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#1 Mar 5th, 2006, 01:48
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hi,

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Please suggest some ideas for this months im mumbai meet to make it more interesting and exciting ?
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Hi Anil,

Hope we find a good place (and day) this time too!!! I guess it is easy to meet at a well known place and then move on from there to the nooks and crannies of the city if one wishes. It sure was a nice one last time, hope we get a similar place this time too!!! Could you send a pm to all those present last time and ask for suggestions to make it easier for all of us too? Then we can decide on the final place and time accordingly. How does 25th March (Saturday) sound to you all? I can make it in the evening that day for sure.

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Bandra is an ideal place as most IM/CS guys live around that area. Though anywhere is kool . The more meet ups the better .They dont have to be big .Just name a place and time . Enjoy some good food , drink and have a hearty discussion about everything under the sun .
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Thumbs up Trek to Mountains?

Anil, am busy on the 25th 26th March weekend.

How about trekking? It will be hot.... but then we can wear hats and things.

Saturday 1st April & Sunday 2nd April 2006. Not an April fool joke

Trek to some mountain..... with a cave or caves on top.

Hariishchandragad comes to mind. Another personal fav is Jivdhan above Naneghat. But there are very many others. Many are not frequented. I have been to most of them several times over...

We can do a one day trek as well. But it will be in the coastal mountains, which are not very high and hence very hot.

Two day trek can be done in the real mountains, where the nights would be chill even in summer.... the view would take your breath away.... and the stars appear a bit closer....

For the trek, I can commit to remain free on 1st/2nd April 2006 and its not about April fool's day jokes. If its just a regular meet up, I may come if I am free..... but for trekking.... I will arrange it such that I will keep the two days free.

Normally I am very busy on weekends, more than even weekdays.



OK...... here's a concrete schedule for Jivdhan.........

JIVDHAN FORT

Keeping in mind that some beginners could be coming, I will keep the climb only half the normal climb .... by doing half the climb by ST bus.

Friday 31st March 2006 catch the night bus to Junnar from Mumbai Central ST depot. Bus departs at 21:30. Reaches Junnar at 04:30 Sat early morning. Tickets sholud be booked at least 5 to 6 days in advance. For the people who have never experienced a ride in the local village bus, here's a unique chance to spend half the night in one. If we don't book in advance, we might have to go standing; as I have done very often. But its not advised.

Saturday 1st April 2006 Catch the first bus or jeep or whatever out of Junnar to Ghatghar. Reach Ghatghar by 09:00. Its only an hour's journey but we don't get transport at 4:30 am. This Junnar bus kills half of your climb [about 2000 feet, the altitude of Matheran] by depositing you half way up the altitude... i.e. on the Deccan Plateau.

Enjoy some pre packed sandwiches or something and chai for breakfast. No dhaba here, we have to bring everything.

Hire a guide from the village and start climbing leisurely. We should make it to the top in 5 hours. [my regular trekkers do it in two and a half]

Caves and other features on top. Purest water that I have ever seen in the mountains. We can sleep in the caves or outside. Any/both will do.

Watch stars at night. 1st April is the third day of the bright half so we will have the moon up to around 21:30 or so. Gives us a chance at star gazing. I can't ask aadil to lug his telescope up... it would be quite heavy. But a rich field binocs?

Sunday 2nd April 2006 Morning start at 09:00 to climb down. If the trekkers are nimble, we will take the tough route down or else the same way as we came up.

Going down we do not take short cuts. We go ALL the way down to the Konkan. Will reach the Naneghat cave [halfway] by 13:30 and lunch. Will reach the Konkan by 16:30 or so.... take a bus or lift to Kalyan station which is two & a half hours by road. Reach CST by 21:00

I have taken a number of first timers on this route. They were not trekkers but were fit. None of them have complained so far. [all are alive ]

There are MANY photos of Jivdhan on the net.


HARIISHCHANDRAGAD

Very famous and very scenic. The scary Konkan Kadaa canyon is a must see. Historic temples and shivalingam on top. Many caves but most are occupied by trekkers.... still lotsa space.

I can't take first timers up the Tolar khind route.... unless they are very fit.

The other easy route is via Pachnai. We'll have to hire a Qualis or Sumo to take us to Pachnai. Or we can take the night train to Igatpuri and a local jeep to Pachnai via Rajur.

The climb from Pachnai is not very steep. We reach the temple and cave complex in around three & a half hours. Its a crowded place with some 30 to 40 trekkers present every day and 200 to 300 on the weekend. Basic stuff like pohaa etc is available from locals who set up temporary stalls. Local desi chicken also for those who are not worried abt the newly discovered bird flu. [me am a veggie-tarian]

Scenery wise, Hariishchandra is a must see. It is my all time favourite, but I don't like the crowds nowadays... The huge shivalingam, the 1600 yr old temple, the awesome Konkan kadaa canyon, and the many small things all make Harishchandra a "must do" mountain.

It will be the same schedule. Depart Friday night by the Dadar Amritsar Express upto Igatpuri. Sleep on the sation platform for 3 hours. Take earliest possible private jeep to Pachnai via Rajur. Reach Pachnai around 9:00.

This one is a gentle climb. Reach top by 13:30.

Sunday one can elect to come down by the tougher route..... and end up at Khireshwar to take a bus to Kalyan. Reach CST by Sunday 21:00

Now see the photos of Harishchandragad.

EDIT NOTE: Absolutely fantastic slide show of Harishchandragad. This photographer is a friend of some IMer [i forget who?]

After seeing this show, I feel like I want to go there NOW.
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Navin: Yes, Bandra sounds like a nice place to meet up and then maybe go for a walk at the Bandstand area. We did meet up for the Virtual Tourist meeting there a couple of months ago. There are so many excellent food places in the area that it is impossible to decide on just one good one!!! HAHAHA!!! Hope somebody from the area decides a nice place and then we can all meet up there after which we can go some place else later. Any other events like a backpacker's club talk at the Mocha coffee bar in Bandra also sounds interesting but am not sure when they are held usually. If someone knows about the time and dates please keep me informed.

Avidtrekker: I do not mind getting my telescope which is pretty heavy and bulky too but who will carry it up the rocky terrain?!!! I had taken it up the Lohagad fort near Lonavala twice but it went up all the way in an autorickshaw!!! HAHAHA!!! I did not know there was a way up for small vehicles like that as they only told me they would carry it up somehow!!!

Cheers,
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Talking Telescopes

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Originally Posted by aadil Avidtrekker: I do not mind getting my telescope which is pretty heavy and bulky too but who will carry it up the rocky terrain?!!! I had taken it up the Lohagad fort near Lonavala twice but it went up all the way in an autorickshaw!!! HAHAHA!!! I did not know there was a way up for small vehicles like that as they only told me they would carry it up somehow!!!

Cheers,
Aadil.
If my memory serves me correctly, you had an 8 inch Celestron Catadiotropic weighing around 2.2 kilos without the stand. At least that's the one you'd brought to National Park. I wouldn't want you to inflict torture upon yourself and the scope. It was just banter. Binocs however, I wouldn't mind. I have a small binocs 8 X 21. Good for birds and route finding.
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Suryamaal

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Originally Posted by aadil I had taken it up the Lohagad fort near Lonavala twice but it went up all the way in an autorickshaw!!!

Cheers,
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Suryamaal after Bhiwandi Wada has very good unpolluted sky. Its a 2500 foot high plateau in the middle of the Tansa Reserved Forest.

I mention it because a proper asphalted road takes you and the scope comfortably. ST buses also serve the place. Forest RH acco also available so no need for camping out.
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Originally Posted by AvidTrekker If my memory serves me correctly, you had an 8 inch Celestron Catadiotropic weighing around 2.2 kilos without the stand. At least that's the one you'd brought to National Park. I wouldn't want you to inflict torture upon yourself and the scope. It was just banter. Binocs however, I wouldn't mind. I have a small binocs 8 X 21. Good for birds and route finding.
Yes, your memory serves you right but the weight is much more than 2.2kgs!!! I usually carry my own 150mm (Diameter) / 1500mm (Focal Length) Intes Maksutov Cassegrain telescope nowadays if it is one telescope and the 2000mm (FL) Celestron as well if I require two of them. I am not so sure everyone would want to look up at the stars all night if we took the telescope and would not want to burden anyone else with carrying it either!!! It is a pretty heavy thing to carry and pretty bulky too. Even my 20X80 binoculars are pretty heavy for a newcomer to use so not worth getting them either except for myself or some experienced observers.

Any details or other info about Suryamal would be appreciated too. Thanks a lot.

Cheers,
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Harishchandra is supposed the best trekking sport for all the trekkers . Jivandhan sounds good also. Wonder If E&A has any treks planned for the month (website has not been updated).
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Originally Posted by aadil Yes, your memory serves you right but the weight is much more than 2.2kgs!!! I usually carry my own 150mm (Diameter) / 1500mm (Focal Length) Intes Maksutov Cassegrain telescope nowadays if it is one telescope and the 2000mm (FL) Celestron as well if I require two of them. I am not so sure everyone would want to look up at the stars all night if we took the telescope and would not want to burden anyone else with carrying it either!!! It is a pretty heavy thing to carry and pretty bulky too. Even my 20X80 binoculars are pretty heavy for a newcomer to use so not worth getting them either except for myself or some experienced observers.

Any details or other info about Suryamal would be appreciated too. Thanks a lot.

Cheers,
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i really like avid trekkers idea

i really like avid trekkers idea...i think skinny would enjoy the stars instead of peeping in to girls bedrooms instead from the binox...


and we could brainstorm tomorrow 8th at cs meet at 8 pm at carter road ccd
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Originally Posted by anilkhare i really like avid trekkers idea...i think skinny would enjoy the stars instead of peeping in to girls bedrooms instead from the binox...


and we could brainstorm tomorrow 8th at cs meet at 8 pm at carter road ccd

actually i can gurantee id like peeping into girls bedrooms....


edit: Bandra sounds doable at this point. as long as its not a GP clash.
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guys so what do u think is ideal

hi,

i personally prefer avid trekkers idea..but guys amyl, navin, aadil, learning to fly, please suggest what is feasible. everyone also pls contribute your ideas

anil
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Originally Posted by anilkhare hi,

i personally prefer avid trekkers idea..but guys amyl, navin, aadil, learning to fly, please suggest what is feasible. everyone also pls contribute your ideas

anil
Hi Anil,

Well, I have nothing new to say now, just that it is not possible for me to go out of Mumbai but if there is something in the city I will surely try to make it!!! Anyplace is fine as long as some kind of transport is available to get to and from there!!!

Cheers,
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oops! somehow missed this discussion going .. was just wodnering how come nothing is floating around abt the meetup

well wel... i wud really go for Avid.. and that too for Harischandra Gad.
had been there more than once but that is a palce where u want to go more often...
hey just to share some snaps and try out Jivan's imageshack suggestion here are some snaps of my last trip to this beautiful place

some beautiful things i got to see
A Flower..


On the way to Konkon Kada


The Majestic, mindblowing, awesome......whatnot... Konkon Kadda.


thats me there on the edge of KK... u r in heaven when u r there ...specailly in rainy season (when its not raining tho )


and this is where u wud stay at night....i stayed right behind that age old temple..its beautiful..snap taking right from my sleeping bag.


tho it wud be hot hot n hot these days.....every season has its own beauty.
but yes its gonna be arduous for sure.... but worthwhile.

so lets see if Air India can divert one of their planes to Harsishchandra Gad for Aaadil to work on it on sunday morning while we donot miss him in this trip and the airline ppl donot miss him on his working day. (am i assuming that this trip has been finalized ..tempting so it is.)

ok lets see how things work out...
aadil if its not more than 5 KG or soemthing things can be figured out.. we can ask local lad pay him 50 bucks, arrange for his food and we will have it up there. no probs in that. but u try manage this trip if ever this idea goes thru.

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