Blanket of twinkling stars


Dodging the hectic week behind, we set ahead for a weekend getaway. Bhandardara is a beautiful yet less known hill station nestled in Sahayadri mountain ranges in Maharashtra.  It is an hour-and-a-half car drive from Kasara railway station.  But adventurous kids like us love to break laws (since there was no cop in that village) and so we proudly took a roof top jeep ride.  Sitting on the roof and passing by countryside farms is so thrilling.  The only downside was that the wind made my hair like hay (as I did not cover my head).

Do not miss “kandi pedha” (sweet made of cow milk and sugar) which is sold by locals at various spots. It is smooth textured and perfectly sweetened to bind taste buds.

We were a group of 11 (including our tour coordinator) and all set to camp by the lake. Cossetted by the pristine and untouched beauty of nature, Arthur Lake in Bhandardara is now gaining attention of masses.  It is an ideal place to camp.  While our tour coordinator from ‘The Land Out There’ tried his best to detract us from camping by the lake, we trekked down from the tableland to the lake-side.  As the sunset, we sat by the lake and spent the evening playing Mafia (strategic team game).

As the mercury level dipped, we trekked back to our camping spot for the warmth of campfire. We grilled sausages and salamis on the barbecue and shared ghost stories around the campfire.  In a world where we barely live few minutes without fidgeting with our phones, I totally forgot that I had a phone with me.

The mesmerizing experience of sleeping under the blanket of twinkling stars cannot be expressed in words. The palpable calm was hypnotizing. Orion (the hunter) and Ursa Minor constellation (the little bear) caught my attention. While I was star gazing lying on the mat, I spotted a shooting star.  It was a fascinating sight. And the best moment was when my bestie and I saw a shooting star at the same time!  It does require patience to spot a shooting star and looking at the sky continuously for hours was not easy for everyone camping with us.

It is disappointing to know that shooting stars are misnomers 😦 A shooting star is actually a small piece of rock or dust (meteor) that hits Earth’s atmosphere from space. It moves so fast that it heats up, glows as it moves and burns up in the atmosphere.  It is believed that wishing upon a shooting star makes the wish come true. This belief dates back to around AD 127-151 when Greek astronomer Ptolemy wrote that occasionally, out of curiosity or even boredom, the Gods peer down at the earth from between the spheres.

While I saw 5 shooting stars that night, I remember making a wish only once. And it is too early to find out if this really works!

Have you ever wished on a shooting star?

Cheers – Lubna

P.S. #1 – Bhandardara payanam migavum arumayaga irundadhu (for my Tamil friends) 🙂

2. Jeep ride   sunrise

lake view

lake view (2)

fossil

grill

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