|Malshej Ghat is a special attraction for trekkers, hikers, adventurers, and nature lovers. Malshej Ghat stands 700m high in the mountains.It is situated at the borders of Pune, Thane and Ahmednagar. The characteristic beauty of the wooded countryside and its exquisite bird and animal life, the rugged mountains holding historic forts, high-plateau forest houses, resorts and sanctuaries and the most venerated rivers brings liveliness to this land. Malshej Ghat counts amongst the budding hill stations of Maharashtra. Nestled in the Sahyadri hills, Malshej Ghat is known for its picturesque beauty, especially its cascading waterfalls. Right from the small waterfalls to the huge ones, each and every one of them is a must see. The hill station is a popular tourist destination, especially in monsoon, when it gets covered with dark clouds and heavy fog.
The site is home to hundreds of different kinds of flora and fauna. Malshej Ghat is a wildly beautiful haven of towering peaks and bottomless valleys and mountain air so fragment and pure.
Malshej is the perfect weekend getaway from corporate Mumbai!
|.Malshej Ghat is situated at a distance of 154 km from Mumbai around a three hour road trip.It is on the State Highway 222, at a distance of 140kms from Bandra. Harishchandragadh Fort, a popular trekking destination, is also situated near Malshej Ghat. It is one of the old trade routes connecting Thitbi in the Konkan to Khubi on the ghats. The approach is easy with the road passing from Kalyan, Murbad and Moroshi, up to the Malshej ghat to Khubi and Otur on the Deccan plateau. Malshej Ghat, just an hour and half away from Kalyan offers sublime experience to savour the beauty of the monsoon magic. |
Flora and Fauna |
| The animals that can be seen in these forests include tigers, leopards, rabbits, peacocks, etc. The forests surrounding the hill station are quite famous for their flora and fauna. Another major attraction of Malshej Ghat, near Pune, is Khireshwar, a bird watcher's paradise. Here, one can get to see the exotic Hemingo birds, between July and September every year.It is also an abode for the famous migratory flamingoes during the monsoon.Malshej provides a home to different kinds of flora and fauna especially the avian population such as quails, rails, crakes, flamingos and cuckoos.|
Activities in Malshej |
|Malshej Ghat is an ideal place for trekkers, hikers and for solitude seekers. For an environmentalist, these jungles provide the excitement of adventure along with economy. The well preserved forest forms the jungle wealth of India and helps a variety of birds and animals to flourish in peace and security. Visitors can experience nature in its full glory even though the resort is very close to highly industrialised cities. The resort gives them an ambience that is just right.The months of August and September bring out the best in the Sahyadris creating a scenic picture with fog, heavy and dark clouds and amazing waterfalls cascading down the hills. The unending hills provide trekkers with an experience they will never forget.For the hikers, trekkers, and history lovers, the journey to Shivenri Fort, the birthplace of Raja Shivaji, is memorable.
| Route to Reach|
|BY ROAD - Mumbai to Malshej Ghat, via Murbad is 154-km Pune to Malshej Ghat via Alephata, is 164-km and from Alephata to Malshej Ghat it is 39-kms.|
|BY AIR -Nearest airport is Mumbai at 154-km. |
|BY RAIL -Nearest railway station is Kalyan. |
|From Mumbai (140 Kms): Take Eastern Express Highway upto Bhiwandi and then state highway road to Malshej ghat. |
|From Pune (130 Kms): Take the Pune-Nasik Highway turn at Narayangaon and proceed to Malshej.
|Time to Visit|
|Malshej Ghat is the only hill station where tourists can see the wonder of all the seasons of the year within the span of a single day. The dense green valleys hundreds of cascading waterfalls & fog-smothered massiffs offer tourists a quick getaway from the stress of city life.The best time to visit is between August and September. At this time of the year, the hills are clothed in a soothing shade of mint green and the weather is cool due to the monsoons. Known for its misty tops and ice cold cascades at this time of the year, the site is a very popular weekend getaway for most of the city's residents at that time of the year.Malshej is the sole resort to assist you unwind in any season – summer, winter or monsoon. |
|Beauty of Malshej |
|Malshej Ghat holds special value for hikers, trekkers and adventure lovers. The nature here is at its best. The characteristic beauty of the wooded countryside and its rich bird and animal life, the rugged mountains holding historic forts, high-plateau forest houses, resorts and sanctuaries and the most enchanting rivers criss-crossing the landscape, presents a charming picture of nature’s splendor at work.
Major points of attraction include the Shivneri Fort (approx 40 kms).,- the birthplace of Chhatrapati Shivaji. This unusual hill has Buddhist caves dating to the 3rd century and is surmounted by an important historic fort - Harishchandraghadh situated at an altitude of almost 1,424 metres is interesting to climb. Those interested in religious journey can travel to Ozar and Lenyadri, two Ganesh temples honoured by all devotees. There is a centuries old shrine of Shiva - Bhimashankar, which is set at the origin of the river Bhima. All these temples are at a close distance.
|Tips to Remember |
1. You will get soaked at Malshej Ghat - Equip yourself with a good raincoat (umberallas will be useless) and footwear that can withstand rain.|
2. If you are visiting during the Flamingo season,do visit Pimpalgaon-Joga Dam.
|Where to Stay |
|Some of the hotels are :|
Flamingo Hill resort and Sushant holiday resort
|Malshej is for long walks down twisting mountain trails, for plucking wild flowers for your beloved, for shouting something into the valleys and waiting for affirmation. The awesome climate, the cool and soothing shade of green over the hills and the cold cascading waterfalls make for a picture perfect bounty of nature every time one visits this place. No wonder then that this place is also known as the Kulu - Manali of Maharashtra. Malshej Ghat is an ideal getaway for adventure lovers ,hikers & trekkers!!!The dense green valleys hundreds of cascading waterfalls & fog-smothered massiffs makes you want to come back here again & again...