I love the fact that even though, we can see so many building and constructions in and around Mumbai, we still have managed to save a few of our lakes and forts and parks and some of natures beauty that is present in and around Mumbai. So if you are frustrated and are in a fix and want to get out of Mumbai, but really don’t know what to do, then here’s a solution. But loving nature or being able to trek is a must. Don’t look surprised about the Trekking part. Because this is a list of all the best trekking places in and around Mumbai.
Situated near Mahad, this hill fortress was built in 1674. The fort once served as the capital of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. The main structures inside the Raigad Fort, which today stands mostly in ruins, comprise of Queen s Quarters, Public Durbar, Watch Towers, Darwazas (gateways) etc. There are approximately 1737 steps leading to the fort, though today an aerial tram exists to reach the top of the fort.
The trail leads through some jungle foliage. The place and the view from the top though is amazingly beautiful.
Located in Khed near Pune. Known for its famous Bhimashanker Temple. The trek towards the temple is long and quite tiring. But the trek is definitely worthwhile. Bhimashankar is a good paradise for nature lovers, trekkers, jungle lovers and bird watchers. The best seasons to go are monsoon and winter.
Rajmachi has 2 forts which were built during the 17th century. There are two ways to reach the Rajmachi fort. You can either take the route from Lonavala, or the one from Karjat. The Lonavala trek is said to be for beginners and is an easier path. The trek during monsoon is quite picturesque with many beautiful cascading waterfalls. But one also needs to take necessary precautions resulting due to the famous Jungle stream near Udhewadi.
Established in 1969, this park comprises of a large protected area and extends over 104 square km. Located in northern most suburban Mumbai, Sanjay Gandhi National Park is known to have several trails and walks in it. An ideal place for animal and bird lovers. The popular Ashok Van trail winds up through thick forest to a dense cluster of Ashoka trees that are a welcome half way resting spot. A more ambitious route is the View Point trail to the highest point in Mumbai, for a panoramic view of the city and a view of the three lakes of the city - Tulsi, Vihar and Powai Lake. New jungle trails at Sanjay Gandhi National Park allow visitors to see the more unexplored parts of the park. Rock climbing enthusiasts often come to national park. Many rock faces around the National Park and the Kanheri Caves offer a great opportunity for rock climbers.
There are many other opportunities to try trekking in and around Mumbai. The other places to trek to would be Takmak fort at Vasai, Gambhirnath caves at Beed near Karjat, Korigad fort near Aamby Valley, and Malshej Ghat. But like I always say, where ever there is a path and some greenery and some climbing, it makes a good place to try trekking. So in case you have your trekking materials with you, do plan a trip soon!!!