Beyond the hustle and bustle of the most happening town of Kasol lies hidden among the hills, an ancient village of Grahan. The local claims it to be as old as the historic town of Malana. The beauty of Grahan Village is untouched by the tourists and trekkers (Written and visited in 2016) and is thus in its purest form. Unlike Malana, the people of Grahan Village are very friendly and the village is way much cleaner than Malana. Till 2014, when I visited it the first time, the village didn’t have any guest house or hotel. And just within the time span of 2 years, proper Homestays with modern amenities have come up. Though I feel it will make the village lose its original charm, it caters the basic need of a traveller. The only way to reach Grahan Village is by trekking from Kasol.
Sar Pass Trek has created its own space in the trekking dreams of the Youth Hostelers all over the world. The experience of trekking through the ancient Himalayan villages like Grahan and the stoners’ town Kasol adds to the elusive high altitude Himalayan experience. The trail is designed to give you the experience of bustling towns of Himachal to the windy lake pass where no life exists except that of fresh white snowflakes. And before you proceed for this tedious but refreshing trek, know what you should carry for this trek.
Mythology says, the Kauravas and Pandavas ruled the incredible land of India around thousands of years ago and besides the terrific family war, there is a lot for a traveler in the greatest epic of Mahabharat. In fact, the historic memoirs make me wonder about the incredible adventures of India’s ancient nomad family of Pandavas. Their Kingdom extended from sea wrapped Indian peninsula to the abode of Gods, right up to the heaven in the Himalayas. Some of the surviving villages of their era like Gangaad, Osla , and Seema dates back to around 3000 years and sing the saga of their culture and ventures. Amazed at this fact, I decided to explore their lofty kingdom and thus, headed for Har Ki doon Trek , in the state of Uttarakhand. Read more
Monsoon and Winter season bring the trekking season in Maharashtra. Kohoj Fort Trek is one of the least famous monsoon trek or winter trek in Sahyadris. The trek is admired for its heart-shaped lake named Pazhar and the verdant vistas of the surrounding valley.
- Height of Kohoj Fort: 3200 ft (980 m)
- Difficulty Level: Medium
- Duration: 1 Day
- Trek Duration: 3-4 hours
- Base Village: Vaghote (Palghar Region)
- Best season to trek: Monsoon/ Winter
- Estimated Cost: 400 – 500 INR (including Public Transport)
- Kohoj Fort Contact: For Group Trekking Arrangements Contact Gautam Vaishnav +91 97621 24690 (Organiser of Budget Trekking – by Trekraw)
Solo trek is not an adventure in a way, it’s just a simple task of moving out of your comfort zone and testing your limits. As we know, the real life begins out of your comfort zone and I can proudly say my real life solo venture was a beautiful one. Read more
Sandhan Valley Trek is one of the most enthralling descent treks near Mumbai, Maharashtra. The rappelling activity involved in this trek makes it an adventurous trek. The trekking trail passes through a narrow creek in between two rocky hills near Samradh Village. During monsoon season, the same trail turns into a pathway of a river and during the summer, it becomes a trekking trail. This Sandhan Valley Trek blog of mine will give you detailed information about this trek including a local guide’s contact in Samradh Village.
- Height: 4,665 ft
- Difficulty level: Medium
- Duration: 2 Days
- Trek Duration: 5-6 hours
- Base Village: Khireshwar
- Descending Route: Pachnai
- Best season to trek: Monsoon/ Winter
- Estimated Cost: Rs. 500 (including Public Transport)
The Arthur Lake or Bhandardara Lake was formed when Wilson Dam was built on Pravara river. It serves as the most beautiful landscape for admiring a beautiful sunset followed by overnight lakeside camping and stargazing. Bhandardara camping has recently become very famous owing to the comfortable stay option in hotels and MTDC Bhandardara. This beautiful lake is certainly one of the best options of lakeside camping near Mumbai and Pune. Read more
Kothaligadh trek or Peth trek is one of the easiest treks that can be done by any beginner. Located in the Peth region of Maharashtra, Kothaligadh was used as an arsenal during the rule of Shivaji Maharaj. Kothaligadh also worked best as a watchtower in the valley surrounded by popular peaks of the Sahayadri mountain range. It can best be done during monsoon as the greenery around looks picturesque and the surrounding mountain ranges wrapped in the cloud look totally dramatic.
Before giving all the other details in this Kothaligadh Trek Blog, let me answer some…
Frequently asked questions
What is the height of the Kothaligadh?
Is Kothaligadh Trek difficult?
No, not at all. Kothaligadh trek would be rated the easiest on the difficulty level. The initial trek route is on the flat land passing through its base village, The last few minutes of climb id a bit steep that can be done by taking rest in between.
How long is the Kothaligadh Trek?
The to and fro trek duration is just 3-4 hours even if you take enough breaks. If you have a really good speed you can reach the top just in 1.5 -2 hours of time.
Which is the Base Village for Kothaligadh Trek?
The Base village for Kothaligadh Trek is Ambivali village which is accessible from Neral station on the central line of Mumbai Local Trains.
Which is the Best Season to do Kothaligadh Trek?
The best season to do this trek is winter and monsoon. If you want to avoid the slippery rocks then winter is a perfect time. It also provides you a clear view of the valley with a bright blue sky. However, I personally feel monsoon is a better time to do Kothaligadh Trek as the beauty of the valley is in its full bloom.
Kothaligadh Trek Budget and Guide’s Contact
- Estimated Cost: Rs. 350 – 400 (including Public Transport)
- Contact No: (For breakfast/lunch/dinner/guide)
- Hotel Kothligad: 8446869377, 8983096763, 8446880454
Have you ever experienced rains miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city? Or got drenched in the lush green surroundings and the chocolaty mud? Ever been above the clouds or have watched the clouds rushing towards you and making you feel lost in some dreamy blurry world? If this dreamy description is exactly what you wish for then just pack your bag and leave for the Rajmachi trek from Mumbai during any monsoon weekend and it will ensure the everlasting memories of your life. Here is the complete guide and contact details of Rajmachi Trek and camping. Read more