First week of March 2014 started with a much awaited visit to Pachal, a village in the Rajapur district of Maharashtra. The simple beauty of the place mesmerized me and left me longing to spend more time there. Alas I had only a couple of days in hand. Nevertheless I tried to make the most of it foregoing sleep in the process. And it was worth every yawn! 😉
The village had a handful of buildings, no taller than three or four storeys. There were more of comfortable two level houses with their own small gardens, a smattering of small village shops which sold the necessities and a single school and college, namely Saraswati Vidyamandir school & Junior College . For anything more, one would need to go the nearest town, Lanja in Ratnagiri district. And for watching a movie, one would need to travel for a couple of hours to Kolhapur city which is at a distance of around 75 kilometers from Pachal.
Google Map link to Pachal Village, Maharashtra
Day 1 – Even after traveling for almost 10 hours via the winding ghats of Mumbai Goa Highway, we were not exhausted. After a cup of tea and snacks at our host’s house, we were ready to go forth and explore. After a quick look at the village shops, we drove to a narrow pathway flanked on both sides by small houses. A Magpie Robin perched on the top of a tree seemed to greet us by singing at the top of its voice.
A few meters ahead was a wonderful view of the hills and wilderness. As I got down from the car to click a picture, I heard a cry from behind. When I turned behind to investigate, out host pointed out a snake on the opposite side slithering o a hay covered rocky wall nearby. A closer look revealed that it was a Rat Snake, a commonly found Non Venomous Snake.
We marveled at its smooth body and watched it slide away into its rock hole in the wall. The way after this had a a lot of Cashew Nut trees with raw green and ripe red Cashew fruits hanging from their branches. Later at dinner I was treated to a yummy green cashew vegetable cooked with Garlic, Ginger and Tomato Curry.
After stopping to admire the garden of a nearby house whose inhabitants greeted us warmly and invited us for dinner (which we politely declined after promising to visit them next time), we took a short drive along another hilly road and then turned back for our host’s house at dusk.
Continued at https://lovethewild.wordpress.com/2014/03/24/glimpses-of-rural-maharashtra-day-2/