Haji Malang Dargah and Trek

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Haji Malang Dargah and Trek, Mumbai Overview

Sri Malang gad is a fort near Kalyan in the Raigad district of Maharashtra. It is known popularly as Haji Malang, which is one of the most famous among the three sufi shrines located on the hill. The structure of the fort is three-storeyed, and each tier has a specific name.

The lowest, Pir Machi, is a plateau upon which the famous sufi shrine is situated. The next higher level, Sone Machi, is a rock-projection and is the lower part of the fort. Upon the summit of the hill lies the citadel. The hill top has limited fortifications and not much remains of the fort are extant as well. There are some water cisterns though which are a reservoir of fresh water. Copper pipes have been installed carry the water to the lower levels. The crowd here is composed mostly of devotees who throng the sufi dargah at any time of the year. The annual urs festivities held during the month of February are a nice tourist attraction.

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The route is simple and is filled with a large number of devotees upto on their way to the sufi shrine. Sri Malangad fort's entrance lies in a lane near the dargah of Hajimalang, and is hidden for the most of its part betwwen the thick clusters of shops and houses. One must step back at least 100 metres from the shrine in order to locate the entrance easily. The climb upto the dargah takes place through concrete stairs. The steps of concrete give way to narrow rocky steps once one gets past the dargah. At one point, you need to cross a valley between two hills by walking over twin-steel poles, harnessed.

1) The dargah of Hajimalang and a temple on the way to the fort are an interesting place to visit.

Food stalls and refreshment outlets are available all throughout the route, particularly around the sufi shrine of Hajimalang.

Hali Malang Dargah is located in Kalyan, 62 kilometres away from Mumbai City. Kalyan is well-connected to Mumbai by roadways and railways but considering the city traffic, roadways may not be a good option. However, if one wants to drive down or rent a cab, they can take the route that goes through Eastern Freeway – Sion Panvel Highway – CBD Flyover/ Thane Belapur Road – NH 48/ AH 47/ Mumbra Panvel Highway – Taloja MIDC Road – Malanggad Road. For those in Kalyan, taxis and city buses are a good option for longer distances, whereas auto-rickshaws are best for shorter distances.

The second-best way to reach Kalyan from Mumbai is to take a local train from any Railway Station in Mumbai (Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminal, Dadar Central Railway Station etc.). Local trains including fast trains are available every 10 to 15 minutes from Mumbai. It takes about an hour and a half to two hours to reach Kalyan by a local train. If people are coming in from other cities, state transport buses and railways are conveniently available. 
  • Rail: Kalyan is situated between Mumbai and Kasara rail line, and is therefore connected well with Gujarat, North and South India. The availability of passenger trains provide an additional benefit in the form of hassle-free conveyance.

  • Road: The base village of Vaishakhare is easily accessible through road. State terminal buses from the Kalyan terminal ply frequently to the place. Kalyan is well connected with Mumbai through Nagpur-Aurangabad-Mumbai expressway .


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About Haji Malang Dargah and Trek

Approx trek time : 3-4 hours

Base Camp : Vaishakhare village

Days required for the trek : 1 day

Difficulty level : Medium-Difficult

Height above sea level : 2596 feet

Nearest Airport : Mumbai

Nearest Railhead : Kalyan

Starting point of trek : A little ahead of Vaishakhare village where a bend towards the hills takes place.

Type : Hill fort

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