Forest in the clouds: Bhimashankar

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Forest in the clouds: bhimashankar

As we go on a “treasure hunt”  across India,  daily  opening   “nature’s magical gifts”  , I hope we will collectively discover her subtle and some “between the eye” secrets .

Forests ( an alias for mother Nature)are located all over, we have to simply unpack the packaging.

Ancient pilgrim centres are one of the easiest clues that dot this magnificent country. Its truly a treasure chest and each forest a magical gift in this bountiful treasure chest.

Hindu mythology is entwined with the treasures of Nature. Each pilgrim centre has a treasure from nature waiting to be discovered.

You neither need to be religious nor a devotee to visit these Pilgrim centres. They are richly endowed with Natures bounty. Just be with me and you will discover the secrets yourself.

We have thus far been  enchanted by  Urban forests ( nauture’s gifts in bustling metropolises) & Sacred forests. We now explore & unveil  the FOREST IN THE CLOUDS.

Bhimashankar is  a gorgeous  150 minute minute  drive from Pune.

Strongly recommend the local cuisine. The misal pav and vada pav cannot be matched in any restaurant.

Misal pav
Dhaba enroute pune to bhimashankar
delicious meal
delicious meal

Bhimashankar,  is located in the midst of a forest nestled within the Western Ghats.

The best time to visit is during the monsoons when the Gods in form of  “clouds” descend to Earth.

Now the pictures hereafter  will unveil this FOREST IN THE CLOUDS and Its magic in its folds.

Foothills
Foothills
two eyes are not enough to capture the landscape
two eyes are not enough to capture the landscape
clouds mountains forests and villages
clouds mountains forests and villages
Can it be greener.walk in the clouds
Can it be greener.walk in the clouds
can you hear the river gurgling
can you hear the river gurgling
sowing rice. the raincoats are made of hessian
sowing rice. the raincoats are made of hessian
there are hundreds of such waterfalls.
there are hundreds of such waterfalls.

Am not even half way to  Bhimashankar, the origin of the  river Bhima and the abode  of Lord Shiva as “Bhimashankar”.

the forests in the clouds
the forests in the clouds

Watch out for chapter 2  on “Forests in the Clouds”.

Check out http://www.travelwithmukul.wordpress.com on Pune.

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mukul chand

51 year old entrepreneur who has traveled extensively around the world for work and pleasure , is based in New Delhi, India. A passionate traveler born with a love for flora and fauna, is an active naturalist and amateur photographer. Here he shares his unique insight into Incredible India revealing its mysterious and exotic treasures. Writing from his heart he shares his experiences as he crisscrosses this vast and amazing land.

3 thoughts on “Forest in the clouds: Bhimashankar”

  1. That food looks delicious. I’ve eaten East Indian food when I was younger.
    I wish I could remember what exactly I ate.
    I remember a bread/dough and tearing off pieces and wrapping meat & veggies.
    Makes my mouth water!

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