28-Dec-2013: Mobile alarm started ringing at 6:30 am and as usual, I woke up, cancelled it and went back to sleep again. Somehow I again woke up at around 7:00 am and realized I had to go for the trail and its already late. So quickly got ready, asked G if she is going to come, but she was not, so started alone. Maybe next time I will take Ar along, I am sure she will like it.
It was quite cold outside, but the weather and time was beautiful and I started towards the trail. It is adjoining to the resort and takes no more than 3-4 minutes to reach from the resort. Only yesterday evening I had come there, but had taken a short walk and so wanted to go for a longer one this time, till the point where there are some huts. I had been here before few times and from there you can have a great view of the valley. But then there was one more important work to be done. I had to buy milk for Ar as she would need it once she wakes up and also give it to the restaurant guys for boiling it. So as it was getting late and I knew that it would be about time Ar woke up, I started back. I was not sure where I would get the milk bag and was hoping that it would be somewhere on the main road, else I will have to walk all the way to the Market (Our car was stuck in the parking lot, because some fool had parked his car in front of us and it would take some time to find that circuit and get it cleared). Luckily just when I touched the main road, i.e. where Madhusagar store is, there was a small shop owned by an old lady, where after inquiring she told she has the milk bag. It was from some brand I hadn’t heard off (and don’t recollect the name now), but I purchased it and started back towards our resort.
After I was back, Ar had already woken up. I told G that I had got the milk bag and would go over to the restaurant guys to give it to them for boiling and giving it back to us in thermos. But G was like which brand is this?, is it cow’s milk? etc. and I was like I am assuming this is cow’s milk and should be good. But she was not convinced and was angry. Then after lot of discussion finally she agreed to settle for it and we would buy Chitale milk in the afternoon. So I gave it to the kitchen staff and he got it back in the thermos after some time. Once Ar’s breakfast was done, we got ready and went for the breakfast.
Our earlier plan was to go for the Venna lake in the morning to avoid the wait and the crowd and go for couple of sightseeing places in the afternoon. So last night I had gone to the reception and enquired about booking the taxi for 1 custom tour. But the guy said that as this is peak season, the taxi will not come for only one tour, but I will have to book minimum of 2 tours. So I said I will check this with family and get back to him. It was now 10:00 am next morning and still we had not decided about it. G was still not able to make up her mind about the outing plan and also she was still sore about the milk bag fiasco. So I cancelled the Venna lake plan and said I will go have a swim to cool off and lets cancel everything. Then finally G made up her mind for going for the tours in the 2nd half but said no to me going for swim in such a cold weather. So I called the reception and confirmed the taxi for 2 tours in the afternoon 3:00 pm. But I wanted to take a short swim and so convinced G and Ar to join me on the pool side and at least take few photos of me while swimming 😉
When I put my toe in the pool first time, it was freezing cold and I was like I can’t get into the water, but I was determined to swim and so just jumped in. My body just froze for a moment and was shivering badly and I did a quick retreat out of the pool. When you get in the cold water, the first time it feels very cold and you want to avoid it but once you are in it and your body temperate drops then you want to go back/stay in the pool. So again I went back into the pool and started swimming. Ar was also happy seeing me swim and I think she also wanted to get into the pool. I was asking G if I can put Ar in the kids pool, but she was not consenting. After swimming across the pool for couple of rounds I got out and we started back towards the room.
We went for the lunch at around 2:00 pm after Ar had her food. While we were in the middle of the lunch, reception guy told us that taxi has arrived. So once our food was finished, we went to the taxi and were off for the tour. We selected tour no 2 and 3 and asked driver to skip the ones where we had to walk or climb much. But then in Mahabaleshwar for most of the points there is always a walk, trek and so we got quite tired at the end of it. We went to see the King’s chair and Green Carpet. We then went to see the Lingmala waterfall. I had always wanted to visit and see this but most of the times we had been to Mahabaleshwar at the start or mid of summer and we used to hear that the fall was almost dry and so this was always skipped. So when I heard that the fall has good amount of water, I was excited to go. But the trek was very tiring for both of us especially carrying Ar on the shoulder all along. Its more than 1.5- 2 km walk down hill and that too steps. But we decided to go for it but after a point G was quite tired and so we decided to stop at a point from where we could have at least a fine look at the fall, but off course we missed the best spot which was still some half a km uphill, maybe for another trip. While returning back we took turns in holding Ar and climbed back all the way.
Then on the way we stopped over at strawberry farm and took some photos amid strawberry plants and had strawberry shake. The sunset was approaching and so our driver was asking us to hurry. We started towards the sun set point and reached at the perfect time, when it was about to happen. We took some pics and enjoyed the moment. Then we were back at the resort. Ar enjoyed the outing a lot, whenever we used to get in the car she used to take a short nap, but used to wake up when we used to reach the points and she had a good time. We also had lots of bore, awale and red radish to eat which are all my favorite. Not much for G though 😦
We were back in the resort by 7:00 pm. We all were quite tired but also enjoyed the day very much. We rested for some time in the room and reluctantly went to the restaurant for dinner. G wanted to see around the resort and take some photos, but we were all tired and so went back to room. We slept bit early as tomorrow was our day back home and we had to check out by 8:30 am.
to be continued…