Sondai fort, located near Karjat, is one of the easiest treks in Maharashtra. Located at an altitude of 1200 ft, it was a watch tower, and it got its name after the Sondai goddess temple at the top.
One can see many forts from the top part of the Matheran range.
The base village for the trek is Sondewadi which is 11.5 km from Karjat station. The two best ways to reach Sondewadi:
Sondai fort is considered one of the easiest treks in Maharashtra and the best trek for someone starting on their hiking journey.
The distance from the base village to the top of the fort is around 1.7 km & it will take anywhere between 2 – 2.5 hours for an average person to complete the trek.
Because of the level of the trek, you do not require a local guide.
The trail starts from a parking spot at the base village and is a gradual climb of 10-15 mins until the first plateau.
The 2nd part of the trail is through a forest, and then you reach a point where you have to cross two tricky rock sections, which leads to the 3rd part & the final part of the trek.
This 3rd part has two staircases along the route, after which you reach the top of the Sondai fort.
There are shops opened by locals throughout the trek offering water, snacks, fruits & nimbu paani.
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