Monday, July 23, 2012

Trek to Prabalgad

I had done a trek to Prabalgad on 14th July. The fort on top of Prabalgad is destroyed by the British. It is one of the twin forts along with Kalavantin.

Trek Location
Name: Prabalgad
Base Village : Thakurwadi
Distance: 53km from Mumbai and 14 km from Panvel
Route to reach base: From mumbai take eastern express way, reach panvel. take a rick(or tum tum) and reach Thakurwadi.(On the way we cross Shedung Phata, Belavli and Vardoli)
Ascent time: 5hrs(include time for photo shoots,enjoy the view of the hills and breakfast)
Descent time: 3 and half hours(include lunch)
Height of the Lohagad fort: 2320ft

Trek Experience: Started early in the morning. Reached panvel station by 7:20 am. Had Samosa and waited for other members in the group to join for the trek. By 8:30 am everyone reached panvel station. Direct bus to Thakrwadi is at 7:45 am. I missed it. Next Bus is at 10:00 am. So took a tum tum direct to Thakurwadi. Reached the village at 9:25 am. Started Ascent at 9:30 am. It was drizzling while I started.The route upto base camp is little steep. There is a proper trail upto the base.I had halted at few points to have breakfast and to enjoy the view of the hills. At Base Camp I had delicious Poha. From the base camp the route to Kalavantin and Prabalgad will vary.Taken left from the Camp.There is a wooden gate, once I crossed that there is a narrow trail. Followed the trail.There is an electric pole, where I had taken right directly towards the face of the Prabalgad rock. The trail is steep and looks like a cattle route and very little exposure of sky. I reached the huge rock face of the Prabalgad. Followed the trail. I crossed the water stream.I now saw the rock patches. Here I see Arrow Marks pointing downwards(to track the route).I reached a flat terrain, with narrow trail covered with green grass on both sides. It was a little length walk on the terrain along the narrow trail.As I followed the trail, I came across two routes, taken left. Here I was going down. I saw a water tank to the left and to the right, I saw a machi in shape of horse shoe. I moved straigt along the trail. Reached the top of the Prabalgad. The view from the top is amazing. Kalavantin is clearly visible with all the steps. Also I was ableto see Chanderi, Karnala from the top. At 4:00 pm started descent. By 5:00 pm reached the base camp. Had Bakari-Pitla, Rice-Dal. At 6:00 pm started towards the base villaged. Reached Thakurwadi by 7:30 pm. The last bus from Thakurawadi to Panvel station is at 8:00 pm. The bus came around 8:25 pm. Boarded the bus and reached panvel station around 9:15 pm. Had Bhutta and then left for Mumbai.


  1. it's really awesome...


  2. Dear Tourist,

    Machi Prabal is an ancient and beautiful village. It is situated half-way up a mountain (such a plateau or ledge is called a "machi" in Marathi) at the base of the fort Prabalgad. Because of the two forts Prabalgad and Kalavantin and the natural beauty of the surrounding regions, many visitors and fort-enthusiasts are attracted to this place.

    To fully explore this area, you will need at least two days. However, many visitors have had some difficulty in finding food and lodging near this village. Some visitors would return home after one day tour and others would spend the night sleeping outdoors on the grass and eating whatever they could bring or manage to obtain. It is also hard for ladies and children to stay here comfortably.

    In order to provide a solution to this problem, the Bhutambare family has started a Kalavantin Durg & Prabalgad Dharshan Guide, Lodging& Food Service to help visitors. We provide you a tour package including every service you would require. The Bhutambare family provides these services using their own home as the base of operations.

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