Trek to Andharban
Type : Ghats/Valley/Jungle
Range : Mulshi Taluka of Pune district
Grade : Medium, Endurance level Medium
History : Known for Dense forest and river-source for Kundalika river, Independence point
Base Village : Pimpri
Maximum Height : 2,100 feet at Pimpri as it is a full descend trek
Best Time : Only in Monsoon
Trek Distance : 13KM(Start to End not considering height)
Andharban, by it’s name means a dark dense forest. It is a descend trek, where you are already on height and you will descending till end. It is one of the most beautiful trek and lots of things to explore. My friend Jayesh had informed me that, a group is goin to Andharban, and we could join them, as it was Monsoon and Andharban is best in this duration. We caught 5.40am Indrayani Express from Dadar which would be drop us Lonavala at 8.00am. As it was Last day for Ganesh Festival, all trains where full packed. When I reached 4.15am @Mumbai-Central, the first local train was completely packed, like as this is a evening Virar Local train ! Can you believe Morning 4.15am! Train full packed !!! 😛
Till Lonavala we had traveled standing 😛 Hired a Jeep which would take us to pimpri village. Lonavala to Pimpri is around 50km but a very old and narrow road. As it was monsoon, road was completely in fog, dont know how the driver can accelerate even when you cannot see anything in front of you. 😀 We reached Pimpri @10:30am, Here just ahead of Dam, we can visit ‘Independence Point‘, where we can see the Valley and all sources which leads to Bhira Dam.
Trek starts moving side of Pimpri Dam, and then moving towards Electric Towers as we need to go to the opposite side, which is Andharban.
Moving ahead there was great waterfall, very freezing, clean in which I couldn’t resist to dive in 😀 .
Andharban, has good Flora in Monsoon, got got lots of things to see around 😀
Moving ahead towards direction of Hirdi village, on Left we can see Plus Valley, Tamhini Ghat, it is a valley of Plus shaped. Which is another nice trek 😀 Crossing ‘Hirdi village’ which has only few houses, mainly spend their living on Cow’s Milk. Descending, now Bhira Dam is exactly to left of us.
From here staright goes to a Village and could end the trek. But we have decided to end the trek on Nagshet, which is to the right. So we have taken a path which diverts to right. This route is long and less acceded, so there is a chance of getting lost. After crossing few streams we reached the ground level. We could see the plateau of Andharban from here and some spectacular views.
Crossing few Valleys and few rice farms. Finally Hustling through the Jungles we saw a Village across river side and then passing here we had to move Nagshet to find a way out. After long hike on a narrow Tar road leaded us Nagshet, and Last ST was available @5.30pm which will drop us @pali, where Ballaleshwar Ganpati Temple is situated. From here a connecting ST bus which had dropped us Khopoli. From Khopoli we went in a shared vehicle to Panvel and then all splitted.
But still Local trains where fill Insanely as last day of Ganesh Festival. Although a very adventurous trek and kept an Eye on Plus Valley, Tamhini Ghat 🙂