‘Dhuan’ the Indian terminology for smoke is quintessentially associated with mysticism and mystic is what you become when you step into the misty haze of the Dhuandhar Falls.
Located in the Central Indian State of Madhya Pradesh, the Dhuandhar essentially draws its name from the white smoky mist that is formed from its frothy waters gushing out from a height of 10 meters.
I visited the Dhuandhar twice in my life. The first time was as a young, curious adolescent and the second time as a matured, experienced tourist. On each visit I interpreted the falls in the light of the current mental capacities I then possessed. Each interpretation however had its own magic.
On my first visit, the Dhuandhar appeared to me to be possibly a unique creation never ever seen before. Since it was the first waterfall of such huge magnitude that I had ever witnessed, I was mesmerized and awestruck by its massiveness.
The Narmada, as it meanders its way in-between the huge formations of Marble Rocks, narrows and drops down in a sharp 10 meter fall forming the Dhuandhar WaterFalls. The facts that I mention now, however, did not form a part of my knowledge the first time I viewed the falls. All I knew then was how my heart stopped when I witnessed the massive volume of water cascading down; how I felt the mist wet my face as I peered down to trace its end and failed to find it; and how I closed my eyes to let the sound of the roaring waters seep into my soul to remain with me for a long time to come.
I carried the innocent memories of my first visit with me when I visited the Dhuandhar the second time. Though I had advanced in age and experience I failed to control my emotions overpower my matured sensibilities when I saw the voluminous cascade once again. It was as wild and as wonderful and inspired the same exhilarating juvenile joys as it did on my first visit.
The memories failed to fade away as the misty vapors enclosed around me in a warm embrace as if welcoming me back. Here Nature always seems to be at its most powerful yet more beautiful. The ferocious beauty of the river is unimaginable when one drifts along the calm waters of the Narmada a few meters away taking joy rides in prettily decked up boats. This in itself presents an alluring paradox and makes one wonder about the many mysteries of nature.
The breathtakingly beautiful Dhuandhar though usually a casual stopover en route to several other more popular tourist hot spots, never fails to cast its spell over its visitors. Like me there are several others whom the Falls have succeeded in enchanting. Join the group or you will miss out on yet another wonderful gift that nature has to offer.