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.
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