Brahmagiri Trek, Trimbakeshwar, Nashik – Source of Godavari River

Monsoon brings lots of opportunities for trekking in Maharashtra.

Brahmagiri is one such place near Trimbakeshwar, Nashik. Trimbakeshwar, being one of the twelve Jyotirlinga, is a very popular pilgrimage and is always full of people. If you want to spend some time in peace, this trek is very promising.

Its a small 3 hour trek to the top and back but quite scenic.

Some of my pictures during the walk –

As we started, the concrete houses began to reduce and being taken over by the green vegetation.

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There are a few old houses on the way,

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Some locals stay on the way in small huts.

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As we are ascending, the houses looked smaller and smaller.

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Being a pilgrimage, a lot of people do this walk, most of them bare-feet.

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Time for some rest after the climb.

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The walk resumes.

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The trail is quite nicely made with cobbled stones.

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We found these two sisters who were worshipping every god on the way. We had a chat with them. They sell flowers at the top of the hill.

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The landscape.

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The cave of Shiva

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As we went up, at one point, the road became very narrow and there was a traffic jam. It was all wet due to rains and we had to be a bit careful.

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Some more caves.

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There are numerous small temples on the way…

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We paused for a moment to talk to these pilgrims and take the pictures.

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As we ascended, the visibility reduced. We were in the clouds.

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We found some beautiful flowers on the way.

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We still had a long way to go. We continued…

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The temple on the top.

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There is a small space which is believed to be the origin of the river. Pilgrims offer their prayers to the river goddess.

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The Godavari temple.

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It was time go get back to civilization. We started our way down.

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Lot of people come from small villages had some unique costumes. This lady wearing the two rings caught our attention.

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Hanuman – the monkey god is ubiquitous with almost all pilgrimages.

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Some Tips:
Its rains very heavily during the monsoon, to good protection for you and your camera is a must. It might be slippery at places, wearing good shoes makes the walk pleasant. Though water and snack shops are available on the way, you wont find a place to have lunch. So start early after a heavy breakfast.

Equipment used
:
Nikon D90 with Sigma 10-20 f/4 lens

How to go:
Trimbakeshwar is 30kms from Nashik and is well connected by buses or taxis.

Thank you for reading this post. Hope you liked spending time here. I will be back again with another interesting place.

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