A Weekend, Amazing Weather, Rains And A Beautiful Fort!

I absolutely love rains! There’s just something so peaceful and serene in watching the raindrops fall all around you. And they just change the way everything looks so much. The leaves, the trees, the amazingly colored flowers, even the boring grey streets get a life. And on one such beautiful, rainy day, me and my friends decided to go visit the fort Lohagad. It was still dark when we took the 5.45 train to Malawli from Pune where I live. Lohagad is about 9 kms from the train station at Malawli.

As we started walking towards the fort, we were a little disappointed that there were gonna be no rains. The sky seemed clear. And then we saw this:

We were excited at the prospect of rains. We could already smell it in the air. The beginning of rains. The road was a nice, winding, upward slope adorned on both sides with luscious green fields, rice plantations and beautiful colorful flowers.

And this is what we caught on our way:

And then we saw the neighboring fort: Visapur.

Fort Visapur

The lovely, lonely tree. There’s just something eerie and beautiful about this one.

Now coming to the actual fort. This is the entrance:

A view from the top:

And another one:

This is as much as I could click the pictures. Beyond this point, it started raining so hard that it was impossible for me to take any pictures. It was so foggy that we couldn’t see beyond two feet in front of us. It was as if we were walking in the clouds.

The pouring rain, the 270 degree view of the surrounding and us, just sitting there not talking, not saying anything except enjoying the moment. We all knew right then what heaven must feel like!

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31 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. mistylayne
    Jul 09, 2012 @ 21:49:31

    Amazing photos. 🙂 I would love to visit there!

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  2. Soma Mukherjee
    Jul 09, 2012 @ 22:21:09

    Shalvika stunnig pics yaar..beautiful
    rain washes and dresses every thing….loved the shots
    big hugs sista 🙂

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  3. carolynpageabc
    Jul 10, 2012 @ 02:10:06

    Wonderful pics Shalvika. 🙂 It wasn’t cold?

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  4. roughseasinthemed
    Jul 10, 2012 @ 05:09:18

    What great photos of a superb environment, and that entrance way is beautiful.

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  5. Coming East
    Jul 10, 2012 @ 19:43:04

    As I sit here writing this comment, it is pouring rain and I’m loving it. We lived in San Antonio, Texas for nearly 29 years, and it rarely rained, so living in Virginia has been great. I’ve missed the rain. Your pictures were beautiful, but I know the photos cannot truly describe the lushness of the scenery.

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    • Shalvika P
      Jul 10, 2012 @ 20:37:05

      I know! And there was no way I could have captured the actual beauty of it all.
      I read this book called Wish You Well by David Baldacci some months ago. It describes the Virginia mountains in the 1940s. It all seemed so beautiful. I’m sure you have amazing scenery all around you as well.

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  6. Daniel
    Jul 11, 2012 @ 08:46:29

    Stunning

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  7. russtowne
    Jul 11, 2012 @ 11:06:19

    Thank you for sharing the cool photos, Shalvika. I love the rain too. I live in a semi-arid area in the San Francisco Bay Area and we sometimes go 6-9 months without rain.

    Russ

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    • Shalvika P
      Jul 11, 2012 @ 12:55:39

      Thank you, Russ for your kind words. Even in India we’ve just about 4 months when it rains constantly. The rest of the year is pretty dry. But those 4 months from June to September are heavenly. 🙂

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  8. sokritiz
    Jul 12, 2012 @ 08:21:53

    From mundane to extraordinary; well presented.

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  9. Blood-Ink-Diary
    Jul 12, 2012 @ 09:57:12

    Thank you for visiting my blog and commenting, through which I now know yours! The photographs are a thrill. Cheers.

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  10. Jaen Wirefly
    Jul 19, 2012 @ 18:27:10

    Soooo beautiful!

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  11. fivereflections
    Jul 20, 2012 @ 12:02:49

    I like it

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  12. Ben Naga
    Aug 09, 2012 @ 17:28:40

    Very atmospheric. Made me nostalgic for the months I spent in India.

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    • Shalvika P
      Aug 09, 2012 @ 17:50:58

      Thank you Ben. I didn’t know you spent time in India. It is a beautiful place 🙂

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      • Ben Naga
        Aug 09, 2012 @ 21:17:49

        India is a whole bunch of beautiful places. 😛 One could spend a lifetime and still only scratch the surface. Although that could be said even of such a small island as England/Scotland/Wales..; I am still ignorant of many areas, and even the ones I know better still have secrets to reveal.

        Reply

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