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About 165 kms from Mumbai high up in the Sahayadri Hills lies the spectacular pass of Naneghat which was once one of the most important trading passages of ancient India during the rule of the powerful Satvahanas. Literally, the name nane means “coin” and ghat means “pass”. It connected the Konkan coast communities with Deccan high plateau through Junnar. The name is given because this path was used as a tollbooth to collect toll from traders crossing the hills.
The pass can be reached by a short hike on a splendorous trail through unspoiled wilderness of the Western Ghats. You shall be accompanied by an expert of ancient history who shall share some very fascinating bits of history related to this pass and the times when this pass was the most important link between the Indian west coast seaports of Sopara, Kalyan and Thana and economic centers and human settlements in Nasik and Paithan. The inscriptions on the rocks and caves from those times have still remain intact and speak of the glorious past of India.
This exciting hike, in true sense, is a walk back in time!
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