|lost in greenery|
It was Sunday.. the 17th of July.. I was invited by a friend for a trekking experience and to try water rappelling, which was something different so I agreed to jump on board with the plan. Turns out, it was quite a memorable day afterall!
Sharing many pictures and my experience of this memorable day with all of you.
After a long long time I was back with nature and I really had a lot of fun.
|wow isn’t it|
We were a group of 28 people and we had two team leaders with us who were from Mumbai Travellers.
The place is Bhivpuri, which is a town in Karjat taluka near Mumbai. One has to trek and climb up for an hour or more, to reach the Bekare waterfall, where the rappelling takes place.
|Bekare Waterfall Rapelling|
It was morning when we began our journey, reached the destination by bus and then began to climb our way up and my my! wasn’t it quite a experience! The place is breathtakingly beautiful and picturesque and seeing the lush green around me, I was really amazed and happy.
I was finally away from the city and breathing in fresh air was a great feeling.
Finally, panting a bit, I reached the top, along with others, where the water rapelling takes place.
It is actually a waterfall on which one has to do the rappelling. Rappelling or Abseiling is a technique used for controlled descending down from a rock patch or slope. The main equipment used are high quality ropes, descender, seat harness along with gloves and helmet for safety.
All the excitement I had previously, fizzled out a little bit after I saw how high the waterfall is. Although we all were assured that it is relatively safe, I still had doubts in my mind and had begun to panic as to whether I would manage to do the water rappelling.
Since it was a Sunday, there was a lot of crowd and we had to wait for the turn of our group to arrive. Till then, there was another very small waterfall where people were enjoying in the water, so I too did the same,. The feel of being dipped in water and light rains above me, simply wow!
Finally after a while, it was our turn to do water rappelling. I kept nervously asking other people from our group about their experience, who’s turn had come and they had done it. I saw people slipping, some backing out last moment and my nervousness and excitement both, had reached it’s peak by the time my turn arrived.
|I am the one in blue|
|Yeah me trying to rappell|
I was wearing all the safety gear and given all the instructions by the team who manage the waterfall rappelling. They told me not to be nervous and boosted me to go for it.
|I am the one in blue|
Finally, I held the rope and decided to descend down. Now, one has to throw their weight backwards and try to keep the knees straight, the legs a bit apart and descend downwards holding the rope and sliding it so that one can go down..
I was doing okay for the initial bit, after which I slipped!! Lo and behold! I thought this is it, I’m dying! haha.. But apart from banging my knees against the rocks of the waterfall nothing happened. I was encouraged by the people on the top to keep going and so I did. I didn’t give up.The rope was swinging to and fro and my my, wasn’t it quite an escapade!! I was throughout in a state of exhilaration, fear and excitement.
Finally, I managed to finish my rappelling experience as I reached the bottom of the waterfall. I was received by another instructor who unhooked me from the rope and showed me the way up.
|With a friend|
Wow!! So it was the most exciting thing I had done uptil now and it felt so good to have accomplished that task!
After everyone was done with their rappelling experience, after a short while of lounging around at the top, we decided to descend downwards from the hill and began our return journey. Since it was raining, climbing downhill proved to be much more difficult than when we ascended.
I infact, slipped once, and almost tripped twice while coming down. Even then, I had loads of fun and as my eyes took in all the greenery and nature around me, there was a strange kind of peace within me. I felt like a child again!
It just felt so divine and heavenly.
Since we all were famished as we had not eaten anything since morning, we had hot piping ‘Vada Pav’ at the base of the hill after the return journey.
|Abandoned and lovely hut|
There are a few houses at the base which has a tiny village where one can change inside the home of the villagers and where we had our much needed Vada pav.
The return journey was quite memorable too, with our group having dinner together, once we were back in Mumbai.
Overall, if you want to do something adventurous and exciting, Bhivpuri trekking and waterfall rappelling is a great place to have fun this Monsoon. Do go and have your share of fun and craziness, although make sure you go in a group especially if you are a girl, since it is a lot safer that way and you will also have more fun!
|with some of the group|
The best thing is it is a one day trip and you can easily manage to go on a Sunday and have your dose of fun and adventure!
Catch you all later,
Dream. Imagine. Be Crazy, Be You.
P.S. My knees are still hurting, but it’s worth the experience