Monday, February 15, 2010

Trek to Bhupatgad...

Trek to Bhupatgad

So I am four trek old now. Here goes the list in chronological order -

  • Kalsubai - Highest peak on the western ghats, was only told so somewhere mid-way during the trek :(
  • Korigad - Was suppose to be a simple treak, which also made me realize how terribly out of shape I was. And yet did nothing about it.
  • Torna - Same as above, only this was a medium grade trek so made my body ache for full 4 days
  • Bhupatgad - First trek of 2010. Was a simple and fun trek. What made it even more enjoyable was the bus ride through the wilderness and the vast expanses of open spaces.

The trek to Bhupatgad happened on 14th Feb. One day which has been hyped and exalted to levels of insanity and become a big marketing opportunity. This is one particular day when singles are made to feel miserable by one and all.

Fortunately for me this trek happened and gave me an opportunity to re-connect with myself.

About the trek- The journey to the base village was a wondeful 3 hours ride from Mumbai. Initial part of it was on the Mumbai- Surat highway. However the best part came as we moved away from the highway to the roads less travelled. I am sorry I dont remember any of the locations by name, if you happen to be interested in getting the exact road directions please let me know, will connect you to my friends who are give the exact road directions.

The roads were in an amazing condition making the ride a real pleasure. And to top it were the barren and beautiful landscapes. The long streches of barren land with patches of green was such a pleasent sight and contrast to the space starved city of Mumbai. Strong gushes of fresh air on the face were a reminder that nature still exists in a pure form in not so distant places. As far as the trek goes, was a pretty easy one. Even for an out of shape person like me :)

During the trek, the view of the surrounding peaks and valleys was a beautiful sight. Luckily for us, even though we started the trek pretty late in the morning, the heat wasn't much and there was ample of shade on the way. Overall an easy trek and great way to enjoy yourself.

The reason why I would remember it is, this trek give me ample of time to re-connect with myself. Valentine day is celebrated as a day on which you are suppose to show your love and affection towards your significant other. However this Valentine Day I chose to spend quality time with myself. Realising that no matter how many trials and tribulations life throws at us, what really matters is how we choose to face them AND despite what life throws at us how much can we really enjoy and live each moment. This is one thing that we have to learn at an individual level, because filling inner void and emptiness by all things external (be it a relationship or material things) is a sure shot recipe for disaster.

Ayn Rand beautifully sums this up in The Fountainhead -

“To say ‘I love you,’ one must first know how to say the ‘I.’”

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  • Gayatri Khambadkone said...

    Hey Ashutosh, well written...specially i liked ur view point,being an Optimistic Singleton :D hehe cheers!

  • Ashutosh said...

    @ Gayatri


    Have often seen singles been give sorry and disdainful looks specially on occasions like V day. I am really glad we chose this day for the trek and had so much fun :)

    Keep visiting


  • mitsworld said...

    Good way of celebrating the day!well thought of n as always beatifully articulated... :)

  • Ashutosh said...

    @ Meetu

    Thanks :)

  • Samy said...


    Well written. Unfortunately I could not make it to this trek. Nice to know that we have another avid blogger in our group now.

    You can also check out my blog on

  • Ashutosh said...

    @ Samiir

    Thanks buddy. No problem, lets catch up on the next trek.

    You also have an int interesting blog, and been updating it pretty regularly, have added it to my Google Reader list :)


  • Ramesh Sood said...

    Hi Ashutosh,

    Very good way to celebrate 14th Feb., a day just like anyother day for me. I mean it doesn't matter what the world chooses to do. Expressing love to those who care for us and who are cared for by us and where respect is mutual, can be an every day act. Well, enjoyed your ending of th epost with Ayn Rand's favourite line and how true it is. We are most of the time lost in them where is the time to know 'I'. and that's the real battle. May you win it with your head held high! Deep regards, Ashutosh!

    Ramesh Sood

  • Ashutosh said...

    @ Mr. Sood,

    What you said is so true. Most people have been following the fads and rarely do they know how to celebrate and acknowledge true love.

    I strongly relate to Ayn Rand's saying, unless you know how to love yourself you will never be able to love others. Thats the real battle that all of us have to fight on a deeply personal level.

    Thanks for visiting :)


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