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.