Are you looking for thrilling trekking experiences in Maharashtra? The trek to Dhak Bahiri will give you a breathtaking experience. This trek is popularly known for its steep ascent, rugged terrain and scenic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. Despite being physically challenging, trekking to Dhak Bahiri offers a unique and unforgettable experience.
Dhak Bahiri Trek :
Located in the western region of India, Maharashtra is known for its rich cultural heritage, stunning landscapes, and diverse wildlife. Maharashtra is home to many hidden gems. One of them is Dhak Bahiri cave temple. It takes you on a thrilling journey to an ancient rock-cut cave temple.
Dhak Bahiri trek is a popular trekking spot located in Maharashtra, India. It is located in the Raigad district of maharashtra. Dhak Bahiri trek is known for its challenging terrain, breathtaking views, and ancient rock-cut cave temples, this trek is must-do experience for adventures lovers.
History Of Dhak Bahiri Cave :
The cave is dedicated to God bahiri the god of Thakur adivasis. Hence it is called as Dhak bahiri. It was discovered by the great historian Mr. Gopal Nillkanth Dandekar. In addition to its historical significance, there are also a number of legends and stories associated with the Dhak Bahiri cave temple.
It is said that, the great Maratha warrior Shri Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj once visited this place and also gifted the golden plate to the god.
Trek Details :
There are mainly three ways to reach Dhak-Bahiri Cave. One is from Jambhavali village which is the most preferred route among hikers and considered the most popular. Second is from Sandashi village and last one starts from the Vadap village.
As per your preference, you can start the trek from any of these three villages. Trek route through Sandashi village is easier and short compared to the other. In addition, the route passing through Jambhavali village is a bit more challenging as compared with the route from Sandashi.
You can also start the trek from Vadap village. But it takes around 4-5 hours to reach Dhak-Bahiri from Vadap. Due to its long distance, very few people start the trek from Vadap. If you go by this route, you will have to cross 2-3 hills to reach Dhak Bahiri cave.
Pro Tip : Be sure to take a guide if you intend to go through this route. The chances of getting lost on this route are very high, so make sure you don’t go alone.
Trek Route From Jambhavali Village :
This is the most famous route to Dhak Bahiri. Most people prefer this route. It is simpler, faster, and more convenient. Additionally, it allows people to avoid potential risks and complications that may arise from taking other routes. It will take only 1-2 hours to reach on the top.
The first half of the trek is relatively easy. You will come across several rest stops along the way where you can take a break and enjoy the scenery.
This trail is well marked and there are plenty of signposts/ Ribbons along the way are present to guide you. There is also no risk of getting lost in the dense forest. You can proceed with the help of the above map. After going straight from this board, this road will take you directly to the valley.
While crossing this patch you will get to see the Kalakarai pinnacle on your left side and the fort of Dhak on the right side. There is a small gap between the Kalakarai pinnacle and the Dhak Fort. There is a valley that need to descend. Chains and ropes are available at this patch. Special care must be taken while crossing this patch. No one should try to attempt to cross this stage without the help of a chain. This can be very dangerous.
Coming down from this stage, you’ll see a deep ravine in front of you and cave carved into the rock on your right. This is where the real thrill of this trek begins. From this point, it takes an adventurous journey to reach the cave. The patch can be crossed easily with the help of chains and ropes.
Difficult Patch :
Our route becomes more challenging and more steeper as we progress further. After crossing this stage, the trek route passes through a very challenging section. This patch is not recommended for beginners. Cross this patch only if you have a guide with you.
You need to cross this patch no matter from which village you begin your trek. The only way to access Bahiri cave is through this route. You will get to see the small steps carved into the rock. It will take you to the most challenging part of this trek. Once you cross this, you will get to see the wood (7-8 feet high) placed on that rock.
The climb up to the cave is not for the faint hearted. It is physically and mentally challenging experience. But trust me, the reward at the end is worth the effort.
This patch has to be done with the help of this wood. This is the main attraction of this trek. This will definitely give you a thrilling experience when you cross it. Those who are afraid of heights should avoid crossing this patch.
Another interesting fact about this wood is that it is 7-8 years old. I’m sure you’re surprised to hear that it’s still in good condition. But we cannot trust it completely. For that matter chains and ropes are available to cross. One person at a time should cross this patch. And after passing this you will finally reach the cave.
Once you have reached the cave temple, you will be rewarded with stunning panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The feeling of accomplishment and awe that comes from standing atop this rock formation is indescribable.
Trek Route From Sandashi Village :
The trek route through Sandashi village is very easy and short compare to the Jambhavali. It takes only 1 to 1:30 hours to reach the cave. Also the chances of getting lost on this route are very less. As routes are highly maintained and well marked.
Jambhavali and Sandashi are the two villages that most people prefer to start the trek from.
How To Reach Dhak Bahiri :
As I mentioned earlier, Dhak Bahiri can be reached via three villages. Jambhavali, Sandashi, and Vadap are the three villages from where you can start the trek. Before moving to our main topic it’s important to know about the regions in which these three villages are located.
- Jambhavali Village: Jabhavali is also known as Thoran Jambhavali. Jambhavali village falls under the region of Pune. It is located at a distance of 16 km from Kamshet, Pune. Kamshet is a small town in Maval Taluka of Pune district. Kamshet is located at a distance of 45 Km from Pune and 18 km away from Lonavala.
- Sandashi Village : Sandashi village falls under the Karjat in the division of Raigad district. Sandashi is situated at a distance of 14 Km from Karjat railway station.
- Vadap Village : Vadap also known as the Vadap Jambhavali. It is located in the city of Karjat in the Raigad district. Its only 6 km away from Karjat railway station.
How To Reach Jambhavali ( Thoran Jambhavali):
Jambhavali village is located at a distance of 16 Km from kamshet. To reach Jambhavali first you need to reach Kamshet. From Kamshet you can hire a jeep or auto to reach Jambhavali village. There is no bus services available to Jambhavali.
From Pune :
In you are coming from Pune, there are many local trains that run between Pune and Kamshet. It will take around 1 to 1:30 hr. to reach Kamshet. After reaching Kamshet station, you can take jeep or auto to reach Jambhavali. It will cost you between 800 and 1000 rupees.
From Mumbai :
If you are coming from Mumbai then first of all you have to come to Lonavala railway station. Regular trains run from Mumbai to Lonavala. The journey from Mumbai to Lonavala and it takes around 2:30 to 3 hr. to cover. Then from Lonavala you can go to Kamshet by railway or jeep.
I would suggest you, it will be great if you go by your own vehicle. Because it will save your time. As the bus service is not available to reach Jambhavali. Also it takes time to get the jeep from Kamshet. Best option is to come with your own vehicle.
Pro Tip : If anyone needs the contact details for booking taxi, let me know in the comment section. Or you can directly DM me on Instagram. I will send it to you.
Temple of Mahadev also called as Kondeshwar mahadev temple situated at a distance of 2 Km from Jambhavali village. First of all one has to come to Kondeshwar temple from Jambhavali. The trek to the caves of Dhak Bahiri starts from this temple. Before starting the trek go to this temple and have darshan of Lord mahadev.
How To Reach Vadap And Sandashi :
From Mumbai :
Vadap is located at a distance of 6 Km from Karjat railway station. If you are coming from Mumbai then you will easily get locals to reach Karjat. Trains run regularly from Mumbai to Karjat. It takes 2 hr to reach Karjat from Mumbai (CSMT).
From Pune :
Also there are lot of trains available from Pune to Karjat which run regularly. It takes 2 hr to reach Karjat from Pune.
From Karjat railway station about 5 to 10 min. of walking distance you will get Karjat bus stand. MSRTC buses are available to reach Vadap and Sadashi also. You can go by bus or hire a taxi. If you go by bus it will cost you 20-30 Rs. and by taxi it will cost you 300-400 Rs.
Pro Tip : If you are starting the trek from Vadap, make sure to take guide with you.
Tips For Trekking To Dhak Bahiri :
- Hire a local guide.
- Wear comfortable trekking shoes with good grip.
- Carry a hat or a cap to protect yourself from the sun. ( If you’re going in summer)
- Carry a backpack with enough water, snacks, and a first aid kit.
- Respect the nature and avoid littering.
Dhak Bahiri cave trek is a thrilling experience that offers a unique combination of adventure, history, and natural beauty. However, it is important to note that this trek is physically challenging and requires proper guidance. This trek will test your limits and leave you with the memories for lifetime.
So, what are you waiting for…….pack your bags, lace up shoes and get ready for the adventure.