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Trimbakeshwar Temple, Nasik

Western Ghats, the mountain ranges which is older than Himalayas stretches along the Western coast of India for approx. 1600 km. The mountain ranges are endowed with diverse ecosystems ranging from tropical wet evergreen forests to montane grasslands containing variety of flora, fauna and numerous medicinal plants.


However, in ancient times these lush green Western Ghats once had witnessed a severe and long spell of drought for more than 100 years. Then, Maharishi Gautam did a long meditation to please Lord Shiva and requested Lord Shiva to allow Goddess Ganga to appear at this place. Pleased by Maharishi Gautam, Lord Shiva happily agreed to the request and so did Goddess Ganga. But Goddess Ganga put a condition that she will appear here only if Lord Shiva also stays here in this region.


Lord Shiva agreed to this condition as well and released Goddess Ganga from his locks, “Jatas” at Brahmagiri mountains, which is adjacent to Trimbakeshwar temple. Ganga river which appeared here was initially known by the name Gautami River (after Maharishi Gautam) and is now called as “River Godavari”. And since then, Lord Shiva has been residing in the form of” Lord Trimbakeshwar”, meaning God with 3 eyes in this region, in fact Brahmagiri mountain is considered as a form of Lord Shiva. Subsequently a temple was built to worship Lord Shiva at the place. Trimbakeshwar Temple is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines of Lord Shiva and is one of the holiest places for Hindu pilgrims and devotees.

Once you are in the temple premises after praying to the Lord Shiva, clicking the beautiful architecture will keep you occupied for reasonable time.

Since ancient times, the temple has been renovated and upgraded by various rulers of the region. The present Trimbakeshwar temple was constructed by 3rd Peshwa Balaji Bajirao during 1740-1761, at the site of old existing temple and subsequently renovated by Ahilyabai Holkar in 1789. The Jyotirlinga here in the temple is in the form of 3 faced Linga, symbolizing trinity of Gods - Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. 

From entry to the temple –

Till the exit from the sacred sanctum, exquisite carvings adorn the temple walls.


Architecture of temple is a lesson in symmetric geometry, you may spend a whole day to locate any flaw in the design:

Nasik is well connected by roads, trains and airways. Mumbai to Nasik takes around 5 hours by road and the road takes you on a refreshing journey from the valleys to the origin of river Godavari in Nasik. Since pilgrims and devotees from all over India come to this temple, be prepared to witness long ques for entry to the temple, irrespective of time of the day. Enjoy the experience of standing in the que, along with other devotees.

This is the skyline of Trimbakeshwar with Brahmagiri mountain sitting majestic atop-

# - Godavari river is the 2nd longest river in India, which flows for around 1450 km. and finally meets with Bay of Bengal.

# - Trimbakeshwar is located at the foot of Brahamagiri hill, about 3000 feet above sea level.


Trimbakeshwar town is an ancient Hindu Pilgrim centre located at the source of the Godavari River, the longest river in peninsular India. 

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Karla Caves

Ray of light peeping out, all of a sudden from behind the dense leaves or drops of rainfall after a long hot spell. Perhaps one of the best experiences, which is delightful to everyone as a change from regular.

Now try to recall, when was the last time you felt elated on getting a surprise day off or just a half day off from your official duties? Most of us prefer to go home and relax or settle for an outing with family. But some out of mind boring people think of driving to some nearby locations. For a long time, I had been hearing about ancient rock cut caves near to Dolvi, which had became a weekly visit affair for me. Subconscious mind was always craving to make a trip, however business routine always used to shackle my spirits/ my legs whenever I dared thinking about to explore this spot.

One fine day, got a surprise when all the business formalities got finalized without much discussions and I realized that I have got a few hours for myself. Around 65 km. from Dolvi would have been slightly difficult on my feet or by public transport to return back by night, so requested a friend for his bike. He obliged and also informed me about the route. What a feeling it was gearing the bike🏍 after a long! My spirits, legs, hands and eyes; seemed everyone was also craving for a break. That was it; the lone ranger has started the drive to Karla Caves, the much cherished spot. 

65 km. separated me from the Karla Caves, a complex of ancient rock-cut caves located at Karli near Lonavala. It took me around 1.5 hours to reach the spot. Not just a spot, it is a grand example of Indian architecture expertise, for which even mighty mountains were just a canvas.

View from outside, for a moment turned me into Indiana Jones and so was ignited the curiosity to explore the interiors and unwind some ancient secrets – 

There is no definite information on the timelines of these caves, but believed to have carved around 2nd century BC and thereafter 5th century AD. A grand hall is the first one you come across on entering inside the caves. Large open space must have been a gathering place. This is probably the biggest temple hall I have come across in such constructions.

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Forts, Beaches and Alibaug in the Incredible Western Ghats

Older than the Himalaya mountains, is the Western Ghats ranges that runs parallel to the western coast of the India through the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. A drivable road from inside the lush green forests and alongside the coastline will take you on a journey to a different world.


What is Western Ghats? A world set aside in the serenity of the green mountains, where music of chirping birds and where streams of flowing water play a perfect symphony to the tired souls. Well known for their rich and unique flora and fauna, Western Ghats is one of the eight "hottest hot-spots" of biological diversity in the world and UNESCO has declared Western Ghats, a world heritage site.


As per the studies, Western Ghats are sustaining around 7402 species of flowering plants, 1814 species of non-flowering plants, 139 mammals' species, 508 bird species, 179 amphibian species, 6000 insect species and 290 freshwater fish species. This is not all, many may get discovered tomorrow. Over and above these, Western Ghats provides shelter to at least 325 globally threatened flora, fauna, bird, amphibian, reptile and fish species.

A small welcome break from the business schedule opened a window to explore the incredible Land of Western Ghats, its biodiversity, nearby a small coastal town of Alibaug. Alibaug is much popular for its neat and clean beaches. It was the time to enjoy attractions near Alibaug.


We started early morning for our first destination, Korlai Fort which is approx. 25 Km. (75 minutes) from Alibaug. Though now in ruins, Korlai Fort is an old Portuguese structure situated on a hill top. Built in the year 1521, Korlai Fort originally meant as a watch point for the invaders and was used to be a house of 7,000 people including horses and Portugese army men. The Korlai Fort is surrounded by Arabian Sea on three sides and has a beautiful lighthouse as major attraction.

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