To Mahabeleshwar

A few of us went to Mahabeleshwar this weekend. Apparently the name means the place of god shiva. It’s a hill station, meaning a fun little town outside of a city. Mahbeleshwar is a cute little town. There are some really great views, as it’s on the top of a mountain. It’s also home to Asia’s largest plains on top of a mountain called Tabletop. On the way there is Panchgani, a town famous because of Mapro. Mapro is India’s jam and squash producer. Squash isn’t squash the vegetable, but pulp made out of fruits that you put in water to make it fruity.
We left on Saturday early evening after I got out of work. There were four of us in Yuri’s car. By the time the dark hit, so did the fog/clouds. At first I thought we were rolling through a thick fog, but then we realized that we were just in the middle of a cloud. It was so bad sometimes you couldn’t see 2 feet in front of the car. It wouldn’t have been that bad except there aren’t many markers on the road, nor street lamps. We used a bus at some point as our cloud breaker. At another point in time we used another car. Following other vehicles can be a little dangerous when they don’t have brake lights. Everyone had their hazards on at least.
We went without a place to stay hoping we’d find one. We did, it was cold, wet, very wet, and nice to find a place to go with yummy Indian version Chinese food right below it in the restaurant. This was my first trip out of time with a group of friends. I went out of town before with work friends, but that’s in a different category. We’re a great group of friends. Originally it was supposed to be 8-10 of us, but because some people work too hard (really hard, as in they were at work past midnight on a Friday night and went to work Saturday and then Sunday) or had other obligations that popped up, they didn’t come. A smaller group was definitely much more manageable.
After a cold night sleep in damp blankets and while listening to the rain pouring down outside of our pool view room, we woke up, checked out, and went to the rainy market place. After a typical breakfast of idly sambar with chutney, we went off exploring. We saw fun places like Wilson’s Point (a small round platform in the middle of no where but is the highest point – 4710 feet above sea level), Kate’s point, a really beautiful view of a waterfall that dips off into the middle of nowhere (you couldn’t see because of the clouds) but where you could walk through a fun little stream that leads to the fall eventually, , Lingmala waterfalls, Tabletop, explained before, and of course Mapro. It was all absolutely beautiful. It was also a really cool experience to see the clouds coming and going. In five minutes you could go from not being able to see five feet in front of you to being able to see off a cliff and over a valley. At Kate’s point there were several momentous events including Shweta slipping in the mud, after which people said to her, Oh is that where you fell, it must be very slippery there. Several people asked her this several times; we found that quite amusing. I also witnessed a monkey attack a man because he was trying to eat a cup of strawberry ice cream. It was super violent. I’m very happy that none of us had that. The same monkey also had a huge gash in it’s back.
The drive was great, scary at times because of the fog, but really that just added to the fun. The Mapro factory was one of the best-organized things I’ve ever seen in India. Luca and I both agreed. You could taste any of the squashes or juice mixtures you wanted, they had jams and jellies for sale as well. The best part was the sandwich. It’s probably the largest two-piece of bread sandwich I’ve ever seen in my life. We got three between the four of us and that was even difficult to finish. It’s made with various veggies that usually go into a veg sandwich and then a huge amount of home made cheese which is graded on top. The pieces of bread are almost as big as your face. Then they’re grilled. It was so good. Our last stop was Tabletop. We took our only toured part of the trip. At almost every intersection there were these poor guys standing out with rain jackets and pants under an umbrella waiting to give a tour to whoever passed by. We took our horse carriage tour with Romeo (our horse) and tour guide who’s name we didn’t learn. . Apparently tabletop has some very big historical significance as well. Important people such as Pancha Pandava walked there.

    • yuri
    • August 4th, 2011

    i am going to pick on you for break lights 😛 .. haha…. i must say it ‘brake’n english… hahaha

    • yuri
    • August 4th, 2011

    you were clearly asleep … rofl

    • yuri
    • August 4th, 2011

    out of time

    • shweta
    • August 28th, 2011

    and yes … one more thing to mention… i was hungry all the time :O :p

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