Not All Shadows Are Dark: A Guide To The Magnificent Sandhan Valley
Posted On 6th October, 2016 @ 20:30 pm by Althea Rodrigues

Lights and camera? We’re not sure about that. Action? Go for it!

The Sandhan Valley is splendidly placed amidst the magnificent Sahyadri range. Boasting rock walls that are over 200 ft high and about 2 km long. The perfect blend of canyon and valley, it’s surrounded by the beautiful Alang, Kulang and Kalsubai (the highest peak in Maharashtra) mountain ranges with the gleaming waters of river Arthur for company. 

 

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GPS Location:

Does distance really matter if the place you’re visiting is worth your time, regardless? It’s 181 km away from Mumbai if you plan to go via Igatpuri, 200 km away from Pune en route Otur or Bota, and just 93 km from Nashik. The best way to get there from Mumbai is to board a Central Railway train from Kasara or book a private jeep from Kasara to Samrad village.

 

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Hire a Guide:

Don’t even think of stepping into the valley without a guide (unless you’re a local or a trek enthusiast who takes the term ‘wanderlust’ seriously). On reaching Samrad village, look out for a guide to help you ensure your safety while trekking. It’s not advisable to trek in this valley without assistance.

 

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Food and Drink:

Pack light, pack smart. Carry two litres of water and add some glucose, dry fruits for instant energy and fresh fruit rich in vitamin C. Bonus boost of vitamin D if you find a spot with sufficient sunlight (which is rare, considering the structure of the valley). Ensure you carry compact meals such as sandwiches or packets of ready-to-cook meals.

 

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An Unusual Challenge:

Besides the regular challenges such as rock climbing, crossing a pool of water, and rappelling, an unexpected the difficulty is going to be taking photos. No we’re not kidding unusual spacing between the rocks, which prevents the rays of the sun from reaching the land, and casts shadows all over the place. This is the reason the gorge is also called the ‘Valley of Shadows’ or ‘Valley of Suspense’. You’d best capture the beautiful views with the lens of your eyes.

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Channel your inner Tarzan and take the plunge, just as Sumesh Vasudevan did on our third episode of What’s Stopping You?  (Missed it? Watch it  now on: http://bit.ly/wsy3) Presented by Renault India and MTV India.

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