Naneghat by Sanket Sangwikar.

Time to climb 2 and 1/2 hours from Naneghat stop next to Vaishakhare to Naneghat plateau

1 hour walk from Ghatghar to Naneghat plateau

1 hour walk from Vaishkhare to Naneghat stop (if you get down at Vaishakhare)

FoodAvailable in Ghatghar and Vaishakhare
Drinkable WaterWater tanks beside the caves and well on the plateau.
ShelterNaneghat caves can accommodate about 50 people at a time. Otherwise you can stay in Ghatghar or Vaishakhare villages.

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Difficulty Level
(very easy, easy, medium, slightly tough, tough)
Very easy
Duration of the trek1 day
When to visitAnytime except summar
Nearest City / LocationKalyan (),
Murbad
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Junnar ()
Base VillageVaishakhare () from Kalyan/Mumbai end
Ghatghar () from Pune/Junnar end

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Naneghat trek is one of the best Monsoon treks. Naneghat speaks very old history which is hardly clearly known to commons. This ignored pass once served a vital trade route between Kalyan and Junnar.

Naneghat trek is simple and enjoyable. Way is clearly marked and passes through dense teakwood forests. Climbing from the forest you reach to the base of ‘Nanacha Angatha’ ( ) which is pinnacle of Naneghat plateau.

From this base, a 2 meter wide pass connects to the actual plateau. This pass called as ‘Naneghatachi NaLi’ ( ) has been carved and cut in stones by emperors of that time. This 60 meter long pass takes you to the Naneghat plateau.

NOTE – Naneghat plateau has vehicle route till its top from Junnar/Pune side. So private vehicles can directly reach the pleateau and enjoy the monsoon beauty of Naneghat.

From Mumbai / Kalyan

  1. Take an ST bus from Kalyan ST depot going to Ale Phata or Ahmad-Nagar. The bus passes through Malshej Ghat – another famous monsoon picnic spot.
  2. Get down at Naneghat stop which is before Malshej Ghat and 2 km ahead of Vaishakhare village. The stop bears a huge stone board saying ‘Naneghat’ written in Marathi.
  3. Start walking on the prominent way towards Naneghat.
  4. Soon you will reach the pass called as ‘Naneghatachi NaLi’ at the base of ‘Nanacha Angatha’

From Pune / Junnar

  1. Reach Ghatghar from Junnar (about 35 km)
  2. Walk towards Naneghat plateau (5km).
  3. Naneghat plateau has vehicle route till Naneghatachi NaLi from Ghatghar, so if you have a private vehicle, it can directly reach the base of Nanacha Angatha.
  1. Trade Route ( ) – Naneghat was built around 2000 years ago to serve as the shortest path between Kalyan and Junnar. While Junnar served as capital of many dynasties like Chalukya, Saatvaahan, Shilahar etc., Kalyan continued to remain an international trade center. These kings built some forts around Naneghat to keep watch on the trade route.
  2. Guarding Naneghat – Naneghat is guarded by four forts – Jivdhan, Hadsar, Chawand and Shivneri. Jivdhan fort lies right beside the Naneghat plateau. Shivneri lies at the back of Junnar city.
  3. JIvdhan fort and Khada Paarshi Pinnacle
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    – Jivdhan is considered to be one of the tough forts to climb and the steep niddle shaped ‘Khada Paarshi Pinnacle’ beside it is one of the peak attractions of rock climbers. This fort is most importantly situated to guard Naneghat plateau.
  4. Naneghat Caves ( ) – After Saatvaahan kings conquered and started ruling this area, they renovated the forts and the pass and carved some caves for the stay of traders. The largest cave of Naneghat bears stone carvings and some Sanskrit writings in brahmi and devnaagri script. Sculptures of first Saatvaahan king – Shalivaahan have also been carved in the cave. This Shalivaahan started the famous Marathi calendar 1950 years ago called as Shalivaahan Shak, which is still widely used. The scripts also mention some yagnya and donations performed by Saatvaahan queen.
  5. Water cisterns – In and around the caves at the base of Nanacha Angatha, there are many water tanks that bear water even in summer. They were created to facilitate the traders for their stay in the caves.
  6. Naneghatachi Nali ( ) – This 60 meter long and 2 to 4 meter wide pass has been manually cut through rocks when there were no advanced cutting tools. The pass and the whole route was built with stone in such a way that bullock carts and horse carts could climb and pass through easily.
  7. Naneghat plateau ( ) – After you cross the Nali, you reach a huge plateau on the top. This Naneghat Pathar is really huge and exceptionally plain giving a good view of the tough fort Jivdhan. ‘Nanacha Angatha, which is peak of Naneghat can be reached easily from here.
  8. Nanacha Angatha ( ) – This peak of naneghat is thumb shaped, hence the name. This gives a good view of the valley, fort Jivdhan, fort Harishchandragad and Naneghat Plateau. You can not resist clicking snaps for half an hour from here.
  9. Stone Pot ( ) – The famous stone pot called as ‘Raanjan () of Naneghat’ which is 4 feet in height and 3 feet in diameter, was used to collect toll from the traders. The Raanjan used to contain the coins of that age called as ‘KaarshapaN’ (). In front of the stone pot lies a Ganesh idol in a small temple.

Nearby places to visit

  1. Shivneri fort and other places around Junnar – Junnar is just 1 and 1/2 hours from Ghatghar. The fort shivneri at Junnar is the place where Shivaji Maharaj was born. An excellent well maintained fort speaking 2000 years old history. Refer toShivneri information for details.
  2. Malshej Ghat ( ) – On the current way from Kalyan to Junnar lies Malshej Ghat where more than 30 waterfalls fall down on the road in Monsoon. One of the favorite monsoon picnic spots amongst Mumbai-Pune residents.
  3. Harishchandragad fort – The glory of trekking – Love of trekkers. This fort is a bit tough one, but what it has for display simply ineviting. Taramati mountain – second highest peak of Maharashtra; 2000 feet deep steep semicircular concave Konkan Kadaa; 600 feet rock patch for trekking; 2500 years old Harishchandreshwar temple… Refer toHarishchandragad information for details.
  4. Jivdhan fort – Base village of the fort is Ghatghar. One of the really tough treks.
  5. Hadsar and Chawand forts
  1. To Mumbai – Get down from Naneghatachi Nali to Vaishakhare and take ST to Kalyan.
  2. To Pune – Walk for 5km on Naneghat Plateau to reach Ghatghar and take an ST to Junnar, from where you can reach Pune easily.
From Kalyan to Naneghat / VaishakhareEvery half an hour bus to Ale Phata / Nagar ( / ).
Get down at Naneghat stop.
First bus5.30am from Kalyan
Last bus12.15am from Kalyan
From Ghatghar to Junnar3.00pm from Ghatghar
(every two hourly bus till 4.30pm)

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