Naneghat is a mountain pass in the Western Ghats range near Junnar in Pune district of Maharashtra, is also 163 Kms away from Mumbai. This pass was an important trade route between Kalyan and Junnar. This place also functioned as a toll booth to collect fee from traders crossing the hill, and hence the name which literally means “coin pass”. The place is among one of thepopular trekking spots.
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Vaishakhare village is the base for the Naneghat trek for people travelling from Mumbai. The starting point of the trek is marked by a board on the road side stating “Naneghat Gumfa Marg”. It’s en route from Kalyan station to Alephata through Malshej Ghat. The trail to Naneghat is clearly marked with arrows painted on the rock, and passes through teakwood forests. Post the forest the trail leads to the base of the Naneghat plateau known as ‘Nanacha Angatha’. The trail through forests is indeed very beautiful as many birds like Drongo, Wind-Swift, Shikra, Maina etc can be spotted, along with variety of Butterflies as well. On top of the plateau there are caves that are artificially made to function as a resting point for traders. There are withered inscriptions and statues in the caves. There are also multiple water ponds and tanks, but the water there is polluted.
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How to get there -
Kalyan station is the nearest railway station to the base point. There are regular local trains from Mumbai to Kalyan station. From Kalyan station local buses heading to Alephata through Malshej Ghat can be availed to reach Vaishakhare. Vaishakhare is about 135 km from Mumbai and can be covered in private vehicle as well. It’s about a 4 hour drive.
Meant for -
It’s an easy trek and can be attempted by anybody who is looking to have a nice trek. Standing at the height of 2750 ft, the trek is covered in about hour and half. It’s an ideal for one day trek. It can also be combined with other nearby treks. Carrying enough water is a must, as there are no drinking water available in this trail and water in the ponds are not safe for drinking. The trail is cleared mapped and very simple to follow. But it’s always advisable for first time trekkers to go in a group or join one of the guided treks provided by the trek organisers and makes for a great weekend getaway.
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