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Sunday, September 26, 2010: Bandra - IIT Powai - Aarey Colony - Borivali National Park.

I'd been itching to get off the beaten path, and do something different from my daily routine, which had settled into a Bandra - Gateway - Bandra, or alternatively a Bandra centric ride: Pali Road - Carter Road - Pali Hill - Bandstand - Mount Marys. Finally today, Bharath and I decided to head out and do something different. I rode from Hill Road Bandra to Bharat who is a Professor of Mathematics from California, teaching at IIT Powai for a few months. From IIT Powai we were to take the Pipe Line Road into Aarey Colony and then try t find the trail that leads from Aarey into Borivali Nat'l Park. See, there are a couple of internal roads, but they've been shut to the public. All gates and barricades and plenty of guards. Several years ago, I had found this small path / trail from Aarey deep into Borivali Nat'l Park, and I was adamant to find it again. After riding around in Aarey for an hour or so, I finally found it! It was worth it! Completely deserted, and a fantastic off-road trail. As I said, not for the faint at heart! Steel inclines, all of 20+ kms each way, known to have Cheeta / Leopard spottings a couple of times a week! We also stumbled upon the Bombay Natural History Society premises, which is spread over 33 acres. They organize guides to take you on excursions into the forest, to spot the wild life. The next time, I'm doing s day long trip just to explore all of Borivali National Park. Perhaps next Sunday. To view pics go to my profile and look through my Cycling pictures.

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Comment by Sumir Nagar on October 2, 2010 at 10:33am
Where do you start from? I will be riding out from Bandra to Kashimira Jn, via the Highway. If you're in Bandra or en-route we could meet and ride together....
Comment by James Rodrigues on September 30, 2010 at 8:04pm
Sure thing ! Meet you on Sunday for the Uttan ride . We can plan out the SGNP ride for the next Sunday ....
Comment by Sumir Nagar on September 30, 2010 at 3:38pm
Sir, Will be doing the Uttan Hills ride this Sunday. If you like we can do the SGNP next Sunday.
Comment by James Rodrigues on September 30, 2010 at 12:13pm
Hey count me in on the explore SGNP sunday ride .
Comment by Sumir Nagar on September 27, 2010 at 10:56am
Sure not worries at all. It's getting hot these days so leaving earlier is a much better idea. I was riding back at about 12 noon and it was really hot!!! Will post for this Sunday. Would you be open to leaving at 6 AM from Bandra?
Comment by Kapil Bhatia on September 26, 2010 at 10:56pm
Hi Sumir. Sounds Interesting. Will join u. Couldn't join u guys in ur last ride to gateway. We do Aarey ride every Saturday. Its good fun riding in Aarey. One request if u can start ur rides till 7 am as 7.45 is too late.
Comment by Sumir Nagar on September 26, 2010 at 8:30pm
Sure thing. Would be more fun i we had a few more riders along. Prefer to keep it small. Will post at least 2 - 3 days before we plan the next trip. Take care and in the meantime, happy riding.
Comment by Rajesh Karia on September 26, 2010 at 7:42pm
sounds awesum..pls leave s a scrap in the borivali group when u plan the SGNP detour..!!

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