Maharashtra the land of forts and a wide range of biodiversity. The most exaggerating feature of Maharashtra being the western Ghats that accommodate the altitude of coolness and epic topography of the Sahayadri ranges, you would love to trek along the rough terrain that are unchanged over the decades and the stories that connect all the forest range making it the biodiversity hotspot of India. All around the year trekking in Maharashtra makes worth the adventure of every youth that tries to exercise his enthusiasm. Here are the wide ranges of locations in India that are meant to trek once in your lifetime.
Beginning from the Mumbai the nearest trekking points are the Igatpuri and Pune and Raigad.
Igatpuri – Igatpuri is blessed with picturesque beauty and is a heaven for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts.
Situated in the Nashik district well connected with nh3 highway leading to Agra, Igatpuri trekking along with the Tringal wadi forts situated at the height of 300ft above the sea level, the trekking leads to the caves that were built during the 10th century. Further, the site is also well known for the Igatpuri camping as well as the five waterfall that is the most pleasant sight during the monsoon season. Other the camel valley that has the most majestic waterfalls. the Avandha fort, Mandangad mountain, Karoli Ghats are the most visited site to experience the trekking adventure. Further, the Kulanagd trek and Bhitangad trek are the steep slope trek that would bring the adrenaline out of you.
Camping in Igatpuri is more peaceful due to the cool environment and the misty mountains that will make you come over again to Igatpuri. One of the closest treks near Mumbai would be the Naneghat, situated between the Western Ghats and the Konkan region the Nanaghat trek leads to the caves have the inscription from the Satavahna dynasty from the 1st and 2nd century AD. Rough terrain leading to the Deccan plateau is another destination to go beyond forts and explore the new topography.
Raigad – Raigad, is a historically rich district, Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, renowned Maratha ruler
Located in the southern part of Mumbai district can be easily reached by the roadways, railways along the Mumbai goa highway. Raigad being the capital of Maratha empire the Raigad fort carries the epic history and safer trek amongst all in Maharashtra well equipped with stairs making it the best trekking site. The Kalavantin durg trek considered as the most dangerous trek in the world, with the steep slopes and still considered to be the youth favourite. The Vikatgad trek, the Peb fort trek which is the sky kissing expedition to be lead. The Linagan trek where you can do activities like the rappelling and rock climbing. Making the best destination for overnight Raigad camping with easy access.
Another destination to halt would be the Karnala fort in Raigad district, though the fort is ruined it still carries the magnanimity of the ancient time and thus you could go for hiking adventures. it is also known as the Pandu’s tower.
Pune – Pune is a bustling metropolis of Maharashtra, ranked number one in India in the ease of living.
The home town of forts carrying the rich legacy of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. The birthplace of Maharaj being the Shivneri fort situated at 35km from the main city. The Pawna lakeside camping usually visited for the one-day camping will lead you the treks of load fort, Vissapur fort situated in the ranges between Khandala and Lonavala. Further the Ambey valley trek.
The most exciting being the Prabal machi camping in the foothills of Sahayadri, leading to the Prabalgad fort. The Jungli Jaigad trek leading to the hidden fort and less discovered fort trek. Travelling through Malshej ghat leading to Bhairav is another location where people usually go for a trek. The Malshej ghats have the enormous flora and fauna ranging from flamingos to the rabbits, peacocks and leopards.
The corridor connecting Mumbai, Pune, Nashik makes it the wild diversity for animals to survive and migrate which gives you the chance to encounter the beauty of this nature. The Raireshwar trek with camping at Korle village appears to have the rock cuts still fresh and vibrant, and the Sinhagad trek usually prefered by the enthusiasts.
The Shri Vardhan fort after the camping in Prabalmachi is usually visited by the youth. Located in the Lonavala ranges at the height of 3600ft above the sea level is one of the coolest forts to ever visit. The water tanks over the fort which is still preserved having the epic legacy of the Peshwa of Pune.
Ahmednagar – With its 500+ years of history, the City of Ahmednagar gets its name from its founder Ahmed Nizam Shah I.
The best camping sites and the mesmerizing topography of the Sahyadri ranges provide the base camp leading to various destinations. The highest peak of Maharashtra being the Kalsubai is the traveller’s destination to lead the expedition. The highest mountain of 5400ft above the sea level protects the Harishchndaragd wildlife sanctuary. Located at 6km from Bhandardara and the most visited by people on the Bhandardara lake camping. Well equipped with railings and steps the trek is considered to be safe. The top giving you the enchanting view of the Sahyadri ranges will make your effort the worth.
Other site being the Bhandardara with various camping sites. this site leads to trekking along with the Harishchandragad fort, Ratangad fort treks. The Ratanwadi trek along the forest is most beloved due to the fireflies which appear during the onset of monsoon and cold winter nights. To witness such magical nature the favourable environment is thus available at this site.
Other being the Sandhan valley trek, known as the valley of shadows is home to the grand canyon of India. The 2km trek along the narrow valley and 600ft tall occupied with the small streams and vegetation opening the gates towards the valley of green luscious vegetation. Bhavai waterfall, Ghatghar Kokanda trek, Ghanchakkar peak, Ajoba peak are the most referred sites for trekking.
Satara – The city gets its name from the seven (Saat) hills (Tara) that envelope Satara. This historic site of Maratha Kingdom is located near the confluence of Krishna and its tributary Venna.
The home town of Shivaji Maharaj the plateaus and the beautiful ranges of the Sahyadri Mountain with the forts lying in the premises make it worth the trek. Forts such as Santoshgad, Mahimagad. Varugad and the Vardhangad give you the epic scenic view of the Krishna River and the plateau amongst the ranges. One of the best features of trekking is Satara is a visit to the Kaaspathar plateau, the place known for the flower valley. The spring season makes the region bloom with wide ranges of flowers. another fort is the Ajinkyatara the obedient of Shivaji Maharaj visits the ceremonies and festivals marking the symbolism of warriors.
The Sajjangad fort and Pandavgad fort are the most visited to have the vulnerable trekking experience and thus driving the thrill at every step.
Mumbai – The capital city of the Indian state of Maharashtra, is a spectacular paradox of chaos and hope, glamour and squalor, modernity and tradition. Famously known as the City of Dreams
One of the nearest trek to Mumbai is the Padargad fort located in the Karjat town of Pune district it has easy access from Mumbai and thus best trek for one day tour and trek. One of the destinations being the Garbett point in Matheran you can visualise the changing topography from the coastal zone towards the plateau leading to western Ghats. The Chanderi fort which has easy access from Kalyan station or Panvel station perfect for the one day out from the busy schedule.
Best time to go for trekking.
Trekking it all depends on the traveller’s mood. If you set out now you will come across the various places to visit. Maharashtra blessed by the Western Ghats makes it more suitable to carry out trekking. During the summer season, the valley of shadows makes it more preferable and the lakeside camping near Mumbai. Situated at an altitude above 2000ft and above the environment appears to be cool and calm which doesn’t make the trek so tiring. The cool breeze flowing through the valleys and the evergreen vegetation letting you dive out in the wild.
The trekking in Maharashtra is most appealing during the onset of monsoon. Many college going groups bunk their lectures and turn out to trek and hike. The winter is more romantics to stay out for camps and hide in the hoods. Paragliding, boating, hanging tents catch the youths attention to exploring for more. Perfect time for star gazing and one-day camping.
Trekking with Swayourway across Maharashtra will give you the best chance to explore nature’s goodness. Along with the accommodation at the camping sites so you could stay overnight as long as you want. With the best trekking sites near Mumbai making your one day trip more memorable one. Swayourway offers multiple packages depending on what suits you. All our famous activities like Scuba diving in malvan, water sports package in Goa, snorkelling in Goa, flyboarding in Goa, Parasailing boat ride, Jet ski ride in Goa.
If you are visiting Maharashtra for trekking we offer you the best deals over flight bookings and railway journeys, with our guide making your way to the trekking spot. The tent stay during trekking and the various activities games that you would love to enjoy. We arrange the summer camps activities for you to gain the best trekking adventures along with sporty adventures. Make sure you carry your comforting clothes with the pair of trekking shoes and leave it all up to us!
Along with accommodation all the recreational facilities and food will be available at the trekking site. Trekking is none the less than any mountaineering, but the beginning step to hike over any terrain and gain the unending confidence with the spirit of mountains. Get ready with your bag packs and get to go with Swayourway!