Trekking is an exhilarating experience. Climbing up a lush green hill, making your way through dense forests, bubbling streams only to be welcomed by a gushing waterfall, a breathtaking view and a majestic fort is the dose of reminder you need that reality is much more beautiful than all your dreams, And let’s remind you that Maharashtra has plenty of scenic hiking trails that will remind you why this is the best state. If you don’t believe us, then read on to the 5 most beautiful trekking spots here below.
Bhimashankar is the source of the river Bhima, a significant river in Maharashtra. So when you go for this moderate trek expect scenic river banks throughout the 3300 feet climb. Right on top of the hill, pay your respects to the divine at the Jyotirlinga and Bhimashankar temple. This shrine holds major mythological importance. Legends indicate that a celestial battle took place here between Lord Shiva and the asura Bhima. After your trek, you can also visit the Sahyadri Wildlife sanctuary in the vicinity. It’s one of the best monsoon treks in Maharashtra that you must add to your wishlist.
If you’re up for challenges, then Harischandragad, a fort hill in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra is your abode. During the monsoon, avoid trekking up via the Nalichi vaat or Taramati Ghal. Instead, take the route visa Khireshwar or Pachnai. It’s equally scenic and enjoyable. The Konkan Kada or Konkan cliff is the main attraction of this hill fort. It’s a vertical overhang like a cobra’s hood and offers you a panoramic view of the surrounding hills. The Harishchandragad fort is an ancient fort dating back to the 6th century. Explore the intriguing caves surrounding the fort, believed to be carved out in the 11th century. You will surely have a gala time trekking through fields and forests to reach this magnificent fort.
One of the easiest monsoon treks, Visapur is situated just 2 hours from Mumbai and 5 km from Lonavala. The trail begins from Bhaje village located close to the Mumbai-Pune express highway. The well-defined trail with boulders leads you to the Visapur fort ruins. But the ultimate highlight of the Visapur trek has to be the unique staircase waterfalls. Rocks shaped like a staircase have water gushing from it. Apart from this, the series of different waterfalls and a gorgeous view from the fort will leave you asking for more.
At 5400 feet you will literally be walking in the clouds on the trek during the monsoon season at Kalsubai. This is the highest peak in Maharashtra but the trail is well defined and moderate level challenging. There are ladders places to make it easy for trekkers to scale the summit. The exciting think about Kalsubai trek is that you cannot spot the summit as it’s covered in fog and clouds. So the feeling of walking into the unknown is unparalleled.
5. Torna Fort
For Maharashtrians, there’s no feeling prouder than to visit the first fort won by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. At the tender age of 16 years, he won the Prachandgad or Torna fort. It’s a massive fort and houses immense history and folklore in it. During the rainy season, the stream crossings, waterfalls and ridge walks add to the charm of this trekking experience. Once you reach uphill, witness the beauty of the Khadakwasla dam, Mahabaleshwar and Singhal.
So, these are some of the most beautiful and challenging treks you can embark on to unleash your inner adventurer. There’s nothing more amazing than surrounding yourself with nature’s gems. When it comes to adventure, check out Kamiya Jani’s crazy adventures that made her stomach drop.