Best Trekking Places Near Mumbai

So here we are sharing Best Trekking Places near Mumbai which are not so far, within 200 kms and you must try these at least once for adventure life long experience.

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6. Harihar Fort Trek

Distance from Mumbai – 150 Kms
Difficulty – Moderate

Harihar fort trek near mumbai
Harihar Fort Trek Near Mumbai

Harihar fort also known as Harshagad is one of the famous fort for trek located 40km away from Nashik City near Gonda Ghat. It lies in the Trimbakeshwar range at an altitude of 3,676 ft from the sea level

The main attraction of this fort is it’s peculiar series of rock-cut steps. One needs to climb the complete 117 steps which are extremely steep and vertical as almost 80 degrees which takes about an hour to reach the main entrance. Even though thousands of visitors comes here every month from different parts of India to see this magnificent fort of Maharashtra.

Harihar fort trek near mumbai
View from Harihar Fort Entrance Gate

After looking at the fort, what amazes everyone is how creative and tough it would have been to construct such architecture in that ancient time when only basic equipment and tools were available. 

To reach the top, the distance is less than 5 km from the base village Nirgudpada which takes around 1 hour depends on your stamina. Accommodation is possible on the fort as well as in the local villages. 

Best time to visit

Harihar fort trek near mumbai
Harihar Fort Steps

However, the best time to visit is when the climate and temperature conditions are favourable and optimum, that means during winter season from October until the end of February when the cool breeze makes the trekking more adventurous and the surroundings are still lush green.

If you are a experienced trekker then you can also visit it during the monsoon season, but you need to be very careful while trekking up the hill as the steps are narrow and becomes too slippery and on some steps you may found puddles full of water.

How to reach Harihar Fort trek

How to reach harihar fort trek
Harihar Fort Trek

There are two ways to approach the fort from base village Harshewadi and another one is Nirgudpada village located on Trimbak-Igatpuri road. The Harshewadi is 13 km from Trymbakeshwar and Igatpuri is the major town if you are planning to ascend from Nirgudpada side.

To reach Nirgudpada from Igatpuri: From Igatpuri, take a bus for Trymbakeshwar and alight at Nirgudpada. Also you can take bus or local vehicle for Goti and take another transport for Nirgudpada.

To reach Harshewadi from Nashik: From Nashik, take a bus for Trymbakeshwar (starting from 5:00 am). From Trymbakeshwar, Harshewadi is on 13 kms and there is no direct public transport available. So you need to take transport up to Kachorli (a village enroute) but frequency is very low. You can hire an auto from Trymbakeshwar but it charges Rs. 400 and drops you to the base village Harshewadi. So your private vehicle is always preferable here.

To reach Nirgudpada from Mumbai: Try to take the first train in the morning to Kasara, from the central line. The train will reach Kasara by 7 AM. Board a shared vehicle to Igatpuri bus station, but the shared vehicles are not frequent, and the vehicles will not start until all seats are occupied. Then from Igatpuri bus station, buses are available to Trimbak starting from 8.30 am. Once you take a bus, after 15 minutes you will reach Ghoti, from there take another transport for Nirgudpada.

Things to watch on Harihar Fort

Harihar fort trek near mumbai
View of Brahma Parvat from Top – Picture by Nitesh Kumar

The view from the fort is picturesque. You can see many forts and peaks such as Anjaneri fort, Bhaskargad or Basgad, Utwad, Brahmagiri fort, Brahma Parvat, Navra-Navri peak from the top.

Once you reach on fort, after so much struggle and adventure, an idols and small temple of Lord Hanuman, Shiva and Nandi at the fort gives positive energy. Also there is a small pond on fort in front of this temple which gives the freshness as water from this pond can be used for drinking.

Nearby places to visit

Ashoka Waterfall Near Harihar Fort Trek
Ashoka Waterfall Near Harihar Fort Trek
  • Ashoka Waterfall or Vihi Waterfall
  • Vaitarna Dam
Vaitarna Dam Camping Near Harihar Fort Trek
Vaitarna Dam Camping Near Harihar Fort
  • Brahmagiri Hill
  • Bhaskargad/Basgad
  • Anjaneri Fort

 

7. Prabalgad and Kalavantin Durg Trek

Distance from Mumbai – 60 Kms
Difficulty – Moderate

Prabalgad and Kalavantin Durg Trek Near Mumbai
Prabalgad and Kalavantin Durg Trek

If you are very enthusiast about trekking and hiking, you must have heard these trekking places near mumbai Prabalgad and Kalavantin Durg trek which are the extension on Prabalmachi. Both of these spectacular forts started from the base village Prabalmachi located in Raigad district of Khalapur taluka amidst the western range of Sahyadris. Prabalgad lies at an altitude of 2320 ft.

There is a misconception that this trek is known as very dangerous or difficult trek due to it’s uneven trails. But with proper guide, enough precautions and knowing the trek well, you can enjoy this adventurous trek which is actually easy with no fear.

Prabalgad and kalavantin durg trek
Prabalgad Trek Trails

In the old era, prabalgad fort was used as a watchtower as it provides vivid sight of the Irshalgad fort and the Kalyan fort. The fort got a rebirth under Maratha empire Shivaji Maharaj‘s ruling period which now gives the feeling of success and courage to the tourists while trekking.

As the trek is close to Mumbai, you can either combine both of these treks together in a single day with a camping at the vast Prabalmachi Plateau. Prabalmachi is also very famous for camping. 

Best time to visit

Prabalgad and Kalavantin Durg Trek
Prabalgad and Kalavantin Durg Trek

The Kalavantin Durg Trek can be done in multiple seasons. Every season and months have their benefits and charm. Though the pleasant months of winter starting from October to January are ideal for trekking to Prabalgad and Kalavantin Durg. The rainfall cleanses the lush green forests and a beautiful aroma of soil will soothe your heart.

Prabalgad Trails
Prabalgad Trek Trails

Due to rocky ground and uneven trails monsoon season is least preferred but the mesmerizing views of sparkling wilderness from the top attracts the tourist and trekkers to trek in monsoon season.

How to Reach Prabalgad and Kalavantin Durg

Prabalgad and Kalavantin Durg Trek
Way towards Prabalgad and Kalavantin Durg

Prabalgad and Kalavantin Durg located between Panvel and Matheran with a starting point base village Thakurwadi to Prabalmachi Plateu which is around 17 km from Panvel and 50 km from Matheran.

From Mumbai:  Take a train from Mumbai central to Thane and from Thane to Panvel railway station or directly come from harbour line to Panvel. From Panvel bus station, take a state transport bus to Thakurwadi village from there you need to do small trek to the base village Prabalmachi from where the actual trek and climb starts to Prabalgad and Kalavantin Durg.

By road if you are coming with private vehicle, take Mumbai-Pune expressway via Vashi up to Shedung Phata, Panvel. Then take a turn towards the Thakurwadi village from Shedung.

Kalavantin Durg Trek
Kalavantin Durg Trek Peak

From Pune: Take a train from Pune Junction to Panvel Station which is a 3 hours of journey. From Panvel bus stand which is on 15 minutes of distance from railway station, buses to Thakurwadi are easily available.

By road on old Pune expressway through Lonavala, take a turn towards the Thakurwadi village from Shedung phata which is approximately 2 hours of journey.

Trail information of Kalavantin Durg and Prabalgad

Prabalgad and Kalavantin Durg Trails
Prabalgad and Kalavantin Durg Trails

Once you reach the base village Thakurwadi, your trek can be divided into four sections.

  1. The first stretch is the small gentle ascent from the start point to Prabalmachi Plateau where you can also stay for camping. The distance is 2.8 km which takes about one and half hour to reach.
  2. The next part is from Prabalmachi to the Col on a distance of 630 meters, half an hour to reach.
  3. The third section would be the final climb from the Col to the peak of Kalavantin durg fort. Distance is 150 meters which can be covered in less than half an hour.
  4. From Kalavantin durg fort, Prabalgad is hardly on 800 mtr which takes around 15-20 minutes to reach.

Nearby places to visit

Irshalgad Trek near Prabalgad
Irshalgad Trek near Prabalgad

 

8. Mahuli Fort Trek

Distance from Mumbai – 92 Kms
Difficulty – Moderate

Mahuli Fort Trek Near Mumbai
Mahuli Fort Trek Near Mumbai

If you are looking for one of the best trekking places near Mumbai surrounded by lush green forest and meadows around for your one day trip, then Mahuli Fort is the perfect choice which is the highest point in the Thane district. Mahuli fort is situated on a solitary hill on its western face at 2815 ft above the sea level.

Mahuli fort is attractive due to it’s nearby pinnacles such as Vazir and Vishnu, names are given by the local climbing and trekking groups. The surrounding forest of Mahuli has been declared as a sanctuary known as Tansa Wildlife Sanctuary. Due to this sanctuary you may get a chance to see different species of animals and birds nearby, that comes for the water near Tansa Lake.

Mahuli Fort Trekking Trails
Mahuli Fort Trekking Trails

On top of the fort there is a Shiva Temple and small perennial drinking tank which holds water throughout the year, that freshens the trekkers after so much adventurous climbing. There are also three caves on the fort, of which trekkers use the larger one for overnight shelter and camping.

One of the most famous Kalyan Darwaja is there which is the Konkan side entrance to the fort in structure of stone arch, but the dome of the arch is now broken and it’s access has become difficult, as the Britishers had blew the stone carved steps.

Best time to visit

Best time to visit Mahuli Fort
View from Mahuli Fort Peak

Post monsoon months is the best time to visit the Mahuli Fort. Cool breeze and beautiful trails filled with dense vegetation will give you more energy for your trek.

Winters are also good for clear sky, non slippery trails and picturesque landscapes. And then monsoons are always there for thrilling experience for advanced trekkers.

How to reach Mahuli Fort

How to reach Mahuli Fort
Mahuli Base Village

From Mumbai, you can take train for Asangaon from central line. Once you reach Asangaon, take the local ST bus till rock bottom village or you can also take share auto. Get off the approach road, if you see beyond the Hanuman temple there is a pathway that leads to base village Mahuli.

You will find boards also written with the Trek Starting Point. From there you can start your summit following the directions of the well marked route for trekkers.

Trekking places near mumbai
Way towards Tansa and Mahuli Village

Nearby places to visit

  • Three connecting forts – Left one Mahuli  Chanderi / Bhandargad. The central one is Mahuli and the leftmost is Chota Mahuli.
Vazir Pinnacle Near Mahuli Fort
Vazir Pinnacle Near Mahuli Fort
  • Tansa wild life sanctuary and a beautiful view to Tansa lake.
Lake Near Mahuli Fort
Lake Near Mahuli Fort
  • Famous pinnacles Navra, Navri and Karavali between the Bhandargad and Mahuli forts.
  • Camping in the caves of Mahul Fort.
  • Kalyan Darwaja with rock climbing technique.

 

9. Dhak Bahiri Cave Trek

Distance from Mumbai – 130 Kms
Difficulty – Difficult

Dhak Bahiri Trek Near Mumbai Karjat
Dhak Bahiri Trek Near Mumbai Karjat

If you have done lot of trekking and a experienced one in climbing and hiking, then Dhak Bahiri is the best thrilling trek for your next level adventure trek. Dhak Bahiri is a cave in the wastern range of Sahyadri hills, located near the base village Jambhivli and village Malavali comes in the Pune district of India.

Dhak Bahiri is one of the toughest and stiff climbing trek out of the other trekking places near mumbai, which has a vertical ascent of almost 70 to 80 degree gradient.

It is said that, this trek is definitely not for the fainthearted people and the beginners. You need a good experience in climbing the huge mountain hill with the help of ropes and with a very less support and grips on some points. 

Dhak Bahiri Trek Near Mumbai Karjat
Dhak Bahiri Trek Cave

But with all the practice, good assistance, awareness and knowledge one can achieve the peak point of this trek. Once you conquer the fear of climbing and accept this challenging trek, you will get the success and the treat of mesmerizing view of clouds and beauty of nature from top of the trek.

You will find the steel wires, fixed ropes on the rocks of hill and carved steps in the rock which makes the climbing safe towards the cave.

Best time to visit

Dhak Bahiri Trek Near Mumbai Karjat
Winters on Dhak Bahiri Trek

Winter months October to February are perfect for this trek to avoid slush and slippery rocks and the weather is pleasant with green surroundings.

Try to avoid doing this trek in the monsoon season. If you are still planning to do it in monsoon, I would suggest you to skip doing the final stretch on top. Summer season makes the rocks quite hot which creates the difficulties in gripping.

How to reach Dhak Bahiri Trek

Dhak Bahiri Trek Near Mumbai Karjat
Dhak Bahiri Trek Rock Trails

This trek can be approach by two routes, one from Sandashi village – quite confusing and Jambhavali is the second option which is the most preferred route.

Sandashi is on 12 kms distance from the Karjat. One can easily reach Karjat from Mumbai and Pune via railways and roadways. From Karjat buses are available for Sandashi with a good frequency.

Jambhavali is located around 20 kms from Kamshet where you can also stay for your night camping. Local trains from Mumbai and Pune are available for Kamshet from where shared and public local transports are available for Jambhavali.

Trekking places near mumbai
Trekking Places Near Mumbai – Dhak Bahiri

One can also explore Dhak Bahiri on Bike to enjoy the road trip. You can hire a bike from Pune at Rs. 300-500. For bike rentals, you can compare prices at various bikes rental websites like Royal Brotherswheelstreetsabrentkaro, and rentrip.

Things to do on Dhak Bahiri Trek

If you are looking  for one night stay in your camps then Kondeshwar temple is good which trekkers often use to spend the night on the top. 

While camping you can enjoy the breathtaking stars and if you are lucky, will literally get a chance to see the entire milky way from this spot.

Trekking places near mumbai
Camping Near Dhak Bahiri Cave

Early birds can witness the sunrise here at 5 am and the beautiful morning view of clouds. So get ready with your cameras because it’s going to be a riot of colours here.

From the top various peaks of forts are visible such as Rajmachi Fort, Visapur Fort, Manikgad and Karnala sanctuary.

Nearby places to visit

  • Panshet Lake Camping
  • Kondeshwar Temple

 

10. Karnala Bird Sanctuary Trek

Distance from Mumbai – 60 Kms
Difficulty – Easy

Karnala Fort Trekking
Karnala Fort Trekking

If you are a true bird lover, want to see different species of birds? then Karnala is the best choice for you to trek on your weekend trip. Karnala fort is blessed with a wild sanctuary most common for beautiful rare birds that comes as per their peak seasons which maintains the tranquility of this sanctuary.

Karnala Bird Sanctuary Trekking
Karnala Bird Sanctuary Trekking

It is said that, this sanctuary is a home to more than 200 species of birds from which 161 are resident species, 46 are winter migrant species, five species are vagrant, three are breeding migrants and seven species are passage migrants. If you are lucky, you will get to see rare species of birds there, so always be ready with your handy cam to capture those moments.

Karnala Bird Sanctuary
Karnala Bird Sanctuary – Photo by KKKiran

This is the best place for a trek with family and kids as the climbing is very easy and safe. Due to which it has become famous attraction for Mumbai and Panvel people out of the other trekking places near mumbai. Patalganga River is there towards the east of the fort.

Best time to visit

For Bird watching, karnala has two distinct seasons. During the peak monsoon season, one can see the indian paradise flycatcher with its long white tale. Also most of the melodious avian songsters such as magpie robin or the shama and the malabar whistling thrush – a blackish bird having shiny blue patches on the shoulders and forehead.

malabar whistling thrush
Malabar Whistling Thrush

Winter months October to February are suitable for this trekking, when you may find variety of migrant birds such as the blackbird, the blue-headed rock-thrush, the ashy minivet and the red breasted flycatcher.

Avoid summer season due to very high degree temperature which dehydrates the body and irritates while trekking.

How to reach Karnala Bird Sanctaury

Karnala Trekking Trails
Karnala Trekking Trails

Karnala Bird Sanctuary is located at 60 km from Mumbai, which takes around 2-hour if you are coming via Mumbai-Goa Highway NH-17. 

If you are coming by train then from CST station you will get a train for Panvel or from Thane station you will get Panvel train after every 1 hour which comes via navi mumbai, harbour line. From Panvel station, sanctuary is on 12 km which you can cover by autorickshaws (6 seaters) going towards Pen, taxis and buses within Rs.30-50.

Karnala Fort Trekking
Karnala Fort

State Transport buses are also available from different parts of Mumbai to Karnala. You can hire ola and uber for family trip which is not that expensive for 4 to 5 people.

For private vehicles, car parking is also available at the base of Karnala Fort.

Entry Fees for Sanctuary

Adults – Rs.30 Child – Rs.15

Parking: Two Wheelers – Rs.15 and Four Wheelers – Rs.50

Cameras: Still Camera – Rs.100 and Video Camera – Rs.150

Karnala Fort Trekking
Karnala Fort View in Monsoon

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