Rajgad, Summer 2017. (From R to L) Tejas, Abhi & I watch the faint silhouettes of Raigad and Lingana on the first day of our range trek.

“It is always the same with mountains. Once you have lived with them for any length of time, you belong to them. There is no escape.”
– Ruskin Bond, Rain in the Mountains

This blog is about Sahyadri. About Men, Mountains and the bonds formed in between.

Born and brought up in Mumbai, a stone’s throw from the Sahyadri range, it is indeed strange that my first tryst with the mountains was in the form of a collection of short stories by Ruskin Bond. And it was mesmerizing! He made me fall in love with the simple, flawed people in his stories and with Mountains. For Mountains, weren’t merely the setting of his stories. They were a living, breathing character in their own right.

Years later, I set foot on a mountain for the first time and I have kept going back ever since. However, as the number of my sojourns increased, I started forgetting little things from the earliest of my escapades- things that were a source of joy and heartache alike. So I started penning them down and that is how, A Season Of Mountains, was born.

Even though my first trip to the hills was in 2011, I consider the year of my first trek, that is the winter of 2014-15, as the First Season Of Mountains. Each season begins with the first showers of monsoon, typically in the month of June, that slowly transforms the brown, rugged terrain of Sahyadri into a luminescent green landscape and concludes with the last escapade of the following summer.

The blog posts usually begin with a brief technical section that includes maps, alternative routes & other useful information, followed by a comprehensive account of the escapade along with relevant pictures.

It takes me anywhere from a couple of weeks to a few months to put together a blog post to the best of my abilities and hence, it’ll be a while before all the drafts, Twenty-eight 27 at the last count, go live on the blog.

In the meantime, I suggest that you grab a cup of coffee, find a cozy corner, sit back and immerse yourself in the world of A Season Of Mountains…

Last updated: 17/10/2018

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