5 Best Maharashtra Trekking Places to Visit in 2024

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From the Sahyadri mountain range to the lush Western Ghats, this Indian state offers a trekker’s paradise. unveil ancient forts like Lohagad Lohagad and Rajmachi, steeped in history and surrounded by breathtaking landscapes. Dive into the mystical ambience of Harishchandragad, known for its Konkan Kada viewpoint. Explore the most challenging and the highest peak in Maharashtra “Kalsubai Peak.” Maharashtra’s trekking trails promise adventure, cultural richness, and unparalleled natural beauty for every passionate explorer.

Here is the List of 5 Best Maharashtra Trekking Places to Visit

1. Kalsubai Peak (Ahmednagar)

2. Lohagad Fort (Lonavala)

3 Rajmachi Fort (Lonavala)

4. Harishchandra Gad (Ahmednagar)

5. Karnala Fort (Raigad)

 

1. Kalsubai Peak (Ahmednagar)

kalsubai peak

Kalsubai Peak is the highest peak in Maharashtra and it is located in the Ahmednagar district in Akola taluka. Kalsubai is famous for its challenging trekking trail, offering panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes throughout the journey. Passing through lush paddy fields, jungles, small streams, highlands, and rocks, it takes around 3-4 hours to reach the peak. Kalsubai is particularly enchanting during the monsoon season when the entire region transforms into a lush green paradise with numerous waterfalls cascading down the slopes.

  • Best Time To Visit Kalsubai Peak: Between July to September.
  • Kalsubai Peak‌ Temperature: 18-25°C.
  • Kalsubai Peak‌ Entry Fees: ‌No entry fees.
  • Kalsubai Peak‌ Timings: 07:00 AM to 05:00 PM. 
How to Reach Kalsubai Peak‌ 
  • Nearest Railway Station: Igatpuri Railway Station- (32 km) And Kasara Railway Station- (53 km).
  • Nearest Airport: Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport- (178 km)
  • ‌Nearest Bus Stop: Igatpuri Bus Stop.

2. Lohagad Fort (Lonavala)

Lohagad Fort

“Lohagad Fort is situated near the hill station Lonavala, approximately 52 km northwest of Pune city in Maharashtra, India. The fort, constructed in the 2nd century, has witnessed the rule of various dynasties, including the Marathas and the Mughals. The popular Lohagad Fort was captured by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in 1648. It showcases impressive architecture and engineering, featuring well-preserved structures such as gates, walls, and bastions. The ascent to the peak of Lohagad Fort takes around 1-1.5 hours. Visitors can explore the fort for hiking and delve into its rich history.”

  • Best Time To Visit Lohagad Fort: June to February.
  • Lohagad Fort Temperature: 15-29°C.
  • Lohagad Fort‌ Entry Fees: ‌No Entry Fees.
  • Lohagad Fort‌ Timings: 09:00 AM to 06:00 PM.
How to Reach Lohagad Fort 
  • Nearest Railway Station: Malawali Station Railway Station- (6Km).
  • Nearest Airport: Pune International Airport- (66 Km).
  • ‌Nearest Bus Stop: Lonavala MSRTC Bus Stop.

3. Rajmachi Fort (Lonavala)

rajmachi fort

Rajmachi Fort is one of the many historical forts in the rugged hills of the Sahyadri mountains. It consists of two twin fortresses (Kilas) Shriwardhan and Manaranjan, with a wide machi (Wings) surrounding the two Balekillas. The trek to Rajmachi Fort is a popular adventure, offering scenic trails through lush greenery, dense forests, and cascading waterfalls during the monsoon season. Rajmachi is accessible via trekking routes from Lonavala or Karjat. It takes around 4-5 hours to climb the fort. Camping options are available at Rajmachi, which offers a unique overnight experience surrounded by nature.

  • Best Time To Visit Rajmachi Fort: June to February.
  • Rajmachi Fort Temperature: 20- 29°C
  • Rajmachi Fort Entry Fees: ‌No entry fees.
  • Rajmachi Fort Timings: 07:00 AM to 05:00 PM. 
How to Reach Rajmachi Fort
  • Nearest Railway Station: Lonavala Railway Station, Khandala Railway Station- (15.9 km).
  • Nearest Airport: Pune International Airport- (87 km).
  • ‌Nearest Bus Stop: Karawadi Bus Station.

4. Harishchandragad (Ahmednagar)

harishchandragad

Harishchandra Fort is a hill fort in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra. It is a very popular place for trekking in Maharashtra and also one of the famous Bhandardara tourist places. Nested in the Western Ghats, it stands at an elevation of approx. 4672 ft. above sea level. The fort was built in the 6th century and has seen various rulers, including the Marathas and the Mughals. The routes leading to Harishchandragad are surrounded by lush greenery and various types of flora and fauna. 

  • Best Time To Visit Harishchandragad: Between October to February.
  • Harishchandragad Weather: 21°C.
  • Harishchandragad Entry Fees: ‌No entry fees.
  • Harishchandragad Timings: 06:00 AM to 06:00 PM. 
How to Reach Harishchandragad 
  • Nearest Railway Station: Igatpuri Railway Station- (41 Km).
  • Nearest Airport:  Pune Airport- (91 km), Mumbai Airport– (102 km).
  • ‌Nearest Bus Stop: Dhamanvan Bus Stand.

5. Karnala Fort (Raigad)

karnala fort

Karnala Fort is a hill fort in Raigad district of Maharashtra. It is 10 km from Panvel city and 65 km from Mumbai. The fort is located inside Karnala Bird Sanctuary. You will able to see different types of wild bird species and a fort built in ancient times. Karnala holds historical significance dating back to the 12th century. The trek offers scenic views of the surrounding hills, lush greenery and the Mumbai-Pune Expressway.

  • Best Time To Visit Karnala Fort: September to April.
  • Karnala Fort Temperature: 20-27°C.
  • Karnala Fort Entry Fees: ‌No entry fees.
  • Karnala Fort Timings: 06:00 AM to 06:00 PM 
How to Reach Karnala Fort
  • Nearest Railway Station: Panvel Railway Station- (12 Km).
  • Nearest Airport: Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport at Mumbai- (60 Km).
  • ‌Nearest Bus Stop: Karnala Naka Bus Stop.

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FAQ’s:

Q1. Which is the biggest trek in Maharashtra?

Ans: Kalsubai Shikhar (5400 feet).

Q2. Which is the best trekking season in Maharashtra?

Ans: Monsoon.

Q3. Which is the 2nd highest trek in Maharashtra?

Ans: Salher (5140 feet).

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