Jivdhan Fort, famously known for the reverse waterfall, has much more to offer. Located in the Junnar area of the Pune district, Maharashtra, the fort stands tall at an altitude of 3750 ft.
The fort has two main entrances, the one from Naneghat is known as Kalyan gate, and the one from Ghatgar village is known as Junnar gate.
Naneghat was also an important pass during the ancient times for traders.
One can do both Naneghat & Jivdhan fort trek together in a day. Naneghat provides excellent views of Ahupe ghat, Machindragad & Gorakhgad.
It is near Junnar in the Pune district; you can reach the base village via public & private transport from both Pune and Mumbai.
The best option is to get a train to Kalyan on the central line from CST/Dadar.
Board a bus from Kalyan to Alephata or Malshej ghat, get down at Tokawade, and take a local rickshaw to the starting point.
You can also take a private jeep from Kalyan to the starting point, the fare will be around INR 1300-1500.
Alternatively, you can drive down from Mumbai to the starting point; the distance is 105 km and will take around 2 – 2.5 hours to reach.
This trek is meant only for experienced trekkers because of the various complex & technical rock patches on the trail.
The route from the starting point to the top is around 10 km and takes about 7-8 hours to finish the entire trek. You can also do the hike in 2 days, attempt the Naneghat trek on day 1, and complete the fort on day 2. One can camp at Naneghat or stay at a local villager’s place.
1st Part: Naneghat trek
The first part of the trek is mainly on a plateau, and you will come across various water streams on this part of the trek during monsoons; it will take around 20-30 mins to get to the 2nd part, where the forest trail starts.
The second part of the hike is a forest trail, and it is easy to get lost on it; hence it is advised to hire a local guide for the trek who can help you finish the hike without any problems.
After the forest trail, you will come across stairs and rocks, which will take you to the top of Naneghat. You will find a cave at the entrance where you can camp for the night if you want.
2nd part: The main trek
After reaching the Naneghat plateau, you will have to walk approximately 30 mins to get to the stairs and the thrilling rocks patch leading to the fort. Note: Advisable to climb the rock cut steps patch with the help of ropes during monsoons.
You can take your time and explore the top of the fort for about an hour and then start your return journey.
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