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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.
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.
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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