About Malshej Ghat

Country: India | State: Maharashtra

Ideal Trip Duration: 1-2 Days

Nearest City to Malshej Ghat: Pune (117 Kms), Mumbai (141 Kms)

Best Time to Visit Malshej Ghat: July to March

Peak Season: July to October

At a distance of 87 km from Kalyan, 90 km from Igatpuri, 108 km from Thane, 117 km from Pune, 124 km from Ahmednagar, 130 km from Lonavala, 140 km from Shirdi, and 141 km from Mumbai, Malshej Ghat is a mountain pass located on Kalyan - Ahmed Nagar Road in the Thane district of Maharashtra, India. Nestled in the lofty rugged hills of the Western Ghats, it is one of the picturesque hill stations in Maharashtra and among the must include places in Pune Tour Packages.


Situated at an altitude of about 700 m, Malshej Ghat is an ideal retreat from the clamor of city life and is a heaven full of natural beauty. The place is known for its rugged mountains, trekking trails, amazing waterfalls, and numerous lakes. This stunning mountain pass is an amazing getaway from Mumbai and Pune and lures a huge number of tourists especially during the monsoon season when the surroundings are come alive with lush greenery and breathtaking waterfalls. Also, the place hosts numerous activities that will enthrall and keep its visitors busy.

With its rejuvenating climate and unspoiled tranquility, it is an ideal destination for people looking for quality time to spend with family, friends, or a special someone. Malshej Falls, Harishchandragad Fort, Pimpalgaon Joga Dam, Kokan Kada, Ajoba Hill Fort, Sindola Fort, etc., are some of the top places to visit in Malshej Ghat. For the outdoor enthusiasts and the adventure seeker, there are many trekking trails along its scenic hilly routes and waterfalls. The most famous is the trek to Harishchandragad, which is a hill fort situated at an elevation of 1,422 m. Ancient temples and fortifications atop the hill add to the experience of the trek. Another trekking option is to climb the 400 steps of Shivneri Fort, the birthplace of Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Favorite among bird watchers, this pristine hill station is home to a myriad of birds.

Being a small gateway retreat, Malshej Ghat has very few accommodation options available for tourists. Flamingo Hill resort run by MTDC - Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation is the primary option in the vicinity. There are other private resorts where you can spend a day or two. However, many tourists can do a day trip to this hill station from Mumbai and Pune.

Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai is the nearest airport which is about 127 km from Malshej Ghat that has well-connected flights from all the major cities of India. Kalyan Junction Railway Station is the nearest railhead which is about 85 km from Malshej Ghat that has well-connected trains from Mumbai, Gandhidham, Jodhpur, Ahmedabad, Bhuj, Amritsar, Ajmer, Shirdi, Gadag, Howrah, Madurai, Coimbatore, Mysore, Puducherry, Tirunelveli, Chennai, Indore, Jaipur, Puri, Bidar, Bangalore, Tuticorin, Patna, and Nagpur. From Kalyan, one can hire a taxi or a bus to reach Malshej Ghat. Malshej Ghat is well connected to various major cities and towns like Mumbai, Pune, Kalyan, Junnar, and Ahmednagar by road via State Transport and Private Tour buses. The best option to reach Malshej Ghat is by hiring a cab or by own vehicle.

July to March is the best time to visit Malshej Ghat to enjoy the trekking and sightseeing. However, monsoons are stunning here, and one can enjoy natural waterfalls and overflowing dams during this season. Though trekking is not recommended on the rainy days as the slopes can become very slippery.

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STD Code: 02132
Languages Spoken: Marathi, Hindi and English
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How to Reach Malshej Ghat

By Air

Nearest Airport: Mumbai - Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (127 Kms)

By Train

Nearest Train Station: Kalyan Junction (85 Kms)

By Bus

Nearest Bus Station: Malshej Ghat Bus Stand (0 Kms)

Top 10 Places to Visit in Malshej Ghat

Nature

#1 of 15 Places to Visit in Malshej Ghat

At a distance of 3 km from Malshej Ghat Bus Stop, Malshej Ghat viewpoint is a vantage point located in the pristine hill station of Malshej Ghat. It is one of the popular places to visit in Malshej Ghat.

Malshej Ghat Viewpoint is located on the Kalyan - Ahmednagar highway. It offers an uninterrupted view of the mountains, valleys, and the low lying plains. Most people come to Malshej Ghat in the rainy season between June and September to enjoy the numerous waterfalls splashing down from the steep hillsides, and watch the dense clouds ascending from the Arabian Sea up the Western Ghats, of which Malshej Ghat is a part.

It is a fantastic getaway for people looking to spend some quality time amidst nature. This beautiful place is perfect for macro, landscape, and slow shutter photography, because of its magnificent waterfalls, sunsets, cloud patterns, and lush green mountains.

Located near the tunnel, the viewpoint is well paved with a pathway and a small bridge. A few .....

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Waterfall

#2 of 15 Places to Visit in Malshej Ghat

At a distance of 6 km from Malshej Ghat Viewpoint and 9 km from Malshej Ghat Bus Stop, Malshej Falls is a charming waterfall located in Malshej Ghat, Maharashtra. Situated on Ahmednagar-Kalyan road, it is one of the beautiful waterfalls in Malshej Ghat and among the best places to visit as part of Malshej Ghat Tour Packages.

The Malshej Ghat is popular for its exotic natural beauty. During the monsoon season, the mountains' lush green foliage is interspersed with numerous waterfalls. Both big and small, these waterfalls are the major crowd pullers because of the sheer joy of walking through the waterfalls can't be described in words. The Malshej Falls is just one of the many waterfalls that the region has to offer.

During the monsoons, the Malshej Falls transforms into a heavenly resort with waterfalls cascading down the rocks. The gush of water and the charm of the rains added to the scintillating scenery that the Malshej Falls provide makes for an eye-catching sight that .....

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Backwaters

#3 of 15 Places to Visit in Malshej Ghat

At a distance of 15 km from Malshej Ghat Bus Stop, Pimpalgaon Joga Dam is an earth-fill dam situated near Malshej Ghat in Maharashtra. It is one of the scenic dams near Pune and among the must-visit places in Malshej Ghat.

Pimpalgaon Joga Dam was constructed in the year 1999 across the enchanting Pushpavati River, a tributary of Kukadi River. The height of the dam is 94 feet while the length is 5 km. The gross storage capacity is 235,520.00 km3. The dam is located in the Ghod basin and is part of the Kukadi project, which also includes Yedgaon Dam, Manikdoh Dam, Dimbhe Dam, and Wadaj Dam. The construction of the dam has created a huge reservoir of water that is filled to the brim during the monsoon season. It is the main source of water for nearby towns and villages.

Spread over a vast expanse of backwaters, the 5 km long Pimpalgaon Joga Dam is one of the main attractions in Malshej Ghat. The scenic background of rolling hills adds to the beauty of the dam. Also, the dam .....

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Heritage | Adventure

#4 of 15 Places to Visit in Malshej Ghat

At a distance of 8 km from Khireshwar, 15 km from Malshej Ghat,50 km from Bhandardara, 166 km from Pune & 218 km from Mumbai, Harishchandragad is a historical hill fort situated in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra. It is one of the popular places for trekking in Maharashtra and among the famous places to visit as part of Malshej Ghat Tour Packages.

Situated at an altitude of 1,424 m, the fort once played a major role in guarding and controlling the surrounding region. The fort originally dates back to the 6th century during the rule of the Kalchuri dynasty. The citadel was built during this era and various caves probably have been carved out in the 11th century AD. Sage Changdev used to meditate here in 14th century AD. Later the fort was under the control of Mughals and Marathas captured it in 1747 AD. Remnants of Microlithic human inhabitants have been discovered here. The fort of Harishchandragad has been mentioned in various Puranas like Matsya Purana, Agni Purana, and Skanda .....

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Hill Station | Heritage | Adventure

#5 of 15 Places to Visit in Malshej Ghat

At a distance of 48 km from Malshej Ghat, Ajoba or Ajaparvat is one of the highest peaks in the Sahyadri ranges of the Western Ghats in Maharashtra. Situated near Dehene village, it is one of the popular places of trekking near Mumbi and among the best places to visit as part of Malshej Ghat Packages for adventure enthusiasts.

Standing at a height of over 4,511 feet, Ajoba Hill is one of the highest peaks in the Western Ghats. Midway to the fort lies Valmiki Ashram which is believed to be the place where Valmiki wrote the epic 'Ramayana'. According to the legend, this is the place where Goddess Sita was said to be staying after being separated from Lord Rama. Carvings on the Ashram wall depict stories of Gods and Goddesses. The fort was named 'Ajobagad' after the great sage Valmiki who was called 'Ajoba' or grandfather by Luv and Kush.

Nestled amidst thick greenery, the Ajoba Hill Fort is a delight for trekkers as it presents an exciting trail to the top. People interested .....

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Heritage | Adventure

#6 of 15 Places to Visit in Malshej Ghat

At a distance of 13 km from Malshej Ghat, Sindola or Shindola Fort is a small hill fort situated on top of Malshej Ghat Plateau. It is one of the wonderful places of trekking near Pune and among the famous places to visit in Malshej Ghat.

Situated at an altitude of 1128 feet, Sindola mountain is distinct by its pinnacle structure visible from anywhere. Sindola is more of a sort of military base as it offers a whole view of Malshej and the Pargaon region and all of its neighboring forts. Sindola dates back very old at similar times of Nimgiri and Hadsar. Sindola fort is a small fort. Ruins of bastions & only a couple of water cisterns and idols of Ganesh are present on the top.

Sindola is one of the popular trekking places in Malshej Ghat and is a one day trek. There are 3 base villages from where one can start the trek to Sindola Fort. The trek that starts from Karanjale village, is one of the best and popular routes. Bagadwadi at Pargaon is the other starting point of Sindola .....

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Adventure

#7 of 15 Places to Visit in Malshej Ghat

At a distance of 30 km from Malshej Ghat, Naneghat is a mountain pass in the Western Ghats of Maharashtra, India. Situated on Kalyan - Ahmednagar Highway near Vaishakhare village, it is one of the wonderful places of trekking in Malshej Ghat.

Situated at an altitude of 2,600 feet, Naneghat, also referred to as Nanaghat or Nana Ghat was a part of an ancient trading route during the reign of the Satavahana (c. 200 BCE - 190 CE). It connected the Konkan coast communities with Deccan high plateau through Junnar. This path was used as a tollbooth to collect toll from traders crossing the hills hence the name Nane Ghat where the word nane means 'coin' and ghat means 'pass'.

The ghat is famous for a huge cave with Middle Indic inscriptions in Brahmi script. These inscriptions have been dated between the 2nd and the 1st century BCE and attributed to the Satavahana dynasty era. There is a temple of Ganesha on the other side of the pass. A huge rock-cut pot which was used presumably .....

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Heritage | Adventure

#8 of 15 Places to Visit in Malshej Ghat

At a distance of 2 km from Naneghat and 32 km from Malshej Ghat, Jivdhan Fort is a hill fortress located near Malshej in Maharashtra. Situated near Naneghat, it is one of the historical forts in Malshej Ghat and among the popular trekking places near Pune.
Situated at a height of about 3,757 feet in the Sahyadri Mountain range, Jivdhan Fort is a part of the 'Famous 5' forts near Pune. The other four being the Chavaand, Hadsar, Shivneri, and Naneghat. As per the history, Jivdhan Fort dates back to the Satavahana era and has been a significant fort throughout history due to its proximity to the historic Naneghat. Jivdhan Fort guarded this route, which was a strategic location for many kingdoms. The Mughals imprisoned Murtaza, the last ruler of Adilshahi of Ahmednagar, at Jivdhan Fort. In 1635 Shahaji Bhosle, the father of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj freed him from the prison and declared him the king of Ahmednagar. The fort was sacked and plundered by the British upon siege between 1815 .....

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Heritage | City

#9 of 15 Places to Visit in Malshej Ghat

At a distance of 66 km from Lonavala, 161 km from Mumbai, 116 km from Ahmednagar, 432 km from Goa, 556 km from Hyderabad and 841 km from Bangalore, Pune is one of the most popular cities in India situated at the confluence of Mula and Mutha Rivers. Pune is the 8th largest metropolis in India and the second largest city in Maharashtra. It is also considered an important city in terms of its economic and industrial importance. Situated at an altitude of 560 m, Pune is among popular Tourist places in Maharashtra.

Pune was earlier known as Punya-Nagiri or Queen of Deccan. Earlier, Pune was ruled by the Rashtrakutas and it was a part of Yadava Empire of Devgiri from the 9th century to 1327 AD. It was once the center of power of the Maratha Empire established by Shivaji Maharaj. During his reign, the place witnessed significant development and growth in every aspect. In 1730 AD, Pune became the political center of the Peshwas, who were the .....

Distance (From Malshej Ghat): 117 Kms
Trip Duration (From Malshej Ghat - Including Travel): Full Day
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Heritage | City

#10 of 15 Places to Visit in Malshej Ghat

At a distance of 66 km from Lonavala, 161 km from Mumbai, 116 km from Ahmednagar, 432 km from Goa, 556 km from Hyderabad and 841 km from Bangalore, Pune is one of the most popular cities in India situated at the confluence of Mula and Mutha Rivers. Pune is the 8th largest metropolis in India and the second largest city in Maharashtra. It is also considered an important city in terms of its economic and industrial importance. Situated at an altitude of 560 m, Pune is among popular Tourist places in Maharashtra.

Pune was earlier known as Punya-Nagiri or Queen of Deccan. Earlier, Pune was ruled by the Rashtrakutas and it was a part of Yadava Empire of Devgiri from the 9th century to 1327 AD. It was once the center of power of the Maratha Empire established by Shivaji Maharaj. During his reign, the place witnessed significant development and growth in every aspect. In 1730 AD, Pune became the political center of the Peshwas, who were the .....

Distance (From Malshej Ghat): 117 Kms
Trip Duration (From Malshej Ghat - Including Travel): Full Day
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