Korigad with ‘Speaking Wheels’

Korigad is a fort located between Pune and Lonavala. The availability of a better access route from Lonavala makes it a favorite for trekkers from Mumbai and Pune alike. Built somewhere before 1500 this fort stands tall 923m above sea level. A small village ‘peth shahapur’ is the nearest village at its base. Nearby this fort are the forts of Tikona, Lohgad, Tung and Visapur. All of these forts are a days trek and can be easily done with a guide or a frequenter. Named after a local goddess ‘Koraidevi” this fort is currently under renovation for restoring its heritage.

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Hampi – a quick overview

Hampi has two main areas – Temples side and Hippie Island divided by a river tributary that passes through. There are plenty of stay options on both sides ranging from the Hyatt to simple homestays. All options are clean and well equipped.

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Historic Hampi – Day 2

The Tungabhadra is formed by the confluence of the Tunga and Bhadra rivers flowing from the western ghats of India. We set out at 05:30 to the nearby Matanga Hill. This hill is on the eastern side of Hampi with arguably one of the best views from its top.

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Historic Hampi – Day 1

The empire is long gone, and what stands before today is just a small reflection of the might, grandeur and ultra luxurious lifestyle of the Vijayanagara empire whose commercial capital was Hampi. The landscape instantaneously reminds you of the famous bollywood blockbuster “Sholay” with breathtaking boulders strewn across in an almost selectively haphazard way.

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Trek to Vasota Fort

It is understood in 15th century the fort was alternatively ruled by More’s of Jawali & Shirkes of Chiplun. In 17th century it was included in Maratha Swaraj by Shivaji Maharaj & it remained with Marathas till 1818 and it was used to keep prisoners & ammunition due to it’s strategic safe location.

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’20 feet Under’

Before I knew it I had the life jacket on, weights tied around my waist, and cylinders mounted on my back. The face mask was interesting – it covered the entire face except the mouth. He waited patiently in the water till I had gathered the courage to get in. The scary part was that the mask had shut my nostrils tight and every attempt of mine, trying to breathe through my nose left me breathless.

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Monsoon Bike Ride – Beautiful Bhor

The scenes were surrounded by mighty forts of Rajgadh, Torna and Sinhgad. The sahyadris were intimidating to say the least. The mandatory shots at the one tree point were taken before we sped off on the next leg of the journey. The next leg was a beautiful tar road that made the lives of the cyclists easy.

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