It has been four years & eight months in the IT career and during all this time heard a lot about one thing that is team outings & when outing word comes any where I am the most excited person, as I love travelling & exploring new places. This time with my new team of 30 people we went to the Corianthans Club Pune. Almost 10 KM form Magarpatta City office near NIBM road Kondhwa Pune. Its beautiful property to chill out & enjoyment.
So as decided by managers on 20th July after 12:00 Noon meeting we will leave from office to outing place. That day morning we all came to office early in the morning as we need to have at least 4 login hours. Everyone that day was with smiling face & waiting for the party time to come. In this way finally at 12:30 PM we all left from the office & reached venue around 1:15 PM. After reaching there we had delicious starters & soups. At the same time we had some group pics in the banquet hall & in resort area too. A while later we had our lunch too, till we all finished with our lunch it was 4:00 PM in clock.
Actual fun started after that & had lots of enjoyment in it. Outing organizers Mohit & Jayaprakash started opening one after other surprises for all of us. As it was rainy day out there then also they beautifully managed all activities for us all. Initially they handover-ed one paper to each person present there. It was like fill in the blanks but with the name of any team member. On that paper some adjectives were mentioned like Most Beautiful Lady in team, Angry Young Man, Cool Dude, Famous Personality, Enthusiastic Person, Rotlu of Team, Silent Person, Don of ERU, Helping hand like this almost 20 adjectives were there. After 10 minutes they collected those papers from us.
Later both of them announced the second game & that was Housie. Most of us were not that much aware of this game so we asked to explain it first before starting so Mohit & JP explained it nicely.
In this game any number of players can play. Each player will have a ticket with random numbers of (any between 1 & 99) in 3 rows.. We organizers have some coins printed from 1 to 99 on them.
How to play:
We will pick one coin at a time & will announce it aloud…
The players who have the number in their tickets, will make a note of it…
Its HOUSIE if you mark all the numbers in your ticket before any one else does..
Also you can play for First Row, Second Row & Third Row.
It sounded interesting & we all started playing it with very much energy & passionately. Everyone was eagerly & with full attention listening the numbers announced by organizers. In such way some comments in between were (bhai maine kya paap kiya mera to 1k bhi number nahi lag raha) , (mera ho gaya mera ho gaya jake ke dekha to column hua hai not row…hahaha), (some one was asking agar single number bhi nahi aaya to use bhi gift hai kya). In such way finally Nirmala got her HOUSIE & declared as winner.
Later organizers came with very creative & full team effort game. I don’t know the name but it was very enjoyable one. As per our available people count, we made five teams each with 5 participants. four will play the game and one will monitor for any cheating is going on there or anything else but monitoring for different team. It was very awesome & lovely team building activity. In it Ishwar’s team declared as winner as they completed the task at first.
Then after best ever game started & it was none other than Musical Chair. For that our DJ was Apoorva & Mohit was looking for the arrangements later he got busy in 1st games result & I took over his part in that game. In this way after eliminating one by one last five participants remained in the game was Ishwar, Aditya, Nirmala, Vaibhav & Piyush. Finally after eliminating remaining participants Ishwar become the winner in it.
Finally all the winners of adjective game & musical chair got the prizes one by one with sweetness & lots of love. Later all we get served with tea & break for few minutes. Suddenly our DJ started the Dhating songs & we all got attracted towards it & started dancing with full of madness. In this way how time completed no one noticed & it was 7:00 PM. At last one sweet surprise were waiting for us & it was small but sweet gift of Happy Man Statue.
After that we had some group pics outside the hall in resort property & left the place by taking beautiful memories of that day with us.
On 30th July 2016 for the first time with Sahyadri Outdoor adventure group went for one of the deepest & awesome waterfall rappelling in western ghats that is Kataldhar near lonavla also known as Horse Shoe Waterfall. We left Pune at 7:00 AM & reached the destination Fanasrai village at 10:30 AM after travelling 72 KM distance. It was full rainy day there, while covering last 12 KM from lonavla to Fanasrai need to go via rajmachi trek route. It was disgusting road all of mud, rocks & full of rain water though drivable. In monsoon lots of groups use to do rajmachi trek & suddenly I mate with one of my best buddies on the way from Man Vs Miles i.e. Snehal Dongre & Rohini Kakkad. When we reached at camping place one of the villagers family in stall prepared the breakfast for us which is “Garma Garam Wada Pav & Tea”. There we filled our empty stomach with as many as Wada Pavs.
Then after we all headed towards the rappelling point, to get on the exact foot way need to get back little bit on the road & enter in the forest by taking right turn. Heading on that foot way first need to cross on small water flow but quite slippery these days, beautiful over bridge placed to cross this water flow. Little bit ahead there is awesome place for camping & all; adjacent to that another food stall is there. From there on right side we entered in the forest again & while descending that small hill, which is very much slippery these days so need to be very careful.
After 15 to 20 min descending we reached the point from where we will rappel down. Valley view from there is simply awesome; we all were in full of clouds. Waterfall coming from the top of the hill has direct steep way there to get down; going ahead it will mix up with Ulhas River. We did the rappelling on that steep way of waterfall. Experience of doing such big rappelling was terrifyingly hilarious. From there first participant rappelled down at 12:00 noon & after that one by one everyone was going down, average time to get down & pull rope back is 20 minutes. So we got time to rove around there & have amazing snaps in waterfall, but be very very careful while walking in waterfall because one step failure will cost your life.
We all enjoyed a lot in that waterfall & had group pics there. Till my turn comes to rappel down it was 4:00 PM in afternoon, so I got hungry again. Organizers had taken “Theple, Chatni & Tomato Sauce”. Finally my turn came & after checking my harness is tight enough I started rappelling down the waterfall, at the start it was as usual rappelling, on the midway I took 30 sec rest as it was quite energetic to pull the rope & lift up. There I turned a little bit & locked the wonderful valley view in hanging state. From there I used the hopping steps to get down which I saw in Man Vs Wild. Then at the end I took another 30 sec rest & step down in normal way & reached at the base. I took almost 7 minutes to get down, after releasing the rope heading little bit down by walk we reached the semicircular shape of hill formed due to waterfall. There exactly below the waterfall we had few minutes, while going there please wear the helmets, because you are not aware what may come in waterfall on your head, sometime it may be a small rock or tree branch. After having lots of fun there we headed in left direction of that waterfall & took rest in cave.
From there to get back to the camp need to do the one and half hour jungle trek, which we started at 6:30 PM. At the start going in left direction we reached the place to get down from that hill, from there take left turn through forest. In that forest I saw too many crabs o every single step there was at least 4 to 5 crabs were there so be careful for you as well as for their life. When those crabs were running on ground it was looking cutest, one thing I noticed if they were not able to find the place to hide their self they used to spread their claws in angry look. I don’t know the types of crabs but at least I know the color I found three color crabs there white, brown & orange. Also keep your eye on the way for proper orientation like red ribbons are tided on correct route, small small rock towers are created for right directions, paint markings are drawn on the rocks, on trees for proper directions. If you missed some where search for it.
Finally we reached the rajmachi trek road at 7:30 PM & in next few minutes reached the camp place, where delicious dinner was waiting for all of us. There we had “Garma Garam Bhakri, Aalu, Matki, Papad, Rice, Dal, Achar, Onion”. At 9:00 PM we started back travel to Pune with lots of fun antakshari & all. Finally our trek comes to an end at 10:30 PM. Thank you thank you thank you so much Sahyadri Outdoors for such thrilling event.
- Photo Credit to Rahul Chandure.
- At rappelling point check harness, helmet & hand gloves properly.
- Be careful while walking in waterfall & in forest.
- Go in full sleeve cloths, also have extra pair of cloths.
After Aashdhi Ekadashi on beautiful Sunday (17th July 2016) morning with Apex Adventures, I went to the waterfall rappelling event near Torna Fort Base Village Velhe. This waterfall rappelling point is few minutes away from village. After picking up all participants, we left the Pune at 7:00 AM & reached there at 10:00 AM & the instructor Akshay Gokhle came there to guide us all. All together there were 70 members, 30 from our group 30 from other group & 10 instructors.
It was the wonderful day out there greenery all over the place, beautiful waterfalls & like icing on the cake slightly raining was there. To reach that point of waterfall rappelling, we crossed two small water flows & one beautiful waterfall on that flow. We enjoyed there a lot while coming back.
At rappelling point Akshay given us all the instructions & said to come one by one for amazing adventure. There was two ropes to get down through waterfall & both were properly fixed & two instructors at the top two at down to help us all for rappel down & two instructors were helping us to fix the harness, helmet & gloves for our safety while rappelling down. Don’t go at the edges of the waterfall it is very slippery so be careful.
Beauty of plateau was enhanced because of mysteriously attractive white flowers. Later I was searching for proper place to click snaps of all participants while doing rappelling. While searching for those places we found one small engaging waterfall. There we had few clicks & decided three places to click the snaps one at the top second at the mid way of plateau & last one at the down.
Then one by one all the participants started one of the thrilling event of their life waterfall rappelling. The faces of the guys at the start was very nervous, full of tension was looking on there faces, they were asking so many queries to the instructors available there like what is the safety level? how to get down step by step? & so many they were asking questions like child. Those who were in between the waterfall while getting down & we all were encouraging them to go ahead. At the end gorgeous smile on their faces was showing their joy, happiness for some kind of achievements in life. Some one was telling me can we do it twice please please, some one was asking me for more such kind of adventures. I can see the tremendous joy and freedom in their eyes after spending an enthusiastic day, it fueled all of us with happiness, courage & fight our daily small small challenges with smile on face.
Thank you thank you thank you so much Akshay Gokhale & all free lancers for guiding us. Also many thanks to all participants to share this delightful day with me.
- Photo Credit to Rahul Chandure, Amol Kotkar.
- Go in full sleeve cloths, also have extra pair of cloths.