Malshej Ghat hidden gem of Sahyadri
Malshej Ghat as the name suggests is a mountain pass situated 2250 feet above sea level. Mountain ranges of the western ghat are biological hotspot. Malshej ghat is more or less the same distance from Mumbai and Pune.
Malshej Ghat is a popular weekend getaway from Mumbai and Pune among trekkers, photographers, hikers, and nature lovers. Nature enchants you with her beauty at Malshej in the form of dense valleys, high mountains, lush green trees, mighty waterfalls, and happy flowers!
Best time to Visit Malshej Ghat
Best Time to visit is during monsoon and winter. Ghat can be closed or blocked by authorities during monsoon as the ghats are prone to landslide or heavy traffic during monsoon as many people visit countless waterfalls that flow around the ghats. During summer it is ideal for Astro-photography as it is one of the darkest places around in Maharashtra.
The best time to visit Malshej Ghat is during the late monsoon i.e. from August to September because of the mighty waterfalls and greenery you will find there, but for camping you can go during winter i.e. October to January. I had a lot of fun while exploring and photographing the beauty of Malshej Ghat.
Ghat roads are in good condition but heavy rains can cause landslides and roads are blocked by authorities.
How to Reach Malshej Ghat
How to reach Malshej Ghat by flight
The nearest airport to Malshej is the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai. One can board flights to Mumbai, India and then travel to Malshej by road or rail. Tourists can also go via the Pune Airport.
New Pune International Airport(Chhatrapati Sambhaji Raje International Airport) coming soon– 57 kms from Malshej Ghat.
How to reach Malshej Ghat by Local transport
The Mumbai-Pune Highway connects Malshej Ghat to these major cities. Regular state transport buses from Mumbai, Pune and Panvel are available to reach Malshej Ghat.
How to reach Malshej Ghat by train
Malshej Ghat has no railway station. It is more convenient to travel via Kalyan station. Get down at kalyan and book private vehicles . Malshej Ghat is 85 km away .
How to reach Malshej Ghat by road
Private vehicles or personal car are your best bet.
On a rainy morning of weekend, we started from Mumbai towards Malshej Ghat driving with the information collected from the net. The roads from Kalyan till Titwala and little beyond are horrendous. Then, from Tokawade the ghat roads are good but you cannot speed unless you have considerable experience driving in the ghats.
The ghats are extremely dangerous to drive, especially during monsoons. The visibility is actually down to few feet.We drove no little than 4 hours to reach the malshej point at Malshej Ghat which is roughly 120 kms from our location.
However, the experience after that made up for the bad roads.
Enjoy Cascading Waterfalls
The fun starts much before you are in the heart of Malshej. As the city is left behind and the Ghat starts, the path turns into a welcome mat with waterfalls making their appearance from all the directions. The way towards the Queen is full of breathtaking landscapes, and at times even the clouds entering the car.
If you love road trip, this is one place you cannot afford to miss, making our way through the waterfalls falling right in the middle of the road.
At the highest plateau in the region, you could actually see clouds and rain in the valley, even if it is perfectly clear above you.
Rain, mist, fog and the cascading water falls amidst of woody forest together form the refreshing and fascinating Malshej falls.Countless number of downward waterfalls adorn the exceptional beauty of the ghat. Some waterfalls are so huge that they fall down onto the road.
I had such a lot of fun exploring Malshej Point in the early morning. It was a real visual treat and I clicked innumerable photographs. You will find many monkeys around there too.
Pimpalgaon Joga Dam
Across the plain waters of the enchanting Pushpavati river, the Pimpalgaon Joga Dam is a sprawling 5 km long structure. It is spread over vast expanse of backwaters, which are one of the most beautiful of sights to behold in the town.
The dam is also a haven for several migratory birds like pink flamingos. With birds like Alpine Swift, Whistling Thrush, Quail, Purple Moorhen and Pied Crusted Cuckoo making regular appearances, the place is a delight for birdwatchers.
Rock Climbing at Ajoba Hill Fort
The Ajoba Hill Fort is a favourite among adventure enthusiasts. It is a trekker’s delight as the trail passes through lush green landscape and the weather is cool and calm. Darkoba Peak nearby is also a favorite for nature lovers, rock climbing and trekking.
There is no restaurant at Ghats except MTDC resort where you may have some delicious Marathi food for breakfast at their Flamingo Restaurant. At the ghats, you only get snacks like corn, maggi, etc.
If you are planning for stay then MTDC resort is an good option.
Be sure to visit the historic Shivneri Fort, located about 40 kilometres from Malshej Ghat. This 17th century fort was the birthplace of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the founder of Maratha Empire.
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