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Fire and Brimstone Tavern

This sheer cliff is a well-known land mark, very clearly visible from the Kokan. The walls of this pass just out from the main range and hence command a magnificient view of the great bend in the sahyadri. To the north one can have a view of Kalsubai, to the south Bhimashanker, to the north east is Harishchandragad and to the north west is Mahuli across the Kokan plains, with its cleft and shatered pinnacles. To the southwest, behind Siddhagad are seen the level tops of Matheran. The great comb-like rock of chanderi and the pinnacles of Haji Malang are also visible.

This is a pass, which, once in the history, enjoyed prime importance. At Nane ghat the inscriptions, the steps, the rock-cut rest houses, and the cisterns show that as far back as the 1st century B.C. this route was frequently used. Even now, it carries heavy trade traffic. From Ghatghar, which is the last roadhead from Junnar, one has to walk 6km to reach the pass.

We got down at Kalyan, took a bus to Malshejghat and got down at a village called Thokawde. A small road forks out from the main highway near the milestone reading Otur 54kms. The route takes a turn into the dense forest from here. It takes three to four hours to reach the top. From Naneghat at about 3kms there is another fort called Jivdhan. If both are coupled together then it is a two day trek. Unfortunately we could not make it to Jivdhan because of heavy rains and neither we have snaps of this trek. Too bad...monsoon, expensive cameras and young kids... it just doesnt fit :)

A note for trekkers DO NOT forget your cameras here. Beg, borrow or steal....its worth it.

Height : 830m
Ideal for : Beginners
Ideal Time : All round the year
Water Supply : Decent
Cave : Can accomodate 25 people

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