Peaceful location near Pune

Weekend is a concept evolved in the past few decades to allow us to refill on our drained batteries while running the rat race.

But I have a feeling that these days, weekends are a part of a rat race too! There is a race to show the world what a rocking weekend we had and to create an unnecessary Tsunami of dissatisfaction and comparison. Bar hopping, restaurant jumping, bhushi-dam crowd-karofying : we are somewhat faraway form these ways of weekends. Just give us an uncrowded place in nature, a small window of good weather and some simple good food and we are turbo charged!

Sharing this simple shade of happiness with anyone who can resonate with us!

We usually drive along tiny roads in the countryside till we find a place we can walk on a hill! We climbed on this trail and a grand view of the dam backwaters greeted us. The windy weather made the walk and the view all the more filmy! We stared at eagles flying against the wind, floating at a single point in the sky, discussed buoyancy and lot of other concepts of physics and reluctantly came down after our enthusiasm was weakened by the strong winds!

We drove by watching the rice plantations by colourful farmers and tiny waterfalls flowing into the fields on the embankments. This view was no less than the swiss countrysides. Only if we learn to deal with our garbage and amend the mentality of people to preserve our natural habitats.

Only a few more years left till we can enjoy such locations in good weather conditions. I sometimes wonder, can something really be done to reverse climate change or is it already too late?

For anyone and everyone promising to leave only your footprints there, sharing the location

Hidden gem in Panchgani

We are always on a hunt for tranquil locations. We have been to Panchgani and Mahabaleshwar so many times and we are lucky to find a new place every single time.

This photo above was the place we stumbled upon a couple of years ago.

And this June we went on a long drive on a weekday to arrive at a ticketed forest area giving a stunning panoramic views of Panchgani mountains. There are benches on the way to rest and soak in the bird calls.

Imagine walking into a canopy of trees, with nothing but the bird sounds to keep you company. It is an easy trek upwards to a small deck which hosts a 360 degree view to the mountains and tree-cover of Panchgani

As we went on a weekday, we had this gorgeous area all to ourselves. Imagine walking inside a forest (feeling safe) all by yourself with no crowds to take away your peace! It is (definitely) a plastic-free zone so if you carry your snacks with you, you have to make sure you take the plastic with you and drop it in the dustbin at the exit.

Imagine sitting here and reading a book!

We absolutely adore and crave for such places and we are lucky to find them at good times. There are a few such gems left and slowly mankind will eat up all the green spaces that once existed – sorry for stating this bitter-harsh truth. On one hand I feel that there can be so much done to avoid this savage future, but on the other hand I feel that it is already too late! We are already headed downhill, but we can surely reduce our pace.

Things we carry without fail to such treks : caps/hats, sunglasses, water bottles, little snacks like dry-fruits, small empty bag to keep our own garbage, cameras, tripods, good footwear.

P.S : It rained for literally 9 mins when we were here and we managed to shoot a few glimpses for my Friday music! Stay tuned!

For anyone and everyone promising to leave only your footprints there, sharing the location