Also known as Bhorapgad, Sudhagad Fort is situated in the state of Maharashtra. Nestled at a height of 2,030 feet, the fort is said to be built in the 2nd century BC. The monsoon trek to Sudhagad Fort is a must for those who are looking forward to a one-day trek in the serenity of hills. It offers awe-inspiring views in the rainy season that surely give peace to trekkers’ soul.
Once used to be the capital of King Swarajya, the fort lies at a distance of 53 km from Pune. Notably, the fort has emerged as popular monsoon treks in Maharashtra for adventure lovers. The ancient fort was declared as Sudhagad Sanctuary and it is one of the well-preserved forts in Maharashtra. On reaching the fort, one can witness a majestic sight of the higher ramparts of the fort.
The Sudhagad trek near Pali is an easy one and it requires moderate physical fitness. It serves as a perfect weekend destination from Mumbai and Pune to enjoy some quality time with friends and family. From the hilltop, one can catch the glimpses of majestic peaks like Tail Baila, Dhangad, Sarasgad and Ghangad. There are two alpine lakes at the hilltop where trekkers can take a refreshing dip. Also, those who plan to spend a night at the top can build a camp near the lake. Apart from that, one can visit nearby Pant Sachivancha Vada and Bhorai Devi Temple. Dedicated to Goddess Bhorai Devi, the temple takes the trekkers back to the 2nd century BC.
It is said that the temple and the fort were built by the devotees of Bhorai Devi and later they were captured by Bahamani Sultan. In 1657, Marathas finally took over the fort and named it as Sudhagad. The word Sudhagad means the sweet fort. Trekkers can locate a number of bells hanging on the entrance and in the premises of the temple. Also, the trail features a secret door, which takes the trekkers to the Bhoreshwar Temple. It has three idols of Hindu deities. Sudhagad is well-known for Pachchapur Darwaaja, a door covered with the creeper plants, which is a must capture for the photographers.
Day 1: Dadar to Sudhagad Fort
The exciting and adventurous Sudhagad Fort monsoon trek expedition begins in the morning. All those who are planning this trek have to reach Dadar railway station by 06:30 am. Board an auto or taxi to reach the base village. You will arrive at this beautiful hamlet by 10 am. Gorge on the breakfast and rest here for a while and then start hiking towards the hilltop, which would take around 3 hours. Passing through the dense forest, your eyes will catch a glimpse of the rich flora and fauna. The melodious sound of birds will not only give you immense peace but also bring a smile to your face. You will walk through the lush green forests and paddy fields to reach the Sudhagad Fort.
On reaching the fort, soak yourself in the soothing beauty of serene hills and capture the magnificent views of various peaks in your camera. You will be enticed by the beauty of the huge entrance door that showcases antique wood carvings. After exploring the historical charm of the fort, enjoy delicious lunch at the hilltop.
Start descending towards the base village at 3 pm. You will again pass through lush green environs, alpine meadows and dancing clouds. It will take around 1 hour to reach the base village. In the village, you can consume tea and snacks to gain some energy. Afterwards, you will move towards the Dadar railway station and board a train to reach your destination.