It’s another day and another ride; we Solotravellers planning for Raigad Ride from a couple of months. This ride is special because of all riders new to each other. Some of them are friends and some of them are a friend’s friend.
We all met at Datta Snacks, Panvel, We had a total of 4 bikes with 6 participants, 5 more people decided to come by car. We took a route 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 canceled our booking from MTDC. Our lunch was ready at Nilima Tai’s home. They gave the option to our stay at their place for the night. Her house is behind Bajarpeth. Contact is available at the end of this post.
People who came by car reached a little late on the fort and they decided to stay in MTDC resort; rooms are good but the only problem is worst water. At 5.00 pm we started exploring the fort. At 7.30 pm. We wind up and shifted our luggage at Nilima Tai’s home. It was a great experience to stay in a local house.
Our main aim to stay on the fort is just to try night and astrophotography on top. After dinner, we went for sleep. We decided to sleep outside of the home in the 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 on astrophotography 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 the morning we decided to explore another side of the fort. At 10.00 am we came back took our breakfast and at 11.00 am we start descending from the fort. Half trek we came down by regular steps and after some time we change the rout and came down in a different way which was a little risky but it was a shortcut. At 12.00 noon we start return journey by the 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 Mumbai.
Tour end with new experiments, new knowledge, and new friends….
Contact for Food and Stay :
NilimiTai : 9637744226