I started this New Year taking a trip into the Nature with my Best Friend. We took a weekend off and went to this lovely hill station Matheran. Right up the steep, topsy turvy road we took a fast drive up to the car park Dasturi. The drive was so fast that my friend called me Schumacher 🙂 Beyond Dasturi, one could only trek or take a horse ride. It was pure nature zone and no pollution. We pumped energy in us by having a cup of hot tea and a bhadang misal pav. After the energy intake, we took off on horses to our destination, Matheran. The horses were tall and handsome. My horse was black… reminded me of black Beauty. I felt like the Queen of Jhansi riding to a battle. The weather was so cool and the road full of red mud and gravel. We rode the horses right upto our resort in Matheran. On the way, we also saw the human ancestors, monkeys J
Our hotel was lovely. It was huge and so green. It had a lovely garden and lots of swings and of course loads of monkeys. One of the monkeys was jumping from one roof to the other holding and protecting it’s baby. My friend was happy seeing such caring and love amongst animals. In today’s world, wherein at times a mother also thinks more of her self rather than her children; here was a monkey showering love and protection on it’s kiddie monkey.
We (me and my best friend) had a lovely time at Matheran for 3 whole days. We began with a trek to the Charlotte lake, the Lord’s Point and Echo point. Being in Mumbai and not used to such silence and greenery, we had a lovely experience walking through the woods, hearing the chirping of the birds, the whispering of the trees and the cool breeze. Sometimes a few people would ride besides us on horses and the dry red mud would rise in the air. At the end of our trek, our shoes were all red. The horses had funny names like Dhoni, Shera, Sannata, Ranbir, etc.
At Charlotte lake, it was more cooler. It was a small but sweet lake in the middle of the Mountains. We further trekked to our favorite Lord’s point. It’s a scenic view but what makes it special is that far from the point across the plains is a mountain which looks like the face of a king. My best friend called it the “Kings Face”. One can actually observe on the mountain a king’s eyes, lips, forehead and the face as a whole. We also clicked a photo wherein I was face to face with the King. The aspiring photographer that I am, I too tried to click a similar one of my Friend but was not very successful in spite of several attempts. The trek was lovely and one of a kind and what made it truly enjoyable was the company of my best friend.
My best friend .. I think when God created him… He thought why not create a true human being… Sensitive, emotional and loving… The best thing with being with my friend is that I can be myself J And that itself is so difficult now a days.. In the race of impressing people and being adults, we forget our true selves.. But my friend is one who just lets me be “ME”. We had loads of fun… We played badminton.. Saw a magic show.. Ate Gola… Drank lots of coolers… Did horse riding… Blew bubbles in the air… Ate Butta… and Commented on lots of people.. Above all we had lots of fun…
We loved the evenings in Matheran… It comes to live in the evening. No cars on the road.. Just people spending time with their loved ones.. The streets are lighted.. the breeze is cool and the sky full of colours as the sun sets… children are playing and enjoying themselves… Overall it feels like a heavenly place… One of the best time we had was in the evening.. We visited the Garden and placed ourselves on the “Fighting Bench” . My friend and I call it the fighting bench as whenever we have come to Matheran earlier and sat on this bench we have ended up fighting… It was after a long time, we got to talk and share our lives with each other far from the hustle bustle lives of Mumbai. It was lovely. It cannot be expressed in words. It was just so so beautiful.
Over 3 days, we felt like we lived with Nature.. We were just ourselves… We didn’t even realize the 36 hours and were back in Mumbai… But, the experience was truly memorable one…. It was truly a bliss…