Monsoon is here. So take a break & let me take you a Visual tour of my trek to Sandhan Valley. Asia's 2nd most Beautiful valley.
My colleague & Friend Reuben messaged me that his group is conducting a trek to Sandhan Valley on 22nd August 2015. I have trekked with his group before to Ajoba Parvat, again a monsoon trek.
This was a 1 day trek & on a Saturday, so I agreed immediately. I messaged my younger sister Asawari & she agreed to join in. My mom's friends daughter Bhakti wanted to join too. Both of them 1st time trekkers. So I HAD to go now ;)
Sandhan valley also called the Valley of Shadows is located in Nashik region. 165kms from Igatpuri. The base village is called Samrad. We started from Thane at 7:30 am, reached the base village at 12pm with one halt.
|Singing all the way. Gana Bajana full on !|
If you are with Reuben, Sumi & Salil there has to be a Live orchestra playing non-stop on both sides of the way. Reuben is an exceptional singer, can belt out oldies, jingles with full background score. Plus if the crowd joins in then its Super fun. This was what happened on this trek too.
We were 43 of us including 3 young boys.
|Beautiful na? Check the lil island.|
|A part of the Bhandardara dam|
|Sandhan Valley, base village Samrad|
|Thumbalina, guess this one is called.|
We trekked for 30-40 mins and came to this cliff. There it was drizzling or so we thought from far off.
On nearing we saw water getting sprayed, but couldnt figure out from where. Once there we saw the waterfall and the valley below. The wind was blowing so hard in the valley, it sprayed the water upwards.
Pleasant and Super Phenomena to experience LIVE. Full paisa vasool :)
Check the video to Re Live it :)
|The waterfall and the spray. Its not haze, I tell you.|
|The Konkan kadda.|
|Such picturesque waterfalls throughout the way|
|Same waterfall from opposite side|
|Waterfalls, streams, lush green mountain range|
|Mouth of the valley with gushing water.|
|Mouth of valley|
|A natural pool with a strong shower|
My sis Asawari, unfortunately slipped and got a cut on her ear. She was given immediate first-aid and she enjoyed the trek back.
After returning and changing our wet clothes, we were served authentic Maharashtrian food. We had given our food preference of Veg/Non veg when registering. Zunka bhakar, batata rasa, varan bhat. Slurp. It was a much needed and loved by all.
|My veg authentic Maharashtrian thali. Followed by varan bhat, yummy !|
|Our trek organizers having their well deserved lunch|
|Last roll call for the day|
Vote of thanks for the day to our Dutta in yellow Tshirt. He has been trained by a Trekking group and has equipment, knowledge, experience to cross this adventurous Valley of Shadow.
I hope to do the full trek sometime in winter. Obviously it will be a night stay in the open below the stars lit sky.
Would love it, I am sure.
Check out some more Trekking posts to get in the mood ;)Travel
Trek: Ajoba Mountain, Valmiki ashram-samadhi, luv-kush cave
Trek: Kalsubai peak Maharashtra's Mount Everest 6th nov 2011
Travel: Raigad Fort Trek 2009
Trek-River rafting at Kolad
Travel- Kanheri caves !
Bye. Take care. Go Trekking this monsoon season.