From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Kalasubai from base.jpg
Kalsubai, highest peak in Maharashtra.
Highest point
Elevation1,646 m (5,400 ft)
Prominence1080 m
ListingList of Indian states and territories by highest point
Coordinates19°36′04″N 73°42′33″E / 19.60111°N 73.70917°E / 19.60111; 73.70917Coordinates: 19°36′04″N 73°42′33″E / 19.60111°N 73.70917°E / 19.60111; 73.70917
Kalsubai is located in Maharashtra
Location of Kalsubai, Maharashtra
LocationBorder of Igatpuri Taluka, Nashik district and Akole Taluka, Ahmednagar district, Maharashtra, India
Parent rangeWestern Ghats
Age of rockCenozoic
Mountain typeFlood basalt
Type of rockBasalt and Laterite
Easiest routeHiking

Kalsubai (Marathi: कळसूबाई शिखर) is a mountain in the Western Ghats, located in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Its summit situated at an elevation of 1646 metres (5400 feet) is the highest point in Maharashtra [1]

The mountain range lies within the Kalsubai Harishchandragad Wildlife Sanctuary. It is visited throughout the year by avid trekkers, Kalsubai temple devotees and wildlife enthusiasts alike.[citation needed]


The mountain range was formed by the same historical events [2] that gave birth to the Western Ghats. Resting on the Deccan Plateau geologically identified as a large igneous province, it consists of solidified Flood basalt dating back to the Cenozoic era.[3]

Geography and topography[edit]

Kalsubai peak in Western Ghats - to the North of Bhandardara backwaters (as seen from 20,000 feet)

The peak along with the adjoining hills spans along a downward-slanting east to west axis eventually merging with the formidable escarpment of the western ghats at almost right angles.Along its length they form a natural boundary demarcating the Igatpuri Taluka, Nashik district at its north from the Akole Taluka, Ahmednagar district at its south.The mountain itself lies on the Deccan Plateau with its base at an elevation of 587 meters (1926 feet) above mean sea level.

The mountain along with adjoining hills forms an enormous catchment area for the Arthur Lake which it overlooks.

Reaching Kalsubai[edit]

The mountain can be viewed, in its entirety, from Bari village located on its eastern side, about six km from Bhandardara. It can be reached by road, via Igatpuri on the Mumbai-Nasik route. Trains leaving from Mumbai provide an alternate mode of transport till Kasara railway station with connecting State transport buses, plying on the Akole-Kasara route, leading up to the base village. Private vehicles from Kasara provide yet another alternative to public transport.


Kalsubai is a 6.6 km long trek with an elevation gain of around 2700 ft. This is a one day trek having easy difficulty level with lush green landscapes and multiple waterfalls. The peak attracts many trekkers and devotees determined to scale the mountain. To reach the summit there are well designated trekking routes. The most popular route is through the eastern mountain face taking off from the base village Bari. The Waki river, a tributary of Pravara, takes origin on its eastern slope and flows as a stream through the outer fringes of Bari. A short distance away from the stream a Hanuman temple has been built. This provides an important landmark to commence the trek as well as a resting post for those nearing the final lap of their trek. The route from behind this temple takes the hiker straight to the summit. The trek along this route is a mix of easy to ascend slopes as well as treacherous rocky outcrops overlooking the valley below. Considering the increasing foot fall in recent years, the government has built iron ladders along the vertical hill slopes. These assist trekkers to allow for a convenient and safe ascent.

The route via Indore is relatively unexplored as not many people are aware of it. Unlike the regular route via Bari, which has fixed ladders, cemented steps and several people flocking during the monsoon, the route via Indore is raw with stone steps and a huge iron chain for support at the dangerous patches.[4]

Kalsubai temple[edit]

Temple at the summit

The truncated summit provides a modest area of flat land which holds a sacred temple of a local deity.

A traditional prayer service is


Kalsubai comes to be protected under the precincts of a sanctuary.It nurtures nature in the vast stretches of forests nestled along their slopes and valleys. Open high-altitude forests dominate the scene. In the post-monsoon period the region witnessnes a dramatic makeover with flowers of different colors and varieties blossoming along the landscape. This attracts hoard of butterflies, bees, dragon-flies and other insects to feed upon the precious nectar.

During winter mornings, reptiles like lizards and snakes could be spotted sun-bathing near the ladders.

Places of interest[edit]

Bhandardara Dam, located 6 km away, impounds the Pravara river to form the Arthur Lake.[5]

Arthur Lake: The clear and placid lake is bounded by thick canopied forests of the Sahyadri hills. The Lake gets its water from the Pravara River. It also attracts one's attention from the summit.

Umbrella falls are formed as water from the Arthur e is released periodically to drain downstream.

To the north of the mountain range forts such as Ramsej, Harihargad, Brahmagiri, Anjaneri, Ghargad, Bahula, Tringalwadi, Kavnai can be seen. To the east one can spot Aundha, Vishramgad, Bitangad, to the west Alang, Madangad, Kulang, Ratangad (south west) and to the south Pabhargad, Ghanchakkar, Harishchandragad can be seen.

Culture & News[edit]

Touted as an unusual wedding, on 28 December 2014, in the presence of close family members, a couple tied knot at the temple situated on the summit.[6]

Celebrations for India's 69th Independence Day took place at the summit where the Navy unfurled the largest flag of India measuring 60 feet in length and 40 feet in breadth.[7]

Photo gallery[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Sharma, Sudhir (2013-10-06). "Kalsubai – The Everest of Maharashtra | TravelPlay". Travelplay.in. Retrieved 2016-02-27.
  2. ^ "Geological Survey of India(GSI), Ministry of Mines, Government of India - Indian Geology - Deccan Basalt Volcanism". Portal.gsi.gov.in. Archived from the original on 2012-03-12. Retrieved 2016-02-27.
  3. ^ "What really killed the dinosaurs? Before an asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs, Earth experienced a short burst of intense volcanism." Jennifer Chu | "MIT News Office," December 11, 2014
  4. ^ Avril-Ann Braganza (2014-06-25). "Discover new trekking routes this monsoon | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis". Dnaindia.com. Retrieved 2016-02-27.
  5. ^ Ismat Tahseen (2010-06-17). "24 hour monsoon getaways | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis". Dnaindia.com. Retrieved 2016-02-27.
  6. ^ Anu James (2014-12-29). "Unusual Wedding: Couple Marries on Top of Maharashtra's Tallest Peak Mt Kalsubai [PHOTOS]". Ibtimes.co.in. Retrieved 2016-02-27.
  7. ^ "Navy to Unfurl Massive Tricolour at Highest Point in Maharashtra". Ndtv.com. 2015-08-15. Retrieved 2016-02-27.

External links[edit]