This is all about a Camping tour near the Wai town. We were a group of 5 people. It is advisable to go in a group to enjoy the most at such camping programs. Near Mumbai and Pune, there are many such camping trips organized by a number of Travel enthusiasts and organizers. One can also get a list of them from Thrillophilia.
Wai, as a major town in between Pune and Panchgani, Mahabaleshwar, has few historical significances. Locally prominent families built several architecturally significant temples in Wai. This following picture was taken from our car on the way:
How to Reach:
The camping places are far off the cities/towns. We hired a ZoomCar Cab from Mumbai and reached the Camping site. It is around 250km from Mumbai and 95 km from Pune.
One can also take train from Mumbai to Pune and then drive to the Camp.
Where we Stayed:
This resort-cum-camp is located close to the Dhom Dam Lake. Located on top of the hill, the site provides stunning views of the surrounding ghat throughout the day.
I-Camp Resort provided water-activities (boating) on the man-made lake. Also, few team activities were also arranged during the stay.
Tariff is per person basis. The whole camping package includes the activities and the food (Lunch to Breakfast).
Tranquillity was redefined as we reached the Camping Resort at around 4 pm. The sun was on the western sky when we checked in to our tents and got ready for the boating activity. The lake is at the foot of the hill, which is walkable and will take around not more than 20 minutes.
Though personally I don’t enjoy much the water activities (Phew!! Don’t React!!), I jumped off a boat and started sailing the boat at random directions and screaming out of fear of toppling down. For your information, it was really insane of me for being doubtful as the authorities had kept enough people for vigilance and all were provided with life jackets.
Soon I came off the Lake and wandered around the place to get a great view of the lake, the Western Ghats and the sunset as a cherry topping. On our way up and back to the camp, the temperature was getting chill with the sunset.
Getting fresh was our next motto. I-Camp Resorts have well-built washroom facilities with modern amenities for common use. Tents are also big enough for 3 people for 1 night’s stay. All well maintained, the camps were another kind of experience to stay. But we had more reasons to stay outside as the garden area was equipped with bonfire and music to enjoy under the stars and the forest. Dinner was also served hot and tasty.
Next morning they took all to a camping trip, which we missed being lazy and under hang-over from the last night. Although we enjoyed the other riffle shooting and bow-arrow activities.
Around 11 a.m. we left the place and had a visit at Mapro factory on our way. The factory complex offers a free industry visit and great snacks bar. They also have a shop from where anyone can buy all variety of Mapro products at factory discounts.
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