5 Easy Monsoon Treks for Adventure Lovers
Monsoons in Maharashtra are an ideal time to take out your adventure gear & head out into the lush green surroundings with a song on your lips & some good friends for company. And the best getaway destinations are mountains adorning ancient fortresses as crowns of their past glory!
Historically Maharashtra is blessed with many forts that the Supreme Maratha king Shivaji Maharaj built or conquered during his reign. These forts are of primary attraction to avid trekkers given the panoramic views they offer from the top along with an interesting piece of history behind each mammoth structure.
Almost all of these Forts are easily accessible from Pune-Mumbai & attract crowds of adventurers. If you are yet to get a taste of monsoon trekking, then the monsoons this year are the best time to start. Some of the easy monsoon treks for you to start off on your trekking expeditions are:
This 18th-century structure still stands proudly atop a hill range near Malavali village. The gentle climb to this fortress from the base village among lush green meadows & beautiful panoramic views makes this an ideal trek for the first timers. You can enjoy a small picnic breakfast on the carpeted grassy slopes before heading up to the top. With drops of rain dancing on your face, you would love the genteel nudges of the wind as you climb up.
Another historic monument, Purandar fort is an easy 45 minutes climb as vehicles reach till the middle of the fort. The Fort still has its bastions in good condition & is divided into two distinct levels known as “Machi” & “Balekilla”. The base village Purandar has an ancient Krishna temple. Purandar is near Narayangaon & is surrounded by verdant leafy mountain ranges of the Sahyadris. It is an ideal location for a one-day escapade.
Raireshwar in Bhor Taluka is another place steeped in history. The Kenjalgad fort is a popular trek from Raireshwar & is a pleasant walk among the lush green surroundings. The ancient temple here is of great historical importance as it is here that Shivaji Maharaj took his oath of Hindavi Swarajya. The actual temple is located on a plateau which is home to many seasonal flowers during monsoons. There are also ancient caves called “Pandavleni” here to be explored.
This hill-fort is situated near Lonavala & is a tourist favorite. The structure on top houses a temple for the goddess Koraidevi. There is a massive gate for entry to the gate & a wall runs throughout its perimeter. Interestingly the wall is still in good conditions over centuries & one can walk on its complete perimeter. The views from the fort are beautiful & one can catch glimpses of the Amby Valley Township.
Tikona near Kamshet is another twin fort. The fort is uniquely triangular in shape, hence the name Tikona (Three corners). The fort has hundreds of stone cut steps to lead you to its main entrance. It provides mesmerizing views of the valleys & Pawna Lake from the top. Some more tourist attractions here are the Trimbakeshwara Mahadev temple, ancient water tanks called “Viharas” & Satvahana caves. The ramparts of the fort are accessible via steps & offer excellent views of the surroundings.
It is said that the best views come after a hard climb. All these forts mentioned above not only provide excellent views but also let you get in touch with your adventurer spirit. Those who have the love for nature still intact should definitely plan for an easy trek this rainy season.
Monsoons are the best time to plan a trek as you get to experience the pitter patter of raindrops on your face while watching the trees sway along with the music of the winds. The birds in the valleys celebrate with a victory dance & so does the small rivulet & hundreds of waterfalls on the forts!
These forts can be conquered with your loved ones, family & friends. It is a great opportunity for some quality bonding time with colleagues or your life partners. You can create lifelong memories as you pose like kings & queens for pictures!
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