We had a week’s time to carry out the pre-hike activities. We got the permission from the college and notices of the hike were put up in the college. We got a good response and eventually finalized a 54 seater bus. All the requirements were fulfilled and the reporting time was fixed at around on Saturday, the 24th.
|Time for some refreshing Breakfast|
|Views to the North|
|Old Architecture still intact|
Shrivardhan being the higher of the two peaks provided a great view of the surrounding region. We could see the
|One of the several Darwazas in the fort|
Others had left the top by then and descended from the old route. When we reached the main route, some of our friends were ahead of us, while quite a lot were still behind. We reached the col and rested near the open space in front of the temple. Lunch time was nearing. Some had still not descended…some were resting…and some others led by Chinmay, Krish etc. had gone to explore some old bungalow. Those who were resting, were lucky to enjoy the cool & refreshing ‘kokum sherbet’. It was paisa vasool.
|Our Host Mr. Umbre|
We then went ahead to meet Mr. Mukund Gondhalekar, who as the Secretary of the Rajmachi Rural Aid and Development Programme is doing a good job for the welfare of the people of RAJMACHI. He briefed us on the history of the fort and the life of the villagers. He also told us about the activities carried out by the Rajmachi Rural Aid and Development Programme. He explained how we students could also contribute to this. Some students also interacted with him. Soon it was time to say good bye to this beautiful place-it was time for us to leave behind memories of a wonderful trek.