Monsoons is the time when Mother Nature blooms in her full glory. The fragrance of soil, the lush carpets of green and the misty breeze – all call upon us to break free from the chaos of our routine life and enjoy this nature’s bounty. And the best way to do so, is to go trekking.
Trekking is a beautiful way of exploring nature. Luckily, there are several trekking spots close to the concrete jungle of Mumbai. We bring to you six spots close to Mumbai, which can be explored by professionals or absolutely novice trekkers to enjoy the spirit of monsoon and nature to the fullest.
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About 13 kms off Lonavala, Rajmachi is one of the most popular forts and trekking spots in Maharashtra. Situated at a height of 2710 feet, the view from the top is astonishing. Known for its two citadels – Shrivardhan fort and Manaranjan fort, Rajmachi offers majestic views of the Sahyadri Ranges and several scenic views of numerous waterfalls, flowing river and water reservoirs. A perfect spot to enjoy all that nature has to offer.
Built by Raja Bhoj of the Shilahara Dynasty nearly 800 years ago, Asherigad towers above the other forts in the Palghar region with its gigantic size and height. This one is a must visit to feel the massiveness of historic architecture. Needless to say, when it pours, the sights around are simply magical.
Located near Lonavala, this is an actual battlefield trail that played an important part in the Maratha history. It is in these ravines or ‘khind’ that Shivaji Maharaj defeated the Mughal ruler Kartalab Khan by intelligently trapping all his armies in the dense forest from all sides. The wonderful mix of history and nature will magnify your experience during this trek.
Palasdari is a small fort, which is not visited much by trekkers. The route is a little tricky but compared to others it’s a simple climb uphill. Once you reach the peak, beautiful panoramic view greets you, making the climb worthwhile.
Considered to be one of the most adventurous trekking places, Ratangad is the perfect escape into the nature during monsoon. With a natural rock peak with a cavity at the top called ‘Nedhe’ or 'Eye of the Needle', Ratangad is exemplar of nature working in mysterious ways. The Amruteshwar Temple in Ratangad is also a popular attraction for its carvings dating back to eight century.
Situated 26 kms off Lonavala, Sudhagad also called as Bhorapgad, is a hill fort with a mesmerizing trail. With spectacular lake laden pathways and two historic temples dedicated to Shiva, the fort is popular among the trekkers and is one of the better-preserved forts in Maharashtra.
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