ट Elevation 750 m (2 461 ft)
m (2,461 ft)
Naneghat – The mountain pass Location Malshej Ghat
National Highway No. 222 – Kalyan to
Nirmal (Andhra Pradesh) via Nagar
Chavand Fort Climbing
While going through Malshej Ghat, we can easily get a glimpse of Naneghat after Murbad. The
significantly shaped thumb‐like peak and the pinnacle of Vandarlingi are the most distinctly seen
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spots. This was the most important trade route, as it connected harbour of Sopara and Kalyan
directly to Junnar and Paithan. The name itself suggests that it was a famous and significant
route. “Nane” means famous. Today it is a good trekking spot for trekkers and tourists.
Bor Ghat, Malshej Ghat and Naneghat were the foremost road links for commuting coast to the
plateau. The Satvaahans had made Naneghat their main route to Junnar. During their tenure the
most important way of commuting was Naneghat, which linked Kalyan & Sopara to Paithan.
Today one has to reach Junnar by going all the way through Malshej, which is a big round. But
Today one has to reach Junnar by going all the way through Malshej which is a big round But
Naneghat had much reduced distance and was a definitely shorter route. However, as time
proceeded, it was destroyed by alien rulers and then paid no attention.
The first thing we can see after reaching Naneghat is the spacious cave of Naneghat. The ancient
The first thing we can see after reaching Naneghat is the spacious cave of Naneghat The ancient
carvings, which are seen on the walls of the cave, remind us of the Satvaahan period. Here we
find inscriptions in Brahmi script all over the cave. These indicate the magnificent era of the
Satvaahans and their generosity. These inscriptions are gradually being destroyed, and only a
part of it is remaining. The inscriptions are very precious, and are undergoing destruction due to
the negligence of Archeology. The widely spread plateau of Naneghat is an astonishment. To the
left the steps besides the cave lead us to the plateau and going to the right lead us to Nana's
thumb. After climbing all the way to the bottom of the thumb, when we climb the stairs, we do
not expect a big plateau. Thus this route leads directly to a higher altitude quickly, unlike
Malshej Ghat, which goes all around the mountains. Ate the entrance to the Ghat is a big stone‐
Malshej Ghat which goes all around the mountains Ate the entrance to the Ghat is a big stone
made vessel like thing, in which coins as toll were put.
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.
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