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15 Monsoon Trekking Destinations That Every Mumbaikar Loves

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Monsoon is just around the corner, and trekking is back on the list of things to do outside. We present 15 destination near Mumbai to explore this monsoon.

15 Monsoon Trekking Destinations That Every Mumbaikar Loves:

  1. Matheran (Maharashtra)
  2. Harishchandragad Fort, Malshejghat (Maharashtra)
  3. Karjat (Maharashtra)
  4. Sinhagad Fort, Pune (Maharashtra)
  5. Lohagad Fort, Lonavala (Maharashtra)
  6. Raigad Fort, Raigad (Maharashtra)
  7. Mount Kalsubai, Bhandardara (Maharashtra)
  8. Tikona Fort, Lonavala (Maharashtra)
  9. Shivneri Fort, Junnar (Maharashtra)
  10. Rajmachi Fort, Khandala (Maharashtra)
  11. Ratangad Fort, Bhandardara (Maharashtra)
  12. Pune (Maharashtra)
  13. Rajgad Fort, Pune (Maharashtra)
  14. Korigad Fort, Khandala (Maharashtra)
  15. Bhimashanker (Maharashtra)

1. Kalavantin Durg

Kalavantin Durgsource: treksandtrails.org

Deemed as one of the world’s most dangerous fortresses Kalavantin Durg is located between Matheran and Panvel in Western Ghats. Kalavantin Durg is just 49.7 km away from Matheran and can be reached via MH SH 79. Just before Prabalmachi, you can see the idols of Lord Ganesh and Lord Hanuman carved in wall itself.

Vipul Shah: The hotel is even more beautiful than what is shown in photographs on website. Very friendly hotel staff and hotel ambience is a good, combination of retro and modern look. Spacious and peaceful with lots of greenery and other facilities.

Tip: Carry extra drinking water while scaling Kalavantin Durg as it has no source of water near Kalavantin Durg.

2. Harishchandragad Fort

Harishchandragad Fortsource: wikimedia.org

Famous for its marvellous natural beauty, tough trek trails and the beautiful Konkan Kada. Harishchandragad Fort is deemed as a trekker's paradise by many as you can do rappelling, rock climbing & valley crossing in the one trek itself.

Niharika Modi: The location of this resort is prime with breathtaking valley views. It's located on a plateau on the ghats and no shops, restaurants can be traced for next 15-20 kms. Rooms are huge with big balconies and almost all amenities to enjoy your stay at this peaceful location.

Fun fact: Go towards Harishchandreshwar Temple where you'll find a huge cave of Kedareshwar, which holds a big Shiva Linga, which is completely surrounded by water. Supported by four pillars that depict the four yugas of men, three pillars have broken down and according to the local folklore when the fourth pillar breaks, the world will come to an end.

3. Kothaligad Fort

Kothaligad Fortsource: mumbaitravellers.in/

Kothaligad Fort is a great option to trek in the monsoon near Mumbai, located to east of the Karjat near Karjat-Murbad Road. There is a small temple and large cave at the base and a chimney like tunnel to the top of the fort.  

Swati D: This resort is perfect for a weekend away from Mumbai. The cottages are fabulous, spacious with decent furniture and interiors! The pool is big and clean. The property is big with ample of greenery and space to chill!

4. Sinhagad Fort

Sinhagad Fortsource: wikimedia.org

The Sinhagad fort though now in ruins has many a tale of courage to tell. Sinhagad Fort is just 25 kms south of Pune perched on a steep hill which used to be called the Kondana hill.

Vikram Keshwani: Loved the stay and hospitality. Staff were good, hotel and room was clean. Their in-house restaurants have good food. Swimming pool area was well-equipped with towels in case required. Overall, a wonderful stay and highly recommended.

Tip: Try the 'Pitla Bhakri' and 'Kandha Bhajji' or ‘Zhunka Bhakri’ at the entrance or inside the fort.

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5. Lohagad

Lohagadsource: bhramanti365.in

Lohagad trek is one of the easiest treks ideal for beginners and the trek route to Lohagad is more of an easy hike that involves no climbing with stairs at the end of the trail leading to the fort.

Nalin Sampat: This is an oldish hotel which we have been frequenting for years. It has continued to maintain its charm even as other options have sprung up. The staff is well trained and professional. The rooms are large and there is ample parking. The food is good too and served round the clock.

Tip: The roads and trails leading to the fort are quite slippery during monsoon and precautions are necessary to be taken while venturing the routes.

6. Raigad Fort

Raigad Fortsource: mumbaitravellers.in

Raigad is constructed on an irregular wedge-shaped mass of rock at an altitude of 2,700 feet above sea level. There are approximately 1737 steps leading to the fort, though an ropeway exists now to reach the top of the fort.

Gaurav Sinha: I stayed at Visava Motel with my family in December 14. It was truly a very refreshing experience. The playground area was well utilized by my 4 yr daughter. The night walk in the garden was really serene. The room was very cosy and with all the amenities.

Tip: Those without any prior experience of trekking can opt for the ropeway that will take you directly to the top of the fort.

7. Kalsubai

Kalsubaisource: allevents.in

Kalsubai Temple is located at the topmost peak of Sahyadri mountain range. The main route to summit starts from the village of Bari which is about 6 km from Bhandardara.

Ashish Shetty: The sight from rooms was mind blowing. The climate and the breeze was excellent. The night time bonfire in the lawns opposite my room listening to old music and relaxing was rejuvenating. The tribal dance in evening was very entertaining. The rooms were clean.

Tip: To reach Bari, one has to travel to Igatpuri on the Mumbai Nasik route.

8. Tikona Fort

Tikona Fortsource: trekkerpedia.com

Tikona Fort, also known as Triangle fort, is located at an altitude of 3633 feet above sea level. This fort encloses numerous Buddhist caves and Satavahana caves with a temple of 'Trimbakeshwar Mahadev' inside.

Malcolm Baracho: Any future visit to Lonavala, will go back to Avion. Everything was just perfect from the room to the amenities. The swimming pool was clean. The food was excellent and pretty reasonable so was the spread for breakfast and there was a variety of dishes. In short, value for money.

Tip: You can choose between the two paths to enter this fort from two villages, Tikona Peth and Javan, which are small hamlets located close to the fort.

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9. Shivneri Fort

Shivneri Fortsource: cityblogger.com

Located at a spot with natural defenses such as steep rocks, it was considered tough for enemies to attack the fort. The fort lies in the midst of fertile lands with lush greenery. The architecture and artistry of the fort attract many visitors.

Abhinav Maheshwari: In today's time, it's very difficult to find a budget hotel with all facilities but if you are in Junnar, then you can opt for hotel Platinum and you will get all facilities in a cheap price. Hotel had big rooms, clean and arranged. Food offered by hotel is also delicious and room service was quick.

10. Rajmachi Fort

Rajmachi Fortsource: wikimedia.org

Rajmachi fort is a strategic fort overlooking Borghat (ghat between Mumbai and Pune), which was a historical trade route. Rajmachi peak has two fortified structures – the Shrivardhan fort and Manaranjan fort.

Basit Parker: Satya Health Farm is a perfect place for a weekend to spend some time in a silent environment, away from the hustle of the city. Do visit the place if you like to spend time with nature in Peace. You can go early morning and stay at the place. Then trek to Rajmachi Fort, return in the evening, rest at the farm and go back home.

Tip: Rajmachi can be reached by 2 ways, the tough route from Kondivade village near Karjat and the other easy but long way route from Lonavala.  

11. Ratangad

Ratangadsource: indiantravels.com

There are numerous trekking trails near Ratangad, from where you can get beautiful view of the valley in the Sahyadri Mountain Range. Ratangad is at the banks of Bhandardara Lake of Ahmednagar district.

Soly Sachin: The hotel location was good. The staffs were very friendly and well mannered and quick to respond. The room provided was spacious, clean and well maintained. The appearance was fine. There were varieties of foods available and the hotel was good.

Route: About an hour's journey to Bhandardara phata at Waranghuse. About an hour's journey to Bhandardara phata at Waranghuse. Take a local jeep to Shendi. From here about an hour long walk lead to village Moshood on the banks of Bhandardara from where boat is available to cross the lake.

Tip: Be careful of the Pravara River as it oftens floods during monsoon.

12. Tornagad

Tornagadsource: meetupstatic.com

The main path to Torna starts from there, and local people can help with directions. The way to the top is moderate to difficult, with some precautions to be taken in the rainy season. It is a two or three hour climb to the "Bini Darwaja", the main entrance to the fort.  

Prabhjyot Singh: The Oakwood serviced apartments is one hotel I really look forward to visit next time and again. It gives me plenty of room to relax and experience the luxury.The food is perfect the ambiance is rich. Cosy clean pool, lovely gym and amazing breakfast!

Tip: Alternatively, there is a pleasant and interesting ridge walk of 5–6 hours from the fort at Rajgad. This starts from "Alu Darwaja" of Rajgad, near the left side of "Sanjeevani Machi", and ends at Torna Fort "Budhla Machi".

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13. Rajgad

Rajgadsource: bhramanti365.in

The Rajgad is located at a height of 4250 feet and offer spectacular view of the Sahyadri mountains. The highest point of Rajgad is Balekilla. It’s a single day trek but to cover the entire fort you need to do a 2-3 days.

Kalyani Karandikar: We were seeking a relaxing weekend not too far from the city. We got what we wanted at Sayaji. The experience was excellent right from the beginning. The personalised service, (the floor butler, the room service etc) was a great comfort. The massage at the Spa was also very rejuvenating.

Tip: Carry plenty of water and energy drinks as the trek is tiring.

14. Korigad Fort

Korigad Fortsource: wikimedia.org

The base village of the fort is Peth-Shahpur or Ambivali around 20 kms from Aamby valley. There are two large ponds on this fort and ahead of them are two caves. Here you can see the idol of lord Vishnu.

Faisal: Fantastic stay at the hotel, total peace, excellent staff, very hygienic rooms and excellent food. Very good view from the lawns, various outdoor activities like badminton court, table tennis, children play area. In the resort, truly a great experience.

Tip: To reach keep driving till Peth Shahpur village. Parking is provided in village. You can also hire cabs from lonavala. The Aamby Valley buses from Lonavala bus station are also available.

15. Bhimashankar

Bhimashankarsource: adventures365.in

An abode to rich wildlife and vegetation, these dense forests lining the Western Ghats also offer a clear view of the beautiful surroundings. Other than the natural scenery, Bhimashankar is exclusively popular among tourists for trekking, birdwatching and other adventure activities.

Sridhar: We went in May first week of 2015- to visit Bhimashankar- Resort has minimum facilities but maximum nature. It was very nice in the evening and night also in the early morning. You can book a trek in the forest with guide and watch flying squirrel . Food was good in the restaurant.

Tip: From Karjat station you need to travel to Khandas village, which is around 40 kms away, either by ST bus or tumtums, plying between Khandas and Kashele. There are 2 routes namely Ganesh Ghat and Shidi (ladder) route to choose from.

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