Gopya Ghat is the route connecting the Sangavi village in remote areas in the western part of the Pune district and the famous as well as holy Shivtharghal in the Raigad district.
Visit the Shivtharghal caves and start climbing to the Gopya Ghat. After some time, we reach the Sahyadri Wadi; A village situated on a plateau near the Gopya Ghat. Climb for more than 2 hrs. and we can reach the col that is the top of the Gopya Ghat. There is a water tank in the masonry structure.
After walking from here for 2 hours, we reach Sangavi village. This route is close to near Velvandi River valley & the Bhatghar Dam backwater. Trek ends at Sangavi village.
Shivthar Ghal, also known as Sundarmath, (Sundarmath means Beautiful Monastery), is a cave, about 34 km from Mahad, near Barasgaon, Maharashtra, India. Shivtharghal is located in Varandha Ghat in the Sahyadris on the Bhor-Mahad road. In monsoons, a waterfall falls in front of the cave.
Samarth Ramdas dictated Dasbodh to Kalyan Swami. Samarth Ramdas lived here for about 22 years. It is believed that this is where the first meeting between the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and Samarth Ramdas took place.
The cave was discovered by Shankarrao Deo of Dhule in 1930. The cave and surrounding area were renovated after Samarth Seva Mandal was formed in 1950. The campus includes the actual cave under the waterfall, Ramdas Swami temple, dining hall, and accommodation.
Jai Jai Raghuveer Samarth! Jai Bhavani! Jai Shivaji!
Day 1, SunPune > Gopya Ghat Trek > Pune
05:00 Once you reach your pick-up point, mark your presence with the SG-Trekkers representative. Then we will travel by private bus to the starting point of the trek.
06:30 – 07:30 An hour of breakfast and tea break. Resume the rest of the journey.
09:45 – 10:30 Reach Shivthar Ghal and visit the caves and temple. Explore the temple complex and offer prayers. Take some time to relax and soak in the spiritual atmosphere. Our field experts will provide pre-trek information and instructions to all participants.
10:30 – 16:00 Now, we start the trek towards the Gopya Ghatwat. We need to ascend around 1,890 ft. from the base. It took around 4-5 hrs. In some places, you will find beautiful views of the Varandha Ghat and surrounding mountains.
At the top of Gopya ghat, you can find some historical monuments like a few stone sculptures of warriors, a water tank & few rocky old steps.
After about 6-7 hours of walking beside the Bhatghar dam, our trek will end at the Sangavi village.
16:00 – 18:00 A short drive of 15 km to the restaurant. Refresh yourself. (Washrooms are available) Let’s have a meal together. Served hot and tasty vegetarian food.
18:00 – 21:00 Start the journey back to Pune with very pleasant memories.
21:00 Reach Pune and it’s time to say goodbye to your travel companion. Let’s stay in touch via phone/social media and meet again for another memorable trip.
SEE YOU SOON! 🙂
Day 1: Highlights
• Altitude Gain / Loss: ⇑ 1,890 ft. / ⇓ 150 ft. • Walk (approx.): 7 hrs., 12 km. • Accommodation: N/A • Meal: Breakfast, Meal after the Trek