Something About Andharban:
Andharban trek is really an awesome in monsoon. The name itself means The Dense Dark Forest. This is one of the best trek to explore in Tamhini Ghats, where you can enjoy the best experience of walking through jungle over your head. This is approx. 13 KM trek & the major part of the trek implicates descending towards Bhira (Unnei) dam. This valley is the origin of the Kundalika river which is famous for white water rafting. The start point of this trek is “Pimpri Dam”. This trek offers an excellent view of Bhira dam, Plus valley, Kundalika Valley and the mountain ranges of Tamhini ghat.
Base Village: Pimpri, Tamhini Ghat.
How to Reach?
Pune to Pimpri – (Approx. 80KM)
Pune – Chandani Chowk – Pirangut – Pimpri Village.
Places Near Andharban:
Pimpri Dam, Bhira Dam, Kundalika Valley, Plus Valley etc.
Grade & Accessibility:
Medium, Endurance level Medium. Easily accessible.
Best time to Visit:
The best time to visit this place is during monsoon or post monsoon.
Our day started with amazing rainy & cloudy weather. We started our journey towards Pimpri Village from “Mountain Hikers office”, Chinchwad, Pune at around 5.30AM. Then we headed towards our next pick up point that is Shivaji Nagar. After all pickups, we started our Journey towards the beautiful Tamhini Ghats. The weather was perfect for Monsoon trek, we enjoyed journey with blissfully.
On The Way…!!!
We reached Pimpri Phata at around 8am. Then we had breakfast (plate of Hot Upma) over there. After breakfast we started our journey to starting point of this trek.
We reached at starting point within in 10 minutes & started our trek to THE ANDHARBAN. The trek route was really awesome & covered with trees.
En-route we crossed many streams where we really enjoyed a lot.
After 4 hours trek we reached Hirdi Village. This was very small village in the laps of nature. Food facilities may available in Hirdi, as per the available resources of Villagers. We had our packed lunch (Parathas & Puran Poli) & took some rest.
Crossing streams, and some dense forest.
After some rest we start descending towards Bhira Dam, the real name of Bhira Dam is Unnei Dam.
From this point actual Andharban starts & forest becomes dense.
Andharban, has good Flora in Monsoon, there are many things to explore around.
After around 2 hours trek we reached Bhira. Where we changed our clothes & had evening snacks of yummy Vada – Pav & tea.
Our Enthusiastic Group
Started our return journey at 6.30 pm & reached Pune at 9.30pm with lots of delightful memories!
Blog by: Vallari Pathak & Aditya Phadtare
Photo Credits: Aditya Phadtare, Shreyas Shaligram