Mahuli fort, the highest point in the Thane district, is a popular one-day trek for Mumbai residents. The fort stands tall at 2,815ft, and is the holy grail of Mumbai’s rock climbers because of its pinnacles.
The Mughals built this fort. It is well-known for its many battles for supremacy.
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The fort is in the Thane district; hence it is straightforward to go to the base village via public and private transportation.
Via Public Transport:
It would be best to take a train from CST/Dadar in Mumbai, get down at Asangaon station, and board a rickshaw to the base village. The rickshaw fare is INR 250, and it will take approximately half an hour to reach via rickshaw, and the distance is around 20 kms.
Via Private Vehicle:
The distance from Mumbai is about 70 kms, and it will take around 2 hours to reach the base village.
The distance from Pune is 200 kms.
The route to the top from the base is relatively simple and well-marked; however, there are a couple of tricky sections where one needs to be careful.
It takes about 3 to 4 hours to complete the trek, and the difficulty level is easy-moderate. A beginner can attempt this trek but needs to tread carefully on certain sections; however, one needs to be physically fit to attempt the hike.
The trail starts from a gate that mentions “entry to the fort” next to a small temple. It is a jungle trail.
A gradual climb throughout the trek makes the endurance level high, and one needs to take regular stops in between to enjoy the hike.
At the top is a shivling & a sculpture of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and a famous spot called the Maha Darwaza.
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