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Weekend Getaways from Mumbai - Malshej Ghat
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Malshej Ghat Quick Facts
  • Malshej Ghat is 150 km from Mumbai
  • Good for a family holiday
  • A 2-day holiday destination
  • Recommended for backpackers
  • Nearest City - Kalyan, 86 km

One of the most beautiful tourist spots in Maharashtra, Malshej Ghat located within easy access from both Pune and Mumbai is a popular weekend destination for people looking for a quick gateway.  The Ghat located in the rough hills of the Sahyadri range wears a dreamy look during the monsoons (one of the best times to visit) with its heavy and dark clouds, misty veil and thundering waterfalls cascading down the hills. And with its lush green landscapes, towering peaks, bottomless valleys, rolling meadows, roaring waterfalls and pure mountain air, Malshej Ghat is heaven for hikers, trekkers, adventurers, nature lovers and picnic goers who wouldn’t mind getting drenched in the rains for an enthralling journey to the many hills and forts located in the area.

Places to see in Malshej Ghat
Pink Flamingoes

Malshej Ghat is also home to hundreds of different flora and fauna. Be there during the months of July- September and you will find yourself surrounded by thousands of pink flamingoes doing their mating dance at the Pimpalgaon Joga Dam, a long bund located 4 km from the Flamingo Hill resort and 2-3 km from Khireshwar. Drive a bit further from Khireshwar village and you will find yourself at the base of the 4,671 ft Harishchandragad Mountain.  Trek uphill (if you are brave enough) for a wonderful view of the Harishchandra, Rohidas and Taramati peaks and the majestic horseshoe shaped Konkan Kada valley. Also on the top is the Harishchandragad Fort, a huge plateau and the 11th century Harishchandreshwar Mandir dedicated to Shiva, Vithoba, Rakhumani and Ganesh. When at the top find and follow the nearby Mangalganaga Stream and you will come across the Kedareshwar Cave where you can pay your respects to a huge shivling surrounded by a pool of icy cold water.

Places near Malshej Ghat
Shivneri Fort

To comb the places around, drive 40 km to Shivneri Fort - the fort where the great Maratha Warrior Shivaji was born. The fort is a strongly-built citadel and very arduous to climb. Inside the fort are the statues of Jijabai and a young Shivaji. You’ll also see the two water springs,  which flow throughout the year. Not far from the fort is Nane Ghat that offers lovely views of the Konkan Plateau and the Jivdhan Fort which is famous for trekking.  

Don’t forget to get drenched under the many waterfalls that abounds at Malshej Ghat.

A few kilometers from Malshej Ghat are the Asthavinayak temples of Ozar and Lenyadri (35 km) and Bhimashankar - an ancient pilgrim center famous for the Jyotirlinga of Shiva.

Landslides are frequent during the monsoons so be careful while driving. Otur,  36 km and Murbad 50 km away are the nearest towns where one can get some medical aid and public telephones.

Places to Stay at Malshej Ghat

There are a number of hotels in Malshej Ghat that offer fine accommodation to tourists. Hotels in Malshej Ghat include a number of mid-price hotels and resorts. Check hotels in Malshej Ghat

How to reach Malshej Ghat

By Air: Mumbai at 150 km is the nearest airport.

By Rail: Kalyan and Karjat railway station two nearest and convenient railway stations.

By Road: Mumbai-Malshej Ghat, 154 km via Murbad. Pune-Malshej Ghat via Alephata, 164 km. Alephata-Malshej Ghat, 39 km.

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About Malshej Ghat: Malshej GhatInformation & Fact File
Altitude 1424 meters
Summer 35 (Max) & 16(Min) Degrees Celsius
Winter 28 (Max) & 15 (Min) Degrees Celsius
Best time to Go June – September but then it’s round the year destination
Monsoon June to September
Summer March to May
Clothes Light Woolen in summer and moderate woolen in winter.
Nearest Airport Mumbai, 154 km
Nearest Railway Station Kalyan - 86 km
Bus Station Malshej Ghat
Hospital & Doctor

Otur at 36 km  and   Murbad  at 50 km are the nearest town  to go for a medical aid

Places to see Waterfalls , Pimpalgaon Joga Dam, Kedareshwar Cave, Harishchandreshwar Mandir…
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