कळसुबाई Elevation 1646 m (5400 ft)
Kalsubai – Highest in Maharashtra Location Bhandardara
The highest peak in the world is Mount Everest. Likewise, Kalsubai is the highest peak in the
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Sahyadris in Maharashtra. Kalsubai is the Everest of Maharashtra. To climb this Everest, you
need no climbing equipment. To climb this 4500 feet peak, it just takes one day for either a
Mumbaikar or a Punekar.
On the top of the peak is a small temple, which can seat at the most 3 people. The vastly spread
out backwaters of Bhandardara attracts ones attention from the top. On the north we see the
mountain range having forts like Ramsej, Achala, Ahivant, Saptashrungi, Markandya, Dhodap,
Rawlya , Jawlya and Koldher. To the east one can spot Aundh, Vishramgad, Alang, Madan,
Kulang, Matheran and Harishchandragad. There has, however, been a massive deforestation on
this mountain. One can spend around an hour on this peak before starting to descend back to
To reach this peak there are various trekking routes and animal grazing tracks. The main route
however goes up from the village of Bari. This village is at a distance of around 6 km from
Bhandardara. To reach Bari, one has to reach Igatpuri i h M b i N ik
Bh d d T hB i h hI i in the Mumbai ‐ Nasik route. From Igatpuri
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take the early morning S.T. to Pune and alight at Bari. It takes 3 hours to reach the top from here.
There are three iron ladders along this route. You can reach the top and return back in around 5‐
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6 hours if you leave your sacks at the base village. As soon as you leave the village, u come
across a stream. Within a few minutes of crossing the stream you come across a temple. The
route going from behind this temple takes us straight up to the top of the peak.
Standing as silent sentinels to history are the 350‐odd forts of Maharashtra. Beaten by
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the sea waves, lashed at by the torrential Deccan rains, or scorched in the blazing sun,
stand imposing ramparts and crumbling walls , the last lingering memories of
Maharashtra's martial times. Nowhere in the country would you encounter such a
profusion of forts. And such variety. Sited on an island, or guarding the seas or among
the Sahyadri hills, whose zig‐zag walls and rounded bastions sit like a scepter and
crown amidst hills turned mauve.