“A strong man and a waterfall always channel their own path.”
For this weekend we had a plan to go to Zenith Waterfalls and Karla Caves. But due to some unavoidable reasons I changed the plan and went with Nikhil for the Madhe Ghat which is around 70kms from Pune. Sorry Kaustubh!!!
We started at 9:30pm from Nikhil's Places. Since it was first day of the Navratri Festivals, lots of Traffic Jam was there on the road. Somehow we managed to get out of it. After having dinner in the roadside hotel we started heading towards panshet dam and it was 11:30pm.
Just before panshet dam you have to take the left turn to go to Velha. It was very beautiful road trip. Even in the night you can not resists yourself from stopping on the roads for a while and watch the eternal beauty of the night full of stars. We reached Velha at around 1:15am. We were searching for the school so that we had a quick nap for the next day journey. Ajay was supposed to know this but he couldn't get it. Then he called his brother and then we found the exact way to the school. We just went into the school and we were so tired that we just slept like a top.
In morning we woke up at around 6:00am. And we started searching for a hotel for breakfast. We found one reasonable hotel in Velha. Poha and Misal was very tasty out there.
Now we were totally refreshed and ready to feel the nature. When you will start after 1 kilometer you will notice a dam construction. It’s Gunjavani Dam being built on the River Gunjavani. After passing the dam you will come across the "Khind: (Mountain Pass). If you look back the first thing that you will notice is Torna fort. It is really beautiful to see Torna covered in the fog. The road passing by Torna is also beautiful especially the valley. After passing the Khind you can see the other side valley. The road passing from here has got flowers on the banks.
[Torna Vally 1]
We kept travelling towards Kelad Village. If you are going by four wheeler you can just park your car at this village and you can just walk towards the Madhe Ghat. Madhe Ghat is approx 5 min walk from this village. Village was so neat and clean. I got some cool photographs out there.
We parked our car over there and started walking towards Madhe Ghat. It is really nice to view the flower on the banks of the road. As you come near to Madhe Ghat you can feel the coolness in the air, fog surrounding you. I can not write the feeling I had in this article you have to experience it.
Once you reach the plateau of the Madhe Ghat you are actually on the top of the waterfall, to reach the waterfall you have to climb down. The way to waterfall is not much difficult but it is bit slippery.
There is an interesting story about how the name Madhe Ghat came in existence. Madhe means dead body and Ghat means road in Marathi. Madhe Ghat is one of the ways to come from konkan to Deccan plateau. So when Tanaji Malusare embraced with the martyrdom in the Sinhgad fort war, his body was being transferred to his native place Mahad which is in konkan. So when they were travelling from Madhe Ghat the troops took one day halt at this place so from there this Madhe Ghat name came in to existence.
After taking few photographs at the plateau we climbed down to enjoy the waterfall. Within 5 min I was in the waterfall. It was not raining so I was able to stand inside the waterfall when it is raining it is very difficult to stand in the waterfall due to water pressure.
After enjoying the waterfall we came out of it and started climbing up to the plateau. On plateau we rested for a while in a deep fog...it was really heavenly feeling.
We left Madhe Ghat around 2:00pm and headed towards my friends village "Antroli". It is a small beautiful village. His relatives served a fresh Crab Curry with hot bhakary (Indian bread). I was very tasty. After lunch we reached Pune in around 1:30 hours.
So it was a cool weekend for me.
Warning: Please do not throw any plastic or any waste. Please take all the waste back with you. This will retain the beauty of the place.
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