Saturday, September 5, 2015

Visiting friends in Pune,Maharashtra. India

As usual we are in and out of bloggerland....lazy at times, busy at times...travelling at times but finally we are here with our blog after a very long time!
This was our first visit to Pune in the western state of Maharashtra, India for a short one week trip visiting close friends. Getting away from the terribly HOT(49 degree Celsius) and humid weather was a big relief!!
On our way we were greeted by pleasant weather where the monsoon clouds romanced the mountains amidst the greens, a welcome change from the desert heat.
Our drive from Mumbai to Pune was about three and a half hours. Once we were at our friends place we just lazed around for the rest of the day - catching up after years...
The next day we planned a trip to Tamhini Ghat, located on the crest of the Western Ghat mountain ranges.Tamhini Ghat is noted for its surroundings comprising scenic waterfalls, lakes and dense woods specially during the monsoon season. 
Our friend had already hired a car and so we were off around 11 a.m really excited and the weather was sunny and warmed our spirits!!
As the GPS indicated, we had arrived at the Tamhini Ghat where we stopped and this is what we saw...
Took a few more shots only to realize that this was not the Tamhini Ghat we were looking for. On checking with local people we found the actual ghat was around 90 odd Kms from this location. Technology had failed us for some reason. So off we went searching for the real Tamhini...
Enroute we were glad to witness the fog...the heavy downpour of rains and excited kids wanting to get wet in the rain...something we miss in Dubai.
Some shots captured on the way...




A train traverses through the mountain range, quite oblivious of its pristine surroundings...
It was already dusk by the time we took this last pic and had a long way to drive back. So even if we never really got to Tamhini Ghat we thoroughly enjoyed our trip with the beautiful landscapes, waterfalls, rains, local food. A real balm for our parched souls...and above all in company of close friends. Kids made up their own jingle every time it poured. It was really about the journey not the destination.


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79 comments:

  1. Nature at its best. Beautiful images.

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  2. That's a very beautiful landscape !

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  3. Nice trip! Thank you for visit my blog :-)

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  4. Nice trip! Thank you for visit my blog :-)

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  5. such beautiful terrain and the mist and falls, too!

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  6. What a beautiful place to visit. Looks very lush, the waterfalls are gorgeous. Lovely views and photos. Have a happy weekend!

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  7. That's so pretty. What a great opportunity you had. Thanks for taking us along.

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  8. You have such a beautiful blog! I will definitely be coming back again. These shots are stunning. - Tasha

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  9. I love the image of the road with the wall along the outside. It all looks so green and lush. Good to have yo posting again. Cheers!

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  10. Impressive landscape! I've enjoyed your post a lot! Thanks!

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  11. Wonderful set of pictures.Everything looks so lush and vibrant.

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  12. Fantastic scenery, it really is pristine, what a drive for a day. I like the mountains, waterfalls, and jungle.

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  13. Beautiful scenery! The waterfalls are gorgeous. Thank you for visiting my blog!

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  14. Beautiful green countryside - unlike the areas of India I have visited further north.

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  15. Wow! That is stunning shots of the views! Enjoy your trip.

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  16. Welcome back - every time I see posts from India I start to think that I should go back for a visit.

    Hope all is well.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  17. Wow! What a beautiful spot. Love the deep green and the fog over the mountains.

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  18. Stunning pictures, Ruby. I have never been to Maharashtra...hope I can make it to these very places in the near future!

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  19. Amazing place, beautiful images!

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  20. Wonderful vistas and panoramic photography! Beautiful!

    Happy Week to you,
    artmusedog and carol

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  21. I absolutely love misty, cool weather and lush green trees and cliffs so I would probably love a visit to Tahmini Ghat. Only problem is I'm not sure I could handle the weather in other parts of India enroute to the cooler climes. Your photos let me enjoy it vicariously.

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  22. Hello Shantana,
    What a wonderful pictures.
    Great this view over that wonderful area. Nice with the waterfalls and to see the passing train.
    A wonderful place to be, I think.

    Many greetings,
    Marco

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  23. Beautiful photo of the falls, beautiful photos all! Thank you!

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  24. So beautiful nature photos from India! Beautiful header too!

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  25. Stunning views! The waterfall and low-hanging clouds...wow!

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  26. Hello and Thank you so much for linking into this week's Nature Notes..I am happy to have you.. I'm sorry that your GPS failed. Mine has had me driving in circles at times, so I am glad you enjoyed the trip anyway. Beautiful scenery with the green and the waterfalls. Please link in again anytime... Michelle

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  27. Beautiful images.
    I hope you'll come link up at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/09/allium-glorious.html

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  28. I like how verdant the hills are and the foggy scenes are very appealing.

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  29. Your photos are very beautiful!!! :)

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  30. Magnificent views you have shown us today. What a wonderful trip even you did not get to where you wanted to go.

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  31. really spectacular views and your header photo is amazing.. just love it. thanks for stopping by my blog

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  32. Seems like you had a great visit back to India. I almost went through Dubai a couple of years ago but changed plans at the last minute. I would love to do some birding there one day.

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    1. David,Dubai is not really a great place for birding because of the heat! You are welcome to visit Dubai and us anytime :)

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    2. One day I might just do that! Same thing applies in reverse. If ever you find yourself in southern Ontario be sure to let me know.

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    3. Sure will do.If you plan a trip here please make it during winters as summers we have the temperatures soaring up to almost 50 degrees Celsius..it's really BAD then.

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  33. Wonderful views into the nature. Great !
    Best, Synnöve

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  34. Thank you for sharing this incredible scenery. Those views are truly spectacular.

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  35. Very beautiful scenery. I'm not a fan of fog but you make it very appealing! I love thinking about your kids being so happy to see rain!

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  36. Breathtaking scenery! I am with Sallie, I love thinking about your kids being so happy to see rain..I get excited at the prospect of being in the snow or having a cold front move through our area, lol :-) I am one of your newest followers!

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  37. I enjoyed your scenery very much! It's great that the kids could enjoy themselves as they traveled.

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  38. Wonderful photos of your special day out with your friends. So green and lush as you traveled through the magnificent scenery.

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  39. Sounds like a welcome respite from the heat at your home!!! Beautiful too! Thanks for visiting my photographic Journey visiting Miltenburg Germany!

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  40. Beautiful shots, and I really like your header photo!

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  41. What an impressive landscape!
    Happy Weekend to you,
    best Marie

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  42. Such vibrant landscapes! Love the clouds and fog. When I lived for a while in the Mojave Desert of southern California it seldom rained, and the children and adults would run out into the streets and dance in the rain as it was such a novelty.

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  43. your country is very beautiful. Much greener then I would have thought :)

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  44. Hello !! Great to see such spectacular views !
    Thank you for sharing your photos !
    Greetings from Poland !
    Ela

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  45. Wow! Beautiful scenic images Shantana, good to see that you are still around.{:))

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  46. Wonderful shots--- I'll be back!

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  47. Nice one. Thanks for sharing these pictures. The wealthiest state in India, Maharashtra (State of Maharashtra) is a travellers' paradise given the plethora of attractions it possess, both popular and offbeat. The rich cultural and religious diversity of the state reflects the deep embedded integrity. Check out all waterfalls in Maharashtra also.

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  48. Gorgeous scenery, beautifully captured! Visiting from Little Things Thursday.

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  49. What absolutely stunning landscape

    mollyxxx

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  50. Soothing and beautiful landscape!

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  51. Wow, what gorgeous pictures !!!! I love the lush green and the waterfalls are breath-taking. I've never been to India but this is not how I think of it - rather teeming with people so this look at the natural side is very interesting anf lovely !!! Appreciate you sharing.

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  52. So wonderfully green! It reminds me of being in Hawaii.
    The View from the Top of the Ladder

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  53. So very true--it's about the journey. Those are some incredible photos!

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  54. So green and soft! Your photos hep us to imagine being there! So glad to have found you through OBW.

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  55. Oh, BEAUTIFUL! Thank you for sharing this filled with strong information. Bless you...

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  56. Magnificent nature shots, Thanks for linking in with Through My Lens.

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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  57. Nice shots of lovely landscape! I especially like the layers of the mountains in the first image and the road beside the cliff in the fourth. The mist made the scenes more atmospheric.

    Yoko

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  58. Oh my, what breathtaking photos!!! Absolutely wonderful! Thank you!

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  59. Just gorgeous! That waterfall and the misty mountainsides are beautiful! Great photos.

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  60. Wonderful photos.
    Lovely!
    Please come link up at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/10/poor-little-birdie.html

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  61. Discovered your blog because you left a message on the blog of Our Beautiful World.
    LOVE the photos you take!
    Added your blog to my favourites and will take a closer look when I have more time :-)
    You should join OBW with such great pictures ;-)

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  62. Gorgeous photos, I never visited Pune when I was in India. I wish I had now! Thanks for linking up with #MondayEscapes Ps. Please add our badge if you would like to link up next time - which I hope you will! :)

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