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Old 1st June 2010, 15:52   #271
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Not Mohammed bhai but Nizam bhai,
The road forks toward Nizampur.

Almost every year, i do one day trip on chandani chowk-tamhini-vile-pali-khopoli-lonavala-exp way-pune route to enjoy monsoon scenery.

From Nizampur, you can get good view of Raigad fort.
Drat, missed that one too!! As usual, thanks AP saheb.

BTW, we have also done the same trip a couple of times. We have seen a fort opp to Pali temple - which one is that?
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@ampere. Also bring Addyhemmige and Jagga.
You mean, Jagga and 100000 km Chameli? Man, some dream

Anyway, Malshej and Harischandragad will give Ampere a taste of Maha-Rashtra and prepare for him future treks...
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BTW, We have seen a fort opp to Pali temple - which one is that?
Thats sarasgad!!!
Lot of snakes at this place.
Another nearby fort by which name the taluka is known is sudhagad.


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@AMPERE;-Since I was never been in Maha... could not go anywhere.
In fact I have never seen Mahabaleshwar too!
Also I have only seen the Pune station when Goa Express used take me from Agra to Londa!
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Cat is banned for a year! But Jagga is On!
Addy has to be there. Else who will light the torch?

Lets see if we can do it in September.
That seems to be the best period.
What say you guys?

VRP: I have done some of the Karnataka ones. Railway trek(s) and many of the western ghats.
Since I was never been in Maha... could not go anywhere.

In fact I have never seen Mahabaleshwar too!
Also I have only seen the Pune station when Goa Express used take me from Agra to Londa!

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What's there to envy? who ever wants should leave office by 5! God to hear the sky has darkened. I shall move out early in that case to enjoy the rains yet again.

Come to Hinjewadi and try driving out at 6:30 pm. You'd see how many of the upwardly mobile drive on the wrong side to inch ahead. They'll scream ahead with horns blaring, headlights on high beam and go create a bottleneck at the wakad flyover trying to squeeze back in.

After seeing the great driving skills and adherence to road rules of the so called upwardly mobile s/w engineers, I have developed immense respect to the auto/ lorry/ tempo/ six-seater wallahs.

The IT guys of Hinjewadi (especially the two wheeler guys without helmet) rank equal to yellow plates who serve these offices!
Any chance of working under you, BOSS? If there are vacancies related to finance do let me know! I am a mean hand at cut, paste too

Now, I really envy you - driving in the company of such elitist drivers. But, honestly, I can understand what you must be witnessing every day.

Buck up, the rain has petered down now...
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Today I've decided to sit back and enjoy the rains and the views from my office. I've opened the blinds and have moved my chair next to the window. I shall probably leave office by 5 pm again today.
The dark clouds have enveloped this place now. The sudden downpour has reduced to a trickle. Hope the rains continue till I reach home.
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MS you are lucky today as well. This side of the city Yerwada, Viman Nagar no heavy showers only drizzle for 10 mins even yesterday....
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No wonder so many people want to meet you - add me to the list now!
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It took me a little over 2.5 hours to reach home today. Aundh took me 1.5 hours to cross. It's not the fallen trees, water-logged roads, severed and hanging electric wires that was responsible for this humungous delay. It's the attitude of drivers which caused a grid-lock. While the trucker ahead of me held on to his lane patiently, like the bus ahead of him, the so called upwardly mobile didn't care a hoot. They decided to fill every available inch on the roads to ensure that no one gets anywhere.
It dawned upon me while sitting in that jam. It's nothing to do with being upwardly mobile. The morons rather wanted to flaunt their newly acquired parvenu status.
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Default Trekking directions to Kune Falls

OT : Monsoon is here (at least in Pune) and my Lonavala-Khandala plan is almost finalized for June-end.

Since there are quite a few knowledgeable folks sharing their experience on this thread, was wondering if anyone has been to the Kune Falls on foot.

One gets a beautiful view of the Kune falls from the Expressway as well as the old highway, but that's not what I am talking about. I want to go to the top of the waterfalls (and if possible to the bottom). Last year, I had ventured to the Liril point and took a route by the stream. It took us to some good falls, but nothing really big.
I have heard that there is a route from some Kune Missionary church or something, but I could not locate it. Has anyone of you explored the Kune falls area? Please guide
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OT : Since there are quite a few knowledgeable folks sharing their experience on this thread, was wondering if anyone has been to the Kune Falls on foot.

One gets a beautiful view of the Kune falls from the Expressway as well as the old highway, but that's not what I am talking about. I want to go to the top of the waterfalls (and if possible to the bottom). Last year, I had ventured to the Liril point and took a route by the stream. It took us to some good falls, but nothing really big.
I have heard that there is a route from some Kune Missionary church or something, but I could not locate it. Has anyone of you explored the Kune falls area? Please guide
Yes, There is a way to get to the top of the waterfalls on foot.
All you need to do is follow the stream which flows under the bridge.
This bridge comes when you are descending the off road to the row houses. We were there last september and the view from the top of the waterfalls is to kill for. No idea about the route to the bottom.
Please see attached picture the path starts from where the Qualis is parked. I am assuming that you know the exit for Kune village.
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Yes, There is a way to get to the top of the waterfalls on foot.
All you need to do is follow the stream which flows under the bridge.
This bridge comes when you are descending the off road to the row houses. We were there last september and the view from the top of the waterfalls is to kill for. No idea about the route to the bottom.
Please see attached picture the path starts from where the Qualis is parked. I am assuming that you know the exit for Kune village.
Thanks MayurPalav. I think I am closer to the answer now. Sharing 3 pictures to ensure that we are talking the same thing:
The first pic shows the Mumbai-Pune expressway as seen in your snap. The second shows the bridge over the stream that we are talking about.
In the third pic, the red arrow probably shows the route that you are talking about. Please confirm. I believe, we had taken a route much lower and closer to the stream, which took us downwards.
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Default Tamhini ghat in monsoon.

Mumbai-pune guys are blessed with so many weekend destinations,

one of them is tamhini ghat,

every year, i take one day trip on chandani chowk-tamhini-pali-lonavala-pune route,

the route is scenic during monsoon,

wake up early, not so early, 6 am , ok,

have breakfast,

pack some sandwich, some juice,

get the camera,

and start at 8 am with your loved ones in your car,

negotiate potholed pune roads and somehow reach to chandani chowk at 9am,

your fun filled scenic journey starts now,

move toward pirangut/poud road,

though the road is two lane, it is wide and smooth,
Magnificent Maharashtra - The Mahalog!-h-251.jpg
cross pirangut, now you are toward poud,

after crossing ghat before poud, you will get the idea how scenic the day will be,

i always envy the owner of the factory situated at the top of poud ghat for its location,

now, drive slow, don't speed more than 50 km/hr,

you will cross poud, the taluka place of mulashi,

now, roads will be somewhat patchy, don't worry, worst yet to come,
Magnificent Maharashtra - The Mahalog!-h-259.jpg

after driving 20 km, you will at mulshi dam,

keep going,
Magnificent Maharashtra - The Mahalog!-h-268.jpg

you will see huge lake right side of your car,

after 2-3 km, you will see small village with so many small eateries,

if you want, stop here for photo,

from here onwards, rain god will bless you many times,
Magnificent Maharashtra - The Mahalog!-h-272.jpg
keep moving slowly and safely,

enjoy beautiful scenery,

road condition starts to show its real face...oops...real surface,
Magnificent Maharashtra - The Mahalog!-h-283.jpg

now, lake will disappear in your car's rear view mirror,

you will see the valley and jungle,

go slowly,

search for plus valley sign board,

stop there for this type of scene,
Magnificent Maharashtra - The Mahalog!-h-290.jpg
Magnificent Maharashtra - The Mahalog!-h-291.jpg

have your sandwich and juice/tea,

move ahead,

you will see huge pipeline on your left side,
Magnificent Maharashtra - The Mahalog!-h-293.jpg

the pipeline goes from mulashi dam to bhira hydro power project,

the area is in thick forest,

move slowly, safely, if needed, make use of honk,

after crossing this area, you will be on good roads,
Magnificent Maharashtra - The Mahalog!-h-300.jpg


man, what a location for farmhouse,
Magnificent Maharashtra - The Mahalog!-h-294.jpg

valley on one side and on other side you will see such type of scenery,
Magnificent Maharashtra - The Mahalog!-h-324.jpg
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stop at safe place,
Magnificent Maharashtra - The Mahalog!-h-308.jpg

enjoy the nature with loved ones,
Magnificent Maharashtra - The Mahalog!-h-332.jpg

move ahead but beware ......,
Magnificent Maharashtra - The Mahalog!-h-347.jpg


roads are empty but wait,
Magnificent Maharashtra - The Mahalog!-h-348.jpg

at third hairpin bend, stop your car, look at south[valley side] and find the fort,
Magnificent Maharashtra - The Mahalog!-h-351.jpg

move ahead, now you are at the base of tamhini ghat,

move ahead,

you will be at village named vile,

left goes to mangaon, straight goes to kolad, straight right goes to pali,

move straight for half km, go slowly, very slowly,

at a corner, you will find one road going downward,

take that road for pali,

the road is small but good,

now, you are on remote road in konkan,

the traffic is nil, don't panic,

move ahead, on your right side, huge sahydri will accompany you,

the area is full of paddy fields,

you will cross kundalika river,

after this bridge, if you go right, you will be at bhira hydro power project/dam,

keep left for pali,

the roads are really good,

reach to pali,

take darshan of ballareshwar[ one of ashtvinayak, my fevarite place],

have some food at the sukhasagar hotel,

look at this fort in the backround of pali temple,
Magnificent Maharashtra - The Mahalog!-h-355.jpg

move ahead toward khopoli,

small villages like parali, jambhulpada will give you glimpse of life in konkan,

see the water in amba river,

reach khopoli,

have darshan of mahad ganapati[ one of ashtvinayak],

move toward lonavala by old highway,

its evening now,

i hope, you know, how to enjoy at lonavala in the evening with your loved ones.

come back to pune in the night via expressway.
Magnificent Maharashtra - The Mahalog!-h-356.jpg
Magnificent Maharashtra - The Mahalog!-h-370.jpg

start planning for next weekend......


...story goes on..

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Lovely pics AP. Great scenery and that Farmhouse Wow is all I can say!!
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Mumbai-pune guys are blessed with so many weekend destinations,

one of them is tamhini ghat,

every year, i take one day trip on chandani chowk-tamhini-pali-lonavala-pune route,

the route is scenic during monsoon,

wake up early, not so early, 6 am , ok,

have breakfast,

pack some sandwich, some juice,

get the camera,

and start at 8 am with your loved ones in your car,

negotiate potholed pune roads and somehow reach to chandani chowk at 9am,

your fun filled scenic journey starts now,

move toward pirangut/poud road,

though the road is two lane, it is wide and smooth,
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cross pirangut, now you are toward poud,


i always envy the owner of the factory situated at the top of poud ghat for its location,

...story goes on..
>>> Ashish,
doesn't the road to Pirangut go to Lavasa? Is this the same road/route?
The road to Lavasa is terrific!
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