Naneghat, is a trekking paradise nestled in the Sahyadri Mountain Range in Maharashtra!
This 2,600 feet high mountain pass connects the Konkan sea coast with the old town of Junnar in the Deccan, and offers trekkers and explorers a fun-filled adventure.
The trek offers a perfect mix of nature’s beauty and historical significance. The trek starts with a dirt road strewn with rocky patches, which sets the tone for what’s to come. But don’t worry, you’ll be rewarded with two successive streams of water within an hour of the trail. The second stream is even more voluminous than the first one, making for an awesome photo-op!
As you continue along the trail, you’ll come across a small dam and a fork in the road. Choose the path that leads uphill, surrounded by thick foliage on either side, and get ready to feast your eyes on the stunning view of the green hills and valleys around you. From the hilltop, you’ll also get glimpses of Jivdhan Fort and Bhairavnath Temple. And let’s not forget the caves at the top, which are an added bonus to your effort.
Did you know that the Naneghat trek route has been around since the reign of the mighty Satavahana dynasty, circa 200 BCE – 190 CE? The name Naneghat means ‘coin pass’, and it used to be a toll booth to collect entry and exit taxes from the traders who crossed the hills.
The trek ends at a cave with ancient inscriptions in Brahmi and Devanagari script dating back to the second and first century BCE, providing evidence of the reign of the Satavahanas over this region during their prime. According to historians, the cave was commissioned by a women Satavahana Queen or Queen Mother, Naganika, the wife of Satakarni. So, make sure to pay your respects to the queen and brush up on your history before embarking on this trek!
And if you’re worried about elderly folks or anyone with difficulty walking long distances, no need to worry. Vehicles can go up to the top of the Naneghat trek anyway. Just don’t forget to stock up on water and light snacks before starting the trek, as it goes through forests and there’s nothing much for 2-2.5 hours of walking and climbing.
So, pack your bags, put on your trekking shoes, and get ready to experience the beauty of Naneghat. And who knows, maybe you’ll even find some ancient coins along the way!