Trek to Gorakhgad Fort
Type : Hill forts
Fort Range : Karjat
Grade : Easy – Till Caves(Medium : If climbing top)
History : Named after Saint Gorakhnath & also stoppage when travelling Junnar via Naneghat in Shivaji era
Base Village : Dehari(Dehri) village
Maximum Height : 1,660 feet
Best Time : Monsoon
For Monsoon, Gorakhgad was un-explored by us, so we planned for it. From Kalyan we have to cross ‘Murbad‘, take a Right, to the road goes ‘Mhasa Village‘.
While we cross Mhasa we found another ‘Borivali’ here 😛
Reaching Dehari, from base we can see Machchindragad(1,600ft) to left and Gorakhgad(1,660ft) to the right and behinh ‘Ahupe ghat‘.
The Range is like, from left to right :
Machchindragad | Gorakhgad | behind Ahupe Ghat | Siddhgad | Bhimashankar
There is a Temple, from here we have to start trek where the way goes behind from it.
Way is visible, after sometime trekking there is a plateau, where we can see Gorakhgad, and in front full range view of Ahupe Ghat. It is beautiful 😀
Moving ahead on the path, a small temple, is there.
There are some steps made by Government from here we can move ahead for the Old steps of Gorakhgad.
Entering this door, whole rock is being drilled for making internal steps
On going off from the route, there is a God Idols carved in a cave.
Climbing ahead you can see the cave. Cave can accommodate 20-30 People.
Water cistern are next to this caves :
Moving ahead of the caves, a way goes upwards to top of the Mountain. While raining this mountain is covered with Clouds, so be careful while climbing ahead. There are tall heighten steps with finger grips to climb.
On top there is a Lord Shiva temple. So say, this watch tower also.
After snacks we start for descending. While descending, we found a Visitor, Peafowl 😀
It was following us and making some high frequency sounds 😛
And also find another visitor 😀 . We dont know its I.D. all we know is to stay away from Yellow and Red frogs 😛
There was a stream, where we decided to have a chill. After getting into Car, it started raining heavily and we left for Mumbai.
Some extra shots are below.
Catch you on another Adventure 🙂