The rich heritage and abundant natural beauty of the Western Ghats makes Maharashtra one of the best states, apart from the Himalayas, for winter trekking in India. While the weather across Maharashtra can be mercilessly dry and hot during the rest of the year, in the winter, the forests are cool and green, and the early morning and late evenings get quite cold. Night trekking is a popular option for winter treks in Maharashtra.
This tough winter trek in Maharashtra takes you on a long trek to the Bhimashankar temple which stands at 3000 feet, and can be done via two routes: Ganesh Ghat or the Shidi route. The former route is considered to be the easier one and can be used by first time adventurers, but is longer than the other. The Shidi route takes you along a route with ladders to cross the steeper sections, and requires some elementary rock climbing. If you’re a fit first-timer looking for a fun challenge, try the Shidi route. This is one of the top winter treks in Maharashtra not just for the route, but for the chance to spot rare birds and the giant Shekru squirrel of Maharashtra. If your itinerary allows, you can spend the night at the top so you get to enjoy the views and a cold winter morning with spectacular views.
Kalsubai Peak, at an elevation of 5400 feet and with the title of ‘the Everest of Maharashtra’ is one of the tougher winter treks in Maharashtra. It is a thrilling trek, especially if you start early in the morning or try a night trek here. There is mist all around, and the ascent can get quite tricky if you’re doing it in the dark. You will cross beautiful streams and pools, and see picturesque views of valleys and surrounding peaks. This is one of the top winter treks in Maharashtra for those looking for a fun challenge.
This winter trek of Maharashtra is one of the most challenging one out of all. At an approximate distance of 90 km from the Kalyan district, this trek in the Western Ghats pushes you to test your stamina. The trail goes over rocky patches, steep inclines, and some scary drops. The biggest attraction of this winter trek of Maharashtra is Konkankada, or the ‘Cobra’s hood.’ You will also see scenic views of the Saptatirtha lake, the Kedareshwar temple. At the top of the fort, you will find a cave inside which rests an ancient temple with a shivalinga structure.
Rajmachi Fort is one of the most popular winter treks in Maharashtra, because the weather makes the long trek through a humid forest easier. A moderately challenging trek, the trail is not too steep but the real challenge lies in stamina owing to the length of the route. You’ll be able to camp at Rajmachi village, and explore the twin forts of Shrivardhan and Manoranjan the next day. You’ll also cross streams, waterfalls, and lush green paddy fields, making this one of the top winter treks in Maharashtra.
Sandhan Valley is one of the top winter treks in Maharashtra, because it takes you through a 200-feet deep valley in the Sahyadris. In the winter, the heat stored by the rocks inside the valley is hardly noticeable, and if you’re camping, you’ll have cold winter nights that are perfect for a bonfire. This counts as a tough trek in Maharashtra if you attempt the full descent, but you’ll get to rappel down from craggy rock faces, take dips in clear natural ponds, and camp in the valley at night.
When you’ve completed the easy winter treks in Maharashtra, you’ll be ready for the Prabalgad and Kalavantin trek. You’ll trek up to the Prabal plateau, which is a fairly easy and scenic trek in itself. You can rest at the plateau and admire the views for a while, but after that, the fun really begins. Kalavantin Pinnacle is an almost 2000-foot tall sturdy rock spire that reaches upwards to the sky, with narrow steps leading to the top. There is no protection and no railings, which means full exposure to the elements. There are several rock patches that can get very slippery and tricky to navigate, but getting to the pinnacle is a real thrill. This is one of the top winter treks in Maharashtra for those who are seeking a fun challenge.
Lohagad or literally the iron fort is one of the most popular winter treks in Maharashtra. This easy trek is perfect for beginners and nature enthusiasts, because it takes you through rain-drenched trails with streams running across, over slippery rocks and up to the misty fort at the top. The main attraction of this fort is the famous Vinchu Kata (Scorpion tail), as it resembles the tail of a scorpion. The tail is roughly 2 kms in length and the view from the top is captivating!
Korigad fort is a beautiful fort located on top of a hill around 20kms from Lonavala near Aamby Valley, Maharashtra. It is a great trek for beginners looking for an easy winter trek to kick off the season. The top of the fort has a large, flat plateau, with the ramparts completely intact. That means you can explore the edges of the fort summit, take great pictures from vantage points all around, and get a closer look at the sturdy construction of the walls. You'll also find ancient cannons, the largest of which is the Lakshmi Top near the Koraidevi temple, and a couple of large water bodies where enthusiastic trekkers enjoy a quick dip. This is a top winter trek in Maharashtra because of how easy it is, and how much there is to see at the top.
This is one of the tougher treks in Maharashtra, because it takes you to three different forts across a span of 2 or 3 days. It is best done as a winter trek in Maharashtra in winter so that you have pleasant weather for most of your trekking time. You’ll walk through a densely forested trail, scrambling over rocks and boulders, and sleep in caves at night. There are some steep sections on this trail, and long hours of trekking. But you’ll find the ruins of ancient forts, natural water bodies, gorgeous sunrises and sunsets, and mysterious caves, making this one of the top winter treks in Maharashtra.