The monsoon is upon us. And though the rains in the maximum city are beautiful, they are more charming in the mountains. If you have a weekend to spare, but are tired with tremendous planning and preparation, then here’s a destination where you can plan a perfect DIY night trek.
Nestled at an altitude of 1482 feet, the Sagargad Fort is located in Alibaug. A part of the Sahyadri range, the fort at Sagargad offers scenic panorama and thrilling adventure, bubbling brooks and enchanting trails, all rolled into one.
The actual details of the fort have been lost in the annals of time. It is believed that the great Shivaji had conquered the fort from Adil Shah. The fort finds mention in the treaty of Purandhar, under which Shivaji handed over 33 forts along with the Sagargad Fort to the Mughals.
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The Trek Route
The trek to Sagargad peak falls under the easy level category. Hence, it can be undertaken without expert guidance and professional trekking equipment. It is a three-hour climb through 8 km of comfortable terrain.
The route begins from the village of Khandale on the Alibaug-Pen road. You can take any bus heading towards Alibaug, and alight at Khandale, 6km before the main city. There is a motorable road that goes through the Khandale village. Just ahead of the motorable road, a dirt road begins, through the fields and forest. You have to take this dirt road until you reach to a flight of stone stairs. It is a walk of around 20 minutes. The climb starts from these stone stairs. During monsoon season a stream of water flows down these stairs.
A little ahead on the trek route, you will come across the Dhondhona falls. A flight of stair to the right takes you down to the pool. This could be a happy diversion, before you begin the climb of 350 steps towards the fort.
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A temple of Someshwar marks the midpoint of the trail. After the temple, you have to cross a rustic village, and take the jungle path to the right to continue on the trek route. The entrance will take you through thick vegetation till you reach the top of the fort.
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The view from the pinnacle is extremely rewarding after the climb. The panorama includes the Arabian Sea and the Revdanda Fort. You can also view Karnala, unless the peak is covered with thick monsoon fogs.
The best time to visit Sagargad is monsoon and winters. It is an easy trek, that is often done through the night, to watch the sunrise from the peak.
So, head out to Sagargad if you have a spare weekend in Mumbai this monsoon.