We get onto a Pune-Lonavla local. No seats, so we have to perch ourselves on the luggage rack.
Lonavla station is lovely, a little dirty with all the rain and grime, but the grass covers it all!
We eat lots of missal-pau and vada-pau while waiting for friends from Mumbai to show up. In pouring rain, we start the trek from Lonalva, near the Tungarli Dam. ( that explains the lack of photos, we didn’t dare to take out our cameras).
We walk for 5 hours, over hills and valleys, crossing raging streams. Along the way we meet bikers – they are carrying the bikes across the streams. What enthusiasm! We see lovely waterfalls, and mist covered hills.
Rajmarchi finally appears at 5:30. its a small hamlet of 20 huts.
There are 550 trekkers here today. We get our own hut – villa, as Sid likes to think of it. It has mud walls and a mud floor.
We are busy wringing out the rain from our clothes, bedsheets, everything.
Nothing like a hot chai in the rain. Food here is great – including the Pohas for breakfast.
Our knees cry in pain on the steep path. Rija sits down, and gives up hope!
We finally are down in the valley. Some more hot chai, and kandha bhaji.
Then its back to the station at Karjat, and a train to Pune. A great monsoon trek, and recommended to everyone who loves the rains.