It was the middle part of the monsoon season in 2019. For the past 2 weeks we taken part in two different treks of this. First included an 800ft Calder Falls trek and the second was the Kondana Cave trek. On the Saturday of the third weekend, we were soaked in a waterfall that was not known to us and decided to go on this trek instead. Kothaligad Trek / Peth Fort Trek on Sunday.
We had planned to go on more treks in the monsoons around Karjat . The 3100ft Kothaligad trek/ Pesu Fort trekking is an absolute must for all Sahyadri lovers because it is always surrounded by clouds during monsoons and boasts numerous waterfalls. Additionally, Kothaligad has a great background, with intricately constructed caves, rock-hewn water tanks, rock-hewn steps as well as restored and maintenance-free cannons. The directions are for Mumbai as well as Pune from Pune and Mumbai to Kothaligad .
How do I reach Kothaligad From Mumbai as well as Pune?
The closest railway stations to the railway stations are Karjat as well as Nerul. From Karjat There is a direct bus to Jambrung/Jamrukh departs at Karjat Railway station (at 8:30). Go down to Ambivali. (Shared Rickshaws between Shree Rampur to Ambivali can also be arranged.) Buses returning between Ambivali to Karjat will depart between 15:30, and 17:30. Don’t miss it.
To Neral the shared rickshaw/tam-tam can be rented for Kashere. From Cachelet you can take the shuttle taxi that is shared to Jambrun. It is possible to ride them and take them to Ambivali. Private vehicles Travel towards Karjat and then turn left at the Shree Ram Pull/bridge toward Ambivali Phata. Turn right to arrive at Ambivali. Ambivali can be located in Google Maps in the form of Hotel Kothaligad, Pinglas.From there you can determine your exact location using the Google Maps position above.
From Ambivali from Ambivali to Peth there is a walk of approximately 4 kilometers on a bumpy, semi-paved road. It is even more challenging in the rain because the water streams wash away the entire soft ground leaving only stones of various dimensions.
The vehicle is not able to continue or serious damage is likely. The car is able to travel around 10 minutes further than Ambivali in the area where roads are accessible However, the road becomes rough. Continue walking approximately 4 kilometers (90-120 minutes) until Peth in which a number of villager operate hotels. When you purchase meals, you may stay at no cost (more on this later). Then, the actual hiking begins and takes around 60 minutes. Just a few minutes will take you to the fortress, which is the primary point of the hike.
Visits to places to go
The most memorable aspects of the Kothaligad excursion is the unique structure of the fort’s thumb as well as the fort’s well-preserved cannon from the past and the panoramic views of the mountain range that surrounds it. The waterfall is dynamic and frequently blown away by strong winds that come from the valley.
Beautifully carved pillars of cave temple.Many forts are visible along the Kothaligad trek, however, we didn’t get to see many today due to the heavy cloud. In clear weather , you are able to be able to see Bhimashankar, Padalagad, Siddhagad and, sometimes, Karnala.Occasionally clouds broke and we could catch an overview of the huge landscape of green. The climb is easy.There are several stalls that allow you to make lunch on the hill as well as take a bite downhill.
The difficulty level of the trek.
There is no section of the Kothaligad Trek is this difficult. However, trekkers must be prepared for and anticipating every eventuality.
A few things are as important as:
- Landslides (monsoon particular) The region between Ambiburi up to Peth Gaon is very prone to landslides. It also causes numerous instances of trees falling and hindering trails during the monsoon season.
- Rock Site: After descending the spiral staircase that was carved into the fortress, you will come to an intersection in which the road sharply changes to the left. The exposed curves overlook drops of more than 50 feet. Be cautious when walking through this area as it can be extremely slippery in monsoons.
- Paths discovered: Kothaligad Fortress is a small wonder in the planning and foresight involved in creating it. Stairs that were carved from the inside, a small ways to reach the roof, multiple-level fortifications, as well as escape routes.
The last one narrow, open paths that surround the fort have recently caused anxiety. There have been numerous reported accidents involving those who attempt to walk along this path.
A few facts
After a tour of the Fort, it came now time to visit the principal attraction. The path that runs to the left of the fort will lead to the cave as well as the entry point to the summit.
The cave that was the biggest in Fort Kothaligad/Fort Pth. It was adorned with exquisitely carved doors and pillars. It is hard to imagine the ingenuity of creating this feat with a basic set of tools thousands of years ago.This cave might have been properly maintained however it is now a stench of bats. A large group of 50 can comfortably stay there. Groups are also known to cook in this cave. In the cavern is an ancient temple as well as an underground staircase.
The staircase is made of the shape of a circular staircase, which reaches the highest point. When I looked out the window at the top of the stairs I could see gorgeous clouds and lush greenery. It was awe-inspiring.
The final step of the Kothaligad trek is an access point to the balcony on the summit. From there, the 360-degree views from this fortress were employed to protect the Maval region.
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