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Old 4th July 2010, 17:16   #391
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You guys plan and just add us on to it!
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Old 5th July 2010, 11:12   #392
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This is the place where @20 rajababues will head in near future for our annual monsoon masti.
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I suggest, if you are going for Ratangad, try to go in september last week. We could not climb the Ratangad becuase of heavy rains. So check for the weather updates in that area.It rains cats and dogs there.
For Bhadardara, Anytime after august in fine.
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We will go there when dam overflow start in this season [may be in august].
We may trek the Ratangad fort if weather permits.
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In fact u can go there anytime after damn is full. Looking at the current monsoon progress,I don't see it happening anytime before September. Cross your fingers for more rains.
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Sept is Kaas time. Also Ratangad trek during heavy rains might not be safe.
What say AP saab?
As mentioned in my posts, we will visit the place after dam start to overflow.
If that does not happen before 15th august, we will visit some other place.

Ratangad trek is not safe in rain but if weather opens for the day, we will do it but weather condition in that area is unpredictable for next hour, forget about prediction for day.

If bhandaradara is not possible in august, then i have alternate plan of warana dam, pawan khind, vishalgad fort and marleshwar.

Meet or no meet, Sept 25/26 is reserved for kaas drive.

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Old 5th July 2010, 12:51   #393
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AP saab, which is the right time for a Ratangad trek? It would be terribly disappointing if I were not able to trek to the fort after coming all the way from Trivandrum. Is there a right time for this trek or is the weather too unpredictable around there?
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If bangy guys are indeed driving up for the Kaas drive, I am most definitely in.
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Old 5th July 2010, 13:59   #395
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Bangy Guys are Indeed Driving to Kaas. You may want to start a team-bhp meet thread to get Bangy guys.
I'm anyway going there on 3 consecutive weekends to let Starvega and laluks know when they can expect flowers in full bloom.
Further, AP and I expect full bloom on 25th and 26th sept. But then this current weather pattern beats the figment of my imagination. Hope weather doesn't play spoilsport with the timings of the wild floor bloom.
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Sept is Kaas time. Also Ratangad trek during heavy rains might not be safe.
What say AP saab?
@MX6: It is indeed not.See its comparatively hard trek but one does not require full fledged trekking skills.

The problem is heavy downpour converts all the small paths into waterfalls. You will not be able to recognize a road. And also there are couple of streams you have to cross,which are in full glory when its raining,not allowing you to cross.
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[quote=amit_3306;1967664The problem is heavy downpour converts all the small paths into waterfalls. You will not be able to recognize a road. And also there are couple of streams you have to cross,which are in full glory when its raining,not allowing you to cross.[/quote]

That exactly is the safety issue. One doesn't need to be an expert trekker, but one needs to know where he or she is stepping. And less spoken about snakes which would come out of their flooded holes.
We might have to take the help of expert villagers or people like AP and the Rajababus.
With current bizzare pattern where when it rains, it rains a 100 mm in an hour kind of rains, Ratangarh should be meticulously planned sir!
And the statement about snakes comes from a snake lover himself!
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Not sure for the Kaas drive, but any trek Ratangad or equivalent, I am in!
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Hmm... been away three weeks, and there is no progress...

All talk is about Ratangad - so have a look at this link, guys!

Ratangad Trek and Bhandardara: Pictures & Images

I am sure amitkulkarni will get more followers now (like me!)


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@MX6: It is indeed not.See its comparatively hard trek but one does not require full fledged trekking skills.
The problem is heavy downpour converts all the small paths into waterfalls. You will not be able to recognize a road. And also there are couple of streams you have to cross,which are in full glory when its raining,not allowing you to cross.
"Comparatively" hard - that is an understatement!! It is a difficult trek (toughest being Kalsubai and Kokangad [Ghatgar] - both nearby). You are 100% right about the water and the path / route - if you get lost, and it will be difficult to come out of the forest.

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That exactly is the safety issue. One doesn't need to be an expert trekker, but one needs to know where he or she is stepping. And less spoken about snakes which would come out of their flooded holes.
We might have to take the help of expert villagers or people like AP and the Rajababus.
With current bizzare pattern where when it rains, it rains a 100 mm in an hour kind of rains, Ratangarh should be meticulously planned sir!
Goes without saying - help of a villager staying in Ratanwadi (the base of Ratangad) is a must and you must plan properly. If you start climbing by 7 AM or so, you'll make it to the top by 12 noon. You'll have to start your return by 2PM - if you want to complete the trek within a day. Climbing down is more treacherous as the entire path will be slippery..

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Not sure for the Kaas drive, but any trek Ratangad or equivalent, I am in!
Am sure that the above link will add fuel to the (trek) fire!!



When I left Pune on 14th June the rain clouds were ominous and after Yellapur had a tough time - it was pouring - right up to Mangalore. Took the Calicut-Mysore-Tumkur-Pune route on return. Waynad Ghat was even more awash in the rains - but had a dry () run from Mysore onwards... just a few sprinkles between there and Belgaum.
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VRP, I think these are the same snaps, which I remember seeing that were forwarded some time back.
But can see these again and again!
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Old 5th July 2010, 20:15   #401
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Welcome back VRP. So your daughter's admission is all sorted out? I made some drives over the weekends. Busy in weekdays in office. Drove 76 kms to and fro office today even on the bandh day. Can you imagine?
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Welcome back VRP. So your daughter's admission is all sorted out? I made some drives over the weekends. Busy in weekdays in office. Drove 76 kms to and fro office today even on the bandh day. Can you imagine?
Thanks! But I am yet to get over the hangover of driving 3,000 kms! Sitting on a (stationary) chair in the office is bugging me.

Yes, admission is over - college is opening by 26th. So, plans for a repeat trip are afoot. It is your almamater I guess, (Manipal Univ) - however, we chose the MCODS, Mangalore campus (more down to earth and a good number of relatives stay there)

MX6 and driving are inseparable - so what'll be hard to believe is that when somebody says there was a trip but you didn't do the driving


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No, bhau!

Actually it is leaves of the jackfruit tree! We use them for making a delicacy called 'kotte'. It is nothing but idli batter poured into a container made from these leaves and steaming them just like regular idlis. The aroma of the leaves is passed on the idli and it tastes wonderful! People from South Karnatak will know this item.
Here is how the 'kotte' is (thanks to Kamat Upchar, Ankola)

1. The steamed kotte ready for consumption...

Magnificent Maharashtra - The Mahalog!-kotte.jpg

2. Slowly separate the leafy jacket - so that none of the contents are wasted
Magnificent Maharashtra - The Mahalog!-kotte1.jpg

3. What is left over...
Magnificent Maharashtra - The Mahalog!-kotte2.jpg

Added bonus - the whole thing is eco-friendly!! No wastage. (Cows feed on the left over leaves, where possible)

Wonderful way to start the day!

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VRP, I think these are the same snaps, which I remember seeing that were forwarded some time back.
But can see these again and again!
I didn't know about that. But you are right about seeing them again and again. And, in these pictures you can see them traveling on metaled road - does it mean that you can now comfortably drive down to Ratanwadi Village where the Amruteshwar Temple is located? Great!
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Wow, Thanks MX6 for starting this thread.

I was away for almost two months and just catching up and seeing what all I missed over this time. Amazing stuff guys.

Count me in for any treks / drives that are being planned. And I will most likely be there with my Albatross...my touring machine. I have booked TBTS and expecting delivery in a couple of weeks. Was supposed to get it on my birthday coming Sunday; but not to be. Will keep all posted as soon as I get to see him.

And needless to say, am glued onto this thread. Whenever, wherever; I am in.
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Old 6th July 2010, 14:02   #404
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A few pictures from the recent trip - not many pictures of Maharashtra unfortunately (more of Karnataka - do I have the time and patience for a new thread? May be I can piggy-back on smart cat!!)

Khambatki Ghat on the way up (towards Kolhapur). Sadly, the state of affairs remained the same due to lack of rains on the return (after 15 days).
Magnificent Maharashtra - The Mahalog!-khambatki.jpg

Which river is this? Shot it somewhere near Kolhapur, I think. Wanted to try to 'compose' a shot - bare tree but lots of greenery around..
Magnificent Maharashtra - The Mahalog!-krishna.jpg

Mandatory halt at Mahalaxmi Temple - the ancient sculptures never fail to amaze me. Our ancestors must have been highly intelligent with an eye for detail, don't you think?
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Border. Goodbye, Maharashtra! Karnataka, here I come. See the petrol rates : Rs. 53.29/litre (as against Rs. 50 odd in Maharashtra). It went upto Rs. 57.88/litre by the time I started the return trip
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@vrprabhu,
good that you are back!!!!

its time for monsoon drives and trek.

please reserve 25/26 sept for kaas drive and 17th july for lonavala meet.
please check meet thread.

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