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“Awesome trek for beginners”

Kothaligad (Peth) Fort
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Karjat
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
1 review
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“Awesome trek for beginners”
Reviewed 27 January 2014

We, in a group of 7 people, boarded 6:40 am train from ghatkopar to karjat. From karjat station one has to take tumtum or tempo or bus to reach ambivali village. The tempo charges around Rs.70 per passenger but we bargained for entire tempo in Rs.500. I heard the bus fare is Rs.50 but it drops at a place some distance away from where the trek starts. It took us an hour to reach the starting point of the trek (near ambivali village). It was around 9:30 am that we started the ascend. We reached 'Peth' village in hour an half (we walked at our own leisurely pace). Till peth village the way is pretty straight (typical hill station road with lots of turns and slopes sans vehicles). From peth village actual trekking starts. Its an awesome trek from thereon (not very difficult but yes a bit strenuous). We reached the fort (the top) in an hour and it was all scenic view from there, cool breeze taking away all your sweat. By 2 pm we started to climb down and we reached peth village by 2:30 pm. We had lunch at peth village (at the only restaurant available). Food was decent (anything would be good when you are that hungry). Post lunch we reached the point where we started (near ambivali village) in one hour. We took the tempo (at same price) and reached karjat station in 1 hr. Finally we boarded 5:20 pm train towards CST. Overall its a nice trek but would be great if done on a cloudy day.

Please carry water bottles and some snacks along.

Visited January 2014
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“Amazing trek to Peth Fort”
Reviewed 19 November 2013

We left Mumbai at 6am by car. Ours was a group of 8 people. Our drive upto Chowk on the old Mumbai Pune highway was a piece of cake. But the roads from Chowk to Karjat and upto Peth fort via Karjat-Murbad highway was hell. We took right turn from Kashele to reach Ambivli, left our car there and started our trek. Though it was 9 in the morning it was already quite humid. But because of the cloud cover it wasn't as uncomfortable.

The trek is fairly easy but very picturesque. We saw four fairly big waterfalls and innumerable smaller one. Maybe, due to heavy rainfall the previous night. We could see innumerable species of trees, exotic insects, different types of frogs some of which were huge and butterflies especially the yellow ones. They were like thousands of them. When they flew together it was a sight to behold.

The view from the top was amazing. By the time we reached the top the clouds had gathered and it had started to drizzle. We stayed there for about one hour, finished our lunch consisting of Puri Bhaji and frooti and returned to where we had parked our cars. We took a halt at Kashele for light tea and snacks at a restaurant. But the food was not upto the mark.

Since we still had ample time the girls in our group went around for some shopping. They came across a shop named Saubhagya Collections and brought some of very beautiful dress materials at a price that was almost 30% less than what they usually buy from Mumbai. Maybe less overheads.

We returned home by around 8:30 in the evening totally exhausted after yet another of our exhilarating trek.

Visited September 2013
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“"An excellent place for a nice trek”
Reviewed 19 August 2013

This was one of my recent experiences of trekking, boy what a fun it was to reach the top point.
For going there one need to go to Karjat and take a sparrow/ tum-tum. He may charge you about Rs 600/- a side. However if you are 6-7 people then it is worthwhile taking the sparrow.

Once you reach the bottom of the hill it takes roughly about 2.hours to reach to the main hill top from where the difficult part arrives, also a village is located there.

from the bottom of the village it roughly takes about 1 hr to reach the top.
from the top, the view is heavenly almost feels like ecstasy!
There is a small cave and a mandir of Lord Bhairav at the bottom of the topmost point
this is a worthwhile trek to go !!

Visited July 2013
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“Kothaligad Fort”
Reviewed 7 May 2013

There is a small temple and large cave at the base and to the top of the fort,
This is carved from inside forming a staircase reaching the top.
There is a tank of water at some distance from the cave and another one at the top of the fort. This tunnel is the high point of the trek.
The Peth village is exactly as the base of the fort and you can see the walls of the fort,
It is absolutely breathtaking to climb and to have a feeling of the engineering marvel being crafted when there were no engineers like today or even no PWD departments as well.

Visited March 2013
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“My first ever trekking”
Reviewed 1 September 2012

This was my first ever trekking and was organized by Company’s Adventure Club. All in all it was a very good experience for me.

We started early morning from Mumbai and reached Ambivali village at around 9:30AM. We had tea (at Govind ka dhaba) and got our kit (apple, fruity, 5star, biscuits, water bottle etc.) and we have been devided among 5 groups of around 10 people.

And then the trekking starts…

To reach to Peth village, it took around an hour and half and it was quite simple walk. We took an alternate route which includes a trekking of 5-10 minutes.

Once we reached Peth village the actual trekking started and it was definitely not SIMPLE for the people going for the first time. The last part of trekking was a cave (the square structure in the photo) which has got some twisted stairs taking you to the top. This stair is compared with intestine because it is so steep and twisted. Hence the name Kotaligadh (in Marathi Kothali = Intestine). It was used for storing arms and weapons.

Overall a very good trip…

Visited July 2012
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