My first date with nature after the monsoons happened to be a long drive to Lonavala. The last post, I had shared my weekend plan with you all. The things didn’t go exactly as planned (as it happens usually) but we did make the most of it.
Soon after publishing the Friday post, I was on a spree to pack my travel bag when my elder one announced about her project which needed to be submitted on Monday. As I stood there gaping at her, I saw my weekend plan flying out of the window. With a heavy heart, I treaded towards the study room to help her out.
All hopes of making the trip were squashed completely as we could finish the project by late evening. It was during the night time when I was preparing to go to sleep that my husband suggested a long drive to Lonavala. I couldn’t ask for anything better and agreed immediately. Next morning, we started our drive early to evade the heavy traffic. A quick stop at McDonald’s for breakfast was the only break taken by us before we reached our destination – Lonavala.
Lonavala is a hill station, in the Sahyadri ranges that demarcate the Deccan Plateau and the Konkan coast. Situated 96 kilometers from the city of Mumbai, Lonavala is mostly visited during the monsoon season because of the small seasonal waterfalls appearing amidst the lush green hill slopes.
As we drove, we could see greenery all around. The sun was hiding behind the clouds in the sky. The sky looked like a painter’s beautiful canvas with different shades of clouds adorning it. The gentle breeze was soothing and made our drive so pleasant throughout. We were in the middle of nature’s finest moments. The kids were glued to the windows taking in all the natural beauty through their eyes. Hearing and watching them get excited as they pointed out the shapes in the clouds or discovered a small waterfall in the faraway hill slope, made me remember my own childhood days.
Within an hour and a half, we were in Lonavala. We decided to visit Lonavala Lake and Bhushi Dam – two famous tourist spots there. But we found those two spots quite crowded as we reached near. I was in no mood to spend time shuffling through the crowds tagging along my kids to just have a glimpse of those points. So, we drove further to find a quiet spot where we can spend quality time as we enjoyed the weather and the natural beauty around.
After twenty minutes of driving, we came across a spot which was exactly what we were looking for. With a couple of temporary snack counters, that particular point was having very few visitors. The view was great – The hills playing hide and seek among the clouds, the clouds floating all around us, the green grass swaying in the wind.
This viewpoint is named as Shivlinga Point by the locals of that area because of this lone mountain jutting out in between the hills giving a look of a Shivlinga- a symbol representing the Hindu deity Shiva, used for worship in temples,
Above all, there was enough space to park our car in the middle of the hilltop. As we sat in the car we could view the panoramic beauty of the hills surrounding us. The weather was awesome with a slight drizzle and wind swirling the clouds all around. After clicking pictures all around, we sat inside the car and had hot snacks. With our favorite songs playing in the background we sat in our car reading our books. My younger one indulged her father to capture the scenic beauty in front of us, on her drawing sheet.
Those were the most relaxing four hours of our week and we had become totally in sync with the environment. By late afternoon, we decided to return back from this green paradise. We met with heavy traffic on our way back the nice weather made up for it.
Finally, by 7 pm we were back home – exhausted but satisfied. The calmness of nature had soaked deep within and we felt re-energized to face the coming week.
This unexpected and unplanned long drive turned out to be more fruitful and fun than any planned one.
That’s all for today peeps. Do share if you ever had some unplanned trips like me in the comment section below. Waiting to hear from you all.