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Old 11th October 2009, 19:55   #46
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Guys,

the season has ended. Today had been to Kaas. There are hardly flowers left now. No flower beds anymore for this season. But the drive was good. The kaas lake is a nice place.
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Wow. Amazing place and photos. I intend to do this in Nov. Will the flowes still be there then?
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As neoonwheels has pointed out, the flower season has already ended.

An important point to remember is please do not step into water in the Kaas lake. There have been many deaths since years and even local guys who had ignored this warning have lost their lives.
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Old 12th October 2009, 07:50   #49
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...continuing...

As we kept making our way down the path, the terrain got progressively rockier and the passengers started making noises about turning back. Asked a passing shepherd who had materialized out of the fog as to where the track would end, he said that this was a mountain route used by milk trucks going to Mahabaleshwar!

That seemed to good to pass up and we crawled until we found another shepherd after 30 minutes, who told us that the road ahead was blocked by landslides and only a motorcycle could squeeze by.

Letting sanity rule over bravado we turned around and headed back, discovering in the process that the innova can slide down rocks really well but making its way up rocks and mud would involve some wheel spins and horizontal slides which would have put many a rice rocket drifter to shame.

Shotgun rider was transferred to the rear of the car and a few thumps and clunks later we were on the main road but not after a few more stops for getting rejuvenated by more flowerful views

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Next stop: Thosegadh...
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An important point to remember is please do not step into water in the Kaas lake. There have been many deaths since years and even local guys who had ignored this warning have lost their lives.
Thanks for the pointer. What is the danger there?
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I must remember Kaas again in the right season. Beautiful thread, thanks.
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Thanks for the pointer. What is the danger there?
The lakebed is marshy (dont know the exact word, but I guess you get what I mean).
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Old 12th October 2009, 13:31   #53
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I went there yesterday morning and I enjoyed whatever flowers were on offer. As said above, this season may have ended already but I still saw a lot of stuff on the plateau.

So next year surely I will be heading there earlier than this. But thanks to OP and his photos, for motivating me to go there this season itself.(Also a nice little run-out/test of my new XM1+ tyres fitted on Saturday )

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Old 20th October 2009, 22:36   #54
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Next stop: Thosegadh...
Finishing up the travelogue (had taken off to the Rann of Kutch during diwali )

Cheap thrills from off roading satisfied, we headed back towards Satara and this time went through the tunnel towards Thosegarh, one of the tallest falls in the region.

The road was wider than the road to Kaas smooth and the valleys lush green green.

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We sped past Sajjangarh fort on the way to the falls

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Walked down slippery mucky staircase to see the beautiful falls throwing up a spray

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Climbed back up to see the stream feeding into a pool at the top of the falls
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And ended the day driving back to Mumbai with this beautiful image etched in our minds

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epilogue: I would like to forget the drive back to Mumbai in pouring rain, jack knifed trucks blocking the highway, speeding taveras splashing water over windshields to create zero visibility and finally the lady on palm beach road who insisted on driving her gearless scooter in the right lane at 20kph.
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Wow, what a wonderful trip!! Rather, it feels like the beginning of a journey inwards!
Stunning photos manage to capture those precise moments in time.
Starworthy thread indeed.

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@ Genesis: The place looks really pristine and courtesy your pictures have been tempted to make a visit to the valley of flowers around the first weekend in September.

I would like to know what all places can be visited near Kaas. Also can someone show me the place on Google Maps as I'm unable to locate it.

Thanks in advance.

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@ Genesis: The place looks really pristine and courtesy your pictures have been tempted to make a visit to the valley of flowers around the first weekend in September.
I would like to know what all places can be visited near Kaas.
@milecruncher,
please go through the following thread to crunch further miles in sept.

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/team-b...t-24-25-a.html

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@milecruncher,
please go through the following thread to crunch further miles in sept.

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/team-b...t-24-25-a.html
LOL Ashish Bahu, I wouldn't be able to crunch any miles during that period as I intend to be at Kalapani

Now please give some gyan on the place and around .

BTW how far is Panchgani from Kaas ?
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Now please give some gyan on the place and around .
BTW how far is Panchgani from Kaas ?
Kaas to panchagani is @60-70 km via satara-pachawad-wai.

Kaas is the name of small village located on plateau near satara on bamnoli route.
There is artificial lake.
During sept, entire plateau is full of colourful flowers which bloom once a year during second half of sept.
The area is earmarked for new mahabaleshwar.
The place is scenic and known as auli of maharashtra.
Nearby places of interest are bamnoli village, sajjangad forte, thoseghar waterfall and chalkewadi windmill farm.
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@MC. Try to come here in second half of sept. That fact is that the flowers are there only for 10 - 15 days in a year. Bamnoli and thoseghar can be done anytime in the monsoons. Kaas has to be done only in that 2 week period.
When exactly will you be jailed?
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