Re and I love being on the road and it doesn’t take much to galvanise us to get going. Just the magic words, “Want to go?” are enough to get us packing our bags and walking shoes. If there is rain and waterbodies involved, even better. If there is good food, nothing like it.
So when a few weeks back, we were invited to spend a weekend at the new Saj by the lake, a new boutique resort at Malshej ghat (which, incidentally was a an integral part of my childhood monsoon getaways with Appa, who couldn’t resist soaking under every waterfall enroute, much to our annoyance). Re and I preferred to soak in the gorgeous views along the NH 222 instead, pretending the mountains and the clouds were characters in a sky play.
Anyway, three hours later, we found ourselves here:
We were told, wait, there is a whole lake behind, and we couldn’t wait to meet it
The Pimpalgaon Joga dam created lake on the Pushpavati river
There were many other things that caught our fancy. Like this entrance to our room:
And these lantern clouds at the Maati Bani restaurant, where we ate many soulful meals
And this brick backdrop which called for a photo
And these funky cows
And this lovely thencha which was more my thing
And this Kandyavarche Andey (eggs on onions) which we had for breakfast
And lots of other food which we loved so much that I forgot to take pictures of: like nachni and kulith soup, thalipeeth, mushroom masala, dudhi in green gravy, pit cooked biryani, nachni kheer, methi and paneer tikki, a lovely bengali style cold bharta with mashed potatoes .. and all this with rice, jowar and nachni bhakris.
We were told they have camping facilities so we can’t wait to come back to do some star-gazing. That night, of course, the clouds decided to hide all the stars, but we both got some down time, doing our own thing, blending in.
And many together things, long walks and lots of bird watching , cloud watching, waterfall watching and green watching. And plotting to come again, this time to star gaze.