As we clicked photos by the dozen, we realized that the sun was setting rapidly. However MJ reminded us that there was still the best part of the fort that is to be seen. If we had known the place earlier we would have certainly been there first.
Vinchu kata or the Scorpion String is a fortified extension on the west side of Lohagad. A natural rock formation, it drops steeps from a small narrow path.
The shivling on our way to Vinchukata
The lone inhabitant of Vinchu Kata. We hardly saw any one else there
The sun was setting fast and we were still far away from Vinchu Kata
Finally the first magnificent view of Vinchu Kata
Another view of Vinchu kata against the evening sky
SA making down to the end. The end is very far and with the darkness fast approaching, many of us decided to stay back. Me and MJ did go to the half way point.
We spent a lot of time finding a route down there. SA looking at a distant edge
We were running down the cliff to reach the edge but it was a losing battle as the sun was almost down the horizon
At the half way mark, I was huffing and puffing and no way I could reach the edge. Morever at this light, there was no picture possible and so decided to come back. We still had to climb down the fort
We walked back after the half way mark. We needed more time here. Watch MJ walk near the steep cliffs.
We rushed back to the top and walked back to the fort doors. By the time we were at the doors, it was already dark. It was no problem climbing down and was less hectic and very low light of the crescent moon helped a lot.
Finally we were down at the foot arriving to a very dark village below. Tired and thirsty, we were offered lemon juice by a villager below. The water was the sweetest and most tasty water I had drank or was it the exhaustion of the trek? Maybe the water was really sweet!