Kalsubai is the highest peak in Maharashtra (1646m). Its is one of the most enjoyable trek. Route is well marked and many trekkers and Pilgrims visit to reach the peak which has a small temple of Kalsubai.

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This being the highest peak, it commands a beautiful view. 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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The trek to Beas Kund is one of the most beautiful short trek in Himachal Pradesh. From Solang Nallah, the route winds through the famous Solang Valley. Solang valley is famous for its ski slopes & Para gliding. On this trek you will see amazing views of lush green meadows,glaciers and snow-capped mountain peaks. The trail goes via Dhundi and Bakarthach to enter the Beas Kund glacier, the birthplace of the River Beas.This is an enjoyable and Moderate level trek. It is recommended for both beginners as well as experienced.

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Beas Kund is where the river Beas originates
Beas Kund is where the river Beas originates

Alang Fort (also Alangad) is a fort in Nashik district, Maharashtra, India. It is one of the three forts, the others being Madangad and Kulang, in the Kalsubai range of the Western Ghats. They are the most difficult to reach forts in Nasik District. A dense forest cover make these treks difficult. These three forts are a little neglected due to very heavy rains in the area and a difficult confusing path to the forts.

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The three mountains(forts) of Alang, Madan and Kulang are considered to be the toughest places in the sahyadris for trekking. This is due to the natural wall like formations of the hills with most steep routes, a lot of edge traversing and vertical rock patches to climb on. A perfect mixture for an awesome trek.

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The Western Ghats or Sahyadri is a mountain range that runs parallel to the western coast of the Indian peninsula, located entirely in India. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the eight “hottest hotspots” of biological diversity in the world.It is sometimes called the Great Escarpment of India. The range runs north to south along the western edge of the Deccan Plateau, and separates the plateau from a narrow coastal plain, called Konkan, along the Arabian Sea. A total of thirty nine properties including national parks, wildlife sanctuaries and reserve forests were designated as world heritage sites – twenty in Kerala, ten in Karnataka, five in Tamil Nadu and four in Maharashtra.

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The expedition to see and photograph the circular rainbow (Indravajra) in Western Ghats took us to Konkan cliff of Harishchandragad. Being one of the geological wonders of Western Ghats, the cliff has amazing structure. It is a vertical precipice with overhang. The overhang is about 10 meters. The height is 3900 feet (1300 meters) above msl. There is a semicircular valley on the western end of the mountain having vertical fall depth of 1200 feet. The horizontal arc length of the cliff top edge is about 1 km. In the pre and post monsoon season, a strange natural phenomenon called as glory or circular rainbow can be seen from this cliff edge. The phenomenon is similar to rainbow. However its scientific principle and structure is entirely different from that of rainbow. The normal rainbow is called as “Indradhanushya” in Marathi. The glory or circular rainbow is called as “Indravajra” in Marathi. In western world the spectacle is named the “spectre of the Brocken” after the peak in the Harz Mountains of Germany, where it is often seen. We will refer it as “Indravajra” in this article here onwards.

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Harishchandragad is a fort located in the Ahmednagar part of Maharashtra state in India. It holded a lion’s share in controlling the surrounding areas. This fort has got an eye pleasing natural beauty, along with a diverse flora and fauna. Harishchandragad is famous for a lot of specialities such as its marvellous natural beauty, tough trek & none other than the beautiful Konkan Kada.

Harishchandragad is also known as trekker’s paradise as rappelling, rock climbing & valley crossing can be done simultaneously in one trek itself. It is also famous as the best fort in Maharashtra for camping. There are nearly 9 caves in total inculding 2 big caves on Harishchandragad which can accomodate around 100-150 campers.

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Sandhan Valley Great Grand Dad of all Treks – The Valley of Shadows.
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Where you’ll hardly get to see the sunlight, isolated from the outer world, dead silence, passing through those deep creepy ponds, lifeless rocks and boulders, Echoes of your own foot steps will make you feel like a presence of some entity, sleeping by the waterfall with the nocturnal creatures in sub-freezing temperature.

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