Mumbai is blessed with many great trekking trails we have listed few trekking spots near Mumbai which can be done by people from any age group.
Lohagad Fort Trek
Lohagad “Iron fort” is one of the many hill forts of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. It divides the basins of the Indrayani and Pavna of the Sahyadris range. The Visapur fort is located on its eastern side. The four large gates of Lohagad are still in good condition and reasonably intact. Historical records show that in the later Peshwa period, Nana Phadnavis (1742-1800 AD) built several structures in the fort.
Places to See: Pawna Lake, Ganesh Darwaza, 16 Koni Talav, Vinchukanta, attractive beauty of the pinnacle of this hilly terrain.
How to Reach Lohagad Fort
This fort is said to exist since the Satavahana dynasty. In the books it is mentioned in the Treaty of Purandar 1655 AD where Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj gave 23 forts to the Moghuls. It is also said that Sagargad Fort was later given to Angre, the naval chief of the Marathas in return for loyalty against Shahu Chhatrapati of Satara. In the mid-19th century the British took the fort and built retreat homes on it. Also located on this fort a Temple of Siddheshwar, a river flowing by, and most of all a cliff just behind the temple where the river becomes a waterfall water cisterns Pandav kund, Vanartok Pinnacle. This hill fort commands a steering view of the entire Alibaug region and is still not a seafort,
Places to See Nearby: Korlai Fort, Revdanda Fort, Kulaba Fort, Alibag, Kunkeshwar temple
How to Reach Sagargad Fort
Khandale village is situated on the Mumbai – Alibaug road. While travelling to Alibaug, one can reach Khandale village after crossing Karla pass. The village is about 4 miles from Alibaug. Since the road to the foot of Sagargad is unpaved, we can reach there by car except in monsoon. After crossing a small stream here, one has to climb up on stairs built in rocks. After about half an hour the path splits 2 ways. The way right takes us to a point where we can see beautiful the Dhondane falls. And the way to right takes us to the fort top.
There is another road to the fort from Poinad village via Wagholi. Poinad is situated on the Mumbai – Alibaug road before the Karla pass. There is another path to the fort from the village Vadavali.
Tikona is a fort in Fort of a triangle so as named as Tikona lies on one side on Pavana River and Dam as one of the brave soldiers guarding Maval Valley. Tung and Tikona are the two forts which guard Maval Valley from one side where Lohagad and Visapur from another. Tung and Tikona are just in front of each other standing tall like guarding Pawna Dam backwater
History - Tikona Fort
This mighty Fort lacks historical information. This fort was one of the prime forts which were included in Maratha Empire but don’t have many records but to in records of enemy Mughals it has many points to be noted is a sad thing to take in mind. Nizamshah in 1482-83 took over Junnar, Lohgad and the same time Tikona Fort too. Later this Fort went to Adilshah and in year 1647 Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj took it in Swarajya Maratha Empire. Later in Purandar Treaty 23 Forts including Tikona went to Mughals but again in 1670 Shivaji broke all agreements and took back many forts in Swarajya. Then till King Sambhaji this fort was a major influence to Maratha.
What to see on Tikona fort Trek
How to Reach to Tikona Fort
You can take public transport from Pune and Mumbai as well till Kamshet and then to Tikona Village by sharing vehicles.
The main route to the fort is from the village of Tikona Peth. To reach this village, alight at Kamshet, which is two stops ahead of Lonavala on the Mumbai- Pune rail route. From Kamshet railway station, take a bus / shared private vehicle (jeep) to Kale colony. One can also get a vehicle to reach Tikona Peth from Kale colony.
A bus at 08:30 a.m. at Kamshet bound for Paund or Morsay is convenient for reaching Tikona Peth. From Tikona Peth the fort can be reached in about 45 minutes. This straight route is quite simple and not at all tiring. After passing through the entrance door, a path leads towards left and takes us to the citadel in about 20 minutes.
Visapur Fort is larger and at a higher elevation than its twin fort Lohagad.Within the fort are caves, cisterns of water, a decorated arch and old houses. These two roofless buildings surrounded by outer or veranda walls said to have once been Government offices. The ruins of a large stone-built house are known as the Peshwa palace. In addition to a huge carving of Hanuman, there are also several temples dedicated to him scattered all over the place. Hanuman or Maruti was likely the patron deity of Visapur fort. There is a well which local legend says was built by the Pandavas.
How to Reach Visapur Fort