My first stop was at the Parshuram temple in a village named Parshuram on a hilltop near Chiplun. It is said to be a 18th century temple built by Bramhendra Swami. It was nice to enjoy a few quiet moments there.
This time I tried alternate route to Kashedi ghat that passes through Natunagar Tulshi Vinhere … The road surface is not very good and one still has to negotiate a narrower ghat so it doesn’t make sense. However, one can enjoy calmer countryside landscapes and backwaters of Natunagar dam.
I took a tea break at Mahad. And visited another temple. The temple of our democracy… Chavdar tale, a lake where Dr Ambedkar fought for the dignity of dalits.
Just a couple of kilometers ahead on the national highway 66 there are ancient Buddhist Caves that are waiting to be explored… Just a short walk from a busy national highway
These are Gandharpale Buddhist Caves perhaps built during first century BC to third century AD. But there is no information board or signage here … Such neglect!
My next break was lunch at Aakar pot art studio in Indapur… It is a fantastic place built passionately by Rajesh Kulkarni and his team.
I mentioned about wood craft museum in my previous blog. Had a chance to see the full exhibition on my way back…
Pali to Express highway leg of the journey passes through a hilly forest area. Through the pass known as Umber Khind… Where Shivaji defeated Kartalab Khan using strategic manoeuvres.. that story in some other blog!
Thank U, my dear CB, for the descriptive pics. Keep up the blog-posts. Peace & love — Joe.