Visit Haji Malang Dargah: The Dargah En route a Fort in Kalyan, Mumbai (2021)
The Haji Malang Dargah is one of the most popular places of tourist and religious importance in Kalyan, Mumbai. The Haji Malang Dargah is unique because it is upon a hill. It is one of the few religious places in Maharashtra that requires a trek, apart from the temples that we see in the forts of Maharashtra.
Haji Malang History
There is a lore about Haji Malang Dargah as well. According to it, a Sufi Saint, Haji Abdur Rahman from Yemen made this place his base.
According to the legend, the mountain was several times higher, but the saint scaled it, almost by magic.
The Haji Malang Experience
Devotees will need to trek about 700 meters above sea level. The journey is a medium difficulty trek, as the cliff is not very steep. The entire journey, from the base to the Haji Malang Dargah and towards the Malannggad Fort has some pitstops, the Pir Machi, the Sone Machi, and the Balekilla. Along the way, you will see some religious structures, like the hole in the wall, which has a tomb, locals believe fulfills your wishes.
As you go higher, you reach the Datta Mandir, a contemporary structure that is maintained well. The Datta Mandir has a deep well nearby. You will also see a Ganesh idol in the vicinity.
It will take you three hours to reach the Haji Malang Dargah. There are a total of around 1500 steps from the base to the dargah. This can be overwhelming for some devotees. It is a good idea to take a few breaks on the way. The Haji Malang dargah is the second stop on the trek and next comes Sonmachi.
While going to the main Dargah, you see two small dargahs, the Pehli Salami and the Doosri Salami
The Haji Malang dargah is well-maintained, and you will see intricate and beautiful carvings on the walls. At the Dargah, you see various artifacts related to religion. The main dargah area has an enclosure around it. The visit to the Dargah is a calming experience.
The Haji Malang Dargah is the perfect example of a whole population living in harmony. All along the path, you see vendors selling various products, right from religious artifacts to food and snacks. Also, there are several hotels on both sides of the road that offer you accommodation.
The shops sell most of the necessities, but because they are in a secluded area, the costs might be on the higher side. If you are not comfortable with this, it makes sense to carry your water and snacks.
Because it is a bit of a trek, you would need to decide whether you are fit enough for it. There are shops and establishments all around. But there is nothing to ferry you from the base to the top.
Places To Visit Around Haji Malang
You can spend around an hour at the most, at the Haji Malang Dargah. Post that, you can return to the lap of nature by going to the highest post, the Sone Machi. The top of the hill gives you a great view of the valley below. It is an excellent location to spend time because the top is a bit flat, so you can even take a small stroll along the pathway.
The Dargah is on a hill. The best time to visit it during the monsoon. The path to the Dargah comes alive with its natural beauty during this season, adding a zest of adventure to your visit. Though it is a visit to a religious place, it is on a hill, so you need to dress up for a trek. Make sure that you have shoes with a good grip, sunglasses, and anything else that you would want during the trek.
The Dargah is in Kalyan, and even before you get down to Kalyan, there are two places that you can visit. The first is the Malanggad Fort, which is the highest peak of this hill. There is not much of the Fort left now, but you can still explore it a bit. You can see a secret door, some pathways, and other accessories and structures from the past.
Your visit to Haji Malang and Malanggad will take the whole day, and you will be able to return to the base only in the evening. So, you will not have either the energy or the time to do anything else – at least not on that day.
If you intend to explore Kalyan over the weekend, you have several locations and destinations to go. You have the Kala Talao lake. It is an excellent jogging track. During evenings, the Kala Talao becomes host to a musical water fountain.
Another place that is in near vicinity of Haji Malang Dargah is the Durgadi Fort. The Fort is another well-maintained fort, that makes for a great location to spend at least half an hour in.
It is easy to reach Kalyan, as it is one of the junctions in Mumbai. You need to reach Thane first You can either board a bus towards Kalyan or from there, you can board a bus to Malanggad. You can also come to Malanngad via Mulund and Airoli Station. Keep in mind that Kalyan Station is on the Central Railways.