On the way to Sinhagad or Lion Fort, we passed the Khadakwasla Dam, a major water source for Pune. Along the shoreline, women washed their laundry and cows shared the roadway with the cars, trucks and motorcycles. (see photo gallery)
We drove on a narrow road that had numerous switchbacks. It reminded me of past journeys on Boulder’s Flagstaff Road. The Sinhagad Road was in poorer condition. The yearly monsoons caused the road to be rutted and the guard rails were dilapidated stone walls.
We watched our step because there was manure everywhere and many of the manmade steps were steep and irregularly spaced. One of the sources of the manure was a pack of donkeys. Food vendors sold an assortment of Indian foods. (see photo gallery)
Our views were obscured by a subtle haze. Most of the visitors to this attraction were Indian families and young couples. Few foreigners venture to this sight on the outskirts of Pune. Let me know if you are planning to visit Pune anytime soon.
The memoir was a finalist in the Travel category for the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, the 2013 International Book Awards, and the 2013 National Indie Book Excellence Awards.