“It cannot be more scenic than this”. This comment is surely reserved for one of the most fascinating places in the mountain ranges of the magnificent Sahyadris. It is a wonderful treat to our urban eyes that are so used to concrete as the verdant green landscape soothes us completely. Malshej is green throughout the year but if you want to experience heaven, then monsoon is the time to be there.
If you are enamoured by the description you just read and have begun planning, be sure to read ahead for some valuable tips that will help you during the trip:
How to reach Malshej
Malshej is located in the splendid Sahyadri mountain ranges in Maharashtra. It is approximately 164 kilometres away from Mumbai, 154 kms from Pune towards its north and 120 kms from Thane. Road is the best way to travel to Malshej as the amazing landscapes offer a truly fabulous view and is a truly stress-free drive for a majority of the stretch. Travellers from Mumbai can take the route from Bhiwandi and Kalyan from where it is about 85 kilometres away. Since there are no major railway stations closeby, Kalyan is the nearest one from where State transport buses can be used to reach the destination
What to pack
If you are planning to take the trip during winter or monsoons, remember to carry warm clothing as it become chilly especially during nights. Rain coats and umbrellas (sturdy ones, please) are an absolute must during Monsoon trips and also ensure your footwear has a good gripping sole to maintain your footing. Carry an extra pair of dry clothes in case you decide to take a dip in the many ponds and waterfalls. Carry plastic bags to keep things dry and biscuits/khakhra for emergencies. Line you backpack with waterproof plastic to prevent water seepage.
Suitable time to visit:
The weather all year round is extremely pleasant but as everyone who has travelled to Malshej will vouch, monsoons are the best time to visit this breath-taking place. The lush green surroundings with gushing streams and refreshing waterfalls are to be seen to be believed. The landscape is truly mesmerizing and are bound to give you memories of a lifetime. Winter is also a pleasant time to visit and walk through the dense fog that surrounds you.
Things to do:
Like us humans, Malshej Ghat is a favourite place for birds of various kinds too and the rains sees the flamingos arrive in huge numbers. You can see these majestic birds at close quarters as they fill the landscape during the migratory season. Don’t miss on this opportunity when you are in Malshej as Rann of Kutch is the closest you can see them!
Naneghat is a wondrous place that precedes your journey to Malshej and was an ancient trade route. With Kalsubai peaks to the north & Bhimashankar to the south, this must to your list of to-do things
Also make sure you book your stay in advance as the place is packed with tourists. MTDC offers one of the best stay arrangements and has clean and spacious rooms at affordable prices.