Vasota fort trek is one of the best trek routes in Maharashtra. Passing through untouched natural beauty during this trek gives you an unforgettable experience!
Best Time To Do Vasota Trek: July to February is the best time to do Vasota fort trek.
Location: Near Bamnoli, Western side of Satara district, Maharashtra (India).
Vasota Fort Trek Information
The impregnable fort of Vasota is situated near Bamnoli in Satara district of Maharashtra. It is also known as Vyaghragad and is located at an elevation of 3,842 feet from mean sea level. Vasota fort is popular for its adventurous & thrilling trek through the thick forest surrounded by a river. During the 16th century, this fort was under the rule of Maratha’s, Shirke’s and More’s. Shivaji Maharaj took charge of this fort in 1665.[caption id="attachment_877" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Journey through backwaters![/caption]
Fort is located in beautiful thick woods and is surrounded by lake water on its 3 sides. Vasota fort trek is considered as one of the best treks in Maharashtra. As the fort is standing amidst dense Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary, Vasota trek gives memorial experience. Trekkers can also visit the Babu Kada and old Vasota from this fort.
Vasota fort trek route goes through the dense jungle so it is recommended to stay in one group instead of scattering in small-small groups. People get easily mislead in this thick forest. And do remember that there are many wild creatures like Leopards, Tigers, Wild buffaloes, Sloth Bears & Wild Dogs in this jungle. Vasota trek takes about 3 hours to reach atop the fort.
While trekking, one can see magnificent panoramic views of the Shivsagar lake and Koyna dam region in the background. This trek is a nice route for new trekkers and especially for photographers. The temples of Lord Shiva and Chandkai are also there at the top where 5 to 6 people can stay. The spectacular view of Koyna dam backwaters and Sahyadri Mountain Range from the top of Vasota fort trek route is simply amazing. The calmness of this place gives you sensational inner peace as well. This is a perfect spot for adventure activities & memorable camping!
This fort was initially constructed by a king of Kolhapur – Shilahara Raja Bhoja II (1178–1193). The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj captured in this fort in 1660. He renamed the fort as “Vyaghragad” (Vyaghra= Tiger in Marathi) due to its solid natural defense. Bajirao Peshwe took the charge of this fort later on. At last British rulers damaged this fort very badly in 1818 with the help of heavy artillery. There are remains of few old buildings, fort bastions, fortification walls and water cisterns at the top of the fort.
How To Reach Vasota
To reach the base of Vasota fort trek, one has to take the boat from Tapola or Bamnoli. You can reach Satara by taking train or ST bus.Now reach Bamnoli from Satara (35kms) by bus. From Bamnoli, get the boat to fort base which takes about 1.5 hours. One way cost of per boat is about Rs. 400/- irrespective of a number of people.
You can reach here from Chiplun also. Chiplun can be reached by direct ST buses from all major cities in Maharashtra. Tivare and Choravne are connected by ST buses to Chiplun from where you can get boats. 3 hours are required to reach atop the fort from a base.
- Nearest Railway Station: One can reach this fort via Chiplun, Khed or Satara railway stations which are respectively 23kms, 31 kms and 35 kms away from the fort.
- Nearest Airport: Pune airport and Mumbai airport are the nearest airports to this fort. Distance to Pune and Mumbai airport is respectively 235 kms and 276 kms.
Eating Stuff: As this fort is there inside a dense forest, you will not get anything to eat over here. So carry enough food & water along with you.
Staying Options During Vasota Fort Trek: You can either stay at Chiplun or Bamnoli. Tent accommodation is provided by forest department at both these places. There is also a cave at Nageshwar where 6 to 8 people can stay. Nageshwar temple can also accommodate about 20 to 25 people.
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