TREK TO PETH FORT / KOTHALIGAD & AMBIVALI CAVES
Date: 25th September 2016
About the Fort:-
Peth, also known as ‘Kothaligad’, approximately 21Km North East of Karjat. This fort stands tall in the company of various other forts Rajmachi, Dhak, Siddhagad and Bhimashankar, a witness to our illustrious history.
Kothaligad is more commonly known as the fort of Peth because the village of Peth is situated at its base. This fort though small in stature has a vast historical background. Mughal chronicles provide us a lot of information on this fort. This fort was more of a ‘defense station’ than a strong fort. Peth was mainly used for ammunition storage. Peth gained importance during Sambhaji’s era..
Route:- One has to reach Ambivali via Kashele or from Karjat railway station on Mumbai-Pune route. The distance from Karjat to Ambivali is about 30 Kms. A road leads to village Peth from Ambivali. A tiring pathway leads to the fort door from village Peth.
Ambivali to Peth Village – 2 hours
Peth village to top of the fort – 1 hour
Surroundings:- The pinnacle of the Peth can be seen from the village. It looks like a filed surface. On reaching the top of the fort, we see caves carved in huge rocks. The first one is the cave of Goddess, besides which is a water cistern and the last one is the specious Bhairoba cave. A flat floor and well-sculpted pillars are specialty of the cave. Along the Bhairoba cave, steps are carved leading to the top of the pinnacle.
Four–Five potholes and some canon balls are scattered in the fort. Kalwawantinicha Mahal, Bhimashankar, Siddhagad, Malanggad, Chanderi, Prabalgad, Manikgad, and Matheran all these surrounding historical places are visible from top of the fort Peth
Itinerary for Trek:-
Total Duration 1 Day
Style of Trip Day hike
Grade Easy TO Medium
Trip Starts Shastri Hall, Nana Chowk, at 5.00 am sharp on 25 September
Trip Ends Same day same place around 9.00pm
Things to carry:-
• Canvas shoes / Sports shoes
• Ruck sack / Shoulder bag which can hold following items
• Water Bottle (2 Litres Minimum)
• Good Torch or Headlamp (Must)
• Plate, spoon.
• Spare Cotton Track pant & T- shirts 1 no each.
• Personal medical kit (personal medicines if any, prescribed by family Dr.)
• Lunch to be carried on your own (and for sharing with friends)
• Please do not carry gold ornaments or any other valuables.
• Please do not carry handbags or zolas for the trek.
• Avoid Chapels / Slippers for trek
• Camera, Binocular is allowed at your own risk
• for safety please follow the expert’s/ Instructors advice on trek.
Trek Cost –
850/- INR per person (with private transport Mumbai - Mumbai)
50% Advance while confirming bookings.
Balance 50% to be done at least 3 days before commencement of trek.
Mumbai to Mumbai transport by private vehicle.
Breakfast enroute in the bus, lunch and tea
European standard Safety Equipments as required.
First Aid Kit
Expertise and Trekking Guides
Mineral Water/ Soft Drinks
On route food/snacks on your journey.
Insurance/ Personal Medication
Any other expenses not mentioned in Includes
7 days and less nil refund.
8 days to 21 days 50% refund.
21 days to 45 days 75% refund.