Type: Hill Fort Height: 2320 Feet above MSL (Approx) Grade: Medium Base Village: Thakurwadi Region: Panvel.
Prabalgad fort, or Muranjan fort in its present form, was built during Bahmani Sultanate to keep an eye on Panvel Fort and Kalyan Fort in North Konkan. Around 1458 AD, Malik Ahmad, the prime minister of the kingdom of Ahmednagar, took over the fort during his conquest of Konkan. During the collapse of the Ahmadnagar Sultanate, Shahaji tried helping them unsuccessfully against the separate forces of the Mughal Empire and the Adil Shahi dynasty and moved to Muranjan, along with wife Jijabai and younger son Shivaji for a brief period. The fort was conquered by Shivaji from the Mughals in 1657 after he establishing himself in the Kalyan-Bhivandi area. There is a dense forest on the way till the top. Historical references indicate that Freedom fighter Umaji Naik made a stay here in 1826. The fort top commands an excellent view of the surroundings with Prabalgad in the front. Matheran, Chanderi, Irshal, Karnala, Manikgad, etc can be easily identified. Also, Get ready with your cameras to shoot the actual stars. Nothing can beat the visibility of stars in dark skies.
Meeting Point at Panvel Railway Station, 6:30 PM Itinerary: Sunday 31st December 2017:
6:30 pm: Meet at Panvel Railway Station
6:45 pm: leave from Panvel for a base village
7:30 pm: Introduction & Start trek
9:00 pm: Reach prabalmachi (base village/Camp Site), Dinner and shoot the actual stars. Trek schedule next day i.e on 1st January 2018:
7:00 am: Wakeup Call & Refreshment.
08:30 am: Breakfast at Prabalmachi.
09:30 am: Start descending prabalmachi and reach Panvel railway station.
Travelling from Panvel to Panvel
First aid kit
Exclusions: Any other personal expenses other than above Gst (5%).