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Kalsubai temple is situated at the topmost summit oh Maharashtra, Kalsubai Peak. At the height of 5,400 feet above the sea level, the summit has a plain ground with a small temple of Kalsubai located there. A traditional prayer is held every Tuesday and Thursday and performed by a local priest.
The trek starts from Bari village. You will feel the adrenaline pump around your body as you approach closer to the peak. The sense of accomplishment of being on top of the Highest Peak in Maharashtra is something that makes this trek a must have in your bucket list.
The Kalsubai Trek Route is well marked and there are local guides to accompany climbers to the summit. Since Kalsubai is an extremely famous trek, a lot of work is done to make this trek easy for all types of people. There are chains, ladders and steel railings at places where it is difficult to climb. Local Villagers offer food options and homestays to spend the night.
The best time to do Kalsubai trek :
For Monsoon trek - June to August
For Flowers Trek - September to October
For Night Treks - November to May
The trek is easy to medium depending upon the level of expertise you have in trekking.
The trek can be completed in a time span of 4 hours covering a total of 6.6 km from Bari village. Being the highest peak in Maharashtra, it offers commanding views of Bhandardara. And if you are thinking of taking up a night trek on a new moon day, you can easily spot milky way. But this is not even the best part of doing a night trek. The best part is sunrise. The sheer beauty mixed with th calmness all around make this one of a kind experience. The views are beautiful and climate is wonderful if you take up the trek in the beginning of winters.
Experiences : Adventure Trek, Scrambling, Summit Climb, drive to the base village goes through rural countryside of Maharashtra.
Suggested Plan (can be customesed)
Route - Andheri - Bandra - Ghatkopar - Mulund - Thane - Kalyan (on highway) - Igatpuri - Bari
10:30 pm / 11:00 pm Expected back in Mumbai
Return journey bus will take the same route as while going
Kalsubai Peak (Marathi: कळसूबाई शिखर) is the highest peak (1646 meters / 5400 feet) of the Sahyadris in Akole Taluka, of Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra, an Indian state.
'Kalsubai' temple is located at the topmost peak Kalsubai, a local deity. A traditional prayer (pooja) service is held every Tuesday and Thursday by a local priest. On Navratri occasions many stalls are set up atop the summit for the pooja materials. During the Navratri period, for all nine days, special poojas are carried out and idol is fully decorated.
To reach the summit there are various trekking routes and animal tracks. The main route starts from the village of Bari which is about six km from Bhandardara. To reach Bari, one has to travel to Igatpuri on the Mumbai Nasik route. From Igatpuri take the early morning bus (at around 5.00 am from the Igatpuri Bus Stand) going towards Pune and alight at Bari. Those who want to reach from Mumbai, easily travel through local train in morning hours and get down at Kasara station. From Kasara one can get buses and share taxis to get down at Bari.
The main route to the temple is at small climbing slope. It usually takes three to four hours to reach the top from Bari. Soon after leaving Bari, a small stream is crossed followed soon after by a Hanuman temple. The route from behind this temple takes the hiker straight to the summit. There are three iron ladders along this route. There is a well near the last iron ladder as one approaches the top but the water is not potable during the summer. The rest of the route is without water, so it is best to fill water bottles in Bari. It is an easy hike, but parts of it are quite steep in places.
The vastly spread out backwaters of Bhandardara attracts ones attention from the top. To the north of the mountain range forts such as Ramsej, Harihargad, Brahmagiri, Anjaneri, Ghargad, Bahula, Tringalwadi, Kavnai can be seen. To the east one can spot Aundha, Vishramgad, Bitangad, to the west Alang, Madangad, Kulang, Ratangad (south west) and to the south Pabhargad, Ghanchakkar, Harishchandragad can be seen.
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