felt so solid when it hit us hard on our skins. At this point, the path became risky, and we started to worry about our 7 years old Yaseen. We crawled and climbed on the rocks, pressed our bodies against the wet wall of stones almost, while the wind kept pushing.
If you ask me why we always do something so risky, an honest answer is “I don’t know.” I think when we travel, when we’re in an adventure, and when we have fun, it’s tricky to differentiate excitement from risk. When you’re in the moment, right at that point, we’re confident that we can do it, and we just go with the flow. But yes, when I look back at our trips sometimes, I know we have been through some dangerous stunts.
Well, we made it to the first rampart of Ghangad Fort nevertheless. Water spilled from the magnificent wall, and the clouds came down on us. It’s rain even harder now, and the winds were determined. We took shelter in front of a big cave where we met 2 trekkers coming down from the fort. Sadik talked to them, and we found out that the path ahead was too dangerous to try. If we wanted to go further, we had to climb up a ladder on the cliff, and there’s a fearful part of the trail ahead of us. It’s even almost impossible for grown men to pass through so we took a step back. But I wondered if we hadn’t talked to these two men, how far we would blindly go on this trail?
Although we couldn’t reach the top of the fort, we enjoyed this trek very much. The trail was beautiful and the weather was…well…fun. We spent sometimes on the rampart of Ghangad Fort, and then we headed back home.
On the way home, we stopped at this waterfall. The water was cold, and I remember hugging myself, shivering on the rock, while the boys jumped in the water. I felt like we had the whole forest to ourselves. We were on the most isolated road, and the mountains surrounded us.
We had lunch in Mulshi Lake, and it felt so good to eat hot delicious food when you’re hungry and exhausted.
I can’t wait to do this again.
A long weekend is on the way, and we’re still looking for a new place to explore. I really want to camp out in the rain though. But wherever we’re going next, I know this time it will be fun. What’re you heading to next week?