Update Aug 2016 :
I did my first Video blog after Andharban Monsoon trek, do watch it and provide me suggestions and comments for further improvements. This will help trekkers to get idea on difficulty level of trek as well as what they can enjoy 🙂
Blog was written when I did trek in March .. Now the Video is prepared in Monsoon … just look at the difference … Lush green surroundings with numerous waterfalls and mist 🙂 Wow !!
We planned trek to Ghangad and then to Andharban partial trail, just to get flavor of how the dense forest trek looks like and plan our monsoon trek to Andharban.
Andhar [अंधार] in Marathi means Darkness and Ban [बन] means jungle, so Andharban [अंधारबन] means The Forest where you will feel darkness during daytime 🙂 you can call it as Dark Forest !
This is simple [but hectic at descend] trail of around 13 kilometers passing through dense forest on the edge of valleys of Tamhini ghat … overlooking the waters of Kundalika river ..
You begin the trail at Pimpri dam in daylight to sense the darkness of day as you enter the Andharban …. You get the dense part of the forest and out, giving you the magical sensation .. and the mist during monsoon adds to the dark flavor !
The trek ends at the Bhira dam which is the source of the Kundalika river
[ Kundalika river is most famous for White Water Rafting ]
Andharban Trail begins at Pimpri dam (Google coordinates 18.510341, 73.417509)
Immediately after end of Pimpri dam, you will get to see electric towers from where the trail continues to Independence point
And the trail continues to independence point along the valley sides
If you look from a distance you will see valley-side trail something like this (look at tiny trekkers)
After crossing the waterfall (which was dry during January !) you will begin with dark forest trail
No water so we just rested inside the dry waterfall … photograph below just provides you size of waterfall … I am sure you will enjoy it during monsoon season (Which I am planning anyway this June)
Finally you enter inside the Dark Forest Trek …. This trail continues till the Bhira dam …
Difficulty level of Andharban trek
- The trail is through dark forest without any ups and downs
- Caution to be taken since trail moves aside valleys without any protection
What to see !
- Beautiful views of Bhira dam backwaters
- Independence point [Look at the photograph at beginning of this blog-post]
- Kundalika valley views
- Crossing the streams and enjoying natural bath
- Waterfalls across (only during monsoon)
- Plus valley
- Ghangad, Tailbaila, Sarasgad
Place to stay/take food & water
Andharban Trek Start point
How to reach (~70 kms from Pune)
- Pune > Piranghut > Mulshi > Tamhini ghat > Pimpri
[See video which shows where to take turn from Tamhini road]
ST Bus Route :
- Lonavala to Bhaburde village by ST bus [40 kilometers]
- Bhaburde to Pimpri village, walk or get lift [13.6 kilometers]
- Trail is one way, hence be ready to walk till the end, start early so that you can exit the trail before its too dark.
- Better to have experienced guide with knowledge of snakes & insects
- Must wear proper trekking gears during monsoon season, trek looks simple but has risk of valleys alongside