“One way to get the most out of life is look upon it as an adventure”, said William Feather once. So begin the adventure in the verdant and misty hills of Naneghat in Maharashtra. Naneghat lies in the majestic Sahyadri Ranges. Naneghat is a mountain pass in the Western Ghats range near Junnar in Pune district of Maharashtra. In the past the pass was extensively used as a trade route between Kalyan and Junnar. Grab this perfect opportunity to stay amidst the marvellous mountain ranges and gaze at the stars all night!
Maharashtra is home to the lush Sahyadri Mountains and makes for a perfect place to go on camping, trekking and photography trips. Naneghat is one of the most visited spots in the Sahyadris and the name literally means a place where money is collected or a tollbooth (Nane means coins and Ghat means pass). The history of the place dates back to the era of the Mauryan Empire, making it an extremely interesting spot for history and culture enthusiasts.
Capture those amazing shots to remember for a lifetime! If you have the thing for photography and you get goosebumps looking at that starry sky, then this trip is for you! This wonderland is exactly what the adventure seeker in you was looking for. Learn about exploring the Northern Hemisphere Constellations, their identification with the help of telescopes from the experts. This is the chance to learn about the night photography techniques. The experts will be there to guide you. Keep your camera busy and take the perfect shots of stars and galaxies. Photograph the universe with your camera!
There are certain things you can keep in mind while going for a night photography tour. Remember to take a full-frame camera for better ISO capabilities, fisheye lens for the widest view of the sky and a tripod for stability during long shots. Capture the beautiful night starry sky away from the city and pollution! The silence and stillness of the night will help you get the best shots ever! Always try to include the landscapes with the sky; you never know you might just capture something unique! The Milky Way and the stars are not the limit, capture celestial bodies beyond the imaginable! The high ISO performance cameras will help you in shooting the beautiful Milky Way and the star trails above the dark mountains. Look for the perfect location and the perfect frame with the landscape and create something pristine! Remember, you have to go somewhere away from light pollution. This the perfect weekend getaway with local food, tented accommodation and sparkling sky!
Meet and greet at Swami Narayan Temple, Dadar (E) at 12:00 Noon. You will be taken to the base by a private vehicle. Your pick up point is Nitin Company Junction, Thane, at 1:00 PM. Travel towards the Naneghat Base village. Take a break and have local tea enroute at your own expense. Reach the campsite by evening and pitch the tents. You will be given some evening refreshments. Spend the evening taking shots of the stunning sunset in the Sahyadris! As the night sets in start the astronomy and star photography sessions and capture some of best night sky shots of your life! Gaze at the starry sky and keep capturing the moments! You will be mesmerised by the clear and glittering sky! Have dinner and rest in the tents.
Wake up early morning by 7:00 AM. Have your breakfast and indulge in group activities and play some games. Leave for Mumbai by 11:00 AM. Have your lunch enroute at your own expense. Reach Mumbai by evening.
Activity: Photography, Camping
Duration: 1 Night/ 2 Days
Region: Naneghat, Maharashtra
12th – 13th December 2015, 9th – 10th January 2016, 6th – 7th February 2016
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Medical Disclaimer: It is most essential to be fit and fine before heading for any event. While planning your outdoor trip, it is preferable to have a medical fitness check-up done. If suffering from any kind of allergy or ailment, do carry proper prescribed medicines to prevent serious health problems including heatstroke, severe headache, cough, dehydration and hypothermia. Participants suffering from chronic conditions like asthma, bronchitis, blood pressure, migraine, diabetes, etc. should seek their physician’s advice before coming.