Kothaligad Fort Trek

Know that feeling when you just can’t let your life halt. You just want to keep running. Keep exploring. Keep ticking out the items from your “to do” list.

Well !! I know that feeling. Earlier this year, I had gifted myself with a promise and list of treks for the upcoming monsoon season. Though I was not able to sweep the list completely clean, I still managed to explore most of the places from that list. Or should I say “we” rather than “I” – coz “I” stands tall but alone, but “we” always stick together to the very end, even though it has to lie a little low. I find pride in having few awesome friends who have always stood up to chose a rough outing in hills over lying warm and cozy in their bed on a lazy weekend morning. We have somehow managed to continue being in NITIE even after passing out (Passing out as in getting our degree and stuff, and not “PASSING OUT” :P)

Anyways, monsoons have gone away now – Much to my dismay, but one can only wait. Kothaligad Fort Trek was our last trek this monsoons. A small fort (just over 3000 feet) situated near Karjat – A relatively easier trek compared to what we had experienced earlier in the season – Still, somehow, it marked a perfect goodbye to the Rain Gods.

Let me take you through a photo tour of this trek.

The pinnacle you see at the top - That was our destination

The pinnacle you see at the top – That was our destination

See that langoor playing joyfully right at the edge of the cliff - The place was  full of Nature at its playful best - And to add to all of it, it was Monsoons - How much I love this part of the year

See that langoor playing joyfully right at the edge of the cliff – The place was full of Nature at its playful best – And to add to all of it, it was Monsoons – How much I love this part of the year

 

Explore .. Explore .. Explore .. The motto that has kept supplementing energy into us every time we went low - And I am not just talking about the treks

Explore .. Explore .. Explore .. The motto that has kept supplementing energy into us every time we went low – And I am not just talking about the treks

 

Peth village - our host at the start of the trek - Sniff Sniff, Do I smell something - Just to end the suspense, the rooster chased that dog away

Peth village – our host at the start of the trek – Sniff Sniff, Do I smell something – Just to end the suspense, the rooster chased that dog away

 

Milestones - The strategic pit stops

Milestones – The strategic pit stops

 

What to say? This guy was too shy.

What to say? This guy was too shy.

 

The entry to the cave within the Fort. Pitch dark and pin drop silence. The only worry we had while entering was an encounter with the Langoor. So when a bird suddenly came flying right at us, we couldn't help destroying the peace with an echoing scream.

The entry to the cave within the Fort. Pitch dark and pin drop silence.
The only worry we had while entering was an encounter with the Langoor.
So when a bird suddenly came flying right at us, we couldn’t help destroying the peace with an echoing scream.

 

The temple in the cave at the base of the fort. From here started a chimney with staircase leading to the top.

The temple in the cave at the base of the fort. From here started a chimney with staircase leading to the top.

 

George of the Jungle - Signing Off - Sayonara

George of the Jungle – Signing Off – Sayonara

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