The Paradise of Monsoon season: 4 Best Treks Of Maharashtra
The monsoon is not only about sipping the ‘garam chai ki pyali’ and reading books, but it’s also about the crisscross trails, the roaring waterfalls, the lush green mountains and the feel of walking with the clouds in the Sahyadri range of the Western Ghats. Well, with every step that you take on these trails, you’ll understand why the ‘Mumbai ki baarish‘ is so famous and why these treks are called the paradise of monsoon season!
These are the best monsoon treks of Maharashtra:
Torna fort trek
Torna Fort, also known as Prachandgad, was first captured by Shivaji at 16. Apart from the folklore attached to this trek, the trail is also known for its sheer beauty and breathtaking views. While walking on the trail, you’ll come across ridges, waterfalls and streams that are best to witness during the monsoon season. The trek is surrounded by mountain ranges, including Raigad, Sinhagad and Khadakwasla dams, among others. The hike will make you feel really close to the clouds!
Height above sea level: 1402.08
Trek routes: via Velhe village
Kalsubai Peak Trek
The trail of the Kalsubai Peak trek is so mesmerizing that you will legit feel like you are walking in the clouds. Hidden amid clouds and being the highest peak in Maharashtra, sometimes one can’t even see the summit of the Kalsubai Peak trek. With lush green valleys, paddy fields and a beautiful sunset, the Kalsubai Peak trek is the best trail to walk, giving you the enchanting view of the Western Ghats mountain ranges.
Height above sea level: 1645.92 m
Trek routes: Via Kasara, Via Sangamner
If you are a trek lover, chances are that you might have heard about the Harishchandragadh trek. Being one of the most famous monsoon treks of Maharashtra, Harishchandragad trek offers exactly what it promises. The best thing about this trek is that there are 3 routes to reach the summit and the difficulty level depends on the route you choose. The trail of the hike is ideal for beginners and doesn’t disappoint an avid trekker too! Offering panoramic scenic beauty, the main attraction of this trek is the Konkan Kada (Konkan cliff).
Difficulty: Depends on the route
Height above sea level: 1435.608 m
Route 1: via Pachnai Village (easy)
Route 2: Khireshwar Village (medium)
Route 3: Nalichi Vaat (hard)
Like the Harishchandragad trek, the Rajmachi trek is also one of the most popular monsoon treks of Maharashtra. Offering a mix of mesmerizing views and exciting caves to explore, the Rajmachi trek is perfect for someone who is looking for witnessing different sceneries in one hike. If you are wondering about the name, well, Rajmachi is a small village that has two forts, Shrivardhan fort and Manranjan fort and falls in the Sahyadri mountains.
Height above sea level: 822.96 m
Trek routes: via Karjat, via Lonavala