Andharban trek in Maharashtra, India

About Andharban

The word Andharban means dark forest, and that's a thrilling thought! The Andharban trek takes you on a trek into the most mysterious forest of Maharashtra. The trail is so densely forested that it stays dim and misty even during the day and you feel like you are trekking at dusk or even at night which makes the Andharban trek quite a surreal experience.

About the Andharban trek

Set in Mulshi near Pune, in the Sahyadri Mountains, the Andharban trek is a beautiful one. The forests are full of unique flora and fauna and the birds and tropical flowers provide wonderful bird watching and photography opportunities.

Andharban trekking reveals spectacular views of the Kundalika Valley, Bhira Dam and the mountains of Tamhini from vantage points. Bhira is the origin of the Kundalika river which is famous for its river rafting and other adventure activities.

Andharban trekking highlights

The Andharban trek is unusual because it descends into the evergreen forest instead of going up, and it has a rock-hewn path most of the way. The rocks you’ll see have been chiselled by the flow of water over centuries into mesmerising formations and the trail is a nature lovers and photographers delight.

Andharban trekking takes you downhill for almost 4 hours, and you will be walking along a ridge, past waterfalls, and amidst butterflies, birds and flowers. Since it is a downhill trek it is easy on the knees but don't be fooled into thinking that Andharban trekking is easy. The path can be slippery, and there are spots that you'll have to climb over very carefully.

Best time to go for an Andharban trek

The best time to visit the region for an Andharban trek is in the monsoon, when the forest turns into a rainy wilderness and the vegetation turns beautifully lush and dewy, showing you all shades of green. There are waterfalls and pools everywhere, and in the monsoon the pools are full and you'll feel like you're in the middle of an adventure movie. After a few hours of Andharban trekking, feel free to take a dip in the refreshing waters of these waterfalls and pools.

What to carry for Andharban trekking

For your Andharban trek, you should take appropriate rainwear and trekking shoes. Do carry your essentials like water, snacks, insect repellent, first aid kit, and camera in a small day pack. Don’t forget to pack a rain cover for your bag, or pack your belongings in plastic to protect it from getting wet. Also, carry a change of dry clothes and a long-sleeved jacket or sweatshirt to keep you warm on your return.

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Trekking through the mysterious forests of Andarbhan in Maharashtra is one of the most surreal experiences you can have. Andarban literally translates to ‘dark forests’. The trail is covered with dense forests, which makes even daytime look like evenings/nights. This all-descent trek is unique because in most parts of the trail you will be climbing down instead of climbing up, which can also get a little tricky and slippery during the monsoons. Explore the mysteries that these enigmatic forests have to offer!
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  • Travelling from Dadar to Dadar
  • Breakfast
  • First aid kit
  • Guide and professional expertise
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  • Meals during travel
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Monsoon trek to Andharban (Ex Mumbai)
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Take a trek into the most mysterious forest of Maharashtra. The word Andharban means dark forest, and that's a thrilling thought! The trail is so densely forested that it stays dim and misty even during the day. The best time to visit is in the monsoon, when all the pools are full and waterfalls dot the hills around.

This trek is unusual because it descends into the forest instead of going up, and it has a rock-hewn path most of the way. But don't be fooled into thinking that this is an easy trek. The path can be slippery, and there are spots that you'll have to climb over very carefully.
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  • Travel from Mumbai to Mumbai by private non AC vehicle
  • Veg breakfast
  • Expertise charges
  • Service tax
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  • Lunch
  • All kinds of extra meals/soft drinks
  • Personal or travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Porters
  • Bottled water
  • Any kind of personal expenses
  • All expenses incurred due to unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances like roadblocks, bad weather etc.
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Monsoon Trek to Andharban
Mumbai, Maharashtra
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Trek down into the depths of a deep, dim forest that is dotted with waterfalls and streams. The monsoon is the perfect time to visit the Andharban, named after the darkness (even during the day) that is caused by the tall evergreen trees that block out the sunlight.

A unique ecosystem thrives in this dimly lit region, offering you a memorable adventure trek. The trail is not a difficult one, as it begins from an altitude and descends gradually into the forest, but it can get very slippery, so watch your step.
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  • Travel Dadar to Dadar in non AC private vehicle
  • Veg breakfast
  • Evening refreshments
  • Event organizing charges if any
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  • All kinds of extra meals/soft drinks
  • Lunch
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Andharban Trek
Pune, Maharashtra
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The best part of the Andharban trek is that it is a full descent trek. You start at the top of the trail, and trek downwards into a forest that is so thick that it blocks out the dim monsoon sunlight. This is one of the most gorgeous monsoon treks you can do, with the rainwater finding different routes to make its way to the valley. You'll have waterfalls in full spate, streams flowing down the sides of the valley, and rivulets of water running down the trail under your feet. It can gt very slippery, so do watch out.
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  • Transportation by private vehicle from Pune to Pune
  • Tea, breakfast and packed veg lunch
  • Trek guide
  • Safety equipment
  • First aid kit
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Cold drinks or mineral water etc.
  • Private orders of tea, breakfast, lunch or dinner
  • Personal expenditure of any kind
  • Insurance coverage
  • Any medical expenses other than 'first aid'
  • Any other charges not specifically mentioned in the inclusions
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