Tales of the Heartland.IV

by Varsha Arun November. 21, 2020 270 views

...cont. from https://www.photoblog.com/varsha/2020/07/19/tales-of-the-heartlandiii/

Hidden deep within the heart of India are few secret destinations that are not well known or famous but more beautiful than some of the more frequented sights. This blog is dedicated to 2 such gems that I stumbled upon while exploring the ancient temple city of Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh.

Not to be fooled by the water, some of these gorges can be upto 50m deep!!! - Raneh Falls

Not to be fooled by the water, some of these gorges can be upto 50m deep!!! - Raneh Falls

The first of these are the Raneh Falls, also called 'Grand Canyon Of India'. Situated about 20 kms from the village of Khajuraho, one can only make this trip by hiring a cab/auto. These falls form a natural water fall along the river Ken, downriver of which sits the Ken Gharial Wildlife Sanctuary.

Walkways & barricades allow visitors to view the falls from above...these would be submerged completely during heavy monsoon! This picture has been taken during early showers of July.

Walkways & barricades allow visitors to view the falls from above...these would be submerged completely during heavy monsoon! This picture has been taken during early showers of July.

The history of these falls is intriguing to say the least: Long ago, when a volcanic core in this region was more volatile, it created a gorge of igneous rocks that vary greatly in their texture & colour. The 5 km long canyon consists of more than 5 igneous rock formations, Dolomite & Granite being the most prominent. As a result of which, a delightful range of colours from black to yellow to pink are visible.

These falls are extremely loud, we were barely audible above the roaring water...

These falls are extremely loud, we were barely audible above the roaring water...

Who knew one day volcanic cores would be used as places of relaxation...?

Who knew one day volcanic cores would be used as places of relaxation...?

The countless swirls and ebbs of the water reminded me of churning butter. The magic of this place lies in the awe-inspiring power of water, earth and a little bit of obscurity. When planning a visit here, shoes, hiking clothes & cameras are a must! :-)

Raneh Falls as seen from a higher altitude...

Raneh Falls as seen from a higher altitude...

In sharp contrast to this Niagara of a waterfall, are the quiet & serene Pandav falls, situated about 35 kms from the village. Located on a tributary of the Ken river, the water falls from a height of about 100' into a placid lake nestled amid the fringe forests of the Panna National Park.

A descent of about 100 steps brings one face-to-face with Pandav waterfalls

A descent of about 100 steps brings one face-to-face with Pandav waterfalls

Believed to be the resting place of the famed Pandava heroes from the epic Mahabharata during a short period of their exile, it became notable for this very reason & was eventually named after them. Proof of their inhabitance can be observed in the caves around the lake; they resemble changing rooms, prayer & meditative spaces, etc.

This tiny gorge, apart from being a natural habitat for many animals, is often visited by bears looking to obtain honey from the numerous beehives in surrounding trees...their paw marks are quite evident on the barks

This tiny gorge, apart from being a natural habitat for many animals, is often visited by bears looking to obtain honey from the numerous beehives in surrounding trees...their paw marks are quite evident on the barks

Since not many people know or visit this place, it is clean, calm & removed from the bustle of civilisation. Water trickles incessantly down from the rocks above the caves; having been purified through natural processes, it is said to possess healing properties. Tastes sweet too!

Freshwater curtain

Freshwater curtain

Fish feeding session

Fish feeding session

After happily soaking ourselves in the freshwater shower, we explored the carvings on caves, paid respects to the 5 stones kept as shrines in honour of the Pandavas and revelled in the stillness of the atmosphere.

Heart-shape of lake gives the place a romantic charm

Heart-shape of lake gives the place a romantic charm

They may be opposites, but both waterfalls exhibit their own charm and we can only gaze in wonder at another of nature's marvels...This is Khajuraho's well-kept secret - a quaint temple town mired in history, wrapped in the dense greenery of surrounding forests, always there for the next adventurer to discover.

Images edited by Ichigo Kurosaki

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R Kuerbovich 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Excellent post, nice pictures... it was a very pleasant reading, thanks a lot

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Varsha Arun Replied to R Kuerbovich 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Always glad to share! Thank you for your kind feedback..

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Jay Boggess 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Lovely series! What a find! Thanks for sharing!
Hope you & yours have a wonderful Holiday Season! 
Stay Safe, Healthy & Joyful! 
 +1 smile +1
 Adios...

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Varsha Arun Replied to Jay Boggess 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Thanks you Jay!grinning You too have a safe & happy holiday season!

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Antonio Gil 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Both are wonderful nature places that deserve a visit. Thanks for sharing such beauties.

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Varsha Arun Replied to Antonio Gil 5 months, 2 weeks ago

More than happy to, dear friend!!! :-)

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