Naneghat Night Trek
About Naneghat Pass
Naneghat Hills is a major tourist destination near Thane, which is basically a mountain pass at the Western Ghats range. During the time of Satavahana, Naneghat pass was the major trade route between Kalyan and Junnar. Nane means coin and ghat means pass. This name came from the tollbooth, which was here at ancient times to collect toll from the traders crossing the ghat. This is an ideal photography and star gazing destination now. The caves here have inscriptions about the Satavahana ruler Satakarni. These inscriptions are proved to be dating back somewhere between 60 and 70 BC. The Brahmi inscriptions at the caves also mention the name of Naganika, the wife of Satakarni's who was believed to commission the caves.
History of Naneghat Pass
During the reign of the Satavahana, the pass was extensively used as a trade route between Kalyan and Junnar. This was the most important trade route, as it connected harbor of Sopara (now Nalasopara) and Kalyan directly to Junnar and Paithan. Bor Ghat, Malshej Ghat, and Naneghat were the foremost road links for commuting coast to the Junnar plateau. The Satvaahans had made Naneghat their main route to Junnar. During their tenure, the most important way of commuting was Naneghat, which linked Kalyan & Sopara to Paithan. However, as time proceeded, it was destroyed by alien rulers and then paid no attention.