The autumn is here. Am I still loitering in the autumn? The winter has already set its foot in some parts of our country. I have been travelling frequently for the last couple of months and my monsoon posts still remain seated in the drafts unpublished. So I thought let me publish my monsoon stories before I share my recent exciting travel stories.
I had a very blessed monsoon this year. I went for many road trips. This is one such road trip where I was supposed to visit Bhimashankar but enroute took a turn to Dimbhe Dam. The state of Maharashtra has multiple dams in every district. Wherever I go I get amazed by the wonder that a reservoir of a dam creates around it. Today I will talk of such beauty around the Dimbhe dam.
Bhimashankar is well known for the sacred temple which is also one of the twelve Jyotirlingas. It is also known for the Bhimashankar wildlife sanctuary. With these two being the prime attraction thousands of devotees and wildlife enthusiast visit this place and get mesmerised by the charm of the captivating surrounding.
Same was the case for us. For the religious purpose, we visited Bhimashankar but was bewitched by the views of the surrounding even in the dry winter months. Since then we kept guessing about the transformation of the landscape in the rainy months.
So we were on our way to Bhimashankar. This time not for any religious purpose but for worshipping nature in its glory. The same old road from Pune to Nashik but every journey has a newness in it. Then taking turns to Bhimashankar road which is even more green and beautiful.
While taking turns my wide open eyes caught a bridge on a small rivulet. Then there was a large dam in view. A girl from the land of river Ganges lives in the land of dams. A land devoid of any major river. Here I express my love for flowing waterbody by admiring the Dams and its adjoining reservoir.
The very sight of the dam, induced my interest to take a detour to see it closely. With no further delay, we were in front of a bifurcation, one taking us to Bhimashankar and the other to a turn probably to the dam.
Further drive to the interior brought us to the dam. Much later, we came to know the name it was the Dimbhe Dam. The huge adjoining lake with varied vegetation around surprised me with awe.
Off the beaten track we went through the road that drove us by the circumference of the curvy banks of the lake. It was far from the locality with few scattered huts apparently of the workers working for the Hydroelectric power plant.
All at once the clouds gathered and there was the show of lights above the large waterbody. And all around got covered in the mist and fog. The sight so pleasing. Any waterbody can transform a landscape with its heavenly touch.
And this place is already amazing the lake added to its beauty quotient. We thought of encircling the total lake but at the last lap, we came to know that we have to take a U-turn to return back to the Bhimashankar route.
Again through the same path, we returned to the junction and then we took the Bhimashankar route. Enjoying the panoramic view we came near the temple to enter the world of fog. There was a huge congestion. The temple was far from here yet.
The day being a Sunday huge number of devotees and other enthusiastic people flocked to the temple. Our vehicle got stuck in between. After a long wait, we decided to return. That too with great hassle we could turn the car to get back to our home. Thus we ended our beautiful Bhimashankar trip sans Bhimashankar.