A small hill fort in Maharashtra, Gorakhgad is
known for its history, serene environment and lush greenery. The two forts of
Gorakhgad and Machindragad are the twin forts in the district of Thane in
Maharashtra, and this fortress is situated at a higher elevation in comparison
to its twin fort.
As you reach the top of the fort, you will
come across several cisterns which have fresh and potable water. At the base of
the hill, you will also come across numerous rock-cut caves of which a few of
them are unfit for camping. The path that leads up to the summit is covered
dense foliage and has sharp turns. There is also a beautiful shrine dedicated
to Lord Shiva and a sculpture of Nandi on the top of the fort.
More on Gorakhgad Trek
Village Dehari is the starting point of the
trek to Gorakhgad Fort. The trek trail comprises of winding routes covered with
lush green foliage. After climbing for 15-20 minutes, you will reach an open
space. From here, you will have to trek downwards till you reach the base of
the Fort. Further ahead, you will come across a signboard that displays the
details of the trek. From here, you will have to climb up until you reach the
rock-cut steps which, in turn, will lead you to the top of the fort.
There are a few caves situated on the hilltop
which can accommodate around 25-30 people.
At the village Dehrai, which serves as the
base for the trek, you will get different varieties of food easily. If you
want, you can carry your own food while heading upwards.
The water pools within the fort have potable
water, however, carry enough supplies of water for safety and health reasons.
Tips and Tricks
Machindragad Fort is situated in close
proximity to Gorakhgad fort, at a distance of about 1500 feet. It is advised to
visit this fort as well to enhance your trekking experience.
How to Reach Gorakhgad
Rail: Kalyan Station is well connected to Mumbai
and other railway stations situated in Gujarat and other parts of India. Local
trains from Mumbai to Kalyan run on regular intervals.
Road: Kalyan also has good roadway connectivity to
major cities such as Pune and Mumbai.
You can also take state buses from Kalyan to reach Murbad. From here you
will have to hire a tonga or an auto-rickshaw to reach Dehari.