Malshej ghat

Malshej gat as the name suggest is a mountain pass situated approx 2250ft above sea level amist mountain ranges of the western ghat – a biological HOTSPOT. Malshej gat is more or less the sma e idstance from Mumbai and Pune. This region is blessed with rich flora and funa, with a wide variety of birds also sighted. Its natures gift for those who want to explore natural beauty and get close to the hevenaly adobe. Malshej ghat near Mumbai is a photographers delight especially during the monsoon. Malshej ghat has also witness numerous historical happening as many forts and in and around this place. We find forests, resorts, and wildlife sanctuaries. Also to name a few budhist cave dating way back to the 3 centuray. Shivneri fort when Raje Shivaji was bron is in Mahset ghat.

 

The famous Bhimashankar forest is located here. Whic has the famous ancient shive temple. Also is one of the 12 jyotilings (sacared) making it the must visit list of very piligrim. And not to mention the reason why Bhimshankar was declared a sacuantary is because of the famous Gaint flying squrail. Lord Shiva Temple: Bhimashankar Temple is located in the village of Bhorgiri 50 km North West of Khed, near Pune. There is a beautiful temple of Lord Shiva which is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India. It is a modest yet graceful temple and it dates back to mid 18th century. The shikhara of the temple was built by Nana Phadnavis. Shiva is said to have taken abode in the Bhima form, upon the request of the Gods, on the crest of the Sahyadri hills, and the sweat that poured forth from his body after the battle is said to have formed the Bhimarathi River. Bhimashankar is also the source of the Bhima River, which flows south east and merges with the Krishna River near Raichur. Trek to Bhimashankar can be easliy done as its near Mumbai. A big size bell in Hemadpanthi structure: - Built by Nana Phadanavis is also a feature of Bhimashankar. Hanuman Lake, Gupt Bhimashankar, Sakshi Vinayak, Origin of River Bhima, Nag Phani from where one can see the view of the Peth fort and Padhar, Bombay Point, and lot more. Bhimashankar is conserved forest area and wildlife sanctuary where a variety of birds, animals, flowers, plants can be seen.

Recommended Reading: Overnight trek to Bhimashankar

Harishchandragad

Is also locate in Malshej ghat. The carvings on the temples of Nageshwar (in Khireshwar village), in the Harishchandreshwar temple and in the cave of Kedareshwar indicate that the fort belongs to the medieval period, since it is related to Shaiva, Shakta or Naath. Later the fort was under the control of Moguls. The Marathas captured it in 1747. Main attractions on Fort: Saptatirtha Pushkarni, Kedareshwar Cave, Konkan Kada (Konkan cliff), Taramati peak, Temple of Harishchandreshwar,

Recommended Reading: Trek to Harishchandragad

 

Getting here by AIR:             Nearest airport, Mumbai 160km approx
Getting here by railway:        Kalyan railway station – 80km from there.
Getting here by road:            Mumbai – Murbad – Malshej ghat 160km approx.
                                           Pune – Alephata – Malshej ghat 165km approx.
                                           Alephata to Malshej ghat is approx 40km.
                                           Best time to vist:  June to Febuary

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