Koraigad Fort

Night Trek to Koraigad Fort
Altitude: 3000 Feet above mean sea level
Trek Category: Easy

Night Trek, Camping below the Stars, Exploring Fort, Bird's Eye View of Ambi Valley (Model Hill Station Township)..

Trip Date: March 3, 2012 (Evening) to March 4, 2012 (Noon)..

Camp Fee: Rs.1650/- per head (10% Discount for Members).


March 3, 2012

06:30 pm - Yari Road (Andheri West).

07:00 pm  – Andheri East (Bislery Junction).

07:15 pm - Vakola Junction, 100 meters after the signal towards Khar.
07:25 pm - Bandra-Kalanagar Junction Bus Stop, near Exit of Sky Walk.
07:35 pm - Sion Station (Near Sion Lunch Home).
08:00 pm – Chembur (Opposite to Akbar Allis Departmental Stores)
08:30 pm – Vashi (Junction of Mumbai-Pune Highway and Station Road)
Dinner on the way.. 
10:30 pm Expected to reach Lonavala
11:00 pm Start of Night Trek
12:30 am Arrival at Fort

Open Agenda.. Tent Pitching, Camping, Exploring Fort..

Night Trek

Camp Fire

March 4, 2012

08:00 am Start back from Fort to base village
Breakfast at Base Village or Lonavala
10:30 am Start Back for Mumbai
Expected to be back in Mumbai by 1pm

Exploring Fort at Night

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About Koraigad

South of Lonavala in the Maval region is the Koraigad fort which offers a panoramic view of the Deccan Plateau as well as the Konkan region. To get here you have to take the INS Shivaji road from Lonavala to Ghusalkhamb, Peth-Shahpur and Ambawawne, the village at the foothill. From here is a slightly arduous path through moderately thick forest leads to a flight of steps take you to the main entrance of fort. The distance between Lonavala and Peth Shahpur is just 20 kilometeres. From the village of Peth-Shahpur you can see Koraigad hill rising like a steep wall. Its height is 3000 feet from mean sea level, but the height from peth-shahpur to the top is about 800-1000 feet. The path to the forest goes along a flat plain for quite a while before entering the forest just below the fort. From here to the main doorway is a steep climb, through dense vegetation. Among the various trees which can be found here are fig, mango, bamboo, hirda, kokum, nirgudi, karti, raanwangi, ghasodi. Occasional rare spotting of barking deer, boars, peacocks, doves are among the animals and birds found here. Half-way along the path to the left, you can see a carved Ganpati idol in a rock. Further ahead, just short of the main doorway, is a water tank, containing cool and fresh water. On entering the main door, you find a cannon lying to one side. To the left is the main gateway, the Ganesh Gate. From here far to the left, you can see the Duke’s Nose and the INS Shivaji area, while straight ahead is the Jambhuli mountain range beyond which is Tungi hill. The southern side of the fort has a temple dedicated to Koraidevi. The roof of this temple had been blown away some time ago, but now some enthusiasts have got together and had a new roof fixed. Outside the temple are two stone lamps. Inside is a four feet tall idol of the goddess. Behind the temple, adjacent to the ramparts of the fort, this is by far the largest. To the south is the well-fortified Ambavane gateway. There are two lakes on the hill where often groups of vultures hover. Visible from here are the Mulshi lake, the Bhamburda mountain and the Durga hill. The western part of the fort contains some caves and an idol of Vishnu. From the northern bastion of the fort, there is a panoramic view of the Konkan area.

There is a regular State Transport bus service from Lonavala to Peth-Shahpur and Ambavane. It is possible to spend the day at the fort and return to Lonavala in the evening. You must remember to carry your own food and water.

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