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Naneghat Caves – Easy Night Trek

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  • 1 Day / 1 NightDuration
  • Sat, 20 Apr’24travel dates
  • 07-60 yrs.Age Limit
  • 10-30 max.Group Size

Highlights

  • Ascend the historical trade route - “Naneghat”Naneghat was an ancient trade route used by the Satvahana Empire. You can see the remnants of this historic route along the trek, including caves and carvings.
  • Enjoying the thrill of a night trekTrekking at night is a unique experience that allows you to explore the beauty of the Western Ghats. The cool night air and the starry sky can be very refreshing
  • Exploring the Naneghat CavesThese ancient caves are believed to date back to the Satavahana period (2nd century BC to 2nd century AD)
  • Panoramic views & scenic beautyThe Naneghat trek route passes through dense forests and offers panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.
  • Visit the 12th-century Kukadeshwar templeThe temple is built in the Hemadpanthi style of architecture
  • Trek for allRecommended for beginners with good fitness

Overall, Naneghat Night Trek is a great way to experience the natural beauty and learn about the history of the region. If you are looking for an adventure-filled weekend getaway, this trek is worth considering.

Key Info

  • Malshej GhatJunnar, Pune
  • GhatgharBase Village
  • Winter, SummerBest Season
  • Easy+Grade
  • 3,100 ft.Max. Altitude
  • 7 km, 4-5 hrs.Walk (approx.)
EnduranceMedium [6/10]

The Naneghat Caves Night Trek is an exciting adventure that takes you up an ancient trade route to explore historic caves and stunning views!

The ancient caves are believed to date back to the Satavahana period (2nd century BC to 2nd century AD). They have inscriptions and carvings that offer a glimpse into the history of the region.

Naneghat is a mountain pass in the Western Ghats range near Junnar in the Pune district of Maharashtra, India. During the Satavahana period, the Naneghat pass was extensively used as a trade route between Kalyan and Junnar. It was the most important trade route, as it connected the ports of Sopara and Kalyan directly to Junnar and Paithan.

The name “Nane” means “coin” and “Ghat” means “pass”. The name is given because this path was used as a tollbooth to collect tolls from traders crossing the hills. This is a pass, which once in history, enjoyed prime importance. At Naneghat, the inscriptions, the steps, the rock-cut rest houses, and the cisterns that date as far back as the 1st century B.C., prove that this route was frequently used.

#1Naneghat Caves

Naneghat was part of an ancient trading route and is famous for a major cave with Sanskrit inscriptions in Brahmi script and the Middle Indo-Aryan dialect. These inscriptions have been dated between the 2nd and the 1st century BCE and are attributed to the Satvaahan dynasty era.

The inscriptions are notable for linking the Vedic and Hindu deities, mentioning some Vedic Srauta rituals and names that provide historical information about the ancient Satvaahan. The inscriptions present the world’s oldest numeration symbols for “2, 4, 6, 7, and 9” which resemble modern-era numerals, more closely those found in modern Nagari and Hindu-Arabic script.

#2Nanacha Angtha (नानाचा अंगठा)

This sheer cliff is a well-known landmark, very clearly visible from the Konkan. The wall of this pass juts out of the main range and hence offers a magnificent view of the great bend in the Sahyadri.

To the north, one can view Mt. Kalsubai, to the south Bhimashankar, to the northeast Harishchandragad and the northwest Mahuli. To the southwest; behind Siddhagad, the level tops of Matheran can be seen. The great comb-like rock of Chanderi and the pinnacles of Malang are also visible when there is no haze.

Kukadeshwar Temple12th Century’s Shiva Temple

Kukadeshwar Mandir or Temple is located in the Pur village on the bank of the Kukdi River at a distance of 15 Km from Junnar on its western side in the Pune district of Maharashtra. It has been built as per Hemadpanti architecture. The site of the temple looks amazingly beautiful and the Kukdi River on its northern side adds to its beauty.

It is a popular temple of Lord Shiva which is noted for its splendid carvings and sculptures on the inner and outer walls of the temple. It lies near Chavand Fort, also known as Fort of Prasannagad at a distance of a mere 3 Km. The roof of this temple is currently in a dilapidated state but renovation is being carried out.

History: It is believed that the Kukadeshwar temple is about approximately 800 years old and the original idol of Lord Parshvanatha in the temple could not endure over time and got destroyed over this long period. As per a legend, in the depth of a grand future, a Brahmin saw Parshvanatha as the architect of eternal happiness and the future Tirthankara. Thus, he is the memory of his last two lives installed a splendid idol of Lord Parshvanatha.

Festivities in the Kukadeshwar Temple: Regular morning and evening prayers are conducted in the temple. Apart from those, every year on the tenth day of the Bhadrapada month’s bright half, a fair is held in this temple.

Detailed Itinerary

Day-wise Schedule

Day 0
Travel from Pune » Naneghat Trek Start Point

Depart from Pune by 23:00 hrs.
Meet our representative at your pick-up point. We will then proceed by private vehicle to the starting point of our trek.


Day 0: Highlights
• Drive (approx.): 160 km, 3-4 hrs.

Day 1
Naneghat Caves Trek » Junnar » Travel to Pune

At midnight, we arrive at the starting point of our trek. Start the ascend. We start walking on the old trading route of Naneghat which connects the Konkan & Deccan plateau. We need to ascend approximately 1,250 ft. It takes about three hours to reach the top from the base. The trail is well-defined but can be slippery in some sections. (Be sure to wear proper shoes and use a headlamp.)

Naneghat is an easy way to climb up. Once we reach the end; explore the ancient caves of Naneghat, which are believed to date back to the 2nd century BC. These caves have ‘Brahmi’ inscriptions and sculptures that provide a glimpse into the history of the region.

The Jeevdhan Fort and the ape-like cones attract attention. Also around this fort, you can see many forts and hills.

Reach Ghatghar village & Refresh yourself. (Toilets are available) Let’s have breakfast together. Start the journey back to Pune. We are going to have a short break to visit the Kukadeshwar temple. Resume the rest of the journey.

Arrive back in Pune by 16:00 hrs. (approx.)


Day 1: Highlights
• Altitude: ⇑ 1,250 ft. / ⇓ 0 ft.
• Walk (approx.): 7 km, 4-5 hrs.
• Accommodation: N/A
• Meals: Breakfast only

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Inclusions

What's Included?
  • Private Transport: Ex. PuneToll, Parking, Transport Permit, Driver Food & Allowance
  • Entry PermitsNaneghat-Ghatghar Gram-Panchayat
  • A BreakfastServed Veg. Meals as Per Itinerary Only
  • An Experienced Trek LeadsTeam of Certified Mountaineers & Outdoor Experts
  • First Aid KitWell Stocked Medicines with Team SG-Trekkers
  • GSTAll Applicable Taxes

Exclusions

What's Not Included?
  • Lunch
  • Any Kind of Personal ExpensesAnything Specifically Not Mentioned in the ‘Inclusions List’.
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