I recently went on a over night trip to Dive Aghar. It is a wonderful place that is not documented about enough!! In fact my internet search on Dive Aghar was quite useless.
I’m trying to pen my experience in two parts. In this part, I talk about the journey.
Well, to talk about its location, Dive Aghar is located on the Konkan coast in the state of Maharashtra in India. It is about 165 Km from Pune. We travelled by car and took the Tamhini Ghat route to get there. Since we travelled in early September, all of the landscape was covered with brilliant green grass and dense vegetation. The journey too thus was really beautiful.
We left Pune at 7 AM and met with little traffic. We exited Pune from Chandani Chowk and made our way to Paud. From Paud village, we continued towards Mulshi. The road was good inspite of the heavy rainfall that this region had received in the previous monsoon months. Once we reached Mulshi though, the road turned into a nightmare. It was an extremely bumpy ride and for quite a while I could not drive beyond 25 km per hr! We sighted the backwaters of the Mulshi dam as we went on. The whole area was lush and beautiful. It had taken us about an hour and a half to get there. The reading on my odometer was 40 Km.
We continued our way towards Tamhini Ghat. This was the first time that I had travelled beyond Mulshi on that road. It was amazing!! The road was right beside the Mulshi lake and it was lovely to drive that road.
Soon we left the lake behind. The road continued to be potholed in many parts and the going was quite slow. But the prettiness of the landscape was such that I didn’t really mind. We wound our way through Tamhini Ghat where we noticed a lot of rocks strewn about as a result of landslides.
The Ghat had quite a few small waterfalls which prompted some picnickers to take a halt and enjoy the scenery.
Before starting out, we had studied the local maps in detail and were certain about the way. But since we could not see any milestone pointing out Mangaon, we stopped to ask some passers-by if we were on the right road which we thankfully were.
We reached a fork in the road soon after. It was called Viley Phata (Phata means split in Marathi, which is the regional language). The sign board informed us that we had to take a left to reach Mangaon which was about 25 km from that point. The right would have taken us to Kolad on the Bombay Goa highway. Kolad was about 22 Km away. We took the left to Mangaon from where we would go on to Dive Aghar.It was about 10.15 AM then.
I was pretty exhausted with the driving by then. I had packed some sandwiches to munch on the way which we gladly bit into.
The road was good in most parts. I sped up to make up for the time lost over the bad roads we had left behind. We passed Nizampur on the way and reached Mangaon at 10.40 AM.
About 2 minutes from the bus stand was the right turn to Dive Aghar. We bumped about as though riding a camel for a while. We passed Mhasla which is about 22 Km from Mangaon after an hours’ worth of driving.
We crossed many small bridges over streams and brooks. It was absolutely lovely. We reached Borli where at a fork in the road, we took the turn towards Dive Aghar. One road led to Sriwardhan, another coastal town about 35 Km from Dive Aghar.
The sun was properly out by now and we had started feeling the humidity of the coastal region. We entered Dive Aghar after about 51/2 hrs of rattling our bones.
To my surprise, there was big welcoming arch at the entrance to it and we drove through wondering what to expect.