Irshalgad lies in between Matheran and Panvel in Maharashtra and is at an altitude of 3700 feet.
The fort is not known for any historical events but Netaji Palkar, one of the most decorated senapatis under Shivaji Maharaj was born in Chouk Manlivali.
It is also known as a sister fort to Prabalgad.
It is one of the most sought-after treks in Maharashtra because of the view of the Irshal pinnacle from the Irshalwadi plateau and the unique hole-like structure at the pinnacle.
Altitude: 3700 feet
Best Season: Monsoons (Winters are also considered good)
The base village for the trek is Irshalwadi & Naniwali village; however, to reach the base from Mumbai Pune, these are the two best options:
The Irshalgad fort trek is approximately 3 kms from Naniwali to the Irshal pinnacle. It requires anywhere between 4-5 hours to complete the hike; Hence it is a medium-level trek.
The trek can be done in the monsoons, though it gets a bit slippery and can get tough for people not used to trekking in the monsoons.
The trek starts from Nanivali village next to Morbe dam, and is an easy ascend till Irshalwadi or you can call it a comfortable 2.3 kilometres walk.
From the village head towards the temple dedicated to a local deity, from here the remaining distance of 1 km is a bit of a steep climb, and one may require short breaks in this part of the section. From here every trekker climbs a steep ridge.
To reach the Nedhe (a hole in the rock), one has to a thrilling climb over ladders and stones using the ropes attached.
This is an experience in itself and one should be careful especially during the monsoons.
There is a technical section to reach the very top, which is only recommended to people with experience in technical climbs & mountaineering. (It should be avoided by seasonal trekkers).
The area of the fort is not large but there are several water cisterns cuts from the rock.
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