Dhodap fort beautiful trek – An ultimate guide

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Dhodap fort, another hidden gem from the Nashik range, is known for its grand views of the surrounding. It is the 2nd highest fort after Salher fort and 3rd highest peak after Kalsubai peak & Salher.

Dhodap fort should be on every explorer’s map because of the variety of things it offers. Caves at the top where one can camp, three temples of Lord Hanuman, Lord Ganesh & Lord Shiva, water tanks, ruins of settlements & the museum at the base village of Hatti.

One can do the trek throughout the year; however, the best season is winter.

  • Height: 4760 feet
  • Best Season: Winter
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Region: Nashik

How to reach Dhodap fort

The trek starts from the village of Hatti, which is approximately 62 kms from Nashik. It can get tricky to reach here via public transport; hence it is preferable to travel in your vehicle.

Public Transport:

Coming from Mumbai or Pune, one can take a train or a bus to Nashik, and from Nashik, many buses run towards Vadalibhoi. Depending on your bus type, they may cost anywhere between INR 100 – INR 250.

From Vadalibhoi, you can hire a private jeep that can take you directly to Hatti village. 

Alternatively, you can also take a train to Kasara and hire a local vehicle to take you to Hattigaon (it is an expensive option but can be convenient).

Private Vehicle:

From Mumbai, the distance to Hatti village is 227 km via NH160 and can take anywhere between 5-6 hours. It is advisable to start as early as possible to complete the trek in a day and camp overnight at Dhodap fort.

From Pune, the distance is 270 km, and it takes around 7-8 hours to reach.

Trek Route & Difficulty

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The trek to the top of the fort from the base village is around 6 km & can take anywhere between 2-2.5 hours to reach.

The trek is relatively simple, and anyone can do the trek. Beginners should hire a guide from the local village or trek with a group that organises such treks.

A trekker with good experience can do it on his own, even without the help of a guide.

If you plan to camp overnight, carry enough food and camping equipment. You can take the help of the locals to arrange firewood and warm blankets if you plan to trek here in the winters, as temperatures can fall to single digits after midnight.

After an hour’s hike from the base village, you reach the first main entrance of Sonar machi. The left-hand side takes you to the Shiva temple.

From Sonar machi, after a hike of 30 mins, you reach the steps and the railings patch. The entire trail till here is appropriately marked.

From this point until the top of the Dhodap plateau, the distance is around 2 kms and can take an hour to reach.

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Video of the trek

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