The Secret Valley Of Flowers – Kas Plateau

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When you think of Valley of Flowers in India, what comes to your mind? Uttaranchal ?

Think again!

Even Wikipedia certifies this as the valley of flowers in India and there are many outfitters that offer treks to the alpine meadows in the Himalayas.

But, there is another valley of flowers in Maharashtra; near Satara. The Kaas Plateau comes alive for a short 3- 4 weeks duration after monsoon season and the plateau is covered with flowers for miles upon miles.

If you would like to visit, the window of opportunity is very short, at best next two weekends. This place is about 25 kms from Satara; with Pune being the biggest city closest to Satara. For a map link, click here.

My photography club did a weekend trip here. We couldn’t make it but I wanted to share the beauty of the place. Purples, Indigos and Whites dotted the landscape.All photographs are by award winning ( and a fellow Club member) Satish Chelluri. If his photos don’t make you want to go there this weekend, then I think you got poor taste ;)Don’t believe me, check these photos from his Flickr stream.

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Enjoy!

Monkeys at Rajmachi point

If you have visited Lonavla, you may have heard about Rajmachi point.

It’s a scenic viewpoint on Mumbai-Pune highway with magnificent views of Khandala valley. We went there with Varun in December, during our last trip to India. We were visiting the Vaghjai temple that’s around the corner from this point and walked up the park so Varun could run around.

The place was over run with tourists, school children and pilgrims from temple. And of course with monkeys. The monkeys are aggressive, so keep an eye out on your food and shiny objects. Kids especially are fascinated by them and get hurt when monkeys snatch peanuts/corn on the cob etc (which they are enticed with by various hawkers outside the park) from their tiny hands.

It’s not worthwhile to make a trip to Lonavla just for this, but if you are in the neighborhood, make a quick stop at the park for kids to run around, watch monkeys and to stretch your legs before the drive back to Mumbai.