Tamhini Ghat – A Travel Guide

Tamhini Ghat Clouds monsoon

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Tamhini Ghat, on the outskirts of Pune, is a delightful getaway and a must-visit place during the monsoon. We visited the ghat on our way to Konkan Maharashtra during the mid-September monsoon rains. The 25 Km stretch that cuts the Sahayadris range passes through dense forests, waterfalls, and thick fog. The mystic views along the way will force you to stop and enjoy the beauty of the Sahayadris at every corner.

Reaching Tamhini Ghat:

From Pune – Chandni Chowk, take the road to Mulshi. It passes through Lavale, Pirangut, and Paud. Continue on this road. Follow the signs to Tamhini village. Before the ghats, the road snakes along the backwaters of the Mulshi Dam. During the rains, the lake is brimming with water and offers great views. Tamhini ghat is this section of 25 Kms that stretches from the backwaters of Mulshi dam,all the way until Kolad.

A bike or a car is the best way to experience Tamhini ghat, as it is only 35 Kms away from Hinjewadi in Pune. The roads on the ghat section, though pot-holed, are not as bad due to recent repairs. One can also catch an ST Bus to Mulshi that starts from Swargate Bus depot.

Cautionary Tip: Search for Tamhini Ghat on Google Maps leads one to the Tamhini Ghat in Khandala. This is an altogether different ghat portion on the Mumbai-Pune highway. Instead, one should search for Tamhini Waterfall or Mulshi Dam on Google maps to reach the Tamhini ghat region in Mulshi.

Things to see:

Tamhini Ghat makes the wonders of Sahayadris more accessible as anyone can reach there on a bike or in a car. The waterfalls along the way are popular spots where most people crowd during the rains. The water from these streams flows into the Kundalika river that fills the Bhira Dam below. In addition, you will be mesmerized by the lush green valleys, wild flowers, gushing streams and dark clouds that dot the landscape in the monsoon season.

Mulshi Lake is a popular picnic spot, where one can enjoy rowing and canoeing here during the winter season. A walk along the backwaters of the lake gives a good opportunity to explore the flora and fauna of the place along with a myriad variety of birds, especially during winter.

Mulshi dam, operated by Tata Power, is one of the biggest dams in Maharashtra that generates electricity for this entire region. One can see the dam from the road itself, and its a good place for taking photographs.Interesting

Interesting Tidbits:

  • Earlier, the Tamhini Ghat road didn’t exist as this region is fully owned by Tata Power and was closed to the public. However, considering the need for additional routes to the Konkan region from Pune and Lonavala, the route through Tamhini was proposed and opened for the general public.
  • Tamhini Ghat section is the 5th wettest place in India. It receives an average rainfall of 6498.4 mm, which is greater than Mahabaleshwar ( 5425.9 mm), making it the wettest place in Maharashtra. In fact, there are 8 years between 1975 and 2013, when Tamhini has received more rainfall than Cherrapunji – the wettest place in India. The weather station at Tamhini was set-up over 40 years ago by Tata Power as per the World Meteorological norms. However, Tata station was not part of the rain-gauging network of the Indian Meteorological department. Hence this fact is not documented in our school history books.
  • The murders, thefts and ghost sightings on the Tamhini Ghat road have created a perception of the ghat road being haunted. I have heard first-hand stories of ghosts and unusual happenings on the road through the Tamhini ghat. Even if one takes these stories with a pinch of salt, it is better to avoid this road after dark due to the blind turns and steep ascends and descends that mark the road.

Have I missed out on some crucial information about Tamhini Ghat ? Or is there something that you would want to know ? If yes, then please let us know in the comments and we will be glad to help.

 

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