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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Malshej Ghat in Winter (October - February)
Winter is the best seasonal time to visit Malshej Ghat. After the heavy monsoon, the region comes alive in winter with a cool breeze and a rejuvenated terrain. With temperatures ranging between 10°C and 20°C, the weather is delightfully cold. While nights can get chilly, the days are pleasant and snuggle-worthy. Take along wools to stay warm at night.
Keep in mind that winter sees the most tourist influx in Malshej Ghat. Book your accommodation beforehand to avoid last-minute surge pricing. Most resorts and homestays are booked to full capacity by December.
Malshej Ghat is perfect for adventure sports in the winter. After the monsoon showers, the entire area is inundated with gushing waterfalls and flowing cascades. Hike to the cold pools of water and bathe in the pristine water with your loved ones. Walk through the magical mist and discover yourself. Camp at Harishchandragad Fort, and watch the stars across the night sky. You can also try your hand at rappelling and rock climbing there. Trek to Shivneri Fort, Ajoba Hill Fort, Naneghat or Jivdhan Chavand Fort.
Take an interesting history lesson as you stumble upon the birthplace of the legendary Maratha king Chhatrapati Shivaji at Shivneri. Explore the ancient Buddhist caves nearby and go back in time as you experience the true life of the mountains.
In October/November, the festival of nine nights – Navratri – is celebrated by the locals. Magnificent idols of Hindu goddesses are decorated with beautiful silks and jewellery. The craftsmanship behind the idols is stunning indeed. Folktales are recited on the nine days, and the tenth day is celebrated at Dussehra. November brings Diwali, the Hindu festival of Light. This popular celebration marks the victory of the Hindu God Rama over the demon king Ravana. The firework show from the hills is stunningly beautiful, as is the view of the bright light of the valley. Folk performances are held throughout the night, and the streets are lit up with diyas – oil lamps. The Hindu Goddess of wealth and prosperity Lakshmi is also worshipped by the revelers, and large idols of the deity are adorned with spectacular fabrics and jewels. The harvest festival of Makar Sankranti is held in the month of January, and is a time of great joy and frolic.
Malshej Ghat in Monsoon (July - September)
The southwest monsoon strikes Malshej Ghat at the end of June. The Ghats receive the first rains of the season, and Malshej Ghat is no exception. The dense jungle receives moderate rainfall in the monsoon, which may hinder travel plans. The Ghat section is rejuvenated and refreshed by the fresh showers, and the forests get a new lease of life in the monsoon. The woods look ethereal and magical, and the air is full of the calls of tropical birds. The rain gives birth to seasonal rivulets, brooks and waterfalls that flow through the terrain gracefully. The views of the misty mountains from Malshej Ghat is breathtaking.
The monsoon is the ideal time to spot incredible birds at Malshej Ghat. Get ready to be overwhelmed by a sea of pink as you encounter hundreds of flamingos that migrate all the way from Siberia every August! Wildlife photographers and bird watchers are in for a treat as you can easily spot these flamboyant birds from the Ghat.
Malshej Ghat is a must-visit in August/September because of the Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations. Lord Ganesha, the Elephant-faced Hindu God of new beginnings, is revered in the state of Maharashtra as one of the most important deities of the religion. The locals take out a procession of idols of Ganesha decked in all finery. Delicious dishes and sweets are served to all devotees. Fun, frolic and celebration reign supreme, and the function goes on for a week. Folk dance and art forms are exhibited, and the whole celebration offers a unique insight into the eclectic culture of Maharashtra. Make sure not to miss this festival in Malshej Ghat!
Keep in mind that there is an increased risk of landslides during the monsoon, although Malshej Ghat is a natural pass. Plan your travel accordingly. Speak to the local authorities before driving to the Ghat section.
Malshej Ghat in Summer (March - June)
The summer heat is not very apparent at Malshej Ghat, as the temperatures range from 27°C to 35°C. The sky is clear and offers breathtaking views of the Sahyadri range. The weather is delightful and not very humid. While afternoons can turn a bit hot, Malshej Ghat is a welcome respite from the scorching summers of the Maharashtrian plains. Go on a lovely picnic with your family to Pimpalgaon Joga Dam, surrounded by towering mountains and a pristine lake. Listen to the calls of exotic birds and soak up the sun as your family rejoices in the weather. Walk to the different forts as you explore the nooks and crannies of Malshej Ghat. Spot elephants and monkeys as you move through the pass! Contemplate the many mysteries of life as you stroll through the lush vegetation. Practice yoga and meditate as you relax and unwind, watching your stresses melt away in the hills.