Naneghat Trek

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About Naneghat Trek

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Naneghat Trek, Mumbai Overview

Naneghat is a hill fort in Maharashtra. It is situated at an elevation of 2600 feet from the ground in the Thane district of Maharashtra. The trek is famous more for its ancient pass than for the fort itself.

Most of the fortifications have crumbled down, but some of the inscriptions on the caves still remain in praise of the rulers who built them. There are a number of water tanks and reservoirs around the place. The fort has a number of artificial caves and the famous Naneghat pass with huge rock walls on either side. There is a temple of Ganesha on the other side of the pass. A huge rock-cut pot which was used presumably to collect coins from the traders passing by. The pinnacle of the fort is shaped like a thumb and is known popularly as 'Nancha Angtha.'

Accommodation

There are man-made caves at the top of the fort which can accommodate around 40-45 people at once.

Water availability

There are reservoirs of water at the top, in addition to the water tanks. Carrying your own supply of water with you would be advisable.

Food availability

Food is available in the base village. A local frmer runs a small snacks stall at the top of the fort. Local homemade snacks can be had from the shop.

Tips and Tricks

1. Naneghat pass was made before the beginning of the Christian era. It is a place which has immense historical importance.

2. The pinnacle of the fort, which is shaped like a thumb, is a hugely popular tourist attraction as well.

Trek Routes

After crossing the signboard declaring the whereabouts of the Naneghat caves, the first 30 minutes of the trail is a dirt road strewn with rocky patches. We come across two successive streams of water within an hour of the trail, the second stream being voluminous than the first one. We then come across a small dam after having crossed the second stream, from which one more stream emerges. We are confronted by two paths at the beginning of this stream. We must take the one going uphill, surrounded by thick foliage on either sides. We need to keep walking in a straight direction till we come across a set of rock-cut stairs. We must to take this route in order to reach the caves which are located at the top of the fort. Arrow-marks are painted throughout the trail indicating the trek route, thereby making it convenient for the trekkers.

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About Naneghat Trek

Approx trek time : 3 - 3.5 hours

Availability of Night Trek : Available

Base Camp : Vaishakhare Village

Days required for the trek : 1 day

Difficulty level : Easy to Medium

Height above sea level : 2750 feet

Nearest Airport : Mumbai

Nearest Railhead : Kalyan

Starting point of trek :

Type : Hill fort

How to Reach Naneghat Trek

  • Rail: Kalyan is situated between Mumbai and Kasara rail line, and is therefore connected well with Gujarat, north and south India.The frequent availability of passenger trains provide an additional benefit in the form of hassle free conveyance.

  • Road: State terminal buses ply on a regular basis from Kalyan state terminal to Ahmednagar. The village of Vaishakhare is situated en route to Ahmednagar. Kalyan is well connected to Mumbai through the National Highways system.

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