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Vasota Trek from Pune

Vasota Fort is an ancient hill fort situated at an altitude of 1171 meters near Bamnoli in Satara district. The fort is situated in the deep forests and valleys of the Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary. The Shivsagar Lake is on three sides of the Vasota Fort, which is on the lake's edge

Vasota Fort is indeed a great starting point for a jungle trip. The view of the Sahyadri mountains, along with the surrounding forest, lakes, rivers, and waterfalls, is just stunning. Nowadays, this region is a popular destination for treks and expeditions. This fort is considered difficult because the only way to reach the top is through the jungle. In addition to the natural beauty that surrounds the fort, the adventure of getting there is half the delight for visitors. Any visitor would be captivated by the natural splendour and charm of the area, and the local beauty would win them over.



Tai Telin defended the fort during Killedar Pant Pratinidhi's capture.

According to mythology, Bhoja II (1178–1193) built Fort Vasota. Vasota backed the Marathas, Mores, and Shrikes in the 16th century.

Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj incorporated Javli Fort into Swarajya in 1655. Shivaji termed this fort "Vyaghragad" because of its inherent defences (Vyaghra-meaning tiger).

In 1818, the British attacked Vasota. They committed destruction and stealing (approximately 5 lakh worth of valuables were stolen) and demolished Chandika mandir, Daru-kothar, and others.


Major Attractions:

• Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary
• Backwaters
• Boat Ride


Vasota Trek Event Details 

  • Vasota fort difficulty level: medium.
  • Vasota endurance level: very high
  • Height of Vasota fort: 3614 ft.
  • Vasota fort's base village: met Indavali
  • District: Satara
  • Region: Koyna
  • Total time required for climbing: 3 hours.
  • Cost: Rs.1,999/-per person

Vasota Trek Itinerary

Day 0

11:00 p.m. Meet at McDonald’s, Deccan.

11:10 pm Move towards the base village.

11:30 pm Pick up at Chandani Chowk.

12:00 am Pick up at Katraj Chowk.

Day 1

04:30 am Reach at Bamnoli and rest in the bus.

06:00 am Freshen up.

06:30 am Breakfast & Introduction.

07:30 am After complete process, start boat ride for Met Indavali.

10:00 am Reach Met Indavali and start ascending.

01:00 pm Reach Vasota Fort Top & explore the fort.

02:00 pm Lunch. (Packed lunch)

02:30 pm Start descending

05:00 pm Reach out at Met Indavali and start the return journey towards Bamnoli by boat.

06:30 pm Reach Bamnoli at the campsite.

07:00 pm Start your return journey to Pune.

11:30 pm Approx. arrival in Pune

1 Night 1 Day 25 Mar
What we'll give/What we won't

What is included in the tour

  • Pune to Pune Transport (Non AC private Bus)
  • 1 veg breakfast, 1 veg packed lunch and 1 evening tea
  • Boat ride (two way) charges
  • Local guide & Expertise
  • First Aid Support
  • Forest entry charges

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Mineral water/lime water/ purchased for personal consumption
  • All kinds of Extra Meals / soft drinks ordered.
  • Any kind of personal expenses.
  • Any kind of cost which is not mentioned in the cost includes above.
  • All expenses incurred due to unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances like roadblocks, bad weather.
  • Any medical / Emergency evacuations if required.
Things to Carry
Things to Carry
  • 2/3 liters of water
  • Face mask
  • Sanitizer
  • Good Torch must with extra battery
  • Trekking Shoes provide more grip and comfort on trek
  • Proper backpack (No side bag or jholas)
  • Some Dry fruits / Dry Snacks / Energy Bars / ready to eat food
  • Glucon D / ORS / Tang / Gatorade sachets
  • Sun Cap and Sunscreen.
  • Personal First aid and Personal Medicine.
  • Extra Clothes.
  • Identity Proof.
  • Please wear Full sleeves and Full Track Pant this will protect from Summer Sun / Thorns / Insects / Prickles.

Covid Safety Guidelines

  1. Before planning for any adventure activity, please improve your minimum physical fitness. Most of us have been at home for a lockdown period.
  2. Please convey your real medical conditions to Treks and Trails India while enrolling for the event.
  3. Kindly wear three-layered masks, N95. Carry an extra disposable mask with you. Please ensure all participants, leaders, staff, and general persons wear masks before interacting with them.
  4. Carry with your hand wash, sanitizer bottle, and clean your hands before touching food and objects.
  5. Cover-up wear full sleeves shirts and full pants, hiking shoes, caps, and face bandana over your mask. Covering up will help reduce exposure to the Covid19 virus.
  6. Bring your food and water with necessary cutlery like utility mug, fork, and spoon. Your mug can be used for cooking, eating, and drinking water. Carry your reusable water bottles; please don’t share with others.
  7. Cooperate for temperature checks, questions reading any symptoms, and oxygen level checks; these are done to help you limit the spread of the virus. All these checks will be conducted multiple times during the activities.
  8. Kindly do not register for the event or travel if you have come in contact with someone who has Covid19 in the last 14 days.
  9. If you have any symptoms like fever, dry cough, weakness, body aches, etc., at the time of screening. You won't be able to participate in the event. You will have to be evacuated on the medical condition and should report to the nearest healthcare center.
  10. Maintain a distance of six feet or more while sleeping at night. Incase distance is not possible, try sleeping in a criss-cross manner to avoid face proximity.
  11. Please bring your garbage back to the city and dispose of it in your bin.
  12. Consuming any alcohol, cigarettes, pan masala, tobacco, drugs should be avoided; they induce a lot of spitting, urinating, and passive smoke, which can be harmful for the general population.
  13. Avoid touching new surfaces and touching your mask and face continuously.
  14. If your adventure destination is overcrowded, be prepared to change your location or wait for the crowd to reduce.
  15. If any participant, trek leader test positive after returning from the event within 14 days of the Activity. They should maintain transparency and inform Treks and Trails India. It will help all others isolate themselves and get tested. Participants and Treks and Trails will cooperate to help manage the situation.
  16. Carry your own personal gear.
  17. Keep the conversation with unknown people to a minimum and maintain a distance of more than 6 feet while talking.
  18. Avoid speaking with the general population and maintain distance to keep yourself safe in these difficult times.
  19. Participant need to install the Arogya Setu app

Cancellation Policy

  • 75% refund if notified via phone conversation 8 or more days prior to the event date.
  • 50 % refund if notified via phone conversation 4 to 7 days prior to the event date.
  • No refund if the cancellation requested is less than 3 days prior to the event date 
  • No show No Refund.
  • Event Tickets cannot be transferred to another date against cancellation.
  • Event Tickets cannot be transferred to another person against cancellation.
  • If Trek gets canceled we will refund "Trek Amount" only.
  • If the event is canceled due to any natural calamity, political unrest or other such reasons beyond our control the same cancellation policy will apply.

Treks and Trails Event Rules

  • Kindly carry one Identity proof, at least for the trek with your address.
  • We all are going for an adventurous and exciting trekking expedition; please Do Not misinterpret it as a PICNIC or LEISURE TOUR.
  • The leader's decision will be final, and all the members should abide by it.
  • We do not destroy or dirty the archaeological, historical monuments, natural habitat on the trek.
  • Swimming is not allowed in the lake or water tank on the forts. Locals use that water for drinking.
  • Putting your feet in water tanks or on the canon is not allowed on our treks.
  • Any addiction is strictly prohibited, e.g. drinking, smoking, chewing tobacco anyone caught doing it will have to exit the trek without a refund and travel back on own expense.
  • People caught smoking or drinking alcohol will be asked to exit the event on an immediate basis.
  • Please do not carry or wear any valuables, ornaments, jewellery, etc. If carried, then we Do Not take any liability for the same.
  • Rock Climbing, Rappelling, Trekking, or any adventure activity is potentially risky. For all these events, you are at your own risk. Organizers are not responsible for any accident or compensation in whatsoever manner.
  • We should strictly follow the code of conduct to avoid troubling our fellow trekkers or other people from our group or outside.
  • Listening to music on earphones or Bluetooth speakers is not allowed while trekking.
  • Bluetooth speaker not allowed inside the homestay or camping tents.
  • Drinking/smoking,/eating is not allowed inside the tents.
  • If you damage the tent, break the tent poles, you will have to pay us for the whole new tent on MRP.
  • If you are late for the bus pickup and are not reachable on the phone during your bus pickup, the trek leader will leave without you, and we will provide no refund.
  • Please check things to carry and wear trekking shoes on our treks. 
Frequently Asked Questions

How do I reach Vasota from pune?

Vasota is located to the south of Pune, close to Satara, and is accessible through the following routes: To get to Satara, which is 110 kilometres away from Pune Station, take National Highway 4 in the direction of Pune. Because the State Transport System runs a large number of buses that go along this route, the number of buses that travel to Satara from Pune is relatively high. 


Is the trek to Vasota difficult?

The difficulty level of this hike is moderate. It will take approximately three hours to reach the top of the fort and requires a lot of walking. Remember to stay in your group at all times, as the jungle is filled with wild animals. Make sure you carry plenty of water with you, as the trek can be very tiring.


When is the best time to visit Vasota Fort?

The best time to go is during the winter months. Trekking demands stamina, but not a lot of it. If you arrive late at night, there are no nearby restrooms. Try to reach early in the morning.


What are the main attractions at Vasota fort?

  • Boat Ride.

  • Koyna wildlife.

  • Hanuman Temple and Mahadeo Temple.

  • Tent Camping.

  • Babu Kada.

  • Nageshwar.


Vasota fort's history

Tai Telin defended the fort during Killedar Pant Pratinidhi's capture.

According to mythology, Bhoja II (1178–1193) built Fort Vasota. Vasota backed the Marathas, Mores, and Shrikes in the 16th century.

Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj incorporated Javli Fort into Swarajya in 1655. Shivaji termed this fort "Vyaghragad" because of its inherent defences (Vyaghra-meaning tiger).

In 1818, the British attacked Vasota. They committed destruction and stealing (approximately 5 lakh worth of valuables were stolen) and demolished Chandika mandir, Daru-kothar, and others.


Permission of the forest department

Vasota walk is a jungle trail, hence there are policies to avoid animal-human interactions. Vasota requires a permit from Bamnoli's Forest Department. The permission requires a government ID. This should take 20-30 minutes.



The forest department would not grant you permission to camp there because the area is designated as a Wild Life Reserve, where animals are known to be particularly active at night. You can set up your camp at Bamnoli Village, which is located close to the lake, on the camping area that is there.