Get ready for an adrenaline rush as you trek to the amazing Vikatgad Peb Fort. The fort lies in Matheran region of Raigad district in Maharashtra. One of the top things to do in Matheran, this trek is perfect for a day's outing. Explore this beautiful hill fort with your friends and be assured that this trek to Vikatgad Peb Fort will be a memorable experience. Vikatgad Peb Fort night trek is enjoyable in all seasons. The tour involves basic rock climbing, ridge walk, and forest trail, making it an ideal getaway for nature lovers in Mumbai.
Vikatgad Peb Fort derives its name from the local goddess 'Pebi' and is popularly known as ‘Vikatgad Fort’ because its topmost peak is shaped like the elephant-headed God, Lord Ganesha. Also, as per historical references, this fort was used for storing grains during the reign of Shivaji Maharaj. The underground meditation caves near the fort would make for a great experience for all the adventure buffs, during this Peb Fort night trek.
There are multiple routes leading to Vikatgad Peb Fort. However, the route from Neral is the most preferred one. The trek starts from a base in Neral town and it takes about 3 hours to reach the fort. It is an easy trek, with the slightly difficult paths involving a small rock patch and a ladder. Make sure that you carry a water bottle, an extra pair of clothes, readymade food, energy drinks, and medicines for your well-being. Keeping in mind that it is a night trek, a torch with a spare set of batteries and full sleeves clothes are must-carry items. As you trek towards the fort, the path passes through water streams, rocks, grassy meadows, and lush green forests.
When you reach Vikatgad Peb Fort, witness the beautiful misty sunrise. Capture the best colors displayed by the sky during the sunrise from such an elevation. To explore the meditation chambers, you must crawl through a narrow passage which leads down to the caves. The focus of attraction here is the only standing bastion or ‘buruj’ facing the ‘Panorama point’ of Matheran. The 360-degree view of valleys on both sides will surely leave you spellbound. Here, you can clearly see the ridge connecting the mountains of Matheran and Peb. If you happen to trek during monsoon season, the scenic view from the top adds to the mysterious aura of the caves. After exploring the fort, start your descent back to the base village.
This 1-day Vikatgad Peb Fort trekking tour will be a unique experience. Escape the confines of the city and enjoy this adventurous trek to fill your heart with exuberance. An appealing combination of adventure and entertainment will be the promise from the tour which is a trekking and photography buffs' joy!
Day 0: Mumbai – Neral
On this day, brace yourself for an exciting Vikatgad Peb Fort night trek from Mumbai. As it is a one-day trek, you are advised to buy Mumbai-Neral return ticket. Board the Karjat fast local train from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) at 11:18 PM. You may board the same Karjat train from any other station, as per your convenience and reach the destination directly. You will arrive in Neral at about 12:53 AM in the morning.
Day 1: Neral – Mumbai
After arriving at Neral railway station, proceed to the base in the town. You can have your tea or coffee on the way. You will reach Neral town at about 2:00 AM. After a briefing about the trek to Vikatgad Peb Fort, start your journey. On reaching Vikatgad Peb Fort, witness the surreal moment where the sun slowly ascends while its rays spread all around. Explore the fort and then enjoy a hearty breakfast at about 7:30 AM. Later, descend towards Matheran by 9:00 AM and then head towards Dasturi Naka. Depart by local cab and head towards Neral Railway Station. Start your return journey by boarding the local train to Mumbai.
Grade: Easy to Moderate
Departure Dates: 23rd April 2017