Visualise yourself amid lush greenery, tranquil surroundings and rich history that soothe your soul and mind. Now unsuspectingly, you have imagined yourself in the bounds of Kohoj Fort!Nearly 100 km from Mumbai, this almost 800-year-old trekking getaway sits cosily near a man-made lake and the Vaitarna River. If you are looking to take an adventurous walk on nature's green carpet with your buddies this weekend, that too within frugal means, then this is your ideal destination!
Generous view from towering heights
It is popularly believed that Kohoj Fort has had several rulers- from Bhoj Dynasty and Portuguese to Marathas and Mughals, however, the ruins present today tell a tale of centuries of abandonment. Preserving old architectural styles in its remains, a trek to this fort is a delight for nature buffs and art enthusiasts.
Among the delightful views, one of the most recommended is that of Pazar Lake- an artificial lake in which one can see the reflection of the fort. Further, there's also a man-shaped pinnacle that owes its existence to wind-erosion and is a natural wonder to behold. Interestingly, this pinnacle is also an optical illusion, for it assumes a different form when viewed from different angles.
Apart from the magnanimous views, several temples and shrines dedicated to Hindu Gods are located here, atop the plateau. Additionally, amid the fortifications and human settlement remains, there are a few functional cisterns that are a delight for visitors who are looking to marvel at things of an era gone by.
Know before you go!
The distance between Mumbai and the base location, Waghote, can be covered via road in almost two hours and if you are planning to board a train, then the nearest station is Palghar, from where you can traverse the remaining 30 km (approx.) via a cab. Since, there are no lodging facilities in the vicinity, do carry your camping gear and water bottles for the trek. Further, keep the locals in the loop if you're on the search for good food and especially when you plan to take a dip in the lake.
Feel the adrenaline rush through your veins this weekend as you plan to escape the city din, to rejuvenate at Kohoj Fort. While you're at it, please carry a disposable bag to abstain from littering and don't forget to carry glucose to recharge yourself when on this crazy adventure!