Kalsubai Peak, otherwise called as the “Everest of Maharashtra” is the highest point in the western ghats range in the State. The peak has an elevation of 1646 Metres and is located in the district of Nashik. The mountain range lies within the Kalsubai Harishchandragad Wildlife Sanctuary. The mount was named after a woman whom the legend says that kalsubai was a house maid residing in a nearby village. She is believed to have disappeared near the mountain while trying to escape her cruel employer’s. This lends the mountain its current name as well as a reason for this temple to be built in her memory.
The mount comes to be protected under the precincts of a sanctuary. It nurtures nature in the vast stretches of forests nestled along their slopes and valleys. Open high-altitude forests dominate the scene. In the post-monsoon period the region witness a dramatic makeover with flowers of different colors and varieties blossoming along the landscape. To the north of the mountain range forts such as Ramsej, Harihargad, Brahmagiri, Anjaneri, Ghargad, Bahula, Tringalwadi and Kavnai could be seen.
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