Bajarwadi comes with more than just an interesting name. A fort called Rohida/Vichitragadh towers over this serene hamlet. Historically, this village served as a basecamp for the soldiers and families living in the fort above.They would come down, weekly, for their groceries and upkeep and thus the name Bajarwadi - The Market Town. Probably one of the early forts to be captured by Shivaji, inscriptions on the fort yet retain its Mughal and Maratha heritage. However, today, it lacks the kind of hustle it did back in the 17th Century and for us, that is a treat. Today Bajarwadi sits silently, with stories wrapped in its sprawling meadows, fields of bliss ...waiting to be unraveled.
Leave early from Bombay, drive through Pune and into Bhor district. This drive will be an easy 5 hour journey and will be interspersed with proper breaks for tea, loo etc. Breakfast will be served enroute. Reach Bajarwadi around lunch and settle down for a traditional lunch cooked by the women of the village. Post some rest, we set out for a walk through the hamlet, discovering lives starkly different from ours. Once we are back, the night commences with local interactions, campfires, games and stories from the land etc. We will be living with the locals for the night.
We wake up early, pack our breakfast and post tea, set out for a trek to Vichitragadh Fort. The ascent is easy and we will be accompanied by our local friends. Once on the fort, we savor the breakfast and begin our descend. After reaching our local homes, we freshen up, have lunch and leave for Bombay. This journey will be interspersed with breaks again.