Saturday, 9 June 2018

Offbeat Trek to Kailasgad Fort

As monsoon begins, it was time for a quick half day trek. We were looking for an offbeat location to avoid the crowd and come up with the kailasgad option.

Trekkers for Kailasgad were I, friends Himanshu, Piyush, and Aditya.

About Kailasgad Fort
Kailasgad fort is located in Mulashi area near backwater of Mulashi Dam. There is hardly anything to see on the fort but the trail to the top is more beautiful.

To reach Kailasgad Fort, the route is Pune - Chandani Chowk - Pirangut - Mulashi - take Right at Nive Bus Stop (GPS 18.492028, 73.419742) - Vaduste Village - park car at Mountain Pass (Khind) (GPS: 18.525334, 73.486817)

Kailasgad Fort
Kailasgad Fort

9th June 2018: Pune - Kailasgad Fort (Total Distance: 150km):
               We woke by 5AM and left Pune by 5:30AM. The weather was perfectly set for trekking conditions. Light rain, Dark clouds, and cool breezes make the journey more joyful. We had breakfast break at JP’s food court, Mulshi village. We reached at Base soon and parked a vehicle on the road. There is Signboard which indicates the way to Kailasgad Fort.

Way to Vadusthe village

             Trek begins with a Small hike on Hill and the same Hill is connected to Kailasgad. The route is narrow with exposed to the valley on your left side. The route was bit slippery but manageable. It takes around 45 min to 1 hour to reach the top of Fort. If you want to enjoy the beauty of the trail rather than Fortification then this is the perfect offbeat trekking place.

The trail to Kailasgad Fort

              While climbing, you will come across a small monsoon waterfall (It is only inflowed during Rainfall). Just take right side direction rather than crossing water stream to continue to reach on the top. Route marks are not clearly visible which may mislead you.
              You can see the Swaraj flag on the top of the fort. View of Backwater and mountain range is simply breathtaking. The expert believes that fort was built during Saatvahan era and No fortification is available on the fort. You can see some ruined rock structure which looks like a ruined house. There is Shivlinga carved in Stone at the end of the fort.


View from Kailasgad Fort
View from Kailasgad Fort

              We begin our returned journey and climb down in 30-40 Min. It is a short trek and better to club with Ghangad fort. We took stop at andharban valley viewpoint. View of Andharban valley is simply awesome. Andharban is famous jungle trek of 12km which goes through the dense forest.
After spending some time at Valley viewpoint, we returned home safely by the lunchtime.

View of Andharban valley
  • Fuel - INR 900/- at 84Rs/L
  • Breakfast at JP foods- INR 350/- for 4 people (Misal+Upama+Idali Sambar+Tea/Coffee)
  • Dilkhush Wadapav - INR 90/- (INR15/- per pic)

Thanks for reading this Travel Blog. I will try to upload more and more travel blogs.

Pritesh Kulkarni

1 comment:

  1. Well written. And good you put the latitude and longitude.