Yatri Sahyadri has organized a trek to Vikatgad via matheran (Peb Fort) on 8th July, 2012.

Some basic information about the trek is as follows:

Fort: Peb
Height: 2100 feet
Range: Sahyadri
District: Raigad
Level: Medium

About the place:
Fort Peb is situated on the Northeast side of Panvel, on Mumbai-Pune road & at a distance of 3-4 km on the west side of Neral. It is assumed that this fort derived its name Peb from the temple of "Goddess Pebi" at the base of fort. The Fort is also known as "Vikatgad ". Historical references clearly indicate that Shivaji Maharaj used the caves on the fort for storing grain.

  1. Vikat means twisted. It has very strange turns and every now and then new surprises. The fort was originally called Peb. King Shivaji renamed it to Vikatgad. Vikatgad was mainly used as granaries to store grains.
  2. Datta Mandir – the base of the temple is 800 years old. The temple is in the process if renovation. The ambience is really peaceful with a Yadnya-Kund at the center of the yard of the temple. You can get water here. you may get Prasad in the temple at the time of Datta Jayanti utsav.
  3. Prati-Girnaar – The top of the fort is exact replica of Girnaar Mountain in Gujrat. The Girnar mountains are sacred place of God Datta and so is vikatgad called as Prati-girnar
  4. On the fort – On the way you can see a Ganesh Temple in a cave, and small pipe like openings of granaries. On the fort an ancient Shiva temple and a reservoir can be seen. There are some other remnants on the top of the fort. This 800-years-old fort is told to be one of the favorites of King Shivaji.
  5. View of Matheran Hills and railway track, Fort Chanderi (Neral), Prabalgad (Panvel) and Malanggad (Kalyan) is really amazing.

05:00 am(Sunday Morning) : Reporting at Dadar Station. (pls carry your own return ticket to Karjat Station)
05:34 am: Proceed to Karjat by 5.34am Karjat local. Travel time approx 2 hours.
07.30 am: We will reach at Neral station.
07:30 am to 08.00 am: Break fast & tea at Neral.

08.00 am: Start trek From Neral towards Vikatgad (Peb Fort). Trek time approx 4hrs.

12.00am: Reach at Vikatgad (Peb Fort).

12.00am to 01.00pm: Explore the Fort.

01.00 pm to 02.00 pm : Lunch

02.15pm: Start descending the fort.

05.00 pm: Reach at Matheran.

05.15 pm: Proceed to Neral by private vehicle

06.00 pm to 6.30pm : Evening snacks & Tea.

07.00 pm : Catch return local to Dadar.

Charges: Rs. 350/- per person
Includes :
Morning breakfast/tea, Lunch, Evening snacks/tea & traveling from neral to matheran & back.

Expert Guidance for the trek. : Neral – Vikatgad (Peb Fort) – Neral.

Here is a list of all the things that we need to carry for the trek:

1. Your own return ticket to Neral station.
2. Waterproof/Water resistant haversack to put in all the things to be carried. So that one has hands free while trekking.
3. A bottle of water (minimum 2Ltrs).
4. Camera (Optional), Avoid wearing Gold and other jewelry (at own risk)
5. Electoral / Enerzyl powder, 2 Lemon, some snacks & biscuits, plate,spoon, glass (all reusable, compulsory).
6. Personal medicines & 2 plastic bags for weight distribution, insect repellant cream (Odomos or similar brand).
7. A good trekking shoes and extra clothes (compulsory).

REGISTRATION PROCESS: Please note that "attending" RSVP on Facebook will not be considered as a valid registration. Please register your self by visiting our website Please confirm your seat before 5/7/2012.

Registration will be on ‘FIRST COME FIRST SERVE BASIS’ for the first 30 registrations only.

Do feel free to contact us for any queries / clarifications.

For Registration & more details, contact Our "Yatri’s".
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