I love visiting untouched, untapped places coz you get to see its true beauty.
One such places that we friends went to was the Chapet dam near Velha village.

Wikimapia


To get to Velha one can take any of the 2 routes:
Pune-Donje-Khanapur-Pabe-Velha = 55 kms approx
Pune-Khed Shivapur-Nasarapur-Velha = 80 kms approx

We started off from Donje village near Sihngad (30 kms from Pune City) and took a left turn from Khanapur village towards Velha. The road was quite a beauty making its way through paddy fields and Teak woods. On the way were some really scenic spots especially the ones on Pabe ghat. A lush green carpet with vivid designs lay on mother earth.







After crossing the Pabe ghat, we reached Pabe village. We took a right turn on the T intersection after Pabe village. Velha, a small village, is on the foothills of Torna fort. Torna fort was one of the biggest forts ruled by the great Maratha warrior, Shivaji Maharaj.



We left for Gunjavani dam after relishing a yummy lunch at "Hotel Swapnil" in Velha.


Gunjavani/Chapet dam is an earthen dam constructed on the waters of Kanandi river and other streamlets from the adjoining hilly terrain. This is a relatively small dam in comparison with Panshet or Varasgaon dams. But unlike the dams on the outskirts of Pune, this place is so quiet and serene. Away from the hustle and bustle, we had been looking out for this kind of place to celebrate the Indpendence day. We had a gala of a time along the bank of the backwaters.







On our way back to Pune we took the Velha-Nasarapur road to reach the Baneshwar (30 kms from Velha). The slippery trail to the Baneshwar Pagoda falls was rather an adventurous one. The dilapidated View Point was really scary but offers you a nice shot of the Pagoda Falls.




We took the Pune-Satara highway to end a day what I would call as a "get-away to tranquility".

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Nice pics dude. Well actually I visited Torna fort last weekend and I was stunned by the visuals of the Chapet dam backwaters. Teh water is so blue and clear. I'll try to visit thi splace sometime.

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