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Malshej Ghat

Place : Thane, Maharashtra
Altitude : 700 meters above sea level
Temperature : Summers 22-40°C, Winter 12-33°C
Significance : It is a popular monsoon destination.
Best Season : October - March
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Malshej ghat is a picturesque mountain pass situated in Pune district near the borders of Thane and Ahmednagar districts. Nestled in the lofty rugged hills of the Western Ghats, it is at a distance of 154 km from south Mumbai towards northeast and 130 km north of Pune. Managed by the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC), it is a pretty tourist destination with a rejuvenating climate.

Although, famous for landslides during monsoons, it is undeniably a heaven for tourists, hikers, adventurers and nature lovers.

Surrounded by the dense green forests of Western Ghats, the region is located at a height of 700 metres above sea level. A perfect travel destination for those who want a weekend amongst mountains, Malshej ghat after monsoon is absolutely stunning.

The region is distinguished for its rich flora and fauna, historic forts on rocky mountains, rivers, heavy fog and amazing waterfalls. There are a few good treks too, like Harishchandragarh, the Darkoba peak, Ajoba hill fort, Nane Ghat, Jivdhan Chawand Fort etc.

It is also home to hundreds of different kinds of flora and fauna especially birds, such as quails, rails, crakes, cuckoos etc. One of the attractions here is the Flamingo birds which comes here every year from Siberia during monsoon season i.e, between July and September. The mating of the pink-legged Flemingo birds is a truly magnificent sight. Animals found here are tigers, leopards, rabbits and peacocks etc.

Monsoons are considered to be the best time to visit Malshej ghat because the hills are covered in green, waterfalls all over and the mist and clouds all around. The area behind MTC resort is the place with the best view.

The place is crowded on holidays so before planning to visit, avoid public holidays, so that one can get a full pleasure to feel the nature.

Nearby Attractions

Harishchandragad Fort

It is a 6th century old monument, located at an altitude of 1424 meter near Malshej Ghat in Junnar region. The edge of the fort is like a deep pan and its distinctive shape and height, makes this fort is a very popular fort for trekkers and nature lovers. The most popular base for Harishchandragad fort trek is the Khireshwar village.The fort has three peaks and caves which are perfect spots of trekking. From Khireshwar village, the trek is about 9 Kms. On the way to this trek, one have to cross seven hills each offering magnificent views.

Nane ghat

It is a popular spot for monsoon trek and can be reached by a motorable road from the top. It was the important trade route between Kalyan and Junnar. It is a scenic place and has a huge ancient cave carrying remnants of its history.

Pimpalgaon Joga Dam

The Pimpalgaon Joga Dam is built over the Pushpawati River. It is situated in a scenic backdrop. The dam is a haven of birds that visit this site, like the Alpine Swift, the Whistling Thrush, the Quail, the Purple Moorhen and the Pied Crusted Cuckoo. There are several migratory birds like the Flamingos that can be seen here too.

The Shivneri Fort

It is one of the most popular ancient attractions of the place. The Shivneri Fort is located about 40 kilometres from the central region, and is the birthplace of the Maratha ruler Shivaji. The region of Malshejghat also includes many Buddhist caves that belong to the 3rd century and Shri Vigneshwar Temple, which is situated near Junnar town at Ozar.


The region has countless cascading waterfalls and many of them are easily accessible. Some of them are too big that they even fall down to the road. Rain, mist, fog and the cascading water falls amidst of woody forest are an eye catching sight. Recently Govt. have developed a cliff and one can spend some time there. There are many spots where one can stop and enjoy a little splash in the water.


1. Unfortunately the place is full of drunkards; they leave empty liquor bottles, plastic covers with waste food. It is recommended to travel in groups and keep a low profile at crowded places.
2. The road sides are not safe as those are stiff valleys and sleepery in rainy season. So, use extra caution while driving.