Lohagad fort, situated along the Sahyadri hills was one of the important forts which was strategically used by Chatrapathi Shivaji. During monsoons the hill top is mostly covered by mist and clouds and this makes it extremely beautiful place to trek. This is at a distance of 11km from Lonavala and 114km from Mumbai. It is parched at an altitude of 1050m, built by Guru Govind sigh to serve as a prison. The fort is designed in the shape of a scorpion’s tail which is popularly known as the ‘vinchu kata’ structure and has four entrances all named after Hindu deities. The greenery offered by the fort will capture your heart forever. The hill top view covers Kharla, Bhaja caves and Pawna Lake. The Durgaah is another major site inside the fort of Lohagad.
Sinhagad means Lion’s fort! This is a fort located in the southwest of Pune city. Previously it was called as Kondana and it has been a site for one of the important battles that took place in 1671 CE. The fort is believed to be built around 2000 years ago. The fort is located on an isolated cliff of the Bhuleshwar range of Sahyadri Mountains, 1312 m above sea level. It contains Kaundinyeshwar temple, a memorial to Tanaji, Tomb of Rajaram, Lokmanya Tilak Smark, Amruteshwar temple and Devtake. The fort premises also have military stables, brewery and a Kali temple. The fort also serves as a training centre for National Defence academy, Khadakwasla. And to make it more delightful one can drive their vehicle all the way up to the fort parking area and save your energy.
Rajmachi trek is one of the best trek places near Mumbai and Pune. With the breath taking greenery and scenic beauty, it consists of two citadels namely Shrivardhan and Maharajan Forts. The fort complex consists of huge ramparts, strong walls, massive gateways, residential units, water reservoirs, administrative centres and secret exit gates.in rainy season the region looks more beautiful with many waterfalls, streams and lush green forests. There are beautiful ancient Buddhist caves known as Kondhane caves which are situated on the Western side of Rajmachi plateau, which are believed to be carved in 200 BC. What else do you need? Camping in Rajmachi trek is a perfect weekend plan probably because of the long trek.
At a distance of 66km from Mumbai lies the beautiful Irshalgad fortress between Matheran and Panvel. It is a twin fort to Prabalgad. The area of the fort is not large but there is several water tanks cut from rocks to add to the beauty. Irshalgad pinnacle is accessible by a 3km trek and takes about 1.5 hrs and the trek starts from the Karja village all the way up to Irshalwadi, passing through steeps and tapers on the way. But, to reach the pinnacle one has to have essentially born the rock climbing equipment. The top of the peak offers the view of Matheran, Prabalgad, Chanderi, Malanggad, Karnala and Manikgad.
Rajgad is one of the most popular and ancient hill forts lying in the Sahyadri range. It was the capital of the Maratha Empire during the rule of Chatrapathi Shivaji Maharaja for 25 years, before moving the capital to Raigad fort. The Rajgad fort was built with the treasure found on the adjacent Torna fort. The fort is an example of splendid design and architecture. It is divided into 4 parts namely Padmavati Machi, Suvela Machi, Sanjeevani Machi and Balekilla Machi. The diameter of the base of the fort is 40km. The starts from Pali village and it may approximately take 2 hours to reach the fort.
Well, we have gone ahead and listed some of the most beautiful treks in and around Mumbai! Now, it is your time to pack your bags and start exploring these adventurous places. Happy hiking!