This is my first endavour to write a travelogue on Ghumakkar. I also am a travel lover like most of the other human beings. Since we were in Barwani district of Madhya Pradesh for more than 10 years.I had listen lots about Toranmal through the local folks, but unfortunately couldn’t got an opportunity to be there, we heard about this place in a way that i had made a mysterious and frightening image in my mind about the place.
On this rakshabandhan when we were making plan to go to my in laws house at Khargone, my brother in law informed me on phone that he is planning to take us to a wonderful place as a rakshabandhan gift for her sister. He told us that we’ll go to toranmal – a beautyful place to enjoy a full day.
After receiving this info from him, i started searching about the place on google. I found a lot of information on google about the place, but all the information shown that Toranmal is the palce where one can reach from Maharashtra gateways, and we were planning to visit there from Khargone, a town in Madhya Pradesh.
I took the Maps of the district of Nandurbar (Maharashtra) and Barwani (MP) from google. On the planned day my family (Myself, My wife Kavita, my daughter & my son)went to khargone to celebrate Rakshabandhan. We reached home on Saturday and Rakshabandhan was on Monday.
We had a sunday in between on which my brother in law had planned trip to Toranmal. We decided to to go there by Maruti Omni. At 3:00 Am alarm woke us up, we all got up and started preparing for the trip. The ladies (My mother in law, brother in law’s wife and my wife) started preparing food as we heard that there is no good facility for food there. We started from khargone at 04:00 AM and reached Khetaia (The last town of MP situated on the border of Maharashtra) at 08:00 AM. We took breakfast here. Here in Khetia we experienced the real joy of state border as the town is devided in two parts, one part i.e. Khetia in MP (Barwani District) and another part Khed Gadar in Maharashtra (Shahada District) .
The town was a perfect combination of MP & Maharashtra culture. Wel we started our journey towords Toranmal, Toranmal is about 55 km from here. The road condition was very very bad. After an hours tiresome & tedious journey we reached to the foots of hill (Satpura range) and now we had to climb about 26 km on a spiral road up the hill.
The last 25 kilometers stretch was a dangerous entirely ghat section. The road and ghat was so dangerous that mother in law started reciting ram nam with rudraksh mala in her hand and she continued this till we reached the hill top. Well the way was very dangerous but the the atmosphere was soooo…. pleasing. Children and all of us were enjoying the scenic beauty of satpura mountains, the ghat was including picturesque “saat paira” or the seven bends of the road. The climb was breath taking which enthralled us. As we were climbing up the atmosphere was becoming mistier. The sight of the high mountains mixed with mist allured our senses. In the mid way we saw a view point, we got off the van to have a view of beautiful mountains. We were stunned looking the enchanting beauty of satpura mountains.
On the way we could see the beautiful water falls also. Childrens and we all were enjoying the never seen beauty of the mountains except mother in law who was continuing with mal in hand and taking ram naam. Finally enjoying the miraculous beauty of nature we reached to our destination. Yes this was a wonderful and unexplored, unspoilt and untouched, the second coolest hill station of Maharashtra enhancing the beauty of beautiful satpura range of mountainns. It was about 10:00 AM when we reached at Toranmal, as our van stopped at the station we could see the temples of Gorakshnath and nagarjuna alongwith the Yashwant lake, among these three we couldn’t stop our steps which were automatically proceeding towords the lake. It is a beautiful natural lake which spans about 1.59 km sq. and has a maximum depth of 27 meters. We took a bath in this lake and all our tiredness gone away.
After this lake we proceeded to the gorakshnath & nagarjuna temple., the temples were very beautiful. The gorakshnath temple is of religious importance and thousands of divotees of Lord Shiva visit here on Shvaratri to attend a Mela from nereby states of MP, Maharashtra & Gujarat. We stepped foreward, on the way we saw a beautiful pond called lotus pond, the beauty of thois pond is that it happens almost covered with the beautiful lotus flowers. The local tribal children were trying to sell us the lotus and we purchased few from them, our next destination was Sita Khai which is a scenic and beautiful vally. We enjoyed here a lot and it was difficult job to handle the children becase they were overwhelamed with the beautiful scenes, but still it was dangerous for the children so we decided to move from here as early as possible.
It was around 12:00 in noon and we decided to take our lunch here, we took our lunch on the natural mat of grass, also offered some food to local tribal children who were continually following us. From here we drove to Machhindranath Gufa (Cave). Since there was no road for vehicle we decided to walk on foot for around two kilometers to see the cave, the cave was miraculous. The we drove to see other nereby places like Khadki point, Sunset Point etc. Khadkin point is the highest view point at Toranmal, This point has panaromic view of the vally. After spenting most enjoyable 5 hours there, we were very tired and planned to start return journey.
We started our return journey at 4:00 PM. Having glimpses of the beautiful but dangerous ghats in the dense satpura forests we proceeded to our return journey. But this time we decided to run 30 kms extra and to reach Shahadaand then Khetia to avoid the excessive bad road condition from khetia to Toranmal directly, and it was really a good decision as the road from Shahada was good enough and we reached Khargone and at home at 10:00 PM with unforgetable memories of the beautiful Toranmal.
Location: Satpura Hills, Akrani Taluka, Distt. Nandurbar (Maharashtra)
Catagory: Hill Station having religious importance also.
Distance from important cities: Shahada 55 km, Nashik 360 km, Surat 250 km, Mumbai 510 km, Dhule 90 km, Indore 260 km.
Height: 1461 meters (4793 ft) above mean sea level
Nearest Airport: Aurangabad (290 km)
Nearest Railhead: Nandurbar (76 km)
Where to stay: Government rest house & Resourt is available..
How to reach: From Sendhwa (MP) on NH3 (Mumbai Side) 150 Km, move to Khetia (60 km) and from here Toranmal is approx 50 km.like all other Hill stations it has a beautiful lake (Yashwant lake) Waterfalls, a cave, various view points, and untouched beautiful mountains. . T