The year end is near and the arrival of the first winter snow is about to kick-start. Winter is that time of the year trekking enthusiasts keep waiting for all through the year. The atmosphere is magical, and the white environment all around offers a beautiful setting for trekking. We have prepared a list of the exciting winter treks in Maharashtra that will bowl you over.
Considered by many as the virtual paradise in this region, Sahyadris offers a spectacular environment for camping, hiking, trekking and climbing. Nestled amidst historical forts, rocky mountains, stunning lakes and a fantastic landscape, Sahyadris is one of the best places to explore for the adventurous enthusiasts.
The scene offers extensive choices for outdoor activities. Embrace nature to its fullest and take advantage of this beautiful environment while on a trek in the Sahyadris.
Placed in the Nagar district of Maharashtra, Kalsubai is the highest peak of the Sahyadri mountain range towering 1646 feet above sea level. One of the prime highlights of the Kalsubai Harishchandragad Wildlife Sanctuary, Kalsubai is often referred to as the Everest of Maharashtra. The locals name it as one of the toughest winter treks to indulge in Maharashtra.
Start early in the morning or try the night trek where the environment and terrain offer several challenges that make the trek exciting and thrilling. During your journey, you would come across stunning streams and pools and you can also enjoy a picturesque view of the neighbouring peaks and valleys.
A favourite picnic spot placed 4320 feet above sea level and approximately 30 kilometres away from Pune, Sinhagad is famous for picnics, trekking and is one of the best weekend getaways from Pune. Hike to the top of the mountain to reach the top of the fort and explore the open space in the fort. Savour traditional delicacies like kanda, bhakri, bhaji, pithala, etc. Don't be surprised if you are mesmerised by the fantastic sunset and sunrise.
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Placed at the height of 3500 feet above sea level near the Kamshet region in Maharashtra, Tikona Fort has been tremendously influenced by the Tung Fort. Hire a local guide who can give you a glimpse of the beautiful domestic life of the Gavhande village, also known as Tikona Peth.
The trek kick-starts from the base of the village, and it hardly takes close to 90 minutes to reach the fort. The large entrance door offers an irresistible environment for some amazing clicks. Explore the surrounding Trimbakeshwar temples, lakes and caves along with the Tung and Lohagad forts.
One of the most comfortable winters treks in Maharashtra oozing with fun and vying for attention, Kalavantin trek is placed 2000 feet above sea level, and one needs to manoeuvre across narrow steps to reach the top. These steps have no safety measures like railings and support in place; hence, get ready to explore the natural elements to their fullest.
The rocky terrains can get slippery at times making it tricky to navigate through the region. One does feel a sense of achievement after crossing these tricky terrains.
Placed in the neighbourhood of Torna, around 65 kilometres from Pune, Raigad Fort is one of the mighty fortresses in the region. Enjoy scenic views from the top of the fort and the winter is probably the best season to explore this ancient fort. The natural shelters on the fort are ideal for camping activities with the locals offering delightful delicacies and firewood material.
The fort is best explored in the night. Do carry a bright flashlight to move through the terrain. The main attractions of this place are Hirkani Buruj Takmak Tok, the marketplace, Holicha Mal, Maharaj Shivaji Samadhi, Jagdishwar Temple, Meena Darvaia, etc.
Sandhan Valley Trek
One of the top winter treks in Maharashtra due to the 200-feet-deep valley in the Sahyadris is the Sandhan Valley Trek. The rocks inside the canyon do not offer any warmth or heat, so be prepared for some cold winter nights if you are camping in the region. The full descent is tough for first-time trekkers.
Enjoy rappelling down the rough rock faces, dipping in the clear natural ponds as you try camping post sunset. This is one of the most memorable treks you can opt for when you are planning a trek in the region.