Maharashtra is home to part of the esteemed Western Ghats. The trail gets even more treacherous until climbers finally reach the pinnacle of the Kalavantin Durg, once you witness the bird’s eye view ,you will forget all the trouble that you had climbing it. Situated at an impressive height of 2,300 feet above sea level, a trek to the top of Kalavantin Durg is not without perils, yet there are many who are willing to take this risk. Things to Carry* Backpack * Raincoat ☔* Plastic bag to cover backpack * Extra pair of clothes and socks * Water Bottle * Energizers and medicines * Comfortable clothing and something warm like a jacket/sweater * Trekking shoes* Torch and an extra pair of batteries* Toiletries* Cap, goggles, sunscreen, moisturizer, mosquito repellent etc., Tips* Make sure your tent is waterproof* Pack frequently used items outside the backpack* Extra cover for your electronic gear items* Wear non-cotton pants – Convertible pants and roll-up pants make an excellent choice for monsoon and all other weather conditions. As you can see The peak… Kalawantin Durg - The Most Dangerous Trek In World | Part - 2 | Marathi Vlog| |JigneshAmbekarVlogs Kalawantin Durg - The Most Dangerous Trek In World Reva Sawant is feeling blessed with Mayuri More at Kalavantin Durg . After having tea at Wadi we went to sleep, so that we are not tired for the next day trek.We woke up in the morning and got fresh up in the train itself, instead of getting fresh up at station. * Raincoat – A poncho will also protect your bag from getting wet. From this point forward, it’s quite a precipitous path, and any rainfalls gives it a whole new level of risk as the path gets slippery, thus requiring the trekkers to cling on to the rocks and roots of trees lining the way. Kalavantin Durg Trek. Thakurvadi is the village from where we will be starting our trek to Prabalmachi village and there are two trails one to Prabalgad and the other one to Kalavantin Durg. The fort is nearer to Prabalgad. Located between Matheran and Panvel in Maharashtra, it stands tall at an elevation of 2,300 feet.It is only 50 km away from Mumbai which makes for a good long drive on a weekend.. Sahyadri mountain Range is an adventure seekers paradise. While descending, follow the narrow trail leading to Prabalgad Fort, another must-see spot, which takes just over an hour or so to reach. We reached in less than an hour. Kalavantin Durg near Mumbai is famous for its danger-ridden path and has already given several trekkers in the past cold feet; nonetheless, it still looks attractive. The fort can be a bit dangerous because of rains between June and August month. Due to the rain, the trail was full of water and slippery, so luckily I wore shoes with good grip and few people had missed out a turn and they went straight which made them miss our trail. The trek to the fortress is considered to be amongst one of the most dangerous in the country. Our journey was fabulous on the route to Thakurvadi. KALAVANTIN DURG TREK- WORLD'S MOST DANGEROUS FORTRESS! This time it was quick and easy. KALAVANTIN DURG TREK- WORLD'S MOST DANGEROUS FORTRESS! In the Western Ghats near Mumbai, at a hefty altitude of 701 metres (2,300 feet) above sea level lies the world’s most dangerous fortress: Kalavantin Durg, which (according to legend) was constructed in honour of a Queen Kalavantin. To reach Prabalmachi village it would take 1 to 1.5 hours. Pro tip: At this altitude, cling to the rocks for a reasonable grip when it gets windy. To get to this fortress, you have to take a one-day trek, which is a bit challenging with narrow steps, steep slopes and no support. This is one of the best treks near Mumbai and the level of difficulty is intermediate , not suitable for beginners. Because of the fog, we were not able to see the Kalavantin durg peak from Prabalgad. * Use plastic bags to wrap everything in your backpack. Kalavantin Fort has found its place near Mumbai in the Western Ghats which is at an altitude of 701 meters above the sea level. On a friday evening, I logged out of my office, packed my backpack, and reached Begumpet station. It also blows you off with scenic series of mountains and hills. Everyone stopped before that last bit, we were scared to climb further, took few minutes of break and we were discussing on how to climb. 86 likes. Previously, the fort was known as Muranjan until it was taken over and renamed by the Maratha forces under Shivaji’s rule. Start 2021 on a High note! We are the best trekking /backpacking club in Hyderabad and also we are the best in City events to engage our travellers who cant backpack /trek every weekend. Thanks a lot, Dheeraj for penning down your experiences from the event. 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I had been on plenty of trains before( train being the backbone of our country), transport for the masses, poetry in motion, havens of sweet chai, and hot vada-pav sold through windows by vendors. So we wished him and gave him some birthday bumps, And added a wish to my wish list ( For one of my birthday I want myself to be on top of a mountain ,peacefully with no mobile signals and connectivity with the outside world). Making the plan: So finally, it was planned. About logo you can read here. Tour companies include Mumbai Travellers and Treks and Trails India, to name a few. Kalavantin Durg is known to be the world’s most dangerous fortress and a trek here will definitely scare you to death.. What Is It? We didn’t stop our trek though it was raining. To reach Thakurwadi, start at the Panvel Railway Station. My friends and organiser (RK from BCF team) are expected to join at Lingampally station. So avoid going in the rainy season. It was used as a watchtower on the Konkan range. Hope you all are doing well. We went to bed early, keeping in mind that we need to start early in the morning to Kalavantin durg. Monsoons are the preferred season for trekking when weather is superb and the landscape looks more attractive with the presence of mountains, hills, meadows, and dense forests. A ‘Climb to Heaven’ owes you dangerously beautiful nature! One has to climb 80-degree rock-cut stairs. Both forts are very close to each other. Located next to Prabalgad Fort, Kalavantin Durg was used as a watchtower during the 18th century to protect the fort from attacks. On a weekend, me along with my other trek friends planned this trek with Backpackers and City Freaks. This is the point to relax, fill up for the way forward, top up water bottles, and take some Instagram-worthy photos (stunning views of lush green slopes, unexploited nature and the valley below can be seen from this point). You can follow us on Instagram for regular updates. People at the homestay served us hot roti, chawal, and dal curry and everything was so yummy. April-May is a month of heat, so avoid trekking in summer. Also, keep a thick jacket with you to provide warmth in the evening. Higher and higher – complete with undulating terrain, rocky patches and waterfalls gushing down the steps – the trail gets even more treacherous until climbers finally reach the pinnacle of the Kalavantin Durg, witness the bird’s eye view and forget all about the arduous ascent. Such is the Kalavantin Durg near Panvel. So once you reach the top, you would get an amazing view of Sahyadri mountains. The trail was easy except the last bit which was 80 degrees inclined and had very high steps. You will feel the adrenaline rush while climbing almost 80-degree steep […] It stands 2,250 ft above sea level. It was this curiosity that brought me to this giant structure known as “The Kalavantin Durg”. In December 2016, 27-year old Hyderabad-based trekker Rachita Gupta Kanodia died during a trek to Kalavantin Durg and Prabalgad. One of these stunning getaways is Prabhalgad fort in Maharashtra. Prabalgad is a twin fort to Kalavantin Durg. The hues of green becomes more vibrant. And then we got into a private vehicle and started to Thakurvadi, we are expected to reach in 3-4hrs. This trail is relatively easy trail and equally as visually intriguing as the first. It was used as a watch tower to keep a watch on the surroundings. Kalavantin is located in the Western ghats of Raigad district, Maharashtra. Not many are brave enough to trek during monsoons, fearing rains will spoil their plans. From the base point (in the village of Thakurwadi) to Kalavantin Durg and the Prabalgad Fort, the trek to this adrenaline-sparking fortress take about a little over three hours and is accessible by zigzag stairs carved into the edges of the rocky mountains, with swathes of scree and no guard rails or ropes. The trek is the only route to the Kalavantin Durg, which is considered the most dangerous fort in the world The group is seen making its way down … Located at an elevation of 2,300 feet in the Western Ghats near Mumbai, the Kalavantin Durg is a truly amazing feat that was used as a watch tower in the past.. As one of the 23 forts that were handed over to the Mughal Empire by Shivaji according to the Treaty of Purandar in 1665, it was later reclaimed by the Maratha forces in 1667.. One can see Kalavantin durg from Prabalgad top. Offering gorgeous views and abundant beauty – via rugged terrain with narrow rock-cut steps, steep slopes and no support whatsoever – the trek to and from the fortress is dangerous yet thrilling. The descent from the Prabalgad Fort to Thakurwadi takes a different track through the forest, complete with a myriad of rocks, muddy patches and small streams cascading down from the mountains. Kalavantin Durg Trek is one of the most popular treks in Maharashtra. Standing beneath the floating clouds and soaking in the natural beauty, memorable moments to be had at the summit of the Prabalgad Fort are plenty – climbers can literally spend hours gazing at the awe-inspiring views. Notes from BCF:We organize this trip very often through out the year. This trek is as challenging as it is rewarding, but all the efforts to make it to the pinnacle will be worth it, as you will be rewarded with some breathtaking views. It is as high as 2,300 ft and is many centuries old. Introduction of Kalavantin Durg : Kalavantin Durg (fort) trek is one of the dangerous treks in Maharashtra. Sitting at an elevation of 2250 feet ( 686 meters), the summit offers breathtaking views of the surrounding Western Ghats. While ascending rain was heavy and the trail in the dense forest was too good. A very long standing plan.Prolonged - sometimes because of the risk of trekking in rain and sometimes due to friends being busy. Also, the thrill of the trek might be dangerous if the trekkers don’t take proper care. Kalavantin Durg is strikingly beautiful, but is also one of the most dangerous fortresses in the world. The structure is built at a height of 686 m on top of a plateau which is located close to Matheran. The world's most dangerously-located fortress, Kalavantin Durg, used as a watchtower in the olden days, stands 2,300 feet above sea level on the northern edge of the Prabal plateau in the Western Ghats near Mumbai. Located at around 2000 ft. above sea level, it is a popular trekking location and amongst the most intriguing Panvel tourist places. It’s rugged mountains of Sahyadri offers ultimate trekking destinations around Pune and Mumbai. In fact, the fun of travelling in monsoons is double. In the Western Ghats near Mumbai, at a hefty altitude of 701 metres (2,300 feet) above sea level lies the world’s most dangerous fortress: Kalavantin Durg, which (according to legend) was constructed in honour of a Queen Kalavantin. Be sure to wear the appropriate winter or rain gear, depending on the season. Kalavantin Durg is located between Panvel and Matheran in the Indian state of Maharashtra. We were waiting for Wadi junction, we may reach that station at midnight to have tea which is quite famous. After a few minutes, we realized that few of our mates were not coming with us.One of us went back for them and got them back to the correct trail. It is one of the most offbeat and exciting adventures in Sahyadri’s. Kalavantin Trek. This is the station that I need to catch my train – Mumbai express at 8.40 pm. While ascending, steep and muddy trails,slippery rocks will leave you breathless, and make your way through thorny bushes to reach the tops of these hills. We all met at Lingampally station, there were 5 more new trek-mates, we introduced ourselves and had our dinner (packed) in train and started playing some fun games. A trip to this beautiful spot will make you forget about your busy life in the bustling city of Pune. Not only the weather is therapeutic but the monsoon foods, bonfires make it more adventurous. We reached Karjat, had our lunch, and also carried snacks and energy bars for our trek. One of the closest fort from Mumbai and can be done within a single day. Have an adventurous get away! And it was getting dark, we used our head torch and reached to Prabalmachi in an hour. The intimidating fort lies between the hill stations of Matheran and Panvel in Maharashtra, not too far from Mumbai (50 km). September to March is the best time to visit Kalavantin Durg. Its height is 686 m i.e. We prefer finishing it off in the train, so that we are not running late for our trek which is expected to start in the afternoon. The trek is punctuated with tea and snack stalls, followed by breakfast point that is nestled at the lower plateau of Prabalmachi, the midway hamlet base nestled at an elevation of 390 metres (1279.5 feet) above sea level. At some points, the path demands scrambling up the steep slopes and over the rocks. Rachita Gupta Kanodia, a 27-year-old Hyderabad-based mountain climber, who had gone on a trek to Prabalgad Fort and Kalavantin Durg in December, 2017 was found dead. Kalavantin trek is one of the most dangerous fortress in India. Last Sunday We went for a one day trek to KALAVANTIN DURG. Kalavantin Durg Safe Climb Initiative. 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