Distance: 130 Kms
The Malshej Ghat is a beautiful mountain pass in the Western Ghats in Maharashtra. Situated in the Thane district, the site is a well-known weekend place near Mumbai. It is best recognized for its natural beauty.
Being a part of the Western Ghats, the Malshej Ghat abounds in flora and fauna, especially birdlife which includes species such as cuckoos, flamingos, crakes, rails and quails. The scenic place is situated near the borders of the Thane and Ahmednagar districts.
Situated at a distance of 154 km from Mumbai and 130 km from Pune, the destination is well connected by rail, road and airways. The nearest railhead to Malshej Ghat is Kalyan. By road, it can be reached by the NH 3 that will take you to Bhiwandi. From Bhiwandi, take the road to Murbad to reach Malshej Ghat.
Malshej ghat attracts tourists from all over the country and the world because of its breath-taking beauty. It is from here, you can view the lush valleys of the Western Ghats. The region is also famous for its dark woods and the wildlife residing in them. The wildlife here includes animals and birds such as peacocks, rabbits, leopards and tigers.
The birthplace of the great Maratha warrior Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the Shivneri Fort, is another major tourist attraction. The fort is situated at a distance of 40 km from Malshej Ghat. There are other places of interest too near this charming land. One of them is the Khireshwar Village, which is situated at a distance of just 2 to 3 km from Malshej Ghat.
The hamlet is famous for its beautiful waterfalls in the hilly regions which are situated very close to the highway and hence can be viewed easily. The destination attracts a large number of migratory birds from Siberia from July to September. The most attractive phenomenon in the region is the mating dance of the flamingo birds.