Last Updated on July 4, 2022 by asoulwindow
Information about Malshej Ghat
Malshej Ghat is a popular weekend destination from Mumbai and Pune. Malshej Ghat is a mountain pass which is also favorite picnic spots of tourists. Malshej Ghat is a great place to visit with family and friends. During my Malshej Ghat tour, I was spellbound with the abundant greenery all around.
I visited Malshej Ghat as a weekend destination from Mumbai. This is the most comprehensive guide to Malshej Ghat ever. Such detailed information on Malshej Ghat is not found in guide books, main stream media and Vlogs. This information packed blog on Malshej Ghat has all the deep insight that you need. Do share this Malshej Ghat travelogue with your friends and family.
Why is Malshej Ghat Famous?
What is special about Malshej Ghat? Why Malshej Ghat is famous for? Excited Weekenders love visiting Malshej Ghat, especially during monsoon. Thanks to the picturesque locations of Malshej Ghat, it is loved by tourists. There are many points of attractions in Malshej Ghats which keep the tourists busy! Malshej Ghat in which district? Malshej Ghat is in Thane district!
The main attractions of Malshej Ghat are its numerous waterfalls in monsoon, village walks, flamingos and breath-taking views of the verdant valley. The tall mountains, waterfalls and lakes of Malshej Ghat add to its beauty.
Malshej Ghat is as popular as other tourist attractions of Maharashtra such as Bhandardara, Igatpuri, Mahabaleshwar, Lonavala-Khandala, Panchgani etc. the above-mentioned places and Malshej Ghat are great tourist destinations to break the routine.
Nomenclature/Etymology of Malshej Ghat
In Devnagri script and Marathi language, Malshej Ghat is written as माळशेज घाट.
Sometimes, Malshej Ghat is also referred to as Marshes Ghat or Maljesh Ghat by some people.
Where is Malshej Ghat located?
Malshej Ghat connects Kalyan with Ahmednagar. The mountain pass of Malshej Ghat is situated on the Kalyan–Ahmednagar Road in my favourite Western Ghats range. Malshej Ghat is located near Mumbai and Pune in Maharashtra of West India. In which district is Malshej Ghat?
The holiday destination of Malshej Ghat is located in the Thane district.This is located close to the boundary of Pune and Thane district.Located on the scenic Kalyan Nagar Road, Malshej Ghat is quite popular with the tourists.
Malshej Ghat elevation
What is the height of Malshej Ghat? The average height of Malshej Ghat is 2297 feet or 700 meters.
History of Malshej Ghat
Here is all you wanted to know about Malshej Ghat. Historical significance of Malshej Ghat is immense. While the history around Malshej Ghat is not much known, there are many immensely historical places near Malshej Ghat such as Harishchandragad Fort, Ambarnath, Nalasopara, Naneghat, Pune and Mumbai etc.
Do not forget to see the ancient Naneghat Inscription commissioned by Naganika, the wife of Satakarni (180–170 BCE) of the Satavahana family. This place is even older than Islam and is an integral part of the rich Malshej Ghat history. It is a little-known fact about Malshej Ghat.
My experience of visiting Malshej Ghat
I felt rejuvenated and refreshed by merely visiting Malshej Ghat in monsoon and staying amidst Mother Nature. It is an enchanting place with few parallels. I also went a bit offbeat and explored the unnamed paths. One path led me to a small water stream, where I spent few minutes doing nothing.
Places to see in Malshej Ghat
There are many tourist points in Malshej Ghat from where beautiful views of the valley, cliffs of the mountains and dense green forests can be enjoyed. All the must-see places of Malshej Ghat are located in close proximity with each other.
Krishna Bella Point
Krishna Bella Point is an observation platform popular with the tourists. In fact, Harish Chandragad can also be seen in far distance from this viewing platform. MTDC has thoughtfully constructed railings and stairs on top of a mountain here so that tourists and travellers can enjoy sweeping views of the valley of Malshej Ghat from here.
This is another viewing platform. Thumb point is named so because of a huge stone here which is shaped like a thumb. I have seen many such ‘Thumbs Up’ shaped rocks across Maharashtra. Thumb Point is also known as U point. This place is not to be missed because you can view many waterfalls from this place.
Malshej Ghat Photography Point
As the name suggests, people stop here to do photography. You can spend anywhere between 10 minutes to 1 hour depending on your interest.
Malshej ghat attractive stone
It is a hidden gem of Malshej Ghat. Not many people know this place by its name. Malshej Ghat is full of such little-known sightseeing places.
Valley View Point
This offbeat place offers bird’s eye view of the gorgeous valley which sprawls over a vast area of land. From here, you can appreciate the view of valley till as far as the eye can see. It is a must-visit place in Malshej Ghat.
Tunnels of Malshej Ghat
In Marathi language tunnels are known as Bogda. You will see signs telling you, “Pudhe Bogda Aahe”, the literal meaning of which is ‘Tunnel is ahead’. As soon as you cross the short tunnel, you will be greeted with numerous waterfalls, many of which you can also see from the Thumb Point, as mentioned above.
You can see many street vendors selling piping hot Vada Paos here. Binging on hot Vada Pao in rainy season is heavenly indeed! Malshej Ghat Tunnel is a tourist attraction in itself!
Car Washing Point
This is an informal name given to a waterfall on the highway. Tourists park their car under this waterfall because the water of this waterfall falls on the highway. It is a natural and free way to wash their car without wasting any water.
Prem Sagar Gallery
Prem Sagar Gallery is another tourist attraction of Malshej Ghat. Despite being a small point of interest, this point is worth a visit. It offers a different vantage point to soak in the views of the nature’s bounty! This is one of the top sightseeing attractions of Malshej Ghat.
Lajvanti Point is a very small place of interest. There is a viewing platform here as well from where you can enjoy the views of the green hills and waterfalls. I love to sit and chill at such places for at least 30 minutes. It is an amazing feeling to stand at the top of the mountains with all the clouds beside you and the nature below you! During the rainy season, you can just stand here and the clouds will come to kiss your face gently. Yes, it is one of those places!
Do visit the quaint Khubi Village. This village falls right at the start of Malshej Ghat. You can also stay in a homestay or a hotel in this village and observe the local lifestyle, up, close and personal. Imagine waking up to cock’ morning call inside a serene village! What adds to the charms of Malshej Ghat is that it is not very commercialized despite all the popularity!
Despite the vibrant tourism here, I was still able to visit the authentic village around Malshej Ghat. I value this because I have visited some boring touristy places in Malaysia where they had built village houses of local tribes only for the tourists. No one lived there actually. It is always more satisfying to visit authentic village than artificial ones.
Malshej Ghat lakeside camping
Malshej Ghat lake camping is also very popular with youngsters. Picture this! You are next to a huge lake, dancing, singing or talking sweet nothings with your spouse or friends or family over a bonfire and good music! Malshej Ghat lake is pristine and quiet. Lakeside Camping is one of the best Malshej Ghat activities.
You can do all this and much more during Malshej Ghat lakeside camping. It is one of the best campsites near Thane, Mumbai and Pune. During camping near Malshej Ghat, you can also play outdoor games such as archery, badminton, darts, football and cricket etc. Camping is the top thing to do in Malshej Ghat. Here is a tip! You must carry a torch to see during the night when camping.
Organised camping in Malshej Ghat
Several companies offer camping packages which you can avail. The food as well as camping gears are being taken care of by the organisers. The camp organisers also provide warm beddings, blanket and bed sheets inside the camp. Also expect BBQ aka barbeque by the lake.
Veg and Jain food is easily available at most of the organised campsites. Karaoke can also be done. Expect all the modern amenities you can think of. Indian as well as western toilets are also available at the campsite.
These are some of the benefits if you travel and camp with a tour operator. Most tents face valley and the lake. The famous Kalu waterfall is also located near this lake campsite at Pimpaljoga Dam. Some campsite organisers also include Swimming with Lifejackets and Speed Boat Ride in the lake. This camping location near Mumbai is worth spending on.
Camping on your own near Pimpalgaon Dam
If you want to do Malshej Ghat lake camping on your own then that is also easy and possible. I personally feel that along with the serene campsite in Igatpuri, the camping ground of Malshej Ghat are some of the best camping destinations near Pune and Mumbai.
Ample parking space near campsite of Pimpalgaon is also available. It is after all a popular picnic spot in Malshej Ghat. There is so much space for camping here that you will be spoilt for choice of where to pitch the tent. Camping is one of the major attractions of Malshej Ghat.
Malshej Ghat fireflies
Malshej Ghat Fireflies Camping is also quite a popular thing to do here. Visibility of fireflies depends upon season. So, if that is your priority then you should select a suitable season for the same. It is a pleasure to be able to see twinkling fireflies.
You will be trekking through dense jungles and lush green rice fields during this trek. Most of the stays arranged for fireflies sighting activity are valley facing. Watching fireflies is one of the most unusual things to do in Malshej Ghat.
Malshej Ghat boating
Boating is also quite popular activity in Malshej Ghat. I am personally not very fond of boating but if you enjoy it, then you should go for it.
Malshej Ghat glass bridge
A glass bridge in Malshej Ghat is proposed and soon the visitors will be able to enjoy a walk on the glass bridge here.
Malshej Ghat marathon
Malshej Ghat marathon is another top thing to do here. Malshej Ghat half marathon happens every year in the monsoon season. The route of Malshej Ghat half marathon is mostly picturesque locations alongside the Harishchandra Gadh and gorgeous Pimpalgaon Joga Dam.
Half marathon is as long as 21 kilometres. It is not everyone’s cup of tea but if you are a fitness enthusiast then you should consider running in half marathon in Malshej Ghat.
Malshej Ghat rock climbing
Rock climbing is a very popular adventure sport in Malshej Ghat. During my Malshej Ghat trip, I noticed many youngsters from Mumbai and Pune enjoying rock climbing. The difficulty level of rock climbing can be easy to moderate or even difficult.
Many rock-climbing trips to Malshej Ghat last 2 days or longer. This is why, most of the rock-climbing activity in Malshej Ghat is done in weekends. This thrilling adventure is very popular with young people.
Birdwatching in Malshej Ghat
Several migratory birds such as Alpine Swift and flamingos can be spotted at the Pimpalgaon Joga Dam. Many birding enthusiasts visit Malshej Ghat only for spotting various avian species.
Some of the commonly found birds in Malshej Ghat include
- Green pigeons
- Purple moorhen
- Whistling thrush
- Pied crested cuckoos
Pink flamingos can be seen in Malshej Ghat in the months of July, August and September. This is also a good time to visit Malshej Ghat. The bird enthusiast in me was excited to spot some unusual avian life in Malshej Ghat! Birdwatching indeed is one of the top things to do in Malshej Ghat.
This large tract of land offers gorgeous views of the nearby green valleys. Tourists visit here in large number to soak in the views of the valley and the sunset. However, be warned that on a cloudy day, the chances of seeing a sun set from anywhere in Malshej Ghat are slim. This is one of the best unusual places to see in Malshej Ghat.
Kalu waterfall is one of the top places to see in Malshej Ghat. Kalu waterfall is located near Pimpalgaon Joga Dam. Kalu waterfall is popular with locals and tourists alike because it is one of the biggest waterfalls of Malshej Ghat. The road conditions here are not very good which is why not many people go here despite its popularity.
Chances are that four wheelers may get stuck in the puddles during rain. Bikes can still manage to ride here with a little caution. You can also see reverse waterfalls here. Due to heavy winds, the water of the falls can be seen defying the law of gravity as it moves up in the air. In Malshej Ghat area, this unique phenomenon can be seen here only.
Malshej Ghat Waterfall
I love spending time with nature. When I visited Malshej Ghat, I was agape mouthed to see so many gushing waterfalls right on the road. The hilly areas of Malshej Ghat come alive with numerous waterfalls in the rainy season.
These cluster of waterfalls is the No. 1 reason why tourists visit Malshej Ghat. While some waterfalls ate located deep in the forest, many are located right on the highway itself. Some waterfalls can also be seen in the far distance but they are inaccessible.
In fact, I got down from the ST bus, I boarded from Pune and started enjoying several big and small waterfalls that dotted the landscape. Most of these waterfalls are located right on the highway.
If you are driving here, you will see many over excited tourists glued to the waterfalls doing unpublishable antics. There are many unnamed small waterfalls on the way to the ghat where tourists and local people enjoy to their heart’s content.
Monsoon is the only time when you can see these waterfalls. Waterfall hopping is one of the best things to do with family and kids in Malshej Ghat. There are many such unexplored waterfalls in and around Malshej Ghat.
Soul Window travel Tip
If you are traveling to Malshej Ghat from Pune, the do stop at the first waterfall that you see. You will see a flight of stairs leading to a viewing platform above. Much like Randha waterfalls of Bhandardara, this viewing platform not only offers sweeping 360-degree views of the highway but also grand views of the waterfall itself. Do not miss this place! Thank me later!
Top things to do in Malshej Ghat
There are so many activities to do in Malshej Ghat that even 2 days are less to enjoy this place fully. Some of the top things to do in Malshej Ghat are below:
- Long Drives
- Nature Trails
- Bird watching
- Speed boat ride
- Waterfall hopping
- Waterfall rappelling
- Adventure activities
- Malshej Ghat marathon
- Getting wet in waterfall
- Swimming with Lifejackets
- Eating local vegetarian food
- Walking near green rice fields
- Hikes and Treks in Malshej Ghat
Hikes and Treks in Malshej Ghat
I am an adventure lover and always look for places where I can do a little of hiking and trekking. Places like Malshej Ghat are great for outdoor enthusiasts because there are several named and unnamed hiking trails on the hills in and around Malshej Ghat. There are many nature trails here.
The verdant hills in monsoon only add to its beauty. In fact, I trekked to Naneghat pass which is located nearby. Do read my blog on Naneghat Trek. A walk in the dark woods of Malshej Ghat is rejuvenating! You can also try other adventure activities in Malshej Ghat such as waterfall rappelling.
Not many people know that the old Malshej Ghat trek route, which is situated at the edge of the Aadrai Forest is also popular with adventure enthusiasts like me. You can also combine the the jungle route with waterfall route. Waterfall Malshej Ghat trek, also called as Aadrai Jungle Trek can also be considered along with camping.
There are many popular trekking routes near Malshej Ghat, The Sahyadri Forts near Junnar region are worth a visit. If you have some extra time, you can also do these Malshej Ghat fort treks which are located a little far away from Malshej Ghat:
Excursions from Malshej Ghat
What are the places to see in and around Malshej Ghat? This is one of the most commonly asked question.
There are many interesting places to visit near Malshej Ghat. If you have more time and money then you should include these places with your Malshej Ghat tour. Below are some of the top places to see near Malshej Ghat.
Most tourists visit Harishchandragad from Khireshwar. Harishchandragad trek from Khireshwar is a very popular route. This is one of the most exciting of all Malshej Ghat points. This tourist attraction is a must-visit place. It is situated away from the crowds.
Harishchandragad Fort is located so close that it can be seen from many places in Malshej Ghat. Idols of Vishnu Bhagwan which date back to 11th century C.E. are found in the caves of Harishchandragad Fort. Perched at a height of 4665 feet, the origin of the fort can be traced back to 6th century C.E., when the Kalachuri dynasty ruled.
This is not to be confused by Katyuri kings of Uttarakhand. Tribes Mahadev Koli had control on the fort before Mughal invaders. The brave Marathas took back the fort from Mughals invaders in the year 1747 C.E. Must visit places here include Saptatirtha Pushkarni, Harishchandreshwar temple, Kedareshwar Cave, Kokan Kada, Nageshwar Temple and Taramati Peak.
4 pillars surround the sacred Shivalinga in Kedareshwar Cave. 3 of them are broken. The day when the 4th pillar breaks, the world will come to an end. Harishchandragad Fort Trek is popular with tourists. It is a medium level trek which takes 2 hours. This Malshej Ghat Shiva Temple is not to be missed. Harishchandragad Fort is one of the top places to visit near Malshej Ghat.
Pimpalgaon Joga Dam
How can you come to Malshej Ghat and not visit Pimpalgaon Joga Dam? Constructed over the Pushpavati River, Pimpalgaon Joga Damis a must-visit place near Malshej Ghat.Pimpalgaon dam offers grand views, what with huge mountains and wide water reservoir dotting the landscape.The tranquil atmosphere of Pimpalgaon attracts those discerning travellers who love to go off the beaten track. It is one of the top points of attractions in this region.
On a clear day, you have also soak in the view of a grand sunset here. Skies painted in the hues of orange amidst a backdrop of silhouetted hills is a sight to behold! Pimpalgaon dam is located 19 kilometres away from Malshej Ghat. It is a huge dam which stretches as far as a whooping 5 kilometres.
Pimpalgaon Joga Dam is definitely one of the best places to visit around Malshej Ghat. It has gained popularity over the years and is not a lesser-known place anymore. This secluded dam is visited in large numbers by friends, couples, families and even solo travellers like me.
This 17th-century military fort of Shivneri is a revered place because this is where the braveheart Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the great emperor and the founder of the powerful Maratha Empire, took birth. Shivneri fort is located only 2-3 kilometres away from Junnar town and 51 minutes and 30 kilometers away from Malshej Ghat. The views from the top of Shivneri Fort are beyond amazing!
Several ancient inscriptions are present on the walls of Shivneri Buddhist caves which is located atop a hill, near Shivneri Fort. Buddhist presence in the 1st century C.E. has also been observed here. The 60 caves here were excavated in the 1st century C.E. The nearby Lenyardi Caves and Junnar Caves are also must-visit places. Both Viharas and Chaityas are observed here. These are some of the lesser-known tourist places in this region.
Ambarnath is located very close to places like Nalasopara, Kalyan, Ulhasnagar and Badlapur in Mumbai. The historical Shiv Mandir of Ambarnath which dates back to the 11th-century still remains a functional temple. Ambernath Shiv Mandir, which is also known as Ambreshwar Shiva Temple and Puratana Shivalaya is located on the banks of Vadavan aka Waldhuni River.
The architectural style of the temple is jaw dropping! It was constructed in 1060 C.E. by Shilahara king Chhittaraja and probably his son Mummuni. You can get down at Ambarnath railway station (East) and either walk or take a rickshaw to the Ambarnath temple which is located just 2 kilometres away. It is one of the best places of interest here.
Not many people know about the hidden gem of Nalasopara Stupa. Much like the other Buddhist places in India such as Vaishali, Rajgir, Sarnath, Jetwana Monastery in Shravasti and Kapilvastu aka Piparahwa, Nalasopara was also visited by Bhagwan Gautam Buddha himself.
The little known Nalasopara Stupa was built approximately 2,500 years ago by a trader known as Poorna. Gautam Buddha himself had inaugurated this stupa. Nalasopara is located near Kalyan, Badlapur, Ambarnath, Ulhasnagar etc. Sopara Stupa is one of the best places near Malshej Ghat.
Other excursions from Malshej Ghat include the following:
- Ajoba Hill Fort
- Pawna Lake camping
- Rajmachi Fort Trekking
- Kundalika Rafting camp
Flora and Fauna of Malshej Ghat
Malshej Ghat is known for its rich biodiversity. The serene Malshej Ghat teems with life, especially in the rainy season. Malshej Ghat animals are also known for its diversity.
Festival of Malshej Ghat
The biggest festival in Malshej Ghat is Ganeshotsav. It is celebrated every once in a year in the Gregorian month of August and September. The dates keep changing every year.
Vegan and Vegetarian Food in Malshej Ghat
If given an option, I would skip the meals at a restaurant and would rather eat with the locals in their home. You can also eat local Marathi food cooked on an earthen food right in their home kitchen. It’s likely that you will be seated on the floor for the meals. Immersive travel experiences such as these leave a lasting impression on the mind!
Most of the proper Malshej Ghat restaurants are located far away from the ghat area, so it is a good idea to pack in some food and water with you. However, personally I prefer to buy food and water from the local vendors who stand right on the highway selling anything from boiled corn, boiled peanuts, vada pao, Bhajiya Paav etc.
If you get lucky you can also enjoy sumptuous local Maharashtrian cuisine. It is one of my favourite cuisines of India. Look for Misal Pao. Best places to eat in Malshej Ghat are right on the street and in the homes of local people. During my Malshej ghat trip, I preferred eating local and cheap. Malshej Ghat eateries are scattered throughout the road.
Is it safe to visit Malshej Ghat?
Is Malshej Ghat risky? To be on a safer side, you must stay away from drunk people on the road. Some of them are known to misbehave with strangers, especially girls. I visited Malshej Ghat with a female company and I did feel vulnerable for few minutes. It is better to avoid any altercation, especially on the narrow roads of the highway.
Is it safe to drive to Malshej Ghat?
While driving, you should be careful of slippery roads and other drunk drivers. Some people drink and drive here which is not safe. You yourself should be responsible to not drink and drive in Malshej Ghat. Also, roads can be a but slippery in Malshej Ghat during rains. Hence, you must drive here slowly with care.
Souvenirs Shopping Guide to Malshej Ghat
There are not many souvenir shops in Malshej Ghat. You can still pack some local Marathi snacks from Malshej Ghat which have a long shelf life.
ATM in Malshej Ghat
There are a few ATMs in Malshej Ghat but not enough. Many may not even work at times or run out of cash because it is a very small village. This is why always carry some cash before the Malshej ghat trip begins.
Photography Tips for Malshej Ghat
The bestplaces to visit in Malshej Ghat come alive in monsoon. Rainy season is also when you get best pictures of Malshej Ghat. It is a good idea to get on a viewing platform to take wide panoramic shots of Malshej Ghat. It is as good as the Malshej Ghat drone view. The higher the viewing platform, the better the pictures.
Hire local tourist guide in Malshej Ghat
Most of the places to visit in Malshej Ghat do not require a local tourist guide. However, if you still want a tailor-made holiday in Malshej Ghat then you can hire a local tourist guide. He can help you see all the top places to visit in Malshej Ghat in less time. He can also show you some offbeat places in Malshej Ghat.
Languages spoken in Malshej Ghat
The most spoken and understood language in Malshej Ghat is Marathi. In fact, unlike Mumbai and Pune, many people in the village of Malshej Ghat didn’t speak or understand Hindi or English at all. I tried to talk to a local old Marathi woman and she just laughed, being unable to understand me.
While Hindi is still understood and spoken by many, English is still not much understood by many locals in Malshej Ghat. But that is nothing to worry about as many tourists in Malshej Ghat are trilingual and speak fluent Hindi, English and Marathi.
Soul Window Travel Tips on Malshej Ghat
It is good idea to enjoy all the places to visit in Malshej Ghat with close friends. So that you enjoy more!
Toilet facility in Malshej Ghat
Toilet can be an issue in Malshej Ghat, especially for the women. Some restaurants have toilets but they are located away from the highway, where the main action is.
Parking space in Malshej Ghat
Ample parking space are available in Malshej Ghat. If you are staying in a resort or homestay, then you can park your bike and car there as well. You can also take a short halt at these designated parking spots and take pictures, have a meal etc.
Entry fee Malshej Ghat
There is no entry fee at Malshej Ghat. All the places to visit in Malshej Ghat are free. Malshej Ghat is one of those places where there are many free things to do. Not only can you have a free walking tour of Malshej Ghat but also enjoy the bounty of nature without spending on any entrance fee.
Backpacking Budget Travel Tips for Malshej Ghat
Most of the places to visit in Malshej Ghat do not have an entry fee. Malshej Ghat is one of the most inexpensive places I have visited. What makes Malshej Ghat pocket friendly is the fact that once you have arrived here, there is not much you can spend on. All the major attractions of Malshej Ghat are free to visit.
This cuts the travel cost hugely. The only thing I spent on in Malshej Ghat was on local train ticket, bus ticket and local snacks like Vada Pao. All of these didn’t cost us much! In fact, the cost of entire Malshej Ghat trip for me was same as the cost of 4 coffees in Starbucks Indian outlet.
Solo Trip Tips for Malshej Ghat
Several people also visit Malshej Ghat solo during weekends in monsoon. However, I feel picnic places like Malshej Ghat must be visited with friend, spouse or family. There is lot of fun to do in Malshej Ghat and you sure want to share those moments.
Personally, I prefer going solo in places which have a lot of heritage buildings of architectural brilliance so that I can study those at my own pace. But places like Malshej Ghat are best enjoyed with a company. You can still enjoy Malshej Ghat as a solo traveler.
Luxury travel Tips for Malshej Ghat
It is easy to be a luxury traveller in Malshej Ghat. Despite preserving its unique village lifestyle, there are many luxury facilities in and around Malshej Ghat. From luxury hotels to private cars for sightseeing to fine dining, there is a lot which a luxury traveler can look forward to in Malshej Ghat.
Where to stay in Malshej Ghat
Despite its small size, there are many stay options available in Malshej Ghat. Malshej Ghat hotels for all budget types are available easily. Most of the top Malshej ghat resorts are located very close to each other. The best Malshej ghat hotels are located in the middle of the nature. Malshej Ghat campsite is located near the wide lake area.
MTDC Malshej Ghat, Malshej Agro Resort, Saj by the Lake and Rainbow Hills are some of the most popular and best luxury resorts in Malshej Ghat. Malshej Ghat resorts with swimming pool are also very popular with tourists. You can compare several places to stay in Malshej Ghat before making any booking. Some of the best resorts in Malshej Ghat have incredible views of the verdant valleys.
Malshej Ghat agro tourism resorts are great for those who like to do their hand dirty while learning a few tricks of traditional farming. Malshej Ghat farmhouses are also popular. I personally prefer staying in any of the Malshej Ghat homestays. There are also some hotels near Malshej Ghat where you can stay. Resorts near Malshej Ghat are some of the bests in Maharashtra.
Flamingo Hill: MTDC Resort
Many tourists prefer to stay in the popular Flamingo Hill resort which is run by a government body known as Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation or MTDC. There is also large parking space available here in case you are traveling by a personal car or bike.
The MTDC Malshej resort also offers breath-taking views to the tourists. This Malshej Ghat government resort is one of the most popular resorts of Malshej Ghat. This is the best of all the Malshej Ghat resorts.
Homestay in Malshej Ghat
You can also stay in a homestay run by local people of Malshej Ghat. Hotel Nisarg is located right in the middle of the beautiful Khubi village. They also arrange for local vegetarian meal cooked in earthen stove. You can contact them at 9673620629. I prefer homestay any day over Malshej Ghat hotels and resorts.
What to wear in Malshej Ghat?
Do carry extra pair of clothes and towel even if you are visiting Malshej Ghat as a day trip from Pune or Mumbai. It is unlikely that you would not be tempted to get wet under a waterfall here. Bathing in the waterfalls is the top thing to do in Malshej Ghat after all. This is why carry plastic bag and extra clothes so that you can change dress.
Things to carry for Malshej Ghat Trip
Also, do not forget to carry umbrella, raincoat etc even if you are planning to get wet in Malshej Ghat. Umbrella will help you protect from unannounced rain when you are not in the mood to get wet.
Also carry protection for your camera, mobile and other electronic gears. Other items which you can carry for Malshej Ghat tour include torch (for night walks, if staying overnight), trekking shoes, woolens (during winter), mosquito repellants, sunscreen, sun cap and personal medicines (if required).
Timings of Malshej Ghat
There are no set timings in Malshej Ghat. However, you must arrive early morning in Malshej Ghat so that you can spend more time here. While leaving, I ensured that I hopped on to a Mumbai bound bus before sun set so that I am not stuck in Malshej Ghat. This also helped me and my friend to arrive in Mumbai before it got too late.
Best Time to visit Malshej Ghat?
Can we go to Malshej Ghat now? What is the best time to visit Malshej Ghat? These are some of the most frequently asked questions about Malshej Ghat which I am writing below in detail.
Winter in Malshej Ghat
Though winter is not the high season in Malshej Ghat, it is also a good time to visit this unique pass in Sahyadris. How is Malshej Ghat in winter? During winter season, as late as the third week of December, it is possible to soak in the greenery of Malshej Ghat.
Malshej Ghat in December is also a nice time to be here. Weather of Malshej Ghat is dry and cool in winters. Malshej Ghat temperature is low in winter. Expect temperatures in Malshej Ghat around 15 degrees Celsius in winter.
However, be warned that there will be no waterfalls in winter season. That said, winter is still a good time to be in Malshej Ghat for enjoying its scenic beauty and local village lifestyle. Afterall, Malshej Ghat is a famous picnic spot for a reason! November in Malshej Ghat is also a good time to be here. During October in Malshej Ghat, you can still see waterfalls. You can say October is the shoulder season in Malshej Ghat.
Summer in Malshej Ghat
Summer is the low season in Malshej Ghat. There is no point in visiting Malshej Ghat in summer unless you have some work, you are passing by or you want to punish yourself. The temperature of Malshej Ghat is very high in summer.
Temperature in Malshej Ghat during summer is high. The months of April, May and mid-June are very hot in Malshej Ghat. The hot and dry climate of Malshej Ghat is not everyone’s cup of tea!
You can still visit Malshej Ghat in summer if you really have to. At least, you can be rewarded with breathtaking sun sets and lack of tourist crowd. The maximum temperature in Malshej Ghat can exceed 40 degrees Celsius in summer. Malshej Ghat weather is high in summer.
Monsoon in Malshej Ghat
What is the best time to visit Malshej Ghat? July, August and September are the best months to visit Malsehj Ghat. Thanks to excessive rains, monsoon is the time when the hills are carpeted with a thick cover of green. Apart from the beautiful macro life such as exotic insects and bugs, you can also see flamingos in July, August and September. Monsoon is the high season in Malshej Ghat.
You can also see many seasonal waterfalls in Malshej Ghat during the rains. The bottom-line is that Malshej Ghat during monsoon is very popular.
Duration of Visit in Malshej Ghat
How many days to spend in Malshej Ghat? How many days are enough for Malshej Ghat? Is it allowed to go to Malshej Ghat? What is there to do in Malshej Ghat? These are some of the frequently asked questions. There are several sightseeing attractions in Malshej Ghat which keep the travellers engaged.
What can I do in 1 day in Malshej Ghat?
When I visited Malshej Ghat for the first time, I spent only 1 day here. It was a one-day picnic to Malshej Ghat from Mumbai. Within the span of 1 day, I restricted myself to enjoy the waterfalls on the highway, pose next to the tunnel (bogda), visit the local village, wandered aimlessly and stuffed my face with hot Vada Paos. Malshej Ghat one day trip from Mumbai is easily doable.
If you have less time and money, then one day is sufficient for enjoying the best tourist attractions of Malshej Ghat. However, you must note that I missed visiting many points such as Pimpalgaon dam etc during my first visit to Malshej Ghat. It was a weekend escape from my job in Mumbai, so I didn’t mind even a day of rejuvenation.
What can I do in 2 days in Malshej Ghat?
Here is a guide to Malshej Ghat for 2 days. If you have more days in Malshej Ghat, you can also visit many excursions such as Harishchandragad fort, Pimpalgaon Dam, Nanaghat Trek etc. If you are not interested in excursion, then you can spend 2 days in Malshej Ghat as well.
An extra day will give you an opportunity to dine in the home of a local villager in the light of earthen lamps. An extra day in Malshej Ghat will also allow you to visit the jungles and maybe, also even do a small day trek. If you love going off the touristy trail, then you will enjoy your time in Malshej Ghat.
Itinerary for Malshej Ghat
Below is an easy and quick itinerary for Malshej Ghat. We left very early in the morning from Mumbai so that we get to spend more time in Malshej Ghat.
- Leave early morning from Kalyan in Mumbai
- Arrive in Malshej Ghat
- Enjoy the waterfalls
- See all the points of attraction of Malshej Ghat
- Eat local food
- Visit Pimpalgaon Dam
- Wander aimlessly
- Leave Malshej Ghat for Mumbai or stay overnight
Local Transport for sightseeing in Malshej Ghat
Auto Rickshaws are available in Malshej Ghat for local sight-seeing. You can hire the rickshaw and visit nearby places such as Thumbs Up point and the dam. They charge a nominal fee for sightseeing in Malshej Ghat.
How to reach Malshej Ghat?
How do I travel to Malshej Ghat? Since Malshej Ghat is a famous weekend getaway from Pune and Mumbai, it is easy to reach here. Below are all possible ways to arrive at Malshej Ghat.
How can I go to Malshej Ghat by train? Mumbai to Malshej Ghat is very easy. Malshej Ghat from Kalyan is easiest way to reach here. The closest local railway station from Malshej Ghat is located at Karjat station near Mumbai and Kalyan Station in the Thane District. Malshej Ghat from Mumbai by train is easily doable.
Pune to Malshej Ghat is also easy. The closest State Transport Bus Station from Malshej Ghat is located in Junnar, Pune. You can also hop on to a State Transport bus which plies between Kalyan and Ahmednagar. These timely buses are available at the bustling State Bus Station which is located near Kalyan Railway Junction.
Here is the Soul Window Travel Tip: You need to find a bus which is heading towards Ahmednagar from Kalyan. These buses will make a stop at Malshej Ghat before heading towards its final destination. The bus ride between Kalyan and Malshej Ghat takes around 1.5 hours to 2 hours via NH 61. The distance between Kalyan and Malshej Ghat is only 85 kilometers.
Soul Window Experiences
While returning from Malshej Ghat to my flat in Sanpada in Navi Mumbai via Kalyan in Mumbai, I and my friend jumped on to a local ST bus, just before it turned dark. There was no space available in the bus, so we spread a newspaper and sat on the floor of the bus, just behind the seat of the driver. It was uncomfortable, but being a budget traveller, I enjoyed the ride.
After we got down in Kalyan, we had another ordeal to face. The bus station was jampacked with people who were competing to get a seat in the Navi Mumbai bound bus. We missed many buses and finally grabbed seat for two in the rickety ST bus full of people.
The bus was packed like sardines. The trick is that I ran every time a bus arrived, I got my hands on railing of door of bus and rushed inside. It was successful after a few attempts and we found seats finally! Phew!
Road Trip to Malshej Ghat
How are the roads of Malshej Ghat? Malshej Ghat road conditions are good, making it a pleasure to ride here. Thanks to the proximity from Mumbai and Pune, many tourists also drive to Malshej Ghat. I saw many huge groups of family and friends, who drove all the way to Malshej Ghat from Pune and Mumbai for a one-day picnic.
There are nice lovely roads here to drive upon while appreciating the unparralleled beauty of the green mountains and azure skies. Malshej Ghat drive is best enjoyed in monsoon. Malshej Ghat from Mumbai by road is very popular.
These tourists do not stay in hotels but return back on the same day by evening. You can also do the same. However, do note that there can be some traffic jams while leaving Malshej Ghat in the evening. I faced a long traffic jam. Also watch out for landslides during monsoon. Malshej Ghat speed limit is 50 kilometres per hour because it is located on the ghats and hilly areas. To compare, the speed limit in Maharashtra is 100 kilometres per hour on the plain terrain.
Malshej Ghat bike ride
Whether car or bike, a visually stunning foggy drive from Mumbai to Malshej Ghat are stuff dreams are made up of! Needless to say, this journey is as beautiful as the destination.
The Malshej Ghat road condition is excellent. Thanks to the illuminators, the roads here are well lit even during the night. Malshej Ghat from Mumbai by bike is very easy because Kalyan is located in close proximity with this hill station.
Malshej Ghat has no airports. Nearest international airports from Malshej Ghat are located in the big cities of Mumbai and Pune.
Malshej Ghat from Kalyan
Most people from Mumbai visit Malshej Ghat from the super busy Kalyan railway station. Both local train and long-distance trains stop here. Places like Badlapur, Ambarnath, Nalasopara and Ulhasnagar (known as a Sindhi majority area) are also located just 20 kilometers away from Kalyan.
Malshej Ghat direction
Directions to Malshej Ghat from Pune
If you are traveling to Malshej Ghat from Pune, then follow this direction. You should take NH 50, also known as the Pune Nashik highway. You should head towards Narayangaon. Then you have to take a left turn at Otur and wheel away on the Kalyan-Ahmednagar Highway (SH-222) towards Kalyan.
Route from Pune
Below is the route to Malshej Ghat from Pune city.
Pune-Chakan – Rajgurunagar – Peth – Manchar – Narayangaon – Junnar – Malshej Ghat
Directions to Malshej Ghat from Mumbai
If you are traveling to Malshej Ghat from Mumbai, then you should take NH3 and head towards Bhiwandi. After Bhiwandi, turn and head towards Murbad. Wheel away on the state highway which passes through places such as Kalyan, Murbad, Saralgaon and Vaishakhare.
Which Ghat is between Konkan Junnar? Naneghat lies between Konkan Junnar. The above-mentioned Vaishakhare is also the base village for the ancient Naneghat Trek. Do read my blog on Naneghat trek from the Satavahana Dynasty era. I have been listed as top Travel influencers in India many times.
Route from Mumbai
Below is the route to Malshej Ghat from Mumbai city.
Mumbai -Thane – Kalyan – Murbad – Shivale – Saralgaon – Kasgaon – Tokawade – Malshej Ghat
Distances from Malshej Ghat
I am mentioning distances of Malshej Ghat from nearby attractions so that you can plan your trip well. The Malshej Ghat distance chart below is in ascending order.
Distance between Khireshwar and Malshej Ghat is 11 kilometers and it takes 20 minutes via NH61. It is located near Khubi Phata Village.
Distance between Harishchandragad Fort and Malshej Ghat is 11 kilometers and it takes 20 minutes via NH61.
Distance between Pimpalgaon Joga Dam and Malshej Ghat is 19 kilometers and it takes 35 minutes via NH61.
Distance between Junnar and Malshej Ghat is 28 kilometers and it takes 45 minutes via NH61 and MH SH 111.
Distance between Shivneri Fort and Malshej Ghat is 30 kilometers and it takes 50 minutes via NH61 and MH SH 111.
Distance between Naneghat Trek and Malshej Ghat is 37 kilometers and it takes 1 hour via NH61.
Distance between Ambarnath and Malshej Ghat is 84 kilometers and it takes 2 hours via NH61.
Distance between Kalyan in Mumbai and Malshej Ghat is 85 kilometers and it takes 2 hours via NH61.
Distance between Bhandardara and Malshej Ghat is 97 kilometers and it takes 2 hours and 40 minutes via MH SH 46 and MH SH 21.
Distance between Mumbai and Malshej Ghat is 126 kilometers and it takes 3 hours via NH61.
Distance between Pune and Malshej Ghat is 126 kilometers and it takes 3 hours via NH60.
Malshej Ghat via Borivali distance is also easy to cover. Distance between Borivali in Mumbai and Malshej Ghat is 129 kilometers and it takes 3 hours and 44 minutes via NH61.
Distance between Nalasopara and Malshej Ghat is 141 kilometers and it takes 3 hours and 30 minutes via NH61.
Passes of Western Ghats
What are the other passes of the Western Ghat?
- Agumbe Ghat
- Amboli Ghat
- Amba Ghat
- Ambenali ghat
- Balebare Ghat
- Bisle Ghat
- Bopdev Ghat
- Bhor Ghat
- Bhoste Ghat
- Chandanapuri Ghat
- Charmadi Ghat
- Chorla Ghat
- Dive Ghat
- Ganesh Ghat
- Goa Gap
- Thal Ghat also known as Kasara Ghat
- Kashedi Ghat
- Kamthe Ghat
- Katraj Ghat
- Khambatki Ghat
- Kumbharli Ghat
- Mahur Ghat
- Malshej Ghat
- Naneghat Pass
- Palakkad Gap
- Parshuram Ghat
- Pasarni Ghat
- Phonda Ghat
- Sampaje Ghat
- Shiradi Ghat
- Tamhini Ghat
- Varandha Ghat
Other ghats of India include places like Goran Ghat, Asirgarh Ghat and Haldighati Pass which I visited with family.
Passes of Indian Himalayas
- Auden’s Col
- Banihal Pass
- Bara-lacha la
- Bhaba Pass
- Bum La Pass
- Borasu Pass
- Chang La
- Chanshal Pass
- Cho La
- Debsa Pass
- Dehra Compass
- Diphu Pass
- Dongkha La
- Fotu La
- Goecha La
- Indrahar Pass
- Jelep La
- Kepang La
- Khardung La
- Kongka Pass
- Kunzum Pass
- Lanak La
- Lipulekh Pass
- Lungalacha La
- Mana Pass
- Marsimik La
- Nama Pass
- Namika La
- Nathu La
- Pangsau Pass
- Pensi La Pin
- Parbati Pass
- Rezang La
- Rohtang Pass
- Rupin Pass
- Saach Pass
- Sela Pass
- Shingo La
- Shipki La
- Sin La
- Sinthan Pass
- Spanggur Gap
- Tanglang La
- Traill’s Pass
- Umling La
- Zojila Pass
Conclusion: Is Malshej Ghat worth visiting
Why visit Malshej Ghat? Here is an overview! Here are my final thoughts. There is a good reason why Malshej Ghat is such a popular weekend break from Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Kalyan, Pune etc.
To summarize, the tourists come all the way to Malshej Ghat from Mumbai and Pune to enjoy the view of gorgeous waterfalls cascading down the rocky hillocks surrounded by layers of mist hovering over lush greenery. This unique spectacle is not to be missed!
In a nutshell, if the thought of surrounding yourself with nature and tranquility excites you, then Malshej Ghat is for you! The best part is that all the top places to visit in Malshej Ghat are located very close to each other.
The view from my Soul Window is so green!
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