A Trek To The Dreamy Forest In The Tamhini Ghats
A walk in the woods is an experience that often soothes our soul.
We often find inspiration and solace when we are surrounded by the beauty of trees and nature. These forests all have something special, almost mystical quality about them. One such rare creation is the Andharban Forest (or the Dark Forest). Located near Pimpri in Maharashtra, Andharban is the epitome of the mystical.
Intrigued? Let’s find out more…
What should you know about Andharban?
Being a Punekar, Andharban is easily accessible; it’s just about an hours drive from Chandni Chowk. It is an ideal monsoon trek location, especially known for its descending trail. Located amidst the green Sahayadri Ranges, it is also home to breathtaking waterfalls and tranquil ponds. You’ll find extensive walking trails where you can admire the views of Kundalika Valley. Trekkers often go night trekking too.
Best time to visit Andharban?
June to September are the best months to go trekking here. If you happen to miss out on the season, you can trek from October to January too. The foremost climatic conditions here remain dense with a light mist in the air retaining the mystical aura.
How to get here?
By road: It’s a 50 km drive from Pimpri village. Hire a cab or elf-drive car if you’re coming straight from Mumbai. Trekkers coming from other cities need to first reach Pune and then drive on.
By rail: Take a train from Mumbai to Lonavala and Pune. You can either book a Pune Intercity or Deccan Express and Udyan Express. If you’re coming from Mumbai, book a Hazrat Nizamuddin Express. Most of the trainscoming from the South towards Mumbai stop at Pune.
By flight: Take a flight to Pune, and then book a cab to Pimpri.
The trek route
- The trek starts from a place called Independent point near Pimpri Dam at Pimpri Village.
- Start the trek preferably early in the morning.
- At the start, you’ll be walking through dense trees and water streams which are also the backwaters of Bira Dam.
- Now, start enjoying the views of Kundalika Valley where further ahead you will also see the poppy fields.
- Take a halt at Bhirdi village for a refreshment break. Then you’ll be descending towards the Konkan route.
What after the trek?
If you want to relax overnight, there are local eateries and lodges around for lodging and boarding. Budget hotels start from Rs. 1200 to Rs. 3000. Alternatively, you can drive back to Pune, Lonavala or Mumbai. If you’ve hired a cab, call your driver to pick you up from Bira Dam End Point.
Important trekking tips: Do not skip this!
- Hire a guide
- Carry a first aid kit
- Stay with the trekkers and trekking trail
- Prepare for the weather
- Pack the essentials
So… are you ready to explore the hidden escape from the city life?