|Waterfalls in the distance|
We had decided to catch the 5.16 am Karjat Train from Kurla . I Rohit and Aditya Reached Kurla and were waiting for the train when Krishna phoned and told us he would be late and come by the next train which would reach 1/2 hour later .So as he was going to get in at Thane along with Vikram and his friend , Vikram decided to wait for him and come by the next train in the mean while i along with my 2 friends would reach Karjat earlier and find a transport to Khandas which is the base village. So as planned I , Rohit And Aditya Boarded the 5.16 am train from Kurla and after clicking some pics and talking we reached Karjat at around 7.15 am.There was a food stall outside were we decided to have some breakfast .After we had out breakfast we went on to the find out the place where we would get the Tum-Tum or ST Bus. In the mean while krishna ,Vikram and Shailendra had also arrived so we all started to walk towards the ST stand which also happens the same place we would get the Tum-Tum which was a good 15 mins walk from the station.After getting there we enquired and found out the bus was unreliable so we decided to go with a Tum-Tum so we started bargaining but the tum-tum guys were not ready to come down on the price of Rs 800. So we decided to ask a Rickshaw Guy and he agreed at Rs 600 but with the catch we all fit in his richshaw . After Some 5 mins we all anyhow adjusted ourselfs in the rickshaw and the journey began at around 8.15 am .
|A break in-route khandas|
At around 9.30 am we reached Khandas ,as we had to take the Ganesh Ghat route which is easier but long we had to go more 2 Km ahead of the village,at the village i enquired for the return journey and i was told it would cost Rs800 to Neral and Rs 1000 to Karjat for a tum-tum, I took the Tum-Tum guys mobile number and was told to just give a call before reaching down and he would come to pick us up.
|View of Bhimashakar From the Starting Point|
After reaching the Start of the Ganesh Ghat we clicked some photos and started our trek, after climbing for some 20 mins we reached a Ganesh Mandir after taking a small break there we carried on the trek, as we were trekking we came across some stalls which the locals had set up selling everything from Tea to Lunch , at one of the stalls we had some Tea and took another picture break.We soon reached the first flat stretch of land.
|One of the forts in the background|
The Surrounding were beautiful with multiple waterfalls and some awesome climate.As we were trekking we came crossed multiple streams of water and some waterfalls .I would describe the route as having three plateaus (a climb followed by a flat land).Clicking pictures and admiring the beautiful nature we reached bhimashankar at around 1.15 pm . As soon as we reached there we went to the temple but there was huge line so decide not to go for darshan. After buying some peddas as prasad we moved towards a small restaurant to have some food , after which we explored the place and again clicked some pictures.
|Bhimashankar temple in the background|
|Beautiful weather at the top|
|Random pic taken at the top|