Friday, October 29, 2010

Jawhar- tribal kingdom of Maharashtra!

Kokna, warli, koli, mahadev koli, and more, some of us must be reading these names first time. These are casts and sub casts in tribe. They have different casts, sub casts, groups etc. some of them lives in the jungle, some on mountain, some at the side of the rivers, some keeps moving and some has no shelter! We can see all these tribes near jawhar city in Thane district.
Jawhar-is untouched, most beautiful but rarely visited hill station and tribal kingdom of Maharashtra. It is famous for warli paintings and surrounded by blossoming green dense forest, wonderful climate. Scenic beauty of the Dadar Kopra falls and sangam of two rivers, Hanuman and sunset point are amazing. Jawhar ruled by the Munke dynasty during British Raj.

Places to visit near Jawhar

Bhopatgad Fort: A small fort made of rocks; it was constructed by Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj for his official and personal meetings. According to a legend, the fort was visited by Lord Rama, wife Sita and sons Lava and Kush. A rock nearby with four footprints is said to be a testimony to the story. The place is visited by a large number of devotees. The fort also affords amazing views of the half clouded mountains.

Sangam Twin Waterfalls:  Two river comes together and both waterfall meets at same point. This is pretty picture as the water gushes from a height turning milky white. The densely forested surroundings and the perfectly quiet atmosphere make it an excellent escape for travelers. There is a Sangam of two rivers, in a hilly area. Two waterfalls come together at the same point, which is a rare example.

Jai Vilas Palace: This palace is also known as ‘Raj Bari’ the palace was one the official residences of the royal Munke family. The palace was located on top of a rock so as to enable the king to look at his kingdom from a height. The structure is extremely attractive with intricately decorated domes and carvings. The lush green surroundings provide a wonderful backdrop to the Palace.

Shirpamal: An interesting structure built by the great Maratha King Chhatrapati Shivaji, the structure was constructed on the highest pinnacle of the highest hill so as to give the royalty a view of all the movements that happen below. The way to Shirpamal is also an interesting trekking route.