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Ever since I heard about Nighoj, had keen interest to see this wonder. Best part is, this moon-land is very close to Pune. I found out few more interesting places to see around Nighoj. It was summer weekend and we took up Pune-Nagar highway.

1. Ranjangaon

Our day began with sacred darshan of Mahaganapati of Ranjangaon. Ranjangaon Ganesh is one of the eight holy Ganapatis i.e. Asthavinayak. Ranjangaon temple is in Shirur district and on main highway at 52 Kms from Pune. There is beautiful garden developed outside the temple. We had a quick tea break here and then proceeded towards Nighoj. While on the way to Nighoj, we came across birds like Shrike, Purple Sunbird and Black shouldered kite.

2. Nighoj

To reach Nighoj –

  1. Take Pune – Nagar Highway and drive upto “Ghodnadi” river bridge.
  2. Take immediate left turn after crossing the bridge. This is “Nighoj Phata”.
  3. Drive approx. 25 Kms to reach Nighoj village. The road is in OK condition.
  4. From village travel 3 Kms more to reach “Kukadi” river where you can see pot holes.

The entire bank of Kukdi River is turned into moon land of huge pot holes. The phenomenon behind its formation goes back to more than thousands of years. The river flow wears out the vesicular basalt’s upper layer and compact basalt layer of the rock. Then small hard pebbles vigorously swirl in these wear out areas due to flow of the water to create circular pot holes. There is huge gorge or canyon created in the river due to the whirl effect of stones for the ages. These are believed to be the largest natural pot holes in Asia. It is very amazing and interesting place. You just have to see this miracle with your eyes to believe it. There is small temple of “Malganga” on the bank on this river.

Only thing, which hurt, is that we don’t do anything to conserve this beauty. Not many people know about it.

Best time to visit: Summer (March-April). May month will be extremely hot.
Summer is best time to visit this place. As water level goes down, pot holes are easily visible. In monsoon, you merely can view gigantism of pot holes. It is said to be approx. 100 feet deep and 3 kms long. Besides, it can be very dangerous to experience their gigantism otherwise. 😉

I took as many snaps as I could and also some live clippings of whirl effects for my folks. We started back and it was already time for food. We found a shady place and unwind mattresses. We enjoyed home made food and relaxed for some time. We had way to go.

3. Wadgaon Daryabai cave temple

From Nighoj, we went to Wadgaon to see another marvel. Wadgaon is plain plateau, which is rich in calcium/limestone. On the way, we saw flock of Swallows. We reached the place and started climbing down stone stairs to go to Daryabai cave temple. Our ancestors warmly greeted us.

CAUTION – Be sure that you don’t carry any eatables to the Daryabai cave temple. There is entire gang of Bonnet monkeys and their IQ is as good as ours. They know how to snatch away and eat all that you carry from “coconut” to “peanuts” and “Cadbury’s Dairy Milk” to “Center fresh”. 🙂

Jokes apart, about another marvel called “Daryabai cave temple” – this temple is dark inside and has dripping water streams inside which gives birth to stalactite. A stalactite is type of cave formation that hangs from the ceiling or wall of limestone caves. It is sometimes referred to as dripstone. It is called as “Lavan kandya” in Marathi. Each stalactite takes thousands and lakhs of years to form. Unfortunately, people who visit this place break them for fun; get them home and then just throw away without knowing their importance.

4. Takali Dhokeshwar

Takali is a small village in Parner district. We went to this place from Wadgaon Daryabai temple. Around 3 kms from Takali village is Dhokeshwar mountain temple. We took tea and Misal-paav break on the way to Takali village.

We climbed the mountain stone stairs to reach the top. There is a beautiful cave temple on the top dates back in 5th – 6th century. Along with Shivlinga, nandi, it also has idols of Laxmi, Ganesh and Bhairav carved in black stones. We relaxed inside the temple. Cold breeze fade away our tiredness. Another must mention thing here is – the water source near the cave. It has water springs throughout the year. I can say I never tasted the water like that anywhere else. We got our water bottles filled and started climbing down.

Each place we visited in this trip was unique in its own way. It was already evening by then and we drove back to Pune with feelings of contentment.

NOTE: For more snaps visit – http://www.flickr.com/photos/ruhiclicks/sets/72157601019246769/detail/

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