Arthur’s Seat, commonly known as Suicide
Point, is a massive table-like structure supported by a rocky pillar. It
overlooks the Brahma-Arayana Valley and Savitri River and the view from the top
is simply mesmerizing. Arthur’s Seat is referred to as the queen of all the
tourist points in the region and is visited by tourists all year long. There
are other interesting places situated nearby including Tiger’s Spring and
More on Arthur’s Seat
Trekking to Arthur’s Seat
All those who love adventure should undertake
a trek to Arthur’s Seat. You can either begin your trek from Shelarwadi village
or Dhawale village. It will take around 15-20 mins of walk to reach Shelarwadi
from Dhawale. The initial phase of the trail passes through fields and clusters
of the small houses. As you keep walking, you will finally reach a ridge that
gives away to a hillock. Throughout the route, the signboards inscribed with
‘Om Namah Shivaya’, is put in order to ease the navigation.
As you proceed, the trail gets steeper till
you reach a rocky area. You need to carefully climb this rock patch in order to
reach the top of the fort. This point is then followed by a popular stopover
named Bhairichi Ghumati. After this, the trek route is followed by another
narrow ridge with deep valleys on the sides.
You will also cross a dense forest before reach Arthur’s Seat. The
entire excursion to Arthur’s Seat can be spread over two days. However, the
trek can be completed in one day as well.
Note: Hire a local guide who will direct you as
the routes are confusing at times.
There are no food stalls at the top and the
trek is long and very tiring. Therefore, it advised to carry enough supplies of
food and water. There is only one suitable source of freshwater supply along
the trek route.
Since the base point of the trek is a rural
setting, there are no hotels or resorts. However, the locals here are sweet
enough to provide arrangements for your stay at affordable rates. In Dhawale
village, the government school can be used as a place to stay.
How to Reach Arthur’s
Rail: The nearest railway station to the village is
Pune Junction. The railhead is well-connected to various nearby local regions
and major cities in the country. There are many local trains that connect the
small towns to Pune.
Road: If you are planning to travel to the village
by bus then fist you will have to reach Poladpur. From here you can take
another bus or a shared auto-rickshaw to reach Dhawale village.