Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Madheghat to Shivtharghal -- Waterfall Dhamaka


I, Shridhar Purandare ,am back with one more trekking treat for travelers and that is Madheghat -Shivtherghal trek. This trek was special as it was first monsoon trek of Inventure.

Some history about Madheghat.

The Battle of Sinhagad was a night battle that took place on February 4, 1670 in the fort of Sinhagad, near the city of Pune, Maharashtra, India. It was fought between Tanaji Malusare, a commander of Maratha king Shivaji and Udaybhan Rathod, fort keeper under Jai Singh I and Ibrahim Adil Shah I. Tanaji's army won the war to hand over control of the fort to the Marathas with causalities 300 from Mogul Side and 50 from Marathas and around 4000 Mogul troops imprisoned by mere 500 Maratahs. (source: wikipedia)

Once inside, they set upon Udaybhan and his men. A fierce combat took place between Tanaji and Udaybhan. Udaybhan managed to rid Tanaji of his shield, still Tanhaji fought Udaybhan by tying a cloth over one of his hands and using it to ward off Udaybhan's sword attacks. then udaybhan attacked Tanaji on his right shoulder with his sword and tore him till his belly then tanaji felt on ground and then suddenly 60yrs old Shelar mama came and attacked on Udaybhan with his sword and killed him.Then his brother Suryaji along with Shelar Mama marshaled the forces to recapture the fort. Shivaji renamed the fort from Kondana to Sinhagad in Tanaji's honor.When Shivaji learned of his friend's death, he remarked "Gad ala pan Sinha gela", meaning "We have gained the fort, but lost a lion." (source: wikipedia)

After that Tanaji's body(Madhe in Marathi) was taken to his origin village Umbrat through this ghat. This is how this ghat got its name.

At a Glance some information about Madheghat ....

Trek Madheghat
District Pune
Height above mean sea level 1700 feet
Base Village Kelad
Region Velhe

Some history about Shivtharghal:

Dāsbodh (Devanagari: दासबोध), loosely meaning advise to the disciple, is a classical 17th Century Hindu Advaita Vedanta spiritual text. It was orally narrated by saint Samarth Ramdas, spiritual advisor of the famous King Shivaji, to his disciple Kalyan Swami. The narration is believed to have taken place in a cave called Shivatharghal in the Raigad district of Maharashtra in India. The Dasbodh provides readers with spiritual guidance on matters such as devotion and acquiring knowledge. (source: wikipedia)

At a Glance some information about Shivtharghal ....

Trek Shivtharghal
District Raigad

Now lets see our journey .. :)

(Image Source: Shrikant Shimpi)

We started our amazing journey from ST to Velhe then with Mahindra Pickup to Kelad and then long trek to Shivtharghal.

Pickup journey was amazing to Madheghat.Few enjoyed more then us by sitting on top.
Rain and fog made it memorable.

Observing landscapes along the way we moved further towards Kelad.

As we started the trek from Madheghat , vivid green beauty around the path got captured in our minds.

Nature always manufactures unbelievable plant structures from roots to leaves.

(Image Source: Shrikant Shimpi)

Wild ophidians bewitched us on the way, passing feeling of fear and surprise through us.

Noticing unnoticed was true fun !!

Trail to Shivtharghal was mixture of lush greenery, water streams, finest landscapes, huge waterfalls and unmatched wild beauty.

(Image Source: Shrikant Shimpi)

Shivtharghal is an outstanding place. If you are looking for place where you can get peace of mind that too in nature trails then this the place you must visit.

Whenever you are trekking through jungle take extra precaution when you take support of some branches ... You may never know nature's design !!!!!!!

(Image Source: Shrikant Shimpi)
(Image Source: Shrikant Shimpi)
Getting back was more difficult because of rush for public transport due to Ganesh Visarjan.
I tried to stop ST forcibly standing in middle of the road ... but ST driver was smarter than me and accelerated more .. finally I had to pull back :(

As always you can contact me for queries and information. Comments/Suggestions are expected. :)

Shridhar Purandare


  1. i stay very close to madheghat !!

  2. What Would be the best time to do this trek ?
    if planned at end of summer and early rains ..is water available anywhere in the route ?



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