In the Sahyadri district, Kalsubai Peak is a very popular trek. It is Maharashtra’s highest elevation. A stunning mix of natural ecosystems such as waterfalls, trees, grasslands, and historic forts is offered by the trek.
History behind the name of the trek
Throughout the year, the Kalsubai Temple at the summit of the peak attracts people from the surrounding villages. They come to get Kalsubai Devi’s blessings.
It is believed that there was a young village girl named Kalsubai who lived in the mountains. She used to heal villagers and animals during that time and participate in various village activities.
One day, she left towards the peak but never came back. So, Kalsubai Temple was built on the top in the memory of Kalsubai Devi.
5 reasons to do kalsubai trek
The spectacular view from the top of the trek
When you climb the final ladder and stall to catch your breath but the incredible view that awaits you, will amaze you.
As you look in wonder at the sight of greenery, clouds and mountains for endless miles up to the horizon, you experience the joy of making it to the top.
As the ring clouds pass slowly, your heart will jump out in pure joy. That’s the best performance of nature, you see.
From the top, You get to see the backwaters of Bhandardara. You get amazed to see the view of various peaks at the same time like Ramsej, Harihargad, Brahmagiri, Anjaneri, Ghargad, Bahula, Tringalwadi, Kavnai to the north, Aundha, Vishramgad, Bitangad to the east, Alang, Mandangad, Kulang to the west, Ratangad to the south-west, and Pabhargad, Ghanchakkar, and Harishchandragad to the south.
A pleasant walk amidst excessive greenery and calmness in the echoes of the winds
You get to walk through vast fields and farming land from the very beginning which is the best part of the trek.
Thanks to the brief drizzles and steady clouds that cover the sun which makes the climate very pleasant and cool. The atmosphere is foggy but fog can be expected to clear every now and then.
The wind thunders as it flies miles and fills the ears with a cold bash. Yet you feel calm inside, and peace with yourself, amid the relentless sound of winds gushing by.
You can simply listen to the silence around you and live the moment with your closed eye.
The Thrill of climbing narrow iron ladders on vertical rock faces
This trek takes you through the rock patches and plateaus that have water running through them, but only in monsoons.
While climbing, there are four extremely steep slopes to the later end of the route. All of these add to the thrill and adventure.
There are iron ladders designed for people to help them reach the temple at the top of the mountain. It offers you a way to climb properly.
But the ladder segment consists of four narrow iron ladders and the ascent and descent on this trek is the same way. So, there is two-way traffic for trekkers and villagers.
Thus, climbing these ladders becomes the most adventurous and difficult part of the trek.
The Auspicious Temple of Kalsubai Devi and the hospitable villagers
The first landmark you see once you start the trek is the village temple, followed by a stream that must be crossed to begin the trek. And, this temple of Kalsubai is considered very auspicious.
Many villagers still visit the temple to seek Kalsubai Devi’s blessings. Local devotees gather at this temple every Tuesday and Thursday to offer prayers. However,the temple is open all year long.
In the village, you can have an early breakfast before you prepare to leave for the trek. In the base village, lunch is served as a Maharashtrian thali which you can also pre-order as well. The villagers are very hospitable and supportive to the trekkers.
The magic of the monsoon weather adding to the experience
This trek is the perfect time for Monsoon to consider it. To enjoy the delights of nature like Waterfalls, mist and river streams, this is the perfect trail.
You are able to witness the reverse waterfall phenomenon wherein water droplets flow against the gravity due to the force of the wind.
You will feel the carpet of clouds under your feet during monsoons due to fog, with the winds pulling you along. On your way, you will find lots of patches of fresh slush near the paddy fields through which you are bound to get wet and stained at the end of the day, Doesn’t it sound like magic. It does, right.