Sunday, November 20, 2011

Kavdi AKA Kavdipat

Type: Sunrise and Bird Watching site
Near: Loni Kalbhor
Base Village: Kavdi
Where: 20 Kms from Pune
Route: Pune-Solapur road
Time visited: November 2011
How to reach: On Pune Solapur road, 2 minutes after the toll plaza watch out for Manali Resort. Take a left turn about few meters ahead. Theres a narrow road travelling through farms. Cross the railway crossing and about 1.5 kms ahead park your vehicles in temple complex. The Pat or Bandh as called in marathi is right infront of you.
Best Time to visit: Early morning November-January

About: Kavdi is a small village and is known as birding place. There are more than 50 varities of birds spotted here which include different types of kingfishers, Ibis, Kites, Egrets, Wagtail and Heron birds. Other than that Red vented Bulbuls, Drongo, Sunbird, Hoopoe and variety of stork and ducks can be easily seen.
We started at about 5.30 AM to reach Kavdi Pat in the chilly saturday morning. We reached at about few minutes to six and we were surpised to see few people all set to capture the sunrise with tripods and different cameras.

The entire landscape was breathtaking. The fog had engulfed the area and it was literally flowing rather wandering on the calm of the the river.






As the redness started to spead we could spot some early arrivals. We took our positions right at the center of the bridge to catch few early snaps before the sunrise.








Once the light started to spread across the whole area was filled with chirping of hundreds of birds.




























We proceeded back to home at around 10am after a  yummy Vadapav. Will cherish forever the mesmerizing sunrise and the beautiful birds.

Updates December 2011: After this weekend I have been several times there to catch more snaps and everytime it simply amazes me.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Daulatabad fort AKA Deogiri

Marthwada-Vidharbha Circuit- 8 days, 1750 KmsPune-Ahmednagar-Parbhani-Navagarh-Jintur (480 Kms)
Jintur-Lonar-Mehekar-Karanja (216 Kms)
Karnja-Amravati-Chikhaldara (153 Kms)
Chikhaldara-Semadoh-Chikhaldara (50Kms)
Chikhaldara-Partwada-
Muktagiri (44Kms)
Muktagiri-Achalpur-Akot-Shegaon (120 Kms)
Shegaon-Mehekar-SindkhedRaja-Jalna-Aurangabad- (265 Kms)
Aurangabad-Nagar-Pune (236 Kms)



Type: Hill Fort
Base City: Aurangabad
Where:
Route taken: Shegaon-Jalna-Aurangabad
Time to see around: 4 Hours
Time visited: October 2011
My Meter reading from Pune: ? Kms


Daulatabad fort or the Deogiri killa, in Aurangabad is a rare kind of construction, which is a combination of the ground fort and the hill fort. The fort is built on an isolated pyramid-shaped natural mountain peak. The rock around is chiselled skilfully making the climb from side really impossible.

The fort area is surrounded by three levels of impregnable fortifications known as kots. The outer one, Amberkot covers the old Daulatabad town. The second one, Mahakot, is currently the boundary of the actual fort. Around Mahakot, surrounding the fort was a water body.

A official guide will charge cool 750/- buck for 3 hours visit and won’t really come till top.

The main entrance is in Mahakot and has eight gates.






After the first gate there is huge courtyard with number of Cannons.


There is watch tower are the second gate. Inside you will stepped wells (Baolis) on the right.















Once inside there is a huge water tank called Hathi Haud on the left.








Presently Bharat Mata temple is large magnificient construction with large pillars right near the water tank. Some Jain sculptures indicate this could have been Jain temple earlier which was converted to mosque.





The huge Chand minaret on the right is fascinating.










The third gate is called  Kalakot.

There are huge vessels where boiling oil use to be kept to be poured on enemy.






After the 4th gate, there a beautiful palace called Chini Mahal on the right.












The blue hand painted carvings are still clearly visible.

A huge cannon called Mendhtof is seen at the top of one of the watch towers. One has to then cross a deep waterbody (moat).

This is followed by a dark zig-zag passage, carved through the rock known as Andheri. It is pitch dark inside and confusing pathways.









This is followed by a flight of 400 odd steps up to reach the main fort.








Theres a durbar hall and few other rooms with balacony. There are few cannons on the top.

After visiting the Daulatabad fort we finally proceeded back to Pune. It was indeed a memorable trip!!!


Sindhkhed Raja

Marthwada-Vidharbha Circuit- 8 days, 1750 Kms
Pune-Ahmednagar-Parbhani-Navagarh-Jintur (480 Kms)
Jintur-Lonar-Mehekar-Karanja (216 Kms)
Karnja-Amravati-Chikhaldara (153 Kms)
Chikhaldara-Semadoh-Chikhaldara (50Kms)
Chikhaldara-Partwada-
Muktagiri (44Kms)
Muktagiri-Achalpur-Akot-Shegaon (120 Kms)
Shegaon-Mehekar-SindkhedRaja-Jalna-Aurangabad- (265 Kms)
Aurangabad-Nagar-Pune (236 Kms)

Type: Lakhujirao Jadhav Palace-Land Fort, Samdhi and other buildings
Base town: SindhKhed Raja
Where: Near Jalna
Route taken: Shegaon-Balapur-Jalna
Time to see around: 1 Hour
Time visited: October 2011
My Meter reading from Pune: ? Kms

Raje Lakhujirao Jadhav Wada







Lakhujirao Jadhav Wada
Sindkhed Raja is famous for the birth place of Jijabai (Shivaji Maharaj's mother).


One has to pay 2Rs to get a ticket to visit the Wada. There is a beautiful entrance door. Inside there are many artifacts , statues, carvings stored by Archaeology Department.


The Durbar room is being recreated.






 
Some structure where other occupants used to stay and underground storage rooms can be seen.











The Kala Kot or the Kala Killa (Black Fort)
Close by the palace is Kala kot fort built by the Jadhav but was probably left halfway through. Only the bastions and outer walls are present, nothing inside.



Rang Mahal


Close by the palace is Building of Rang Mahal. This where Shahaji Raje first time saw Jijabai playing Holi before their marriage. This remains closed and hence was not able to see this structure from inside.





 





Samadhi of Raja Lakhuji Jadhav
Raja Lakhuji Jadhav was killed by treason by the Nizam at Devgiri fort in Aurangabad with 2 of his sons. There is a samadhi built in his memory in Sindkhed Raja. which is worth visiting 




The entrance Door to Samadi.








The inscriptions on the door.

A temple in the surroundings. This is historic temple where Jijabai used to come often.

After visiting Sindhkhed Raja we proceeded to our next destination- Aurangabad.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Balapur Fort

Marthwada-Vidharbha Circuit- 8 days, 1750 Kms
Pune-Ahmednagar-Parbhani-Navagarh-Jintur (480 Kms)
Jintur-Lonar-Mehekar-Karanja (216 Kms)
Karnja-Amravati-Chikhaldara (153 Kms)
Chikhaldara-Semadoh-Chikhaldara (50Kms)
Chikhaldara-Partwada-Muktagiri (44Kms)

Muktagiri-Achalpur-Akot-Shegaon (120 Kms)
Shegaon-Mehekar-SindkhedRaja-Jalna-Aurangabad- (265 Kms)
Aurangabad-Nagar-Pune (236 Kms)


Type: Land Fort
Base town: Balapur
Where:
Route taken: Shegaon-Balapur
Time to see around: 1 Hour
Time visited: October 2011
My Meter reading from Pune: ? Kms
History as on Internet: The Balapur Fort was started in 1721 by Azam Shah, the son of Emperor Aurangzeb, and was eventually completed by Ismail Khan, the Nawab of Ellichpur in 1757. Situated on an elevated ground between the two rivers, the fort has very high walls and bastions built of the best brickwork of its time.




The Balapur Fort is situated in Balapur which is about 26 km from Akola on Akola-Khamgaon Road. Located at the junction of the rivers Man and Mhais, the massively built fort is probably the strongest in Vidarbha and Khandesh regions of Maharashtra.






You have to almost take a traverse to reach the gates from Balapur town.


A huge gate stands in shadows of the trees watching over the government school and the children engrossed in thrilling game of cricket.


The fort has three gateways, one within the other.


The temple of Bala Devi, from which the town has derived its name, lies just under the Fort, on the southern side.
The watch towers were used to keep an eye on the town activities.



You can walk on the walls. The area within the fort is all empty except the collectorate office building and huge well.


We proceeded to next destination- Sindhkhed Raja