My Trek to Sudhagad near Khopoli, On A Low Budget.

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4th Mar 2017
Photo of My Trek to Sudhagad near Khopoli, On A Low Budget. 1/1 by Gautam Vaishnav

I got to know about Sudhagad (Bhorai devi temple) from a friend of mine who told me that its a replica of the Raigad fort. Now, this intrigued the explorer in me. So with basic essentials packed & along with a fellow traveller, I set out on an exciting journey.

At cst station and waiting for the 17:33 khopoli train.

Photo of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Area, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India by Gautam Vaishnav

Quick info on the Sudhagad Fort :

Height- 600 meter

Trek grade- medium.

Things that you need to carry along are:

2litres of water.

dry fruits(dates are my personal favorite).

lunch(parathas, pickle, spicy chutney).

Fruits(oranges).

And a pack of glucon-d(electral powder).

We got a train to Khopoli from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, so has per the plan we boarded 17:33 train from CST and reached Khopoli by 20:00. The base village of the Sudhagad Fort is Thakurwadi (approx. 45kms from Khopoli railway station).

Now let me guide you on how to travel from the station to this base village:

From Khopoli railway station go to khopoli bus stop; an auto ride on sharing basis will cost you Rs. 10.

The distance from Khopoli bus stop to Pali Balleshwar temple is 30km, for which we hitched a ride as the last bus from Khopoli bus stop was at 20:00

We decided to stay for a night at a hotel for just Rs. 100. (Got this deal after negotiating but cant reveal the hotel’s name, sorry)

The next morning at 7AM we resumed our journey to Thakurwadi village which was around 11kms from our current destination & it costed around Rs.17 in a state transport bus.

Sudhagad fort from base village.

Photo of My Trek to Sudhagad near Khopoli, On A Low Budget. by Gautam Vaishnav

And we arrived!! Once you reach the base village, I recommend that you have a word with the locals about the route to Sudhagad Fort, they will surely tell you and plus its a very easy route. First you will see a stairs (see pic below.) and then again some set of stairs.

Stairs(identification mark)

Photo of My Trek to Sudhagad near Khopoli, On A Low Budget. by Gautam Vaishnav

The route is well marked you will find it easy to hike towards the top of fort. (Browse through the images).

constructed steps which collapsed because of rain.

Photo of My Trek to Sudhagad near Khopoli, On A Low Budget. by Gautam Vaishnav

When you pass the above the steps you would see a water body on the left hand side around 50-60 meter away.

water body available under the tree. drinkable water.

Photo of My Trek to Sudhagad near Khopoli, On A Low Budget. by Gautam Vaishnav

After this you will reach the top of the fort in 20-30 minutes and will be able to spot a lake.

Once you reach the top you need to see the following(Refer the image also):

1. Taak Maak point.

2.Lake.

3.Maha Darwaza.(video Shared)

4.Bhorai mata temple.

5.Pant Sachivcha waada.

6.Chor Darwaza.(video Shared).

Lake (animals bath in this water).

Photo of My Trek to Sudhagad near Khopoli, On A Low Budget. by Gautam Vaishnav

Now walk towards the right of the lake after which you would see the mansion (“waada” as known in Marathi) and the Taak Maak point.

Maha Darwaza
Chor Darwaza.

Pant Sachivcha waada.

Photo of My Trek to Sudhagad near Khopoli, On A Low Budget. by Gautam Vaishnav

Maha Darwaza.

Photo of My Trek to Sudhagad near Khopoli, On A Low Budget. by Gautam Vaishnav

A view from outside of chor darwaza.

Photo of My Trek to Sudhagad near Khopoli, On A Low Budget. by Gautam Vaishnav

Bhorai mata temple.

Photo of My Trek to Sudhagad near Khopoli, On A Low Budget. by Gautam Vaishnav

Bhorai mata.

Photo of My Trek to Sudhagad near Khopoli, On A Low Budget. by Gautam Vaishnav

Route to the temple from the mansion.

Photo of My Trek to Sudhagad near Khopoli, On A Low Budget. by Gautam Vaishnav

After exploring the fort we took a nap in the mansion after which we headed back to the base village where the bus was at 15:00. (Another bus is available at 18:00 o'clock).

While on my way back i stopped to click a selfie with the kids

So to Sum up the cost of this trek:

Train= CST - Khopoli (return)= Rs. 60

Bus= Khopoli - Pali (return)=Rs. 102

Stayed at pali = Rs.100- because of the delay & missing out on the last bus (extra cost )

Bus= Pali - Thakurwadi=Rs.34

Total expenditure=Rs. 296

So if you are able to manage your time and everything is in place as per the plan, you can complete the trek in Rs.296 only. Just carry your lunch and snacks with you. If you have any queries , please feel free to contact me. I am just like you - A traveler seeking thrill by discovering new places & amazing adventures!.

Selfie with kids.

Photo of My Trek to Sudhagad near Khopoli, On A Low Budget. by Gautam Vaishnav
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Hi, Nice blog ...
Wed 03 27 19, 14:20 · Reply · Report
Hello! Greetings from Adventure-Pulse! We would like to invite you for our upcoming trek to one of the most scenic forts in Maharashtra! Join us for Trek to Vichitragad Fort scheduled on 26th Aug 2017. Drop your mail id to know more details. - Adventure Pulse
Fri 08 18 17, 15:01 · Reply · Report
Very Nice Gautam.... Nice Trip
Sat 04 01 17, 10:53 · Reply · Report
Nicely summed up
Fri 03 31 17, 21:29 · Reply · Report