Everything feels within walking distance when the destination is as beautiful as Gorakhgad Fort!
Delivering a thrilling opportunity to trekkers and nature lovers with a scenic view from dizzying heights is the Gorakhgad Trek. Located approximately 100 km from Mumbai, the twin forts- Gorakhgad and Machindragad, used to hold strategic importance during the reign of Shahji Raje owing to their high altitude. If you like arduous journeys culminating into stellar views, then this trek is the ideal way for you to spend your weekend. So pack your bags to travel away from the bustling city crowd and touristy destinations, straight into the arms of Mother Nature!
Scale towering heights for a dramatic view!
The Gorakhgad Fort is nestled at a higher altitude than its twin, thereby prompting a belief that it symbolises the relationship between a guru and his disciple. Named after Saint Gorakhgad, the Gorakhgad Fort is considered to be his meditating spot and similarly, Machindragad Fort is the namesake of his disciple.
While these forts have no significant historical battles attached to them, their verdant existence has caught the eye of eco-tourists. The winding trail leading up to the fort commences with greenery and eventually gives way to rock-cut steps which lead up to the peak of the fort. Set atop the citadel is a temple of Shiva and a statue of his bull, Nandi. Further, there are numerous caves scattered near the base of the peak and several cisterns dotting the fort complex, some of which have potable water.
How to reach?
The trekkers to Gorakhgad Fort usually set their camp at Dehari Village and the distance between these two points can be covered via road in almost three hours. If you are travelling via train from Parel, then deboard at the station nearest to Gorakhgad Fort, Vangani and then travel the rest of the way via a rented cab.
If you are looking to enjoy dramatic views from a hilltop, then a trek to Gorakhgad Fort is exactly what you should embark upon. So start breaking into those trekking shoes so that when its time to carry the camera uphill, you don't have blisters ruining your weekend trip!