Khandi Parikrama (80 km)
Best time to visit : June - Jan anytime (Monsoon is best)
Khandi, a small beautiful village on the banks of Thokarwadi dam is very less known for its scenic beauty and great terrain it offers to cyclists and bikers. As it is not a much known destination you will find very little crowd on the road. It is also very easily accessible from Pune and the parikrama can be completed within a day if you plan well.
Almost half way of the parikrama is covered with huge windmills on the right side of your course and calm Thokarwadi dam on the left.
Duration : 1 day
Difficulty : Moderate (High endurance needed)
Distance is 80 km and terrain is Hilly.
Reporting at Kanhe railway station (Pune) at 7.30 A.M.
How to Reach :
From Pune : Local train is the best option to reach Kanhe railway station. 6.30AM local train from Pune station will get you to Kanhe by 7.30AM.
Carrying cycle from Pune :
Riders can choose to ride from their own location(home), but this can be a little difficult to complete within a day, so you can opt to carry your bike till Kanhe in Local train. This will make your ride purely in natural environment and interesting. You can carry your cycle in the luggage compartment. Every local has 3 luggage compartments. Front, back and in the middle. A separate luggage ticket for cycle has to be purchased.
Things to Carry :
- Bike, helmet and spare tube, allen key tool, air pump
- 2 lit water bottle(compulsory), sports shoes
- 3/4ths or cycling shorts or track bottoms, cycling dry fit or cotton t-shirt, riding gloves(optional), sweat band or bandana, Anti-rash cream or powder to avoid a rash near the groin area from cycling
- Cap and sunscreen lotion, camera(optional), sunglasses, cotton socks, Personal requirements for swimming and extra clothes if required.
- A good amount of food that will suffice the whole trip as there are no hotels on the route once you start from Kanhe
Route of the Trail:
The parikrama can be done from right to left or left to right. we completed it from right to left, keeping the dam always to your left and the windmills to your right.
Once you reach Kanhe, continue on the route to Falne phata. At Falne, take a right turn. This is the only turn you need to take, rest path is straight.
You will come across a small bridge after the turn. The flow of water is hight during monsoons. Just after the bridge there is a small bridge over the river where you can refill your water bottles.
Before you reach Khandi, there is small village called Sawale where you will find 2-3 general stores. Just after crossing the village there is a U turn on your right which leads to few concrete pillars built by Tata group. You can also view the Bhivpuri camps and karjat from there. This road has a dead end and you need to come back on the same point to complete your trail.
We started at around 9 am from Kanhe and reached back by 5 pm. It was a super duper experience.
After Khandi, there are points where the water in the dam almost touches the roads and is very scenic in monsoons. sometimes the roads are under water and you need to get slow to actually locate the tar.
Kanhe - Falne - Bhoyare - Kunegaon - Sawale - Khandi - Vadeshwar - Falne - Kanhe
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