Then we entered the forest and set straight for Harnav Dam built on Harnav River. The drive was mesmerizing, there is this stream which created by Dam & it passes through forest all over which makes people fall in love:-D (main attraction). Thankfully there weren’t much people, thus we were kind of having private party with Mother Nature. We even jumped the fence and high wall to enter into the stream, got drenched in water. My best friend Chandu was so happy, I still don’t know whether she ever been to such place or not but yes at that moment she was so happy and jolly made me happier. We start walking by stream, talking, singing & playing with water & at last we spot one fine place and sat there for an hour or two. I tried my best to capture the moment but in vain because something you can only capture in your heart not in camera I guess.
Locally we get to know lots of things, there are 15th century ruins of Jain Temples known as “Lakhe Na Dera” carved by Bhils Tribe in the midst of Aravalli range. The most beautiful scene I get to witness is that there is a pathway from one end of the stream to another side to reach the ruins of Jain Temples is submerged in stream by knees which were stunning. The town Abhapur was located between two high hills, Kalaliyo and Mamrehchi, which blocks sunlight for the most days which probably resulted in the abandonment of the town. There is also ruined but beautiful Surya Temple in the forest. The name “Polo” is derived from Marwari word Pol means “Gate” which signifies a gateway between Gujarat & Rajasthan. Earlier there were no restaurants and street food vendors available but now that this place has become huge tourist spot because of Tourism Development Initiatives, Now these facilities are available but we suggest you to carry water because clean waters are not available & also some snacks just in case. We had some Hot Bhutta and tea and we didn’t realised it was already 4pm and it was time for us to leave as we came only for a day visit & still 5 hour drive back to home. But we decide on the spot that we will visit this place again with trekking camps to explore more and deeper into the forest range and waterfalls.
So we were happy, content and at peace by taking this one day visit to Polo Forest. I suggest everyone to visit this place for 2-3 days at least to cover it completely because once you feel it; you will never ever forget it….