One Saturday early morning, we woke up to an idea of trekking in Charmadi, the priced possession of the Western Ghats. Our plan was to climb up to the nearest peak. We reached the base of the hill, and hereon had to walk up to start our trek. The trek begins on a seasonal dirt track meant for jeeps, which had become unusable due to the heavy monsoons during our visit. The driver instinct in me only forced me wish that, some day, we could do this route on a vehicle.
Twenty minutes into the trek, we realized our
jackets which meant to protect us from rain, were not of much use, as the
chances of rainfall at that time were meager, and it only made us uncomfortable
wearing one. We removed our weather gears and walked further, through tall
green trees, bird songs and millipedes crossing our way. After a while of
nature trek, we reached a small human habitation, with few houses and even fewer
people. The home was situated amidst tall green trees and we were welcomed by
the owner of the house, an old man and his wife. While we walked in, a group of
young boys just walked out, to start their trek. The elderly person very kindly
offered us water so we could quench our thirst .Water never tasted this good,
by the way!
While we shared our interests to visit a certain
peak and requested for a guide, we were told to join the group of boys who had
just left, as they were already being guided by a person, who fairly knew the
terrain. He then showed us directions to
the trek route and also cautioned us about rain any moment in the woods, which
could continue for days. We also inquired about the movement of elephants there
and the reply assured their presence deep inside the forests and that there were no immediate signs of threat of any kind from them. The atmosphere there was cool and humid. It was greenery all around. We wished to
remain there all through the day, even before starting the trek! We rested for
sometime and put our feet down to start the trek. We also had to catch up with
the guide along. We temporarily bade good bye to the lovely family and moved on
with a lot of vigor and excitement.
|Curvy Roads of Charmadi Ghats|
|The Happy Family and the Little one|
|Tall Green Trees|
|Rock on Edge|
Trekking along the directed route, we walked past a cattle group who were busy grazing and looked equally excited as us! Not quite far away, we spotted the group of boys and picked up pace, so we wouldn’t miss the route. The vegetation was quite dense as we walked along, at a few places. Very soon, we were at a high altitude and looking down, we had a beautiful view of the curvy roads of Charmadi, which disappeared often due to the moving clouds. After a few clicks, we went further and reached a lone rock standing at the edge, in the background of the charming Charmadi, though not sure of the name it carries. The view from here was fascinating and hard to miss. As we moved further, we were accompanied by two cute puppies having anklets around their necks. Wagging their tails and sniffing us, they refused to let go, until their owner forced them his way. A boy from the group got lucky while he spotted a snake, though it was too late for the rest of us.
|Underside of The Purple Leaf|
Charmadi surely has an inherent quality to it that makes it so magical and enchanting.