Another landmark for Lonad caves was just opposite to Village Janwal. Few huts below and marked road leading towards the caves. Just a walk of around 5minutes uphill and we were at the doorstep of another spectacular heritage site. Call it our apathy that we are just not bothered to conserve and preserve such an amazing heritage. The caves though small in size had three pillars out of which one remains which also has huge cracks due to construction activity going on just next to the hill, also came to know that it was earlier a quarry and they used to blast rocks.
Some really neat carvings can still be seen on the top of pillar walls. As one steps in, there is a huge hall or could have been meditation chamber. Side of the door had two tigers but were not in good shape. The cave has been transformed into a temple with Khandeshwari idols inside the cave. At the entrance of the cave on one side is carved Ganapati idol on the wall and on other side there is beautiful carving of King sitting in the court along with his ministers. That's one of the prominent carvings and the only attraction in the cave. History says these caves were of Buddhist origin but no trace of its origin has been left and is now converted into Hindu temple. There is a water cistern but its not potable and its used by devotees for cleaning purpose
Moving on we reached main road, Waiting to see what mode of transport we could get to reach Pise dam. Finally after a wait of around 20minutes we came across one tempo which was empty and agreed to provide us lift till Savad naka. Another Joy ride though it was only for about 5 minutes. Lol ....
From Savad naka, we got into another rickshaw to our next destination PISE WEIR or PISE DAM. Another joy ride with Bharat and me sitting in front with the driver and Dr Ajay sitting behind with already four occupants. It was thrilling ride !!!! with my heart pounding each time any vehicle came from opposite side.... Touchwood I was safe and sound as we reached Pise. It was welcome relief from scorching sun with roads lined with trees.
With this I complete my narration of one more of my adventure trips, Hoping for rains to come soon I wish to continue my journey to more new places and pen them down in my blogs as memoirs !!!
Till then Au Revoir