Trek to Kalsubai with TreksandTrails, India: Highest peak in Maharashtra

Text Author: Divyang Saxena

 
Cold, unmerciful rain battering down upon us, violent gusts of wind trying to knock us down and gravity attempting to gobble us up if we made the slightest misstep; these were the conditions which got me wondering, “Hey, what on earth was I thinking of  when I signed up for this?!”
But all that vanished in a trice, once the euphoria of having made it to the top of Kalsubai, the highest peak in Maharashtra at 1646m (5400 feet), kicked in.
 
It all began on a Saturday night, 25th July 2015, when a motley group of about 15 trekking enthusiasts and first-timers gathered at Dadar East to board the bus to  Bari village. After a bumpy, tiresome 4-hour ride, we finally arrived at the base village and quickly hit the floor for a short nap.
After some tossing and turning, I stirred to the sound of someone announcing @7.30 in the morning, “Wake up everyone! It’s time for the trek.” After a light breakfast of delicious poha and tea, we were all raring to go. Even a torrential downpour was not going to dampen our spirits! After a brief round of introductions, we were all set to scale the peak, under the watchful eye of our guide, Mr. Prashant, from TreksandTrails, India. 
The trek had been described as having `medium' difficulty, and that certainly seemed to be the case. At the outset, we had to cross a rivulet, which morphed into a mini-waterfall a few meters away. Having passed the first obstacle unscathed, we trudged on. The scenery consisted of mainly paddy fields surrounded by lush green foliage with the hills beckoning us in the backdrop.
 
 

Lohagad trek a corporate visit

 

Leader shall lead and be ready to be led – Anonymous. Even as I write this today, it’s inspiring.

We met at the Overnight trek to Sandhan Valley with TreksandTrails, India. And I am quite sure you must have already read the blog by now. After doing the math about when to go, time difficulty level, accessibility you made the call. The only request being “I shall lead”

We at TreksandTrails, India welcome the change of guard. As decided we all gathered up on route till Vashi flyover and left for Lohagad. Yes it’s the same fort know as the backbone for Sawarj. The name means – Iron fort. Did know that Lohagad boast of one of the best architectural entry gates of the forts in Maharashtra?

 

 

Bhutan - the Land of Thunder Dragon

About:

Officially the Kingdom of Bhutan is a landlocked country in South Asia at the eastern end of the Himalayas. It is bordered to the north by China and to the south, east and west by India. To the west, it is separated from Nepal by the Indian state of Sikkim, while farther south it is separated from Bangladesh by the Indian states of Assam and West Bengal. Bhutan's capital and largest city is Thimphu. Bhutan existed as a patchwork of minor warring fiefs until the early 17th century. At that time the lama and military leader Ngawang Namgyal, the first Zhabdrung Rinpoche, who was fleeing religious persecution in Tibet, unified the area and cultivated a distinct Bhutanese identity. In the early 20th century, Bhutan came into contact with the British Empire and retained strong bilateral relations with India upon its independence. In 2006, based on a global survey, Business Week rated Bhutan the happiest country in Asia and the eighth-happiest in the world. Bhutan's landscape ranges from subtropical plains in the south to the sub-alpine Himalayan heights in the north, where some peaks exceed 7,000 metres. In 2008, Bhutan made the transition from absolute monarchy to constitutional monarchy and held its first general election. As well as being a member of the United Nations, Bhutan is a member of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and hosted SAARC's sixteenth summit in April 2010.

*** Source Wikipedia

Capital and largest city of Bhutan is - Thimphu
Official languages  - Dzongkha
Bhutan Religion - Vajrayana Buddhism
Bhutan Currency - Bhutanese ngultrum (BTN) = Indian Rupee (INR)
Bhutan Calling code +975
Languages - Dzongkha, Hindi, Nepali, English
Bhutan Time +0.30 minutes of Indian Standard Time

 

The Tadoba - Andhari Tiger Reserve - Land of Tigers - The Jewel of Vidharba - Narration

 
The state of Maharashtra is a biological hotspot - rich and awesome. Trekking or visit to one of the state tiger reserves, there is something for everyone. We set of to explore Tadoba Andhari Tiger reserve this June. Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve boost of the highest density of tiger population in India. Close to 65 tigers for 620 sq km. Our trip was a great delight with many other animals that we sighted like the Peacock, India roller, bulbul, White eye Buzzard, Paradise flycatcher (male and female), India Spita, Crow pheasant, India Bison, Spotted dears,  four Antler deer’s, marsh land crocodiles, Sambar, wild boar, Monitor lizard, Woodpeckers, Indian Muntjac (baking deer), Jungle hen, Serpent Eagle, Crow butterfly, Langurs, Seven sisters, Magpie Robin, Green beater are a few name that I could remember that were shared by the local guide on the open jeep safari that we had. Tadoba Andhari is located along the hills of Chimur, Kolsa and Mouharli. We travelled by the Duntoro Express from CST till Nagpur. Tadoba was declared a tiger reserve in 1955 and later Andhari was joined in 1986.
 
 
TIGER!!!
The tiger (Panthera tigris) is the largest cat species, reaching a total body length of up to 3.38 m (11.1 ft) over curves and exceptionally weighing up to 388.7 kg (857 lb) in the wild. Its most recognisable feature is a pattern of dark vertical stripes on reddish-orange fur with a lighter underside. The species is classified in the genus Panthera with the lion, leopard, jaguar and snow leopard. Tigers are apex predators, primarily preying on ungulates such as deer and bovids. They are territorial and generally solitary but social animals, often requiring large contiguous areas of habitat that support their prey requirements. This coupled with the fact that they are indigenous to some of the more densely populated places on Earth, has caused significant conflicts with humans.