Mahuli Phase 1 : Preparation

How I life just doesnt work out at times.

Rewind: 17th  APRIL  2016

I came across this website on 17 monsoon trekking destinations you must start planning right away. It had covered all treks from easy to hard. And I came across Mahuli, and that was honestly loved at first sight. I dreamt of going there. The place was so picturesque and the photographer in me jumped with joy and I was all set to go.

After doing my thorough research I found out that it was extremely difficult and only if you are fit enough could you possibly do this trek as it includes rock climbing. I put my phone aside and got up from the bed and looked at myself in the mirror and said I can do this, I just need to start walking every day ,hit the gym 4 times a week and start eating slightly healthier (which to me seemed kind of extreme for a lazy college going student).But the one thing I do believe in is the secret, what you visualize you attract, hence I made a plan of how I will reach mahuli and what train to catch in the notes section in my phone. and never looked it again.
Fast forward to July 2016

Normally I would try to go trekking once or even twice a month or at least plan to, but July wasn’t the month for me.

Firstly, I hurt my finger

Then my friends ditched me,

Then, my parents refused to let me go with 2 people.

Then, I thought my life was getting back together since I  signed up for “paid” trek to Matheran.  I would finally run away from the city life, excitedly put my alarm on for 6 am only to be woken up by a devastating text on WhatsApp declaring that the trek was cancelled due to a landslide. My heart broke into a thousand pieces, I was really upset, I was mentally drained, I needed an escape. Weeks went by, life felt like a routine, just surviving each day like a robot. Till finally, I woke up…

27 July Wednesday

I had this sudden realisation that if I keep waiting to become fit and wait for the perfect moment I would never end up going to Mahuli, NEVER. And that was quite a frightening thought,  I must say for someone who loves travelling. So I asked a couple of college friends and we decided we’d go.

30 July Saturday

Before going to bed, I did one last bit of research about the place and thank god I did cause I found the most helpful blog on the planet. it gave me all tidbits that none of the other sites shared. for example: how much would the rickshaw from the station to mahuli charge ? or which side to get off from the station? where should we parcel food from to carry on the trek and so on?
To be continued…

By thedelhigirlexplores

“I rather be in the mountains thinking of god than in church thinking about the mountains.”
-John Muir

3 replies on “Mahuli Phase 1 : Preparation”

I can relate to that! it’s been two years since I started trekking and every summer we make documents deatiling treks we ‘ll like to strike off our to-do list and come monsoon, the planned treks never take off and instead we set out on impromptu ones (Not entirely impromptu though, atleast a couple of day’s preps go into even them)! 😀
I went to Mahuli last November and made it to the southern most point of Bhandargad 🙂 I have written a blog post with pictures, maps and stuff to help anyone planning to do it. I ‘ll be happy if you can go ‘ll go through it! Any feedback, even negative, would be awesome! 🙂
Keep trekking 🙂
P.S. Waiting for your continued post 🙂


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