Type: Hill Fort
Height (Approx in ft.): 3200
Base Village: Vaghote
Nearest Railway Station: Kalyan, Palghar
How to reach:
From Kalyan bus depot one has to reach Wada. From here we can alight in a bus going towards Palghar or Manor and board at Vaghote village. One can also hire six-seater rickshaws from Wada. Now keeping the fort on our right hand side we have to walk down the foot-track. After a 5 minutes of walk we have to take a right turn. Few minutes of further walk takes us to a beautiful dam wherein we get a wonderful reflection of the fort. On crossing this dam actual climb of the fort begins. There is a complete U traverse to get to the fort-top. About 2 hours are required from Vaghote village to climb up the fort.
From Palghar – Reach upto Manor and follow the route from manor to vaghote village.
Time to reach from base village: 2 hrs
What to see:
On reaching the plateau of the fort, a temple of Lord Shankar can be seen, which has now been rehabilitated. Two cisterns can be seen in front of the temple. One of the routes descends from the left side of the temple, where seven adjoined cisterns are located. One of the cisterns bears clean water. The other two cisterns have been spoiled, the remaining four being clogged. Few remnants in dilapidated state can be seen to the right of the temple. Fortification is also seen at some of the places on the fort. The other way stretches from the right side of the temple up the hill. Three large cisterns can be seen on this route, one of which is clogged and the other two contain water. This water can be used for drinking. An idol of Lord Hanumana can be seen near these cisterns.
Making headway along this route we reach near the bastion, which is now in a dilapidated state. A temple of Lord Hanumana is located to the left of this bastion. From here, we climb up the steps and within 15 minutes of walk reach at the top of the fort. Here we come across many natural pinnacles formed due to wind-erosion. A man-shaped pinnacle is one of the greatest wonder of nature’s creation. This is the most attractive place on the fort. Different shapes of this pinnacle are evident when viewed from various directions. A temple of Lord Krishna is situated ahead along this route.
Accommodation Facility: Not available
Food Facility: Not available
Drinking Water Facility: Available
Best Season to Visit: Sept to April