Asha Ambade, 70, has become the new social media sensation by climbing Maharashtra’s Harihar Fort like no millennial could ever think of. By Tanvi Jain
— Sudha Ramen IFS ???????? (@SudhaRamenIFS) October 10, 2020
Seventy–year–old Asha Ambade has taken Twitter by the storm by doing something even 20-year-olds would fail to do. In a one-and-a-half-minute video that is doing the rounds on social media, this woman can be seen trekking the Harihar Fort of Maharashtra, one step at a time, and successfully reaching the top.
“At the age of 70 yrs, with her sheer determination, she made it. Salute to that will power. #Inspired,” Indian Forest Service (IFS) Officer Sudha Ramen wrote on her official Twitter handle along with the video.
“If there is a will there’s a way…. Look at this 70-year-old mountaineer, salute to this Mauli,” Dayanand Kamble, Deputy Director of Maharashtra Information Centre, mentioned in another tweet.
If there is a will there's a way….
— Dayanand Kamble (@dayakamPR) October 9, 2020
Soon the awestruck tweeple started saluting the aaji (grandmother) and sharing the video on their handles, praising and expressing respect at her strength and determination.
“Hats off to the lady Asha Ambade. I’m scared even looking at it. I wonder if there is alternate way down from this fort,” tweeted a user @drrbhan.
“Age is just a number for 68-Year-Old #AshaAmbade. She climbs 80-degree-steep #HariharFort a man-made high-rise… 48 km away from #Igatpuri, in Maharashtra’s #Nashik district,” wrote another user @kumarsubodh_.
“Kudos to this 70-year-old lady for completing the very steep #trek at #HariharFort, which many younger people can’t climb,” added @drbhushan84.
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“Salute to this Aunty and this kid Who climbed Harihar Fort Harihar fort is one of the difficult treks because its edges are at 80 degrees and we have to climb 90 steps to reached the main gate of the fort,” @_heet_ further said.
“This is seriously a very steep trek …. And then she doesn’t fear vertigo… Salute to the old lady for her valour ..Inspiring,” @AshwinGour4 mentioned.
The fort lies at a distance of 40 kilometres from the city of Nashik and is a popular destination not just among tourists but among locals as well, especially, because of its narrow rock-cut steps.