Cascading Waterfalls, Sunsets & More: Head To Malshej Ghat Before Monsoon Ends

Malshej Ghat

What Is It?

Malshej is a small mountain pass, nestled in the thickly forested slopes of the Western Ghats. Its close proximity to both Mumbai and Pune, make it popular among the outdoorsy crowd. The hills are alive in Malshej – cascading waterfalls, ancient temples, panoramic views, lush greenery, and historic sites make it a truly unique spot.

How Do I Get There?

Getting to Malshej Ghat is an approx 3-4 hour’s drive, 120km away from Pune. It’s a favourite among bikers, though it is very risky. Regular visitors recommend taking the Pune-Nashik highway (NH50), and then left at Alephata towards Kalyan, to reach Malshej Ghat. Return is possible via Junnar and Narayangaon.

If you’d rather not make the drive, then take the train up to Kalyan station, where state transport buses commute frequently to Ahmednagar via Malshej Ghat. The bus journey should take approx 1.5 hrs from Kalyan to Malshej.

What Is So Awesome About It?

Malshej Ghat is famous for its sylvan views of the valley, and numerous waterfalls. Though the woods here are known for their wildlife, their avian population is especially popular – species like the alpine swift, whistling thrush, quail, purple moorhen, pied crusted cuckoo, and especially flamingoes {which are seen here from July – September} all make frequent appearances. It’s a nature lover’s paradise, and the Pimpalgaon Joga Dam here is a must-visit for bird-watchers.

Other than the variety of flora and fauna, Malshej Ghat is also a really romantic spot, popular among young couples. It’d make a nice quiet getaway from city life, for you and bae. There is an ancient Vishunu temple nearby, as well as a couple of historic sites like Shivneri Fort – birthplace of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj {approx 40km away}, Buddhist caves that date back to the 3rd century, Ajoba Hill Fort – which is ideal for rock climbing, and Khireshwar village {2-3km away}, through which it is possible to visit Harishchandragadh Fort {1,424m above sea level} as well.

Anything Else?

Malshej Ghat is perfect for a day-trip or a picnic, but if you’d rather make a weekend out of it, there are one or two places you can stay at Malshej itself. We’ve heard good things about the MTDC Rest House {starting at INR 1500}, as well as the Saj By The Lake Resort {starting at INR 5000}. It is advisable to book your stay in advance, as they’re almost always full.


If you’re visiting for a day-trip, remember to pack an extra set of clothes as well as rain-proof outerwear and comfy shoes. There are usually several small food stalls along the drive to Malshej, so you won’t go hungry.

Malshej Ghat