There are some places where a single visit is not enough. You have to return to it again and again and discover it anew. Ajara is one such place for me.
Located just beyond the Amboli ghat it promises a relaxing drive and a weekend photo op. However, this time there was a roadblock in the plan! Amboli, was sealed off because of a landslide. There had to be another way.
Anmod! A ghat that I am not too familiar with loomed ahead. Challenge accepted!
So we went through Ponda, crossed the ridiculously narrow Khandepar bridge (which mind you is still NH 4A!) and gasped at the breathtaking sight before us!
Anmod! (literally translates as ‘the place with innumberable turns’)
The clouds look majestic and welcoming from a distance, but once you drive in them, it’s an altogether different story. With visibility just a few meters there was no option but to drive at a cautious 10 kmph.
Anmod comes alive in the monsoon with its range of waterfalls. Here was one such… that was free from the infestation of beer bottle wielding “tourists”… (I fail to understand why these hordes of tourists travel all the way up here only to create a drunken ruckus!)
Despite the ‘experienced’ navigator travelling with us, we did manage to lose our way… but it only meant cruising through idyllic villages such as these
Our first destination…
Ramtirth, is not much of a waterfall… but I like to call it the ‘Niagra’ of Ajara..;)
True to the definition of ‘water’ plant!
The river flows on bringing life and prosperity to the vast township around.
A very amusing set of crows, who braved the rain on this weather-worn tree.
The return trip had its own share of exciting sights! Take this rock for instance…
I wonder how long it will take for it to shift a little 😉
This was another sight that called for a closer inspection. The entire rock was strewn with flowers. Here today, gone tomorrow.
The weekend was over… the memories remain.
Will I make another visit to this place? Anytime!