Monsoons have commenced in full-fledged force, and the craze for Sahyadri treks have gone high. People are going bonkers and are flocking to famous places in Maharashtra to witness the magic of monsoon. However, this kind of rush has been deteriorating the atmosphere of these surreal environments. Also putting unnecessary pressure on the natives of these particular regions while hampering their personal lives. 

Hence, the village Panchayat and Government or Forest Official have to take strict actions like banning individual treks to stop the chaos. Most Waterfalls near Mumbai, Pune, Karjat, Lonavala, Khopoli, Murbad and many more regions banned during monsoon. The first weekend in July witnessed the following number of people Devkund 3000 plus, Andharban 2000 plus, Lohagad 2000, Visapur 2000, Harihar Fort 2000. 

Treks and Trails India has curated a unique list of treks where the crowd is less and fun is the most. We present to you five of such amazing treks where the beauty of the natural environment is unbothered; dreamy vistas are a treat to sore eyes, and one can trek in peace with their squad. 


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Discover the Hidden Gems of Maharashtra: Offbeat Treks Await

Maharashtra is a state in India that has been attracting many tourists from all over the world. The reason for this is not only because of its natural beauty but also due to the fact that Maharashtra offers several trekking experiences for both beginners and experienced hikers alike. There are some treks in Maharashtra which are less crowded, giving you more time to enjoy your experience while trekking through this fantastic region. This post will discuss five lesser-known treks in Maharashtra with stunning views and great opportunities for photography!

1. Ratangad Fort Trek


This gorgeous fort stands tall at 4255 feet, overlooking the Ghanachakkar hill range. Ratangad resides in the dramatic landscapes with dense jungles on one side and the extensively stretched Bhandardara Lake on the other side. The trail passes through thick foliage along the banks of the Pravara River. Refreshing to trek Ratangad during monsoons as the route is blossoming with shades of green, beautiful flowers and enchanting waterfalls. One can also witness the natural rock void, which has a rising angle at the top known as Nedhe or the eye of the needle deemed due to its structure. The summit of the fort offers its spectators amazing views of Alang, Kulang, Madan, Harishchandragad, Kalsubai, and Ajoba. The sweeping vista of the Bhandardara Dam gives sheer peace and pleasure. 

2. Kothaligad Fort Trek


Kothaligad is a small funnel-shaped fort elevated at 3100 feet. It is called Kothaligad due to its internally excavated winding stairs to reach the top of the fort. During monsoons, the trail is flowing with trickling water. The merging of clouds and waterfalls along the plateau walls is the best in this season. The funnel-shaped pinnacle draped in mist which gives it a heavenly look. There is a small temple, a string of caves, and a rainwater cistern at the base of the fort.  Next, to the Bhairoba cave, there is a sequence of carved rock 87 steps from within the funnel leading to the summit. This fort surrounded with views of mountains like Bhimashankar, Rajmachi, Dhak, Siddhagad, and Prabalgad.

3. Rajmachi & Kondane caves Trek


A favorite among the trekkers, Rajmachi will make you fall in love with it at the very first sight. It is the best combination of history, nature, climbing, walking, and descending. During the rainy season, the fort enveloped with fog and mist. Encircled by massive waterfalls during monsoon you can witness the mesmerizing Kataldhar waterfall from Shrivardhan Fort. Shrivardhan is the highest point of Rajmachi. Its bastions and fortification wall are still intact. The fascinating pinnacle of Dhak-Bhairi and Shirota Lake beside it vividly seen from here. The adjoining valleys and waterfalls conflated with lush green dense forests give a spectacular view. One can descend Rajmachi from the dense forest, which leads to Kondane caves. They are renowned relic carved Buddhist caves. One gets to sit under a beautiful heavenly waterfall emerging from the top of the cave during heavy rains. 

4. Korigad Fort Trek


Korigad constructed in the 15th century near the Savashni Ghat, which connects Lonavala and Pali. Korigad fortification is still intact and in a good structure. This ancient fort was a part of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj legacy and held a pivotal role during his reign. Korigad is gifted with dense green gorges, hypnotizing landscapes, numerous waterfalls and vast lakes throughout the trail. There is a temple of Goddess Korai Devi along with several smaller temples dedicated to Vishnu and Shiva on the top of the fort. There are six bombard cannons scattered around. The wall of this fort is intact entirely, and one can walk along its entire perimeter (about 2 km). One can site Nagphani Point, Tung, Tikona, Matheran, Prabalgad, Karnala and Manikgad ranges from the summit.  Koraidevi Temple has been recently renovated and has a 3 feet high Deepmala. It is a perfect trek for beginners, kids, and family. Sahyadri Fort with ample space to accommodate people.

5. Sondai Fort Trek 


One of the least explored and relatively lesser known fort; Sondai, is a part of the Matheran mountain range. Sondai fort does not have any structural remnants, but the magnificent vistas it tenders and the finishing 15ft of rock patch makes it an adventurous experience. This fort named after Goddess Sondai, which has a temple at the top of the mountain. During monsoon, the countryside is budding and wrapped in fog and mist which gives it a majestic look. At the top of the fort, there is a small plateau with the idol of Goddess Sondai sitting peacefully under a tree. One can glimpse the peaks of Irshalgad, Prabalgad, backwaters of Morbe dam and Vavarle reservoir. Sondai is a comparatively an easy trek; it has got quite a few rock patches.  

6. Kas Pathar and Thoseghar Waterfall Satara


Take a break from the concrete jungle and head to Kaas Pathar Satara and Thoseghar to explore natural wonders like waterfalls, windmills, and untouched forests. This easy hike is perfect for kids, as there are plenty of wildflowers and photo opportunities along the way. The best time to visit is during the pleasant weather of spring or fall when you can also camp overnight in the forest area.


Trekking equipment

One of the most important aspects to consider when going on a trek is what kind of equipment and clothes you should take. For shorter treks, it will be enough if you have some water with you, but for longer treks or tougher terrain, carrying your backpack becomes more difficult. Ensure that everything in your backpack meets Indian conditions such as rain and has room for all the supplies you need, such as food, change of clothes, bug spray. It can help pack things like extra socks and underwear beforehand, so there's no risk of getting caught without these essentials!

List of trekking equipment essentials

1. Trekking poles 
2. Hiking boots or shoes 
3. Backpack for carrying gear and supplies 
4. Water bottle, water treatment tablets, or a filter to purify your drinking water 
5. A map of the area you plan to trek to know where you are going and what trails are available
6. Tent 
7. Sleeping bag 
8. Backpack 
9. Hiking boots and socks
10. Water bottle or hydration system or Hydration bag
11. Map and compass 
12. Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs for backup if needed


Why should you trek during monsoon?

During monsoon weather is more relaxing, trekking will help you connect with nature you can connect with more friends offline. If you want to move away from the traffic and noisy bars head towards the mountains and waterfalls for the thrill of adventure. 

How do you get ready to go trekking?

Trekking or hiking is more enjoyable with a fit body. You can get ready for the upcoming trekking season by following these essential tips to get healthy and build stamina and endurance.

  1. Start working on quick walks, and after you develop sufficient power, proceed with jogging.

  2. Stretching helps you recover faster pre-hike, and post-hike stretches are a must for all trekking expeditions.

  3. Regular gym enthusiasts can include cardio to improve stamina.

  4. Eat healthy fruits and vegetables. A choice of protein will help you recover quicker after the trek. Carry some snacks during the day to help maintain your energy levels.

  5. Hydration: Please drink a lot of water during the monsoon and carry some water filters like Lifestraw to avoid water-borne diseases if you want to try out mountain streams.

  6. Work on your posterior muscles and leg muscles and make them fit.

Things to avoid on your first trekking trip

  1. Avoid drinking alcohol or smoking a few days before or during your trek; this will help you build stamina and avoid dehydration. You will also feel healthier.

  2. Avoid carrying a large backpack; carry essentials; prefer a backpack with a rain cover; a wet backpack will get heavier by five times.

  3. Don't wear sports shoes, gym shoes, or sandals; wear proper trekking shoes and invest in good ones.

  4. Carry your trash home; we are all educated individuals. Littering slopes harms the environment and ruins the beautiful views.

  5. Keep your family and friends informed about your trekking adventure; in case of an emergency, they will arrange for help.

  6. Avoid solo trekking if you are a confident trekker. Please keep locals, families, and friends informed before you begin your trek and after you complete it.

Which trekking shoes to buy for monsoon hikes?

1. Campus Trekking Shoes - Learn more You can contact Chirag Karia - 8080802244 

2. CTR Trekking shoes by Coaster - Learn more 

Where to buy trekking clothes and backpack for monsoon outdoor adventures?

1. Outdoor Travel Gear - - Whatsapp 8080290520

2. MSA - Mountain Sport Academy 

    B/22, Shubham, Plot No.151, Part II, Gorai, Near Suvidhya High School  

    Nandu Chavan - 98920 42704

3. Add-Venture India

    Shop # 11, Sai Sahara CHS, Kamladevi Birajdar Marg, Sector 21, Nerul, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra 400706

    022 2771 8845

4. Decathlon India - 


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