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Trek to Lohgad

Few days back, before my accident, had a great trip to Lohgad fort. Lohgad fort, as name says,is just like “Loh”-“iron” … so much strong,the walls the entire architechture and built of the fort is very strong.

Lohgad is around 50 kms from Pune, and approx.10 kms from Malawali station on the way to Lonavala.Although we started late in the morning,and had few breaks on the way,we were comfortably able to climb up and get down in day time.As usual our favourite spot on the Pune-Mumbai highway is Joshi wade-wale,and we never miss the paav-wada and tea in rains over there.After all pot-puja breaks,we finally reached Lohgad around 9.30 am. We parked our vehicles and walked for around 5kms to Lohgad.Although vehicles can go upto the foot of the fort.There is one more fort – Visapur nearby Lohgad. Also Bhaja caves are on the way to Lohgad.It was raining a lot and it was fun to walk in rain and climb the fort.

Different dynasties owned the fort.The fort is around 2000 years old.


As you start climbing the stairs,you can see the strong walls of the fort,tthe valley view was awesome.As we reached up,we saw the view of Pavana dam,which was great and photogenic.The walls, buruj,and doors of fort are still in good condition,still few of them are under maintenance.Main entrance of the fort is through Ganesh darwaja.

The fort was all covered with clouds,it was perfect season for such a perfect trip.At one point on the top,there is a waterfall which flows in upward direction due to strong wind.And that was the most most amazing spot,experience,everything…i was feeling like heaven over there…such a wonderful experience …


There is a polygonal pond (kund) constructed on top,which has 16 sides.It was constructed by Nana Phadnis.This pond has fresh drinking water.

Obviously rainy season is perfect for visiting the fort.Valley views are great.Heavenly experience….


On the way home…


Scene 1: Traffic jam near signal, radio mirchi’s traffic update told to avoid the signal and I was right near the traffic jam.Changed my route,and proceeded.
Scene 2: Listening to songs on mirchi while driving,lost in memories…bad thing to do while driving…
Scene 3: A man spitting on road, jorat oradle…”kaka kay karat aahat?”….Act’lly he was a a mid aged person,may be around 30,still called him “kaka”…he was surprised by my shout, me smiling 🙂
Scene 4: Had a look at sky…all cloudy,far away sky was bright orange and it was amazing…but got no chance to stop and take photograph…
Scene 5: Traffic increased…waiting at signal…me listening “Twist” song on radio mirchi, one old aged person 70+ years old, increased volume of his car’s music player…same song…i was twisted 😛
Scene 6: Same signal, green light, went ahead…a very old person riding bicycle in heavy traffic,another old man behind him on a scooter and one more old person behind him in a car…i went in an infinite thinking loop…
Scene 7: At home, watching tv, got bored, thinking of all things I did in the entire day…ending up with a blog post.

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दूर दूर नभपार डोंगराच्या माथ्यावर
निळे निळे गार गार पावसाचे घरदार
सरीवर सर..तडा तडा गार गारा गरा गरा फ़िरे वारा
मेघियाच्या ओंजळीत वीज थिजलेला पारा
दूरवर रानभर नाचणारा निळा मोर
मोरपीस मखमल उतू गेले मनभर
सरीवर सर..
थेंब थेंब मोती ओला थरारत्या तनावर
शहार्‍याचे रान आले एका एका पानावर
ओल्या ओल्या मातीतून भिजवेडी मेघधून
फ़िटताना नवे ऊन झाले पुन्हा नवथर
सरीवर सर..

उधळत गात गात पाय पुन्हा परसात
माती मऊ काळी साय हूर हूर पावलात
असे नभ झरताना घरदार भरताना
आले जल गेले जल झाले जल आरपार
सरीवर सर..

अशा पावसात सये व्हावे तुझे येणेजाणे
उमलते ओले रान रान नव्हे मन तुझे
जशी ओली हूर हूर तरारते रानभर
तसे नाव तरारावे मझे तुझ्या मनभर



गीत – संदीप खरे
संगीत – संदीप खरे
स्वर – संदीप खरे
अल्बम – दिवस असे की …. (१९९९)

Trek to NeelKantheshwar



Long time after BhimaShankar trip,our next destination for rainy trek was NeelKantheshwar.


NeelKantheshwar is located on a hill top,around 50 kms away from Pune. Route to reach there is Pune-Khadakvasla-DonjePhata-towards Panshet, near Khanapur.

There is a small town after Khanapur (forgot name), where you will find a board which points to Neelkantheshwar direction.Small boats are available which will take you across river to another village,and from here your original trek for NeelKantheshwar begins! There is also a road to take your vehicles up to the destination, but the only feel of monsoon trek will come if you walk through mud and water!   😉   


River Cross to reach NeelKantheshwar Temple


We all friends went till small village, parked our bikes on riverbank and decided to cross-river and climb up the hill. If you go walking it will take around 1 hour for 10 kms distance as mountain is very steep. Rainy season is the best season to go here. 


NeelKantheshwar – It’s a temple located on hilltop; recently renovated and has AROUND 1700 DIFFERENT idols of various Lords. 


Idol of Lord Shiva near the entrance

Idol of Lord Shiva near the entrance


Sarjemama is a person who have placed all these idols and sculptures here. Stories from Mahabharata and Ramayana have been depicted. All idols are very well painted and maintained too. People belonging to near by villages are maintaining all possible things here. An arrangement for food and snacks is also available. 


Established and maintain temple

Sarje Mama : Established and maintain temple


We found very attractive places on the way; Many small, big waterfalls; A point where wind was at its fullest; different rock structures; a big pool of water (where I didn’t miss the chance of pulling everyone in water)  😉   Found variety of flowers and plants and stones. 


Rainy Windy

Rainy Windy


After reaching NeelKantheshwar, the first thing that attracts you is 12 feet long idol of “Sleeping Hanumana” at the entrance. All idols are very attractive; few idols are very rare, you hardly see them anywhere. Astavinayaka, Shiv-Parvati, SamudraManthan, Indra Darbar, Shurpanakha, Vishu Avatars are catchy! Photography lovers will find lotzzzzz of stuff. Top view of Panshet & Varasgaon backwaters is simply awesome. 


We were welcomed to NeelKantheshwar by heavy rain and wind. We all were shivering; but the joy of reaching and photography and lots of masti made us forget everything. 

Efforts for rainwater preservation are appreciable. This is ideal spot for rainy trip; one should not miss this destination.


On the way back to Pune, we found a waterfall and pulled everyone again into it. It was a great one-day trip. And don’t miss to forget your raincoats at home!