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    Trekking to Peth fort - Near Karjat Mumbai

    by shahronakm Updated Aug 4, 2006
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    Hi friends,

    My wife & I had been on a trek to Peth fort near Karjat. Here is an account of the same.

    The climb up to Peth village was very easy & we enjoyed every moment of the same, clicking beautiful sceneries of plains & other mountain ranges at regular intervals. There were one or two waterfalls also on the way. We took rest for few minutes at a plateau top enjoying the landscape around. As soon as we started again we saw a caterpillar & we immediately clicked its snap & also took a short movie of this creature...............

    Detailed account of the trek can be read on
    http://jetalronaktraveldiary.blogspot.com/2006/07/peth-fort-kotaligad-trekking-9-th-july.html

    Caterpillar movie can be viewed by clicking here ]
    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=2770908358896086272

    Photos of the same can be viewed at
    http://in.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/shahronakm1978/album?.dir=5cacscd&.src=ph&store=&prodid=&.done=http%3a//in.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph//my_photos

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    Ideal Season – June to March (Best during monsoons)
    Time – 1 Day (2 days if you want to stay overnight in the cave)
    Level – Moderate
    Nearest railway station – Karjat.
    Reaching base – Ambivli village from Karjat by rickshaw (28 Kms / 1 Hr)
    Height – 472 Mtrs.
    Where to eat – Hotel Kotaligad (Tel. 02148 224944 – Gopal Savant)

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    See some of the unknown beaches of maharastra

    by vanand Written Jul 12, 2006

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    The coast of maharashtra is beautiful and largely untouched, occupied mainly by the local fishermen. There are many relatively unknown beaches. One can drive there - longer since you have to go all around - or just take a ferry across and take up the local autorickshaw (3 wheelers / Tuk tuks). Here are some I recommend:
    Ahwas:
    Take a ferry to Mandhwa and take the local transport. I found one spot to stay there but there are others. Saldanha Farms owned by Mr Saldanha who is mumbai based (Tel # 02141237605- responder may not be able to speak English). Farm has cute cottages but is a bit away from the beach. The beach itself is clean and hardly anyone there. Some parts are rocky and you need to find the clear spots if you wish to swim out into the ocean.
    Kashid:
    Has been discovered lately and getting crowded but it is such a good beach that I still recommend it. Best is to drive via Alibhag
    Kolad:
    Situated on a lake this is a really beautiful spots. A bit difficult to reach since the last kilometer stretch is poor driving. Still and deep lake. Row on the lake and see all the birds. Have a swim the water is gorgeous. Two potential places to stay - Doctor's farm and Sai farm. Both advertise in the local tabloid.

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    Early Damage

    by keeweechic Written May 6, 2006

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    Unfortunately most of the sculptures were apparently damaged by the Portuguese during the 16th century when they were used as target practice. Some were even destroyed completely. Hard to believe that anyone could wilfully destroy such treasures. In later years, some have also been damaged through carelessness by those visiting the caves.

    Location : Elephanta Island

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    Triple-headed Shiva

    by keeweechic Written May 6, 2006

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    At the end of the north south axis of the caves is an enormous image of Sadasiva (a manifestation of Shiva). Standing 20ft high, the image has three heads (known as Trimurthy or triple-headed) of Shiva. The one facing right depicts him as the Creator (facing right), the centre one as the Protector and other one (facing left) as the Destroyer with serpents for hair. This sculpture was preserved by the British who had the foresight to build a wall to hide it from damage and the elements.

    Location : Elephanta Island

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    The Linga

    by keeweechic Written May 6, 2006

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    At the western end is a sanctuary of Linga which denotes the fundamental nature of creative power, in which lord Shiva is revered as the Lord of Fertility and procreation, hence the phallic-like form. The sanctum is guarded by gigantic figures of ‘dvarapalas’ or guardians. There are no doors.

    Location : Elephanta Island

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    Ancient Creators

    by keeweechic Written May 6, 2006

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    Unfortunately not much is known about the not much is known of the creators and artists who designed and carved these caves but the sculptures in the caves are believed to have been created somewhere between 450 and 750 A.D. With there being three openings into the caves, there is plenty of natural light.

    Location : Elephanta Island

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    Inside the Caves

    by keeweechic Written May 6, 2006

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    The roof of the cave or temple is supported by 20 large pillars which appear to be holding up the roof. This was deliberately carved out in this fashion. The temple plan is symmetrical and has important focal points. Near the doorways there are panels which celebrate Shiva’s accomplishments. One story tells of Shiva bringing the Ganges River down to Earth.

    Location : Elephanta Island

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    Entry to the Caves

    by keeweechic Written May 6, 2006

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    The caves are dedicated to Shiva. Entry into the solid basalt rock caves (or Shiva Temple) is by the northern entrance. Stairs lead into a large hall. The carvings in on the walls of the caves show Shiva in various shapes and in different moods. A guide will help explain all the detail to you which you would normally miss. My guide was very informative but a one on one tour had be very exhausting mentally when so much history and detail is gone into. However I would not have realised a lot had it not been explained.

    Location : Elephanta Island

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    The Caves

    by keeweechic Written May 6, 2006

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    The carving of the caves was created through a slow and painstaking process of rock removal. They are spread out of an area of about 60,000 sqft and were created as a dedication to Shiva. The temple caves are made up of a main chamber, courtyards and several secondary shrines. Above the halls and chambers is a mass of solid natural rock.

    Location : Elephanta Island

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    View From The Top

    by keeweechic Written May 6, 2006

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    There is a nice view from the top of the hill. You can look down and get a good perspective on the pier as well as see some of the fishing boats at work in the surrounding waters.

    Location : Elephanta Island

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    ASI Museum

    by keeweechic Written May 6, 2006

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    Just through the ticket box for the caves is the ASI (Archaeological Survey of India) Site Museum. UNESCO provided initial funding to the ASI to improve the Elephanta Island site. The museum is small but worth a few minutes either upon arriving or entering the caves site.

    Location : Elephanta Island

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    Palanquin Ride

    by keeweechic Updated May 5, 2006

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    For a few dollars you can have yourself carried in a Palanquin (sedan chair) up the steep stone staircase that leads to the entrance of the caves… or you can do as most, and walk it yourself, often stopping to catch your breath. No I didn't try it. It would have been fun, if not a little hair-raising, but I just couldn't do it. It seemed that no one else was brave enough or less self-concious to try it either when I was there.

    Location: Elephanta Island

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    Monkeys

    by keeweechic Written May 5, 2006

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    Enroute up the stairs or at least at the top you will come across monkeys. Even blue ones if they are sitting under the shade cloth. Be careful of them as they will whip things out of your hand before you know it, especially drinks or food. Also beware of women with metal canisters on their head posing by the gates at the top. If you take their photos, they will expect payment.

    Location : Elephanta Island

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    Souvenir and Gifts

    by keeweechic Written May 5, 2006

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    On the way up the stairs you have a good excuse not to reveal how unfit you are by stopping to look at the stalls that line either side. The whole staircase is bathed in blue from the bright canopy’s above it. You can find anything here from jewellery, bags, books, sandstone tricket boxes, painted leaves to carvings and t’shirts.

    Location : Elephanta Island

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    To The Foot of the Hill

    by keeweechic Written May 5, 2006

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    At the other end of the pier are a few stalls selling handcrafts, souvenirs and refreshments as well as a few cafe’s for something more substantial. You will then see the stone stairs which meanders fairly steeply up to the top of the hill to where the caves are.

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