Trek to Kalavantin Durg

Kalavantin Durg is easily seen from Panvel. Opposite Matheran and next to Prabalgad Fort. Kalavantin is a 500m high pinnacle on the northern edge of the Prabal plateau. Kalavantin Durg is good one day Trek near Mumbai

Kalavantin Height - 500 meters or 2300 feet

Kalavantin Difficulty: Medium

Kalavantin Edurance Level: Kalavantin Durg requires basic endurance

 

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Rajmachi Trek

Rajmachi Trek with TreksAndTrails

Rajmachi (Udhewadi) is small village it consist of two forts Shrivardhan fort and Manaranjan Fort. It is about 16 km trekking distance from Lonavala. Historically, Rajmachi fort was a strategic fort to control Borghat(ghat between Khopoli and Khandala on Mumbai-Pune route) which was a historical trade route. Rajmachi peak has two fortified structures. Rajmachi has always fascinated trekkers.

Treks and Trails had choose to visit Rajmachi via Lonavala Route. There are two ways first from Karjat Side which is tough uphill starts from Kondivade village near Karjat and secound via Lonavala which is like a trail.We caught the 2.30 pm Sinhagad Express from CST, try to catch the train from CST or Dadar if you want a seat. We met all the trekkers at Lonavala Station and took Rickshaw till Tungarli Dam from where the Trek starts. TreksAndTrails had arranged Night Trek to Rajmachi. After our introduction we started trekking it takes roughly 3 to 4 hours to reach Rajmachi Village or 16 km.You can also drive till Rajmachi or Hire a Sumo from Lonavala for Rs 2500/- per day or Rs 1500 one way. Many Bikers use the 16 km road for Off Road Biking. The trail is well marked with direction. We started at 6.30 pm with sun setting behind us torch is a must it gets dark quickly.

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We started our journey from Dadar Swaminarayan Mandir at 11:00 pm IST. We took the Pune Expressway to avoid the traffic at Vadkal Naka. You need to exit after Toll Naka towards Khopoli and take the first right towards Adlabs Imagica on Khalapur road till Pali Village from there you can take right towards Mahad. We took the State Highway instead of National Highway 17. State Highway is in real bad condition and should be avoid incase your car breaks down help would be difficult to find.

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You can also catch State Transport Bus from Borivali Nancy Colony which stops at Raigad Base Village. We went pass the bus at Pachad Gaon since we had taken the State Highway. We reached Raigad Base Village by 4.30 am. It was very cold we had coffee and spicy misal luckily hotels start opening very early in expectation of trekkers.

Our trek started at first light we didnt want to miss the valley views which are good oppurtunity for landscape photography. Morning was beautiful with cool breeze and clear weather. It takes around 1 hour to climb the 1700 odd steps till top. We stopped at many shops on the way to have Nimbu pani and Butter Milk. You can ask these vendors to arrange food at fort they have their house located in the jungle below the fort.

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On reaching the fort we were approached by many guides you can opt for MTDC approved ones or locals who do odd jobs as guides. We hired a young guide and headed towards the villagers home for breakfast. Breakfast was upma and sheera with tea and biscuits. We asked the lady to keep our lunch ready by 1 pm. After our meals we went out to explore the fort with our guide.

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Dear Diary, 01 Jan 2014

Mountain and high places has always attracted people form different walks of life to test endurance as a personal challenge – like a magnet. For some it's just a walk to express feelings, or be in the wild. Over the years as we started to explore and travel it was know that dwelling is also possible on mountains. Be it snow clad mountain or hilly terrain. Even in the 21st century mountaineering is a fascination. I believe soon it will take over football as a favorite sport. Hiking, trekking or mountaineering if you actually check the dictionary meaning there is a similarity with a difference.

Surfy Roxxx!