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Old 26th August 2010, 15:52   #46
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Hi nix1976in,
Looking at the Panhala pics and its distance from Mumbai, I am leaning towards a trip to Panhala next month.
Had a couple of queries:
1. How is Valley View Grand in terms of lodging and also food wise? What is the tariff there? Any other good places to stay in that vicinity
2. Also is it worth spending a weekend (two days one night) at Panhala bcos in your travelogue would reach in the evening and moved out next morning.
Is there more to see there and spend a weekend there?

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If you would drive to Panhala from Mumbai directly, it would not take more than 6-7 hours. I diverted to Thoseghar from Satrara and then moved to Panhala via Kini Naka...i reached by late noon after which we hired a guide and visited a few places and moved out next morning through Jotiba.

VVG is a great place with average food, tariff is around 2K a night for valley facing a/c rooms, if you could drive out to the market area, there are many "Khanavals" with authentic kolhapuri cuisuine. Makes sure to hire a guide through VVG, i forgot his name but the one they provided was really good.

I guess a weekend would be good enough as you could utilize the second day to go around Kolhapur too.

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Old 26th August 2010, 19:47   #48
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Thought of continuing my monsoon trips through this same thread...so here go some Mahabaleswar pics taken in early August. Stayed at a small cottage near MTDC called Living Spaces...basic but neat.

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A day trip to Zenith water falls near Khopoli with a small detour to Mahad Ganpati.

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Thanks these are education times for me! Getting to know more about these places in visual!

Thanks again for sharing.
Thanks buddy...hope you were able to view and liked the videos too.
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Old 30th August 2010, 16:46   #51
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HI Nikhil

Absolutely brilliant write up with pics. I must admit India during monsoons is a traveller's paradise. The pictures complements your write up well and very good travelogue. Nice route to consider for future.

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Yes, Subs...its a paradise in the countryside for sure in the monsoons but not in the metros ...Thanks for the kind words.
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Old 30th August 2010, 17:22   #52
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Just did Panhala-Jyotiba-Kolahpur trip on last weekend. Couldn't imagine weather to be so different at Panhala as it was hardly raining before I started climbing the Ghat. But at Panhala it was just awesome! All misty throughout the day. Loved the place
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Next thing is to plan for Gokak falls. Is there anything else, with which it can be clubbed?
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Next thing is to plan for Gokak falls. Is there anything else, with which it can be clubbed?
With Gokak, apart from Jog, Magod falls near Yellapur can be clubbed for a short visit.
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]I know that I am gonna be panned all through for being the 1st kalti giver for the Kaas Meet but the reason was genuine (believe it or not!!) however, I didn’t cancel and preponed my trip to this weekend. So here goes a small photologue of the 786 km day trip to Thoseghar / Kaas / Aundh and Wai (Dholya Ganpati).

Started at 4am as usual and it was real quick run out to Pune where we stopped over after Katraj for a small snack and tea. Reaching Thoseghar through Satara was a breeze with cool weather and good roads however the falls were a disappointment (compared to the volume of water in early August on my recent trip to Jog) however the view of the ravine and the falls are still nice for a first timer.

Thoseghar Main falls - Sept 18, 2010.
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Thoseghar Main falls - End July 2010
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Thoseghar 2nd falls - Sept 18, 2010.
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Thoseghar 2nd falls - End July 2010.
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The Ravine
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On way to Thoseghar
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View from near Sajjangadh
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From Thoseghar, we moved all the way back to the “Bhogda”, crossed it and took the first immediate left for Kaas. The road though narrow affords some beautiful views all through to Kaas.

We got to the plateau by 11.30am and found a host of cars parked by the road with guys carrying some serious artillery. Its prime time at Kaas and carpets of red, pink, white, yellow are all across the place as far as your eye can see. Make sure to carry your walking shoes, it’s a long walk!! We trotted around for 2 hrs before turning back….

Some pics to whet your appetite.

On the way to Kaas
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Kaas Flowers
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Spider web with dew drops!
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Mods, pls delete this post. Couldnt attach any pics so am reposting

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Some Kaas Landscape pics

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There is this huge continuous rocky landscape towering over the road. Looks like a monolith single rock.
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On the way back from Kaas
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The walk had whetted our appetite too…so off we went to Maharaja for a nice veggie dinner. The place seems nice for a night over but book quick, they seem to have a lot of traffic.

Some more flowery pics...guess where?
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We then, decided to visit the Aundh museum as had heard encouraging stories about its art and sculpture collection. The route is simple; get on to the Rahimatpur road after crossing the NH4 and it’s a ramrod straight 40kms all the way to Aundh. The museum is set in a small palace (at least looks small from the outside) and has tons and tons of exhibits, old photos, huge oil canvasses, miniatures, marble, bronze, ivory and sandalwood sculptures, exquisite embroidered artworks. Watch out for paintings by FranciscoGoya, Raja Ravi Varma, Baburao Painter among others. This is one priceless collection.

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doesn't this look like a volcano??
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After, walking around for an hour and a half I could barely feel my legs, so stretched a bit behind the palace at a small tea shop for some time before starting the long drive home at around 5.30pm.

From Aundh, one has to drive all the way back to Satara and catch the NH4, the drive is fast and we reached the turnoff for Wai pretty soon, had decided to visit “Dholya Ganapati” there, so turned in and drove 12kms to reach the temple. This temple is situated on the banks of the river Krishna. The ghat erected here has been used in many movies, for e.g. Swades, Gangajal etc. While the temple is pretty well maintained considering it was built 250 yrs ago, one can’t say the same about the ghats, lot of filth and muck lying around. The “Dholya Ganpati” idol is huge around 10ft tall and really fat, hence the name, a nice experience.

Wai Ganpati Mandir
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From Wai, it was a quick drive all the way back over the expressway (with a dinner stop at the food court before Lonvala) back to Mumbai. Thus concluded a 786km day trip!

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doesn't this look like a volcano??
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As earlier mentioned in kaas drive thread, its the temple on hillock look like volcano.
you can go at the top , there is very good road.

Kaas pics are nice!!!
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Hi,
wonderful pictures of Kaas there,
i am not sure we would be lucky enough to see the flowers blooming this season, despite a lot of planning, the uncertainity due to the Ayodhya verdict looms like dark clouds.

it is like..we are all dressed up, but no where to go,
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Excellent pics nix. Looking at the bloom I just dont want to miss it.

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wonderful pictures of Kaas there,
i am not sure we would be lucky enough to see the flowers blooming this season, despite a lot of planning, the uncertainity due to the Ayodhya verdict looms like dark clouds.

it is like..we are all dressed up, but no where to go,
+1 to that. Pray that everything goes as per our schedule and the hearing gets postponed.
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