Varandha Ghat road is a beautiful mountain pass in Pune district. It is located amidst the Sahyadri mountains. This is an ideal location for the long drive near Pune. Read further to know about this magnificent place!
Location: 25 km east of Mahad, about 110 km from Pune, Pune district, Maharashtra, India.
Varandha Ghat Road Information
It is a beautiful mountain pass which proceeds through the majestic Sahyadri mountain range. It is one of the least explored places in Maharashtra. Not many people have heard of this place. Very less number of tourists gives the visit to Varandha ghat road as compared to Tamhini Ghat. This mountain pass joins Pune region to the Konkan region. It is located at a distance of about 108 km from Pune. The length of this mountain pass is 10 km. This Ghat has lush green mountains, valleys & waterfalls which attract many tourists. The Ghat route is blessed with the abundant beauty of nature.
Varandha ghat road (वरंधा घाट in Marathi) is an ancient mountain route of transport. It is a splendid location to drive through lush greenery & splashing waterfalls during the monsoon months. The British authorities widened this route in 1857. Varandha has more live waterfalls as compared to Tamhini Ghat. There are various spots on this road segment where you can spot real breath-taking views.
The Waghjai Mata temple is among main attractions at Varandha ghat road. From this point, you can witness magnificent views of valleys & waterfalls. This point has strong wind current as it is surrounded by valleys. There are very steep sloping valleys facing towards Konkan region with curved roads leading down and deep valley of around 3000 feet.
Places To See
Kavlya Gad is another spot which is located very close to the Varandha ghat road. It is a small hill having no history. Around 1 hour is required to reach Kavlya Fort as a path leading to it is sloping & muddy. It is said that Yesubaai (wife of Chatrapati Sambhaji Maharaj) helped Rajaram Maharaj to escape from Aurangzeb & while escaping Rajaram Maharaj used this route to reach Jinji from Raigad Fort. You can see the Rajgad Fort & Torna Fort from Kavlya.
Shivthar Ghal is another awesome place which lies at a distance of 9 km from Waghjai Point. One can witness superb shivtharghal pictures from Waghjai. Especially in monsoon season, you can see huge milky waterfalls. There are 2 routes for Bikes & cars from Waghjai to Shivtharghal. First route (9 km) is very small, narrow & adventurous having sharp slopes through thick woods.
However, second route (24 km) is a good road which takes you through banks of Shivthar river and huge mountains in front to Shivtharghal. This place is in the cave located amidst thick jungle & surrounded by hills from all sides. There is also a Math near cave called Sundar math. Maharashtra’s great Saint Shree Ramdas Swami used this place for his meditation and writing Dasbodha Epic. In the rainy season, a huge waterfall takes birth right in front of the cave!
By experience, many people advice not to visit Varandha ghat road alone or in a single vehicle. This is because most of the mobiles don’t have the network in this region. In a case of vehicle failure like tyre puncture, you need an extra vehicle to reach up to garage. Also, public transport is not very active on this route.
Best Time To Visit: July to December is the best time to visit this spot. You can see beautiful lush green valleys, panoramic mountain views & enjoy at many splashing waterfalls on the way.
Time Required: It is an easy 1 day trip from Pune. It takes about 3 hours to reach this place from Pune.
Accommodation: You can stay in Pune or Bhor. You can find a wide range of hotels in Pune according to your requirement. Further, you can easily take a cab or other hired vehicle from Pune to reach the here. Or else you can stay in the Shivthal Ghal trust’s Dharamshala or in a Zilla Parishad’s guest house nearby ShivthalGhal caves. They provide food and stay facilities on request.
Eating Stuff: There are no eateries in between this ghat segment so you must carry your own food & plenty of water with you. Vaghjai Mata Temple point has some tea stalls. Or else you can have lunch nearby Bhor & then head towards Varandha. After bhor, there are no villages but only 40-50kms dense jungle.
How To Reach:
It is advisable to drive your own vehicle while visiting Varandha ghat road as you can stop where ever in between the journey to enjoy the beauty of nature. Do not forget to fill up your fuel tank full as there is no fuel station between 75 km stretch.
- Route From Mumbai: By Mumbai Goa NH-4 highway, reach Mahad town then take the left road going to Pune and reach Barasgaon. After that, follow the road till Shivtharghal.
- Route From Pune: When going from Pune, you will notice the left turn for the road to Narayanpur Balaji Temple. There is a very small route ahead of this point towards right side which leads to Bhor Ghat. This road further leads to this place.
- Route From Kolhapur: Take National Highway 4 from Kolhapur – Reach Shiroli – Cross Warana river at Kanegaon – Waghwadi – Narayanwadi – Reach Satara – Bhuinj – Shirwal – Next to Shirwal, take a left diversion to Maharashtra State Highway 70 – Bhor – Varandha.
- Nearest Bus Stand: Bhor Bus Stand of MSRTC (Maharashtra State Transport) is the closest bus station to reach this spot.
- Nearest Railway Station: Pune is the nearest & convenient railway station to reach Varandha Ghat road.
Varandha Ghat Road Map:
If you want exciting & unmatched experience, then head to this place! Try to visit this spot in a group with at least 2 vehicles. So that in a case of an emergency breakdown of one vehicle, another vehicle will help you out!