This time the trip was a special one for us; we had driven 100Kms from Ponda (
As we stood there in the dark of the night admiring and scrutinizing the structure, we realized how cold and heavy the wind was. The tent looked robust enough to withstand the wind but we were ill prepared for the cold.
The vast open space around and crystal clear starry night transformed the mundane into special, For, Raju’s Kaju (Feni) tasted like premium malt whisky and Don’s beer like
By now the chill had penetrated to our bones, after cleaning up and scanning the surrounding grass land with the LED torch (yet another of Raju’s avishkar) we hit the tent floor and called it a Good night.
The wind brought the tent to life, the plastic sheet made funny rustling sounds through out the night, a slightest of our movements added to the fluttering sounds and the whole tent seemed like a live creature that had engulfed us. We slept lightly, only entering deep sleep very early in the morning.
Don was first to wake up followed by Raju and then me, plastic bottle filled with water we went in search of a hide out to answer nature’s call. Freshened up we managed to dismantle the tent in flat 15 minutes. Our mission was a success!
Loading our belongings into the car we headed for Tilari-nagar village. The whole of village life seems to be concentrated at a junction on Tilari -
The rest of the day we spent walking around on the plateau. We had a mid day bath in cold and clear running water at the top of the water fall.
For lunch we were back at the junction, with full stomachs we headed for the dam where we had a power nap that energized us for our return drive.