Shivgange looks surmountable from a distance of a kilometre but for us it was like conquering an everest.
Basically being other side of 50......trekking 4500 feet above sea level is humongous task.
Shalini accompanied us with glee.....to scale the peak.
Oh my goodness the holy water is almost reachable but only a few get to fetch it, it is believed all the sins gets washed away, if one is able to touch the water and sprinkle it on their head. Last timeI was unable to fetch the water, I dipped my handkerchief and got some pints and was happy. But this time around Lord was happy and blessed me with handful of water drops time and again along with Shalini.
The climb to the peak can take anywhere between 2 to 3 hours depending on the fitness level of an individual. Dont make the mistake of walking barefoot,a good cushioned sports shoe or buckled chappals with a good grip is a must.
Steps are slippery during rainy season but railings are provided fortunately hold it firmly.
She is grinning looking at Mam struggling to climb i suppose, Punjabi kudi me dumm hai.
The name Shiva and Parvathi is associated with this historical centre.
Many people advice you not to carry anything edible and with plastics because of the monkey menace. Like dogs, monkey too has to be handled. Feed it with bananas, biscuits or whatever edible, make sure you carry bamboo cane or stick, they will not snatch or trouble you. We fed the monkey on the way up with buns and orange juice while coming down with some bananas.
Carry sufficient water, salt, juice and glucose to quench thirst and avoid cramps.
Enjoy the scenary while trudging up, take sufficient breaks and start shooting pictures
There are plenty of petty shops selling mineral water and mango juice enroute, KAMAT upachar is the best place to have breakfast or parcel lunch.
When you reach the top of Shivgange, a whiff of cold breeze greets you in the evening or early morning, one feels elated that one has conquered a big mountain. The picturesque atmosphere which is filled with history unfolds before you @ Shantala drop.
Detailed history of Queen Shantala Devi http://indiabackpacker.blogspot.com/2011/03/balligavi-home-town-of-queen-shantala.html