Mahabaleshwar: Mumbai Neighborhood in Monsoon

Mahabaleshwar: Mumbai Neighborhood in Monsoon

The heat and humidity of the worst bit of summer have started getting to us, making all of us here eagerly await the onset of monsoon. Even a little downpour would alleviate the scorching days and nights. In another 3 or 4 weeks, the hills of the Western Ghats would get its annual ablution and followed by a new clothing of green.

mahabaleshwar

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Lady with an umbrella

Picture of the moment: Lady with an umbrella
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It was monsoon season and we were holidaying in a hill station. It was heavy fog & slight drizzle when we went out for a walk. Then I noticed this woman, holding an umbrella and standing still. Her umbrella threw some color in an otherwise dull day.

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A lady with umbrella

First, it looked to me as if she was waiting for somebody. But no.… Read the rest

Venna Lake, Mahabaleshwar

Venna Lake, Mahabaleshwar

While coming back from Panchgani, we stopped at Venna Lake for some boating. It has changed its face since we visited it last time three years back.

The lake is a great attraction to everybody with its dazzling sight, boating, fishing, newly came up dam and stalls for games and eatables. It is within walking distance from Town Mahabaleshwar.

It also supplies drinking water to the town. The lake has an area of 28 Acres and average depth of the 10 ft.

Venna Lake Mahabaleshwar

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Mahabaleshwar – II

Mahabaleshwar – II

The first points we saw were Panchaganga Mandir and Shri Shankar Mandir.

Panchaganga Mandir

As per the Hindu mythology five holy rivers Krishna, Venna, Koyna, Savitri & Gayatri show their token appearance here in five springs flowing closely. They are seen flowing in five stone conduits & joining in one horizontal half channel leading to the Goumukhi (cow face) spout. Through the Goumukhi it falls in the cistern below.

Shri Shankar Mandir
The Mahalinga of the lord Shiva is of Rudraksha shape & believed to be ‘self-bodied’ (swayambhoo). This Mahalinga is considered to be superior to the Read the rest

All Green in Mahabaleshwar

All Green in Mahabaleshwar

Last weekend of July, people around me were planning a visit to Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani, small hill stations amidst the heights of the Sahyadris mountains, about 120 km south of Pune. Fortunately I was able to plan my time so that I can travel with them. Though I had been to both these places three years back during summer, I wanted to see how different it looks in monsoon. The photos in my last post are from the same trip.

Situated at a height of 1372 m, Mahabaleshwar is one of the most popular and picturesque … Read the rest