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Tikona fort trek in Pune is an exciting weekend gateway near Lonavala town of Maharashtra. The scenic trek route is the main highlight of this fort!

Location Address: Tikona Peth (Gavhande) village, Kamshet, Near Lonavala, Maharashtra (India) – 412 108.

Best Time To Visit: July to January is the best time to visit the fort. Monsoon season is the ideal time to visit this fort when you can see breathtaking views of the surrounding Pawna dam and Maval region. Trekking becomes exhausting after the end of winter season.   

Difficulty Level: Easy. Tikona fort trek falls under easy grade trekking routes. The trek route is not risky and is an ideal for beginners. Just be cautious in the heavy monsoons when route becomes muddy & slippery.

Elevation/Formation: The fort stands at an elevation of 3850 feet (1091 meter) above mean sea level.

Tikona Fort Information:

Also known as Vitandgad fort, it is a popular trekking destination near Lonavala hill station. It is one of the prominent hill forts in the Maval region of Pune district. It is often called as a twin fort of Tung (Kathingad) Fort. Tikona peth is the base village to reach up to this fort. Other forts like Tung (Kathingad), Lohagad and Visapur stands in the close vicinity of this fort. The shape of the fort is triangular and looks like a pyramid from long distance. This is one of the good trekking spots in Maharashtra.

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Route to the top!

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Fort has got its name Tikona (3 Angles in Marathi) due to its triangular shape. The fort attracts large number of hikers and adventure enthusiasts in the monsoon season. It stands at about same height as its neighboring Tung fort. You can see Trimbakeshwar Mahadev Temple, Satvahan Caves and a Lake around the fort. It takes about 1 hour to see the entire fort properly.

Tikona Fort Trek Routes

It is quiet an easy & short trek to reach on the fort. The fort has a very big entrance gate. There is a water tank & ancient temple inside the fort. A cave along with a large water tank is present on the left side of the entrance gate. The route going ahead of the cave have steps and takes you to the fort bastion. Now from here you can see fortification, some other water cisterns and downward route. Spectacular views of the nearby Sahyadri Mountain Range, Forts and Pawna lake region can be seen from top of the bastion.

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Stunning view of the Pawna lake & Tung fort!

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Some part of the Tikona fort trek has vertical climb due to the triangular shape of fort. Tung fort is located towards west side of the fort and is surrounded by the Pawna Lake on its 3 sides. Forts of Lohagad & Visapur are also visible from the top towards North direction. After monsoons, you can see the reflection of the fort in waters of Pawna Lake. One can get stunning views of the Pawna dam region and nearby forts from the top. It’s a great place to visit near Lonavala, Mumbai & Pune.

  • Via Tikona Peth:

This is the most common and preferred trek route which starts from the Tikona Peth village. It is a very easy route which takes you to the top within 1 hour. You can easily reach this village by taking private vehicles from Kamshet railway station on Lonavala-Pune railway line. Private vehicles are also available at Kale colony to reach Tikona peth. Otherwise, you can catch a ST bus to Paund or Morse from Kamshet at 08:30 am and alight at Tikona Peth.

  • Via Bedse Caves:

It’s a quiet offbeat trek route from Bedse caves. Via this trek route, you can visit Lohagad, Visapur, Bedse caves and Tikona in a single visit. The fort is accessible from Bedse caves.

  •  Via Kevre-Bramhnoli-Tikona Peth:

Many hikers tryout Tikona fort trek along with Tung fort. First give a visit to Tung fort and then proceed towards Tungwadi village (base village of Tung fort). Then take a walk towards Kevre village and get a boat to Bramhnoli from there. Later on, it’s a walk of half an hour till Tikona Peth from Bramhnoli village.

Fort History

The construction of this fort was done by the Shilahar Dynasty Kings. In 1585, the fort was won by Malik Ahmad Nizam Shah I of the Nizam Shahi dynasty. Later on in 1657, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj won Tikona fort along with other forts like Lohagad, Visapur, Mahuli, Karnala, Songad and Tala. The fort was mainly used for keeping an eye over the Pawna Mawal(Region).  Being the small fort, it was not of much importance in battle point of view. In 1660, Dhamale family ‘Deshmukhs’ of Maval Region took the responsibility of the security of the fort.

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Main Fort Structure!

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Again in 1665, Mughal Sardar Jaysingh attacked the Maval region but remained undefeated. The fort was surrendered to Mughal Sardar Kubad Khan on 12 June 1665 as per the Treaty of Purandar. However, later on the fort was recaptured by the Marathas. Shivaji Maharaj’s Son Sambhaji Maharaj met Aurangzeb’s son Akbar in 1682.  After that meeting, Sambhaji Maharaj requested Akbar to stay on the Tikona fort. However, the weather didn’t suit Akbar and he fall sick. In 1818, Marathas had a war with British over Tikona which resulted in the huge damage of the fort.

Things To See on Tikona fort trek:

  • Views of Tung, Lohagad, and Visapur Forts
  • Views of Pawna Lake surrounding the fort
  • A Giant Entrance Gate
  • Trimbakeshwar Temple
  • Satvahan Caves

IMPORTANT TOURIST INFORMATION

Timings/ Opening hours: Fort remains open throughout the day.

Time Required: It takes about 1 hour to reach atop from the base village (Tikona Peth/Gavhande village). Length of Tikona fort trek is about 2 km. You can easily do this trek within 1 day from Mumbai & Pune suburbs.

How To Reach

There is a good motorable road till the base village. You can take your vehicle till base and park it in the paid parking area.

  • By Road: You can easily reach to Lonavala via Mumbai-Pune Highway or taking a Train service. From Lonavala proceed towards Kamshet via road or train. After reaching Kamshet ask for Gavhande or Tikona Peth village. Plenty of ST Buses are available at Kamshet Bus Depot at an interval of almost 1 hour.
  • Nearest Railway Station: Kamshet railway station on the Lonavala-Pune railway line is the closest railway station to the fort. Train plays on this route throughout the day at the interval of about 1 hour. From Kamshet station, you will easily get auto-rickshaws for the base village on sharing basis.
  • Nearest Airport: Pune airport is the closest airport to this fort. You can easily reach Lonavala from the Pune via taking a bus or cab.

Accommodation/ Camping Options: If you want to stay on the fort then there is a cave atop. 10 to 15 persons can stay in this cave during non-monsoon months. Water leakages occur inside the cave in monsoon season. It not safe to pitch a tent due to less space and high winds on the top. Otherwise, you can stay in the Tikona peth village.

Restaurants Nearby/ Eating Stuff: Few restaurants are available in the base which serves basic food dishes. You can have food like Pohe, Pithla-Bhakri, Mirchi Thecha, Chicken-Bhakri, Rice place etc.

Map To Reach:

Tikona Fort, Pune.

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Exciting trek route, amazing weather and stunning views of the surrounding region makes Tikona fort trek a must try hiking route in Monsoon season. 

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Mahuli Fort Trek – Highest peak of Thane district! http://huntforspot.com/mahuli-fort-trek-waterfall-map/ Thu, 05 Apr 2018 10:29:43 +0000 http://huntforspot.com/?p=1825 Mahuli fort trek is an amazing trek route through the dense jungle of Tansa wildlife sanctuary. Mahuli trek is among one of the best one [Read More Information]

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Mahuli fort trek is an amazing trek route through the dense jungle of Tansa wildlife sanctuary. Mahuli trek is among one of the best one 1-day treks near Mumbai.

Location Address: Next to Manas Mandir near Aasangaon, Off to Mumbai-Nashik (NH-3) Highway, Thane district, Maharashtra (India).

Best Time To Visit:  June to January is the best time to do Mahuli fort trek. Visit between July to November gives amazing panoramic views of the surrounding region. You can also experience huge waterfalls during these months.

Mahuli Fort Information:

A trio of Mahuli, Palasgad, and Bhandargad is easily visible from Mumbai-Nashik highway near Shahpur town. All these 3 peaks are part of the fort. Palasgad stands on the northern side, Mahuli lies in the middle and Bhandargad stands on the southern side. A topmost peak of this mountain is the highest point of Thane district. Therefore, it is a popular mountain fort in Thane district of Maharashtra. The fort lies at an elevation of 2815 feet (858 Meter) above mean sea level. This fort is among toughest forts in the Sahyadri Mountain range. It was very difficult to win due to its hard climb (at that time) and dense forest cover.

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Starrting point of the trek.

Mountain of the fort lies amidst Tansa Wildlife Sanctuary. So naturally, it has a very dense vegetation around it. In monsoon season, you can see magnificent lush green views of the surrounding region from the top of this fort. In clear weather, you can see various mountain peaks of Harishchandragad Fort, Kalsubai, Alang-Madan-Kulang, Matheran Hill Station and Ajoba fort.

Mahuli Fort Trek

A large number of trekkers, rock-climbers, and adventure lovers gives a visit to this fort throughout the year. A temple in the base village is the starting point of the trek. A big arch like gate guides you towards the fort. You will find a small river stream just 10 minutes ahead of the arch gate. A small walkable bridge is constructed on this river but you have to be careful while crossing this bridge during strong water currents.

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stunning view from the top.

It is one of the best trekking spots in Maharashtra. There are proper signboards along Mahuli fort trek route, a small waterfall, and a big waterfall. Leopards, tigers and other wild animals are frequently spotted in the region around Mahuli. Hence you are advised to be cautious while doing a night trek or camping on this fort.

Mahuli Rock Climbing

This mountain has different pinnacles having curious names like Wazir, Vishnu etc. These pinnacles are one of the best places for rock climbing in Maharashtra. Only expert and experienced climbers can climb on these peaks with special equipment. These peaks are at a considerable distance from the fort entrance. Apart from Mahuli fort trek, many climbers do rock climbing on these peaks.

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Rock peaks in the middle.

If you are planning to do rock climbing here, then it is advisable to stay in the caves and start a trek towards the pinnacles early in the morning. During the rainy season, one can also experience various big and medium-sized waterfalls at the base of the fort. Many people come here just to these waterfalls!

Fort History

This fort was under the command of different rulers since its establishment. It has a very rich history. The construction of the fort was done by Mughal rulers during the 14th century. The fort was then won by Nizamshahi rulers in 1485. When the Shahaji Maharaj (father of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj) was serving for Mughals, he had this fort under his command. Shahaji Maharaj moved to Mahuli fort in 1635 along with his wife Jijabai and son Shivaji Maharaj. Mughal Sardar Jamal Khan attacked this fort when there was no proper defense to the fort. So Shahaji Maharaj asked Portuguese army for the help however they refused to help him. Therefore, he surrendered the fort to Jamal Khan.

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Walking over a ridge.

Later on, Shivaji Maharaj won and lost this fort 2 times. First, he won the fort in 1658 but lost in 1661. He won it again but in the Treaty of Purandar (1665), Mahuli fort was given to Mughals. With the great ambition of conquering the Mahuli again, Maratha army attacked the fort in February 1670. At that time, Manohardas Gaud was controlling the fort and brave Kadam Sardar was leading from Maratha. The battle was lost by Marathas and thousands of Maratha soldiers died.

After this battle, Manohardas Gaud stepped down from his position and Alveerdi Beg took the control. After 2 months, Moropant Pingale (1st Peshwa of Maratha Empire) won the Mahuli, Palasgad and Bhandargad forts on 16th June 1670. Since then Mahuli fort was under the reign of Marathas and British won the fort in 1817.

Architecture

Today, almost all structures of the fort have vanished except few fortification walls and one entrance gate. There is also a temple of Lord Shiva and 3 ancient caves on this fort. Maha darwaja (or Kalyan Darwaja) in the form of stone arch lies next to the Shiva temple. This fort hosts an annual festival of Mahashivratri in the Shiva temple premises. A large number of pilgrims visit the Shiva temple on the last Monday of the Shravan month.

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Difficulty: Mahuli fort trek falls under the category of easy to medium grade. The last patch of trek has 2 steep climbs – 1 over rock and 1 over the last ladder. However, first-timers & inexperienced trekkers should not trek alone as routes inside the sanctuary are confusing.

Time Required: It takes about 2 hours to reach the top of the fort from base village.

How To Reach Mahuli Fort:

 One can easily reach the fort by road as well as Mumbai suburban trains.

  • By ST Bus: Aasangaon lies on the Mumbai-Nashik highway (NH-3) which has a great connectivity to various cities in Maharashtra. A regular ST bus plays between Shahapur and Mahuli base village. The first bus from Shahapur leaves by 06:00 am. Shahapur is just 4 km ahead of Aasangaon.
  • By Car: You can also take your bike or car right to the base of the Mahuli fort. The base lies just 15 minutes ahead of the Manas Mandir of Aasangaon. Left diversion from the Manas Mandir goes to the base There is a good motorable road from the highway to the base village.
  • Nearest Railway Station: Aasangaon station on the central railway line is the nearest railway station to reach this fort. You can catch Aasangaon or Kasara train to reach over here. The station is about 6 km away from the fort. There is a regular auto-rickshaw service from Asangaon station to the base of the fort. Auto-rickshaw drivers charge about Rs. 250/- for single side ride.

Eating Stuff / Nearby Restaurants: There are 2-3 small restaurants which offer homemade food to hikers at a reasonable price. They provide various food items like Kande-Pohe, Vadapav, Tea, Pithal-Bhakri, Veg-Thali and Chicken Thali. Carry plenty of water while ascending towards the fort as it takes around 2 hours to reach the Mahuli fort. No restaurants are there on the top.

Staying Options: If you are planning overnight trek then there are few caves just next to the Shiva temple at the top. These caves lies near Mahadarwaja of the fort. Group of 10-15 people can stay in these caves. However, these caves cannot be used in the monsoon season due to water leakages. In that case, Bhakt Niwas at the base village also offers accommodation facilities to trekkers!

Map To Reach:

Mahuli Fort, Thane

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Mahuli fort trek is a must try hiking route near Mumbai in monssons. Its lush greenery and pleasant weather gives a memorable experiance to visitors!

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Avchitgad Fort Trek – Unexplored fort with rich history! http://huntforspot.com/avchitgad-fort-trek-history/ Wed, 21 Mar 2018 12:05:52 +0000 http://huntforspot.com/?p=1816 Avchitgad fort trek is a relatively less popular trek in the Sahyadri Mountain Range. This fort is very rich in history but still is on an [Read More Information]

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Avchitgad fort trek is a relatively less popular trek in the Sahyadri Mountain Range. This fort is very rich in history but still is on an unexplored state!

Location Address: Medha Village, 7 kms from Roha or Pingalsai Village (5 km from Roha), Maharashtra (India) – 402 109.

Best Time To Visit: Monsoon season is the best time to visit this fort. You can experience lush green beauty of the nature in this period.

Elevation/Formation: This fort has an height of about 1000 feet.

Avchitgad Fort Information:

Situated near the town of Roha, ths is a hill fort in Raigad district. This fort is less explored and not known to many people as compared to other forts in Maharashtra. The fort region is blessed with abundant natural beauty along with surrounding Konkan region. Avchitgad fort trek is one of the scenic treks in Western Ghats. The bastion on the South side of the fort has some inscriptions on it which is “Shri Ganeshay Namaha Shri Jayadev – Shake 1718 – Nal Nam Samvatsarae – Chaitra Shuddha Pratipada”.

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One entrance of the fort!

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Every year, the fort hosts an annual fair on the top on the auspicious occasion of Makar-Sankranti. The fort stands at a height approximately 1000 feet. It has total 4 gate entrance and 2 main bastions. There is a rock-cut carving of a horse before the entrance. Fort region is surrounded by thick cover of forest. The entire trek route has dense jungle. From top you can get a beautiful view of the green forest cover around the fort.

Avchitgad Fort Trek Routes

There are 3 routes to reach on the Avchitgad. Medha, Pingalsai and Padam are 3 base villages to reach on the Avchitgad. Out of these, Medha & Pingalsai villages ae accessible by Maharashtra state transport buses.

  1. Via Medha Village: The route going from the Medha village is most preferred by the hikers. The trek route strats from a big well called ‘Haud’ and goes along the Vithhal temple. It takes around 1 hour to reach on the top of the fort from Medha. Medha village ia 8 km away from the Roha town.
  2. Via Pingalsai Village: This village is 5 km away from Roha. It also takes about 1 hour to reach on the fort top.
  3. Via Padam-Kharapti Village: The route going from Padam takes you to the Southern entrance of fort in 2 hours. This trek route starts behind the old factory in Padam village. Avchitgad fort trek via Padam has exciting route through thick woods.
  4. Via Wagh Dhondi: Experienced trekkers can go by a shortcut via Wagh Dhondi which takes only 30 minutes. It’s a bit difficult route as compared to other trek routes.
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Water tanks on fort top!

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Fort History

As per the belief, this fort was constructed in the Shilahar dynasty. Later on it was also under the control of Nizamshahi dynasty of Ahmednagar. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj took control of fort in his reign and reconstructed the fort. This reconstruction was done in short time and in hurry. Hence it was renamed as Avchitgad (Avchit=Hurry, Gad=Fort in Marathi). Peshwas was ruling the fort on behalf of Maratha empire till it was won by British East India Company in 1818 (In the 3rd Anglo-Maratha War).

What To See

There are many water tanks along Avchitgad fort trek route. The main big water tank is present at the entrance. Drinkable water is available in some of these water tanks. The fort has a splendid dodecahedron shaped (16 sided) lake on the top. Like many other forts this fort also has temple of Shiva. You can see shrines of Bhavani Devi, Shree Khandoba & Pingalsai Devi on the fort top. There are number of tanks on the forts. The fort also has 3 cannons on the top.  It takes about 2 hours to explore the ort properly.

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View through the bastion!

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Peaks of Raigad, Sudhagad, Korigad, TailBaila, Sarasgad, Savashni Ghat, Murud-Janjira Fort and Dhangad are visible from the fort top. You can see lot of trees like Mango, Teek, Jamoon & Australian Acacia along the trek route. This forest serves as a home to animals like Foxes, Monkeys, Boares etc. Leopard & hares can also be spotted in this jungle. It also has a large number of bird species.

IMPORTANT TOURIST INFORMATION

How To Reach Avchitgad

ST buses are available till the Medha village. First you need to catch the ST bus for Roha then catch the 2nd bus to Medha from Roha.

  • By Road: The fort is 118 km away from Mumbai, 142 km from Pune, 258 km from Nashik and 303 km from Kolhapur. You can catch ST buses or private buses from these cities till Roha. From Roha, local private transportation is available till base villages.
  • Nearest Railway Station: Roha and Nidi are the nearest railheads to reach over here. You can take private vehicles or ST buses from these towns to reach up to your desired base village.
  • Nearest Airport: Mumbai airport is the closest airport to this fort.

Time Required: It takes about 1 hour to reach the top of the fort from Medha & Pingalsai villages.

Difficulty Level: Easy. Avchitgad fort trek falls under the easy grade treks.

Accommodation/ Staying Options: There are no staying options on the fort. You can ask for homestays and stay in the base villages.

Restaurants Nearby/ Eating Stuff: There are no eateries or restaurants nearby the fort. So please carry your own food & sufficient water while visiting over here.

Map To Reach:

Avchitgad Fort

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Avchitgad fort trek is a great place for nature lovers. Unlike other forts, it is not much flocked by tourists so you can enjoy being yourself!

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Prabalgad Fort Trek – A offbeat trekking destination near Panvel http://huntforspot.com/prabalgad-fort-trek-panvel/ Tue, 20 Mar 2018 12:54:35 +0000 http://huntforspot.com/?p=1809 Prabalgad fort trek near Panvel is a popular hiking destination around Mumbai. Its scenic trek route and camping opportunities attract a lot of adventure lovers! Location [Read More Information]

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Prabalgad fort trek near Panvel is a popular hiking destination around Mumbai. Its scenic trek route and camping opportunities attract a lot of adventure lovers!

Location Address: Prabalmachi Plateau, near Panvel, Maharashtra (India).

Best Time To Visit: September to January is the best time to visit this fort. However, you can visit here all year round.

Elevation: The fort lies at a height of 701 meters (2300 feet) above mean sea level.

Prabalgad Fort Trek Information:

This is a twin fort of Kalavantin Durg near Panvel city of Maharashtra. Both of these forts stand next to each other in the region of Karjat & Panvel. Prabalgad fort is popular due to its beautiful trekking route and camping opportunities. It is one of the best trekking places in Maharashtra. The peak of this fort along with Kalavantin is visible from the Mumbai Pune expressway.

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lush greenery & waterfalls along trek route!

A large number of waterfalls take birth on these mountains in monsoon season. Its lush greenery, foggy weather, pleasant atmosphere and exciting trek route calls hundreds of adventure enthusiasts. You can experience the splendid beauty of Sahyadri Mountain Range in Prabalgad fort trek.  Peaks of Kalavantin Durg, Chanderi Fort, Matheran Hill Station, Irshalgad and Karnala Fort are visible from the top. You can sit calmly and explore the surrounding region from the top!

Prabalgad Trek Route

Thakurwadi is the base village of this trek. Trek has 2 different phases – 1st phase is Thakurwadi village to Prabalmachi Plateau and 2nd phase is Prabalmachi to Prabalgad. Once you cross the Prabalmachi village after 1st phase, you will notice a diversion. From there, the right turn leads to the Prabalgad fort whereas straight route leads to the Kalavantin fort.

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Trek route!

The right diversion ahead of the village takes you to this fort. Prabalgad fort trek route involves a walking along the mountain. It takes about 1 hour to reach atop from Prabalmachi. The fort has a temple of Lord Ganesha and some stone ramparts. The peak of this fort gives magnificent views of surrounding North Konkan area. You can get a splendid view of the adjacent Kalavantin peak from the top. It was built to keep a watch on Panvel & Karjat region.

Note: Sometimes minor landslides occur on the trek route which involves sliding of boulders right on the Prabalgad fort trek route. Hence it is advisable to be cautious & take care while visiting Prabagad fort.

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Pair of Prabalgad & Kalavantin!

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IMPORTANT TOURIST INFORMATION

Prabalgad Trek Difficulty Level:

Medium. This trek belongs to moderate level trekking destinations. It takes about 2 hours to reach up to Prabalmachi from the Thakurwadi. Then it takes 1 more hour to reach atop. The overall trek distance is approximately 6 km.

How To Reach

You can reach Thakurwadi easily from Panvel city via ST Bus, Auto-rickshaws or private jeeps.

  • By Road: ST buses and 8 seater rickshaws are available outside the Panvel station until Thakurwadi village. Prabalgad fort trek route starts from this village.
  • Nearest Railway Station: Panvel station is the convenient rail station to reach the base village. This station lies on the Harbour railway line of Mumbai. You can take private vehicles outside the station to reach the base village.
  • Nearest Airport: Mumbai airport is the nearest airport near Prabalgad Fort.

Accommodation/ Staying Options: Plabalmachi plateau has a big area to pitch tents and make your own campsite. Even local villagers from Thakurwadi offer the homestays at a reasonable price.

Restaurants Nearby/ Eating Stuff: Some restaurants in the Prabalmachi village serves basic veg and non-veg food. You can get food like Veg rice plate, Chicken rice plate, Chicken-Bhakri, Zunka-Bhakri, Egg Bhurji & Omelette, Dal-Rice, and Bhaji etc.

Map To Reach:

Prabalgad

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Prabalgad fort trek and camping are now attracting a lot of adventure seekers around Mumbai & Pune. Overall, it’s a good spot for weekend outing near these cities!

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Kalavantin Durg Trek: Difficult yet exciting trek in Sahyadri! http://huntforspot.com/kalavantin-durg-trek-routes-info/ Sat, 17 Mar 2018 05:46:28 +0000 http://huntforspot.com/?p=1801 Kalavantin durg trek along with Prabalgad is among the popular trekking destinations in Maharashtra. It offers an exciting trek which involves walking on the mountain [Read More Information]

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Kalavantin durg trek along with Prabalgad is among the popular trekking destinations in Maharashtra. It offers an exciting trek which involves walking on the mountain edge!

Location Address: On Prabalmachi Plateau between Matheran and Panvel, near Thakurwadi village, Panvel, Maharashtra (India).

Best Time To Visit: September to January is the best time to visit this fort. Avoid visiting here in the heavy monsoons as rock becomes slippery & dangerous.

Elevation: The fort stands at an elevation of 670 meters (2200 feet) above mean sea level.

Kalavantin Durg History & Information:

It is a popular hill forts along with its twin fort Prabalgad. This peaks stand near Prabalmachi plateau between Karjat & Panvel regions of Maharashtra. Out of these 2, Prabalgad fort has the highest elevation of 2300 feet whereas Kalavantin peak is 2200 feet high. You can easily spot this peak from the Mumbai Pune expressway. Thick woods, windy atmosphere and foggy weather makes this place an amazing spot after heavy monsoons. Kalavantin durg trek is one of the most exciting treks in Sahyadri Mountain Range.

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Marvellous view from top!

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This fort was formerly known as Muranjan until it was captured by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in 1657. It was constructed at the rocky Prabal plateau close to Matheran is said that the fort was built for a queen named Kalavantin. You can get magnificent views of the surrounding region from the top. Malik Ahmad who was the prime minister of Ahmednagar Kingdom captured Prabalgad in 1458. This fort was taken down along with Mahuli Fort, Karnala fort, and Kalyan region after Sambhaji Maharaj’s death.

Kalavantin Durg Trek Route

Now the trek to this peak gives super-thrilling and adventurous experience. Trek has 2 phases – Thakurwadi village to Prabalmachi and Prabalmachi to Kalavantin. As you go through the Prabalmachi village, there is a diversion. A straight path takes you to Kalavantin, whereas the right turn takes you on the Prabalgad. The straight route takes onto the V-shaped mountain gap from where rock steps to the starts.

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Steps to reach the top.

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This is the last patch of the Kalavantin durg trek and has very steep climb through stairs. The steps are made by cutting the rock of the hill. Please note that no safety measures like guard rail of safety ropes are available on these steps. But steps are big enough to accommodate your foot. You need to take the support of hand hold on the mountain wall. While climbing up you can see surrounding forts like Chanderi Fort, Irshalgad Fort, Karnala Fort, Haji Malang, Matheran Hills etc.

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Thrilling mountain peak!

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Difficulty Level:

Medium to Hard. Trek till Prabalmachi has easy climb but after it route becomes challenging. Especially the rock-cut stairs of the Kalavantin durg trek are risky & dangerous for beginners.

Time Required: It takes about 2 hours to reach up to Prabalmachi from the Thakurwadi. Then it takes about 40 minutes to reach the top of Kalavantin.

Accommodation/ Staying Options: There is ample of space at Prabalmachi to setup a campsite. About 300 people can easily stay near campsite area. So you can stay your tents and camp at the top. Alternatively, you can also request local people for homestay.

How To Reach Kalavantin

You can reach Thakurwadi easily from Panvel. Various means of transportation are available from Panvel city.

  • By Road: Daily ST Buses ply between Panvel ST Bus depot and Thakurwadi village. 8 seater rickshaws are also available outside the Panvel station until the Thakurwadi.
  • Nearest Railway Station: Panvel station on the Harbour railway line of Mumbai is the nearest railhead to this fort. You can take private vehicles outside the station to reach over here.
  • Nearest Airport: Mumbai airport is the closest airport near Kalavantin durg.

Restaurants Nearby/ Eating Stuff: A village at Prabalmachi has few restaurants which offer all basic veg and non-veg food. These restaurants offer food like Zunka-Bhakri, Chicken-Bhakri, Egg Bhurji & Omelette, Dal-Rice and Bhaji etc.

Map To Reach:

 

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Kalavantin durg trek is really an amazing destination for adventure seekers. It is certainly among the must visit spots in Sahyadri mountain range!

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Naneghat Trek: Splendid mountain route near Malshej Ghat http://huntforspot.com/naneghat-trek-route-information/ Thu, 15 Mar 2018 07:16:31 +0000 http://huntforspot.com/?p=1795 Naneghat trek route attracts many adventure enthusiasts in the monsoon season. Let’s see trek routes, information, difficulty, and details about this place. Location Address: Vaishakhare [Read More Information]

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Naneghat trek route attracts many adventure enthusiasts in the monsoon season. Let’s see trek routes, information, difficulty, and details about this place.

Location Address: Vaishakhare village, on Kalyan-Ahmednagar (NH-222) highway, Malshej region, Maharashtra (India).

Best Time To Visit: July to December is the best time to visit Naneghat hills. Weather & surrounding region remains pleasant during this period.

Height: Naneghat lies at a height of 838 m (2750 feet) above mean sea level.

Naneghat Trek Information:

Naneghat is a mountain pass in the great Sahyadri mountain range near Junnar in Pune district, Maharashtra. It is among the oldest ancient trade routes; Nane means “coin” and Ghat means “Pass”. This mountain pass was used as a trade way between Junnar & Kalyan by Satavahana during 200 BCE to 190 CE. This mountain pass named as Naneghat because it was used to collect toll from traders crossing through this hills.

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Breathtaking view of surrounding region from top!

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Naneghat is a major landmark & easily visible when you from Kalyan towards Malshej Ghat. It is located at a distance of 55 km from Kalyan. The walls of Naneghat hills has come out from the main mountain range and offers an outstanding view of the big bend. This region and the caves are now very popular among tourists due to its amazing beauty & easy access from Malshej ghat road.

Naneghat Trek Route 

Naneghat hills are very famous among trekkers & hikers. Many people give a visit to this place in monsoon season due to its lush greenery & breathtaking views. This place has cool atmosphere & even more cold in the night. Trek to Naneghat is beautiful & simple. Naneghat trek route passes through thick green forest & is clearly marked. “Nanacha Angatha” is the base (it is the pinnacle of Naneghat) when you climb from the forest.

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Beautiful view of Naneghat hills!

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There is a big cave while going towards the top. You can rest or stay overnight in this cave. Cave has various inscriptions in Brahmi language. Inscriptions here are unique & valuable but they are diminishing due to weather effects & ignorance towards them. A big stoned vessel is also present at the entrance to the Ghat, which was used to keep coins collected in form of toll. It is one of the best trek routes in Maharashtra

Places To Visit Nearby:

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Top of Naneghat!

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IMPORTANT TOURIST INFORMATION

Naneghat Trek Difficulty Level:

Easy to moderate. First timers can also try this trek.

Time Required: It takes around 1.5 to 2 hours to reach the top from the Vaishakhare.

Restaurants Nearby/ Eating Stuff: There are no eateries on the Naneghat trek route. So, carry your own food & plenty of water with you while visiting here. There are 3 small water reservoirs at the top out of them the last reservoir has drinking water. However, it’s good to carry water by yourself. Many restaurants and Dhaba’s are available on the Malshej ghat road to have food & water.

Accommodation/ Staying Options: There are few caves on the mountain top which can accommodate roughly 20-30 people at a time. Setting up your camp is a bit risky due to high winds. Hence Naneghat camping is not a good option to stay atop.

How To Reach Naneghat

If you are driving from Mumbai via Eastern Express Highway, then follow Kalyan – Murbad – Saralgaon – Naneghat route. There are 2 routes to reach Naneghat:

  • You can reach here from Kalyan by ST buses plying regularly between Kalyan & Ahmednagar. Catch the bus up to Vaishakhare village. Starting poin tof trek is about 3 km away from the Vaishakhare. Follow a board showing diversion towards Naneghat.
  • If you are proceeding from Pune or Junnar, Catch ST bus to Ghatghar & stop at Vaishakhare. It is about 30-40 minutes’ drive from Junnar to Naneghat. The distance between Junnar & Naneghat is 27 km.
  • Nearest Railway Station: Kalyan railway station on the central railway is the convenient railhead to reach Naneghat hills. Then, you can catch ST buses from Kalyan ST bus depot.

Naneghat Route Map:

 

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Naneghat trek is the ideal place if you want to spend a day amidst beautiful nature. It offers a memorable trek!

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Karnala Fort Trek: Great trekking spot near Mumbai http://huntforspot.com/karnala-fort-trek-panvel-timings-entry-fees/ Wed, 14 Mar 2018 12:11:50 +0000 http://huntforspot.com/?p=1786 Karnala fort trek near Panvel is a good weekend gateway option near Mumbai. Let’s see entry fees, timings, difficulty level & information about this fort! [Read More Information]

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Karnala fort trek near Panvel is a good weekend gateway option near Mumbai. Let’s see entry fees, timings, difficulty level & information about this fort!

Location Address: 14 km from Panvel, Inside Karnala Bird Sanctuary, Panvel-Goa Highway, Maharashtra (India).

Best Time To Visit: July to December is the best time to visit this fort. Beautiful natural scenery and panoramic views of surrounding region amazes you in these months!

Fort Elevation: The fort stands at an elevtion of 439 m (1140 ft) above mean sea level.

Karnala Fort Information:

The fort of Karnala stands near the Panvel suburbs of Mumbai. This fort lies within the protected region of Karnala Bird Sanctuary. It is quiet closed to the Mumbai city as compared to other forts. This region has maintained its natural habitat very nicely. The entrance gate of the fort and sanctuary is common which is on the Mumbai-Goa highway just before PEN village.

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Misty view of fort in monsoons!

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The Karnala fort trek has 2 routes to reach at the top. As you enter from the main entrance gate of sanctuary, 1st route goes towrds right and 2nd route goes towards left. Right one is shorter but had hard and steep climb. Whereas left route is longer but easy to climb. Just like Peb Fort, Chanderi Fort, Dhak Bahiri & Kalavantin Durg, this fort lies close to the Mumbai. 

Karnala Fort Trek:

The trek to the fort starts from the main gate of sanctuary which is right on the Panvel-Goa highway. It is 13 km from Panvel and just before the Pen village. You need to undergo the forest department checking’s at the entrance gate. Forest officials are strict about the use of plastic. So try not to carry any plastic with you. The Karnala fort trek route passes through the forest. It is one of the scenic treks in Maharashtra.

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Peak of Karnala!

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It takes about 45-50 minutes to climb up from the base. The fort is about 1140 feet from mean sea level. You can see ruins of building, water tank & granary near peak. The middle peak is quiet difficult to climb due to its hard endurance. Only rock climbers can climb on this peak with the help of safety equipment’s. It also has many dangerous Beehives on it. Some years ago one brave trekker attempted to climb this peak but died due to attack of the bees. Hence one should take utmost care while trying to climb on this peak.

Karnala Bird Sanctuary

This region is also very much popular due to Karnala Bird Sanctuary. The whole area around fort is now a protected wildlife sanctuary. The natural beauty of Karnala is amazing. The whole region has dense forest cover and the highway passes from the middle of this sanctuary dividing it into 2 parts. The sanctuary has spread over the area of 4 square km and is a home to various animals and birds. Sanctuary acts as a home to 141 species of birds and animals like Monkeys, Foxes, Mongoose, Bears, Lizards etc.

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Beautiful view of the Karnala Sanctuary region!

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IMPORTANT TOURIST INFORMATION

Karnala Fort Entry Fees/Ticket Charges:

  • Indian Kids (5-12 Years): 15/person & Foreign Kids: Rs.30/person.
  • Indian Adult: 30/person & Foreign Adult: Rs.60/person.
  • Still Camera Charges: 100/camera for Indians and Rs.200/camera for Foreigners.
  • Video Camera Charges: 250/camera for Indians and Rs.500/camera for Foreigners.
  • Parking Charges: 25/Two Wheeler, Rs.100/LUV and Rs.150/Bus.

Timings/ Opening Hours: You can visit this fort on any day of the week. However, the forest department allows to enter inside the sanctuary only between 07:00 am to 05:00 pm.

Time Required: It takes about 2 hours to reach at the top from sanctuary entrance.

Difficulty Level: Medium. Even first timers can do the Karnala fort trek.

How To Reach Karnala Fort

You can take your own vehicles till the base of the fort. Forest department has paid parking facility near the entrance gate. A lot of ST buses passes from the Sanctuary gate, so you can catch them from Panvel ST Stand.

  • By Road: You can catch ST bus or private vehicles like Tum-tum till the sanctuary gate. As the gate of the sanctuary is right on the Panvel-Goa highway, you can reach here very easily.
  • Nearest Railway Station: Panvel railway station is the convenient railhead to reach the Karnala fort. You can hire tum-tum or jeeps outside the station till base of the fort.
  • Nearest Airport: Mumbai airport is the closest airport to Karnala fort.

Accommodation/ Staying Options: As the fort stands close to Panvel city, you can get lot of accommodation options in Panvel city. If you want to stay inside the sanctuary region, then forest department have few rest houses at the base of the fort.

Restaurants Nearby/ Eating Stuff: No restaurants or eateries are available near Sanctuary region. It is advisable to carry your own food and water while visiting this fort. Please note that forest department is very strict about plastic bags, wrappers and bottles. Hence carry your food in proper tiffin boxes and good plastic bottles.

Map To Reach:

 

Karnala Fort, Panvel

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Karnala fort trek is a good spot for one-day trek near Mumbai. You can even see variety of birds while doing this trek!

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Tung Fort Trek, Pune: Good spot to visit near Lonavala http://huntforspot.com/tung-fort-trek-pune-route-details/ Thu, 08 Feb 2018 12:18:08 +0000 http://huntforspot.com/?p=1774 Tung fort trek in Pune near Lonavala is a great place for hiking. Hikers normally exploe the pair of Tung & Tikona fort in a [Read More Information]

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Tung fort trek in Pune near Lonavala is a great place for hiking. Hikers normally exploe the pair of Tung & Tikona fort in a single visit. It is also popular as Kathingad fort. Lets see details about this fort!

Location Address: Tungwadi village, 12 km from Malavali, on the INS Shivaji Road, Maharashtra (India).

Best Time To Visit: June to January is the best time to do Tung fort trek. One can see stunning views of the surrounding region in this period!

Height: Tung fort lies at an elevation of 1075 meter (3526 feet) above mean sea level.

Difficulty Level: Medium. Though the name of fort is Kathingad (Difficult Fort), the trek route is not much hard.

Tung Fort Details & Information:

Kathingad or Tung Fort is a great trekking spot near Lonavala region. This fort is known for its challenging approach to reach at the top. Kathin means ‘Difficult’ in Marathi hence the name of fort is Kathingad. The fort is located at Tungwadi village near Ghusalkhamb on the INS Shivaji road. It is about 25 km from lonavala and stands at the height of 3,526 feet. Now, Tung fort trek route is not much difficult as it used to be earlier.

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Carved steps at top.

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This fort is small in size and it cannot accommodate more than 200 people at a time. The fort is at a higher elevation than Lonavala and fort is surrounded by water on 3 sides. There is a temple of Tungi Devi on the top. You can see stunning views of Pavana lake and nearby mountain peaks from here.

Tung Fort Trek Route & Details

Path to the fort has vertical slope so one can easily understand how the fort got its name. The trek is not much hard and is feasible for everyone.  You can easily spend one-day trek at Kathingad & return to Lonavala in the evening. It has a conical shape, which makes it challenging to reach at the top. The approach to the fort is steep and has a narrow route on the mountain edge.

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Water tank at top

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First of all you come across the Hanuman temple then Tuljai devi temple. There are some water tanks as well. The view of Pavana dam surroundings is simply spectacular from top of the fort. Various other forts in the Sahyadri Mountain Range like Lohagad, Visapur, Korigad and Tikona are while doing Tung fort trek. One can see region of Maval, Pavana valley and Mulshi valley from top of this fort.

Fort History

The construction of Kathingad fort was done in the Adil Shahi dynasty before 1600 CE. Later on, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj captured this fort in 1657. The Dhamale ancestry was responsible for the protection of Kathingad during reign of Marathas. In 1660, Shivaji Maharaj gave the control this region to Netaji palkar who was the Sarnoubat (Commander-in-Chief) of the Maratha army.

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Beautiful view from the top

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Mirzaraje Jaysingh captured this region in 1665 and Mughals demolished many villages nearby Tung & Tikona forts. However, they were not able to won these 2 forts. But then after the Treaty of Purandar, Mughals (Kubadkhan with Halalkhan) took the control of this fort on 18th June 1665.

Fort Architecture

This is a tiny fort and conical in shape. While doing Tung fort trek you can see few bastions, strong fortification walls and ramparts in good condition. Due to its small size, Kathingad fort was unable to defend itself for a long span. The shape and structure suggests that it was used as a watchtower. The fort stands at a strategic location from where it was easy to keep a watch on the Maval region.

So it was easy to spot enemy troops and notify the Lohagad/Visapur forts for preparation. One hour is sufficient to see this fort properly. Tung fort trek route first leads you to the Hanuman temple. Thereafter, you can go forward through steps. Then, there is a main gate of the fort. Another temple of Lord Ganesh is there on the right side. After that, you can see the water trench, Tungi Devi and an underground cave.

IMPORTANT TOURIST INFORMATION

How To Reach From Mumbai or Pune

Tungwadi is the base village to Kathingad fort. Reach Lonavala then follow route of Bhushi Dam-INS Shivaji-Peth Shahapur-Tungwadi. All routes Tung fort trek start from this village only.

  • Via Lonavala: Take a ST bus going to Bhamburde or Ambavne village from Lonavala. Then get down at the Ghusalkhamb village and start walking towards Tungwadi. The distance between Ghusalkhamb and Tungwadi is 8 km and it takes 1.5 hours to cover.
  • Via Tikona Peth Village: A ST busleaves to Kamshet-Morve bus from Tikona Peth at 11:00 am. Catch that bus and alight directly to Tungwadi village. It takes 40-50 minutes for this journey.
  • Via Boat: You can reach Tungwadi by taking a boat from Pavana dam. Reach Tikona Peth village and walk towards Bramhnoli village via Kale colony. Then from Bramhnoli, catch a boat to Kevre Gaon. It takes 20-30 minutes to reach Tungwadi from Kevre.
  • Nearest Railway Station: Lonavala station is the convenient railhead to reach Kathingad fort.
  • Nearest Airport: Pune airport is the closest airport to the fort.

Accommodation/ Staying Options: Maruti temple on the top can accommodate 5-6 people. More 3 to 4 persons can stay in the underground cave on top.

Restaurants Nearby/ Eating Stuff: There are no hotels or eateries around Kathingad fort so carry your food & drinking water while visiting here!

Map To Reach:

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Chanderi Fort Trek, Badlapur: Great spot in Maharashtra http://huntforspot.com/chanderi-fort-trek-badlapur-maharashtra/ Wed, 07 Feb 2018 04:56:58 +0000 http://huntforspot.com/?p=1766 Chanderi fort trek in Badlapur region of Maharashtra is a great 1-day trekking spot near Mumbai. There is not much history to this fort but [Read More Information]

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Chanderi fort trek in Badlapur region of Maharashtra is a great 1-day trekking spot near Mumbai. There is not much history to this fort but it acts as a good adventure place!

Location Address: Chinchavali Village, Near Badlapur & Panvel, Thane district, Maharashtra (India).

Best Time To Visit: November to February is the best time to visit this fort. The main trek route leads through the waterfall so you cannot do this trek in monsoons.

Elevation: This fort stands at a height of 710 meter (2330 feets) above mean sea level.

Chanderi Fort Information:

This fort is located near Chinchvali village of Badlapur suburb in Thane district. Chanderi fort trek one of the challenging yet an exciting treks in Maharashtra. The fort lies at an elevation of 800 meters above MSL. It lies exactly in the center of the Matheran mountain range. This fort was used to keep watch on the surrounding region as the fort is at considerable height. You can see a rare bronze statue of great Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj on the top of the fort. Chanderi is joined to a group of 4 pinnacles called Mhasmal.

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Chanderi on left & Mhansmal on right!

There is a big cave on the mountain, which has a sacred deity of Lord Shiva. Chanderi fort trek is a nice option for trekking near Mumbai & Pune. This mountain is visible on the right side while going towards Karjat from Kalyan. There are many waterfalls on the way of trek to this fort. In rainy season, the fort offers amazing panoramic views & green natural beauty. Chinchvali is the base village to this fort, which can be approached from Badlapur & Vangani. As the region near fort has many waterfalls, large crowd come here to enjoy only waterfalls!

Chanderi Fort Trek

It is about 40-50 minutes walk from Chinchvali to the base of fort. It takes about 3 hours to reach at the top. The trek route goes through the dense jungle and a steep waterfall. The jungle is quiet thick and many people are misdirected in the forest due to different jungle trails. Therefore, it is advisable to take a guide with you while going to this fort. There is a cave atop the fort, which has deity of lord Shiva.

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Beautiful view of surrounding!

The Chanderi fort trek route to the top gets very difficult after the cave. Many people avoid going on the top due to dangerous approach. Road to the pinnacle is very slippery & there is danger of landslide. There is a cistern near this cave, which has drinkable water till October. Another reservoir is located at the base of the pinnacle near the cave.

Chanderi Fort History:

There is not much history related to this fort. Mughals built this fort & its walls were very strong. This fort came under the reign of Marathas in May 1656 when Shivaji Maharaj won all region till Kalyan-Bhiwandi-Rairi. There are some remnants of fortification on the top and near caves. Otherwise, the fort is completely in ruins.

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Cave at the top

This fort was possibly a watchtower or a military base. There is a very limited space to stay, lack of development, low water storage areas and extremely difficult approach. You can see various peaks in Sahyadri Mountain Range like  Prabalgad, Kalavantin, Irshalgad, Matheran, Peb(Vikatgad), Manikgad to the east and Gorakhgad, Bhimashankar, Peth, Siddhagad on the west of the fort. Other peaks like Narkhind, Mhasmal and Haji Malang are also visible from the top.

IMPORTANT TOURIST INFORMATION

Time Required:  takes about 3 hours to reach atop from the base village – Chinchavali.

Difficulty Level: Hard. Chanderi fort trek falls under the category of hard trek.

How To Reach Chanderi Fort

  • By Road: You can easily reach here by taking an auto-rickshaw from Vangani station on Central railway line. It takes 20 minutes to reach the base village from station.
  • Nearest Railway Station: Vangani station & Badlapur station are convenient railheads to reach this fort. These both stations are situated on the Central railway line. You will get private vehicles from these both stations till the base village – Chinchvali.
  • Nearest Airport: Mumbai airport is the closest airport to Chanderi fort.

Restaurants Nearby/ Eating Stuff: No food is available at the top of the fort. You must carry your own food & water while doing Chanderi fort trek. Water is available in the cistern but reaching till there is not possible for everyone.

Accommodation/ Staying Options: There is a big cave at the top of fort. About 30 people can stay easily in this cave. Some portion of the cave near deity have tiles flooring.  

Map To Reach:

Chanderi Fort, Badlapur

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Chanderi fort trek is a must try spot for Sahyadri lovers. It offers a great 1-day outing from Mumbai & Pune as well!

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Dhak Bahiri Trek: Fort Information History & Routes http://huntforspot.com/dhak-bahiri-trek-routes-fort-info/ Tue, 06 Feb 2018 05:58:50 +0000 http://huntforspot.com/?p=1759 Dhak bahiri trek is a very exciting trek in the Sahyadri mountain range. This fort and Bahiri caves are popular among adventure lovers due to [Read More Information]

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Dhak bahiri trek is a very exciting trek in the Sahyadri mountain range. This fort and Bahiri caves are popular among adventure lovers due to its challenging yet thrilling trek route.
Location Address: Near Sandshi village, Karjat taluka, Raigad district, Maharashtra.

Best Time To Visit:  October to January is the ideal time to do this trek. Avoid this trek in monsoons and rainy seasons. The route becomes muddy & slippery in monsoon season; sometimes you can also get trapped between water streams from Sandshi side. And due to a steep climb, it becomes difficult to do Dhak bahiri trek in the rainy season.

Dhak Bahiri Fort Information:

The pair of Dhak fort and Bahiri caves is situated in the Karjat region of Raigad district in Maharashtra. Both places are situated on the same mountain near Karjat city. The name Dhak Bahiri is derived from the name of fort Dhak and Bahiri Caves (which means Bhairavnath). Dhak bahiri trek is one of the most difficult treks in Maharashtra. It is counted among the difficult treks like Alang-Madan-Kulang, Lingana, Vazir Pinnacle, Harishchandragad etc. The fort stands a height of 2700 feet & offers quite challenging but exciting trek.

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Approach on 70 degree steep rock patch!

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Dhak Bahiri Trek

There are 3 different routes to reach Bahiri caves. Various hikers and adventure enthusiasts regularly use all routes. It takes around 3 hours to reach the top from all routes. Trek route involves dense forest, steep approach, rocky terrain and rock climbing so it is not advisable for first-timers. Try to start the trek in the early morning because sunlight heat ups the rocks in the afternoon.

It is better to have a guide with you as the route is confusing as well as passes through thick forest. You can get a spectacular view of the surrounding mountain range from caves. While doing Dhak bahiri trek, one can observe various peaks in Sahyadri Mountain Range like Karnala, Manikgad, Duke’s Nose, Bhimashankar and 2 peaks of Rajmachi Fort: Shriwardhan & Manranjan.

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Magnificent view from the caves!

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Dhak Bahiri Caves

At the end of Dhak bahiri trek route, there are 2 big caves of Lord Bhairavnath. Local people consider these caves as a place of holy pilgrimage. Bahiri caves lie in the center of the mountain while proceeding towards the Dhak fort. There is a temple of Lord Bahiri(Bhairavnath) inside caves. Many local people sacrifice animals like goat, sheep, and hen to this deity as a part of their belief.

Water tank and few utensils are also there inside these caves. The water is drinkable however, it may not be suitable for everyone so it’s better to carry your own water. This is an ideal spot for those persons who want to enjoy adventurous natural rock climbing & technical climbing.

NOTE: Sometimes, the Poojari inside caves does not allow girls to enter inside caves. In that case, there is some space near Caves where girls can stay. You will get the same view from that place as that of caves.

 

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Steep climb on last rock patch.

Dhak Bahiri Trek Routes

  • The 1st route goes from the Sandshi village on Karjat side. You can take ST Bus or 8-Seater rickshaw from the Karjat to Sandhshi
  • The 2nd route goes from Jambhivali village. ST buses to Jambhivali village are available from Karjat.
  • The 3rd route goes via Rajmachi Fort. As you proceed towards Rajmachi from Lonavala, there are various waterfalls and a water stream. After crossing the water stream, you can see 2 different turns. Right diversion from here leads to Dhak bahiri and left diversion leads to Rajmachi. This right turn meets the Wadhap village after few time.

Trek ends in the caves and people avoid going on the fort top, as there is nothing to see. There is a permanent rope attached to the last patch of the Dhak bahiri trek. Rock-cut steps, a steel wire, and a wooden ladder are there along with the rope at the steep patch. You can take the support of these things to reach in the caves.

Kalakrai Pinnacle:

There is a ridge between the pinnacle on the left and the Dhak Mountain on the right. In the midway between Dhak fort and Bahiri caves, there is this beautiful rock pinnacle. Only professional/experianced hikers and rock climbers can climb it. You need to have advance rock climbing equipment to climb on this rock pinnacle.

History:

As per historians, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj had once visited holy caves of Bahiri and offered the golden plate to the deity. The people did not know this fort for many years. Dhak bahiri trek route was re-discovered by Sir G.N. Dandekar, a noble historian of Maharashtra. Today, the fort is in ruins and there is nothing to see on the fort. There are some cooking utensils inside caves. Anyone can use those utensils for cooking their food. However, as per local people, you should clean those utensils and put back again. Otherwise, the person who tries to steal them goes through the trouble or dies.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Elevation: This fort lies at a height of 822 meters (2700 feet) above mean sea level.

Difficulty Level: The Dhak bahiri trek falls under the category of Hard grade trek. The final patch involving rock climbing is bit difficult and not feasible for everyone.

Entry Fees: Not Applicable.

How To Reach:

  • By Road: ST buses and 8-seater auto-rickshaws are available between Karjat and Sandshi village. The first bus from Karjat ST Bus depot leaves around 07:00 am and 8-Seater rickshaws remain available throughout the day on Karjat station west side. ST buses for Wadhap village are also available from Karjat.
  • Nearest Railway Station: Karjat railway station on the Central Railway line is the closest railhead to reach Sandshi village. You will get Buses & Rickshaws outside the station.
  • Nearest Airport: Mumbai Airport & Pune airport are 2 closest airports to this location.

Eating Stuff: There are no hotels available in the Sandshi village. Therefore, it is advisable to carry your own food & water with you. Alternatively, you can request local villagers for food arrangements. They happily provide food & shelter at a reasonable price.

Staying Options: If you are planning to spend a night at the top, then there are 2 caves at the top of the fort. They can accommodate about 50 people at a time. Otherwise, you can stay in the base village and start the trek early in the morning.

Dhak Bahiri Map:

 

Dhak Bahiri Caves

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Dhak bahiri trek will certainly give you some extremely thrilling moments to cherish for the lifetime! If you are an adventure enthusiast then this place is waiting for you!

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