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Published: August 23rd 2015
It was around mid of September. Monsoon was at its peak. Unfortunately, Vadodara is not blessed with some splendid natural beauty, which could make the monsoon mesmerizing. But, as its said "If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere". It was one of the weekends, when we planned to explore out some destination to hang out. Google is always there to help! One of my friends struck with the place, Hathnimata waterfall. 10 guys geared up for the trip. It would be a one day trip. 75 Km all it takes.
On Saturday morning, around 7, we met at Airport Circle in Vadodara. There were few late comers, who got us delayed for about an hour. We took the Vadodara-Halol highway. There was light rain which made driving a bit difficult and enjoyable too. The condition of road was good. After an hour of drive, we took our first halt for breakfast. It was around half an hour break. After having some hot parathas and tea, we again hit the road. One, need not to go to Halol as we took right, to Halol Bypass, just after the Vadodara-Halol toll Booth.
From here on, we were blessed
with the beauty of Mother Nature. The showers of rain had turned the colossal Pawagarh to a fabulous hill station, full of greenery, and the clouds kissing its head. We moved forward and took the Pawagarh bypass. The adorable view of the lake with Pawagarh in its background, stopped us. One could also visit Khajuri Masjid. After having a photo shoots for around a half an hour, we moved towards Shivrajpur.
We encountered with simple life style of country-yard people. One need to know Gujarati language, as it would be difficult to communicate with the people, as folks here, rarely speak Hindi. The google map might fail, and one need to communicate to navigate the route here after. People here are not that familiar with the name "Hathnimata Waterfall", so one could use "Sarasava or Zari" instead. Many times we got lost in the way due to improper communication. But the more we lost, the more we explored, the more we enjoyed.
The waterfall is in quite a rural area, and there are very limited options for food. I would recommend the travellers to have heavy breakfast around Vadoara-Halol highway, and also carry some food with them. After
The lake view at the Pawagarh bypass
the inevitable breaks, we reached Hathimata Waterfall around 12 o’clock. We settled ourselves with a round of tea. After a long drive we were eager to have a shower in the waterfall.
But, before getting drenched in the waterfall, we went to the top of the waterfall by the side way pavements build to reach the top. There is a small hill, which one could trek. It had sharp edged rocks, which were fun to climb. On reaching the top, you will be rewarded with the 360 degree view of the entire region, with greenery all around and the cool breeze brushing your face. A rare sight!
We stayed there for another photo shoot. On the way back we met the stream of water, which was forming the waterfall. The fun starts from here. It was quite cold and already had some current. We took the pavements back to the waterfall.
I won’t say, it was the best waterfall I have ever encountered, but it’s certainly not bad either. We had plenty of fun. The flow of water was not that harsh, so it was quite enjoyable. There is a small temple in the caves just behind
the waterfall. The waterfall acts as a curtain to the temple. After enjoying for 2-3 hours in the waterfall, we marched back to the parking stand. As the waterfall is located in a remote area, I would recommend the travelers to move out of the place before sun starts to descend.
On the way back, we had some fun on the road, with some really marvelous sites. At the stroke of dusk, we had reached around Shivrajpur (I am not sure of the name). There was a small market; we had some bhajjiya and tea. After having the snacks, we moved back by the same route via Pawagarh. By 8 o’clock, in the evening,we reached Vadodara with some pleasurable memories.
Some Points to be careful of:
1) Apart from the monsoon season, I do not think this place is that worth to be visited.
2) During monsoon, please have your safety gear, halmets and if possible gloves and other guards.
3) At least carry one first aid box in the entire group, as one could not find any medical attention around the waterfall.
4) Keep your belongings safe. Especially, bike keys, as there is
a high chance that you may drop it the waterfall (if kept in pocket of jeans etc). And mind you, there is no facility of auto repair as well.
5) Please check you fuel level. Petrol pumps are also hard to find there.
Thanks for your time. Love nature.
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