Western Ghats (also known as Sahyadri, meaning The Benevolent Mountains) is home to hundreds of treks and species. Just as the name suggests it has been very kind and compassionate to all its visitors who barge in throughout the year. My 50th western ghat trek was to a mountain I had heard about by my friends and somehow missed on the chance thrice to make a visit.Prabalgad Fort, also known as Kalavantin Durg (Kalavantin's Fort), is located between Matheran and Panvel, Maharashtra.ELEVATION: 2,300ftDIFFICULT: ModerateLOCATION: Panvel regionHOW TO GET THERE:1) By Train + bus:• Get down at Panvel railway station• 5 minute walk upto the State Transport Bus Station• 1 hour bus ride till base village Thakurwadi• Easy trek till Prabalmachi. Route is well marked from base village2) By Train + Rickshaw:• Get down at Panvel railway station• Share TumTum Rickshaw till shedung phata• Hire Rickshaw till Thakurwadi Village from shedung phataHISTORY: It is believed that the Fort was built around the time of Buddha or around/ before 500 BC. Earlier known as Muranjan, Prabalgad Fort earned it's name after it was captured by the Maratha forces under Shivaji's rule.
Why Kalavantin Durg should be in your Bucket list…
कलावंतिन दुर्गकलावंतिन दुर्ग, दुनिया की सबसे ख़तरनाक जगह पर बना ये किला मुंबई के पास सहयाद्री पर्वतों में प्रबल पठार के उत्तरी किनारे पर स्थित है। ये किला समुद्र तल से 2,300 फीट की ऊंचाई पर बना हुआ है। इस किले को पुराने समय में निगरानी करने के लिए भी काम में लाया जाता था | इस किले तक पहुँचने के लिए आपको एक दिन की चढ़ाई करनी पड़ेगी जो खड़े रास्तों, चट्टानों और बिना किसी सहारे के अपने आप में काफ़ी मुश्किल है | लेकिन एक बार चोटी पर पहुँच गये तो आस पास का नज़ारा देख कर लगेगा की आप जन्नत में पहुँच गए हैं |
Curiosity can lead us to do many things, it can make you wander endlessly. Take you to places you might have never seen. Given you some scars and experiences that are worth a lifetime or maybe more. So did I, ask such questions, questions that made me uncomfortable, yet exciting. I asked myself how it would be to scale the pinnacle of a mountain on an unplanned early morning. God has been really kind to me and good things do happen when you think more about it - Law of Attraction. It had been more than a year since my last trek. I remember scaling Lohagad during engineering after which I was into running marathons intermittently. I hardly felt my legs getting an extra stretch climbing the terrains, hardly any scab resembling a wound. My legs had given up stretching and running. All credits to my procrastinating nature and laziness that added a few pounds of flesh on my body.Check my travel pictures on Instagram A few days later, I had seen my camaraderie Amit Azad exploring the wilderness and uploading beautiful pictures on social media. The pictures were amazing and I was eager to be a part of the adventure group he was a part of RACE - Rockface Adventure Camping and Expeditions, jointly founded by Anant Chouksey, Shalini Sharma - engineers fueled enthusiasts in exploring the nature in its sheer form. I was opportune to be a part of a trekking experience to Kalavantin Durg. Their pictures made me nervous, made me tremble not in fear but in sheer of the adventure that laid ahead of the expedition.
Kalvantin durg and Prabalgad trek2018 February 25