On 26 August, we embarked on our first trek with Treks and Trails. We boarded the tata winger from Bandra and reached Naneghat trek starting point at around 10.00 am. Naneghat is located in Maharashtra. It was a wonderful beginning as we walked thru the forest we spotted birds such as Drongo – Wind-swift – Common Bulbul – Maina – Shikra. We also meet our other wigged friends the butterflies Sailor butterfly – Bush Brown butterfly – Crow butterfly – And the common yellow grass butterfly.
The trek was simple yet tedious walk and for some of us it was our first trek. We reached the top at around 12:30 pm. The in one of the caves we had some light food that we had brought from home. It felt like heaven as all needed a good boost of energy. Post lunch we took a walk on the plateau till the highest point at Naneghat. We also saw the huge pot used in those days to collect toll. The trek route was all so very green with the rocks covered by wild fern (maidenhair and moss) we also saw some wild flowers like coxcomb, wild stage etc. We trekked our walk back, on the way back we collected 2kgs of plastic waste in an effort to clean the trek route. Thou there was still a lot can be done here. I am positive that we enjoyed every effort with a refreshing trek.
Leaving Naneghat with an urge for a new trek again.
Naneghat is a mountain pass in the Western Ghats range near Junnar in Pune district of Maharashtra, India. During the reign of the Satavahana, the pass was extensively used as a trade route between Kalyan and Junnar. The name means “coin” and ghat means “pass”. As this path was used as a toll booth to collect toll from traders crossing the hills. From the inscriptions in the caves indicate that Satavahana dynasty ruled here. Also the Mauryan empire.
Few inscriptions in the cave mention the names of their family members. Thou the carving are in ruins now – some of the visible inscription tell us the time, achievements and stories of valour frozen in time. These records have helped historians to establish the historical past of this region.
We can approach Naneghat via Vaishakhare village.
Naneghat Trek is a Mountain Pass, Naneghat is located in Thane district, Naneghat height 2750 feet, Base village from Mumbai is vaishakhare and Ghatghar from Pune. Naneghat lies in Malshej Ghat Region, Trek grade would be medium and endurance required medium.
Please carry water along with you for this trek water tanks are polluted once you reach plateau there are few hotels nearby towards Jivdhan Fort. Naneghat Trek can be combined with Jivdhan Fort 3754 feet / Chavand Fort 3495 feet / Shivneri Fort. Naneghat is best visited from June to December. Naneghat is good place for stargazing and night treks, This Trek will require 3 hours of climbing uphill.
Naneghat Distance from Pune to Naneghat base: 130 km approx. 4 hours of driving
Naneghat Distance from Mumbai to Naneghat base: 135 km approx. 4 hours of driving.