Curiosity can lead us to do many things; it can make you wander endlessly. We went to bed early, keeping in mind that we need to start early in the morning to Kalavantin durg. 86 likes. So we wished him and gave him some birthday bumps, And added a wish to my wish list ( For one of my birthday I want myself to be on top of a mountain ,peacefully with no mobile signals and connectivity with the outside world). Offering gorgeous views and abundant beauty – via rugged terrain with narrow rock-cut steps, steep slopes and no support whatsoever – the trek to and from the fortress is dangerous yet thrilling. Kalavantin Durg: Dangerous but nice - See 50 traveler reviews, 185 candid photos, and great deals for Palghar, India, at Tripadvisor. Season being monsoons ,all the surroundings were green on our way. You can organize your trek with one of many trekking tours in Mumbai, which is approximately 47.6 kilometres (29.57 miles) from the fortress. It was this curiosity that brought me to this giant structure known as “The Kalavantin Durg”. The trek to Kalavantin Durg can be divided into three parts. Specially in the monsoons, the Western Ghats are transformed into a tropical green paradise. Maharashtra is home to part of the esteemed Western Ghats. So avoid going in the rainy season. April-May is a month of heat, so avoid trekking in summer. This is the most adventurous and probably the most dangerous trek you could have in your life. It was raining continuously, because of heavy rain it was full of fog. And it was getting dark, we used our head torch and reached to Prabalmachi in an hour. Located next to Prabalgad Fort, Kalavantin Durg was used as a watchtower during the 18th century to protect the fort from attacks. Link for his personal blog and his Insta ID – dheerajkg, You can purchase Backpacking Equipment and Other necessary items for your trip, We are a travel club based out of Hyderabad and Operating from 9 major cities in India. * Use plastic bags to wrap everything in your backpack. Pro tip: Anyone suffering from vertigo should avoid doing this trek. The last rocky patch to reach Kalavantin Durg top. Perfect sturdy trekking shoes are essential, as are a first-aid kit, personal medication, 2-litre water bottles and energy bars are a must. Kalavantin Durg Safe Climb Initiative. And then we got into a private vehicle and started to Thakurvadi, we are expected to reach in 3-4hrs. This trek is as challenging as it is rewarding, but all the efforts to make it to the pinnacle will be worth it, as you will be rewarded with some breathtaking views. While ascending rain was heavy and the trail in the dense forest was too good. The fort of Kalavantin Durg can be found near the city of Mumbai, in the Western Ghats or the Sahyādri Mountains, in India. We started our trek with full josh enjoying the scenic beauty. About logo you can read here. View more posts, Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window), Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window), Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window), One day trip to Chincholi Wild Life Sanctuary, Chandrampalli Dam and Ethipothala Waterfalls, Kalavantin Durg – The World’s Most Dangerous Fortress, A Trek Not For The Faint-hearted, My travel Experience to the Royal Rajasthan – Backpackers and City Freaks (BCF), Kedarkantha : My First Himalayan Summit – Backpackers and City Freaks (BCF). Notes from BCF:We organize this trip very often through out the year. In fact, the fun of travelling in monsoons is double. You can also enjoy the wide shots of lovely green mountains and narrow valleys as you continue your trail. It was used as a watch tower to keep a watch on the surroundings. This trek is so adventurous and thrilling. The monsoon season would make this place much more fascinating with its lush green views. One has to climb 80-degree rock-cut stairs. The Kalavantin Durg Trek is an extremely rewarding trek which is one of a kind experience especially when you live nearby only. The trek is the only route to the Kalavantin Durg, which is considered the most dangerous fort in the world The group is seen making its way down … On a weekend, me along with my other trek friends planned this trek with Backpackers and City Freaks. Because of the fog, we were not able to see the Kalavantin durg peak from Prabalgad. Both forts are very close to each other. Trek is divided into two parts – first one hour trek from base to the Prabalmachi Plateau which is a rest point and second is from Prabalmachi to Kalavantin Durg Top (Which makes it more difficult and interesting at … The beauty of this trek is the amazing rock-cut steps that zig-zag their way up to the mountains.The steps will be 80 degrees inclined. The Mountains are your reward for such a dangerous trek. Offering gorgeous views and abundant beauty – via rugged terrain with narrow rock-cut steps, steep slopes and no support whatsoever – the trek to and from the fortress is … And that was my breakfast for the day.We reached Pune and most of the office going crowd has dropped at the station and the train got empty. And we started ahead with some inspiration, if we looked down there was nothing visible and only heavy wind was blowing. This one day trek is perfect for the weekend getaway. In the Western Ghats near Mumbai, at a hefty altitude of 701 metres (2,300 feet) above sea level lies the world’s most dangerous fortress: Kalavantin Durg, which (according to legend) was constructed in honour of a Queen Kalavantin. Introduction of Kalavantin Durg : Kalavantin Durg (fort) trek is one of the dangerous treks in Maharashtra. This time it was quick and easy. So we decided to do both the treks. DATE: 29TH JANUARY 2018. To reach Prabalmachi village it would take 1 to 1.5 hours. We all met at Lingampally station, there were 5 more new trek-mates, we introduced ourselves and had our dinner (packed) in train and started playing some fun games. In December 2016, 27-year old Hyderabad-based trekker Rachita Gupta Kanodia died during a trek to Kalavantin Durg and Prabalgad. We couldn’t see the people who were standing just two feet apart from us. Under 140 Characters. You can follow us on Instagram for regular updates. As this train is enroute to Mumbai, vada pav ( vada pav has grown to be the darling of the masses) was sold on the train, which I never want to miss while going for Sahyadri treks. From the base point (in the village of Thakurwadi) to Kalavantin Durg and the Prabalgad Fort, the trek to this adrenaline-sparking fortress take about a little over three hours and is accessible by zigzag stairs carved into the edges of the rocky mountains, with swathes of scree and no guard rails or ropes. Take a cab or state transport bus and travel approximately 162.6 kilometres (101 miles) via NH79, or take a tum-tum (a 10-seater rickshaw) to Shedung Phata on old Pune Expressway then hire a normal rickshaw or cab the rest of the way to the village. From this point forward, it’s quite a precipitous path, and any rainfalls gives it a whole new level of risk as the path gets slippery, thus requiring the trekkers to cling on to the rocks and roots of trees lining the way. The gradient is tricky, steep and rocky, so it is advisable to have a professional trekker along. At some points, the path demands scrambling up the steep slopes and over the rocks. One of the closest fort from Mumbai and can be done within a single day. Things to Carry* Backpack * Raincoat ☔* Plastic bag to cover backpack * Extra pair of clothes and socks * Water Bottle * Energizers and medicines * Comfortable clothing and something warm like a jacket/sweater * Trekking shoes* Torch and an extra pair of batteries* Toiletries* Cap, goggles, sunscreen, moisturizer, mosquito repellent etc., Tips* Make sure your tent is waterproof* Pack frequently used items outside the backpack* Extra cover for your electronic gear items* Wear non-cotton pants – Convertible pants and roll-up pants make an excellent choice for monsoon and all other weather conditions. Be sure to wear the appropriate winter or rain gear, depending on the season. There lies the most dangerous fortress known as Kalavantin Durg and it was constructed in honor of a Queen Kalavantin. As you can see The peak… Hey Guys,This is our visit to Kalavantin Durg. One needs to be just a bit careful while traversing them. The intimidating fort lies between the hill stations of Matheran and Panvel in Maharashtra, not too far from Mumbai (50 km). Located at an elevation of 2,300 feet in the Western Ghats near Mumbai, the Kalavantin Durg is a truly amazing feat that was used as a watch tower in the past.. As one of the 23 forts that were handed over to the Mughal Empire by Shivaji according to the Treaty of Purandar in 1665, it was later reclaimed by the Maratha forces in 1667.. And from Hyderabad, it’s a weekend gateway. This is one of the best treks near Mumbai and the level of difficulty is intermediate , not suitable for beginners. The trails also become cleaner and more beautiful. The fort can be a bit dangerous because of rains between June and August month. It is as high as 2,300 ft and is many centuries old. Our journey was fabulous on the route to Thakurvadi. The experience of trekking through the Sahyadris in the rain is unlike any other season, it’s a pure blend of physical challenge and rejuvenation for mind. Kalavantin is located in the Western ghats of Raigad district, Maharashtra. The above Photo is taken from Prabalmachi Village. Monsoons are the preferred season for trekking when weather is superb and the landscape looks more attractive with the presence of mountains, hills, meadows, and dense forests. It also blows you off with scenic series of mountains and hills. One can see Kalavantin durg from Prabalgad top. Located in the Sahyadri’s, the place is replete with scenic views. Everyone woke up early in the morning got fresh up and carried few snacks and energy bars and started our trek to Kalavantin durg. Exploring the wilderness in the monsoon season is altogether a different experience. We reached Karjat, had our lunch, and also carried snacks and energy bars for our trek. Start 2021 on a High note! There are various peaceful getaways near Mumbai. In the middle, it started raining and we had to wear our raincoats and cover our bags with rain covers. Not only the weather is therapeutic but the monsoon foods, bonfires make it more adventurous. Located at around 2000 ft. above sea level, it is a popular trekking location and amongst the most intriguing Panvel tourist places. Expect to catch a glimpse of the tiny waterfalls south of Kalavantin Durg. We carried our backpacks from homestay and started our journey back to Thakurvadi. Situated at an impressive height of 2,300 feet above sea level, a trek to the top of Kalavantin Durg is not without perils, yet there are many who are willing to take this risk. Pro tip: While trekking to Kalavantin Durg is possible throughout the year, the best time is between October and May, and it is advisable to avoid monsoon season. I had been on plenty of trains before( train being the backbone of our country), transport for the masses, poetry in motion, havens of sweet chai, and hot vada-pav sold through windows by vendors. Kalavantin trek is one of the most dangerous fortress in India. It’s rugged mountains of Sahyadri offers ultimate trekking destinations around Pune and Mumbai. We had literally crawled up and reached the top of the mountain in half an hour. Our trek group gathered at one place and started playing fun games as we have 2 hrs more to reach Karjat (the place from where we have to go to Thakurvadi village and start our trek ). A trip to this beautiful spot will make you forget about your busy life in the bustling city of Pune. History of Kalavantin Durg (Fort) In the year 1657, the fort was controlled by the Maratha Empire. Every year during monsoons Maharashtra transforms into one of the beautiful and hottest destinations in India. It is the most dangerous trek near Panvel. About 1.5 hours later we reached Prabalgad. Kalavantin Durg – The World’s Most Dangerous Fortress, A Trek Not For The Faint-hearted. World's Most Dangerous Fort | Kalavantin Durg | Trekking | Steep Slopes| My first ever Trek to Kalavantin Durg | Maharashtra | Panvel KALAVANTIN DURG TREK- WORLD'S MOST DANGEROUS FORTRESS! Clicked few photographs , had some snacks and started descending . Kalavantin Durg is located between Panvel and Matheran in the Indian state of Maharashtra. We kept our backpacks in our homestay and started to Prabalgad. Have an adventurous get away! Thakurvadi is the village from where we will be starting our trek to Prabalmachi village and there are two trails one to Prabalgad and the other one to Kalavantin Durg. You will feel the adrenaline rush while climbing almost 80-degree steep […] Well it is also known as WORLD'S MOST DANGEROUS FORTRESS And today I'm going to share our experiences through this article. It stands 2,250 ft above sea level. A ‘Climb to Heaven’ owes you dangerously beautiful nature! To allow us to provide a better and more tailored experience please click "OK", Kalavantin Durg | © Rohit Gowaikar / Wikimedia Commons, Kalavantin view from base village Thakurwadi. Kalavantin Trek. Kalavantin Durg near Mumbai is famous for its danger-ridden path and has already given several trekkers in the past cold feet; nonetheless, it still looks attractive. Article by Dheeraj. To reach Thakurwadi, start at the Panvel Railway Station. The later part of the trail, a challenging rock climb is now secured with fixed ropes and local leads to help you and make your climb safe. This trek from Thakurvadi village leads the traveller to the Kalavantin Durg located right next to the Prabhalgad fort. The trek to the fortress is considered to be amongst one of the most dangerous in the country. Situated at around 2,205 feet in the Raigad district of Maharashtra, the trek is a perfect one for beginners or adventure seekers. The hues of green becomes more vibrant. The trail gets notably steeper and vertigo-inducing on the way up – though this doesn’t deter those in pursuit of heart-pounding adventure – but jaw-dropping views and beautiful scenery on the way up make the trek all the more worthwhile. In that rain, hot hot poha will be truly a blessing for your taste buds . The structure is built at a height of 686 m on top of a plateau which is located close to Matheran. Everyone stopped before that last bit, we were scared to climb further, took few minutes of break and we were discussing on how to climb. On a friday evening, I logged out of my office, packed my backpack, and reached Begumpet station. 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