I just got back from my trip to Pawankhind, a place quite untouched yet, and unbelievably green in the monsoons. The place is beautiful and worth a visit in the rainy season. Its about a 5 hours drive from my city, Pune. I couldn’t help but write about it in my blog because never in my life have I seen velvet-like greenery, so lush and so captivating that it seems so unreal. Every hill, tree, grass, and a square inch of land has various shades of rich green. Of course, it comes with a whole bunch of leeches and other insects but its worth the sight. I don’t want to write much, I would rather have you see pictures of what I am talking about……hope you all agree with me!
The above first picture is one of our drives through the mountains of the Western Ghats separating the Konkan region from the Deccan plateau. We waited every 10 feet to breathe in the stunning view of the verdant landscape.
We got this magnificient view of the waterfall from our resort.
The waterfall in the picture is vigorous and enchanting. It was worth a view!
What surprised me was the dense jungles of this area. I had not imagined such a dense forest exist in the middle of Maharashtra! I know my state has a whole lot of jungles, but this was way more dense with tons of leeches, red ants and insects that I have never seen in my life!
While in Pawankhind, we hiked down to a place called Pawankhind (khind means pass) known after the heroic deed of Bajiprabhu Deshpande. This small pass (truly speaking, it is hardly a pass!) through which Bajiprabhu Deshpande, one of the Sardars or lieutenants of the famous Maratha king – Shivaji lead his troops and fought a rear guard battle in order to help Shivaji escape from Panhala Fort (fort close to Kolhapur). He was the hero who sacrificed his life for his king and country. This place is steep with an astounding view of a waterfall.
We decided to hike through the fringes of the forest. Since we weren’t very equiped and the forest was full of wild life, we decided to explore the areas around the lake. Thats where saw a small swampy area adjoining the lake. After taking a deeper look, we realised that its actually a patch of quicksand. This was my first experience or view of how quicksand looks. Unfortunately, we couldn’t go too close it due to the heavy, weedy and thick vegetation.
The two pictures below are just somethings that I found very cool and different while we were walking through the jungles.
Below are some panaromic pictures of the rish green landscape, forest, lake and waterfall![