Hiking Route: Lele to Godavari
Date: Feb 01, 2009
Hike Coordinator: Niraj Shah
Participants: Upendra Pradhan, Kapil Pandey, Pravinda Ranjit, Bhaskar Shrestha, Abishesh Joshi and Niraj Shah
Caption: Niraj Shah and Abishesh Joshi
Report By: Abishesh Joshi and Niraj Shah
Looking at previous statistics we were expecting quite a lot of participants for this hike as well. But when the final list of participants was compiled, the number came down to just nine. It seemed that D2′ians were more interested in “tough 2-day Night stay out-of-town” hikes rather than “short sweet-feel good” hikes.
So, on Sunday, as expected, nine enthusiastic hikers were to show up. But again, some thought the hike would be an easy walk and decided not to join in. Finally, there were six of us, travelling down South to Lalitpur country side. The original plan was to hike up from Lele to BhatteDanda and see the PIA crash site and come back down. But on enquiring locals about the hiking trail, we came to know that the short-sweet-feel-good hike would be too short to feel good. So we travelled on, down to the southernmost end of Lalitpur towards Chandanpur in search of an appropriate hiking trail. The search went on for quite a while (till 12 in the noon to be precise). Finally Upendra dai suggested a route he had travelled 12 years back. The hiking trail was from Lele village to Godavari. To get to the starting point we had to travel back down to Lele village, an hour’s drive from where the plan was conceived. So, back inside the van and towards Lele.
Lele finally and Godavari another four hours of walk…but does Upendra remember the trail he walked 12 years back? We all liked to believe that he did…and so we all followed his lead through ups and downs and didi ko pasal and beer ko glass and Mankamana temple and fighting the Ultraviolet assult with our improvised UV protection goggles (See the picture below for the UV protection goggles we mean). And after 4 and half hours we finally believed that Upendra knew the trail.