Irshalgad trek is one of the most amazing trek near Mumbai. It is an Hour and half drive from Mumbai. It is very close to Panvel, so even closer if you are from Navi Mumbai.
Irshalgad is not a fort but a watchtower sort of. It has a pinnacle which was used by the Maratha forces to keep an eye on approaching enemy forces. Since the nearby fort Prabhalgad and Karnala.
Irshalgad trek has two stages. The first leg of the trek is to reach to the Irshalwadi village. The second leg is to reach to the pinnacle.
Why the name Irshalgad?
The Gad(Fort) is named after the local deity Irshal Devi. Even the village is named after the Devi. You can see the small temple of the Devi on the way to the trek.
How to reach?
You can either reach panvel and take a local transport to the village near Morbe dam. But this will be a total for 3 hours trek. We took our own vehicle and parked at the beginning of the trek. The Cost is almost the same if you go by public transport or personal vehicle.
The trek took us 2 and half hour to ascend and 1 and half hour of descend. We started from the village near Morbe Dam(Chowk Village). We parked our vehicle and started the trek. Park your vehicle at your own risk, since its not the official parking.