Treks in Maharashtra To Explore The Forests Of Western Ghats

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Treks In Maharashtra To Explore The Forests Of Western Ghats

Maharastra is blessed with numerous trekking options as it is surrounded by the jungles of the Western Ghats. Treks in Maharastra range from very easy on the (grassland routes) to very difficult (through the jungle routes). Exciting waterfalls, spotting various species of flora and fauna, river crossings make trekking in Maharashtra a very memorable experience.

Here is the list of 13 Treks in Maharashtra To Explore The Forests Of Western Ghats

1. Matheran, Maharashtra - Cutest little hill-station of India

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Known For : Louisa point Panorama Point Charlotte lake

With its name literally translating to “overhead forest”, Matheran is the smallest hill station in all of India, but it is extremely popular for treks in Maharashtra. Nestled amidst the Sahyadri range on the Western Ghats, Matheran is a cosy little hill station that stands at an elevation of 2600 feet above sea level and is just 100 kilometres away from Mumbai. Various day treks to this village include Kalavantin Pinnacle Trek, Chanderi Caves trek, trek to Peb (Vikatgad) and day treks from Dodhani village and Garbett Plateau.

Best Time: Throughout the year

2. Trekking in Rajmachi, Maharashtra

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Rajmachi is a small village situated in the Sahyadri mountain range of the Konkan region of Maharashtra. Rajmachi has two fortified peaks - Shrivardhan and Manaranjan forts, located near two famous hills of Lonavala. Half an hour climb from the base village Udhevadi leads to a plateau between the two peaks making it an easy trek in Maharashtra. Khandala.

3. Trekking in Suryamal, Suryamal

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Suryamal being the highest peak in the region offers various opportunities treks trek in Maharashtra coupled with the spectacular views. It has gained the name of 'Paradise of Trekkers'.

4. Trekking in Ratanwadi, Ratanwadi

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Surrounded by hills and valleys, Ratanwadi is often identified a s a popular trekking destination with several trails around and about the Ratangad fort. It offers some of the most visually pleasing and quieter treks in Maharashtra.

5. Lonavala, Maharashtra - Misty Weekend Getaway

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Known For : Tiger's Leap Bushi Dam Lonavala Lake

Popular hill station close to Pune and Mumbai, Lonavla is the place to be during monsoons. With lots of waterfalls, lakes and hills around, Lonavala is frequented by all sorts of people, especially experienced hikers and trekkers in Maharashtra.

Best Time: Throughout the year

6. Lonavala, Maharashtra

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Known For : Rajmachi Fort Visapur Fort Bedsa caves

Perched on the foothills of Sahyadri, Lonavala provides for perfect weekend treks in Maharashtra. It provides respite for the Mumbai population, with its scenic valleys, grassy hills, serene lakes and misty waterfalls. Some of the most popular treks include Visapur Fort Trek, Rajmachi and Kondane treks and Tikona Fort trek.

Best Time: Throughout the year

7. Trekking in Durshet, Durshet

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The mountain forts of Sarasgad and Sudhagad are popular historically significant forts for treks. There are many trekking and hiking groups that organize regular weekend treks.

8. Igatpuri, Maharashtra

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Known For : Bhatsa River Valley Camel Valley Tringalwadi Fort

Igatpuri is blessed with picturesque beauty and is a heaven for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. It also has some of the highest peaks of the Sahyadri range thereby allowing people to discover new routes for treks in Maharashtra. Igatpuri is also a major railway station in Maharashtra connecting surrounding major cities.

Best Time: July to September

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9. Malshej Ghat, Maharashtra

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Known For : Malshej falls Pimpalgaon Joga Dam Harishchandragad Fort Trek

A beautiful hill station with its numerous lakes, waterfalls and mountains, Malshej Ghat is popular among hikers, trekkers and nature lovers.

Best Time: July to March

10. Trekking in Bhimashankar, Maharashtra

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Far from the hustle of the city life lies Bhimashankar in the vicinity of nature. Ideal for trekkers, Bhimashankar offers the best treks in Maharashtra during the monsoon season. Due to the diversity of vegetation and wildlife, the place has been turned into a wildlife sanctuary- Bhimashankar wildlife sanctuary. The Bhimashankar trek in Maharastra starts from Khandas village, where there is an initial climb up to the first plateau of Bhimashankar followed by a trail through the forest. There are two routes for the trek, one is the Ganesha Ghat, and the other is the Shidi Ghat (Ladder Route) which is comparatively steeper and more adventurous. There is a place called Gupt Bhimashankar where there is a waterfall; a water-sculpted Shivaling is formed under this waterfall. The sanctuary is home to various avifauna and was primarily created to protect the habitat of The Giant Indian Squirrel.

11. Trekking in Karjat, Karjat

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Peth Fort is situated to the east of Karjat. It is famous in Karjat for treks because it's small in height and easy climb. There is also a cave and a small temple at the base of the fort.

12. Devkund Waterfalls Trek, Pune

Located in Bhira, Raigad district, Maharashtra, Devkund Waterfalls is a popular tourist attraction and a beautiful picnic spot. The Devkund waterfalls are a confluence of three waterfalls and it is believed that it originates from the river Kundalika. You can spot a massive amount of clear water cascading down the waterfall. Enveloped by a forest of the same name, 'Devkund', you can reach the top by taking a three hours long trek from the base village. The places that fall on the way to the waterfalls are equally beautiful and the experience of the trek is really worth your time and effort. You can relish dipping into the water that flows downstream and collects at the bottom of the waterfall. This place is a respite from the mundane city life and attracts a large number of tourists.

13. Khandala, Maharashtra - Trekking in the misty mountains

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Known For : Rajmachi Fort Visapur Fort Bedsa caves

The natural beauty of Khandala is at its zenith and reveals a magical charm during the monsoons. Its meandering waterfalls and glittering lakes attributes to the majestic look an imposing ambience. The Duke's Nose peak and Bhaja Caves are the two popular treks here. Apart from these, there are many caves and lakes to be seen. A perfect place to sit back and relax.

Best Time: Throughout the year

Which of these treks in Maharashtra do you think you can complete? Let us know in the comments below!

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