The Sondai Fort is a not-so-famous fort close to Karjat, Maharasthra, and is renowned for enthralling visitors with thrilling trekking experiences, particularly during the monsoons. It is one of the lesser-known attractions in Karjat. The Sondai Fort, which originally served as a watchtower, provides a stunning view of the Matheran mountain range, Karnala Fort, Morbe Dam, Prabalgad, Irshalgad, Rajmachi, and Songiri forts. By scheduling this enjoyable journey to Sondai Fort, you may unwind while admiring the beautiful views of the Matheran Mountain range, which features lush vistas and hazy peaks.
Level of Difficulty – Moderate
How to Reach –
Local trains are available from CSMT (Central Line) for Karjat and Indrayani Express leaves at 5:40am from CSMT (but would advise taking local train).
After reaching Karjat Station, cabs and rickshaws are available to take you to the base point from where the trek starts. The distance from the station to the base point is around 10 km and takes 15-20 minutes to travel.
Cabs take Rs. 600 and can seat 8 people max.
A rickshaw takes Rs. 150 and can seat 3 people max.
If travelling by PRIVATE VEHICHLE - Take the new expressway, and head towards Matheran. The route is available on Google Maps. The road conditions are good.
It takes around 2 hours to reach the top.
At the base point, there is enough parking for those travelling by private vehicle.
At the fort, the only beautiful thing to see is the view during the monsoons.
There are food stands along the route that sell Vada Pav, Maggi, packaged meals, and water bottles.
The monsoon season calls for extra caution because many areas get slick from rain.
The trip also has great views. On one side, you can see a lake, and on the other, cloud-covered mountains. The mountain's descent can be a little challenging. Don't worry; there is decent network connectivity throughout the entire journey.
Attempt to arrive at the fort as early as possible in the morning because it becomes crowded after a while.
(P.S.-Please refrain from leaving further litter; many individuals have already done so.)