6th August, 2017: Friendship Day Trek/Picnic to Matheran

Come monsoon and the most awaited events on the GB calendar are the monsoon trek and monsoon picnic. We know you have been missing these for long, but now the wait is over. Both these events are back with a bang and that too 2 in 1!

If you really want to get a feel of the real earth, want to breathe pure air and see stunning landscapes of unspoiled wilderness – than come with GayBombay to Matheran.

Matheran – The tiniest hill station in the world (all of 8 sq. kms) is also the cleanest in the country. It’s the only place apart from Venice where tarred roads don’t exist and motorcars are banned. The only modes of transport are Horses, man-pulled rickshaw, or your own feet. Untouched by pollution, the air is fresher, the trees greener and the views magnificent. Matheran is a totally different experience – a change you truly enjoy!

This Trek cum Picnic is strictly open to the first 45 who register and pay. Guys residing as far as Pune, can also join us. To know how, scroll down.

Trek a mountain, see a new place, know the history, meet new people, make new friends, and catch up with old. Sing, dance and play. A lot can happen over a trek!

Schedule:
We shall depart on a semi luxury bus parked at the main gate of Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Borivali (East), at sharp 6:00 am. You can board the bus at any of the pick-up locations listed below.
06:00 am: Main Gate, Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Borivali (East)
06:15 am: Oberoi Mall, Junction, Goregaon (West)
06:30 am: Underneath Magic Bricks Western Express Highway Metro Station.
06:45 am: Kalanagar Junction (BKC end of skywalk)
06:50 am: Main Gate, Our Lady of Good Counsel High School, Near Sion Station.
07:00 am: Yogi Restaurant, Diamond Gardens, Chembur (East)
07:20 am: Vashi Flyover Junction, Junction of Sion-Panvel Highway and Vashi Station Road
07:35 am: Fire Brigade Station Junction, Opp Konkan Bhavan, CBD Belapur.
08:00 am: Panvel ST Stand, Panvel.
08:40 am: Thakre Hotel (Cafeteria), Junction of Chowk Karjat Road and Karjat Murbad Road.
08:50 am: Bhivpuri

The trek begins at Diksal, the base village near Bhivpuri on the Kalyan – Karjat segment of Central Railway. We shall be taking the easiest trek route, via Garbett Plateau and Garbett Point into Matheran. Fun begins as you take your first step on the trek under the Diksal waterfall. 360 degree breathtaking views await you at the Dhom Lake, Garbett Plateau and Garbett Point to arrive in Matheran for Lunch. The afternoon is spent at a resort, full of fun and games or swimming or soaking in the cool waters of the swimming pool. High Tea shall be served before we leave the resort at 6:00 pm to take the cabs at Dastoori Naka for Neral where our bus awaits us.

Contribution to defray costs:
Rs. 1200.00 per head

Participants from other cities joining us at Panvel, Karjat and Bhivpuri contribute Rs. 900.00 per head

The charges include:
1. Transport to Base Camp and Back
2. Veg. Breakfast on the bus
3. Veg. Lunch
4. High Tea in the evening.
5. Facilities to freshen-up and relax at the resort at Matheran
5. Trek Expertise

Registration & Payments:
To join this trek you need to register your name and pay in advance. To Register, fill the form at the following link
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfBENfwftFK1vi_3R1TmuM6OtbWjBGRSVAPPylOePNAXTPGCQ/viewform

For any further information mail us at radhey.a.khatri@gmail.com or call us on the Picnic Info line 9870504010

To pay catch us:
On 22 July 2017: Gaybombay Party at YoYo
On 30 July 2017: GayBombay Sunday Meet, at Thane
Details regarding the above event will be available at www.gaybombay.org and the GayBombay Facebook Page

Things to do:
1. Carry the following things with you on the trek
a. Cap
b. Haversack/Knapsack/Backpack (preferable water proof),
c. Plastic Sheet/Bag to line your rucksack (if it is not waterproof)
d. Special Medication or Food if you need any,
e. Biscuits, Plum Cakes (as a light snack),
f. Water (2 litres),
g. A couple of sachets of Tang/rehydrating solution
h. Change of clothes including undergarments and socks and a Towel (must as you will need to change),
i. Walking shoes or Good Floaters (No Chappals or Formal Shoes),
j. Rain Gear like windcheaters (No Umbrellas please, they will be blown away if we encounter strong winds).
k. Binoculars and Cameras if you are interested.

2. GB, as a support group, has created this comfort/safe space for gays. Many people at the event may be newbies (those still coming to terms with their sexuality and/or those who have mustered the courage to come to such an event for the first time). We request you to be sensitive to the comfort levels of others and to behave and dress accordingly.

3. You have to be above the age of 18 to attend this event

Things not to do:
1. Wear tight fitting jeans or body hugging attire that will restrict full movement of your body (Track bottoms or light cotton trousers is better option)
2. Litter the place. The ecosystem is very fragile.
3. Indulge in hanky-panky.
4. Deface or damage any rock faces or monument by writing or scribbling on them.
5. Consume intoxicating items before or during the trek.

Suggested Reading
https://www.tripoto.com/trip/garbett-plateau-point-trek-route-matheran
https://www.shadowsgalore.com/2011/08/trek-to-matheran-via-garbett-plateau/
http://sanketnavghare.blogspot.in/2009/07/trek-to-matheran-via-garbett.html

Suggested Viewing
About trekking
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDeJ7VF2Wnw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTLog4nO2jQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phwfdozvpL4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZ7ijA8_PrE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KR7asLGOTYw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8l8ygQVRc_o
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaUG3vR-k_Q
About Matheran
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbSN3d3c4xA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwW1M2S7MRg
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This event is organized by: http://www.gaybombay.org/.
Right of admission reserved.
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Guys as far as Pune can also join GayBombay’s Monsoon Trek Cum Picnic to Matheran. How? Find out here.

If you are residing anywhere on or close to the Pune –Karjat Section of the Central Railway:
Board the 11010 Sinhagad Express CSTM Express, originating from Pune at the station nearest to you at the timings listed alongside, the train calls at the following stations:
Pune Junction 06:05 hrs; Shivaji Nagar 06:13; Khadki 06:20; Pimpri 06:31; Chinchwad 06:35; Lonavala 07:15 hrs; Khandala 07:20;
Alight at Karjat where the train arrives at 07:58 hrs. Exit the station and walk towards Thakre Hotel (Cafeteria) at Junction of Karjat Chowk Road and Karjat Murbad Road. The bus shall pick you up from here at 08:40 hrs.

To return back in the evening at Karjat board:
11023 Sahyadri Express, originating from Mumbai CSTM and arriving at Karjat at 19:30 hrs. This train calls at the following stations:
Khandala 20:03; Lonavala 20:17 hrs; Talegaon 20:48; Dehu Road 21:04; Pimpri 21:13; Khadki 21:23; Shivaji Nagar 21:34; Pune Junction 21:55 hrs; Jejuri 23:08; Nira 23:53.