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Nane Ghat & Jivdhan Killa

History : In ancient time Nane Ghat was used as a pass of transportation and vital linkage to Konkan ( Sea Side Area ). Thus stregitic importance of Nane Ghat was felt and a levy was introduced for merchants and caravans which used this Ghat ( A Pass) for penetrating upper region of Pune and further. This practice was so successful that a huge stone dime-collector was built which amazingly, still is intact. Rulers which kept on changing with passage of times-but almost everyone felt need and importance of this vital GHAT and a well built staircase was built and managed which enabled heavy loads to come from Konkan plains to Upper region which is approximately 700-850 m high.

Planning & Departure : As we were not interested in very high tech adventure-it was a family and friends affairs only. We were nor carrying even rope. My hometown being enroute of Pune-Nashik road( Sangamner). We boarded bus for Narayan Gavn and from there we boarded another bus for Chunner. A long jeep travel took us in almost different world. A poorly managed jeep road but seems jeeps are getting good business as all villages are connected with outer world through them.

Ghat Ghar : Ghat Ghar is name of village where our jeep journey ends. We were divided into group of two as one group had already had been to Jiv Dhan Killa but those who were new to this region wanted to climb and see the whole plateau from up there. We three started our climb but very soon found ourselves on wrong foot. High bushes and landslides had damaged the way and now we were on our own to find small stairs going upside. A little bit of safe rock climb, we made our way to find stairs and climbing these huge stone stairs came to a 40-50m patch where Mughals/English had blown up stairs to cut passage to up side.

This section was done carefully as mistake means only rolling down to 80-90m which can be very very fatal. We had some rest but decided against taking our pack-lunch here. Climbing further we saw tactically built construction of great Maratha warriors-specially Shiva Ji who played pivotal role in shaping history of Indian struggle with invaders. We scanned and saw almost all aspects of this construction-specially where ration was kept and also where Maratha's keep their gun powder but we could not find any suitable trek to reach on back, other side of this small plateau where we had planned to descend down.

Our walk through high bushes starts and soon we found that rains had developed these high grasses which can be very comfortable home for reptiles and insects but there was no other way out except to find a way to trek down and in this attempt may times we find ourselves on the 'edge' of plateau and it was drastic to have look on clouds downwards.

BACK OF THE MOUNTAIN : We reached back and saw it's secret door which was bombarded in some war/raid and now you can only go out/come in through a small 'chimney' opening. We followed a well laiden trek which was going down but very soon we found ourselves, standing on a very exposed region where we were balanced on our paws and slip could have made us'airborn'.

We went back and tried another way out to go down but again get struck up and it was here that one of us went to KHARA PARSHI.

KHARA PARSHI : In Marathi, it means 'Guarding Sepoy'. This is a 60m rock pillar which has attracted many rock attempts from people who thought they can' do it'. Some accidents has also been reported by villagers. Some got spared by some fatal or vital injury and some were not that much lucky and deaths had been reported also. It took us 4 hrs. and almost 30-40m of free hand, exposed rock climbing while descending down. We still remember how much fearful and dangerous it was to descend on a vertical rock having 2-3 overhangs, without any rope or security. We all landed safely-but tired. It took us another one hr. to come out of dense jungle and another one hr. to reach that cave overlooking Nane Ghat where our parents and friends were anxiously waiting for us. We told them this tale and it still rans chill in my spine while I was struck up like a trapped lizard and tired and afraid......this had helped in getting confidence both physical and mental to go through stress and tough times !!.

 

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