Total time required to reach a base: 1 hour from Karjat railway station
Total time required for climbing: 3 hrs of normal climb
Duration: 1 Night
About Kothaligad Fort:
Kothaligad (also called Peth) is a small Fort (3100 ft) is situated to the east of Karjat near Karjat-Murbad Road in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is one of the famous treks in the Karjat area, because of its small height and easy climbing. It is also known as the Fort of Peth because of its vicinity to Peth village at its base.
The cave and the temple carvings date back to the 13th century. Not much is known about history until the 18th century. In 1716, this cave was captured by the British. Then later on, on November 2, 1817, it was recaptured by the Marathas under the leadership of Bapurao who belonged to the generation after Bajirao. It was recaptured by the British, on December 30, 1817, the very next month, under Captain Brooks. The British had the fort till 1862 as an outpost for vigilance on the surrounding valley and the hills all around it.
The locals say that this is not actually a fort but a sort of lighthouse from where the directions were given to know the advancements of the enemy. In fact, it can be called a watchtower to keep a vigil on the Mawal area in the greater province of the Maratha.
A small temple
A large cave
Canon made up of alloy metals
A chimney-like tunnel to the top of the fort
A tank of water near the cave and another one at the top of the fort
We'll be boarding the below train from our nearest local station. Train timings are shared below for convenience.
10:04 pm CST
10:11 pm Byculla
10:18 pm Dadar
10:26 pm Kurla
10:30 pm Ghatkopar
10:38 pm Bhandup
10:46 pm Thane
10:58 pm Dombivli
11:05 pm Kalyan
11:56 pm Karjat
Meeting Point: Karjat Railway Station at 11:56 pm
01:00 am Reach Base village, freshen up, gear up for the trek
01:30 am Introduction round and brief on rules and regulations to be followed by everyone on the event
04:30 am Reach the top, take some rest and then explore the top with the dawn
07:00 am Post sunrise and after clicking loads of pics, we will start our descend
09:30 am Reach back to our base village. Freshen-up and have breakfast and tea
10:30 am Leave for Karjat Railway station
11:30 am Reach Karjat railway station
01:30 pm Reach Mumbai and bid adieu with a promise to meet soon
The cost per head includes the following.
Local travel from Karjat to Karjat
Unlimited breakfast at base village
Tea in the morning
First aid and first responder assistance in case required
MPA administration charges if any
Do read our terms and conditions before registration
All kinds of extra meals / soft drinks ordered.
Insurance, tips, porters, bottled mineral water, aerated drinks etc.
Any kind of personal expenses.
Any kind of cost which is not mentioned in the cost includes above.
All expenses incurred due to unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances like roadblocks, bad weather.
Things to carry:
Some ready to eat food like- plum cakes, fruits, chocolates, biscuits, etc
2 Litres of water must
Good trekking shoes
Extra pair of clothes, socks optional
Cap, Camera as Optional
1 packet of electrol, enerzal, glucon-D
Medications if required for individual
Avoid wearing precious ornaments on an event, if possible
And a haversack or backpack to put all the above things to be carried, so hands are free to help each other while trekking. Sling bags / jholas / trolley bags etc not allowed on the event. Please pack accordingly.