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Kaas flower plateau 2011
Had a very quick trip to Kaas flower plateau this year. Not much photos but the highlight of the trip was the sighting of a Rat snake giving a stand and as if dancing joyfully. Watch the video after the jump.
It marks the end of 10 day long public festival initiated by Indian Freedom fighter Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak in 1893 with an intention to bring together the communities and generate nationalistic fervor among people. In Pune the festival is celebrated in a big way and a well organised procession is taken out on this last day to immerse the idol of Lord Ganesh in rivers or any water bodies. People dress up in traditional attires and team up into groups (Pathaks) and play traditional instruments like the Dhol (Big drum).
In Maharashtra state of India, during the festival of Dahi-Handi, human pyramids reach out and break a hanging earthen pot (known as Handi) filled with butter to celebrate Lord Krishna's mischievous side.
Organized teams (known as 'Pathaks') of people (known as the Govindas) compete with each other and travel all across the city to breaking the Handis and winning prizes.
‘Kaas’ also known as the Valley of flowers of Maharashtra (although it’s a plateau and not a valley). At 1200m elevation Kaas is a big lateritic plateau 160 km from Pune in Satara district of western part of Maharashtra, India within the Deccan area. The laterite soil ( red soil produced by rock decay; contains insoluble deposits of ferric and aluminum oxides ) cover is just a few inches thick lacking nutrients. So big trees don’t grow here.
Come September, and the plateau transforms into a colorful carpet of wild flowers of
About 2.5 to 3 hours drive from Pune and Mumbai, Kundalika river, located in the virgin forests below the Mulshi and Bhira Dams offers a unique opportunity for white water rafting. The rafting route is 14 km stretch which takes about 1.5 to 2 hours depending on the force of the flowing water.
There are nice cozy resorts nearby for spneding a perfect week-end.The river is fed with excess water released from a series of dams/hydroelectric projects upstream. So the rafting schedule depends on the release of water by authorities. But very rarely has it happened that theres no water for rafting.