Road trip to Maharashtra’s valley of flowers – Kaas Plateau

Kaas Plateau is known as Maharashtra’s valley of flowers and it also happens to be a UNESCO world heritage site. I’ve heard about this place and I’ve read a few things about it. Of course, I wanted to visit it. So, I talked about it with Abhishek, with whom I went to Parvati Hill – Pune’s highest point. September seemed like a good time to visit, but I & Abhishek had already some other plans for the weekends. So, we figured we’d visit in October. Alright then, October it is.

Came October and we were geared up for the trip. It is a nice road trip of about 115 kilometers one way. Kaas plateau is located about 21-22 km after Satara, which is like 95 km from Pune. Abhishek came to my place on the 2nd October night and we started our road trip early morning on 3rd October. The journey began at 5.30 am. We started our journey from Magarpatta City and traveled to Katraj. From there I think we took the road to Nasik. As it was early morning, traffic was very less and once we touched the highway we were cruising at a speed of 80+ km/hr. We decided we’d take turns to drive so one wouldn’t be too tired of driving. After all, pillion seat doesn’t offer much enjoyment as much as a rider seat does 😉 And what’s a road trip without enjoying the ride?

En route we halted at a spot in hopes for some breakfast. But, there was not much there. So, we kept driving and after half an hour or so we stopped at a roadside hotel, which seemed a good option. Well, the breakfast was not that bad at all. We satisfied our tummies and we carried on for our journey. After driving for a while we approached a place from where we weren’t sure which route to follow. A guy standing on the road side helped us with directions and we reached Satara. Thanks, fella!

After reaching Satara, we asked for directions to Kaas plateau and carried on. The drive from Satara to Kaas was really beautiful and scenic. It is best enjoyed on a bike. The drive is uphill and there are many places where you’d just want to stop and capture some clicks. Well, that’s what we did. But, instead stopping at many places, we just stopped once because we wanted to check out Kaas before it was too hot. It was sunny that day and there was no sign of rain or clouds. I wished for some clouds. Alas, the wish wasn’t granted, but it was a good trip.

Captured on the way to Satara.

Zooming in a little bit. Noticed those trucks & a shelter in the image above?

It feels good to be back to the mountains :)

It feels good to be back to the mountains 🙂

So, after a halt and a nice ride, which I really enjoyed on the back seat :), we reached Kaas plateau. On the way we were tempted a lot to halt and wander. But, we controlled our desires and decided we’d check them out on our way back. When we reached Kaas plateau, the first thing I noticed was that there were cars lined up on one side. When you enter the plateau, you are supposed to pay the entrance fee. I had already paid it online so we carried on. After parking the bike near to the entrance, we explored the plateau on foot. No vehicles are allowed inside. You just have to walk around. Well, it can be a good exercise, right? Abhishek is an awesome photographer and gladly he carried his Canon DSLR that day. We explored the place and clicked a lot of pics.

Chale chalo. Fences built around the plateau.

I heard this one singing "Moves like jagger" ;)

I heard this one singing “Moves like Jagger” 😉

These guys were like "Oh, we are really tired. We need some rest."

These guys were like “Oh, we are really tired. We need some rest.”

Only if I knew this beauty’s name, then would’ve I written her something beautiful.

Only if I knew this beauty’s name, then would’ve I written her something beautiful.

This flower bed seems so welcoming…I just want to lay on it. But, I am afraid I will hurt them. Fret not, little wonders :)

This flower bed seems so welcomingI just want to lay on it. But, I am afraid I will hurt them. Fret not, little wonders 🙂

“Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.”

“Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.”

I have heard of love birds. Never heard of love trees.

Smile. You’re on camera.

Abhishek wanted to try shadow photography. Alright, how can I say no to that? ;)

Abhishek wanted to try shadow photography. Alright, how can I say no to that? 😉

Give it a rest, Abhishek. Let’s just sit and enjoy the beauty that surrounds us.

Give it a rest, Abhishek. Let’s just sit and enjoy the beauty that surrounds us.

Look who stopped by to say hi.

Look who stopped by to say hi.

Peek a bee!

Peek a bee!

Looks like this one is waiting for some compan.

Looks like this one is waiting for some company.

He is wondering ‘This feels like hobbit land‘.

He is wondering ‘This feels like hobbit land‘.

Look how shy they are! Oh, smile a little, blue beauties.

Look how shy they are! Oh, smile a little, blue beauties.

I don’t know what you’re trying to capture, but all I am gonna say is that wolf seems scary!

I don’t know what you’re trying to capture, but all I am gonna say is that wolf seems scary!

“After women, flowers are the most lovely thing God has given the world.” – Christian Dior

“After women, flowers are the most lovely thing God has given the world.” – Christian Dior

Love is in the air.

Love is in the air.

“Flowers are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world.”

I thought there would be a good variety of flowers, but unfortunately the time wasn’t right. We could spot only a few of them and the rest of the flowers would blossom later :( So, after walking around for a few hours we got a little bit tired and the temperature was rising. Our tired legs wanted some rest and our tummies were crying for food. We listened to them and reached back to the entrance. Thank goodness there was a guy who was selling cucumbers (khira) there. We ate some of them and thought of returning back. Before we left, we asked a guy there if there was anything worth exploring near by. He said that there was a lake (Kaas lake) and a few restaurants just 1 km ahead. Awesome! We went there, had our lunch and spent some time at the lake.

Take some rest, guys. You look tired. We'll see you after some time ;)

Take some rest, guys. You look tired. We’ll see you after some time 😉

I’ve been thinking that growing up is just not going to work for me.

I’ve been thinking that growing up is just not going to work for me.

I gotta do something about it. Hmmm…I have an idea.

I gotta do something about it. HmmmI have an idea.

I am just gonna free myself from worries and be like the water :)

I am just gonna free myself from worries and be like the water 🙂

After relaxing for a while, we started our journey back to Pune. While returning, we stopped at the places which we spotted during our morning journey. We made a couple of halts, clicked some pics and continued our journey. Abhishek was enjoying capturing pics and at one point I was feeling like he was doing a photo shoot for me 😉

“Chasing angels or fleeing demons, go to the mountains.”

“Chasing angels or fleeing demons, go to the mountains.”

I had a dream so big and loud; I jumped so high I touched the cloud :)

I had a dream so big and loud; I jumped so high I touched the cloud 🙂

This looks like a picturesque postcard, doesn't it?

This looks like a picturesque postcard, doesn’t it?

That's our ride.

That’s our ride.

Because I am happy

Because I am happy 🙂

Rock-star ;)

Rock-star 😉

Any trip with a good pal is memorable and fun. Thanks for the pics and joining me on this trip, buddy 🙂

Abhishek is not only a good friend, but a talented photographer too. He has captured photos I’ve uploaded to this post. If you’re looking for a travel / wedding / portrait / fashion  photographer who can capture brilliant photos and that too without putting a dent in your bank account, do leave me a message and I’ll get Abhishek to contact you.

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5 thoughts on “Road trip to Maharashtra’s valley of flowers – Kaas Plateau

  1. Pingback: Goodbye 2014! Thanks for all the awesomeness :) | Jay Shah – Musings & Memoirs

  2. You mentioned of the valley of flowers ans I was expecting beautiful shots and I was rightly doing so. Wonderful captures, the season looks a bit odd, but your friend did a good job at capturing the shots… loved the “Love trees” shot 🙂

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