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Stepping into its second year, 2013 proved to be an exciting year for the RAW committee. Raj Bohraand Maunil Shah head RAW, while Prof Lokesh Tardalkar is the faculty-in-charge. With the arrival of the monsoon season, RAW set out for its first trip to Peth, situated in Karjat district.
The place is known for the Peth Fort and its astounding beauty. The visitors had a mesmerising view of waterfalls, lush green area and fog. The little difficult and adventurous climb to the fort situated 3100 feet above sea-level was worth because of the breath- taking view it offered!
Further on, RAW visited Kolad, a village in Raigad district, in August. The students experienced whitewater rafting, kayaking and river crossing. And sat around the campfire for barbeque! The team also got the opportunity to perform river rafting under an expert’s guidance with immense focus and teamwork (they passed through rough water splashes), followed by a sim- ilar activity, canoeing.
The highlight of the RAW year, however, was its first weeklong trip. UPGites explored the rawness of the vibrant Rajasthan heritage, culture, safaris, sand dunes, lush forests and wildlife. The team started out at the Ranthambore National Park and the Ranthambore Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The safari at the Tiger Reserve really brought them close to nature. Some of them luckily got to witness T39, the royal tiger of that region! In Jaipur, they visited Amer Fort, as well as the Jal Mahal, in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake. Next stop: Jaisalmer, where they visited the Sam Desert for the camel safari.
RAW’s trips created some new yet strong bonds of friendship, developed new inter- ests among individuals, helped some overcome fears and some gain new expe- riences, giving UPGites a lifetime of memories to be forever ingrained in their hearts!
Mr. Lokesh Tardalkar