20 Best trekking places around Mumbai & Pune in 200 kms

Trekking, traveling and adventurous activities around Mumbai and Pune in Maharashtra has seen a steep rise in recent years. Here is the list of best trekking places and weekend gateways from Mumbai and Pune in 200 Kms.
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Trek Name Trek Length Time to trek Difficulty level Permission required? Guide required?
Rajmachi Trek
3 Km 1 Hour Easy No No
Rajgad Trek
3 Km 1 Hour Easy No No
Purandar fort Trek
Easy Yes No
Pratapgad Trek 2 Km 30 Mins Easy No No
Raigad Trek
2.5 Km 1.5 Hour Easy No No
LohGad Trek
2.5 Km 1 Hour Easy No No
Korigad Trek
2 Km 1 Hour Easy No No
Kenjalgad Trek 2 Km 1 Hour Easy No No
Naneghat Trek
5 Km 2 Hour Medium No No
HarishchandraGad Trek
7 Km 5 Hours Hard No No
Ghangad Trek
3 Km 1 Hour Easy No No
Dhopad Trek
5.5 Km 4 Hours Medium No No
Chavand Trek
2.5 Km 1 Hour Easy No No
Ajinkyatara Trek
Easy No No

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1. Singhad fort trek

Distance from Mumbai: 180 kms
Distance from Pune: 30 Kms
Difficulty level: Easy
Height: 4300 feet.
Base: Motorable road to the top
Trekking time: One hour.
Camping: Not allowed
Food: Available
Bathroom: Not available

Sinhgad fort trek

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Singhad fort is a scenic drive from Mumbai and Pune through Sahyadri ranges of hills. Singhad fort has turned out to be a famous picnic spots in recent years and you can see spot a lot of people at the top and on the way. You can drive almost until the top to the parking area or if you are looking for more sort of adventurous experience, you can also trek from the bottom to the fort top via a different route and reach to the fort top in half an hour to one hour. You can either carry your own food or enjoy the authentic traditional Maharashtrian food in local stalls at the top.

2. Raigad fort trek

Distance from Mumbai: 170 kms
Distance from Pune: 50 Kms
Difficulty level: Easy to Medium
Height: 2700 feet.
Base: Motorable road to bottom of the Raigad fort hill, Take ropeway from bottom or trek to the top
Trekking time: One to two hour
Camping: MTDC resorts near by
Food: Available
Bathroom: Not available

Raigad fort trek

Source: Wikipedia

Raigad fort trek is a part of Raigad fort natural reserve. Drive from Mumbai or Pune to Raigad is very scenic through Sahyadris range of hills. It is recommended to do this trek in monsoon when there is greenery everywhere and even on the walls of the fort. Vehicles have to be parked at the bottom of the Raigad fort hill and from there you can either choose to go to the top by using a ropeway or you can trek to the top which take from one to two hours at max depending upon your physical fitness. Camping can be done at the peak or if you want a safer stay with your family, you can choose to stay in MTDC resorts near by.

3. Lohgad fort trek

Distance from Mumbai: 110 kms
Distance from Pune: 80 Kms
Difficulty level: Easy
Height: 3400 feet.
Base: Malavli village (Search google map for malavli village)
Trekking time: one to two hours of walking
Camping: Allowed
Food: Not available
Bathroom: Not available

lohgad fort trek

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Lohgad is situated almost half the way between Mumbai and Pune near Lonavala. Once you reach Malavli village, you can either ask the locals or use the google maps to drive towards the fort. The drive from Malavli village towards Lohagad fort is little tough. If you are a novice in driving or using a small car, its better to park the car at the Malavli village and then walk from there. It’s a pure nature walk from village to the fort. You can also see Bhaja caves on the way to the Lohagad fort. During the monsoon, hills get covered with mosses which make the path quite slippery so you need to be careful. The hills extends to something called Vinchukata which means tail of a scorpion because of the part of the fort’s shape.

4. Rajmachi fort trek

Distance from Mumbai: 95 kms
Distance from Pune: 80 Kms
Difficulty level: Easy
Height: 2700 feet.
Base: Udhewadi village (Parking point)
Trekking time: Less than an hour
Camping: Allowed (inside the Kondane caves near the fort)
Food: Not available
Bathroom: Not available

rajmachi fort trek

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Rajmachi fort is situated near lonavala. Nearer to Khandala, you need take a diversion from the Mumbai-Pune expressway towards Udhewadi village. Udhewadi is the base village where you park your vehicle. From Udhewadi, the trek is easy and it takes around half an hour to an hour to reach to the top of the Rajmachi fort. Road to Udhewadi is not in condition and during monsoon, it surely is slippery and very difficult to drive. People interested in offroading can try this road. If you are not sure about the road, search for the Udhewadi village on the google map. There is another cave nearer to the Rajmachi fort. Its name is Kondane cave. For camping, one can use the cave to stay at the night. Rajmachi fort basically is divided into two parts: Srivardhan fort and manranjan fort. There are also old monuments and temples at the top and base of the trek. Whole trek is very spectacular and an eye-treat.

Also Read:  Korigad Fort: Travel & Trek Guide from Pune & Mumbai

Notes:

  • Last stretch of road is in very bad condition.
  • On request, local villagers can cook food, provide campfire woods and carry your stuff.

5. Ratangad fort trek

Distance from Mumbai: 190 kms
Distance from Pune: 190 Kms
Difficulty level: Moderate
Height: 4300 feet.
Base: Ratanwadi village
Trekking time: Two hours
Camping: Not allowed
Food: Not available
Bathroom: Not available

ratangad fort trek

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Ratangad fort trek is a part of Kalsubai Harichandragad Wildlife Santuary. It is regarded as one of the most scenic treks in the Sahyadris and from Mumbai and Pune. Enroute Ratangad fort, you will cross Bhandardara dam on lake arthur. Bhandardara dam is very old and the drive along the dam is very scenic. You will start to feel the adventure and admire the nature from the dam itself. You will almost take half-round of the dam to reach the Ratanwadi village which is base of the Ratangad fort trek. However, this part of driving is very secluded so be careful or drive in a group. From the top, you can see an awesome view of the Sahyadris ranges resembling grand canyons. If you are interested in gorges and canyons, you might also want to visit Gandikota and river penna gorges in Andhra pradesh.

6. Torna fort trek

Distance from Mumbai: 200 kms
Distance from Pune: 90 Kms
Difficulty level: Moderate to Tough
Height: 4600 feet.
Base: Velhe Village
Trekking time: four hours
Camping: Allowed
Food: Not available
Bathroom: Not available

torna fort trek

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Torna fort trek is said to be one of the highest trek from Mumbai and Pune in Sahyadris. So it’s evident that you might have to trek little longer to reach to the peak of the fort. Vehicle can be parked at the Velhe village, the base of the hill and trek. From there the climb starts. It takes around three to four hours to reach to the peak of the hill or to the Torna fort. Since Sahyadris receive a lot of rainfall during the monsoon, it is advisable not to try this trek during monsoon. As the route becomes slippery though there will be a lot of greenery all around. There is also a temple at the top called Mengai temple. You can pitch your tent near by or stay inside the temple. Nights usually becomes much colder and temperature dips to around 15 degree celsius.

7. Korigad fort Trek

Distance from Mumbai: 105 kms
Distance from Pune: 100 Kms
Difficulty level: Easy
Height: 3000 feet.
Base: Peth Shahpur village
Trekking time: one hour
Camping: Allowed
Food: Not available
Bathroom: Not available

korigad fort trek

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Korigad fort trek is nearer to Lonavala and lies in the Amby valley. Once you start from the base village peth shahpur towards Korigad trek, you will have to trek through a forest for first fifteen minutes and then you can see the steps to the fort. In case you feel confused you can take the help of the villagers over there. Often if little paid, they will be ready to carry your stuff to the peak. Korigad trek is one hour climb from the base village. There is plenty of open space at the top for the camping. Be careful of the monkeys during the day.

8. Rohida fort trek

Distance from Mumbai: 210 kms
Distance from Pune: 70 Kms
Difficulty level: Easy to moderate
Height: 3600 feet.
Base: Bajarwadi village
Trekking time: one hour
Camping: Allowed and can also stay inside the temple at the top
Food: Not available
Bathroom: Not available

Rohida fort trek

Source: Wikimedia

Rohida fort trek can be attempted from Bajarwadi village near bhor town. Rohida fort does not lie under any reserve forest area. Vehicles can be parked in the Bajarwadi village which is base village of the Rohida fort trek. Be careful of the rats at the peak. With the rats comes the snakes. So try to cook in isolation or much far from the camping area. Nearer to the camping area, if any leftover food is there, they attract the rats at night and rats attract the snakes, mostly called rat snake. The top is pretty plain and almost an ideal place for the camping.

9. Pratapgad fort trek

Distance from Mumbai: 220 kms
Distance from Pune: 150 Kms
Difficulty level: Easy
Height: 3500 feet.
Base: Wada village, satara
Trekking time: one hour
Camping: Allowed in the Mahadev temple at top
Food: Available
Bathroom: Not available

Pratapgad fort trek

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Pratapgad fort trek is in the district of Mahabaleshwar. It’s situated almost 25 kms from the town of Mahabaleshwar. Pratapgad fort trek is more kind of traveling and toursim that proper trekking because you take only 450 steps to reach to the top of the fort. Being situated closer to the town of Mahabaleshwar, this place is crowded throughout the year and mostly on the weekends. At the top, there are some food stalls which sell maggie, tea etc. There is no proper camping place. So if you still want to camp on the night trek, you should use the temple of Mahadev at the top. Be reminded that over the weekends, Pratapgad fort is overly crowded and if you reach late on the peak on a night trek, you might not get proper space to sleep.

Also Read:  Kenjalgad fort: Travel & Trek Guide from Pune & Mumbai

10. Harishchandragad fort trek

Distance from Mumbai: 140 kms
Distance from Pune: 140 Kms
Difficulty level: Medium to difficult
Height: 4700 feet.
Base: Khireshwar village
Trekking time: five hours
Camping: Allowed
Food: Not available
Bathroom: Not available

Harishchangragad fort trek

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Harishchandragad fort trek as the name suggets is a part of Kalsubai Harishchandragad wildlife santuary. It is located almost at the same distance from Mumbai and Pune. Being one of the highest treks in Maharashtra and in Sahyadris range, this trek offers very beautiful enroute the trek. There are many routes to complete the Harishchandragad fort trek but the best one is said to from Khireshwar village, the base village of the trek. It is also said to be one of the best treks for the camping at night. There are two caves near by which can accomodate tens of people. However, if you are carrying your own tent, you can also pitch your tent at the peak.

Notes:

  • Carry ample water
  • Do not attempt this kind of treks in monsoon as the trail becomes slippery and you might fall slip as well.

11. Purandar fort trek

Distance from Mumbai: 200 kms
Distance from Pune: 30 Kms
Difficulty level: Easy
Height: 4500 feet.
Base: Purandar village near Narayanpur
Trekking time: Half an hour to one hour
Camping: Not allowed

Purandar fort trek

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Purandar fort lies south to Pune. One can drive upto the fort. If you are in a mood to trek, you can park your vehicle at the Purandar village after Narayanpur small town. From there a trail come to the fort. In case you feel confused, you can ask a villager. Some parts of the fort is used by the military police and other purposes.

Notes:

  • Purandar fort closes at 4 pm.
  • Your id will be checked before you make an enttry inside the fort premises with your vehicle. Bikes are parked at the base of the fort.
  • Since this a protected place, Army wont allow you any sort of photography material including a mobile phone with camera. Such things are deposited at the beginning and you are given a token for that. While returning you can pick up your stuff.

12. Tikona fort trek

Distance from Mumbai: 125 kms
Distance from Pune: 60 Kms
Difficulty level: Easy
Height: 3500 feet.
Base: Mohol road after Tikona Peth village
Trekking time: One to two hours
Camping: Allowed

Tikona fort trek

Source: Wikipedia

Tikona fort hiking trail starts from Mohol road after almost a km from the Tikonapeth village. It takes almost one to two hours to reach to the Tikona fort depending upon your speed and capability. If you plan to camp, you can use the cave at the hill top. There is also a temple at the top. From the Tikona fort top, one can see Tung fort and Lohgad fort.

13. Mahuli fort trek

Distance from Mumbai: 90 kms
Distance from Pune: 190 Kms
Difficulty level: Easy
Height: 2800 feet.
Base: Mahuli trek tea stall (Google search the same)
Trekking time: two hours
Camping: Allowed

Mahuli fort trek

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Mahuli fort trek lies North to Mumbai towards Nashik. It lies under Thane district and it is the highest fort in the Thane district. Mahuli fort trek begins from an isolated point. One can park the vehicle near the trek starting point near the temples. Google search “Mahuli trek tea stall” which is the trek starting point. You can also camp at the top.

14. Vasota fort trek

Distance from Mumbai: 280 kms
Distance from Pune: 265 Kms
Difficulty level: Medium
Height: 3800 feet.
Base: Bamnoli village- then take Vasota Bamnoli ferry line
Trekking time: three to four hours
Camping: Not allowed

Vasota fort trek

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Vasota fort trek also called as Vyaghragad trek (Vyaghra means tiger) is said to be one of the most scenic and adventurous thrilling trek in Sahyadris range in Mahrashtra. Vasota fort is almost situated in the center of the Koyna wildlife sanctuary named after the Koyna river which starts and ends with the reserve forest almost forming a bigger lake. This river starts from Shivsagar lake in the south of the Koyna wildlife sanctuary and ends to the northern tip of it. The koyna river basin is home to many wildlife animals like panther, wild dogs, hyena, bears etc. Also the Vasota fort trek passes through the reserve forest which makes it more adventurous.
To go for Vasota fort trek, one need to come to Bamnoli village. Bamnoli village is situated beside the river Koyna. In the village come to the boating point and take a ferry to the Vasota fort. The ferry will drop you to the base of the vasota fort trek from where the vasota trek commences. The ferry costs by default is 2000 rupees irrespective of number of persons sit in the boat. Bothways the ferry charges is 3000 rupees. Try to begin your trek early so that you can return early. Also ask the ferry guy to be available for you to take you back to the Bamnoli village.

Also Read:  Vasota Trek (Vasota fort) from Pune and Mumbai

Notes:

  • You can camp at the Bamnoli at the ferry starting point beside the river if it gets late
  • If you want to stay in Bamnoli here are the details: Hotel Jai Bhairvanath, Bamnoli, Contact person – Dhanaji Sankpal , Contact no – 9421216232
  • Vasota fort is closed every wednesday and on bigge ocassions like 31st dec and during monsoon months. So, please enquire before you commence the trek.

15. Jungli Jaigad fort trek

Distance from Mumbai: 250 kms
Distance from Pune: 210 Kms
Difficulty level: Easy to moderate
Height: 4500 feet.
Base: Navja village
Trekking time: two hours
Camping: Not recommended

jungli jaigad fort trek

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Jungli Jaogad fort trek as the name suggests is truly wild in sense. You might encounter a lot of wild animals and even scorpions and snakes on the trek. Jungli jaigad is situated in Koyna nagar in Maharashtra. The trek starts from the Navja village. If you are not sure about the trek route, ask any villager and they will guide you about the trek.

16. Kenjalgad fort trek

Distance from Mumbai: 230 kms
Distance from Pune: 80 Kms
Difficulty level: Easy
Height: 4300 feet.
Base: Korle village near bhor
Trekking time: half an hour to one hour
Camping: Allowed

kenjalgad fort trek

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Kenjalfort trek is located south to Pune. After Bhor towards korle village which is base of the trek, the road condition is pretty bad. Due to monsoon rain, a car with low ground clearance might face difficulty in driving until there. Once you reach to the village, you can ask villagers about the route to the fort. You can camp at the fort top.

17. Salher fort trek

Distance from Mumbai: 275 kms
Distance from Pune: 310 Kms
Difficulty level: Moderate
Height: 5200 feet.
Base: Waghambe
Trekking time: three to four hours
Camping: Allowed (Also inside the cave at the top)

salher fort trek

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Salher fort trek is the highest trek of Maharashtra. It lies north to the Mumbai and Pune. Waghambe is the base village for the Salher fort trek. From Waghambe, Salher-salota road takes you to the Salher fort. There is also a cave at the fort which can also be used for the night camping. Since Salher is located at a higher altitude compared to the other forts and treks, the view is really magnificent from here.

18. Visapur fort trek

Distance from Mumbai: 120 kms
Distance from Pune: 80 Kms
Difficulty level: easy to moderate
Height: 3600 feet.
Base: Malavli
Trekking time: half an hour to one hour
Camping: Allowed

Visapur fort trek

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Visapur fort trek starts from Bhaje caves which also comes enroute lohgad fort trek. That’s why lohgad fort trek and Visapur fort trek are said to be twin treks. The driving route is same for the Visapur fort trek as well. Visapur fort is situated at the higher elivation than lohgad fort. Both of the treks can be covered in a single day without any problem.

Notes:

  • Not ideal for camping
  • Carry plenty of water
  • Route is little tough and tricky, ask a villager for help

19. Rajgad fort trek

Distance from Mumbai: 210 kms
Distance from Pune: 80 Kms
Difficulty level: Moderate
Height: 4500 feet.
Base: Pali from West side or Gunjavane from east side
Trekking time: three to four hours
Camping: Allowed

Rajgad fort trek

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Rahgad fort trek is a part of Koyna wildlife sanctuary near Mahabaleshwar. Rajgad fort is situated at the northern tip of the Koyna wildlife sanctuary. As its name suggests Rajgad translates into “The king of forts”. Looking at the majestic and maginficance of the fort, you will literally realize that why this fort was given such a name. There are many base places from where you can begin your trek. Pali and Gunjavane (google search these places) are two most famous entry points. From Gunjavane the trek is little more difficult when compared to the Pali side. So if you are a novice and you do not have much experience in trekking, attempt Rajgad fort trek from Pali side which is relaticely easier. From Gunjavane, the trek takes around two to three hours and it takes the same from Pali side as well but it’s easier as said before. For camping or making a night stay at the top, there is enough space and there is a also a big temple which can accomodate around 40 to 50 people. At this temple called Padmavati temple, villagers usually worship goddess of the fort. So chances are also high that you will get something to eat. There is no need to carry firewoods. You can get firewoods at the top from villagers by paying some money, say 50 or 100. Since this temple has its timings, so it is easier to spot people around.

Notes:

  • The trail gets slippery during the monsoon season
  • Locals often wish to guide you and assist you with carrying stuff and preparing food. You can hire one
  • Carry sufficient amount of water not only on this trek but on any trek.

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