Manikgad Trek

 “Where the heart loves, there the legs walk.”, Some call this trek, A Jewel of Experience…

Manikgad - Our First Monsoon Trek

Date: July 1st, 2023.

Grade: Medium | Endurance: Medium (Two Hours One Way)

Base Village and Trek Route Options:

Vashivali (Thakurwadi – Dangarwadi – Hanuman Mandir - Manikgad)

Vadgaon (Rockcut stairs - Dangarwadi – Hanuman Mandir - Manikgad)


 30 KM from Panvel.


Trek Contribution:

Rs.1200/- per person


Includes: Travel by Private Transport (Non-AC) Trek Management and Mountain Guides, First Aid etc.

Excludes: Any meals.



6:10 am – Versova Metro Station

6:22 am – Andheri West, S. V. Road, Near Merwans Barkery

6:30 am – After Domestic Airport Signal

6:40 am – Kalanagar Junction Bus Stop, Near Western Express Highway

6:50 am – Chembur, After Diamond Garden Signal

7:10 am – Vashsi (Junction of Station Road and Highway below the bridge near Bus Stand)

7:20 am – Belapur (Below the bridge)

7:30 am – McDonald (Just before the express highway entrance), Kala Nagar.

Carry packed breakfast or buy packed breakfast from here. (Breakfast in the bus)

8:30 am – Vashivali / Thakurwadi.

Trek starts after induction and introduction session.

9:00 am to 12:30 pm (Trek towards Manik Gad Summit)

Lunch at the summit

01:30 pm Start of Return Trek

04:30 / 5:00 pm End of Trek

Return Journey

8:00 pm Expected return to Andheri after drops along the route.

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Travelers Experience (Manik Gad Trek):

The Manik gad fort is located near Vashivali (Rasayani MIDC), this location is 27 km away from Panvel. One can find two routes from the main road to reach this destination for Washivali. One can proceed from the first route, which is via Katar wadi. Whereas the second route will take you to Manikgad fort is the second right which goes via Dhangar wadi. After walking for some time, the two different routes will meet after about an hour.

From the second route, starting your journey towards Vadgaon village, a big temple greets you on the way. The route from Katarwadi will surprise you with its greenery as you continue your journey towards Manikgad fort. After reaching Dhangarwadi, the main route to Manikgad is just a few steps away. The fort has a first door which is known as “Maha Darwaja” What makes the second door interesting is the sculpture of Lord Ganesha inscribed on it.

Within the fortifications there are crumbled remains of a large stone gate and a flour grinder that is made of made of stone. One can also find more than four water tanks on the way while the tank on the top is the biggest of the rest of the tanks. On the top of the Manikgad fort one can also find a small temple and a ‘Chunyacha Ghana’. The top of the fort gives a bird’s eye view of the lush green valley and a scenic view from all sides.

(Make your own discoveries and write your own travel story.)


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