(Last Updated on : 09/12/2014)
Malshej Ghat is a mountain pass located in the regions of Western Ghats in Pune
district of Indian state
. It is at a distance of 154 km from south Mumbai towards northeast and 130 km north of Pune. Shivneri fort, where Shivaji
was born, is 40 km from Malshej ghat.
The site is positioned in the lofty rugged hills of the Western Ghats. The perfect time to visit the place is between the month of August and September. During this time of the year, the hills are covered with soothing shade of mint green and the weather is cool due to the monsoons.
It is popular for its misty tops and ice cold cascades at this time of the year and the site is a very popular weekend getaway for most of the residents of the city at that time of the year. It has got number of waterfalls and the greenery is just awesome during the monsoons. The site is home to hundreds of different kinds of flora and fauna especially the avian population such as quails, rails, crakes, flamingos and cuckoos.
Activities at Malshej Ghat
For Hikers and Trekkers, it is a heaven of sorts as solitude of unending rolling hills provides quite a fun filled experience. A trekker can actually explore the intricate jungle paths below. The place, which is also the birthplace of Shivaji, is covered with dense fog and is devoid of the mad rush of tourists that normally accompanies most other locations near the city. However, weekends attract many people during the monsoon.
Malshej Ghat as Bird Graves
This particular ghat has a dubious peculiarity of being a graveyard for small birds during the onset of the monsoons. Most of the birds nests among the cliffs of Western Ghats. In this season, strong gusts of wind, heavy rain and dense fog often result in the birds getting disoriented. As numerous birds gravitate to the bight light of the passing vehicle, the birds hit the cliff faces which very often lead to their deaths. However this phenomenon has decreased in the recent years according to local naturalists.