Salher Fort – 6 things you need to know about this beautiful fort

Salher Fort
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Salher Fort stands tall at 5140 feet and is the highest fort in the Baglan region of Maharashtra. This fort trek is not as famous as the other excursions like Harihar and Harishchandragad but has so much to offer, just like another trekking spot in Maharashtra.

The fort is also known for the battle of Salher.

The fort is connected to Salota fort by a ridge; if wanted, one can do both the forts in 2 days by camping overnight at the fort & then covering Salota fort the next day in the morning.

This article will give you all the information you need to know and the reasons to make sure you go to here on your next trek.

  • Height: 5140 Feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Best Season: Winters (November to February) 
  • Region: Nashik

How to get there

Salher Fort
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Salher fort is on the Gujarat-Mumbai border in the Nashik region of Maharashtra.
The best way to reach either the two base villages is by private vehicle or by going with a trekking group that will have all the transportation arrangements in place.

The distance to Salherwadi/Waghembe from Mumbai is around 300 kms & from the Pune, it is approximately 330 kms.

You can also reach the base villages by public transport from Mumbai.
One can take a train to Kasara, take a bus or a shared taxi to Nashik, from Nashik either take a bus or a shared taxi to Satana or Taharabad & from there are local cabs and buses readily available to Salherwadi & Waghembe.

However, it is advisable to start the trek from Waghembe as the frequency of local buses to Waghembe is much higher as compared to Salherwadi.

Trek Route & Difficulty

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You can start the trek from both Salherwadi & Waghembe. However, because the route is quite challenging & longer from Salherwadi and the frequency of local transport to Salherwadi is less, we recommend trek from Waghembe.

We suggest doing this trek in 2 days.

Day 0: Leave for Waghembe from your respective cities and reach the base village by morning or afternoon. 

Day 1:  Reach Waghembe, you can hire a local guide from the village, and they will also make your food arrangements for the night if you aren’t carrying any and will also help you with firewood in case it gets chilly at the top. 

The distance from Waghembe is approximately 5 kms and will take between 3-4 hours. Hence, starting as soon as you reach Waghembe and getting on top before sunset is advisable.

You can enjoy the sunset, rest in a cave on top of the fort, or camp out in the open ground if you have tents.

The trail is a bit tiring as you trek throughout the day in the open under the sun, and there are no places where you can rest in the shade. It is advisable to carry atleast 2.5 – 3 liters of water, as there are no water sources until you reach the top.

Day 2: Start early, enjoy the sunrise and start your trek to the Salota fort.

You must go down the same trail you took for the Salher fort, and at one point, you have to turn and trek towards the Salota fort.

It will take approximately 2-3 hours to complete this part of the trek. After enjoying the view of the Salher fort from Salota, you can head back to Waghembe village, have your lunch at the local villager’s place and head back to Mumbai or Pune. 

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Things To Do

Salota fort
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  1. Enjoy the sunset & sunrise at the Salota fort.
  2. Indulge in the local cuisine at a local villager’s house.
  3. Visit the Purshuram temple on top to enjoy the sunset.
  4. Mindblowing views of the surrounding mountain ranges.
  5. The iconic view of the Salher fort from Salota.
  6. The three caves on top of the fort.

Important Information To Know

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  1. GPS Route on Ramblr (you can create an account on Ramblr and download the GPX file of the trek.)
  2. There are no hotels and dhabas in Waghembe. It is advisable to carry your food or inform a local villager about your lunch and dinner requirements.
  3. You do not need a local guide for this trek, but it will be a bonus to have a guide to do the hike with ease.
  4. After purifying, you must consume water on top of the Salher fort to avoid disease or health issues.

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