Hi there all,
It has been quite sometime since the last post. In the time lapsed between, some significant changes have taken place in my life. The preparations had kept me too busy and I am happy to share that the results are in the positive.
Now, coming to the matter at hand, Dudhsagar Falls.
Located not far from the border of Goa is this waterfall where the Mandovi river takes a 600ft dive . The river is a rainfed one, hence, during the rainy season, she is a roaring beast, while during the summer, shes way more timid. This is one of the few tourist spots which have not been spoilt yet my heavy commercialization. The falls came into limelight when a scene from the movie, Chennai Express, was shot here.
I wanted to visit the falls since time immemorial and almost always, things would stay just till the planning phase. One fine day, a few months back, me and Ankita, we decided that enough of planning and wishing, this time, we shall make it through. And then, she had an operation done, so the plan was scrapped.
A few weeks ago, the plan was put to motion once more, and the conditions looked favourable. So, the train tickets were booked, from Pune to Kullem. We would board the 12780 H.Nizamuddin-Vasco-Da-Gama Goa Express from Pune (PUNE) station at 1635h on Friday, and reach Kullem (QLM). From Kullem, we would hike back to the Dudhsagar falls using any means available in our budget. The return train from Kullem to Pune was the 12779 Goa Express of Saturday, boarding at 1535h. The distance from Kullem to Dudhsagar (DDS) is about 12kms . So, as per plans, we had a 24 kms hike, and 11 hours time.
I had my own check list ready:
- Camera (2) – Nikon D3100 (mine), D5200 (Tanaya’s)
- Battery (3)
- Lens (2) – 18-55mm on the D5200 primarily, 55-200mm on the D3100
- Silica Gel packs
- Power Bank
- High Power Torch
- Knife of a sort
- Tissue papers (Both dry and wet)
- Hand Sanitizer and Face Wash
- Dry Food ( Chocolates and Biscuits)
- Salt (for the Leeches :p)
- Bluetooth Speaker
- Water Bottles
- Extra pair of socks
These fine details of the trip would not have been possible but for the input from the amazing and experienced traveller, Dipanwita.
To an enthusiastic mind, the numbers seemed doable. So, with a plan in place, the tickets were booked and we were waiting for the Friday, 21st of October, 2016 to come.
There are differences in plans, and executions, we experienced it first hand. Coming up soon 🙂