Sunday, August 14, 2011

2011: Onwards to Ahupe

We left the village of Aghane for another village called Ahupe. These are 2 of the 56 villages in Ambegaon Tahsil. Ahupe is a tiny village in the Mahadev Koli tribal area of Pune district.

We were traveling to visit the "sacred groves" of this area. These are patches of forest protected by local tribal's in the name of a deity that presides over the grove. There are places you may walk through and  places you may not step on.

Ten young villagers have started documenting the bio diversity of there grove. There are 2808 sacred groves in Maharashtra. They are called Devrai....

                        A view of the sacred grove in Ahupe in the foggy morning....

        This was a place we couldn't step into because of the special plants growing there. And we were warned about this.

                  The grand plateau in the highest region of Ahupe ghat smothered in monsoon clouds.

                                  Another view of the plateau and the steep fall..

                                  The beginnings of waterfalls visible as we travel away.

                           A solitary house on the rocky plateau in the Ahupe ghat.

                         Another panorama view of the valley from the Ahupe ghat.

                     These black rocks yield limestone pieces. Seen here are members of our group.

Breaking the rocks in the previous photo gave us rock like these.These are limestone rocks and it would be interesting to find out why these are found here.

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