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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.

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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.
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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 …

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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….

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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!

 

 

Trip to BhimaShankar

 

 

Recently, We friends had a one day rainy trip cum trek to BhimaShankar. It was like a kickoff trip for all further rainy trips.  😛

 

BhimaShankar , quite a famous place , 120  Kms away from Pune on the way to Manchar.

There is a beautiful temple of Lord Shiva which is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India. The temple is under renovation these days.

 

History of Bhimashankar as in puranas is Lord Shiva killed Rakshasa Tripurasura. The heat generated from their war caused the origin of river Bhima. That is why it is called Bhimashankar.

 

A big size bell in Hemadpanthi structure built by Nana Phadanavis is also a feature of Bhimashankar.

Various places that could be visited in Bhimashankar are Hanuman Lake, Gupt Bhimashankar, Origin of River Bhima, Nag Phani, Bombay Point, Sakshi Vinayak and lot more.

 

We had planned to explore the way to Nag Phani (नाग फणी)….after crossing Hanuman lake , a road approaches towards Naag Phani through woods and rocks….

We found lots of young crowd approaching towards Nag Phani.

 

The way to Nag Phani was thrilling…as if you are in heaven…through clouds and deep forest.

Bhimashankar is also a well known animal sanctuary.

A small tekdi which you see near the valley has a structure like that of  “Nag Phana”….That’s why this place is named as “Naag Phani”.

 

After walking for 1 and half hours with few halts in between, we reached Naag Phani valley.The beauty of the valley view cannot be expressed in words….it was just heaven! Clouds were striking on a big mountain wall….and moving upwards….

We were totally in clouds…clouds …. We were feeling those….

 

We all friends had a blast there…played games, took out snaps, singing and dancing, explored jungle and as usual I was busy gathering different flowers and some different shaped leaves and all stuff like that.

 

It was raining all the way to Naag Phani….but when we reached the hill top, rain stopped and that’s why we were able to enjoy the beauty of nature.

 

Rain added more fun to our trek.

 

Whenever I used to find water I used to pull everyone in it to get wet!  Hehe … I luv that  😛

 

After spending 3 hours there, around 4 ‘O clock, one of the local resident told us to start moving downwards…It will be dark very soon…. The way was through deep forest…

 

None of us wanted to come back…It was heaven!

My photography was going all through the way…All were teasing me for that. Hehe…  🙂

 

On the way back we all were quite silent…don’t know why…No one wanted to come back in the city , silence was felt from inside!

 

🙂