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Travel Diary – Rutugandh Resort & Sinhagad Fort

The entire team was bored and it was about time that we packed our bags and set out for some exploring. So started our frantic search for a good resort. I being new in the city I was super excited to go absolutely anywhere as long as my team members are there. Having a husband at home who was preparing for exam and amidst a whole lot of household chores I was feeling overwhelmed. It was like my big escape with new set of people , their families and me. For me who’s a little sceptical about going alone anywhere it was a big move trust me. But my team was a friendly one. They took me in like I was there all along.

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While searching for the perfect getaway that suited our budget we came across Rutugandh resort. I may warn the non vegetarians that its has pure veg restaurant so if you are the one who can’t survive a day without non veg this place is not for you. The Funny thing about this place is all the villains in Bollywood have visited the resort.

This place is beside the Khadakwasla dam near Sinhagad Fort.

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We started our journey on the 1st of October 2016 in a tempo traveller along the Pune highway. With the kids around us cheering us on it couldn’t have been better. On our way to Pune we stopped near the …. to grab some breakfast and tea.

I was quite apprehensive about the Rutugandh Resort but it really turned out to be a nice retreat especially if you have an energetic team with you who can make the stay worthwhile. It was like a small place tucked away from the humdrum of city life . The air changed to a lighter one and the greenery around soothed our eyes. Our flats were also nice and cozy which felt more like home rather than hotel rooms.

We reached around afternoon so soon after we headed for lunch and were greeted with a scrumptious veg spread. It was quite chilly given the rainy weather and the hot dal and paneer gave us new energy. We spent the entire afternoon and evening playing carrom and table tennis. The swimming pool however was closed for the day.

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By late evening it had started raining heavily so after having snacks I retired back to our room while others tried going to the Khadakwasla dam which was just 5 mins walk behind the resort. However given the rain and the muddy roads even they had to come back.

Rain having dampened our mood we decided to make most of our time indoors. We played non stop card games and non stop “Chor Police”. It was damn funny when we were suspecting our manager being the thief he tried hard to ward off our suspicious looks.
It was past midnight when we finally hit our beds. The weather by then had turned to that of a winter night and we snuggled under our blankets.

Next morning we woke up to a pleasant sunny morning. After having tea I had a very refreshing round of badminton with my manager Shrirang and his son Tanay.

Having finished our breakfast we headed for our next destination The Sinhagad Fort. I didn’t know that Sinhagad fort was one of the popular security posts of the Legendary Shivaji. Though the place is in ruins but the trek to the top really gives you a glimpse of the Maratha Empire. From the base of the Sinhagad fort big vehicles are not allowed so we hired an open jeep which took us the gate of Sinhagad fort.

The weather being lovely cool we gorged on the vada pao with chillies – my first time finding out why Marathi people are obsessed with Vada Pao and bhajia and I could not agree more. The journey to the top began with lots of knickknacks like singhdana which are peanuts actually and raw mango with chilly powder , cucumber etc. The slippery steps and the foggy weather were adding to the mystery of the place.

While climbing we came across the memorial of famous Maratha general Tanaji who won a vicious battle against the Mughals.Visiting his memorial was like witnessing a part of Indian history.
Kaundinyeshwar temple is also worth mentioning. We even got to see a lake which I am not sure is temporary due to the heavy rains or a permanent one.
We walked for around 3-4 hours after which we got tired and started descending. While descending we came across a hut where an aged Aunty served us hot lunch consisting of Bhakri, Pitla, baigan ka bharta , bhajiya and homemade yoghurt which are made in clay pots. It was my first time trying out Marathi cuisine and I am not sure if the clay oven added even more taste to our simple lunch. I absolutely fell in love with Pitla the simple gram flour dish which is like the local fast food.

After the lunch affair we got down to the entrance of the Sinhagad Fort where we enjoyed ice creams. While going back to the base we felt our trip had come to an end so quickly.