” Whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home” – J.K. Rowling
And home these days has been “wanderlust.”
Almost an year back, we left our footprints on a seashore
Quite opposite to that, we headed to the hills.
The trip started with our all time favorite mode of transport: Trains!
Hyderabad to Pune:
Monsoons bring beauty and life, to hill stations, and waterfalls.
But you see “water – falls” flooding the low lying areas.
Our train had to be halted. But nothing could stop a bunch of travel junkies.
And to reach that the top spot, we jumped trains.
After an hour of hogging in an unreserved compartment, we landed in Pune.
Best known for it’s good food, Pune had a lot to offer.
Our hunger pangs led the way.
Local delicacies: Misaal Paav and Mattha. Mattha Nasha tha. ❤
Fast forward to pack up, pick up (car) and drive to Mahabaleshwar..
Day 1: Mahabaleshwar to Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary
Early morning, misty weather, friends, and drive.
Sounds dreamy, right? It indeed was. ❤
Drive through the hills, maratha breakfast on the highway, makkabutta on a hilltop, a small museum about the Koyna Dam and gushing water falls, the day went by without we realizing it was time to head home.
Day 2: Pratap Gadh, Elephant View Point and Lingamala Water Falls
Another beautiful morning.
Wasn’t exaggerating, see for yourself 😉
Pratapgadh was a long way, we started early in the morning by 7:00 AM.
It was a misty yesterday, we were that mist now.
After 2 hours of driving, we reached Pratapgarh Fort.
Built after the glorious victory against the Adilshahi forces, the fort represents the inception of the maratha empire.
Unlike popular reviews, we took our sweet time to explore the fort.
Followed by breakfast, it gave an eerie feeling, knowing that wars were fought and men were beheaded, at the very foothills of this fort where we sat and dined.
En route, blessed with rains, we encountered pretty waterfalls.
Next stop: Elephant’s view point
It was a drive back to the place where we started from.
Unfortunately, clouds did their magic.
The only thing we realized was, where there are clouds there’s 4G.
Sir Aurthur’s seat: it was their (clouds’) day.
Pro Tip: DO NOT completely rely on google maps and be ready to pay tolls/taxes.
Last point for the day: Lingmala water falls
It was almost closing by the time we reached. We reached out to the management and after considering our pleas and puppy faces, they let us in for 20 mins. The race began to reach:
Happy that we could take a peek at it, it was go home time.
Back in the city, we paid a visit to Mapro Gardens, known for varieties of strawberry produce.
Followed by a drive back to Pune, paired with south Indian breakfast to revive those taste buds, (aakhir hyderabadi toh hi hai na!?) cheers to the best time I had in Maharashtra!
Post Script: After a systematic review by one of our readers, adding in the below information on how the trip was planned:
Middle ground: Mapro Gardens/Parsi Point
South – Koyna WildLife Sanctuary
Koyna is a long way of hills, water falls and picturesque landscapes. While heading to that place, make sure to carry all weather protection gear as the weather tends to be unpredictable.
Our choice of stay was: Hotel Shahee Pearl near
Old Mahabaleshwar Decent rooms, Decent Prices and beautiful morning views!
West – Pratapgadh Fort, Elephant’s view point. Sir Arthur’s seat, Lingmala Water Falls and Venna Lake
Get the explorer out while heading out to Pratapgadh Fort and Lingmala Water Falls, involves trekking through the ups and downs and taking gigantic stairs!
Choice of Stay: As above
East – Wai and Dhom Dam
This is the time where you descend the hills and hit the ground.
Our choice of stay – Zostel Panchgani
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