This earth is full of mysterious places that are yet to be explored by humankind. And out of the ones that have been discovered in India, but are still lesser-known to the public is the waterfall at Naneghat in Maharashtra.
Naneghat is a place, located in the Western Ghats of Maharashtra near Junnar in Pune. It is located about three hours from Mumbai . It is a cryptic mountain, from where flows a waterfall in the reverse direction. And how does that happen? Well, the cause is the strong force of the winds that pushes the gushing waters upwards.
Interestingly, this trekking route was used for carrying out trade many centuries ago; perhaps, during the reign of Chhatrapati Shivaji. There are ancient caves and rock-cut pots telling tales of the bygone times witnessed by this place. Almost every visitor, who makes it to Naneghat would agree that it is like a heaven on earth when seen from the top.
Naneghat trek forms a portion of Ghatghar forest, which is located more than 120 km from Mumbai and about 150 km from Pune. This place can be reached by the trekkers through the Kalyan – Ahmednagar Highway, and also from Kalyan. The trek itself is 4 to 5 km long; the difficulty level is medium and it could be covered in a span of 5 hours both to and from. It is mandatory, though, to wear good trekking shoes with a firm grip, especially if it is monsoon season. The routes have been well-marked for the convenience of visitors. They can drive their vehicle to the top of the mountain and enjoy hot bhajiyas and tea at the small dhaba located there.
Naneghat is popular among serious trekkers. So, the first timers can enrol for a trekking expedition to this region and behold the beautiful white cascading waterfall that does not know the law of gravity here. However, it is better to visit Naneghat waterfall in monsoon as this strange occurrence takes place only when the force of water is strong enough.
Apart from the usual items to be carried on a trek such as the torch, power-packed food, medication, water bottle etc. visitors would also need to pack in a wind-cheater and waterproof jacket, umbrella, sunglasses, cash, power bank and warm clothes.
You can also take the state transport bus from Kalyan bus stand to Junnar. The destination is located on the Malshej Ghat road, close to Vaishakhare village. Naneghat is easily reachable by road. Also, there are several trekking groups operating in Mumbai and Pune that can be searched online. They normally charge ₹750 per person.
This quite short trip will definitely give you a get away chance to explore mother nature and it’s various arena.
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