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Visiting the Holy and High Abode of Shiva!

How I wish that title could be 'A Trek in Bhimashankar and Tryambak'! But ill-planning cost us heavily and what I had hoped for a challenging trek trip turned out to be just a little more than travel trip. But nevertheless it was memorable trip simply because I got the opportunity to visit two of the holiest places in India. Can't feel luckier than that!

Hyderabad-Pune was uneventful, if you discount Narayan's tryst with APSRTC, and we reached Sivaji Nagar in Pune at the promised time. (You will have to give this to APSRTC, they are the most punctual luxury bus operators I have travelled with.) After a brief stopover in a 'lodge', that made us wonder if it was a 'Decent Hotel' (remember Jab We Met?), we took a bus to Bhimashankar from Sivaji Nagar bus stand. This was a big mistake.

Airfare for Rs 599 and less!

If you are planning to trek in Bhimashankar, do NOT take a direct bus from Sivaji Nagar to Bhimashankar. It will take you all the way to top of the hills and leave you at almost doorstep of temple! Take the train from Sivaji Nagar railway station to Karjat. That is where the trekking actually starts.

Text and photograph: Abhishek Asthana
Also read: Bangalore to Wayanad: Six dudes hit NH 212!

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