10 trekking heavens in Sahyadris near Mumbai and Pune
Sahyadris, forms an ideal trekking destination in Maharashtra.
People, in order to relieve themselves from the exhaustive work schedules, choose amongst various rejoicing factors. Nature lovers and adventurists choose trekking in the beautiful landscapes of Sahyadris located near Mumbai and Pune.
Sahyadri ranges are the most preferred destination to trek, second only to Himalayan treks.
1. Rajmachi Trek
The Western Ghats are the lush green mountain ranges that border the western stretch of India, starting mainly from Gujarat in the west and ending near Kanyakumari to the south. The ranges are an abode of biodiverse life and culture, thus making it into the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Site.
Rajmachi Fort is a part of Sahyadri ranges located in Western Ghats of Maharashtra. Its beauty in monsoons is breathtaking. The tourists gather in masses but amongst them are the trekkers for whom Rajmachi trek is one of the most preferred trekking destinations in Maharashtra.
Rajmachi trek’s pleasing natural beauty is accompanied with the historical facts that goes in the time of one of the greatest warriors of India, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
2. Lohagad Fort Trek
Location: Near Lonavala and which also serves as the nearest major railway station.
How to Reach: Drive from Mumbai (Approx.) – 99 Kms
Drive from Pune (Approx.) – 75 Kms.
Altitude: 3,389 Ft
Lohagad fort is one of the popular fort and one of the most scenic trekking destinations in Maharashtra. Though the beauty of Lohagad fort is blissful throughout the year, people prefer to witness it mainly during the monsoons and winters. Trekking through its scenic landscape is captivating but climbing during rains is quite risky as the paths get very slippery. Therefore, it is advised to fulfill the adventure spirit post-monsoons.
3. Kalsubai Peak Trek
Location: Nearest point to begin trekking is Baari village in Ahmednagar district.
How to Reach: Drive from Mumbai (Approx.) – 150 Kms
Drive from Pune (Approx.) – 170 Kms
Altitude: 5400 Ft
Kalsubai peak is one of the glorified beauties in Maharashtra. It is cherished as the Everest of Maharashtra. It is a protected abode amidst Kalsubai Harishchandragad Wildlife Sanctuary and lies in Sahyadris. Kalsubai peak trek has now enough reasons for being the most preferred trekking destinations in Maharashtra.
4. Prabalgad Fort Trek
Location: Khalapur Taluka, Raigad District.
How to Reach: Drive from Mumbai (Approx.) – 50 Kms
Drive from Pune (Approx.) – 120 Kms.
Altitude: 2300 Ft
Prabalgad fort lies in between Matheran and Panvel. It is located on the Prabal plateau. The most sighted thing when you are on the Prabal plateau is a 685m pinnacle named as Kelve teen or Kalavati.
5. Tikona Fort Trek
Location: Kamshet, Pune District.
How to Reach: Drive from Mumbai (Approx.) – 121 Kms
Drive from Pune (Approx.) – 50 Kms.
Altitude: 3500 Ft
The word “Tikona” means triangle. Tikona is a pyramidal shaped hill in the Sahyadris of Maharashtra. Tikona fort as a hill fort is amongst the popular trekking destinations in Maharashtra.
6. Harishchandragad Fort Trek
Location: Ahmednagar District
How to Reach: Drive from Mumbai (Approx.) – 202 Kms
Drive from Pune (Approx.) – 161 Kms.
Altitude: 4665 Ft
Harishchandragad Fort trek lies in the Malshej Ghat region of Maharashtra. Trekking, when monsoon is retreating, will leave you amazed as you get to witness the moist clouds, silent springs and lush green patches on the trail.
7. Torna Fort Trek
Location: Village Velhe, Pune District
How to Reach: Drive from Mumbai (Approx.) – 211 Kms
Drive from Pune (Approx.) – 50 Kms.
Altitude: 4,603 Ft
Torna Fort, also known as Prachandagad (Prachanda is a Marathi word which means Mighty) is the highest hill fort in Pune district. Being amidst Sahyadri Ranges, its beauty while trekking will leave you astonished.
The fort has a great historical importance as it was the first fort to be captured by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, at the young age of 16.
Britishers compared Torna fort with Sinhagad fort saying if Sinhagad fort is Lion’s den than Torna Fort is Eagle’s nest.
8. Shivneri Fort Trek
Location: Junnar Taluka, Pune District
How to Reach: Drive from Mumbai (Approx.) – 157 Kms
Drive from Pune (Approx.) – 95 Kms.
Altitude: 3500 Ft
Shivneri fort has a significant mark in the history of Maratha empire as it was the birthplace of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. It forms an ideal trekking place for trekkers who love historical places.
9. Sinhagad Fort Trek
Location: Thopte Wadi, Pune District
How to Reach: Drive from Mumbai (Approx.) – 180 Kms
Drive from Pune (Approx.) – 38 Kms.
Altitude: 4320 Ft
Sinhagad Fort, also known as Lion’s fort, lies in the Bhuleshwar Range of Sahyadris. The fort was a site of many battles fought in history, the most important being the Battle of Sinhagad in 1670. It is a steeply structured fortress which creates a thrilling experience for its trekkers.
10. Rajgad Fort Trek
Location: In Pune District
How to Reach: Drive from Mumbai (Approx.) – 200 Kms
Drive from Pune (Approx.) – 57 Kms.
Altitude: 4600 Ft
Rajgad fort was a site of stay, by Shivaji Maharaj, for almost 26 years. Trekkers do an overnight stay in the fort in order to explore nooks and corners of the fort.