A laid back hamlet, a tiny wildlife sanctuary and a gateway to the ancient fort located few km away as you climb the off beaten hill path. Time stands still, it takes you back in times to a stage set 2000 years ago.
The only sign of modernization is alone electric cable and a narrow tar of a so-called road, both of which terminates at public parking yard.
The village looks older than the Malgudi village but equally interesting. The Climb up to the fort promises lots of romantic views of lush green trees, shrubs and wildflowers. I will not elaborate on describing the place more and spoil the surprise awaiting to be quenched...
This was the story over a decade back. Though not much seems to have changed since then, much of this neighbourhood is still unexplored, so lets
Mahuli Fort. Altitude around 2815 feet above mean sea level.
Trek Category: Moderate to Touch endurance trek, with uphill ascend most of the way while climbing (almost 3 to 4 hours climb; it takes around 2 hours to descend back from the top).
Best Season: July to March
Location: 5 km off Asangaon railway station, Shahpur region. And 75 km drive from Mumbai.
Budget for the custom trek with small groups.
Trek Fee: Rs.1500/- per head.
Transport cost per vehicle if required from campsite to Mahuli base and back: Rs.1500/-
(each vehicle can accommodate up to 7 to 8 persons).
Snack Pack for the trek; along with 2 bottles of water per person.
2 Trek Guides
Mahuli entry tolls
Lunch at the campsite.
Complimentary Kayaking for 30 minutes back at the campsite.
Exclusions:Lunch; Any kind of insurance; Any other meals/menu not mentioned above.
Custom Trip Fee Per Head (Minimum billing for 3 pax)
Links for books / payment / terms and condition
7:30 am Meetup at the campsite or Highway near Vasind.
Arrival at the base village around 8/8:30 am
Start of the trek after Induction and Introduction.
Trek to Chota Mahuli Plateau
(it takes around 3 hours to climb Chota Mahuli Plateau)
Enjoy the view from the summit.
Descend takes around 2 to 3 hours.
3:00 pm Arrival at the campsite for late lunch
Try your hand at Kayaking
5:30 pm end of trekking experience.
History: The creator of this fort is unknown. In 1485 this place came under rule Nijamshahi dynasty. When Shahaji Raje became the secretary of Nijamshahi, Mughals of Delhi tried to end Nijamshahi. In 1635-36, Shahaji Raje transferred himself with Jijabai and Shivaji to Mahuli. When Khan Jaman attacked the fort, Shahaji asked Portuguese for help, who refused and Shahaji surrendered.
Shivaji took this fort from Mughals on 8 Jan 1658. In 1661 it was given back and was won again by Shivaji. In treaty of Purandar, in 1665, Marathas lost these forts again. In Feb 1670, Shivaji Maharaj tried to conquer Mahuli, but failed, thanks to an alert Manohardas Gaud, who was the in charge of the fort. Thousand of Marathas were killed. Manohardas Gaud, soon gave up his position and Alveerdi Beg took over. On 16 June 1670, after two months, Moropant Pingle conquered the forts and Mahuli, Bhandargad and Palasgad became part of Swarajya. Till 1817, Shivaji's dynasty owned the fort and later by the Britishers.
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Local Women preparing Pitla Bhakari on a wood fire stove.
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