It’s rainy season in Pune but me and together with my friends Nikhil, Akash and Vividha who lives and work in Pune took 2 motorbikes for a soaking joy ride. With no raincoats, we braved the way to Tamhini Ghat. The bikes have no side mirrors, it’s not a surprise India but I have no choice but to trust my life to someone who surely values his life as well.
The traffic in India is horrible, I’ve never been scared in my life when I’m traveling on the road until I visited India. Driving out of the city was a relief as we were greeted by lush green scenery and a stunning massive lake.
If you have seen the first Jurassic Park movie, that’s how I can describe the place. On other seasons of the year, this is just a normal passage that connects Pune to other parts of the state but during the rainy season, the place transforms into a green bed with lots of waterfalls and small streams. There were plenty of local tourists but tourists from the west or other parts of Asia are rare, Tamhini Ghat is truly a hidden gem of India.
We made several stops to take photos and the good thing about riding a motorbike in such a gorgeous place is the sense of adventure which you couldn’t get from sitting conveniently inside a car. At that moment, there’s no greater feeling than the gust of the fresh wind and chill from the rain. Though I didn’t manage to get distant and higher footages from my drone due to frequent showers and strong wind. Getting food and refreshments is not that difficult, there are some vegetarian restaurants along the road.
It is my first time to ride a motorbike in such a long distance, it’s painful but the overall journey was fun and the pain is worth it. The highlight is the best view point where a lush valley cuts through an opening for a view of a massive waterfall. No picture can give justice to its beauty. Given a chance, I would go back and hike around this paradise.
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