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Top 10 single day trekking places near Mumbai. Monsoon is coming soon and we all plan to go on monsoon treks. Some people don’t have holiday on Saturdays so here I have top 10 single day trekking places for you.

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Top 10 single day trekking places are as follows

1. Prabalgad fort: Prabalgad fort which was also known as Muranjan or Pradhangad is located between Matheran and Panvel and is visible from Mumbai-Pune Expressway. “The fort itself served as a watch tower to keep an eye on nearby forts.” It was built on a plateau close to Matheran, but unlike Matheran it does not have a good source of water so make sure you carry a lot of water if you are climbing up.

2. Kalavantin Fort: Kalavantin fort is located next to Prabalgad fort. The beauty of this trek is the amazing rock cut steps that zig-zag their way up the mountain. Kalvantin Durg is also called the Climb to Heaven.

3. Lohagad: Lohagad fort – means “Iron fort” and is situated in Lonavala region. Lohagad has a long history with several dynasties occupying it at different periods of time. Getting there is easy by road as well as Mumbai’s local train. It is walk-able from Malavli station. It is very good for beginners. Because there are simple steps to climb up and it doesn’t take much time to reach the top. The view of stairs from top is beautiful and Vinchukata, which means Scorpion point, that is also a beautiful view.

4. Tikona fort: Tikona fort is close to Lohagad. You can trek both the forts in a day. This fort is very old and there are many stories about it. There are some evidences which suggest that it was built in seventh-eighth century AD. While going to Lohagad or Tikona fort, don’t forget to see Bhaje caves which are also nearby.

5. Mahuli fort: Mahuli fort is paradise for trekkers because you have to go through pinnacles formed by group of hills. It is the highest point in the Thane district. It is interesting to climb and has stunning view. Nearest railway station is Asangaon or you can come through Mumbai Nashik highway.

6. Gorakhgad fort: Gorakhgad fort lies in Bhimashankar wildlife reserve. So you can expect a hell lot of forest and greenery. It was used in the era of Shivaji Maharaj, mainly as a stopover point from Junnar via Naneghat. It is a great trekking attraction. There are vertical rock walls which you are supposed to climb to get there but there are also absolutely breath taking views. Though small in size, there is enough availability of water and a lot of space for accommodation.

7. Garbett plateau: Garbett plateau is also not far from Mumbai. It is near Matheran. You can go to Matheran and then go to Garbett Point or walk straight away from Neral railway station to it. It is an easy climb but it takes time to reach the top. Once you reach the top, the view is beautiful. But when everybody is standing at the edge of plateau and looking at the mountain ranges next to it, just turn back and look at the plateau itself. You will find it is very similar to Windows XP wallpaper. Just the rainy clouds have to go away for a while.

8. Peb fort: Peb fort is also known as Vikatgad fort. If you get down at Neral railway station and don’t want to go to Matheran or Garbett point, you can go to Peb fort. It is little difficult than Garbett plateau to climb and very similar to Gorakhgad. There are caves in the surrounding areas and dense forest. You will feel being in the heart of nature.

9. Sudhagad fort: Sudhagad fort was called as Bhorapgad in early days. And it is really old. It was built in 2nd century AD. It is near Pali in Raigad. If you like to visit ancient ruins this is your place. There are old temples, two lakes, some tombs, shrines and some other ruins. And from the top some other forts like Sarasgad, Korigad are visible.

10. Sarasgad: Sarasgad is twin fort of Sudhagad Fort. This is also a place of ruins. There is an old Shiva temple at the top. There are caves in the surrounding areas. Big steps carved in stones. Big water tanks carved in huge stones.

Most of these places are between Mumbai and Pune. Hence they are single day trek destinations for people in Pune as well.

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