Get ready for a fantastic Prabalgad Fort trek, a thrilling yet challenging experience. Also known as Muranjan or Pradhangad, the fort lies at an astonishing height of 2300 ft., located in the Western Ghats of Maharashtra and is a favorite among trekkers. Built by the Bahmani Sultanate, this massive fort has witnessed the rise and fall of powerful kingdoms, such as the Marathas and the Mughals. Learning about the tales of bravery surrounding this fort would be an awe-inspiring experience.
Your journey will start at Panvel station, from where you will travel to Thakurwadi, the base village. Later, head to Prabalmachi, a charming village off the old Mumbai-Pune highway. The trek to Prabalgad Fort is a moderate one and would be a great experience for beginners. You can easily make your way up through a series of rock cuts. However, as there are no safety railings, make sure that you watch your step and follow basic safety rules. Stay close to your team members or companions and carry enough water bottles.
Once you reach the top of the fort, you will realize that the challenge you had endured was worth it. A breath-taking, panoramic view will welcome you. Get a chance to witness the glory of the sunrise from the fort, as dawn breaks. From here, you can also spot a number of forts, such as Kalavantin Durg, Matheran, Malanggad, and Vikatgad. Kalavantin Durg was a watchtower for Prabalgad and climbing it is even more challenging, because of the steep architecture and stone-carved steps with no protection of any kind. Monsoon season makes it even more challenging to climb, as the steps get slippery. Just a single wrong step could be disastrous!
The top of the ruined Prabalgad fort is covered with dense trees and also has a water cistern. There is also a small Ganesh Temple located in the fort’s premises, with idols carved out of stone. Once you are done exploring the fort, start your descent back to the base village.
No matter if you are an amateur or experienced trekker, Prabalgad Fort trekking tour will be an experience you will never forget. So pack your bags and be ready with your trekking gear, because this amazing 2-day trekking tour will be full of fun, games, and adventure.
Day 0: Mumbai - Prabalmachi
The exciting Prabalgad Fort trek from Mumbai starts on this day! Sharp at 05:00 am, reach Panvel Station and leave for the base village. Upon reaching the village, begin the trek following an introduction session. After this, proceed for Prabalmachi, a little village in the hills, off the old Mumbai-Pune highway. The village is commonly used as a base camp for Prabalgad trek and has a charm of its own, with its traditional Indian houses and tranquil atmosphere. Here, you can start the preparation for camping. Have a sumptuous dinner and retire for the day.
Day 1: Prabalmachi - Prabalgad Fort | Departure
Early in the morning, freshen up and start your trek to Prabalgad Fort. Upon reaching the top, have a delicious breakfast and explore the fort. Dating back to several centuries, this old fort is now in ruins and also contains a Ganesh Temple. Steep rock cuts enable trekkers to reach the top. Although the ascent might seem challenging, the breathtaking view of the surrounding peaks, makes up for it. After seizing the moment and taking a few pictures, start your descent back to Prabalmachi. Have lunch, before heading back to the base village. Once you reach the village, head towards Panvel Station to catch a local train to Mumbai or Pune.
Maximum altitude: 7611 feet