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Mahuli

Grade : Moderate

Region : Asangaon

Base village : Mahuli

Landmark : Shahpur

Number of Routes : 2

Highest Altitude : 2815 Feet (858m)

Trek Duration : 3.5 hours ascend, 3 hours descend

Surrounding Peaks : Bhandar Durg, Palasgad

Ideal Season : June to September


Major Attarction :

Mahadarwaja, Caves, Ladder to Reach the Top, Two Water Cistern, Water stream at the Base.


Peaks within the Mountain :

Bhandar Durg and Palasgad


Water Sources : 

Small Water Reservoir at Top. However water is not potable at times hence it is recommended to carry water from Base Village itself.


History Info :

Era :

The creator of this fort is unknown. In 1485 this place came under rule of Malik Ahmed who was the founder of Nijamshahi.

Brief War History :

When Shahaji Raje became the secretary of Nijamshahi, Adilshahi and Mughals of Delhi together tried to end Nijamshahi. In the year 1635-36, in difficult circumstances Shahaji Raje transferred himself with Jijabai and Shivaji to Mahuli. Khan Jaman, son of Mahabat Khan beleaguered this fort. Shahaji Raje asked for help to Portuguese. They refused and Shahaji Raje surrendered himself. Shivaji took this fort from Mughals on 8 Jan 1658. In 1661 it was given back and was won again by Shivrai. In treaty of Purandar, in 1665, Marathas lost these forts again. The Moghal sardar Manohardas Gaud was the in charge of this fort. He did much construction on the fort. In Feb 1670, Shivaji Maharaj tried to conquer Mahuli, but failed. Thousand of Marathas were killed by Moghals. It was a bad blow to Marathas. Even after this victory, Manohardas Gaud, the chief of the fort gave up his position and a new chief Alveerdi Beg was appointed. On 16 June 1670, after two months, Moropant Pingle conquered the forts and Mahuli, Bhandargad and Palasgad became part of Swarajya.

Peb (Vikatgad)

Grade : Moderate

Region : Matheran

Base village : Anandwadi/Fanaswadi

Landmark : Neral

Number of Routes : 1

Highest Altitude : 2100 Feet (640m)

Trek Duration : 4 Hours ascend, 1 hour descend, 1.5 hours walk

Surrounding Peaks : Nakhind

Ideal Season : June to September


Major Attarction :

360 View and Temple at Top, Caves, Descend through Ladder, Walk on Forest covered Toy Train Rail Track and View of Kadyavarcha Ganpati


Water Sources :

There is a small water tank near the caves. However water is not potable at times hence it is recommended to carry water from Base Village itself.


History Info :

Ancient Name & Meaning (if any) :

It is assumed that this fort derived its name Peb from the ‘Goddess Pebi’ at the base of the fort. Historical references clearly indicate that Shivaji Maharaj used the caves on the fort as silos for grain storage. It is also known as Vikatgad.

Rajmachi

Grade : Moderate

Region : Karjat-Lonavala

Base village : Kondivade

Landmark : Kondana Caves

Number of Routes : 2

Highest Altitude : 3600 Feet (1097m)

Trek Duration : 4-5 hours ascend, 4 hours descend

Surrounding Peaks : Dhak Bahiri

Ideal Season : July to September


Major Attarction :

Kondana Caves, Small Waterfall Near Kondana Caves (only in heavy rains), Shriwardhan and Manoranjan Forts, Udaysagar Lake, Ancient Shiva Temple and View of Kataldhar Waterfall


Peaks within the Mountain :

Shriwardhan Fort and Manoranjan Fort


Water Sources : 

Water stream near Kondana Caves from Karjat route and other small water streams. However water is not potable at times hence it is recommended to carry water from Base Village itself.


Special thing about structure/route :

Rajmachi Trek consists of 2 independent fort, Shriwardhan and Manoranjan Fort, you will come across ancient Kondana Caves if you trek from Karjat Route.


Visapur

Grade : Easy

Region : Lonavala

Base village : Malavli

Landmark : Loanavala

Number of Routes : 2

Highest Altitude : 3038 Feet (926m)

Trek Duration : 3 Hours Ascend, 1.5 hour descend

Surrounding Peaks : Lohagad, Tikona

Ideal Season : June to September


Major Attarction :

Waterfall through the Stairs, Hidden Waterfall at Base, View of Lohagad, Tikona Forts,


Water Sources :

Small water streams along the way in Monsoon Season


Special thing about structure/route :

The main characteristic of this fort is the strong fortification built on a large plateau, to make it one of the strongest forts. A large plateau of this size is found on many less forts. It is difficult to fire cannons on the fort due to its position. We can see the injuries of destruction caused by Mughals and British on Bhaje caves, but this has not affected Visapur much. The long stretched ramparts fascinate us. On this same plateau we can see a huge stone wheel. It was used for grinding the mixture of lime, jaggery & lead. This mixture was used as cementing material for building purposes. The wheel was driven by bulls, and is the big one of its kind.

 

History Info :

Era :

Lohgad and Visapur lay in Nane Maval. This region came under Nizamshahi after dissolution of Bahmani rule.

Brief War History :

 It went into the hands of Mughals in the treaty of Mahuli, between Shahajiraje and Mughals. Seeing that the Mughals were not able to keep a control over the region, Shivaji Maharaj captured almost all the forts here till 1660. However, he lost the fort again to Mughals in the treaty of Purandar in 1665. However Aurangzeb broke the treaty. In 1682, Shahbuddin, a Mughal Sardar invaded the region, and killed 60 Marathas in an anguish. However Marathas escaped to Visapur. They were chased, but moved in time to the village of Kusapur. On 4th march 1818 Colonel Prother captured Visapur, and the next day Lohgad fell into his hands. The mountain of Visapur is significant, as Bhaje caves have been carved out in the same mountain. The destruction caused by Mughals and English is clearly evident from the injuries on the Bhaje caves. These beautiful caves could have been bombarded by cannon balls, because much of their part has been broken.

Vasota

Grade : Moderate

Region : Satara

Base village : Bamnoli

Landmark : Koyna Backwaters

Number of Routes : 1

Highest Altitude : 4267 Feet (1301m)

Trek Duration : 1 Hour Boat ride and 3 Hours Trek one way

Surrounding Peaks : Nageshwar

Ideal Season : November to February


Major Attarction :

Dense Jungle Trail, Babukada, Koyna Backwater Boat ride, Mahadev Temple, Bamnoli Lakeside Camping


Water Sources : 

Before the start of the boat ride fill your water bottles


Special thing about structure/route :

A fascinating cliff named Babukada, shaped like the letter ‘U’ that reminds us of Konkan Kada of Harishchandragad. The mountain seen in front of Babukada is the Old Vasota. No way exists now that takes us to this fort. In addition there is an acute shortage of water. Also presence of wild animals in the area keeps the trekkers away from this fort.


History Info :

Ancient Name & Meaning (if any) :

Vasota, which according to the ‘Dnyaneshwari’ means a resting place. This fort is also known by the name of Vyaghragad.

Era :

We have to go back to the times of Sage Vasishtha to know how exactly old is the fort. It’s believed that a disciple of Vasishtha, a sage by the name Agasti, came to reside on a mountain on the banks of river Koyana. He named the mountain after his mentor. Later the mountain was fortified and converted into a military station. In the course of time, fort Vasishtha was pronounced as ‘Vasota’.


This fort is believed to belong to the Shilahar dynasty era, and probably named Vasota due to the name Vasantgad given to it during that era.


Brief War History :
According to ancient scriptures Shivaji Maharaj took Vasota after his successful raid on Javli region. But it is untrue. Shivaji Maharaj took Javli and other forts in the Konkan region but Vasota eluded him. When Shivaji Maharaj was trapped on Panhalgad he dispatched a battalion from his main army and won Vasota on June 6, 1660. Later in 1679, 26,000 rupees were found on the fort. Among the prisoners caught in 1661 in Rajapur, Faren and Samuel were kept imprisoned on the fort.

Later in 1706, Tai Telini brought the fort under her control. The very next year Peshwa Senapati Bapu Gokhale fought with her. After 8-10 months of intense battle, Bapu Nadkarni conquered the fort.

Sunset Point

Grade : Easy

Region : Panvel

Base village :  Dodhane

Landmark : Matheran

Number of Routes : 1

Highest Altitude : 2625 Feet (800m)

Trek Duration : 1 Hour walk in Matheran, 2 hours descend (No Climb)

Surrounding Peaks : One Tree Hill, Sondai

Ideal Season : June to February (Monsoon months are good weather wise and Winter months for clear views)


Major Attarction :

Forest Walk in Matheran, View of different Mountain Ranges from Sunset Point, No Climb-Descend only trek


Water Sources : 

Matheran and Dodhani Village


Special thing about structure/route :

This trek can be done almost throughout the year, also in monsoon season one can combine this trek with a visit to Dodhani Waterfall

Andharban

Grade : Moderate

Region : Tamhini Ghat

Base village : Pimpri Dam (Start Point), Patnus (End Point)

Landmark : Bhira Dam

Number of Routes : 1

Trek Duration : 5-6 hours walk, 1.5 hours descend

Surrounding Peaks : Devkund

Ideal Season : August End and September (Avoid this Trek if it is raining heavily)


Major Attarction :

Dense Forest Walk, Multiple Small Water Streams along the way, View of Bhira Dam, Start from Pimpri Dam.


Water Sources : 

Multiple water streams throughout the trek

One Tree Hill

Grade : Easy

Region : Karjat

Base village :  Ambewadi

Landmark : Morbe Dam

Number of Routes : 1

Highest Altitude : 2625 Feet (800m)

Trek Duration : 3 hours ascend, 2 hours walk

Surrounding Peaks : One Tree Hill, Sondai

Ideal Season : June to September


Major Attarction :

View of Morbe Dam, Huge Plateau near Top, Peaceful forest walk in Matheran, Small waterfall near the top (only if it rains heavily)


Water Sources : 

Well at the start point of trek and shops near one tree hill point at Matheran after reaching top, where you will get water.


Special thing about structure/route :

One Tree Hil is famous for the small peak with a single tree, which remains risky to be climbed and hence that point on trek is just for the view and one should avoid climbing it.

Bhimashankar

Grade : Moderate

Region : Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary

Base village : Khandas

Landmark : Karjat

Number of Routes : 2

Highest Altitude : 3390 Feet (1035m)

Trek Duration : 4-5 hours ascend, 4 hours descend

Surrounding Peaks : Padargad, Siddhagad, Kothaligad

Ideal Season : July to September


Major Attarction :

Bhimashankar Jyotirling Temple, Gupt Bhimashankar Waterfall, Thrilling Ladder Climb by Shidi Ghat, Panoramic View of Waterfalls


Peaks within the Mountain :

Nagfani Point, Padargad


Water Sources : 

Multiple water streams throughout the trek


Special thing about structure/route :

Shidi Ghat route is famous for it's thrilling patches, ladders and waterfalls.

 

History Info :

Bhimashankar Jyotirling Temple is one of the 12 Jyotirlings spread across India.


Gambhirgad

Grade : Moderate

Region : Palghar

Base village : Patilwadi

Landmark : -

Number of Routes : 1

Highest Altitude : 2250 Feet (686m)

Trek Duration : 3 hours ascend, 2.5 hours descend

Surrounding Peaks : -

Ideal Season : June to February (Monsoon months are good weather wise and Winter months for clear views)


Major Attarction :

Small Water Stream at the Start of Trek, 360 View from Top, Offbeat Forest Trail and Small Temple at Top


Water Sources :

There are 4-6 water tanks. Only one water tanks offer potable water but a rope is required for the same. However water is not potable at times hence it is recommended to carry water from Base Village itself.


Special thing about structure/route :

On the left side of the fort one can certainly see evidences of now extinct curtain wall. Also small pinncle like structure near top.


History Info :

Not much is know about the History of this fort but it was used as watchtower to protect nearby trade route.

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