If you love the mountains and wish to spend some time communing with
nature, without having to spend too much of time or money, Malshej is
the perfect weekend getaway from corporate Mumbai!
the State Highway 222, at a distance of 140kms from Bandra, Mumbai,
Malshej is the sole resort to assist you unwind in any season – summer,
winter or monsoon. As a matter of fact, in the monsoons the bird
(winged variety) watchers flock to sight the flamingoes which home in
there too and the resort was named Flamingo resort when a private
entrepreneur had leased it. Now MTDC has it back under its control and
the bookings can be done at the regular MTDC rates at their offices.
To reach Malshej you have to take the highway to Ahmednagar (Nagar, as
it is popularly known) via Thane, Kalyan and Murbad. The roads are good
and a pleasure to ride on, especially the ghat section and the traffic
beyond Murbad is sparse. A point to note is that there is no
petrol/diesel pump beyond Murbad until Junnar a distance of about
60kms, so if you are running short on fuel please ensure you fill up at
The ghat section begins soon after crossing Murbad and is notorious for
dacoity between sunset and sunrise, so it would be wise to cover the
distance in daylight. The views of the mountainous region are
breathtaking all the way to the top, which is Malshej. Once you reach
the top, ensure that you do not miss out on the tiny board that
announces and directs you towards the only habitation in the area –
MTDC. There is a neat ramp built all the way to the MTDC office.
Settle in to your room and throw away your watches as time by the clock
is of no consequence except while checking in/out which is 12noon.
views from some of the rooms are spectacular and may restrain you from
going out on to the cliffs but let me assure you that you will not be
disappointed if you do step out. There are plenty of awe-inspiring
sights of mountains and valleys that will make you utter those famous
words – if there is a heaven, this is it…!
is no television and the only communication would be through your cell
phone and that too if your service provider is ‘Airtel’. A few minutes
walk will take you to the rock on which you have to sit if you wish to
receive or make calls on your Airtel mobile! Am not being funny, dead
serious! Therefore, you are literally cut off from civilization and you
may rejuvenate your mental and physical strengths on the mountainous
heights of Malshej, just a couple of hours drive from stress driven
Mumbai, for as long as you wish!