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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:

Tung/Kathingad Fort

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Tung fort trek along with the Tikona fort offers a good weekend trekking option near Mumbai & Pune. You can experience beautiful scenery of this region in monsoons!

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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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Igatpuri Hill Station: sightseeing, trekking & places to visit http://huntforspot.com/igatpuri-hill-station-sightseeing-information/ Mon, 09 Oct 2017 11:06:00 +0000 http://huntforspot.com/?p=1743 Igatpuri hill station is one of the best hill stations in Maharashtra. The speciality of this spot is its natural beauty and adventure locations around [Read More Information]

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Igatpuri hill station is one of the best hill stations in Maharashtra. The speciality of this spot is its natural beauty and adventure locations around it!

Location Address: Igatpuri, Mumbai – Agra Highway (NH-3), 47 km from Nashik, Maharashtra (India) – 422 403.

Best Time To Visit: July to December is the best time to visit this hill station. As nature displays maximum scenery during these months, you can thoroughly enjoy your visit. Weather also remains pleasant in this period so you can roam around the town region easily.

Elevation: Igatpuri stands at an elevation of 600 meter (1967 feet) from MSL.

Igatpuri Hill Station Information:

Igatpuri is rising as one of the pleasant tourist spots in the Maharashtra due to its abundant natural beauty. Its strategic location among highest peaks of Sahyadri Mountain Range keeps it cool & beautiful throughout the year. The city lies at a height of 1967 feet above mean sea level. It is exactly on the Mumbai Agra Highway (NH-3) in the Nashik district of Maharashtra.

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Beautiful landscape of train in Igatpuri!

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Plenty of tourist spots like misty points, lush green forests, waterfalls, lakes, trekking locations and religious spots are there in the vicinity of Igatpuri. Its like a dream place for adventure & nature lovers! The peace and tranquillity of Igatpuri hill station is worth experiencing. There are many less places like these where you can enjoy both nature and adventure. The city lies on the Mumbai – Shirdi travel route, so lot of people take halt over here.

Igatpuri Trekking, Waterfalls & Forts

  • Tringalwadi Fort: This fort lies at a high elevation of 3000 feet above MSL. So one can get spectacular views of the surrounding region from this fort. It is popular among trekkers due to its beauty!
  • Kalsubai Peak: This is the highest point in Maharashtra having an elevation of 5400 feet above MSL. It’s a centre of attraction for huge number of hikers and adventure enthusiasts. This is the most famous trekking destination near Igatpuri hill station.
  • Ratangad Fort Trek: It is perhaps one of the most scenic treks in Maharashtra. It stands at a height of 4250 feet above MSL. The fort region blooms with marvellous wild flowers in monsoon season!
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Cascading waterfall!

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  • Avandha Fort:Standing at an elevation of 4300 feet, it offers a great trek near Igatpuri. You can approach to this fort via Kadwa Colony and Girvaadi. The fort has nicely sculptured rock caves and water cisterns.
  • Vihigaon Waterfall (Ashoka Waterfall): Just 12 km away from Igatpuri hill station, it is among the best waterfall rappelling spots in Maharashtra.
  • 5-Waterfalls: Just few distance after Ghatandei temple, there is a kachha road that goes towards the railway route. After crossing the railway line, you can witness spectacular 5-waterfalls that cascades down one below the other.

Igatpuri Sightseeing / Places To Visit:

  • Dhamma Giri Vipassana: One of the best meditation centres in India. It offers meditation courses taught by Lord Buddha 2500 years ago. Huge number of Indian as well as International tourists visit this meditation centre throughout the year.
  • Bhatsa River Valley: This point is just outside the city where Thal ghat ends. It displays splendid panoramic views of Bhatsa river basin. Views of lush green vegetation and rock formations amidst river are amazing to watch.
  • Camel Valley: It lies just next to the Bhatsa river valley. The view of a giant waterfall from this point is the prime interest among tourists.
  • Arthur Lake: Formed by the Pravara River, it is one of the stunning places to visit in Igatpuri hill station. It a very giant lake and is surrounded by thick forests!
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Tourists enjoying at lakeside!

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  • Amruteshwar Temple: A temple of Lord Shiva that is built in Hemadpanthi architectural style in 11th century AD. You can reach here by taking an exciting 8 km boat ride through Arthur Lake.
  • Tringalwadi Lake: The route to Tringalwadi fort passes along this lake. Views of lake from the fort are very mesmerising!
  • Vaitarna Dam: A 65 years old dam that acts as a major source of water for Mumbai city. Its scenic surroundings attract a large number of tourists.
  • Ghatandevi Temple: This temple is situated at a higher ghat area and is accessible via small road after camel valley. It is dedicated to the Ghatandevi goddess who is safeguards the Ghat (as per the faith of local people). 

IMPORTANT TOURIST INFORMATION

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Train tunnels in Igatpuri

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How To Reach Igatpuri Hill Station

  • By Road: Large number of ST buses, private buses and tourists vehicles ply to Igatpuri every day. The city is good connectivity throughout the Maharashtra by extensive network of roads. It is 47 km away from Nashik, 121 km from Mumbai, 213 km from Aurangabad, 230 km from Pune and 690 km from Nagpur.
  • Nearest Railway Station: Igatpuri station is a prime station on Mumbai-Nashik railway line. It has very nice connectivity to all major cities in Maharashtra. So you can easily reach here by catching a train.
  • Nearest Airport: Mumbai airport is the most convenient to reach this hill station. Nashik airport is close to the city but has very less number of flights.

Time Required: 2 days are sufficient to cover all viewpoints in the Igatpuri. If you want to do trekking activities then your schedule will get extend accordingly. Every trek needs at least one day.

Accommodation/ Staying Options: There are many hotels, resorts and private villas in Igatpuri. They suits everyone’s budget and convenience nicely. Even Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) has their holiday resort near Igatpuri. You can check availability of MTDC rooms here. Its advisable to book your room in advance while visiting this spot.

Restaurants Nearby/ Eating Stuff: Igatpuri town has plenty of restaurants including Maharashtrian, North Indian and South Indian restaurants. Especially, the spicy Vadapav with Mirchi Thecha is very much popular in this region.

Map To Reach:

 

Igatpuri Hill Station, Nashik

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Overall, Igatpuri hill station is a perfect holiday spot for nature & adventure enthusiasts. Being close to the Nashik, Mumbai & Pune it is also a hotspot for corporate outings!

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Bhambavli Vajrai Waterfall, Satara: India’s Highest Waterfall! http://huntforspot.com/bhambavli-vajrai-waterfall-satara/ Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:32:03 +0000 http://huntforspot.com/?p=1727 Bhambavli Vajrai waterfall in Satara is the highest waterfall in India that falls down in 3 levels. It flows just next to the famous Kaas [Read More Information]

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Bhambavli Vajrai waterfall in Satara is the highest waterfall in India that falls down in 3 levels. It flows just next to the famous Kaas Plateau.

Location Address: Bhambavli Village, 29 km from Satara, Maharashtra (India)

Best Time To Visit: September to November is the best time to see this waterfall when it flows with its full capacity. It keeps on flowing all year round so you can visit this waterfall throughout the year. Avoid a visit to this spot in heavy rains.

Waterfall Height: 560 meters (1800 feet)

Bhambavli Vajrai Waterfall Information:

The scenic waterfall of Bhambavli Vajrai is one of the famous tourist attractions in Satara region. Divided into 3 different stages, it is India’s highest waterfall having a massive height of 1800 feet (560 meters).  It is situated amidst Sahyadri Mountain Range and is 29 km away from Satara city. Waterfall lies very much close to the popular Kaas Plateau.

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Cascading view of the waterfall

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It is a perennial waterfall and keeps on flowing throughout the year. Do not try to reach to the base of Bhambavli Vajrai waterfall in monsoon season. Generally, it rains heavily in this region so it becomes dangerous to reach the base. Also, there are a large number of leeches in so please wear full sleeves and pant while visiting this spot.

This waterfall acts as source and starting point of Urmodi river. Further, the dam of Urmodi collects the water from a catchment area of this waterfall. You can also visit other attractions like Thoseghar Waterfall, Umrodi Dam Backwaters, Sajjangad Fort and trekking trails in the jungle of Bhambavli!

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View from long distance

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Waterfall History

This spot has also got a historical value. According to local legends, Shri Samarth Ramdas Swami reached the top of this mountain in just 3 steps. Since then this waterfall starts flowing in 3 tiers. He is known as one of the great saints in Maharashtra. Few ancient temples are also there in the vicinity of the waterfall.

A large number of Indian as well foreign tourists gives a visit to this waterfall due to its immense height and cascading flow. Especially in monsoon months, when waterfall flows to its maximum capacity, many tourists flock to Bhambavali to see stunning glimpses of Vajrai waterfall. Surrounding region also displays splendid natural beauty in the monsoon season.

Precautions:

  • The route to see the waterfall goes through confusing jungle hence it is advisable to take a guide from the Bhambavli village.
  • Please try to avoid the visit in heavy rains as it becomes dangerous to get till the base of the waterfall.
  • Do not enter in the vicinity of a waterfall as the water pools are very deep.
  • Do not carry or consume alcoholic drinks.
  • Non-veg is prohibited nearby one km circle from a waterfall.
  • Kindly avoid throwing of litter & waste materials nearby waterfall.
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Stunning 3 tiers!

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Nearby Places To Visit:

  • Caves near Bhambavli Vajrai waterfall
  • Boating in the water pool near waterfall
  • Sajjangad Fort
  • Thoseghar Waterfalls
  • Tapola Hill Station
  • Kaas Plateau – Valley of Flowers (5 km)
  • Urmodi Dam Backwaters
  • Dense Forest of Bhambavli
  • Mahabaleshwar Hill Station (41 km)
  • Panchgani Hill Station (53 km)
  • Dholya Ganpati – Wai
  • Gondavale
  • Ajinkyatara Fort
  • Chapal Vir Maruthi Temple
  • Pateshwar

IMPORTANT TOURIST INFORMATION

Timings/ Opening hours of Vajrai waterfall:

Try to visit between 08:00 am to 05:00 pm. It has a dense forest around it so avoid visiting this spot in the dark.

How To Reach

  • By Road: You can reach here by taking a personal vehicle otherwise by ST buses. Catch Aladwadi bus from Satara ST stand and ask them for Bhambavli village. Satara bus stand has nice connectivity to all major cities in Maharashtra like Mumbai, Pune, Nashik, Aurangabad etc. It is 140 km away from Pune, 147 km from Kolhapur, 285 km from Mumbai and 818 km from Nagpur.
  • Nearest Railway Station: Satara station is the nearest railhead to reach Vajrai waterfall. You can hire private vehicles from the station till village.
  • Nearest Airport: Karad airport is the closest airport to this spot (65 km away). Pune airport at 147 km is another option.

Entry Fee/Ticket Charges: The entry to the waterfall is completely free.  

Accommodation/ Staying Options: As it lies in a simple rural village, there are no proper hotels. But plenty of hotels & resorts are available in Satara for accommodation purpose. You can visit this place within one hour from Satara.

Restaurants Nearby/ Eating Stuff: Few restaurants are there in the Bhambavli village to have basic food and water.

 

Bhambavli Vajrai waterfall in Satara is certainly a must visit spot in Maharashtra. You will be stunned by seeing the mighty waterfall and surroundings!

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Devkund Waterfall: Trek Route & Information! http://huntforspot.com/devkund-waterfall-trek-route/ Fri, 28 Jul 2017 12:02:47 +0000 http://huntforspot.com/?p=1719 Devkund waterfall trek is a popular trek point near Andharban region of Maharashtra. Many adventure lovers flock to this waterfall to enjoy its stunning beauty! [Read More Information]

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Devkund waterfall trek is a popular trek point near Andharban region of Maharashtra. Many adventure lovers flock to this waterfall to enjoy its stunning beauty!

Location Address: Near Bhira village/dam, Raigad district, Maharashtra (India).

Best Time To Visit: September to January is the best and safe period to do a Devkund trek. Do not try to visit this waterfall during peak monsoon months because of the high river flow.

Devkund Waterfall Information

A breath-taking waterfall of Dekund is situated near the Bhira dam in the Raigad district of Maharashtra. It is undoubtedly one of the most stunning waterfalls in India. This waterfall is counted among the very few Perennial waterfalls in Maharashtra and runs throughout the year. Its natural beauty is absolutely mesmerizing!

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Catchment area of the waterfall!

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The Devkund waterfall is hidden amidst a forest near Kolad. The view of white water cascading down into a clear bluish green water pool is truly unmatched! There is hardly any waterfall where you would see such crystal clear bluish green water (Especially after September). It’s hard to believe that a few years back, it was completely unexplored & unknown to the rest of world!

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Beautiful view!

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Devkund Trek

As the waterfall is situated deep inside the forest, there are many trek routes to reach up to the waterfall. So please take an experienced member or a local guide to prevent yourself from getting lost in this dense forest. It takes about 2 hours to cover the distance between Bhira village and the waterfall. There are wild animals (leopards & wild pigs) as well as bird species in this region. The Devkund waterfall trek route leads along Bhira dam backwaters and dense woods. It is medium in grade and also needs to cross a water stream.

The Devkund waterfall trek route leads along Bhira dam backwaters and dense woods. It is medium in grade and also needs to cross a water stream. Coincidentally, the Andharban trek ends at the starting point of this trek!

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Amazing water pool beneath falls!

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Caution 

You need to cross a considerably big water streams in order to reach up to the base of the waterfall. Do not enter into the river if you find that the flow of the stream is high. In the time of high rainfall, the water level of the river rises suddenly due to which many people have trapped in the jungle. It is highly advisable to visit this waterfall after September.

IMPORTANT TOURIST INFORMATION

Time Required: 2 Hours from Bhira village.

Difficulty Level: Most of the devkund trek route is easy in grade. You only need to take a precaution near river stream.

How To Reach Devkund Waterfall

  • By Road: The distance between Bhira village to Pune, Mumbai, and Nashik is respectively 100 km, 124 km and 150 km. You can take your vehicles till Bhira village. The TATA power plant near Bhira dam is the major landmark to reach the village.
  • Nearest Railway Station: Kolad station on Konkan railway is perhaps the convenient railway station to reach this spot. The distance between Kolad station & Bhira is 46 km. You can hire private vehicles from the station till Bhira village.

Entry Fee/Ticket Charges: Not applicable.

Accommodation/ Staying Options: It is not advisable to stay in this jungle due to a presence of wild animals.

Restaurants Nearby/ Eating Stuff: There are no food options nearby this waterfall. Carry sufficient food and water with you while going to this spot. Otherwise, you can make arrangements in the village. Just inform them to make your food while going to the waterfall and have it once you came back to the village.

Map To Reach:

Devkund Falls (Starting Point)

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Devkund waterfall trek offers an absolute mesmerizing route through beautiful surroundings. It is certainly among the must do treks in Maharashtra!

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Randha Waterfall, Bhandardara: Huge 170 feet falls! http://huntforspot.com/randha-waterfalls-bhandardara-images-information/ Wed, 26 Jul 2017 08:52:59 +0000 http://huntforspot.com/?p=1709 Randha waterfall in Bhandardara is one of the best waterfalls in Maharashtra. A large number of tourists flock to Randha falls Bhandardara in the monsoon season! [Read More Information]

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Randha waterfall in Bhandardara is one of the best waterfalls in Maharashtra. A large number of tourists flock to Randha falls Bhandardara in the monsoon season!

Location Address: Rajur – Bhandardara Road, 10 km from Bhandardara, Maharashtra (India).

Best Time To Visit: July to September is the best time to visit this spot. The waterfall runs with full flow only during this period of the year.

Height: 170 feet.

Randha Waterfall Information

The splashing falls of Randha are situated just 10 km away from Bhandardara town of Maharashtra. It is counted among the best waterfalls in Maharashtra. The water of Randha falls Bhandardara runs down over a whooping height of 170 feet. The view of cascading white water from such big height is amazing to watch. Gorpada devi temple is the viewpoint of Randha waterfall!

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Cascading river flow!

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Being among the most popular spots in Bhandardara, a large number of tourists visit this spot during monsoon months. Pravara river gives birth to this magnificent waterfall. It also acts as a major source of hydroelectric power generation in the Bhandardara region. Umbrella waterfall in Bhandardara is also situated in the vicinity of this waterfall.

Attractions Near Randha Falls Bhandardara

There are many other popular tourist spots like Umbrella falls Bhandardara, Kalsubai Peak, Ratangad Fort, Wilson Dam & Arthur Lake near Randha waterfall. Tourists can see a great view of the waterfall from a Ghorpada devi temple and a walkway on the banks of the Pravara river.

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A Huge drop-down height of the waterfall!

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A large number of bee colonies are also there on the mountain walls beside the waterfall. Concerned authorities are maintaining this spot very properly. View of the waterfall region keeps on changing throughout the year. Monsoon months are best to see breathtaking sights of this waterfall.

Note: We request you to keep surroundings of waterfall neat and clean. Don’t Throw the litter and plastic into water or at random place. Kindly dump them in a proper dust bin.

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The catchment of the waterfall!

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Spots To Visit:

Following are the spots, which you can club along with your short vacation to Randha waterfall.

IMPORTANT TOURIST INFORMATION

How To Reach

The waterfall is 10 km away from Bhandardara, 74 km away from Nashik, 153 km away from Pune and 177 km from Mumbai. You can take a car right till the viewpoint of the Randha falls Bhandardara. Authorities take parking charges as Rs.20 per car.

  • By Road: It lies on the Rajur – Bhandardara Road. The distance between the waterfall and Bhandardara is just 10 km. It takes only 30-40 minutes to reach here by Car from Bhandardara town.
  • Nearest Railway Station: Igatpuri is the nearest railway station to Randha waterfall. The station is about 45 km away from Bhandardara. You can easily get private vehicles from the station till Bhandardara or waterfall.

Accommodation/ Staying Options: Bhandardara has many hotels and MTDC resort for accommodation purpose. Check availability of MTDC Resorts. You can stay in Bhandardara and plan to visit other nearby attractions mentioned above.

Restaurants Nearby/ Eating Stuff: Small stalls sell food like roasted-corn, cucumber etc. during peak season. However, you should carry food and sufficient water while visiting Randha falls Bhandardara.

Map To Reach:

Radha Falls, Bhandardara

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Randha waterfall is surely a must visit spot in Bhandardara. Do give a visit to this spot in months of July to September.

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Vihigaon Waterfall, Igatpuri: Ultimate Rappelling Spot! http://huntforspot.com/vihigoan-waterfall-rappelling-igatpuri/ Tue, 25 Jul 2017 10:37:51 +0000 http://huntforspot.com/?p=1702 Vihigaon waterfall is a favorite rappelling spot near Nashik & Mumbai. It lies close to Igatpuri town of Nashik district. Ashoka waterfall is the other [Read More Information]

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Vihigaon waterfall is a favorite rappelling spot near Nashik & Mumbai. It lies close to Igatpuri town of Nashik district. Ashoka waterfall is the other name of this spot!

Location Address: Vihigaon Village, Near Kasara, Nashik District, Maharashtra (India).

Waterfall Height: 100-120 feet.

Best Time To Visit: July to October is the only fruitful time when you can visit this waterfall. Waterfall has less water current in the rest time of the year.

Vihigaon Waterfall Information:

Also popular by name Ashoka waterfall, it is a quite less famous waterfall. It lies amidst thick forests of Vihigaon village near Igatpuri. The village is just 13 km away from towns of Kasara and Igatpuri. It is a small village where Adivasi tribes live since many centuries. The surroundings of waterfall display splendid natural beauty in months of monsoon. Nowadays, Vihigaon waterfall rappelling is also becoming popular!

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The waterfall is 59 km away from Nashik, 115 km away from Mumbai and 202 km away from Pune. Therefore, tourists from these 3 cities can have an easy 1-day picnic to this spot. This waterfall is among the top natural waterfalls in Maharashtra. Lush greenery, splashing waterfall, small streams, bird species and ponds are treat to watch!

Vihigaon Waterfall Rappelling:

The dropdown height of 100+ feet also offer opportunities of Rappelling at the waterfall. Nowadays, many adventure agencies carry our rappelling activities on this waterfall during monsoon months. It gives absolutely thrilling experience while rappelling down from the waterfall! In order to reach the base of the waterfall, you need to do a small trek from a thick forest. Overall, it is a great place to visit for all nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts.

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Ashoka waterfall is also the spot where scenes of movie “Asoka” were shot that starred Shahrukh Khan and Kareena Kapoor. Vihigaon offers an amazing option to get yourself soaked in nature!

Note: It is our humble request not to throw any plastic material or litter in the vicinity of waterfall or village. Please help to keep it in its most natural state.

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Rappelling at the waterfall!

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IMPORTANT TOURIST INFORMATION

Timings/ Opening hours of Vihigaon Waterfall: Not applicable. For your safety, please avoid entering into the waterfall during heavy rains and high flood conditions.

Time Required: It is an easy one day trip from Nashik (58 km), Mumbai (115 km) & Pune (202 km).

How To Reach Vihigaon:

  • By Road: The spot is easily accessible from National Highway-3 (Mumbai-Nashik-Agra Highway). While going from Mumbai, take a left turn 7 km ahead of Kasara. From this point, Vihigaon village is just 6 km away.
  • Nearest Railway Station: Igatpuri and Kasara are convenient rail stations to reach Vihigaon waterfall. Both stations lie on a central railway and 13 km away from the village. You can hire private vehicles from the station till the village.
  • Nearest Airport: Nashik airport (60 km) is the closest airport to Ashoka waterfall.

Entry Fee/Ticket Charges: Not applicable. Entry to the waterfall is free and is not governed by any authority.

Accommodation/ Staying Options: Plenty of hotels and resorts are available in the Igatpuri for accommodation purpose. You can choose any of them as per your convenience.

Restaurants Nearby/ Eating Stuff: Sometimes, local people sell food like roasted corn, vada-pav, and tea in the vicinity of Ashoka waterfall. However, it is advisable to carry sufficient food & water.

Map To Reach:

 

Vihigaon Falls, Igatpuri

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Vihigaon waterfall rappelling is certainly a good activity to do if you love adventure. So visit this spot and have a lot of pleasant memories for your rest of life!

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Bombay High Court, Mumbai: Beautiful Example of Gothic Architecture! http://huntforspot.com/bombay-high-court-mumbai-architecture/ Fri, 21 Jul 2017 06:16:48 +0000 http://huntforspot.com/?p=1697 Bombay high court is the highest jurisdictional body for Maharashtra & Goa. A large number of tourists visit Mumbai high court apart from people related [Read More Information]

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Bombay high court is the highest jurisdictional body for Maharashtra & Goa. A large number of tourists visit Mumbai high court apart from people related to legal cases.

Best Time To Visit: You can visit Bombay high court anytime of the year during the court timings.

Location Address: Dr. Kane Road, Near Rajabai Clock Tower, Fort area, Mumbai, Maharashtra (India) – 400 032.

Popular For: Unique Gothic Architectural Style.

Bombay High Court Information:

The structure of Mumbai high court stands in Fort area of Mumbai, Maharashtra. It acts as the institution of justice for the states of Maharashtra and Goa. This high court also serves for the Union Territories of “Div – Daman” and “Dadra & Nagar Haveli”. It is the highest body of Legal and Judicial Jurisprudence. They handle lakhs of civil & criminal cases every year.

The High Court can exercise original Jurisdiction only in the city of Mumbai. Aurangabad, Nagpur, and Panaji also have benches of the Bombay high court. It is one of the most chartered and among the oldest courts in the country. This High Court handles lakhs of civil and criminal cases every year.

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Veranda of the court building!

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Architecture & Construction

The Bombay high court is a masterpiece of Gothic style architecture. The dimensions of the building of the court measures 171-meter-long and 57 meters wide. Construction of this building took place between 1871 to 1878 and The 1st sitting took place on January 10, 1879. The building of Mumbai high court is a design of British engineer Col. JA Fuller in early English-Gothic architecture with huge towers and broad staircases.

The structure consists of black stone and is 562 feet long and 189 feet wide. Apart from the central tower, 2 octagonal towers a form structure of Bombay high court. Even statues of Justice & Mercy are situated at the top of this building which resembles the inspiration for law abiding citizens. The stained glasses of this building are as beautiful as those of Afghan Church and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus.

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Inside of the court building!

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Bombay High Court Judges

The Court has a total of 64 judges, with 48 Permanent and 16 Additional Judges (Numbers may change with time). Honorable Justice Mr. SB Bhasme is considered to be the most reputed Chief Justice of this high court till date. His hearings resulted in the favor of people. In 1979, he was posted to Supreme Court of India.

The current Chief Justice of the Bombay high court is – Honourable Mr. Justice Mohit S Shah. People can walk inside the high court building and see the pandemonium and pageantry of public cases in progress.

History

Along with the high courts of Calcutta and Madras, Bombay high court was founded as per the ‘Indian High Court Act’ of 1861 passed by the Queen of England. The 1st Chief Justice, the 1st Attorney General and the 1st Solicitor General of independent India was associated with the Bombay high court. This indicates the strong force and ability of persons serving this court. The decision given by the Mumbai high court can only be challenged in the Supreme Court of India. In 1995 when the city name changed from Bombay to Mumbai, the court kept the same historic name.

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Front view of the structure!

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IMPORTANT TOURIST INFORMATION

How To Reach

You can easily reach Mumbai high court by city transport means like taxis, buses or trains from anywhere in the city.

  • Nearest Railway Station: CST on the central railway line and Churchgate on western railway line are nearest railheads to reach the Bombay high court. You can catch taxi or BEST buses outside the station to reach up to the high court.
  • Nearest Airport: Mumbai airport is the closest airport to reach this spot. Taxis are easily available from the airport.

Court Timings: You can visit Bombay high court from Monday to Friday at any time between 11:00 am to 05:00 pm.

Eating Stuff: There are plenty of cafes & restaurants nearby high court building to have food. Popular restaurants like Fountain Sizzlers, Raju Sandwich, Kala Ghoda café, café Mondegar and The pantry are not much far from this monument!

Accommodation / Staying Options: A large number of hotels are available in Mumbai for accommodation purpose. Various deluxe, semi-deluxe and budget hotels are present in each and every part of Mumbai. You can book any of them as per your convenience.

Nearby Tourist Attractions:

Map To Reach Mumbai High Court:

 

Mumbai High Court

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Official Website:

 www.bombayhighcourt.nic.in

Bombay high court is an integral part of a history of the Mumbai as well as India. Do give a visit to this monument if you are an architecture & history lover!

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Peb Fort (Vikatgad): Pleasant Trek Route Near Matheran! http://huntforspot.com/peb-fort-trek-vikatgad-route/ Thu, 20 Jul 2017 07:32:52 +0000 http://huntforspot.com/?p=1692 Peb fort trek (or Vikatgad fort trek) is a popular trekking route near Mumbai. This trek route passes through exotic hills of Matheran and shows [Read More Information]

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Peb fort trek (or Vikatgad fort trek) is a popular trekking route near Mumbai. This trek route passes through exotic hills of Matheran and shows stunning natural beauty!

Best Time To Visit: September to January is the best time to do Peb trek. The trek route becomes slippery and dangerous in the monsoon months. Therefore, it is advisable to do Vikatgad trek after August.

Location Address: 4 km west to Neral village, on the back side of Matheran Hill Station, Near Karjat, Maharashtra (India).

Fort Elevation / Height: 2100 feet from Mean Sea Level.

Difficulty Level: Medium to Hard.

Peb Fort Information:   

Also known as Vikatgad fort, it is located on Mumbai-Pune highway, north-east to Panvel, Maharashtra. This fort offers very beautiful one-day trek from Mumbai as well as Pune. The fort is surrounded by thick forest & way to the top of the fort passes through this dense forest. Peb fort trek route lies at an elevation of 2100 feet from mean sea level & gives outstanding panoramic views of the surrounding Sahyadri Mountain Range.

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Trek route via Matheran Toy Train Track!

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Vikatgad fort is located next to the Matheran Plateau. After starting from Fanaswadi village, the trek ends at the Matheran Hill Station. Therefore, you can also explore the hill station after overnight stay over there. There is also a temple of Swami Samartha right on the peak of the mountain. It’s small in size and has Paduka (footwear) of Swami Samrtha.

Vikatgad History

The Peb fort was named after the Goddess Pebi and VikatGad fort due to a shape of the mountain like Elephant Headed ‘Ganesha’. Caves have various meditation chambers carved out from the rock inside the mountain. Disciples of Shree Swami Samartha take care of these caves. The fort is completely in ruins. Today, it only has one Bastion towards the Panorama point of Matheran.

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Temple of Swami Samartha at the top!

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A narrow passage and a down climb take you to the meditation chamber. The chamber has good tile flooring to sit down and meditate. Legend says that this is the place where Lord Ganesha fall from his mouse and the moon laughed at him. There are some caves on the fort, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj used these caves for storage of grains!

Peb Fort Trek Route

There are 2 trek routes to this fort. 1st trek route starts from the Fanaswadi village near Neral railway station. This is a very beautiful trek in Monsoon season as you pass through various splashing waterfalls, rock patches, caves, dense green forest, ridge walking etc. Trek to the fort is easy having a few difficult patches like the small rock patch and a ladder. You can get eye pleasing views of Matheran Hills, Chanderi Fort (Badlapur), Kalavantin & Prabalgad Fort (Panvel) and Malanggad Fort (Kalyan) from the top of Vikatgad fort

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Stunning view from the fort top!

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It is highly advisable to take a local guide from Fanaswadi if you are traveling here the first time. The route has few tricky patches, which confuses many people. A local guide takes about 500 rupees for their assistance. 2nd trek route starts from the Dodhani village on the Panvel side. You can catch ST buses or private vehicles from Panvel to Dodhani village (20 km away). You can witness a fantastic view of the Neral, Karjat and Panvel region from Peb fort trek route.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

How To Reach:

  • Nearest Railway Station: Neral station on the Central Railway line is the nearest railhead to reach the Vikatgad fort. Auto-rickshaws are available from the station to Fanaswadi. It takes 15 minutes to cover the distance between station & base village. Auto-rickshaw drivers take Rs.20 per seat (As on July 2017).
  • Nearest Airport: Mumbai Airport is the nearest airport to Peb fort.

Eating Stuff / Restaurants: You can have your food either at Neral station or at Matheran. Carry your own food & enough water while going on this trek. There are no sources of food or water in the whole trek route. The trek route ends at Matheran, where many restaurants are available to have food!

Accommodation / Staying Options: There are few caves at the top of the Vikatgad fort, which can accommodate around 10 people. You can spot these caves while ascending from the Fanaswadi side. Otherwise, you can stay in Matheran where plenty of hotels are available.

Places To See: Caves, Datt Mandir, Prati Girnar, Ganesh Temple, Shiva Temple.

Map To Reach:

Vikatgad Peb Fort

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So overall, Peb fort or Vikatgad fort offers you an amazing trek near Mumbai and Pune. However, first timers should not forget to take a guide from base village!

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