It’s another day and another ride; we Solotravellers planning for Raigad Ride from couple of months. This ride is special, because all riders new to each other. Some of them are friends and some of them are friend’s friend.
We all met at Datta Snacks, Panvel, We had total 4 bikes with 6 participants, 5 more people decided to come by car. We took a rout from Panvel – Khopoli – Pali – Wakan – Mangaon – Raigad.
We reached on Raigad Fort at 2.00 pm. We already booked rooms at MTDC Resort. But it was a big mistake. I suggest don’t go for MTDC option on Raigad Fort. There are some local people who can arrange food and accommodation in their local homes. After a long process we cancelled our booking from MTDC. Our lunch was ready at Nilima Tai’s home. They gave option to us stay at their place for night. Her house is behind Bajarpeth. Contact is available at the end of this post.
People who came by car reached little late on fort and they decided to stay in MTDC resort; rooms are good but only problem is worst water. At 5.00 pm we started exploring fort. At 7.30 pm. We windup and shifted our luggage at Nilima Tai’s home. It was great experience to stay in local house.
Our main aim to stay on fort is just to try night and astro photography on top. After dinner we went for sleep. We decided to sleep outside of home in open air and open sky. At 1.00 am me, my brother Suryakant and our new member in Solotravellers Vivek went for night photography. As we locate where we can see Milkey Way at that night. We took so many pictures on Fort with different foreground and Milkey Way as a background. We spent 2 hours for astro photography and share our skills for night photography.
After shoot when we came back to sleep our 2 friend Aniket and Sushant was screaming so loudly. We were trying to sleep but we can’t. They were so loud.
At morning we decided to explore other side of fort. At 10.00 am we came back took our breakfast and at 11.00 am we start descending from fort. Half trek we came down by regular steps and after some time we change the rout and came down by different way which was little risky but it was shortcut. At 12.00 noon we start return journey by same road from where we came. That first 22 Km. from Pachad (Raigad Base) is really beautiful and curvy. On highways we ride fast, some of us ride their maximum speed on this ride. At 8.00 pm we reached at Mumbai.
Tour end with new experiments, new knowledge and new friends….
Contact for Food and Stay :
Nilimi Tai : 9637744226