Thursday, October 27, 2016

Day Trip To Mulshi

My wife and I had a rare day to ourselves when our daughter planned a day trip with her friends. On a whim, we decided to drive down to Mulshi, a popular picnic spot on the outskirts of Pune that is particularly alluring during the monsoons. This turned out to be one of the better ideas we have had lately. Mulshi was everything it promised to be and more. Mulshi was green, lush, and open all around with a large lake in the middle that fed into the dam - nature at its prettiest. On the day we were here, there were few tourists which made this visit even nicer.
The drive itself was fun.  The road was in good condition and there wasn’t much traffic other than when we crossed some of the small villages en route. The only scare we had was when a chicken crossed the road right in front of our car without a warning, losing a few of its feathers in the process!

We had decided to make Paradise Cafe our destination.  This little eating hole is right next to the water’s edge with a path leading right down.  We made our way to the lake where we saw saw many of the trees submerged almost to their lower branches.  This year the rains have been abundant making the whole vista nice, green and the water level higher than the years before.

We spent a good amount of time just sitting on the rocks at the water’s edge, listening to the birds and insects, the only man-made noise from the pebbles I periodically tossed into the water (!).  Later, we  walked back to the cafe and had a rather nice rustic lunch of chicken curry with naan, as we watched a videographer go about directing a young couple wedding shoot.

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