Irshalgad

Type: Hill Fort

Height (Approx in ft.): 3700

Grade: Hard

Base Village: Nadhal

District: Thane

Nearest Railway Station: Chowk

How to reach:

Chowk is a railway station on Karjat – Panvel railway track and a highway stop on Mumbai-Pune old highway. The trek starts from Chowk. A crown- shaped fort is prominently seen from Chowk. After climbing for two hours, you will reach to Irsalwadi, the village on the maachi (plateau) of the fort. Type of climb – Easy. Irshalgad is 100 meters high from Irsalwadi (half hour). Type of climb here is moderately difficult.

Time to reach from base village: 2 hrs from Irshalwadi

What to see:

As mentioned above, Irshal is a pinnacle. There is a water tank on the route from the Irshal plateau to the peak. From there, we reach the needle hole near the top through a simple rock-climbing route. Proceeding little ahead, we see a water tank to the left and a cave to the right. This water is suitable for drinking. The route, which climbs up from near the needle hole goes to the top of the pinnacle. To reach the top of the pinnacle, it is essential to have artificial rock climbing equipment. From the top we can see the forts of Prabalgad, Matheran, Chanderi, Malanggad, Karnala and Manikgad.

Accommodation Facility: Not available

Food Facility: Available at Irshalwadi

Drinking Water Facility: Available till March

Best Season to Visit: Sept to April

 

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