Malshej is a mountain pass belonging to the Western Ghats of India and is situated in the state of Maharashtra. Located amidst high hills, this small place is close to nature. The variety of flora and fauna found at this place makes it a tourist spot for nature lovers. Malshej especially sees many species of birds in its surroundings such as rails, flamingos, quails and cuckoos.
Pune and Mumbai are its nearest major cities at a distance of 130 kms and 154 kms respectively. This route is part of National Highway 50. State buses are available from these cities to Malshej ghat at regular intervals of time, making travel easy. Visitors, however, prefer to cover this stretch on cars and bikes. The younger crowd fancies a bike ride to this destination, by renting bikes either from Pune or Mumbai. With so many options to avail two-wheelers on rent, this is a hassle-free task.
From atop this pass, one can have an enchanting view of the beautiful valley below. Think, dense forests are part of its surroundings. A walk into the woods to feel and experience oneness with nature would be a rejuvenating experience for the tourists. This forest range is home to a variety of rare species of animals and insects. Apart from the vast stretch of land covered under green, there are a large number of waterfalls in and around the area that are frequently visited by the tourists. One of the most important places of tourist interest is the Khireshwar village. It is through this piece of land that one can reach the famous Harishchandragad. The Pimpalgaon Joga Dam, which in en route Malshej Ghat from Pune is an ideal pit stop location for travellers and a picnic spot for tourists. It's breathtaking view fills the eyes of the visitor.
This place is of utmost significance to the Marathas, as their leader Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj was born here.
The easiest way to traverse this route is by road. If you are on a look out for an exhilarating experience you could rent a motorcycle from a bike rental store in any of the nearby cities. At Wheelstreet you can choose from a large fleet of motorcycles and embark on this journey.