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Picture of the Week #41

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Mr. Gogawale (“mountain man”) resting on Mt. Kamalgad.  He is the care-taker of a temple on this mountain and earns his living by playing host to trekkers.  He also acts as a guide.  The 81-year old gentleman has the stamina of an 18-year old!

Mr. Gogawale held a Masters degree and had spent a majority of his life in the mountains.  His love and passion for nature was awesome!  His biggest fear was the densely forested plateau of Koleshwar becoming “New Mahabaleshwar”, which well-funded developers are currently fighting for with the under-funded environmentalists.  It’s only a matter of time until it is gone.

Picture of the Week #40

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Children of the remote Jor village waiting for their first lesson of the day at 7:00 AM.  We had stayed the night in their small classroom after descending from Mt. Kamalgad via Koleshwar plateau.

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Bhagwa atop Mt. Kamalgad!  Jai Maharashtra!