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.
Salher is ideal for camping. There are 3 caves on the fort which are bat free and can give good shelter for camping if you do not have tents.
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:
WATER TANKS [Do not drink water from the water tanks, they are polluted badly and the water could give you N number of diseases]
BEAUTIFUL VIEWS OF THE MOUNTAIN RANGES
STAIRS AND DOORS WHICH ARE STILL INTACT
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.
Our Experience at Salher
Salher Fort trekked 30.9.2012 to 1.10.2012 (Sunday and Monday)
Trekkers: Anup Mali [Admin- Punetrekkers]
Non Members - Vinayak, Bhupendra, Shantanu and Yogesh
Vehicle Used: Maruti Suzuki Swift
We left our homes at around 1pm from Pune on Saturday after Ganpati Visarjan. By the time we reached Nashik it was already 9pm.
We had a hard time to find a good place to eat food as most of the hotels in Satana were closed. We found a cheap restaurant where we ate some Bhurji and rice.
Next finding accomodation was a tough job. All the lodges were full so we decided to head to Mangi Tungi. We spent Saturday night in the Ashram at Mangi Tungi.
The next morning we headed towards Salher Wadi which is the base village for Salher. It took us an hour to reach to Salher Wadi.
Finally we started our trek at 1pm on Sunday from Salher Wadi. The afternoon heat made the trek very exhausting.
We hired a porter to carry our eatables and firewood for the night.
After about 3 hours of hiking we found the caves on top where we rested for an hour and then headed towards Parshuram temple which is the peak of Salher to see the sunset. From Parshuram temple we got some awesome views of the nearby mountain ranges and of the twin fort Salota which cannot be explained in words.
Camping in the caves
After seeing the sunset we came back to our caves and started preparing for the night. It was already 8:30pm and our porter left us after sunset as he had to take care of his cattle.
By 9pm we got our fire going and cooked some potatoes and some maggi. After a tiring trek all we needed was a good night sleep.
It was kinda scary to sleep in the cave as the entrance was open and there were noises of crickets and frogs from the swamps nearby.
Some folks did not go out for toilet as they were scared of the darkness. It got really cold at midnight and we had no firewood left. We had to sleep shivering and our feet were almost numb by morning.
The next Day
We woke up at around 7am the next morning and ate some maggi for breakfast and decided to go to Salota.
After walking for about an hour again we reached a point from where we could go back to our car or head towards Salota. We decided to go back as we were out of water and some folks were very exhausted.
This one trek was amazing…..one really needs to visit Salher and experience the beautiful views you get from this fort. We recommend that you go for an overnight trek to Salher.
Anup Mali (Pune Trekkers)