Top 10 Attraction for Backpackers in Maharashtra

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Photo of Top 10 Attraction for Backpackers in Maharashtra by Amol Sonawane

If you're the kind who would love to pick up a backpack and head out of the city on weekends and holidays, Maharashtra is a true paradise for you. This state has a varied terrain, which makes backpacking here one of the most enriching experiences you could come across.

Here's a 9-day itinerary to take you through the best backpacking spots across Maharashtra.

Day 1

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Photo of Malshej Ghat, Maharashtra by Amol Sonawane

Malshej Ghat is my one of the most favorite mountain pass in the western ghats ranges in the Thane-Pune. Malshej Ghat is nestled in the lofty rugged hills of the Western Ghats. The most beautiful thing is it is the home to hundreds of different kinds of flora and fauna especially the avian population such as quails, rails, flamingos, crakes, and cuckoos.

Best time to go: Malshej Ghat is around 130 KM in North of Pune. There are various valleys around the Malshej which attracts many trekker and travelers. Good season to visit at Malshej is monsoon months of August to September.

Day 2

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Photo of Tamhini Ghat, Tata Talav, Maharashtra by Amol Sonawane

Tamhini Ghat is a mountain passage situated between Tamhini and Mulshi. Located on the crest of the Western Ghats mountain ranges, Tamhini Ghat is noted for its greenery comprising scenic waterfalls, lakes and dense woods. Tamhini Ghat starts from Mulshi Dam and ends at Orchard Cafe. There is a waterfall near Basho resort.

Best time to go: Good season to visit Tamhini ghat is Monsoon season.

Day 3

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Photo of Harishchandragad, Maharashtra by Amol Sonawane

Harishchandragad is a hill fort in the Ahmednagar. Its history mixed with that of Malshej Ghat, Kothari village and it has played a significant role in guarding and controlling the encompassing region. Interesting places in Harishchandragad is Saptatirtha Pushkarni, Kedareshwar Cave, Kokan Kada, Taramati peak, Caves on Harishchandragad, Nageshwar temple near Khireshwar, Temple of Harishchandreshwar.

There are three ways to reach Harishchandragad

- Way from Khireshwar Village

- Way from Belpada

- Way from Kothale

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Photo of Lohagad Fort, Lohagad Trek Road, Maharashtra, India by Amol Sonawane

Lohagad is one of the most magnificent forts in Maharashtra which attracts the many backpackers. Lohgad is situated close to the hill station Lonavala and 52 km northwest of Pune.

People also visit the nearest place Bhaja Caves on the way to Lohgad. Bhaja caves are a group of 22 rock-cut caves dating back to the 2nd century BC located in Pune.

Day 4

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Photo of Sinhagad Fort, Thoptewadi, Maharashtra, India by Amol Sonawane

Sinhagad is a hill fortress located at around 25 km southwest of the city of Pune. Some of the data available at this fort suggest that the fort could have been built two thousand years ago. The carvings and the caves in the “Kaundinyeshwar temple” stand as proofs for the same.

The Sinhagad Fort is a popular weekend destination for most of the citizens of Pune, including trekking lovers with access to the top of the fort from the bottom of the Sinhgad village. The trek includes a one-way walk of 2.7 Kilometers (1.6 miles) over which the walker gains about 600 meters (1950 feet) in elevation.

Day 5

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Photo of Naneghat Trekking Point, Pendhari, Maharashtra, India by Amol Sonawane

Naneghat is a mountain pass in the Western Ghats range near Junnar in Pune. During the reign of the “Satavahana,” the route was widely used as a trade route between Kalyan and Junnar. The name Nane means “coin, ” and that means “pass.” The name is given because this path was used as a tollbooth to collect toll from tradesmen crossing the hills between Kalyan (Konkan coast) and the Junnar region.

Day 6

Bhairavgad is located near Shirpunje village in “Sahyadri” mountains; there are many mountains named Bhairavgad one near the Karad-Chiplun area, one of that is near Malshej Ghat, and the third one is in the Bhandardara region. This area comes under Harishchandragad-Kalsubai Wildlife Sanctuary hence it is covered by dense trees.

This fort is believed to be ancient and almost 2,500 years old.This fort has only a few ruins and remains on the top. There are two huge caves on the head in which one cave is a memorial of God Bhairavnath, and another cave is used for residence purpose for hikers and tourists. There are many water tanks on the top, but only one tank is having water suitable for drinking The idol in the cave very good carved, painted and the residents of Shirpunje well maintain this shrine.

Day 7

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Photo of Kalsubai Peak, Indore, Maharashtra by Amol Sonawane

Kalsubai Peak is a mountain in the Western Ghats. Its summit situated at an elevation of 1646 meters (5400 feet) is the highest point in Maharashtra which earns it the much-glorified title of the ‘Everest of Maharashtra.’

The peak attracts a large number of trekkers and devotees determined to scale the mountain.To reach the summit, there are well-designated trekking routes.The most popular route is through the eastern mountain face taking off from the base village Bari.

Day 8
Photo of Rajmachi Fort, Pune, Maharashtra, India by Amol Sonawane

Rajmachi Fort is a favorite destination for nature lovers, backpackers, and outdoor campers. In rainy season from mid-June to mid-October, this region is all the more beautiful with clouds, silvery waterfalls, streams, flourishing green forests, and fields. Local families at Udhewadi on Fort Rajmachi welcome backpackers and nature lovers. The local families provide meals and camping accommodation to the sightseers. The tourism has enabled the local community to give up traditional occupations like agriculture and cattle rearing.

Day 9

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Photo of Lonavala, Maharashtra, India by Amol Sonawane

Lonavla is located 64 KM from Pune. It is a hill station. A tour to Lonavla and Khandala can be combined with sight-seeing visits of Karla, Bedsa, and Bhaja caves and also the two fortresses, Visapur and Lohagad. Another spot of attention is the ” fort Tungi.” The Andharban trek starts from village Pimpri, passes through dense forests, valleys, and waterfalls, and ends.

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