Mumbai is the city of dreams. The cosmopolitan city is the hub of art, culture, dance, music, restaurants, food, and nightlife. Then there is another hidden side of Mumbai. The city is a perfect getaway because it is also well known for its green hills and pastures, thick forests, never-ending springs and breathtaking waterfalls, abundant forests, and much more.
Escape the traffic jams and metropolitan life for a weekend and explore the hidden paradise because what’s out there will captivate you for sure! Below are some best trekking destinations in your city which will make you believe in nature.
1. Kalsubai trek, the dream
The highest peak of the Sahyadri mountain range in the Nagar district, the peak is at a whopping height of 5400 ft. the ‘Maharashtra Everest’ offers you the picturesque views of Harihargad, Alang-Madan-Kulang, Harishchandragad, and Ratangad forts. Located amid a wildlife sanctuary, the Kalsubai trek is sure a dream to any nature enthusiast.
One of the best monsoon treks in Mumbai, the trek is a mixture of easy yet steep slopes with rocky crags and iron ladders. the thick forest with tempting blossoms and colorful butterflies will make you fall in love with them! Find an ideal day between July and September and you are good to go.
2. Lohagad Fort, into the history
The ‘Iron Fort’ at 3400 ft, is the definition of history and the brilliant masterpiece of architecture. 96km away from Mumbai, the fort nestles on a hilltop near Malavali. Holding the footprints of Chatrapati Shivaji, the fort is of great historical importance.
Surrounded by thick green vegetation and covered in clouds during monsoon, the Lohagad fort trek enchants you with its beauty. Known as trekker’s paradise, the trek is most visited in monsoon. Though the steps are slippery with water flow and almost covered by mists, it gives you a unique trek experience like no other.
3. Ratangad Fort trek, green green everywhere
Located in Ratanwadi village, 185kms away from the city, the 1-day trek is definitely for a weekend getaway. The 400 years old trek was captured by Chatrapati Shivaji and is known for preserving its history. The cavity-like structure on top of the natural rock peak has given its name ‘Nedhe’ means Eye of the Needle. You would be taken away by the breeze during your 6km boat ride from Bhandardara to reach the base village, Ratanwadi.
4. Mahuli Fort Trek, eye-catcher
Regarded as the highest point in the Thane district, the Mahuli Fort is nestled on the western end of the Sahyadri Range. 2815 ft above sea level, the fort though secluded, the view from the top is distinct. The trek is the perfect place to find peace and the misty clouds over the pinnacle is indeed a complete picture. 92km away from Mumbai, the easy trek is for someone who is in search of me-time and goes wild in the wilderness. Thanks to the Mughal era, the fort offers you a jaw-dropping portrait from the tranquil lake.
5. Rajmachi Trek, mingle into the jungle
Considered the best for its serene look from the destination, the Rajmachi fort trek is popular among other treks in Mumbai and Pune. The Shrivardhan fort and Manaranjan fort are the two mounded structures in Rajmachi peak. Double delight! Standing amidst the Sahyadris, the 2710 ft fort was constructed by the Satavahanas and later captured by Chatrapati Shivaji.
The big structure is a collection of residential units, administrative centers, water reservoirs, and secret tunnels. The exquisite look from the top is nothing but greenery till the end of the horizon! The place is accessible from Lonavala and Karjat. Nevertheless, the route taken, the trek is exciting and captivating.
The treks that are enchanting and bewitching to human eyes even in a busy city like Mumbai is rare but existing. Amature beginners or avid trekkers, the trekking spots in and around Mumbai will absolutely not disappoint your expectations.
All you need is to believe that they are much more than what we assume. Refreshing air, rejuvenating walk, and mind-blowing scenics are the needs of the hour. Pack your essentials and make an unplanned trip because the planned ones cease to exist!
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