(Last Updated on : 17/05/2013)
Kalsubai Peak is the highest peak of the Sahyadris in Maharashtra state. To reach the summit of Kalsubai Peak there are various trekking routes and animal tracks. The main route starts from the village of Bari, which is about six km from Bhandardara. To reach Bari, one has to travel to Igatpuri on the Mumbai Nasik route. From Igatpuri, one can take the early morning bus (at around 5.30 am from the Igatpuri Bus Stand) going towards Pune and alight at Bari.
It usually takes three hours to reach the top from Bari. Soon after leaving Bari, a small stream is crossed followed soon after by a Hanuman temple. The route to Kalsubai Peak from behind this temple takes the hiker straight to the summit. There are three iron ladders along this route. There is a well near the last iron ladder as one move towards the top but the water is not potable during the summer. The rest of the route towards Kalsubai Peak is without water, so the tourists are advised to fill water bottles in Bari. It is an easy hike, but some parts of the route are quite steep in places.
At the summit of Kalsubai Peak, there is a small temple of Kalsubai, which has a seat for only three people. The vastly spread out backwaters of Bhandardara attracts ones attention from the top. The north of the Kalsubai Peak displays forts like Ramsej, Harihargad, Brahmagiri, Anjaneri, Ghargad, Tringalwadi, Bahula, Kavnai can be seen. To the east one can point out Aundha, Vishramgad, Bitangad, to the west Alang, Madangad, Kulang, Ratangad (south west) and to the south Pabhargad, Ghanchakkar, Harishchandragad can also be seen.
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