A storm rolls in over the lush green plateau and the numerous peaks before descending into the valley.
The hill range acts like a boundary wall holding up a good amount of rain bearing clouds as they pass by from the west. When there is a heavy downpour, these clouds send down huge quantities of water, often resulting in swelled up streams and waterfalls across the town.
Though as beautiful as it seems, it would be rather terrifying to get held up on these highlands when a storm like this passes by.
A panoramic view of the Kharghar Hills Tabletop and the Valley below, as viewed from higher ground one fine rain free afternoon.
It rained plenty this year, replenishing most of the land. The foliage had turned into a vibrant shade of green. The clear skies and the intense sunlight aided in bringing out the best of the landscape. It really is a treat to watch the magic of the monsoon during a cheat day like this!
The K-Town skyline one fine evening, just before sundown.
It had been raining heavily for the most of this month. The day would start with a dark and intense skyline and end with a heavy downpour, with wild winds rocking the foliage so hard that they would uproot the next second. The whole day was damp and gloomy with the sun nowhere to be seen. Stepping out of the house for work or leisure wasn’t an option.
But for the past few days, such skies and beautiful evenings have become staple, serving as a much needed break and also treat to the eye and soul. Maybe the rain gods will descend again and cause even more havoc. Or maybe not. But days like these fuel the mind with hope and give the strength to keep moving.
A massive cloud formation engulfs the Haji Malang range looking similar to a dramatic pyroclastic cloud that forms after a volcanic eruption.
This image was made during a rain free evening, just before sunset, as viewed from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai.
Though the rains have been merciless this year, they do bring special treats along. The earth gets covered with a layer of green, the air becomes cold and damp, numerous streams and waterfalls dot the region, all tricking ones senses into a game of pleasure and pain.
The journey to the base of this waterfall is a treat in its own as one needs to hike a bit to reach it. As the strength of the fall depends on the rains the hills receive, one has to wait till it pours continuously to witness it in it full glory.
A Land Crab carries its eggs in its undercarriage across a dry stream at the valley section of the hills at Kharghar, Navi Mumbai.
What would seem as easy situations for us would often be the hardest and a matter of life or death for the residents of the hills. But inspite of all the trouble they come across, natural or man made, their ability to work past it slowly but steadily is a sight to be reckoned and a life lesson to be learnt from.
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A Land Crab makes its way across a stream at the hills in Kharghar, Navi Mumbai.
Though the rains seem to be making a late entrance this year, the hills and its residents have started preparing for the monsoon in full swing. These crabs who spend the previous seasons underground have now surfaced in large numbers, dotting the semi moist streams and muddy trails of the region.
Being around dogs and enjoying their company could be one of the best things ever to happen to a person. There is not one moment of dullness with these furry angels sniffing around you. A person seriously needs to be messed up if they can’t appreciate the cute tactics put up by these pups.
My time at Petfed has been as fruitful as ever. Its just amazing to see so many pets at the same time in one location, causing a beautifully immense emotional and sensory overload that is just difficult to put in words. And the fact that most of the dogs are so calm and composed and have the slightest of problems with these many strangers and their own kind walking around is a miracle indeed!
There is absolutely no doubt that they will withhold the title of being a ‘good boi’ and remain ‘man’s best friend’ till the end of time!
A Panoramic View of the Kharghar Valley from a vantage point on the Parsik Hills Range one fine winter morning.
Though the view looks captivating (even more in person), I wished I could have been here before the concrete jungles and the ‘tamed wastelands’ dotted the scene. Yes there is development and the comfort that comes with it, but there is nothing can match or equate the rawness and peace that comes bundled with nature. And had I never enjoyed, understood and acknowledge that fact, I wouldn’t have made this picture anyway…