A two-day excursion to the land of Maharashtra for nature-loving backpackers and families can prove to be an unforgettable journey. This trip will involve Sankshi Fort Trek, which will be truly intriguing for the adventurer in you. Sankshi Fort, located in Raigad district, was built by King Sank of Maharashtra. Diksal Village, near the fortress, houses one of the most popular rappelling spots, Diksal Waterfalls. For Diksal Waterfall rappelling, you will be heading to Bhivpuri in the Karjat district of Maharashtra. Know more about Popular Adventure Tours in Maharashtra
The eventful journey begins with a trek to Sankshi Fort, where you will have a lifetime trekking experience. There are many eye-catchers en route to this fort that makes it a popular place to visit. The next day, you will be thrilled by the experience of Diksal Waterfall rappelling at Karjat. Your inner strength will be challenged while practising the activity amidst the natural beauty of the area. You will be ensured a delightful journey, along with millions of memories to take back home.
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Day 1: Arrive at Sankshi Fort Base | Trek to Sankshi Fort | Sankshi Fort to Karjat
Your blissful journey begins as soon as you climb aboard the AC bus to Sankshi Fort base. On arrival, savour a hot breakfast to charge yourself for the Sankshi Fort trek. In the beginning, you will come across an old tomb, constructed by a merchant from Janjira. You can click pictures of the unique structure of this mausoleum. The route of the trek to Sankshi Fort is not clear as you will have to make your way through bushes. But, you will not get lost as the GI pipeline fitted on the sides will act as a guide for most of the time.
Trails of green vegetation and alluring flowers will keep your mind and soul fresh throughout the journey. Soon, you will be climbing some rocky patches that might be difficult, but with a little effort, you will be able to climb them. Monsoons make it more difficult to climb, as the rocks become slippery and wet. Many small water cisterns can be observed on the way to the fort. Again, some rocks need to be climbed, but the close distance to the fort will not stop you from scaling them.
An excavation site with an irregular shape will come across; if you look closely, a water cistern and a tomb can be seen enclosed in the structure. You may also see a hollow cut in a wall with the image of a deity. The figure is worshipped as Jagmata, who killed herself here when her father, Raja Sank, was fighting a battle in the north. Crossing the second patch is when you reach the top of Sankshi Fort.
Many granaries and cisterns can be seen inside the grass-covered fort. From its peak, the large forts of Karnala and Manikgad can be observed. If you are carrying binoculars, you will be able to have a good look at them and the surrounding hills. The clear, blue sky and the winds of the mountains refresh the tired bodies. Soon, you will descend back to the foothills via the same route. As soon as you reach the base, enjoy lunch, comprising local dishes. Thereafter, cycle downhill to reach the bus, which will take you to the resort in Karjat for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 2: Karjat to Diksal | Rappelling | Diksal to Bhivpuri | Departure from Bhivpuri
In the morning, leave for Diksal village, located in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra. As soon as you reach the village, breakfast will be served. Get ready for your next adventurous activity, Diksal Waterfall rappelling at Karjat. You will walk through the quiet village lanes and streets to reach the waterfalls. Since agriculture is the primary occupation for most of the villagers there, you will be able to observe fields everywhere. From a peek to the whole, the waterfalls will be visible en route.
After reaching the spot, you will be given instructions before you start rappelling. You will be explained about rappelling on waterfalls and how to use the safe equipment properly. Helmets will be provided for your safety as Diksal Waterfall rappelling can be risky due to the slippery rocks, and water pouring on your face. Rappel downhill and enjoy the wonderful mountains, and sprinkles of water on your body. Once you are done, relish a delicious lunch amidst the natural vistas. Later, you will be heading to Bhivpuri, a small village near the waterfall. Walk around the village and have some refreshments before leaving for your onward journey.
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