The railroads are the most affordable and practical method of getting to the Fort. Malavli railway station, which is just 4 km away and has good local train service to Lonavala, and Pune, is the closest railhead to Visapur Fort. For the base village of Visapur Fort, shared taxis and autos are accessible from Malavli station.
There are three routes to reach the Visapur Fort. The best one is the Lohagadwadi waterfall route, the shortest and most beautiful route to the Fort. The other two routes are the Patan village and Bhaje village, which require three hours to reach the Fort.
• Altitude: 3,556 feet above sea level
• Time took: Three hours each way
• Water sources: None. Carry at least three liters of water
• Terrain type: Rocky, forest trail, waterfall en route and foggy with low visibility
• Trek gradient: Moderate and slippery path
For Mumbai Trekkers: Drive along the Mumbai-Pune Expressway toward Lonavala; take the second exit for Lonavala. After reaching Malavali station, descend to Bhaje village. Here, parking is available for a fee.
Take the NH48 instead, then exit at the next exit after the JAVC campus and Jain temple. To go to Malavali station, proceed directly to Bhaje village.
Bus from Mumbai: From Dadar station, board an Asiad or ST bus and alight at the Malavali station. Use a shared vehicle which will cost you Rs 50 each, or travel 3 km by foot.
Intercity Train from Mumbai: Leave Dadar at 7 a.m. and board it. Make sure to purchase a ticket; after covid on the spot, tickets are not issued; buy in advance even if it is waiting for confirmation, and board the train.
At the Lonavala station, exit. You have two choices here:
1. Hire a rickshaw for Rs 150 for three seats to travel the 12 kilometers from Lonavala station to Malavali station. Negotiate the price if you wish to ride in the same rickshaw for the additional 4 km to Bhaje village.
2. Take the hourly local train that travels between Pune and Lonavala. You can get a ticket for Rs. 5 and get to Malavali station, the first stop after Lonavala, in 5 minutes.
Own a car: Drive to the Malavali station by exiting the NH48 at Karla and heading toward Lonavala. When you arrive at Malavali station, go down to Bhaje village, and parking is accessible here for a cost. Alternately, leave the Pune-Mumbai Expressway at the Lonavala exit and head south. To get to Malavali station and Bhaje village, keep going straight.
Pune Bus: From Swargate in Pune, take an Asiad or ST bus, and get off at Malavali Station. Use a shared vehicle which will cost you Rs 50 per person, or stroll the three km by foot.
Lonavala by Local train: Take the hourly local train from Mumbai to Lonavala. You can get to Malavali station for no more than Rs 5 in tickets, which takes 5 minutes. Take a shared vehicle for Rs 50 per person or walk three kilometers down.
Expect huge crowds: One popular hike in the Mumbai-Pune region is Visapur, which gets packed on the weekends.
Pro tip: Bhaje to Lohagadwadi jeeps are available; you can hire them to save time, and they drop you to the trailhead from here. The trek is only one hour till Visapur Fort.
By Air Visapur Fort: To get to Pune Airport, all travelers who intend to trek to Visapur Fort must first take a flight. A straight hire cab can be used to travel 60 kilometers from Pune Airport and Visapur Fort with ease. Alternatively, you can take a bus to Lonavala and then take a Jeep taxi to continue your journey.
The Visapur hike is moderately challenging; however, it is appropriate for both novice and seasoned hikers. Even though your walking route is somewhat rocky, you will have a peaceful experience because the path is lined with numerous deciduous forests and waterfalls.
It also depends on the type of route taken. The complex Patan village and Bhaje caves route require high endurance and stamina. The Lohagadwadi route is crowded but is easier for newcomers and the shortest route available.
A healthy person should be able to reach the summit in no more than two hours on average hiking. However, the time it takes to climb to the top of Visapur Fort depends on your chosen route and your physical stamina, trekking gear, and hiking ability.
Even though the ascent to Visapur Fort is tricky, you still need to be prepared appropriately. You will require the following essential trekking equipment:
Avoid carrying valuables and wearing jewelry.
Bhaja Caves: 2 km from Malavli are the Bhaja Caves, which previously housed Buddhist monks.
Karla Caves: A well-known and beautiful cave near Lonavala Hill station is Karla Caves which is 20 kilometers away.
Patan Caves: 2 km from Malavli Railway station
Lohagad Fort: Known for its strength and well-preserved ramparts and its fame as the treasury of the Maratha kingdom
Aamby Valley City: Twenty-two kilometers away from Visapur is the famous town in the rich and famous Maharashtra hills.
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