Khargar Hills/Raintree Marg

The next time you want to have a picnic, head straight to Kharghar/CBD Belapur. Raintree Marg offers you a quiet place where not too many specimens of the pathetic human race can be found, and as a bonus you get the best view of Navi Mumbai. Kharghar Hills is one of the best places I’ve been introduced to in recent times, and it is where I’ll escape to when I can’t take any more of everyday life and have only a day to be away.

Can’t go a-trekkin’ on Kharghar Hills, it’s a picnic spot. Don’t be a fool like me; I was all set for a trekking adventure but ended up walking all the bloody way up. Next time, I’ll take a vehicle which ensures I reach the top in 15 minutes instead of walking for an hour in the scorching sun. An advantage of walking all the way up is it teaches a good lesson – it’s great to get excited like a school kid but it’s equally necessary to do your homework.

Walking up, we saw loners/couples/friends at intervals, having a good time chatting or guzzling liquor in aerated water bottles. On reaching the top, you see a giant boulder. Take a left and you go to a village, go right and you reach a point to park your ass and relax at. You can park your bike/car/ass anywhere on the way to the top.

On the way back down, we were cursing ourselves for not carrying more than one bottle of water. An advantage of walking all the way down is it teaches a good lesson – can’t kick yourself for unparalleled stupidity when your legs are about to come off.

Here’s what to do: Go to Raintree Marg between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. in a vehicle, carry food and water because I’m not sure if you get any in the village. I would’ve gone ahead and found out but with the last few sips of water all we could think of was walking back down before we died of dehydration. Carry an icebox because you will feel like drinking when you reach the top. Carry a tent if you can because the sun is merciless and it might get too hot in the car.

If anyone’s planning on committing suicide by jumping off any part of Kharghar Hills, do invite me to watch. Please don’t crash your cars and bikes while sparking that joint and pouring that drink on the way up. And careful when you try any wild tantric positions lest you suddenly spot a snake or cheetah and fall into the valley.

There have been no reports of  snakes or cheetahs in or around Kharghar Hills.

All pics were taken on 2009/11/22

SEE: Garden Lizard

12 Responses to “Khargar Hills/Raintree Marg”

  1. 1 Cosmic_Girl
    December 25, 2009 at 05:09

    Thanks for this!


  2. 2 Cosmic_Girl
    December 25, 2009 at 05:22



  3. 3 Lex Talionis
    December 25, 2009 at 06:35

    no animals that attack humans? then what’s the use?


  4. 4 Rohit M
    September 9, 2010 at 19:15

    Nice review yaar !! 🙂


  5. August 20, 2011 at 12:06

    Hi Aditya,

    Was googling picnic ideas in BBay when I came across your blog, great funny post and ended up reading some other posts. Keep it up, like your witty style of writing.



  6. 8 Prabhakar
    October 9, 2011 at 07:38

    Is this place is a picnik spot?? can we go there with family ??


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