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Treks around Pune


The name "Andharban" comes from Andhar, meaning "dark", and ban, which means ‘forest’. Literally the ‘dark forest’, Andharban is a trail through dense overgrowth, with beautiful views of the Devkund waterfall, and the Tamhini Ghat along the way. Scattered throughout with numerous small streams and waterfalls, it is a descending trek – it begins at an elevation of 2,160 feet in the Sahyadri mountains and descends down into the valley, to reach the backwaters of the Bhira Dam.

A perfect day hike for amateurs as well as experienced trekkers, Andharban Jungle trek is a must-do trek during the monsoon. As it is a descendingtrail, one can experience walking through the lush green dense forest, crossing multiple streams and waterfalls, and get the best of the monsoons in Maharashtra. With almost flat trails with an occasional ascent, this trek is the best option for a family weekend adventure and to introduce kids to trekking in the Sahyadri. The soothing sound of streams, waterfalls, and bird calls, lush green landscapes with beautiful wildflowers on the trail, and the surrounding hills covered in mist make the hike through the Andharban jungle a refreshing and delightful experience.

Quick Facts

Best Time : In the months of July through November

Duration : 6-7 hours

Distance : 13 Kms

Grade: Moderate to Difficult

Commences at: Pimpari

Ends At : Bhira Dam

  • Pickup from Central Points in Pune and head off to Andharban Start Point
  • Reach the start point of the Andharban Trek: Independence Point
  • Finish the Andharban Trek at Bhira Dam and start your journey back to Pune
  • Trip ends once we reach your designated drop Point



  • Transportation to and from Pune.
  • Pickup points will be arranged from major locations around Pune.
  • Snack Box and Energy Drinks.
  • Team of Experiences Guides and Trek Leaders.
  • First Aid and medical Kit backup.


  • Transportation to and from the pickup points.

At a distance of approx. 70 km from Pune and 165km from Mumbai, Andharban Trek is located near the Tamhini Ghat area in the Sahyadris. The Andharban Jungle Trek starts from the Independence Point near Pimpari village and ends at backwaters of the Bhira Dam covering a distance of approx. 13 km.

Adventure Pulse provides transport to and from the trek start and endpoints. The pickups are arranged from centralized locations around the city for everyone’s convenience. The list of pickup locations is drafted after the registrations are closed.

Andharban Trek is recommended for experienced as well as amateur trekkers with a good fitness level. This trek can also be taken up by kids of age group 8 years and above. The biggest challenge on the Andharban trek is the total distance; which is around 13 km. Though the trail is not very steep, considering the distance, some level of fitness is required. Participants should have good endurance and stamina to do this trek which requires approx. 8 hours to complete.

Tha Andharban trek is considered as moderately difficult trek and is recommended for experienced trekkers as well as fit beginners. Kids of age group 8 years and above can also participate in this trek. It is a descending trail with occasional ascents that can easily be negotiated. During the monsoon, expect the trails to be slippery in some parts with multiple streams and waterfall en route. Monsoon season is the perfect time to do this trek as the weather is pleasant which makes the hike easy. Since most of the trail is through the jungle, the weather is usually humid during the rest of the year.

We organize an ‘Andharban Forest Experience’ for kids and groups who do not wish to complete the entire trek. The trek distance for the Andharban Experience is approx. 7 km and starts and ends at Pimpari village. This is a customizable experience and instead of going all the way till the endpoint near Bhira dam, we hike till the meadows and descend back to the start point Pimpari.

The minimum age requirement for Andharban Trek is 8 years and above.

List of things to carry:
  • Sport/Trekking Shoes with good grip
  • Comfortable Clothes (avoid wearing jeans)
  • Head or Hand torch
  • Small backpack
  • Water Bottle (at least 2L)
  • A warm Jacket
  • A change of clothes in case of rain
  • Spirit of Adventure (compulsory)

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