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.
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.
Am not even half way to Bhimashankar, the origin of the river Bhima and the abode of Lord Shiva as “Bhimashankar”.
Watch out for chapter 2 on “Forests in the Clouds”.
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