Trekking is an exciting activity for everyone, regardless of the level of experience. Experienced trekkers can choose more challenging terrain, and beginners can enjoy the simple treks through jungles, valleys and mountains. Monsoon treks in Maharashtra are even more fun when you climb the forts and mountains in the rains and then enjoy your victory of reaching at the top it to the fullest.
Well, Monsoon is not necessarily about flooding, waterlogging, traffic congestion and bad roads. It is more about delicious food, romantic long drives and trekking to the spectacular forts in the rains. And what other state than Maharashtra would do justice to the perfect monsoon trek experience. Surrounded by the lush green mountains of Sahyadri, the enchanting green hills, lush forests, gliding springs, sparkling waterfalls and majestic forts make Maharashtra, the perfect trekking destination.
Magic unravels in the forts and mountains along the Western Ghats. Here are some of the best monsoon trek places in Maharashtra:
1. Kalsubai Peak
Kalsubai being the highest peak in Maharashtra, at an altitude of 1,646 meters, is considered to be one of the most challenging trekking spots in Maharashtra. You will be astonished to witness the most rewarding views of the beautiful stunning mountain ranges of Mandangad, Kulang, Alan and Ratangad after you arrive at the summit. At the beginning of the trek, you can enjoy a wonderful view of the star-studded night sky, and in the morning, you can see the glorious sunrise from Kalsubai Temple.
Location: Akola, Maharashtra.
2. Lohagad Fort
One of the best places to enjoy your monsoon treks in Maharashtra is the Lohagad Fort. Lohagad was an important hill fort widely used by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. During the monsoon, the fort remains covered with fog and clouds, especially wet with growing moss. Surrounded by lush greenery, the fort is popularly crowded with locals and tourists. Situated at an elevation of 1,033 metres, you can enjoy this easy trek by meeting new people. Upon reaching the top point of the trek, you will witness the four gates namely ‘Ganesh Darwaja’, ‘Narayana Darwaja’, ‘Hanuman Darwaja’ and the ‘Maha Darwaja’ which offers you the panoramic view of the landscapes. It is also one of the best trekking places in Maharashtra.
Location: Lohagad, Maharashtra.
3. Bhimashankar Trek
The trek to Bhimashankar is an absolute favourite among all the nature lovers and adventures, and even more during the monsoon. Trek enthusiasts love the monsoon trek at Bhimashankar where during your trail, you will pass through the centre of the Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary. While in the jungle, you can spot various species of colourful birds, langurs, spotted deer, etc. If you’re lucky enough, you might even see a “Shekar” or the Malabar squirrel. There are two different trails for this trek, experienced trekkers can trek the Shidi Ghat route and beginners can enjoy a simple trail through Ganesh Ghat.
Location: Pune, Maharashtra.
4. Raigad Fort
If you’re an adventurer and trek fanatic, then a trek to Raigad Fort is the perfect place for you to explore. You can trek to the fort which is about 2,700 feet above sea level on the Raigad Fort for stunning views of the Sahyadri Mountain Range. You’ll be amazed at the fascinating stories you will learn from a professional guide who will tell you about this beautiful fort. You should definitely take some time off your bustling life to rejuvenate yourself during this monsoon treks in Maharashtra.
Location: Matheran, Maharashtra.
5. Devkund Waterfalls
Witnessing the spectacular views of the erupting waterfalls while trekking to the Devkund Waterfall is one of the exciting monsoon treks in Maharashtra. This hike is most enjoyable during the monsoon season when you can see the waterfalls flowing down the pool below at its full capacity. Due to its tropical location, the surrounding natural landscape is most enjoyable. The trekking base is in the quaint village of Bhira, from where you can trek through the beautiful landscape to reach the top of the Devkund Waterfalls.
Location: Igatpuri, Maharashtra.
6. Andharban Trek
Located at an altitude of 658 meters in the Tamhini Ghat Mountains, Andharban is one of the best monsoon treks in Maharashtra. “Andhar” means darkness and “van” means forest. As the name defines, this trek is a journey through the dark, dense forest on the way to the top of the mountain. The duration of the trek is one night and one day, which takes you along the major points offering you the stunning Kundalika Valley and Bhira Dam. The best part of the Andharban Trek is the mass of fireflies that you can see during your trek. You can travel to the picturesque village of Padharwadi to witness the exquisite natural phenomenon.
Location: Tamini Ghat, Lonavala, Maharashtra.
7. Torna Fort
One of the first forts that Shivaji Maharaj conquered at the very young age of 16 which is also known as Prachandgad because of its huge size. It is one of the highest hill forts to trek on. However, this trek has much more than its height, history and folklore. River crossings, waterfalls and walks along the ridges make it perfect for a monsoon trekking experience. You will be lucky enough when the clouds are a little clearer to catch a glimpse of the surroundings which include Khadakwasla Dam, Singhad, Mahabaleshwar, Raigad, Pratapgad and Makarangad from top of the Torna Fort.
Location: Rajgad – Torna Trek Path, Charhat Wadi, Maharashtra
Regardless of the difficulty of trekking, you can enjoy the spectacular views of the Western Ghats that embellish the Maharashtra skyline. Trekking gives you immense joy and happiness. It’s a revitalizing escape that can help you rejuvenate and rest from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Whenever you reunite with nature, it is the best feeling ever.
So, make sure when you plan your India tour next time, you do not fail to experience the exciting monsoon treks in Maharashtra.
Do share your trekking experience with us in the comment section below.
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