Top 12 places for Monsoon Treks in Pune
1.Vasota Fort Trek:
This fort is in the Satara district and is famous for its views of Guyana backwaters and the wildlife sanctuary. It is a remarkably interesting place that passes through steep hills and way back built forts. This is 160 km from Pune and can catch a direct bus for Satara from where the base village Bamnoli is 40 km. The route passes through the famous Kaas Plateau and from Bamnoli you can take a boat to reach the start point of the Vasota Fort Jungle Trek. It is better suggested to start the trek exceedingly early. The difficulty of the trek is moderate. The trek passes through dense jungles and can nearly take an hour to reach the fort. Once you reach the fort you get the new fort, old fort, and the nageshwara cave temple. The cave is carved in the pinnacle with Mahadev temple inside. It is visible from the Vasota Fort. It’s best to visit from October to December. The visit to the old fort has been banned due to the presence of wild animals. You can even camp in bamnoli beside the river and enjoy the night.
2. Raigad fort trekking:
Raigad is a hill fort located at Pachad close to Mahad in the Raigad district of Maharashtra. This is one of the most well-known forts in Maharashtra and a famous spot for journeying close to Pune. Prior called Rairi, Raigad was most influenced by Chandrarao More of Jawali and was caught by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s in 1656 CE. By winning and getting control over the Rairi Fort, Shivaji Maharaj got it renovated and renamed it Raigad (the King’s Fort). Shivaji Maharaj made it his capital in 1674 CE when he was delegated as King. The fortress was obliterated by the British in 1818 CE after they vanquished it. You can reach the base village panchad and has nearly 1500 steps from there to reach the fort. You can reach the fort by foot or by the rope lines. There is even a better trekking way through the jungle. Then you can see the maha Darwaja that’s the entry point of the fort and can see the two superior pillars named Jai and Vijay. Then entering the fort, you can explore the Palakhi Darwaja, Mena Darwaja, Chatrapathi Shivaji Maharaj Statue, Hanuman Taake, Nagarkhana, Bazaar Peth, and so on. The Palakhi Darwaja was the pathway through which Shivaji’s mother (Jijamata) used to enter the Raigad Fort. You can also visit the Rajyasabhagruh where the Raj Sinhasan of Shivaji Maharaj was located. It will take a whole day to explore the fort.
This fort is 82km from Pune and is one of the most visited places during weekends. It’s covered with dense forest is recommended to visit during monsoon. The historical fort dating back to the time of the great Maratha ruler Chatrapati Shivaji is located amidst the lush green Sahyadri range and is one of the most sought-after trekking destinations in Maharashtra where you can experience nature in varying moods. It has several waterfalls, deep gorges, and valleys, quaint villages, waterways. You can reach Udhewadi base village from Pune through the roadway and trek a shorter distance for 30 minutes. You can visit the Tungarli Lake, Valvan Lake which is located just about 10 km from Lonavala, Valvan village is an idyllic hamlet and a well-known tourist destination of Maharashtra abounding several waterfalls and spellbinding natural beauty to allure nature lovers, tigers leap and Kune waterfall. The must things to do there are camping near pawna lake, paragliding in kamashet, and the Baja cave exploration.
4. Lohagad fort:
This fort is located at top of the beautiful hill which is 77km away from Pune and easy to trek. This fort was built back in the 18th century by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj where he used to keep all the reassure here safely. This fort shows an exclusive combination of beautiful scenery and architecture. This beautiful structure is of the Maratha empire interlinked with the visapur fort and is considered to be the best fortresses of the region. This site is worth it if you are looking for a weekend gateway or an adventurous escape from reality. It’s good to visit from July to august with a tremendous view. You can visit the Della adventure park with your loved ones and have a fun time there. Then you can visit the Narayani Dham temple which was built in 2002. Then you can visit the bhaja caves which were built in the 2nd century and experience the tranquility and untouched by urbanization.
5. Tikona fort :
This 60 km from Pune and is an easy level of trekking. This fort is a dominant hill fortress of the Konkan Pawan naval region. This resembles a triangular shape and thus got its name as Tikona. This fort has large fortifications, 7 water tanks filled with pure and crystal clear water. Large doors and an amazing view from its bastion. The fort’s entrance itself represents beauty and as soon as you pass through the large doors you can see the Buddhist and satavahana caves. There’s even a trimbakeshwara Mahadev temple inside which is the spiritual place for the first residents of the fort. Not only this, once when you reach the top of the fort you can visit tung fort, bhatrashi hill, jambul hill, lohagad, and visapur. You can visit here between June to September as the place will be covered with full greenery. You can visit Lion’s point and it is the highest point to trek for both the trekkers from Khandala and Lonavala. Morvi dongar is also another place to visit nearby to see the wildlife and bird sightings.
6. Korigad fort:
This is 90km from Pune and is a one-day easy trek. This is a very beautiful hill fort and can be visited at any time. The view from the top of the fort is just splendid. It is said that this fort is around 1500 years old. It said that this fort was forcibly taken by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj along with other forts like lohgad, viaspur, tung, and Tikona in the year 1657. But after several battles, the British captured this fort from them. There is even a beautifully planned city in the aamby valley which is built over the southern and easter side of the fort wherein monsoon you can see the spectacular water flowing through the stairs. This fort gives an amazing view of the tung fort, pawna lake, and the aamby valley city. You can also see the 2 lakes on the fort, Korai Devi temple, the bombard cannons which were is used in the wars, and the walls of the fort.
7. Sudhagad fort trek:
This fort is 130 km from Pune and is a very easy trek. This fort was also known as Bhorapgad. and is in the hills of pali. The fort got its name from goddess Bhoraidevi. Its believed that this fort was built in the 2nd century. This fort was then renamed the sudhagad fort after the Marathas conquered from the bhamni dynasty in the 16th century. It was Shivaji Maharaj’s capital but later chose Raigad due to its central location. After reaching the top of the fort one can see tail baila, sarasgad, and gangad from there. You can also camp near the 2 huge lakes nearby and visit pant sachivancha and the goddess Bhorai Devi. There are two water ponds on the fort. On the slopes of the fort, there are trees of Pandhri which are used to make a popular walking stick. There are three main gates the largest of which is called the Maha Darwaja.From the top, other forts like Sarasgad, Korigad, Ghangad, Taila-Baila are clearly visible
8. Matheran trekking:
This place is best said to be the cleanest hill station in India. This hill station is 125km away from Pune and is one of the most visited trekking places on the weekends. It is even said that there are no motorcycles or vehicles allowed to completely stop the pollution as it echoes a lot and it’s eco-friendly. It gives you a wonderful view of the landscape. This place is the best to experience or trek by foot. To reach the hill station it’s good to travel by train to explore the wonderful nature and view visiting over there. it will take a minimum of 3 hours to reach there. There is even a government bus available to reach Dasturi Naka from Karjat railway station. Neral to Matheran distance is 8 km and will take 20 to 25 minutes to cover. And the best time to visit the place is from November to February where you can experience full of greenery and a good weather condition to trek. The place even has wonderful sunrise and sunset views, and people often travel for this. There are even some must-visit places here. The echo point is one where it’s like a theatre of nature where you can experience the echo. To view, the sunset it is better to visit Cecil point. Then charlotte lake is incredibly scenic and located near the Shiva temple. Then there is the Garbett plateau which gives the absolute picture of the plateau of the hill. There are even other places to visit like Belvedere Point, Rambaug Point, Madhavji Point, Olympia Ground, etc.
9. Kalsubai peak trek:
Its 176km from Pune and is a popular night trek which is a medium to moderate type of trek. This is very popular in the Sahyadri region. This peak shows the natural environment like the forests, waterfalls, and historical fort. The kalsubai temple on the peak peoples worship place from the villagers nearby. It is believed that there lived a girl named kalsubai who use to cure animals and villagers. Then at some time she left the village unknowingly and there onwards, people started to worship in her memory. Then a temple was built in her name. from the peak you can also view other forts like Alang, Madan, and kulang. July to September is the monsoon season. You get to see lush green landscapes and experience trekking in heavy rain, autumn months give clear views of the surrounding peaks and forts. You get to experience walking on grasslands with a vast variety of flowers. The same variety of flowers found in the Kaas plateau are also found here. Snake lovers get to see some rare species on the iron ladders.
10. Torna fort:
Its 50km from Pune and is a moderate level of the trek. it was the first fort Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj conquered at the age of 16 in 1643. It takes around 2 hours to see the fort. This fort is considered to be one of the heritage sites. Various places can be seen around the fort, such as Budhla Machi, Zunjar Machi, Kothi Darwaja, Kokan Darwaza, Menghai Goddess temple, Bini Darwaja, Sadar, Toranjai Goddess temple, etc. The Menai temple is a good place for staying inside the fort. The Torna Fort is a popular destination for trekkers especially after the southwest monsoon, from September to December. You can stay in the Menghai Devi temple.
11. Visapur fort trek:
Its 70km from Pune and is a moderate level of the trek. This fort is located at top of the green hill of Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra. This fort shows an amazing view from the top. This fort was dated back to the 18th century and has been part of the fortification of visapur and lohagad. The ancient caves, arches, well, and old houses are the main attractions here. There are even roofless buildings that are beautiful to see. And here Lord Hanuman was considered to be diety of visapur and can find many temples worshiping for lord hanuman. There is even a famous well which is believed that it was built by Pandavas. And even you can see the guns and ammo nation of queen Elizabeth. Bhaja Caves is a combination of 22 rock-cut caves dating back to the 2nd century BC. These caves once were the residential points for Buddhist monks. This is a must-visit place for all the mythology buffs and history enthusiasts and
Duke’s Nose is a famous landmark and a hiker’s paradise. Trekking, hiking, and rock climbing are activities to enjoy here. If you happen to reach here in monsoons, you might see plenty of small waterfalls gushing forcibly from the Sahyadri mountain ranges.
12. Harishchandragad fort trek:
This fort is 165km from Pune and is moderate to the difficulty level of the trek. Its believed it was built by the kalchuri dynasty in the 6th century. Then it was again renovated in the 11th century. It’s even believed that sage chandev used to meditate here in the 14th century. Then the fort was captured by the Mughals and then was freed by the Marathas in 1747. Strong fortifications of this fort have multiple entry routes such as the Junnar gate route, Sadhale ghat, Nalichi wat, and Indore waat.the old puranas like matsyapurana, skandpurana and agnipurana has references to this spot. The carvings on the temples of Nageshwar in Khireshwar village, in the Harishchandreshwar temple, and the cave of Kedareshwar indicate that the fort belongs to the medieval period since it is related to Shaiva, Shakta, or Naath. Rohidas, Taramati, and Harishchandra are the three peaks in Harishchandragad.