“To walk in nature is to witness a thousand miracles,” said Mary Davis.
Outdoors are alluring, particularly to nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. Trekking in the wilderness is one of the best ways of reconnecting with nature. The Sahyadri ranges of Maharashtra offer some of the best trekking trails in India. Witness the miracles of nature by taking up a trek in the Sahyadri ranges. The best part of treks in Maharashtra is that the natural trial passes through the historical ruins, ancient forts, thick jungles featuring huge boulders, river crossings, seasonal waterfalls, and the diverse flora and fauna. The below treks in Maharashtra are perfect for both beginners and experienced trekkers. Add trekking to your Maharashtra itinerary and note that the flights to India are available at the cheapest rate any time of the year only at Indian Eagle!
At 5,400 feet, Kalsubai is the highest peak in Maharashtra and is known as ‘the Everest of Maharashtra.’ This peak is a part of the Kalsubai Harishchandragad Wildlife Sanctuary and is home to many different flowers, birds, and animals. With running streams, beautiful valleys, moss-covered rocks, and cloud-kissed peak, Kalsubai trek is one of the best monsoon treks in Maharashtra. Devotees can also visit the Kalsubai temple along the way. There are steel railings and ladders to help the beginners get through the difficult areas of the trek.
Location: Igatapuri Taluka, Ahmednagar district
Difficulty level: Moderately difficult
Ratangad Fort trek:
If you love to walk the adventurous path, then you must consider the Ratangad Fort trek in Maharashtra. ‘Ratangad’ meaning ‘Fort of Jewels’ is situated at 4,255 feet above the sea level and overlooks Bhandardara village. Surrounded by verdant mountains and forests, the 400-year-old fort has an ancient temple of Lord Shiva (Amruteshwar) at the base and a natural peak with a cavity towards its top (called “Nedhe” or “Eye of the Needle”). One needs to take a boat from Bhandardara for a 6 km journey and further walk 4 km to reach Ratanwadi, the base village from where the trek to Ratangad fort begins.
Difficulty level: Medium
Situated on top of the rocky Prabal plateau at an elevation of 2,300 feet, Prabalgad fort is tucked in the Western Ghats, between Matheran hill station and Panvel. This fort has a long history and is known by the name ‘Muranjan’ prior to Chhatrapati Shivaji’s rule. The challenging trekking trail features rock-cut stairs through a steep slope. It is considered as one of the best monsoon treks in Maharashtra (not recommended for beginners though). Once you reach the summit, you’ll be rewarded with the stunning views of the Western Ghats and the surrounding Irshalgad, Chanderi, Peb, Manikgad, and Karnala forts.
Location: Khalapur Taluka, Raigad District
Difficulty level: High
Raigad Fort Trek:
Are you a history buff too? If yes, the trek to Raigad Fort, perched on a hilltop in the Sahyadri ranges, is recommended to people like you. There are multiple ways (steps, ropeway) to reach the fortress. Taking an easy trial climbing nearly 1700 steps to the fort or a thrilling adventure through dense jungles that lead to the Nane Darwaja of the fort is your choice, but both ways offer scenic vistas throughout. The ruins of the fort — Darwajas, Public Darbar, Queen’s quarters, temples, watch towers — stand as a testimony to the royal history of the Maratha Empire. Night trekking is also allowed here. So, all the courageous hearts can get a taste of one-of-a-kind experience with this trek in Maharashtra.
Location: Mahad, Raigad district
Difficulty level: The forest trail is relatively difficult.
Devkund Waterfall Trek:
Devkund waterfall is a popular weekend getaway from Pune or Mumbai. This ‘plunge’ waterfall falling from a height of 80 feet into a kund (pond) is believed to be the source of the Kundalika river. The trekking trail to this scenic waterfall that begins at Bhira village goes alongside the Bhira dam reservoir and then follows a dense forest route. The sight of the roaring waterfall instantly relieves the fatigue of a long three-hour trek. Taking the help of a local guide while trekking to this secluded place inside the deep forests is recommended. Note that trekking is not allowed during the rainy season from July to September.
Location: Bhira, Raigad.
Difficulty level: Medium
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