Time Required : 1 day
Entry Fee : INR 50
Andharban, also known as the ‘Dark Forest’ is a popular trekking destination clad in the folds of the lush green Western Ghats and the Sahyadris in the state of Maharashtra. The spot is located near the village of Pimpri and is only an hour and a half’s drive away from Lonavala. Perched at a height of approx. 2160 feet, Andharban is known to be the most ideal monsoon trekking destination. Enveloped in misty clouds and dreamy forests with tinkering waterfalls and shadowy pathways, the most unique factor about the trek is that is offers a descending trail ideal for amateurs and beginners as well.
Boasting of scintillating views of the Kundalika Valley, thick emerald foliage, dainty ponds and a rich flora and fauna, the trek is not only a thrilling adventure activity but is also a surreal escape into the lap of nature. Other than giving you a high adrenaline rush, you will be mesmerized by the scenery and the picturesque landscape around you. There are also a few lakeside temples (some of which are in ruins), where you can stop to rest or explore around. Andharban Trek is considered to be one of the most easy, beautiful and scenic treks in the region.