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Old 10th July 2009, 17:50   #16
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Ashish, wonderful pictures.
So your paying back for all the time you been spending on travelogues lately without contributing..eh?
thanks avi, this year, i am determined to pay back with interest.

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Awesome stuff, Ashish. Man, just feel like taking the car and hitting the road. The weather's just great.
thanks aditya, for mumabi guys, malshej is one day trip.
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Good pics Pallod sahab. Those pics are really invites us to visit these places.
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Ashish,

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/attach...naneghat-1.jpg

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/attach...naneghat-3.jpg

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/attach...aneghat-24.jpg

These are some really amazing pics... the third one is simply wow! One of those pics that makes you truly believe in the 'Incredible India' tag-line.

Looking forward to more pics and details!
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Great pix Ashish. I always missed going to malshej ghat..

Your pics remind me of my visit to Varunda ghat last year..

Check out attached pic..
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Wow, i am getting nostalgic. I remember my school taking us for a picnic here long back. Haven't been to Malshej since. The MTDC resort is pretty neat too. Too difficult to get a room on weekends in this season though.
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These are some really amazing pics...
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Your pics remind me of my visit to Varunda ghat last year..
Thats nice pic. That place in varandha ghat is near vaghjai devi temple where lot of tea stalls are placed.
The pinackle spot is the border of pune and raigad district.
At that exact place, there is fort named kavlya.
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Last year also, we went to amboli and i had posted the travelogue.
please refe http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travel...take-quiz.html (Monsoon masti: watch it LIVE and partake in the quiz).
Oops ! Its already 1 year. Your last travelogue is still fresh in my mind. If you recall, I actively participated in that quiz/live travelogue .

Again, awesome travelogue Ashish. Really mind-blowing pictures. Keep them coming !
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Nice pics Ashish. Looks like you haven't been travelling lately. But this one compensates all.
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Old 11th July 2009, 10:33   #23
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After completing morning rituals, we were ready to go Naneghat.
I had made sure that everyone had heavy breakfast as i was aware that lunch was not possible in the remote area where we were heading.
Our original plan was to go to Vaishakhere village at the foot of Malshej ghat by bus, from there climb the naneghat by trek, call the bus via other route at the top of Naneghat and head toward Baramati.
We scraped this plan as visibility was very low due to mist.
We planned to head directly at the top of neneghat by bus.
We started at 9:30am toward naneghat.
I was aware that there is shortcut to naneghat via morgiri but status of road was questionmark.
Enquired about road condition at village madh.
People there assured us that though road is not good, our bus will manage the road.
Started our bone rattling journey toward naneghat via morgiri, anjanawale.
It is internal road at very remote place.
One advice, people coming from malshej ghat to naneghat by car, don't ever try this road or be ready for car insurance claim.
Reached to the village ghatgar which is gateway to naneghat.
Naneghat is just 4 km from this village.
Uptill, the road was tared with lot of potholes and rough surface.
See the pics.

Backwater of the pimpalgaon joga dam.
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road to morgiri.
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morgiri pinackle.
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It was 10:30 am and we were at the junction of road leading to naneghat and ghatghar.
one oldish man was standing there. Inquired about further road to him.
I requested him to show the route and naneghat and he happily agreed.
During conversation, he suggested us to trek the jivdhan fort, climb down to other side and head to naneghat.
All people happily agreed to this plan.
We ordered food to that farmer.
He sent his nephew to accompany us as guide.

Little about jivdhan fort.

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From Ghatghar village, one way goes to Naneghat and the other goes to the fort. Its much better till one reaches the steps. Some of the steps have been destroyed and it has become slippery. From here we can reach the eastern part of the fort in 2 hours.
The terrain in Maharashtra is highly uneven, and is primarily divided as coastal plains and eastern plateau. These are connected by ghats. Sixty such ghats exist in Sahyadri, and they have played a major role as commercial routes. Huge forts guarded each of them. The whole range that has been guarding the ancient commercial route of Naneghat for thousands of years includes the forts of Jeevdhan, Hadsar, and Mahishgad & Chavand. Jivdhan lies at the mouth of Naneghat, and is a quite tougher one. Moreover it is famous for the pinnacle Vandarlingi.
The whole range of these forts originated during the rule of Satvaahan era. This is clear from the entrances carved out in stone. The fort stands at an important position and most important guard of Naneghat. From here any help to Naneghat could reach in less time. It was under Bahmani control and after that it went to Nizamshah. In 1636, Nizamshahi declined. Shahajiraje rescued Murtiza, the last Nizam from Jivdhan and took with him to the fort of Pemgiri. But he was trapped by Mughals and had to hand him over to them. This was the end of Nizamshahi. In 1818, the British captured all the forts here and destroyed them. Jivdhan too became a victim and the main entrance was destroyed. Even today the marks of those wounds cannot go unnoticed as we climb the fort....source: sahyadri.com
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Our plan was climb the fort from eastern side[left in pic] and come down by western side[ right in pic].
Everyone was ready for this trek.
Everyone carried one waterbottle.
We started this trek exactly at 11:15am.
Now, lets pic talk.

start of trek. backside is the fort.
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dried bamboo.
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poisonous creature
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we enroute
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trail
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grassy climb
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hard rock[ at this point, remembered cafe]
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misty weather
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visibility reduced
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rock cut steps, every step is atleast 2 feet high
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no steps, just carving in the sheer rock.
this was extremely slippery due to water.
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negotiating hard patch
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rock cut caves
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slippery steps
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final hard climb
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grass and mist. find your way.
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man made tunnel opens at here and western side of fort.
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finally, almost at top
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way to topmost point of the fort.
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TO BE CONTINUED......

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Can you guess what is this?
This is temple destroyed by mighty Mughal Sardar Shaiestekhan.
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Statue of goddess Jivai had been destroyed.
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Seven days back, someone from Pune came here.
He dug this site and got secret treasure.[ gold coin pot].
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Our guide, college going Nitin Dake.
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We at topmost point.
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It was 1:30 pm.
We asked about further route to our guide.
He said," its easy" and smiled.
only i was aware about facts and hard reality behind that smile.

Its easy to climb but to get down........read more in further post.

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Old 11th July 2009, 15:32   #26
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Majestic Travelogue Ashish, simply wonderfull!! I have plan next month to drive via Amboli - goa while visiting my parents place.

This is another excellant spot you walked us through in Maharashtra.

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At 1:30pm, we started to descend the fort from western side.
There is one tower like pinnacle adjacent to fort named khada parsi or wanarlingi[ penis of monkey].
I was eager to see that natural wonder.
Guide told me that i can get close look in between while going down.
This route is tough to negotiate.
It has sheer angle of descend, rock patches, jungle trail and what not.
Look at the pics.

water storage tanks carved in the rock
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tough route, valley onward
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one wrong step, step toward hell/heaven depending upon your account with god
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western gate, tough time due to land slide
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tricky fortification at western gate
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me at western gate
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tough patch, no steps for 10 feet
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this 10 feet patch costed us 45 min to cross
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further rocky way at angle of 70 degree
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frightening view
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making our way slowly, safely, steadily
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crab hunt. our guide took it in his pocket to home....yaaaak
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one side wall, other side valley, in between me
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trek
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jungle trail. i was somewhat concerned for safety in this thick forest.
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tired me. I was too tired to give any smile for pic.
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wild mushroom
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find your way
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at last, reached at foot of the fort at 3 pm.
right side pinackle is khada parsi.
the fort and the jungle.
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We all were too tired to walk.
Everyone took rest at that point.
It was plane land in between main cliff of sahyadri and fort.
We still had to walk some 3 to 4 km to reach naneghat.

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Wow, i am getting nostalgic. Too difficult to get a room on weekends in this season though.
thanks iceman. yeah, its too rush on weekend. there are two more resorts after malshej ghat but don't know status about that.

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Again, awesome travelogue Ashish. Really mind-blowing pictures.
yeah bombatt, i remember it and i had gifted you flowers for your participation. thanks for comments.

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Nice pics Ashish. Looks like you haven't been travelling lately. But this one compensates all.
thanks. i travel lot but about travelogue, i am like you.....

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@ravibhat---Majestic Travelogue Ashish, simply wonderfull!!
This is another excellant spot you walked us through in Maharashtra.
thanks ravi. my little contribution to promote "Maharashtra unlimited".

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Nice travelogue, great pictures Ashish ! How come there is no quiz this time? Please post more pictures.
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After short rest, we started toward naneghat.
We were walking at the edge of main cliff of sahyadri.
To our left side, we were overlooking Thane district.
Look at the pic.
Small guest house at the top right corner of pic belong to the actor Mr. Milind Gunaji.
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Guide told us that its just 10 min walk upto naneghat but it turned out to be more than 3 km walk.
Uptill now, one thing i missed was snakes.
But.... one 8 to 10 feet long cobra appeared and disappeared quickly. I could not get pic.
After tiresome walk, at 3:45pm, we were at the mouth of naneghat.

Little about naneghat.

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Naneghat (Marathi: नाणेघाट) is a mountain pass in the Western Ghats range near Junnar in Pune district of Maharashtra, India. During the reign of the Satavahana (200 BCE190 CE), the pass was extensively used as a trade route between Kalyan and Junnar.[1] Literally, the name nane means "coin" and ghat means "pass". The name is given because this path was used as a tollbooth to collect toll from traders crossing the hills.Located at @#19#1918′23″N 7340′48″E / 19.3064N 73.6799E / 19.3064; 73.6799, at an altitude of 750 m (2,461 ft), the non-motorable pass still serves as a shortcut between the Konkan region and the Deccan by inhabitants of the area. A number of ancient man-made caves have been crafted in the vicinity of the pass. The nearest inhabited area on the Konkan side is Vaishakhare 14 km (9 mi), and the village of Ghatghar 6 km (4 mi) on the plateau side......source: wikipedia.
Naneghat is India's first toll road.
Anyone who uses this route had to pay one coin as toll.
That toll is collected in one large stone pot at the start of this pass.
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pics.
Stoned path
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Aha, at last, we are at this point.
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Well built ancient cave as shelter for passer by.
It large enough for at least 50 beds. Its neat and clean.
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This cave is protected monument.
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Me at cave.
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Some other non usable caves in the vicinity.
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our group at the cave
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This pass is still used by locals as shortcut for konkan.
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It was almost 4:15 pm.
Now, we realized that we are hungry, thirsty and tired.
It was time to run back and grab some food that was ordered to that farmer.

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