If you are a trekking enthusiast, then Irshalgad night trek in Karjat should be high on your priority list. Get ready for an exciting trek with your family and friends and have a memorable time during this night trek to Irshalgad. It is a good option for people who are looking for trekking near Mumbai because of its convenient location. The pinnacle of Irshalgad which is visible from the Mumbai-Pune old highway has attracted a lot of trekkers. It is often draped in clouds and adds to the seclusion and charm of this place. Surrounded by greenery all around, this hill fort offers a splendid view of the adjacent peaks. Although the fort is hardly mentioned in history, it is a favorite among trekkers, history buffs, adventurers, and nature photographers as well. During the trek, you will also get a chance to explore the base village, Chowk-Irshalwadi.
Located in Western Ghats of Maharashtra, Irshalgad is a fortress situated 3,700 ft. above sea level in the Karjat region between Matheran and Panvel. ‘Irshal’ means a pinnacle and ‘gad’ means a fort. Irshalgad may have been under the Maratha rule when Shivaji Maharaj captured the regions of Kalyan and Bhiwandi up to Rairi in May 1666. Famous for its noticeable pinnacle, Irshalgad is the sister fort of Prabalgad fort. The nearest village is Irshalwadi. The villagers extend whole-hearted guidance and offer warm hospitality to all the tourists visiting this place. While the fort is not as massive as the other forts on the neighboring hills, it does add significance in terms of height.
Your journey will begin from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station, from where you will travel to the base village, Chowk-Irshalwadi. Irshalgad pinnacle is accessible by a moderate 2-3-hour trek for the 3.5-km distance. The ascent from the base village to the top of the fort is a zigzag path. Pace yourself on this path and enjoy matchless views over Morbe reservoir to your right. The night trek to Irshalgad fort would be a wonderful experience for beginners. You can easily make your way up through a series of rock cuts. Do not forget to carry a water bottle, readymade food, and an additional pair of clothes, energy drinks, walking stick, torches, and a first-aid kit. Once you reach the top of this hill fort, the panoramic view of the cluster of forts around is sure to leave you spellbound. Make sure you don’t forget to capture these wonderful memories of Irshalgad night trek on camera. Start your descent back to the base village, after you finish exploring the fort.
This 2-day Irshalgad trekking tour will offer you an ideal escapade, away from the busy city life. Take in the sights and sounds of nature during your trek and have a great time.
Day 0: Mumbai - Karjat
Your wonderful sojourn starts from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station in Mumbai on this day. Travel to your destination, Karjat, by Karjat Fast Local at 11:30 PM. You may board the same Karjat Fast local train from any other station, as per your convenience and reach the destination. You will arrive in Karjat station past midnight at 1:50 AM.
Day 1: Karjat – Mumbai
Upon reaching the Karjat station, leave for the base village, Chowk-Irshalwadi. On arriving at the base at about 2:30 AM, begin the trek following an introduction session. Head towards Machi, a little plateau in the hills between Matheran and Panvel. Here, you can take rest, enjoy a delicious breakfast, and start your trek to Irshalgad Fort. Upon reaching the top at 9:30 AM, take your time and explore the marvels of the fort. After clicking a few pictures of the stunning views, start your descent back to Machi. Have a delicious lunch by 1:00 PM at Machi, before heading back to the base village. Once you reach the village, head towards Panvel Station to catch a local train to Mumbai. Begin your journey back home with memories of this wonderful Irshalgad trekking tour.
Departure dates: 23rd April 2017