A serene picturesque village with unpolluted fresh air, lush greenery, ancient historic monuments, religious temples and surrounded by thick forest cover and still not too far from big cities is a delight for explorers who want to unwind into nature. Mahuli is one such place situated at the junction of Krishna River and Yenna River in Thane district in the state of Maharashtra. This place has another name and that is Sangam Mahuli. Beautiful Sahayadri mountain ranges give this place a distinctive beauty.Mahuli is a paradise for trekkers and mountain climbers as it provides very interesting opportunities because there are a number of pinnacles with different names like Vazir, Vishnu, etc. These names are actually kept by the trekkers. The highest point in the entire Thane district is Mahuli which is full of challenges for rock climbers.
What makes the climbing more interesting is the historic forts situated at the top of mountains. The Mahuli fort is situated at a height of 2815 feet. This fort was under the ruling of ShahajiRaje who was the father of Shivaji at one time. Currently it is declared a protected historic monument by Government. You will find a Shiva temple in an open space here and a drinking water reservoir. There are three caves among which one is very big and can be used as a shelter for stay overnight.the big KalyanDarwaja is another important part of the fort which is shaped like an arc and built in stone but is slightly damaged currently.
When you move around the ruins of the fort you can imagine the happenings during the Maratha regime. Here is the chain of rulers who captured and owned this fort during different time periods:
Unknown creator ->Nijanshahi Dynasty (1485) ->ShahjiRaje (1635-1636) ->Khan Jaman (Mughal)->Shivaji (Jan 8th, 1658) -> Mughal ->Shivaji (1661) ->Purandar (1665) ->MoropantPingle (16th June 1670) ->Shivaji Dynasty (till 1817) ->British Raj -> Government of India.
This place is a double delight for nature lovers as it has dense forest area all around and announced by the Government as national reserve to prevent deforestation.
Mahuli is not only famous for its fabulous hills and forts but also for its holy shrines thus called a temple town. The temples here represent rich, classic architectural excellence and thus attract devotees as well as explorers simultaneously. Hindus perceive Mahuli as a sacred place in the country as many significant temples like Sangaeswara, Visveswara, Rameswara, Boleswara, etc. are residing in the region. A temple at the bottom of the hill reflects magnificent beauty amidst nature. It is Shiva temple having a drinking water well inside the compound. One can stay here overnight after taking permission from the priest of temple. There are many religious fairs happen in the village like one on the occasion of Mahashivratri. It is organised on the last Monday of Shravan month. During this time large number of devotees comes here from across the state.
Asangaon is the nearest Railway station to reach Mahuli. It lies on Mumbai Nashik Highway. This is perfect weekend getaway for nature lovers, trekking lovers, mountain climbers or history explorers. One should be very careful while climbing to reach the fort as there are many beehives hanging from sharp pinnacles. October to March is the best time to visit this place. Mahuli is 187 kilometres from Pune and it will take around three hours to reach there from Pune.