Do you really want to know?

What lies over the hill? That’s a question that keeps us going, isn’t it? But sometimes what’s on this side of the hill is so beautiful that you don’t want to budge. Perpetual youth is the curse of never being curious about what lies over the hill. The rest of us, we love the view here, but we want to plow on and check out the view from the top as well.

Outside the small town of Ghoti on the Mumbai-Nashik road

Sometimes you get a glimpse of it from down at the bottom. Looks like someone’s made a good place for a selfie or two, a share on social media. This climb will be worthwhile, you think as you set off.

Naneghat, the view across the pass

At other times you reach the top, exhausted. To your dismay you find that it’s not the end of the road. There’s the steep downhill bit. It looks quite scary, and the path is wet. Do you really want to do it? Are the distant plains quite as nice as they look from up here?

Crossing Malshej ghat in Maharashtra

Sometimes you wish that someone had made a keyhole in that mountain, so that you can spy on the other side without needing to climb. It does happen, you know! These hills are full of tunnels.

Monsoon waterfall at the top of Malshej ghat

But sometimes,the other side just falls on you. There’s no way you want that. You roll up the windows quickly and get away from it fast, before all that falling stuff drowns you, or washes you down the hillside. Driving in the Sahyadris during the monsoon will give you all these new perspectives on aging and geology. What you make of these lessons is up to you.


By I. J. Khanewala

I travel on work. When that gets too tiring then I relax by travelling for holidays. The holidays are pretty hectic, so I need to unwind by getting back home. But that means work.


  1. I am always impressed by those roads and tunnels hewn into the mountain.

    Especially when they are on such a steep, almost vertical mountainside, I wonder how the first people got there with all their equipment and just started building and drilling and blasting and stuff.


    1. You only work on the end of the road, so you drill and blast from a place which has already been levelled. This one started from places which are not steep, and then slowly snaked its way up here.


  2. The greens are fantastic! And yes, sometimes it would be nice to be able to peek at what was on the other side of the hill before deciding whether to bother climbing it! At other times though, it’s good to be surprised ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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  3. Gorgeous terrain and photos! In my thirties I hung out with a group of adventurous white-water-kayaking souls. On multi-day trips, after each day’s paddle on a river through the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest/U.S., we’d set up camp and stretch our legs. “Let’s check out the view from that peak,” someone would say. We’d start hiking, usually without a trail. We’d arrive at the peak, only to be surrounded by many similar peaks, and I’d hear, “Let’s see what we can see from THAT peak!” I was always thankful we found our way back to camp in time for dinner. Ah, youth ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Tunnels…are not my best place to be. I have a nightmare coming to me in periods, where I am crawling through a narrowing tunnel – and then I am stuck and cannot go either forwards or backwards. I prefer hills, and yours are delightful. I like the idea of a keyhole, but also like to be surprised.
    I love hiking in Madeira along the levadas. Many tunnels, but you can always see the light at the end of them. Things falling down are common there, and monsoon rains sound a bit scary…I was almost swept down with a waterfall on a hike in Madeira where I had to pass this fall on a ledge smaller than 10 cm, overflown with that water.
    An apt question it is – Do we really want to know?

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    1. Thank you. Monsoon is more enchanting than scary on these roads. The roads are generally good. But there are well-charted places where there are rock falls. Accidents largely occur due to rash driving. You can find adventure and danger off road if you wish, but for climbers, winter is the season.

      I would be distressed by that nightmare too.


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