Naneghat – The Ancient Trade Route

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Availability : 23 Apr'22
Min Age : 7+
Max People : 15

Highlights

  • Ascend the historical trade route – “Naneghat”Night Trek
  • Cross-country night trekwalk from Murbad to Pune district
  • Visit the ancient Naneghat cavesBrahmi inscriptions at Naneghat caves
  • Visit the Nanacha Angtha topPanoramic views of Jeevdhan and Dhakoba forts
  • Visit the 12th century Kukadeshwar temple

Key Info.

Malshej Ghat

Junnar, Pune District

Ghatghar

Base Village

3,095

Max. Altitude (Ft.)

5 hrs., 7 km.

Walking (approx.)
Activity LevelEASY+

Naneghat is a mountain pass in the Western Ghats range near Junnar in the Pune district of Maharashtra, India. The pass was extensively used as a trade route between Kalyan and Junnar. This was the most important trade route, as it connected the harbour 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 a part of an ancient trading route and is famous for a major cave with Sanskrit inscriptions in Brahmi script and 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 Hinduism 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” that resemble modern era numerals, more closely those found in modern Nagari and Hindu-Arabic script.

#2Nanacha Angtha

This sheer cliff is a well-known landmark, very clearly visible from the Konkan. The wall of this pass jut out of the main range and hence offer 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 to the northwest Mahuli. To the southwest; behind Siddhagad, the level tops of Matheran can be seen. The great comb-like rock of Chanderi and pinnacles of Malang are also visible when there is no haze.

#3Kukadeshwar Temple – 12th Century’s Shiva Temple

Kukadeshwar Mandir or Temple is located in the Pur village on the bank of 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 in close proximity to 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 with the passage of time and got destroyed in between 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.

Day Wise

Itinerary

Day 0Night Travelling

22:30
Please reach your pickup point and meet with SG-Trekkers representatives to mark your attendance.

22:59
You will be transferred by private bus to base camp or the starting point of the trek.

Day 1Naneghat – Sunrise Trek

02:45
We arrive at the starting point of our trek. Our field experts will provide pre-trek information and instructions to all participants.

03:00 – 06:00
Now we start walking on the old trading route of Naneghat which literally connects the Konkan & Deccan plateau respectively. We need to ascend approximately 1,250 ft. It takes about three hours to reach the top from the base.

Naneghat is an easy way to climb up. Once we reached the end; there is a group of caves. Those are the caves that bear witness to history.

06:00 – 07:30
Explore Naneghat Caves.
There is some text carved in these caves. This text is in Brahmi script.

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

08:00 – 10:00
Reach Ghatghar village & Refresh yourself. (Toilets are available there.)
Let’s have breakfast together. Served hot and tasty vegetarian food.

10:00 – 14:00
Start the journey back to Pune with very pleasant memories and non-biodegradable garbage.

We are going to have a short break to visit the Kukadeshwar temple. Resume the rest of the journey.

14:00
Reach Pune and now it’s time to say goodbye to your travel companion. Let’s keep in touch via phone / social media and meet again on another memorable trip.

SEE YOU SOON! 😀


Day 1: Highlights

• Altitude Gain / Loss (ft.): 1250 /0
• Walk (approx.): 5 hrs., 7 km.
• Accommodation: N/A
• Meals: Breakfast

Ex. Pune

Travel Details

Departure

Fri, 22 Apr 2022, 22:30 hrs.

Travel by

Private Bus

Non AC, Highback Seats
Bus Starting From

McDonald's, J.M. Road

Deccan Gymkhana, Pune-04
Bus Route
Pick-up Points

Deccan > Aundh > Nashik Phata > Junnar > Malshej Ghat > Ghatghar (Base)

22:30 – Deccan
22:45 – Aundh
22:59 – Nashik Phata

Important Note
  • Please arrive at your pickup point 15 minutes early so as not to be late.
Arrival

Sat, 23 Apr 2022, 14:00 hrs.

Bus Ends At

Deccan Gymkhana, Pune-04

Important Note
  • We can arrive 1 hour early / late; According to traffic conditions.
  • Your drop point will be the same as the pick-up point.

Inclusion

  • Transport from/to PuneBy Tempo Travellers or Mini Buses or big buses depending on the respective tour group size.
  • A BreakfastServed veg. meals only.
  • Common First Aid KitWell stocked medicines
  • An Experienced Trek LeadsCertified Mountaineers

Exclusion

  • Any kind of personal expenses.Anything specifically not mentioned in the ‘tour price includes’ column
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