All those adventurous souls out there, find your inner peace while you explore the less-explored at these five night treks around Pune.
Don't Let The Heat Stop You: 5 Night Treks For Adventure Junkies
Considered as one of the best forts in Satara, Ajinkyatara Fort is about 115 km from Pune. Perched at a height of 3,300 feet, the night trek to this fort is pretty easy and is perfect for novice trekkers. The approximate trekking time is about an hour from the base village of Ajinkyatara. You can stay at the Hanuman Temple which is located at the top of the fort. We hear the temple can accommodate around 12 – 15 people with ease.
Just about 65 kilometres from Pune, Rajgad Fort is one of the most breathtaking forts of Sahyadris. While it’s known for night treks, the trail isn’t a cakewalk. As you trek higher, the route becomes steeper. However, we think it is not impossible. One of the easiest routes to Rajgad is via Gunjawane and takes about two-and-a-half hours to reach the top with 4-5 breaks in between. If you want something further easier, start your trek from Pali village. This route, in fact, will take you to the main entrance of the fort. Trekkers can stay at the Padmavati Temple, which is spacious enough to accommodate at least 50 people.
Vikatgad Or Peb Fort
The easiest way to reach Vikatgad is by taking a morning train to Neral. However, for those who wish to drive, go via Lonavala and Karjat to reach Neral.
Located at an altitude of 2,100 feet, the trek to Vikatgad Fort requires a lot of stamina. The base village is Anandwadi and takes almost 4 hours to complete the trek. The trail is full of waterfalls, dense forests and walking up and down crooked mountain ridges. If you want to stay the night, there’s a cavern at the top of the fort which can house 8-10 people at a time.
Perched at a height of 4,603 feet above sea level, Torna is definitely the highest fort in and around Pune district. The trek starts from the base village of Velhe and the trail is fairly simple and takes about three hours to reach the top. Once you’re there, you can pitch your tents and spend the night. Must carry water, food and a first aid kit.
Located near Bhor, Kenjalgad is a beautiful rhomboid-shaped fort, perfect for a night trek that passes through dense forests and rock-cut steps. The base of the fort is at the village of Ghera Kenjal and takes about half-an-hour to reach the top from there. There’s a small temple in the village which is often used by trekkers to spend the night. But before you head here, remember to carry adequate food and water ’cause it’s almost impossible to find any out here.