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Malshej Ghat

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Ideal duration: 1-2 days

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Malshej Ghat Tourism

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

Malshej Ghat is an ideal retreat from the clamor of city life and is a heaven abode full of natural beauty. With uncountable number of waterfalls to beautifully structured dams and steep, lofty forts, the ghat is a perfect place for nature lovers delight. This place is especially beautiful during monsoons and is one of the favourite weekend getaways for youngsters from Mumbai, Pune and Thane. Harishchandragad fort is a fort in this area and is very popular among trekkers. The temples in this area date back to 16th century AD and are great examples of architectural marvel. Malshej falls, the beautiful Pimpalgaon dam and Ajoba Hill fort are some of the other attractions here which will be spellbinding for any tourist.

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The Pass for Bird Lovers

Situated in the Western Ghats, at an elevation of 750 m above sea level, Malshej is a stunning mountain pass located in Maharashtra. Favourite among bird watchers, this pristine hill station is home to a myriad of birds. The serene and tranquil environment of the hill station adds charm to the place and is rejuvenating for tourists. Popular among hikers and trekkers, the actual magic of the site is experienced while exploring the region on foot and getting lost in the beauty of the serene place.

Flora and Fauna

Malshej Ghat has a beautiful scenery comprised of valleys, waterfalls, and a wide variety of flora and fauna. The wildlife here includes different species of tigers, leopards, rabbits, peacocks etc. Mashlej Ghat is especially popular for it avian population and it is home to many exotic birds such as the pink flamingo, alpine swift, whistling thrush, quail and purple moorhen, among others. It is thus a particular favourite among birdwatchers.

Trekking in Malshej Ghat

Malshej Ghat is a popular trekking destination and offers a variety of exciting trekking opportunities along its scenic hilly routes and waterfalls. One can go for a bird watching trek along the Pimpalgaon Joga Dam on the beautiful Pushpawati river. The most famous tourist attraction of Malshej Ghat is the 6th-century Harischandragad Fort, located over 1400 kms above sea level. It is also frequented by devout worshippers of Lord Vishnu who come to pay their homage at the temple located here. The Buddhist caves nearby also attract many tourists. Other attractive trekking trails include rock climbing at Ajoba Hill Fort, Darkoba Peak and Jivdhan Chawan Fort.

Restaurants and Local Food in Malshej Ghat

Being a small gateway retreat, its options for food are very limited and almost scarce. It is advisable to carry food for one day trip to Malshej or eat at the dhabbas alongside national highway on your way to the ghat.
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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: Start your day early with bird watching at Pimpalgaon Joga Dam. Visit the Shivneri Fort in the afternoon. Later you can visit Darkoba Peak.

Day 2: Trek up to Harishchandragad Fort, Ajoba Hill Fort, Jivdhan Chawand Fort or Nane Ghat.

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FAQs on Malshej Ghat

What is the local food in Malshej ghat?

Being a small gateway retreat, its options for food are very limited and almost scarce. It is advisable to carry food for one day trip to Malshej or eat at the dhabbas alongside national highway on your way to the ghat.
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Who should visit Malshej ghat?

Malshej is a huge attraction for trekkers and photographers who wish to explore nature. The city is a popular weekend getaway for people from Pune and Mumbai who want to relax in a calm environment.

What is not so good about Malshej ghat?

High risk of landslides.

What is famous about Malshej ghat?

Extremely beautiful. Lush green. Less pollution.

What is the best way to reach Malshej ghat?

Mumbai, Thane and Pune are the major cities near Malshej Ghat. Kalyan is the nearest railway station, located just 85 km from Malshej Ghat. From Kalyan, one can take a taxi or a bus to reach Malshej Ghat. One can also directly take a bus or a taxi from Mumbai, Thane, Pune or other nearby towns as even the road drive is picturesque and nicely maintained.
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What are the places near Malshej ghat?

The top places near to Malshej ghat are Lonavala which is 77 km from Malshej ghat, Bhandardara which is located 22 km from Malshej ghat, Matheran which is located 67 km from Malshej ghat, Ratanwadi which is located 20 km from Malshej ghat, Kamshet which is located 68 km from Malshej ghat

What is the best time to visit Malshej ghat?

October to March is the best time to visit Malshejghat to enjoy the dams, Fort and sightseeing. However, monsoons are stunning here, and one can enjoy natural waterfalls and overflowing dams. Though trekking is not recommended on the rainy days as the slopes can become very slippery.
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Kovid Kapoor 2 years ago
- Wear sport shoes or non-slippery footwears for a safe trip to the ghat.
Shubham Dongre 2 years ago
The best place to visit during monsoon. Waterfalls are amazing. I was staying here for the best deal for 1500/- per person with food for 1 night. You can also checkout this place at for amazing stay.
Brahmani Keni 2 years ago
The best weekend getaway for those travellers whose budget is less yet expectations are high. Don’t worry, I am one of those. Malshej Ghat withholds trekking trails, waterfalls, lakes and historic forts. Amongst all the places to visit one should not miss the trek up to the Harishchandra fort and rock climbing in the lower waterfalls. The mulberries are well known fruit found specifically here.
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