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Malshej Ghat, Maharashtra

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Malshej Ghat is a popular hill station and mountain pass in Maharashtra’s Western Ghats that is frequented by hikers, trekkers, and nature enthusiasts. It is an ideal retreat and a popular weekend getaway from Mumbai, Pune, and Thane. Malshej Ghat is famous for its lush monsoon greenery and migratory pink flamingos – seen between July and September.

Nearby Places to See

Lenyadri Buddhist Caves
These 30 caves, which are spectacularly carved into the rocky hillside, were created between the first and third centuries and feature incredible sculptures and designs. 29 of these caves are owned by Buddhists, while one (cave number 7) is owned by Hindus and has a Ganesh temple.
Malshej Falls
The lovely Malshej Waterfall is close to Malshej Ghat and is tucked away in the charming Sahyadri range. The area’s natural beauty is breathtaking, and it makes a fantastic starting point for hikes. For adventurers, the rocky hills with their numerous forts, temples, and historic caves make for an interesting route. The nearby Pimpalgaon Lake offers visitors a chance to relax and unwind. The Shivneri Fort and the Lenyadri Caves are situated close to the lake.
Pimpalgaon Dam
Located at an impressive 4511 feet above sea level, this fort is only accessible on foot via a trek that begins in the village of Dehene, roughly 40 kilometres from Malshej Ghat. The journey to the fort takes about three hours.
Ajoba Hillfort
This 94-foot-high dam was constructed across the Pushpavati River in 1999 and is situated about 20 kilometres from the ghat. Beautiful sunsets and sunset views from atop the hills are a major draw for visitors.
Harishchandragad Fort
Located about 12 kilometres from Malshej ghat via the Pimpalgaon dam site, Khireshwar village is the starting point of the hike to the fort. It is considered one of the finest fort sites in the state of Maharashtra. The journey to the fort typically takes around 5 hours. The fort is an important historic site with stunning ancient temples and awe-inspiring cane temples, as well as lakes and other water features. This fort dates back to the 6th century, when it was constructed by Kalachuri kings.
Lonavala & Khandala
Lonavala and Khandala, two neighbouring hill towns, are well-liked weekend getaway destinations for visitors to Mumbai. Khandala is approximately 10 minutes’ drive from Lonavala and is located 96 kilometres from Mumbai. These hill towns, well known for their chikki (a brittle confection made with jaggery and peanuts), offer picturesque views of the valley, hills, and tiny villages hidden away in the folds of the Western Ghats. Ryewood Park and the garden next to the Valvan Dam are just two of the many picnic areas that Lonavala has to offer.