Malshej Ghat is located in the Pune district of Maharashtra. With green hills and diverse flora and fauna, it makes a picturesque place.
Things to do:
For those who want adventure, there are many trails for trekking and hiking. For the nature enthusiasts, a vast number of birds like flamingos, crakes, peacocks, etc. as well as waterfalls of different sizes can be found. Malshej Ghat also offers a lot for sight-seeing with its caves, temples and forts.
Places to Visit:
Pimpalgaon Joga Dam
The Pimpalgaon Joga Dam is built across the Pushpavati River. Framed with the Western Ghats at its background, it is notable for the various species of birds found here. Birds like the Purple Moorhen, Green pigeon, Quail, Pied Crested Cuckoo, Alpine Swift, etc. have made this place a bird watcher’s delight. The backwaters of the dam also host a number of migratory birds like flamingos.
Ajoba Hill Fort
At 4511 feet, Ajoba Hill is one of the highest peaks in the Western Ghats. It is an immensely attractive spot for trekking and rock climbing. The hill is known for Valmiki Ashram, the place where Sita is said to have stayed after being separated from Lord Ram.
Harishchandragad peak houses a fort built in the 6th Century with the same name. At 1424 meters above sea level, the place is a popular trekking spot. The fort is said to have been built during the rule of the Kalachuri dynasty. Nearby, temples dedicated to the deity Lord Vishnu are there. Caves are located all over the fort. The sculptures in the temples and caves are extremely fascinating and unique.
Konkan Kada and Taramati peak
Konkan Kada (Cliff) and Taramati peak, are both renowned for their scenic views of the region. While Konkan Kada gives a splendid view of the Konkan belt, Taramati peak (at 1429 meters) gives a glimpse of the entire Naneghat range as well as the forts situated near the regions of Murbad and Kasara.
Shivneri Fort is located 40 kms. away from Malshej Ghat. It is the birth place of the Maratha ruler Shivaji.
How to Get There:
Malshej Ghat is about 154 kms. from Mumbai and 130 kms. from Pune. The nearest domestic airport is at Lohegaon in Pune, while the nearest international airport is the Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport in Mumbai. You could take a bus or drive from Kalyan railway station (Mumbai). State Transport buses from Mumbai to Ahmednagar stop enroute to Malshej Ghat. In order to get there from Pune, the Pune- Nasik Highway (NH 50) should be taken till Alephata and then turn left on the Mumbai- Ahmednagar highway (SH- 222).
Best time of the year to visit:
The monsoons make the place come alive. It’s best to visit Malshej Ghat during the months of July to September. These months also coincide with the flamingo season.
If you plan to visit in the monsoons, be sure to carry a raincoat for the rains.
Being so close to the cities of Mumbai and Pune, the place makes a perfect getaway for the weekend during the monsoons.