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15 July 2019 | 6 min read

10 Treks In Maharashtra That Are Perfect For Everyone

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There are a few things adventure-lovers in Mumbai love more than climbing through mist-covered trails with views of the mighty Western Ghats in the backdrop. So, while you can go for the regular treks in Maharashtra, we prefer to go a bit higher for our dose of adventure. Here are the ten highest points in Maharashtra you can trek to this monsoon.

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Kalsubai Peak

Kalsubai Peak

By far the highest point in Maharashtra at, 646 meters, the Kalsubai Peak is located right in the middle of the Sahyadri mountain range. Home to the Kalsubai Harishchandragad Wildlife Sanctuary and Kalsubai temple, the mountain range, and its surrounding attracts temple devotees, trekkers, and wildlife enthusiasts all through the year. With commanding views of Bhandardara, the ideal time for a trek to this top is during the monsoons as the views are truly majestic and serene. You can easily spot milky way on new moon day from here.

Tip – Even if you are a beginner in trekking, this is an excellent trek for you because it is relatively easy and there are facilities like steel railings, chains, and ladders at places where it is difficult to climb.

Dhodap Peak

Dhodap Fort

Dhodap is home to the second-highest forts in Maharashtra and lies at the height of 4,700 feet from the ground. Located in Nashik, the trek to the fort encompasses stunning vistas on the way. There are many caves on top of the fort, and one of them is considerably spacious.

Don’t forget to check out the Persian inscriptions at the entrance of the fort. The fort also has a natural wall of rocks on the top, which gives it a unique structure. From the top of the fort, the peaks of Saptashringi and Vani is also visible very clearly.

Salher Fort

Salher Fort

The Salher fort at 1,567m is the highest point in Maharashtra, and other than the slippery trekking route poses no risk for a beginner-grade trekker. It stands adjacent to Salota fort in Selbari mountain range, which means that you can enjoy some spectacular views of fortifications around you.

You may need some stamina for this one, though, as there are a few gruelling sections on the way. Also, did you know that the Salher Fort was one of the famous forts of the Maratha Empire? It was the site, where the battle between the Marathas and Mughal empire took place, which adds to the historical significance of the fort.

Tip – It takes approximately 3 hours to reach to the top via Salher Wadi Route. The trek is very tiring so ensure that you take plenty of water {at least 4 litres per person} and if possible some energy drinks to keep yourself hydrated.

Gawaldev

Gawaldev Trek

The Gawaldev trek – at the height of 1,522m – is more offbeat than the other places on this list, as it’s an intermediate level trek due to the difficulty of the terrain. It is located around 176 km from Mumbai {around 4 hours by road}, so make sure you plan accordingly as well. Also, many trekkers combine their journey to Gawaldev with a trek to Ghanchakkar, which is only one hour away.

If you are a beginner, we advise that you take an expert/guide with you on this trek as it can prove dangerous to go alone.

Ghanchakkar

Ghanchakkar Trek

The creatively named Ghanchakkar peak is at the height of 1,508m and is generally combined with the Gawaldev trek for best effects. For trekking to Ghanchakkar, you can make your base at either of the two villages that are not far from the bottom of the mountain. While the Shirpunje village is located 22kms from the mountain range, the Kumshet village is around 33kms from the mountain range.

Another essential thing to keep in mind is the fact that this region is not well-connected by buses, so it is best to get here in your vehicle. If you do not have a car, we recommend you book a Zoomcar to get here from Mumbai.

Taramati

Taramati Trek

Taramati peak located at the height of 1,431m is one of the easy on the feet treks in Maharashtra. It offers unparalleled views of the Sahyadri on the top. Taramati is some four hours away from Mumbai, and since it is quite offbeat, this trek is best with a group of friends. While there are a few hotel accommodations, we recommend you pitch a tent outdoors if you are planning to stay the night.

Timing is everything, so plan your trip during the monsoons when the view is truly spectacular.

Mangi-Tungi Twin Peaks

 Mangi-Tungi Twin Peaks

Mangi Tungi is twin peaks with a plateau between them, and at the height of 1,331m, offer an unadulterated experience of adventure and scenic beauty, all combined into one. Situated about 125 km from Nashik, the twin peaks separated by a vast plateau in the middle. Mangi, the western peak, boasts of seven old temples and also the Balbhadra cave wherein idols of Lord Balram and many others have been found.

On the other hand, the eastern peak, Tungi is home to an array of temples, caves, and many idols. That’s not all. The Mangi Tungi also houses the remains of the Statue of Ahimsa – a 108 feet tall statue that holds the Guinness World Record for the tallest Jain statue in the world. Need more reasons to go?

Sinhagad Trek

Sinhagad Trek

At the height of 1,312m, Sinhagad trek is a gradually-ascending route that’s perfect for those who stay in both Mumbai and Pune. The Sinhagad Fort is one of the prime attractions of this trek. Famous for many battles, the fort is said to be built in the 1600s and has some stunning views of the valleys and mountains that surround it. Although you can reach the fort in your car, we recommend you trek up to the fort.

It is also a good place for avid birdwatchers as there are a wide variety of birds that live in this place, so don’t forget to carry your binoculars.

Purandar

Purandar Trek

The birthplace of Shivaji’s son – Sambhaji – the Purandar fort at 1,387m makes for a perfect getaway during the monsoons. Besides attracting a lot of ardent trekkers and paragliders, the fort is also used by cadets of the National Cadet Corps Academy for their training.

Once you reach the fort, there are two distinct levels that you can explore. The lower part of Purandar is called the machi, while north of the Machi is a flat area where there are a cantonment and hospital. Besides these, you can also check out the numerous temples dedicated to Sawai Madhavrao Peshwa and Purandareshwar {the fort’s patron god, from which it also takes its name}.

Don’t forget to check out the statue of Murarbaji Deshpande, the commander of the fort who sacrificed his life protect the fort from the Mughals. The northern part of the machi has a low fall with several bastions and an imposing gate with two towers. From the lower level of the machi, a staircase leads to the upper level called Ballekilla, which boats of the Dilli Darwaza {Delhi Gate} and an ancient Kedareshwar or Shiva temple.

Torna Trek

Torna Trek

Transforming the brown hills into a green paradise for trekkers Torna trek is ideal for nature lovers. Located at the height of 1,403m, the Torna Fort was captured by Shivaji at the tender age of 16. It was then renamed to Prachangad, considering its massive size. One of the highest forts in Maharashtra, many groups organize a night trek to this fort as well. It is highly recommended!

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