Salher Is One Of The Best Forts To Visit In The Baglan Mountain Range. It Is Also The Highest Fort In Maharashtra.Height: 4710 ft
Basic Info: Salher is the highest fort in Maharashtra which offers spectacular views of the Baglan mountain range in Nashik. This fort has a good historic importance.
You can plan for a two days trek in which you can stay on Salher fort for a night and then go to Salota [twin fort] the next morning. A ridge connects both the forts and the route is pretty simple.
Routes: From Pune you gotta head towards Nashik via Nashik Highway. Be careful while driving on Nashik highway as its got no divider and visibility during night is very terrible due to oncoming lights of vehicles. If you are going from Pune or Mumbai ensure that you leave early as driving to Nashik takes a lot of time and you do not want to start trekking in the evening.
From Nashik you can ask the locals for directions to Satana.
If you are late to reach Satana you can find accomodation in the lodges at Satana or at Mangi Tungi [Jain Teertha Shetra] which is apprx 15kms from Satana]. From Satana you can either go to SalherWadi or Waghembe which are the base villages for Salher.
Difficulty Level and Other useful tips:
Difficulty level is moderate. It takes approximately 3 hours to reach to the top via Salher Wadi Route. The trek is very tiring so ensure that you take plenty of water and if possible some energy drinks to keep yourself hydrated.
Take plenty of Water: atleast 4 litres per person.
Caves : 60 people
For an overnight trek hire a villager who will carry firewood for you and will also be helful as a guide. The temperature gets very low during nightime so its essential that you have enough firewood to keep yourselves warm and cook food.
What to see on the fort:
Salher fort was under Shivaji Maharajs rule during the 16th century.
The fight between the Mughals and Shivaji Maharaj was fought at Salher in which almost 1 lakh soldiers died and Shivaji Maharaj finally won the battle.
Later Salher was under the rule of the Peshwas and then the British Empire in India.