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Trip to Mangi Tungi, Hathgad Fort, Saptashrungi Temple, and Gira Waterfall

We left Valsad to travel by car to Mangi Tungi. Mangi Tungi is 170 kilometers from Valsad, however, getting there takes about 4 hours due to the ghats. It was breathtaking to take in the scenery while on a road trip. The Haranbari dam, which has a sizable reservoir and water flowing down, was our first visit. After a while, the flowing water turned into a massive waterfall. From a distance, I could hear the water gushing.

Haranbari Dam

In the western ghats, there is a Digambara Jain Tirth called Mangi Tungi. Mangi and Tungi are two separate peaks that are linked. The peaks are accessible by steps. A 108-foot-tall black stone sculpture of Tirthankara Rishabhnatha serves as the statue of Ahimsa. The hills are also regarded as the four Siddha Shetras, and the stone is said to be auspicious (pilgrimage).

The statue of Ahimsa of Tirthankara Rishabhnatha

Private vehicles, such as cars, are not permitted to be driven to the peak point after we get to Mangi Tungi due to the road's difficulties and steepness. We used a native transport that was intended just to transport visitors upward. Extremely rocky terrain made the ascent to the monument feel like an expedition in and of itself.

There is a minor entrance charge that must be paid after getting to Mangi Tungi Top. There is a lift there to prevent climbing, or one might choose to climb to the top of the statue base. We used the elevator to get there. Beautiful views could be observed in all directions from that viewpoint, as well as nearby peaks.

Although we didn't visit during the monsoon, it is said that the weather is considerably more picturesque and the mountains turn rich green with surrounding fog during this time. There are several Jain temples at the lowest point. Since the area is currently being constructed, there are no food stalls either near the peak or in the surrounding areas.

As we traveled to the next location, we passed farmers who were tending to their agricultural fields and growing beautiful crops like millets that could be seen from a distance.

Millet field

In certain locations, roads were carved out of the stones, and farming was practiced nearby. The mountains were enormous and could be seen to be striated with many shades of green.

There was a lake where the reflection of the sun and clouds could be seen clearly, and it was rather lovely. In some areas, there was a lot of foliage, whereas, in others, it was arid.

One of the 51 Shaktipeeths, Shaptashrungi Devi Temple is located 65 kilometers from Nashik. She is known as Saptashrungi because seven peaks surround her.

Shaptashrungi Devi Temple

Once we got there, we had two options: the recently opened cable car or the steps. We used the cable car to get to the temple quickly, which took only a few minutes.

Cable car at Saptashrungi Devi Temple

After exiting the cable car, we continued walking till we came to the goddess idol. Fortunately, there was no crowd that day, but since it is a Shaktipeeth, the location is enormous and can hold a large number of worshippers.

Saptashrungi Godess Idol

We continued our journey the next day. The renowned Maratha king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj constructed Hatgadh Fort in the 17th century AD, which is situated at a height of 3,600 feet in the Sahyadri hills located in Saputara. On top of the fort stands a statue of Lord Ganesha. Inside the fort, one can observe a gravestone, a water tank, the remains of a residence, crumbling fort walls, and an arch-shaped building. Hatgadh fort is distinguished for its two reservoirs, Jamuna and Ganga. 

View from Hathgadh Fort

We climbed the mountain for a little while before reaching the top. The fort has not been saved much at all, and much of it has been demolished. There are a few caves there. The environment was spectacular and the place was extremely quiet.

Hathgad Fort climbing

A 30 meters fall, the Gira waterfall is located 3 kilometers from Waghai town. River Ambica receives water from the waterfall. We could reach the foot of the fall since there wasn't as much water present as during the monsoon and the water was flowing down. A massive waterfall was coming down from the front perspective, while another was coming from the other side. We regrettably missed the magnificent monsoon spectacle with its full-fledged waterfall because it wasn't monsoon. With restaurants, lodging, and souvenir shops, the region has lately seen good development. During the monsoon, it is a must-see location.

Gira Waterfall

When our road trip came to an end, I had yet another memory to cherish. Until next time, stay safe and stay happy.

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