Here’s all you need to know about these 24 trekking destinations near Mumbai

Would you like to just sit at home and have a hot cup of coffee when it’s raining outside? Or you are from the lot who would rather venture outdoors and have fun? If you are from the latter lot, these destinations are your cup of Coffee. Trekking is best experienced in Monsoon and why travel far away when you have some amazing monsoon trekking destinations to go near your hometown itself. Here we bring you a list of trekking destinations near Mumbai which are worth visiting. So hop into your trekking shoes and have the best one day trips you can ever imagine.

Trekking Destinations Near Mumbai

1. Lohagad-Visapur Fort Trek

The lush greenery of this place is worth seeing. The carpet of flowers are the next beautiful thing. Lohagad is one from the many forts of Maharashtra. Literally meaning the Iron Fort, Lohagad is a regularly visited fort by trekkers for a one day trekking trip near Mumbai. The fort is clouded and misty during monsoons and is full of wet moss. The trails are a bit slippery so make sure you have a sure footed walk on it. Visapur fort was built after Lohagad and is on a higher level than Lohagad.  

Lohagad Fort View
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Distance from Mumbai:  92.5 km via NH4

Difficulty level: Medium

Base Village: Bhaja

How to Reach Lohagad-Visapur Fort

Take a train to Pune and get down at Malavli, the next station to Lonavala. Then you can walk till the Bhaja Village which is at a 3 km distance. You further walk and come to the trek road leading to Lohagad. After you start the trek from Bhaja Village, you come across the Lohagad Wadi which is a village from where the steps to the fort start.

Things you must see

The fort has 4 entrances namely; The Ganesh Darwaja, The Narayan Darwaja, The Hanuman Darwaja,The Maha Darwaja. The highlight of the fort is the ‘Vinchu Kata’ . The fort has an excellent view of the scenery around and you can also visit the Bhaja Caves where in you can see Buddhist Stupas.

Vinchu Kata
The Vinchu Kata Source: whistlingtrails.com

You should  visit the nearby Visapur Fort. Visapur fort has a well which legend says was built by the Pandavas. You can have a sumptuous meal at the Sai Hotel. Zunka Bhakar is a delicious dish worth a try.

Visapur Fort
Visapur Fort Source: lonavala-guide.com

2. Rajmachi Fort Trek

Overlooking the historical trade route named Borghat, the Rajmachi Fort is a royal sight. Captured by Shivaji Maharaj in 1967, the fort is 2710 ft above sea level. It is a must visit place for trekkers and so is in our list of trekking destinations near Mumbai. It has two fortresses , on the east side is the Shrivardhan fort and on the west is Manaranjan fort. The fort is a treasure of temples, giant ramparts, and ancient water tank structures.

Rajmachi Fort
Rajmachi Fort
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Distance from Mumbai : 94.1 km via NH4

Difficulty Level: Easy

Base Village: Tungarli

How to reach Rajmachi Fort

The Rajmachi trek route is accessible by two ways: one through Lonavala and other through Karjat. From Lonavla you start the trek from Tungarli village and through Karjat you start it from the Kondivade  village.

Of the above two routes, the Karjat route is the shorter one. From Kondivade, take the route via Kharvandi village to reach Rajmachi in 5 hours.

To reach Rajmachi by road it takes 2 hours or you can take a train to Karjat.

Things you must see

You can visit the Kondana caves. You can also do camping at the fort. Rajmachi Rural Aid and Development Programme is an NGO which has 2 dormitories at the Udhewadi village so you have the option to stay over night. The rates are quite cheap too.

Kondana Caves
Kondana Caves
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3. Mahuli Fort Trek

With loads of pinnacles and cisterns, Mahuli fort is a trekker’s paradise. It is 2815 ft above the sea level and the highest fort in Thane region. The fort was created by Mughals and later in 1658 it was taken over by Shivaji Maharaj. Considered as the highest point in Thane, this trek is a must go for the adventure junkie and is a fun place in the rains. Adding to this if you like climbing then this place has no shortage of options.

Mahuli fort
Mahuli fort
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Distance from Mumbai : 70 km via NH3

Difficulty Level: Medium

Base Village: Mahuli

How to reach Mahuli Fort

From Asangaon station , a 5km walk will take you to Mahuli. The whole route is properly marked so there are not much hassles.

Things you must see

Other than the fort you can be lucky to witness a waterfall too.

Waterfall at Mahuli
Waterfall at Mahuli
Source: Flickr by Mahuli Agro Tourism

Mahuli Fort trek Package

4. Prabalgad Fort Trek

With its pinnacle hidden in clouds, this is one beautiful trek you can choose to go on. Located between Matheran and Panvel,Situated on a height of 2320 ft, Parbalgad is a hill fort with mesmerizing views. Initially the fort was built to keep a watch on two forts , namely, Kalyan Fort and Panvel Fort. It was earlier known as Muranjan and later was renamed by Shivaji. Often confused with Kalavanti Durg, both Prabalgad and Kalavantin are different forts. Kalavantin lies to the north of Prabalgad and is quite steep.

Kalavantin and Prabalgad Fort
Kalavantin and Prabalgad Forts
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Distance from Mumbai :  48.5 km via Sion-Panvel Expy.

Difficulty Level: Easy

Base Village: Thakurwadi

How to reach Prabalgad Fort

You can take a train to Panvel. After reaching there you can avail the bus or the rickshaw service to the base village, Thakurwadi.

Things you must see

You can also visit the Bhavani Temple and Zenith Falls.

Zenith falls
Zenith falls
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5. Kalsubai Peak Trek

The highest peak in the Sahyadris range, located in the Ahmednagar district, at 1646 m the majestic Kalsubai commands a breathtaking view. Kalsubai is a beautiful trekking destination accessible from Mumbai. The Kalsubai legend is very interesting to hear. It is said that Kalsubai was a housemaid in the nearby Indorey Village.She escaped into these mountains, freeing herself from the clutches of her tormentors. Considered as an icon of liberation of women from bonds, the Kalsubai Temple at the top is built in her fond memory. The temple is visited by many and during Navratri is has a festive zeal to it. Kalsubai trek is a relatively simple trek and first timers can definitely go on this one.

Kalsubai Peak visible from a distance
Kalsubai Peak visible from a distance
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Distance from Mumbai: 153 km via NH160

Difficulty Level: Medium

Base Village: Bari

How to reach Kalsubai

From Kasara take a taxi to Bari Village. The route is marked till the peak.

Things you must see

You can have an amazing view of the Bhandardara Dam. Also you should not to miss out on the Kalsubai Temple and Arthur Lake.

6. Peth (Kothaligad) Fort Trek

Situated to east of Karjat near Karjat Murbad road, the Peth fort trek is one of the popular treks in the Karjat area. The fort is originally named as Kothaligad but is called Peth fort because of its proximity to the Peth Village. The fort is at a height of 3100 ft and the view is spectacular. Historically this fort had gained importance during Sambhaji’s era and was used for the storage of ammunition. The fortification at the top is in the shape of a funnel and has stairs carved in the middle. Peth is a must go trekking destination near Mumbai.

Peth/Kothaligad fort
Peth/Kothaligad fort
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Distance from Mumbai: 89.2 km via Mumbai Highway

Difficulty Level: Medium

Base Village: Ambivali

How to reach Peth Fort

Take a train to Karjat and from Karjat take a bus to Ambivali via Kashele. From Ambivli to Peth it takes two hours. After reaching the Peth Village the trek is of just one hour duration.

Things you must see

When you reach Ambivli there is a small lake there, which you should certainly visit. At the base of the fort is a small temple of Bhairoba and a cave too. At the top there are caves along with a cistern. From the top of the fort we can have a glimpse of Bhimashankar, Rajmachi, Dhak and Siddhagad forts too.

Caves near Peth Fort
Caves near Peth Fort
Source: Flickr, by Michael Fernando

7. Peb Fort Trek

Peb fort is one of the best place for a long one day outing. It is considerably one of the most beautiful one day treks you can ever go on. Also called as Vikatgad, Peb fort is a nature lover’s delight. Referring to history we come to know that the fort was used as a silos to store food grains. Peb is a place which has less hustle bustle than the nearby destination of Matheran. Add Peb fort trek to your list of one day treks around Mumbai. It is advised that you pack your food for this trek.

Vikatgad/Peb Fort
Vikatgad/Peb Fort
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Distance from Mumbai: 52 km via Mumbai Highway, Mumbai-Panvel-Maldunge

Difficulty Level: Medium

Base Village: Neral Route-Anandwadi – Fanaswadi

Panvel Route- Maldunge

How to reach Peb Fort

Take a Karjat bound train and get down on Neral Station. Take a right and proceed towards the electric towers. From the waterfall take centre path which will take you to the cave at the base of the fort. Ahead of the rock lies an easy rock climb near the fort wall.

Things you must see

The cave is a must visit. Near the cavern there are meditation caves underground. They are small. One has to crawl in to get into those and only one man can fit in at a time. Other attraction is the bastion at the top. It faces towards Matheran.

At the top of the fort
At the top of the fort
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8. Bhimashankar Trek

Of the 12 Jyotirlingas, Bhimashankar is one of them. A pilgrimage spot , it is also a trekkers delight. It is 3500 ft up high in the hills and is covered by dense forest. It is also declared as a wildlife sanctuary by the Maharashtra Government. This trekking destination near Mumbai is a treat for trekkers and also has some wildlife sighting to offer.

Bhimashankar Temple Source: www.templesofindia.net
Bhimashankar Temple
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Distance from Mumbai: 213 km via Mumbai Highway

Difficulty Level: Medium

Base Village: Khandas

How to reach Bhimashankar

Take a train to Karjat and take public transport to reach Khandas village.

Things you must see

The temple has a huge bell which is a Portuguese relic. Visiting the temple itself gives a mighty feeling at it is huge. You can also explore the Gupt Bhimashankar temple. Nagphani peak is also a good peak to explore. As it is declared a wildlife sanctuary you might come across some animals too.

The White Bellied Blue Flycatcher
The White Bellied Blue Flycatcher
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9. Naneghat Fort Trek

Naneghat Pass was a very important trade route. Even now the route is used for commuting. To reach Junnar , the Satavahanas of the Satavahana Dynasty used Naneghat as the prime route. The literal meaning of Naneghat is ‘Nane’=Coin and ‘Ghat’=Pass. This route was like a toll booth wherein money was collected from the traders who passed this route.

Naneghat Pass
Naneghat Pass
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Distance from Mumbai: 183 km  via NH160 and NH61

Difficulty Level: Medium

Base Village:Vaishakhare

How to reach Naneghat

From Kalyan you can take public transport till the base village. From the base village you have to walk along the road to Malshej Ghat to reach the divergence for Naneghat. The divergence is marked so you will know when to turn. After the divergence you have to climb till the destination.

Things you must see

You will come across caves and ancient carvings in them. At the entrance, you may also find the well in which  the coins were put as the toll.

10.Karnala Fort Trek

Karnala is an easy respite from the hustle and bustle of Mumbai. A lush green place in the monsoons, this trek will surely make you love trekking , if you haven’t been on any treks ever. The Karnala fort dates back to 12th or 13th century. Karnala fort was of great importance historically as it was a proper strategic point to overlook Bor Pass which was a trade route and connected Konkan to Vidarbha region. It is now located in the Karnala Bird Sanctuary. With lush green forests , steep climbs and a glimpse of birds this trek should be in your must do list of treks near Mumbai.

Karnala Fort
Karnala Fort
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Distance from Mumbai: 47.8km via Mumbai Highway

Difficulty Level: Easy

Base Village: Panvel

How to reach Karnala Fort

You can take a train to Panvel. From panvel you can take a rickshaw to Karnala.  10 km from the Panvel-Pen road, there is a mud track which is the start of the trail. When you reach the entrance of the sanctuary you can take a left and start on the more easier route. The Karnala fort trek route is very easy and not that confusing as the way is marked.

Things you must see

Karnala Bird Sanctuary in which the fort itself rests, will give you a chance to explore the wildlife. There is also a Shiva Temple nearby which you can visit.

View from Karnala Fort Source: Flickr, by Ashwin Nagpal
View from Karnala Fort
Source: Flickr, by Ashwin Nagpal

11. Irshalgad Fort Trek

A pinnacle with the peculiar shape of a fork with sharp ridges, Irshalgad is a close destination to trek for Mumbaikars. The Irshalgad pinnacle towers over the Chowk town which lies on the Panvel-Karjat National Highway. An interesting fact about Irshalgad is its name. Irshal infact is not a fort but it is the name of the pinnacle. For beginners it is advised that they trek only till the plateau. To climb the pinnacle requires professional climbing equipment and so is not advised for beginners.

Irshalgad Fort
Irshalgad Fort
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Distance from Mumbai: 80 km via Mumbai Highway

Difficulty Level: Technical

Base Village: Irshalwadi

How to reach  Irshalgad

You can take a train to Karjat and from there buses and autorickshaws ply to Chowk Village. From Karjat, Chowk is 12 kilometres. The village Chowk has a train station too. You can take the  weekly Pune – Bhusaval Express (Train number 11025 / 11026) which stops at the Chowk station.

Things you must see

The trek route offers amazing views of the Morbe Reservoir. As the route is through a forest, you may get to see grey langurs, bushy tailed mongoose or rat snakes on the way. You will also come across a water tank on the route.

Morbe Reservior
Morbe Reservior
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12. Nakhind Fort Trek

Nakhind is close to Peb Fort. This is a really quirky place. This is a hill which has a hole in it. Ain’t that quirky?  This natural cavity is a result of soil erosion. The hole is called  ‘Nedhe’ which also means ‘needle hole’ or ‘nose hole’. The dirt track of the trek is surrounded by lush fields.

Distance from Mumbai: 63.8 km via Eastern Express Hwy/Mumbai – Agra National Hwy and Pipeline Rd

Difficulty Level: Easy

Base Village: Bendis Gaon

How to reach Nakhind

You can take a Karjat bound train and get down on Vangani Station. From Vangani you move towards Bendis Gaon and from there you ascend towards Vaghinchi Wadi. Vaghinichi Wadi is a plateau and from here you can have a look at Nakhind. Your trek to the top point starts from here. After trekking up you finally reach the ‘nedhe’ where you can settle down and rest while having a fantastic view of your surroundings.

Things you must see

You should not miss visiting the Bhagirath Waterfall and the Vangani Waterfall.

Vangani Waterfall
Vangani Waterfall
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13. Matheran Trek (One tree hill, Garbut Point)

One Tree Hill Trek

Matheran always has a fix place in the list of trekking destination near Mumbai. Of the 28 points in Matheran, One Tree hill is the most exciting one. It is a place most sought after by trekkers. The One Tree Hill Point, Matheran is a nice, scenic spot which will take away all your fatigue of a tiring busy life. The trek is pretty exciting. Matheran is a place of bliss with no noise of cars honking and no pollution. In monsoons it is even more beautiful.

One tree hill Matheran
One tree hill, Matheran
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Distance from Mumbai:  80.3 km via Mumbai Hwy/Mumbai-Banglore Hwy

Difficulty Level: Easy

Base Village: Boregaon

How to reach One Tree Hill

You can take a train to Karjat. From Karjat you can reach Boregaon and from here your trek starts to One Tree Hill. You will come across Ambewadi village on the way.

Things you must see

On your way to One Tree Hill you pass a ladder called the Shivaji Ladder.

Garbut Point Trek

The Garbut point in Matheran is a picturesque plateau. Consider this point special because as crowded as Matheran can get, this point is less visited. The point has a gorgeous valley on one side and there is a thick jungle on the other. You can have a nice clear view of the Sunrise and the Sunset from this point.

Garbett Plateau
Storm clouds gather over Garbett Plateau
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Elroy Serrao

Difficulty Level: Easy

Base Village: Bhivpuri

How to reach Garbut Point

After taking a train to Karjat, alight at Bhivpuri station. Form Bhivpuri reach Diksal village.

Things you must see

You can enjoy the view from the point which is surreal.

14. Tandulwadi Fort Trek

This fort is located in Lalthane village which is about 104 km from Mumbai. With few structures, ramparts and water tanks the fort has a good view of the nearby Saphale town. This is a small Varli tribal village. The fort is almost 800 years old  and just like many other forts in Maharashtra this one was also made to keep a tab on the adjoining forts and the Arabian Sea. The Tandulwadi fort trek is surely to give you a cultural experience as you come across the Varli tribes.

On the way to Tandulwadi Fort
On the way to Tandulwadi Fort
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Distance from Mumbai:  94.4 km via NH48

Difficulty Level: Medium

Base Village: Tandulwadi Village

How to reach Tandulwadi Fort

Take a train from Western Railways to Saphale Station. After reaching Saphale take a state transport or you get jeeps on sharing basis and reach Tandulwadi Village. The route to the fort is marked for the ease of trekkers.

Things you must see

It’s monsoons, so you will be lucky to find the water tanks full of water . Other than that you will come across water cisterns. The view of the Vaitarna river and Surya river is breathtaking.

View from the fort
Confluence of the Vaitarna and Surya river visible from the fort
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15. Tungareshwar Trek

This is one such place that you should not miss in the monsoons. You ask why? Because , Tungareshwar has got a beautiful waterfall which will just take your breath away. The waterfall is at a height of  about 2177 feet . Trekking at this destination near Mumbai in the monsoons is always a delight for trekkers and nature lovers alike.

Tungareshwar Waterfall
Tungareshwar Waterfall
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Distance from Mumbai:  56.4 km via Eastern Express Hwy

Difficulty Level: Easy

Base Village: Sativali

How to reach Tungareshwar

You can take a train to Vasai and from there you can take a rickshaw to Tungareshwar.The other option is to take a bus from Vasai which goes to Kaman and get down at Tungareshwar Phata. From here, after crossing the highway you walk till the Tungareshwar temple. It is a famous pilgrim spot so finding the temple won’t be difficult.

Things you must see

Crossing streams is one thing you should not miss. Also do not miss the Chinchoti waterfall.

16. AsheriGad Fort Trek

Considered as the big brother of all other forts in the Palghar region, Asherigad is huge and massive. It stands tall at a height of 1680 ft. This fort was surely a strong hold looking at its size and it’s reach. The fort is almost 800 years old. AsheriGad was conquered by  Kolis, Portuguese, Mughals and then Marathas. Asherigad fort trek is an interesting one as you get to see some or the other remnants of each of the capturers when you reach the fort.

Asherigad Fort
Asherigad Fort
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Distance from Mumbai: 104.0 km via NH48

Difficulty Level: Hard

Base Village: Khodkona

How to reach Asheri Gad

The fort is accessible from the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Highway. Buses plying from Palghar to Kasa stop at Khodkona which is at a distance of 10-11 km after Mastan Naka. The trek starts from Khodkona and winds through the forest to reach Khadkawane. You walk further straight ahead to climb the ridge to the north of the mountain. After you reach the pass there is a small Waghoba Temple, from there you need to turn right and proceed towards the fort. As you reach the fort and enter, a  rock sculpture of a crown and shield will greet you.

Things you must see

On the way you will come across many things which will remind you about the history of the place. There are Portuguese shields, 17 water cisterns, 2 lakes and a cave. One can see forts like Asheri, Adasul, Kohoj etc.

A historical relic
A historical relic
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17. Siddhagad Fort Trek

Siddha means ‘Valor’ and ‘Gad’ means a fort, so this is a ‘Valor Fort’. The fort was established by Shilahaar royal family in 9th century. At the base, on the southern side is the tomb of freedom fighter and martyr Bhai Kotwal. This trekking destination near Mumbai is also popularly sought after.

 

View of Siddhagad fort
View of Siddhagad fort
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Distance from Mumbai: 94.9 km via NH61

Difficulty Level: Medium

Base Village: Narivali

How to reach Siddhagad

From Kalyan take a bus to Murbad. After reaching Murbad move towards Masa Village.

The Siddhagad trek is divided in 2 parts. One is till the plateau called Siddhagadwadi and the other is from the plateau till the  Balekilla or citadel of Siddhagad.

Things you must see

Siddhagad wadi is a beautiful plateau where you can stop and have a nice meal. You can also visit the Gorakhgad caves.

Gorakhgad Caves
Gorakhgad Caves
Source: Flickr, by Nagraj Salian

18. Ratangad Fort Trek

Ratangad is one of the best scenic forts in Maharashtra. Nestled in Ratan Wadi Village , the Ratangad fort is 2000 years old. Just like Nakhind, Ratangad mountain too has a natural cavity. The fort was later captured by Shivaji and was his most favourite. Ratangad fort trek is an interesting one because to reach the base village you have to take a boat ride and then walk till the village.

Ratangad

Ratangad
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Distance from Mumbai: 175.5 km via NH160

Difficulty Level: Medium

Base Village: Ratan Wadi

How to reach Ratangad Fort

Take a Nashik bound train and alight at Igatpuri Station. From Igatpuri take a state transport or a private vehicle and reach Bhandardara.

The other option is to take the Kasara route, Kasara-Ghoti-Bhandardara.

From Bhandardara you have to take a boat ride for 6 kms and then you need to walk 4 kms to reach the Ratanwadi village. Once you start trekking from the village you come across 3 plateaus. From the second plateau you need to take the trail on the right side.

Things you must see

At the Ratanwadi village, Amruteshwar Temple is a very famous spot. While on the trek you will come across the Parava river. The remains of bastions and stonewalls are still there in the fort. The caves and water cisterns are worth a visit.

Amruteshwar Temple at Ratanwadi.
Amruteshwar Temple at Ratanwadi.
Source: Flickr, by Sambhaji Chopdekar

19. Kohoj Fort Trek

Kohoj is a fort which had military aspects to it. It is now in a dilapidated state. It is about 800 years old and was given away along with other 22 forts under the Purandar treaty. The hill has 2 unusual pinnacles and also has water tanks.

The picturesque Kohoj Fort
The picturesque Kohoj Fort
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Distance from Mumbai: 80.0 km via NH160

Difficulty Level: Medium

Base Village: Waghote

How to reach Kohoj

From Palghar you can take a state bound transport to base village Waghote. The route should be from the Manor-Wada highway. From Mastan Naka you take right for Kohoj. After reaching Waghote, your trek begins.

Things you must see

When you start the trek, at the bottom there is a lake known as ‘Pazhar’. It is a beautiful sight because you can see the reflection of the fort in the lake. On reaching the fort you will come across a Shiva Temple, Water cisterns, Historical remains, Hanuman Temple and a temple of Lord Krishna.

Pazhar lake
Pazhar lake
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20. Harihar Fort Trek

This is one hell of an adventurous trek and it will absolutely satisfy the adrenaline rush of an adventure junkie . You ask why so? Here’s the answer. The fort is built on a triangular rock. Sounds weird? You need to go on this trek to witness this and hence is in our list of trekking destinations near Mumbai . The three faces and the 2 edges of the fort are VERTICAL! There’s more to this. For ascending and descending the fort you need to climb up steps carved in the fort. 117 steps. The Harihar fort lies in the Tryambak range of forts and is to the north of Igatpuri.

Harihar Fort
Harihar Fort
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Distance from Mumbai: (190.0 km) via NH160

Difficulty Level: Medium

Base Village: Nirgudpada

How to reach Harihar Fort

Take a train to Kasara and from Kasara take a public transport to reach Nirgudpada.

Things you must see

There is a vertical drop which faces Nirgudpada and is 170 metres high. This vertical drop is called ‘Scottish Kada’ as it was climbed for the first time by Doug Scott, a Legendary Himalayan Mountaineer, in 1986.  This compelled us to include this place in our list of trekking destination near Mumbai.

You will also come across small temples of Lord Hanuman and Shiva.

Harihar Fort Staircase
Harihar Fort Staircase
Source: Tripoto, by Paras Panchal

21. Anjaneri Fort Trek

This place is considered as the birthplace of ‘Lord Hanuman’ and is named after his mother ‘Anjani’. It comes under the Trayambakeshwar range of forts and is most important from all of them. It is a beautiful place with mythological importance. Anjaneri fort trek is definitely a scenic trek near Mumbai.

Anjaneri Fort
Anjaneri Fort
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Distance from Mumbai: (164.2 km) via NH160

Difficulty Level: Easy

Base Village: Anjaneri

How to reach Anjaneri Fort

You can take a train to Kasara and from there take a jeep or any public transport to reach the base village.

The village is 8 km before Trimbak. The route of the trek goes through the Anjaneri village.

Things you must see

There is a lake and nearby the lake are the ruins of a Bungalow which was built by a British officer. You can also see two pinnacles from the fort called ‘Navra’ and ‘Navri’ which means Husband and Wife in Marathi . There are immense amounts of Jain Caves here. From the plateau you will also come across the ‘Anjani Mata Temple’. Also there is the ‘Seeta Cave’ which you should see.

Caves at Anjaneri
Caves at Anjaneri
Source: Flickr, by Parag Purandare

22. Korigad Fort Trek

Korigad fort is a fort which was taken over by Shivaji together with Lohagad, Tung and Visapur. The fort lies to the south of Lonavala. After a hard try by Colonel Prother, it was conquered by the British on 14 March. 1818. The thick forest route for the trek also gives you a chance to camp and experience camping.

Korigad Plateau
Korigad Plateau
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Distance from Mumbai: (105.2 km) via Mumbai Hwy/Mumbai-Banglore Hwy

Difficulty Level: Easy

Base Village: Peth Shahapur

How to reach Korigad Fort

Take a Pune bound express train and alight at Lonavala Station. Form Lonavala take a public transport to reach base village. The trek route starts from the  Bhairavnath Temple. The fort has a huge plateau at the top.

Things you must see

As Korigad is near Amby Valley, you get a fantastic view of the place while trekking. Also you will come across water cisterns, Temple of Korai Devi. You can witness history through the 6 huge cannons. The biggest cannon named ‘Laxmi” is right near the temple.

Cannon at the fort
Laxmi Cannon at the fort
Source: Flickr, by Nagraj Salian

23. Tung Fort Trek

Tung fort was built as a watch tower. The main aim was to keep a watch on the Bor Ghat pass which was a trade and transport route at that time. The fort is also called as ‘Kathingad’. It became a part of ‘Swarajya’ in 1657. The tung peak is sharp and conical and is visible from a long distance too.

Tung Fort in the distance
Tung Fort in the distance
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Distance from Mumbai: (104.6 km) via Mumbai Hwy/Mumbai-Banglore Hwy

Difficulty Level: Easy

Base Village: Tung wadi

How to reach Tung Fort

You can take an express train to Lonavala and from Lonavla you can take a bus to Bhamburde or Ambavne. You have to alight at Ghusal Khamb. From here you need to walk till the base village. The route for the Tung fort trek is super cool and adventurous as it goes through the edge of the mountain throughout.

Things you must see

You will come across temples of Hanuman, Ganpati and Tung Devi. After Pawna dam was built the fort is now surrounded by the Pawna lake on three sides.

Pawna Lake
Pawna Lake
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24. Sudhagad Fort trek

From the Sahyadri range of forts, Sudhagad is an ancient one. It is also known by the name ‘Bhorapgad’. Sudhagad was in the line to be the capital of Shivaji’s Kingdom, instead Raigad was chosen because of it central location. There is a legend which says Sage Bhrigu has resided at this fort and also established the temple of Bhorai Devi.

Sudhagad Fort
Sudhagad Fort
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Distance from Mumbai: (109.2 km) via Mumbai Hwy/Mumbai-Banglore Hwy and SH92

Difficulty Level: Easy

Base Village: Thakurwadi

How to reach Sudhagad Fort

Reach Khopoli and from Khopoli take a public transport to Pali, from there the base village of Thakurwadi is 13 km.

Things you must see

The best thing you will see are the ‘Thanale Caves’. The Thanale caves are 23 Buddhist caves in total and are built in the 1st century. So you can assume how old Sudhagad is. It also has a ‘Pant Sachiv’ palace of stay. You can also see temples of Pachchapur, Bhoreshwar, along with the Dindi Darwaaja.

Thanale Caves
Thanale Caves
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These are some amazing treks near Mumbai, which you can explore this monsoon. The season is ending soon. So hurry up and plan your trips and meet the culture and history of our state.

 

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