View from Varandha Ghat - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
The Varandha Pass is a ancient route. In 1857 it was widened by the British by dividing Kavlya Fort in two. The fort stands on the border of Pune and Raigad districts and joins Bhor and Mahad.
View from Varandha Ghat - FURTHER INFORMATION
View from Varandha Ghat - Pune visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'View from Varandha Ghat' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Maharashtra.
Varandha Ghat is a hill fort about 25km east of Mahad. It lies on the route of the Varandha Pass which crosses the Sahyadris in the Pune district of Maharashtra in India. A 74km long road from Mahad to Bhor passes Varandha Ghat and crosses the pass, reaching a height of around 800m. The drive along the route provides dramatic scenery, looking down onto Konkan and the forested valleys.
On the peak to the left of Varandha Ghat is Kawla Fort and in the foothills is Shivthar Ghal, famous for caves. About 40km along the route the road passes the western end of Lake Puranda. This picture shows was taken at a popular viewpoint where various stalls sell refreshments. The top of the mountains are often lost in cloud.
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
Road: Varandha Pass and Varandha Ghat are about 100km southwest of Pune. Take the NH4 south and then head west at Kapurhol.