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  • Trip Name: Gorakhgad Night Trek
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Endurance: Medium
  • Time: 2 days 1 night

If you love trekking and exploring unknown locations at night, you are definitely in for a treat as Gorakhgad night trek offers you all the thrill you need for a night full of adventure!

Gorakhgad is a fort that can be visited in a few hour’s time and can be scaled at night. Once can easily go for the Gorakhgad trek from Mumbai, Pune, and other relevant locations nearby. Gorakhgad and Machindragad have always attracted trekkers from across the state because of their fireplaces. The journey to Gorakhgad is through a dense forest cover that only adds to the thrill of a night trek !

Although the Gorakhgad fort is fairly small in size and very little is known about its history, it is the journey that makes the trekking experience exciting. The fort is believed to have had a strategic influence during the rule of Shahaji Raje. There are no historical records of any major fights taking place at the fort. It was used for monitoring the surrounding area by the troops for strategic purposes.

Also, the Gorakhgad fort was used during the reign of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj for guarding the nearby region and as a halt station while making the journey to Junnar via Naneghat. Although the fort is not too large in size, it has sufficient availability of water and enough area for strategic convenience. It gets its name from Saint Gorakhnath, a sage who carried out “Sadhana” at this place.

The night trek to Gorakhgad will provide you with the thrill of a trek in the calm of the night. However, it is important to be extremely alert and careful throughout the journey. Although the terrain is not too difficult to walk on, you would be passing through a dense forest covering which requires you to take every step with precision.

Also, it is advisable to have a good night’s sleep before coming for the Gorakhgad trek as you would be proactive throughout the course at night. The last thing you would want is to feel drowsy and dozing off in the middle of the trek!

Once you reach the Gorakhgad fort, despite the nighttime, you would be able to witness its architectural beauty and see the ruins that have stood the test of time. In fact, the look of the fort at night has its own charm! The fort possesses rock-cut water cisterns that provide drinkable water all year round.

Once you make it through the forest at night and reach the destination, you can spend some time in the stillness of the night until the sun comes up and the dawn makes the surroundings even more beautiful. If you are looking for a short getaway from your city and spend the night in the lap of nature, you should definitely give the Gorakhgad fort trek a try! We assure you that you will not be disappointed.

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  • Rs.1500/- Per Person
  • Rs. 700/-  Advance Fee (Compulsory & Non-Refundable)
  • Traveling by Non AC Bus  (Mumbai – Gorakhgad – Mumbai).
  • 1 Breakfast & 1 Lunch (Veg-NonVeg).
  • Well Trained Trek Leaders, Safety Gears, Basic First Aid, etc. relate to the trek.
  • Personal Expenses.
  • First Day Dinner is not included.
  • Anything which is not mentioned in the inclusions.
  • Good haversack bag to put in all the things to be carried.
  • Wear Full Trakpant,Tshirt or Full Shirt 2 pair A bottle of water (2 ltr), Camera(optional), Raincoat, Jacket, Eletrol powder, 2 lemon, some snack,biscuit.
  • Personal medicine & plastic bag,odomas or same brand.
  • A good Trekking shoes,towel and extra clothes, Sleeping Bag, Chadar, Torch
  • Anyone original photo ID proof
  • Empty Tiffin Box, Small Plate, Bowl
  • Avoid wearing Gold and other jewelry(at own risk)
  • BHATKE ADVENTURE  reserves the right to close the registration early or extend the date of registration.
  • Registration Fee is non refundable.
  • BHATKE ADVENTURE  reserves the right to change, alter or cancel a trip due to any reason which might not be in the best interest of your safety, like dangerous water levels, landslides, extreme weather conditions, due to any unforeseen circumstances, etc.
  • Trekker should have carry a valid ID proof & should also follow covid regulations like wear a mask, carry sanitizer, etc.
  • The trek takes place through eco-friendly zone, so we should respect & enjoy the beauty of the respective region.
  • Do not litter the local sites or campsites. Consumption of Alcohol/Drugs /Smoking / Any other intoxicant  during the trek is strictly prohibited. Any kind of Misbehaving activity with participants or local aspects is also offensive.
  • Do not wear tight-fitted clothes as they might hinder with your movement during the trek.
  • Do not carry valuables like Jewellery  or expensive electronics.
  • Trekker should have follow all the instruction led by the The Trek Leader.

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If you’re thinking of trekking to Gorakhgad, 5 essential things to know before departure are:

  • The Gorakhgad Trek is a strenuous and popular trek that takes place in Sahyadris, Maharashtra
  • There are many routes that can be walked, but the easiest route begins from the village of Dehari, Maharashtra.
  • The route is well known for its difficulty, with many sections proving challenging even for experienced hikers.

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Why Should You Do The Gorakhgad Trek?

Gorakhgad & Machindragad

Gorakhgad trek is one of the most thrilling treks in Maharashtra in the Thane district. This trek should be on every trekker’s bucket list. The hike is famous for its 360-degree views of the Sahyadri range and offers a massive, jaw-dropping  80-degree climb at the very end .

Gorakhgad is next to its twin fort Machindragad & both these forts served as surveillance for the route between Junnar & Naneghat, one of the most critical trading routes in ancient times.

You can do the trek throughout the year; however, if you are not an experienced trekker, you should avoid monsoons as the trail, and the rock section tends to get very slippery and needs the expertise to tread through.

  • Altitude:  2130 ft.
  • Difficulty:  Moderate-Difficult
  • Base Village:  Dehari
  • Best Season:  Winter

How To Reach Gorakhgad?

Gorakhadgad is near Dehari village in the Thane district, and the closest town is Murbad. You can reach Gorakhgad easily via public & private transport. 

Public Transport:

The closest railway station to the fort is Kalyan, and you can get many local trains to Kalyan from Dadar/CST/Thane. From Kalyan, you need to take a bus to Murbad & from Murbad bus station, you can take either a bus or a rickshaw Mhasha & from there take another rickshaw to Dehari village. It will take around 1.5 hours to reach Dehari village from Kalyan station.

Private Transport:

You can take your vehicle to the base village as it has parking facilities. Distance from the western suburbs of Mumbai is around 120 KM and can take about 3 hours to reach.  Click here to Get Directions .

From Pune, the distance is about 154 KM and can take approximately 3.5-4 hours to reach.  Click here to get directions .

Gorakhgad Trek Difficulty & Route

Gorakhgad Fort Rock Cut Steps

The trek distance is around 7-7.5 kms , and it can take approximately 4-5 hours to reach the top and come back, including breaks in between.

At the start of the trail, there is an entry gate next to the Gorakshnath temple. The trail leads you into the forest section, the entire trail is well-marked, and no guide is required. The forest trail is the easiest part of the trek.

After the end of the forest section, you reach the main start point of the final climb to the fort. At the start, you will see multiple signboards explaining the trek and the temple.

The first patch of the rock-cut steps is relatively easy and leads to the fort’s main gate. The 2nd rock-cut patch starts from here and is a risky section because of the narrow path & no protection on the sides. After the end of this section, there is a cave where you can rest & then make your final push for the peak of the fort.

This last section of the trek is challenging, and one needs to be extremely careful while climbing through this rock patch. This patch will take around 10-15 mins to complete and reach the top. At the top of the fort is a Shiva temple that offers majestic views of the Sahyadri range.

Important Information

Gorakhgad Main Entry Gate

  • The endurance level for the trek is moderate; however, you need to have enough experience to hike through the tricky sections of the hike.
  • You can also trek overnight, reach the base of the fort & start early morning the next day to enjoy the sunrise from the top.
  • Link to the route on Ramblr:  Trek Route
  • Trekking down the fort is more difficult because of the sheer drop on the rock patch. If you are a beginner trekker, you should go here with someone who has experience trekking in Maharashtra.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Yes, the Gorakhgad trek is considered to be moderately difficult. Gorakhgad is a fort located in the Western Ghats of Maharashtra, India, and the trek to the top involves a steep ascent through rocky terrain and narrow pathways.

However, the difficulty level can vary depending on weather conditions, the individual’s fitness level, and experience with trekking. It is recommended to go on this trek with an experienced guide and to carry necessary supplies such as water, snacks, and appropriate footwear.

The total trek distance is around 7 km and usually takes about 3-4 hours to complete.

However, the trek time can also depend on one’s fitness & trekking experience.

The trek also involves climbing a steep rock patch near the summit, which requires some experience in rock climbing and can be challenging for beginners.

The closest railway station to the fort is Kalyan, and you can get many local trains to Kalyan from Dadar/CST/Thane. From Kalyan, you need to take a bus to Murbad & from Murbad bus station, you can take either a bus or a rickshaw to Mhasha & from there take another rickshaw to Dehari village. It will take around 1.5 hours to reach Dehari village from Kalyan station.

Gorakhgad is a fort located in the Western Ghats of Maharashtra, India, and has a rich history. The fort was built during the 16th century by the Bahmani Sultanate and later came under the control of the Maratha Empire. The fort played an important role in protecting the trading routes between Konkan and Deccan regions of India.

During the British colonial rule in India, the fort was used as a watchtower to keep an eye on the surrounding area. It was also used as a military base during the Anglo-Maratha Wars.

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In conclusion, Gorakhgad Trek is an excellent way to experience the beauty of Maharashtra. It offers a great trek route with difficulty levels that range from easy to very difficult. Additionally, there are important information and advice that should be considered before starting this journey.

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Gorakhgad Night Trek

Price starts from 2000.00.

Go on a night trek as a group to Gorakhgad & its cave to add adventure to your weekend activity. Only 3 hours from Mumbai by road & ideal during the rains!

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Some Great Reasons To Choose This:

  • Medium difficulty night trek
  • Have a snack inside a cave at night!
  • Best during the monsoon months
  • Enjoy the sounds and smells of the rain
  • Expert guide throughout!

Gorakhgad is one of the twin peaks in the Sahyadri ranges a mere three hours from Mumbai. The trekking trail is very popular among Mumbaikars looking for weekend adventure activities. When it comes to night trekking the adventure amps up considerably and even the cave at the top seems more intriguing. The trekking trail winds up and would seem more fun in termsof difficulty at night. The best season is the monsoons as the rains add a certain allure to the area be it day or night! 

Day 1: Dadar to Gorakhgad

  • 08:15 PM - Meet at Dadar (East) opposite to the Parsi Gymkhana
  • 08:30 PM - Get into vehicle for drive tor Gorakhgad
  • 11:00 PM - Arrival at base and enjoy a few snacks
  • 11:15 PM - Begin the hike

Day 2 : Gorakhgad to Dadar

  • 02:30 AM - Reach the cave at Gorakhgad and enjoy packed snacks inside
  • 03:30 AM - Descend to the base point of the trek
  • 05:00 AM - Back to vehicle for Dadar
  • 08:00 AM - Arrive at drop-off point Dadar
  • Non-A/C private vehicle
  • Packed snacks and breakfast (all veg)
  • Guide charges
  • Any food or drinks other than the packed snacks and breakfast provided
  • Water bottles or other beverages
  • Any other personal expenses
  • Any expense incurred due to unavoidable circumstances like road blocks or bad weather

Things to carry & what to wear

  • Headlamp or torch with spare batteries is compulsory
  • Chocolates or any other snacks 
  • Water (3 litres per person)
  • Toilet Paper
  • Identity Card
  • Extra pair of clothes,  windcheater 
  • Camera and binoculars  
  • Insect repellent
  • Wear comfortable shoes with rubber soles
  • Dress in cotton full-sleeved top and cotton pants
  • Difficulty - Medium
  • Activity spot: Gorakhgad (after Murbad)
  • Best Season: November to April 
  • Organised for a minimum of 6 people but for an extra charges we do arrange for groups below 6
  • Anyone below 12 cannot take part
  • Basic fitness expected from all participants
  • People with medical conditions need to get prior approval from their doctor

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Type : Hill fort Height : 2135 ft from MSL Grade : Easy- medium Endurance : Medium Base Village : Dehri

Gorakhgad is located near Murbad of Thane District. It is 95 kms and 140 kms away from Mumbai and Pune respectively. The  Gorakhgad Night trek is mainly a Jungle Trail till you reach a temple of Mahadev which is right at the start of Stone Carved steps.

These steps will take you to the cave where a group of around 50 can accommodate easily. One can enjoy the star gazing activity along with the darken view of the valley, before dozing off. Before Sunrise many trekkers climb the top to take darshan of another Mahadev Temple at the top and have a 360-degree view of the surrounding. Ahupe Ghat, Machindragad and Siddhagad are clearly visible from this point with an awesome view of the sunrise.

Gorakhgad and Machindragad are related to each other historically. The Master was Gorakhnath who resided in the cave for Tapascharya. His disciple Machindranath did not want to disturb his Master, but also wanted to follow him. So, he resided on the hill next to it to watch and learn what his Master was doing. Thus, the name of Gorakhgad and Machindragad came into existence. Apart from this, many Maharajas of the bygone era, used this fort as a layover stop to travel further.

Day 1 - Gorakhgad Night trek

We are Waiting for you

Meet at Kalyan Railway Station near Deepak Hotel at 6:30 pm as we will head to Dehri, base village of Gorakhgad, in our transfer vehicle.

We will reach base village around 8 pm. Enjoy the feast of local delicacies of Vegetarian and Non-Vegetarian Dishes as we will start our trek post dinner.

Gorakhgad, here we come!

We will start our Gorakhgad Night Trek around 9:30 pm climbing our way through a Jungle Trail and stone carved steps. The Gorakhgad Night Trek will last for around 2 hours.

Wow we are here!

We will reach around Mid-night at the caves. Enjoy the star lit sky as we relax ourselves in the huge cave.

Day 2 -  Gorakhgad Night trek

Good Morning Fellas, Let’s Explore!

We will wake around 6:30 am as we climb upwards to take darshan of Lord Mahadev at the top and get a 360-degree view. Don’t forget to take Group Photos and Safe selfies at this point.

Breakfast is calling

We will start the descend around 8 am travelling through the dense Jungle which we could not see at night. Around 9:30 am we will reach the base village to enjoy the delicious breakfast. Gorakhgad Night Trek ends here.

What an Amazing Experience!

We will head back to Kalyan Railway Station around 10:30 am in our transfer vehicle sharing our Gorakhgad Night trek  experience with our fellow trekkers.

INR 1000 per adult

Inclusions:

● Breakfast ● Tea ● Dinner ● Kalyan to Kalyan transportation ● Expertise charges ● First aid

Exclusions:

● Any other personal expenses other than above mentioned & GST (5%)

Cancellation and Refund applicable on the Gorakhgad Night trek cost: 

● If cancellation done prior to 15 days of outing 75% will be refunded. ● If cancellation done prior to 10 days of outing 50% will be refunded. ● After that no refund will be provided.

● At least 3 litres of drinking water ● Photo ID card ● Extra cloths and raincoat ● Personal medicine ● Torch with extra batteries 

Note: After Gorakhgad night trek our stay is in caves, so carry Sleeping Bag/ Mat/ Chaddar.

Gorakhgad Night Trek Rules : 

● In Mountains & Jungles, smoking attracts honeybees and one has to face dangerous " honeybee attack " where survival of the person is difficult, hence smoking is strictly prohibited. ● Drinking Alcohol is strictly prohibited. ● Leader's Decision will be Final and Binding. ● Small Steps Adventures reserves all the right to Change/ Deviate/ Cancel the plans without prior notice. ● Telephonic Confirmation for booking is Mandatory; if unable to contact us then send a text message and we will call you back. ● Please do not carry Handbags or Jholas or Sling bags on treks. ● Please do not carry or wear any valuables, ornaments, jewellery, etc. If carried, then we do not take any liability for the same.

Is there any washroom facility?

-  No its a cave stay & there are no washrooms.

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Adventure Geek invites you for Gorakhgad Fort Trek Gorakhgad is a fort that can be visited in a day's time, quite reachable from Mumbai and Pune. Though the history of the fort is not known, Gorakhgad attracts trekkers due to its thrilling experience of climbing vertical rock wall and breath-taking views. This region of Gorakhgad and Machchindragad has a dense forest cover. This fort is named after Saint Gorakhnath who is said to have performed penance here. No major battle is recorded to have taken place here. The rock-cut caves and water cisterns here indicate that it was used to look over the nearby region and as a stopover station during the journey to Junnar via Naneghat. Though small in size, there is enough water and accommodation place.

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Gorakhgad Fort Trek Schedule Day 1 : Pick Up Points: (Saturday Night) 10.30 pm - Meet the Leaders at SGNP, Borivali East 11.30 pm - Pickup from Dadar East, TT Circle 12.00 am - Teen hath Naka, Thane 12.45 am - Durgadi Chowk, Kalyan Further, depart to base Village. 03:00 am: Reaching base village. Time to rest in the Bus. 04.00 am : Breakfast and Gear up 04:15 am : Start Trek post Introduction session. 07:00 am : Reach Caves explore 07:30 am : Reach Summit and explore, photography, snacks. 08:30 am : Start Descending 12:00 pm : Reach base village and have lunch. 01:00 pm : Start Return journey 06:00 pm : Reach Borivali and disperse. 02:30 am : Reach base village and rest 03:30 am : Start Trek post Introduction session. 06:30 am : Reach Caves explore 07:30 am : Reach Summit and explore, photography, snacks. 08:30 am : Start Descending 12:00 pm : Reach base village and have lunch. 01:00 pm : Start Return journey 03:30 pm : Reach Titwala and disperse. Pay directly using below link: https://imjo.in/su6mB5

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Gorakhgad Night Trek is an easy trek near mumbai. The Fort that can be visited in a quick time, reachable from Mumbai and Pune. Though the history of the fort is not known, Gorakhgad attracts trekkers due to its thrilling experience of climbing vertical rock wall and breath-taking views. This region of Gorakhgad and Machchindragad has a dense forest cover. This fort is named after Saint Gorakhnath who is said to have performed penance here. No major battle is recorded to have taken place here. The rock-cut caves and water cisterns here indicate that it was used to look over the nearby region and as a stopover station during the journey to Junnar via Naneghat.

To See : temple of Saint Goraknath, Macchindragad Pinnacle, Ahupe Ghat, Khetoba range, Siddhagad, Dum-Dumiya Ranges, Rock cut steps, Caves and water cisterns.

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Trek to Gorakhgad

Location Address : Near Murbad, Maharashtra.

Trek Information:

Fort Elevation: Jungle & Fort trail

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate.

Endurance: Easy to Moderate.

Length: Approx. 5 km

Batches :  4th & 11th October 2020

Event Fees:

Without travel Pune & Mumbai: Rs 700 /-

With travel Mumbai: Rs 1500 /-

(  Pickup : Borivali , Malad , Andheri , Bandra , Dadar , Thane, Kalyan )

**10 Minimum participants based on first come first serve**

COVID Guidelines :

  • Mask and maintaining social distance with others is mandatory throughout the trip.
  • Buses will be fully sanitised before the use.
  • Carrying your own sanitisers , gloves, face shield and mask is compulsory.
  • Food will be freshly cooked and packed as per WHO guidelines.
  • Gorakshnath temple on the top
  • Cave on the fort
  • Adventurous steps to balekilla

What is included in the tour

  • Travel from Mumbai in Private bus as per govt COVID guidelines
  • Breakfast & Tea ( Packed Poha )
  • Lunch ( Veg Thali )
  • Guide Charges.
  • Entry Charges.
  • Expertise Charges. 
  • First Aid Charges

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Travel till pickup points
  • Mineral water/lime water/ purchased for personal consumption
  • All kinds of Extra Meals / soft drinks ordered
  • Any kind of personal expenses
  • Any kind of cost which is not mentioned in the cost includes above
  • All expenses incurred due to unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances like roadblocks, bad weather
  • Any medical / Emergency evacuations if required
  • 12:00 AM : Report at Borivali , other pickup points timings will between 12-1 AM
  • 12:45 AM : Report at Dadar TT Circle
  • 04:00 AM : Reach a small Dhabba near secret lake and rest till morning
  • 06:00 AM : Wakeup call, fresh up and have fresh hot Breakfast and Tea
  • 07:30 AM : Introduction and briefing before we start our trek
  • 08:00 AM - 11:00 AM : Trek to Gorakhgad summit
  • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM : Relax and click pictures and have some snacks
  • 12:30 PM : Start descending to base village by same route
  • 03:30 PM : Reach base village and proceed to Dhabba for lunch  
  • 05:00 PM : Start our journey back to Dadar

Reporting Point :

Mumbai : 12:45 AM on Sunday at Dadar TT Circle 

Return Arrival :

Mumbai : 9:00 PM at Dadar TT Circle on Sunday.

Payment Details :

UPI ID  : 7387523876@upi

Net banking :

  • Name- RAJBALA YADAV Bank name - HDFC BANK  ACC No.- 50100308491863 IFSC code- HDFC0002501
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Please send a screenshot of the payment on WhatsApp  8850043643  for confirmation , we will then share a form for final booking procedure .

Things to carry:

  • 2/3 Liters of water
  • Some Dry fruits / Dry Snacks / Energy Bars
  • Glucon D / ORS / Tang / Gatorade sachets
  • Good Torch must with an extra battery
  • Trekking Shoes provide more grip and comfort on the trek
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1- Are there any other pickup points :

Yes , we have other pickup points from both Mumbai and Pune.

Mumbai : Borivali, Malad , Dadar, Thane, Kalyan 

2- Are washrooms available during the trek?

No washrooms are available during the trek. However you can use washroom at Dhabba.

3- Can we bring our vehicle till base village and is parking available?

Parking is available in Base village, Parking fee will be applicable, Car owners parks at own risk.

4- Is Jain food available on this trek?

Yes, we can arrange Jain food for the trek.

5- What are the compulsory things to carry on the trek?

Please carry 1-2 liters water, rainwear, wear good trekking shoes, wear a full t-shirt and track pants.

6- Will we reach Mumbai Pune on time mentioned?

The itinerary is approx time during monsoon road condition are bad there may be delay due to bus breakdown or bad weather in case bus reaches late Trekhievers will not pay for uber or ola or taxi fare.

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Gorakhgad is a true gift of nature situated on the Western Ghats, within three hours from Mumbai. It offers wonderful opportunities for trekking enthusiasts and nature-lovers alike. Home to captivating rock-cut caves and cisterns of water, Gorakhgad had been a place that served the people in terms of accommodation and water supply. It was also used to patrol the region during Shivaji’s era and as a resting point for those traveling to Junnar via Naneghat. Gorakhgad Trek is one of the most amazing Treks in Western Ghats, which offers thrilling rock-climbing experiences as well as picturesque views.

Gorakhgad is basically part of a trio: Gorakhgad, Siddhagad, and Machindragad, among which Siddhagd Fort is the biggest. Gorakhgad Fort got its name from Saint Gorakhnath, who had performed sacrament in this place. From the pinnacle of Gorakhgad Fort, you can enjoy views of a vast region covering Machindragad, Siddhagad, Ahupe Ghat, and Jeevdhan. The entire region is at its best during monsoon, when there is greenery all around.

Embark on an adventurous Gorakhgad Trek and witness nature’s true beauty amidst the lush forests. Starting from Thane, you will be meeting your team at Pritam Hotel in Dadar and heading to Dehri, which is the base village for your trek. Begin ascending from Dehri and enjoy walking through the forest and beautiful waterfalls. The top of Gorakhgad Fort offers stunning views of the surrounding hills and Ghats. Later in the noon, you will be on an exciting cave exploration deep inside the forest. After the thrilling trek, you will return to the base village and begin your journey back home. Did this itinerary get you all excited? Then make sure you book this package and experience the best of Gorakhgad like never before.

Day 1: Thane – Gorakhgad Once you have your bags ready, proceed to Pritam Hotel Dadar (E) at 6:00 AM and meet the team at Kotak Mahindra ATM near the hotel. You will be picked up from Teen Hath Naka Junction at 6:30 AM from where you will travel to the base village, Dehri. Arrive at Dehri by 9:00 AM and have a filling breakfast. After a brief introduction at 10:00 AM, gear up for an amazing Gorakhgad Trek. The adventurous Gorakhgad Fort Trekking involves walking through enchanting caves, forests, and waterfalls giving you a feeling of being one with nature. En route, behold the vast greenery and from the top of the fort, enjoy views of the surrounding Sahyadri ranges, Siddhagad, and Ahupe Ghat. Reach the caves by 1:00 PM and have your lunch there. At 2:00 PM, start exploring the caves of Gorakhgad for an enchanting experience. There is also the Gorakhnath Cave Temple inside a deep, large cave on the Gorakhgad Hill. After exploration, begin the descend by 3:00 PM and reach the base village at around 6:00 PM. Relax and have your evening snacks at the village. At 7:00 PM, you will start your return journey and reach Mumbai by 10:00 PM, cherishing the beautiful memories of Gorakhgad.

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Gorakhgad fort trek, price (per person):   ` 1,000, duration:   1 day, cancellation policy   |   payment policy.

Departure Dates: September 2017 – 17 th

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Gorakhgad Trek, Mumbai Overview

Gorakhgad is a hill fort in Maharashtra. Gorakhgad and Machindragad are twin forts in the Thane district of Maharashtra. Gorakhgad is situated at an elevation higher than its twin fort.

There are many cisterns of water within the fort. Water in a few of them is potable. There are numerous caves scattered near the base of the peak, and some of them are inhabitable. The winding path leading up to the fort is richly endowed with thick vegetation. There is a temple of Shiva at the peak, and a statue of the bull 'Nandi,' at the top of the citadel. Shiva was the patron deity of the fort, it seems to suggest.

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Rail: Kalyan station lies on the central line of the Mumbai local train system. Local trains run from Mumbai to Kalyan on a regular basis. Besides, Kalyan is well connected through rail network to Gujarat, north and south India.

Road: Kalyan is well connected to Mumbai as well as Pune by means of the National Highway system. From Kalyan, state terminal buses ply frequently to Murbad. From Murbad, a bus can be taken to the base village, or a tonga can be hired.

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Approx trek time : 2-3 hours

Availability of Night Trek: Available

Base Camp: Dehari village

Days required for the trek: 1 day

Difficulty level: Easy to Medium

Height above sea level: 2140 feet

Nearest Airport: Mumbai

Nearest Railhead: Kalyan

Starting point of trek: From behind the temple situated on the road-head from Dehari to Murbad

Type: Hill fort

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Gorakhgad – The Rock Climb!

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It was just over a month that I was back from my  Manali  cycling trek (travelogue still under progress ;) ) and I started feeling homesick for the mountains! Looked up on the net for some trekking events in the coming weekends. Found one, with Trek Mates India with whom I had been to Kalsubai trek in July . It was a pretty good experience with them, and Gorakhgad was pending for a while, so fixed it was!

A night trek sounds exciting. And that too when you go to Gorakhgad! On this trek, 60% of the trek is normal ascend through the jungle and the rest 40% is actual rock patch. You need to use your hands for climbing up.

Saturday night we started from Dadar, with around 25 “trek mates”. The bus journey was all usual singing songs and laughter and chitter chatter and stuff. I had come alone and didn’t know anyone yet, so decided to keep to myself and have some much needed sleep ( i was a bit successful ;) )

There is a small Shiv temple up there. Nice, peaceful, serene. But I was still not able to get a proper sunrise shot, but yes, it was a different type of sunrise this time. A cloudy sunrise. Apart from all that, some clicks here and there, of the endless lands, the Bhimashankar range and the nearby forts and hills, and some group shots later, it was time for leaving the temple back in its solitude. The descend began. No one would dare to get down those steep steps just by using their legs. Yes, you need to get down on you all fours, sit, apparently and there were also people who were holding onto the side rocks and sliding themselves down, slowly.

Coming back to the cave, we had packed breakfast that was given to us at the start of the trek. Waiting after breakfast for sometime and some group shots later, it was time to bid adieu to the cave and start the descend back to the base village. Again, it was that steep rock patch that was ready for us to go down on it. It was the same case as the rock patch we went down on, earlier from the pinnacle to the cave. Quickly we were able to come down, with the trek leaders helping out people who needed help, we reached that small temple we had encountered at the middle of the night. A small break here, and then directly stopping at the base, we covered the entire descend in one and a half hour. Pretty good for us. We were there at 11 am. Sitting there, getting freshened up, and some fresh water from the folks at a nearby temple. And then all of a sudden, there was a sweet flute melody coming out of somewhere. Looking here and there, what I saw was that our trek leader, Puneet was playing the flute. Man, he is one hell of a flutist. Wonderful melodies he was playing. It was surely welcoming after a trek like this. Encore buddy! Keep playing that way!

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  • Climb the Gorakhgad fort for a spectacular sunrise
  • A BIG cave carved into a wall
  • A thrilling and exciting climb to the top of the fort The views gained as a reward for our effort
  • One of the best panoramic view of the Sahyadri mountains

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8 hrs., 6 km..

Gorakhgad and Machchindragad peaks stand tall over the trail, providing a surreal setting to the trek. A wide region ranging from Siddhagad and Machchindragad up to Ahupe Ghat and Jeevdhan in the Naneghat area towards the north can be seen from the fort-top.

Gorakhgad attracts trekkers due to its thrilling experience of climbing the vertical rock wall and breathtaking views. The trek of Gorakhgad Fort is not complete without reaching the top of the pinnacle. Facing the cave, proceed ahead towards your right. Just after a short walk, some steps can be seen on your left, which lead to the top. The climb along this stepped way in the rock needs to be carried out with utmost care. The top of the fort is very small. There is a small Mahadev temple with Nandi.

Extra info. History

This fort is named after Saint Gorakshnath who is said to have performed penance here. No major battle is recorded to have taken place here. The rock-cut caves and water cisterns here indicate that it was used to look over the nearby region and as a stopover station during the journey to Junnar via Naneghat. Though small in size, there is enough water and accommodation place.

Day 0 Night Travelling

22:30 Please reach your pickup point and meet with SG-Trekkers representatives to mark your attendance.

23:00 You will be transferred by private bus to base camp or the starting point of the trek.

Day 1 Gorakhgad Fort – Sunrise Trek

03:00 We arrive at the base of the Gorakhgad Fort. Our field experts will provide pre-trek information and instructions to all participants.

03:30 – 06:00 Now we start the trek to the Gorakhgad Fort. We need to ascend approximately 1,150 ft. It takes about two and half hours to reach the top from the base.

06:00 – 06:30 Now, You can enjoy the view of the sunrise.

06:30 – 09:00 Explore the Gorakhgad Fort

You can see the newly installed wooden door. The old but strong structure of the Gorakhgad fort is worth seeing. The carved steps and water tanks are very imaginatively made. You can also see a very BIG carved cave.

Enjoy the view of the Machchindragad pinnacle from Gorakhgad fort. From north to south, you can see many forts and hills.

09:30 – 12:00 Now we start descending to the base village via the same route. Reach Dehri village & Refresh yourself. (Toilets are available there.)

12:00 – 13:00 Let’s have a meal together. Served hot and tasty vegetarian food.

13:30 – 18:00 Start the journey back to Pune with very pleasant memories and non-biodegradable garbage. We are going to take a short break for tea.

18:00 Reach Pune and now it’s time to say goodbye to your travel companion. Let’s keep in touch via phone / social media and meet again on another memorable trip.

SEE YOU SOON! 😀

Day 1: Highlights

• Altitude Gain / Loss (ft.): 1,150 / 1,150 • Walk (approx.): 8 hrs., 6 km. • Accommodation: N/A • Meals: Meal after the Trek, Evening Tea

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Awesome experience altogether. We started a little late from Pune but were able to finish the trek on time. There were a couple of hard patches during the trek but the SG-Trekkers team was able to get everyone at the top and able to get everyone back down safely. They motivate everyone to complete the trek and stick to their policy of “Let No one leave behind”

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Grade :  Moderate

Region :  Murbad

Base village :  Dehri

Landmark :  Murbad

Number of Routes :  1

Highest Altitude :  2130 Feet (650m)

Trek Duration :  3 hours to ascend, 2.5 hours to descend

Surrounding Peaks : Ahupe Ghat, Siddhgad and Macchindragad

Ideal Season :  November to February (Night Trek)

Major Attarction :

Thrilling Rock Cut Stairs Climb, Caves and Temple near Top, View of Ahupe Ghat, Siddhgad, Macchindragad.

Water Sources :

Two cisterns can be seen just after the entrance. There are in total fourteen cisterns on the fort, however, only the three tanks near to the cave have potable water. However water is not potable at times hence it is recommended to carry water from Base Village itself.

Special thing about structure/route :

There is a thrilling climb towards the pinnacle with cut rocks.

Other Special thing :

On the route from siddhagad to gorakgad, one can find one waterfall. During monsoon season,  one can see the view of the many waterfalls and a large range of wildflowers.

History Info :

Ancient Name & Meaning (if any) :

Gorakgad, The fort is named after saint Goraknath, who used to perform penance here.

It was built in Satavahan period of India's history (~5000 years ago). It was used in the era of Shivaji Maharaj, mainly as a stopover point from Junnar via Naneghat. The fort was initially used to keep prisoners during the Nizamshahi rule. It was then ruled by the More clan of the Javli region.

Brief War History :

It was had strategic importance during the reign of Shahaji Raje. However, no major battle is recorded to have taken place here. It was used in Shivaji Maharaj era to patrol the nearby region and was used as a stopover station during the journey to Junnar via Naneghat.

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Gorakhgad Fort Trek: One of the Best Trails to Pursue During Monsoons

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Gorakhgad Fort Trek is one of the best trails in Maharashtra that can be pursued in any season. However, during monsoons, when the sky begins to pour, the Gorakhgad trek comes across as breathtakingly beautiful. Therefore, pursuing the magnificent Gorakhgad fort trek during monsoons will prove to be a good decision.

The Gorakhgad fort trek is moderate in difficulty level, and even a first-timer will be able to complete it. Pursue the trek in a group. This way, it is more fun and much safer. Before undertaking any trek, every enthusiast gauges it in terms of resources spent versus takeaways. In this regard, Gorakhgad will not disappoint you. We got it fairly tested during our extended trek session to Ahupe Ghat (Valley) and Gorakhgad Fort.

In the current blog, I will be sharing with you my recent experience of undertaking the Ahupe Ghat and Gorakhgad Fort trek. With important tips and suggestions, this blog will act as a travel guide for your trek.

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A sapping and treacherous trek, Gorakhgad might leave you tired but extremely satisfied. It gives you a feeling akin to what an army cadet feels after successfully accomplishing a feat. Furthermore, the trek is absolutely beautiful, and a treat to the eyes!

Gorakhgad Fort Trek: An Overview 

Before venturing deep into the details of the Gorakhgad Fort trek, it is extremely important that you know some essential facts.

Here are a few things that you must know:

Gorakhgad Fort Trek: Nestled Amidst the Sahyadri Hill Range

Spread across the western coast from Gujarat to Tamil Nadu down south, Sahyadri hills have had political and historic importance. They served as a natural barrier to foreign aggression through the Arabian Sea route.

Having a good understanding of the terrains and using Guerrilla warfare, Charismatic King Shivaji of the Maratha Empire was able to thwart attacks from Portuguese, British and Mughal forces.

The Sahyadri hills house many famous forts such as Shivneri, Raigad, Torna, Rajgad, Purandar, etc. All these fort offers great insights into the Maratha empire. 

Although not much is known about Gorakhgad Fort, it is believed to be of importance during the reigns of Shahaji Raje . During the era of the mighty Shivaji, it served as a stopover point from Junnar via Naneghat. 

With no records of a battle being fought, this fort was significant from a surveillance point of view. It offered a good view of the passes, which were used for commercial purposes during Shivaji’s reign.

The region has everything a nature lover and trekker would want. From a wide variety of flora and fauna  to marvellous forts  to adrenaline-raising cliffs, and great river origins, the region has a lot to offer.

Green Plains

The Gorakhgad Fort trek is at its best in the monsoons. With lush greenery all around, the place looks no less than heaven. The green grass almost looks like a velvet carpet. Chilling on that grass was rather tempting, but we really had to get to the summit.

How to Reach Gorakhgad Fort?

Gorakhgad Fort is easily accessible from Mumbai and Pune. In order to pursue the Gorakhgad Fort trek, you must first reach the base village for the Trek.

Dehari village is the closest to the Gorakhgad Fort trekking point. Khopiwali Village is the closest point for the Ahupe Ghat trek. 

Since our group decided to go for both the treks we chose Kopiwali village as our base camp.

How to reach Khopiwali Village or Dehri?

We travelled from Mumbai, and therefore, all the routes are given starting from Mumbai. If you are visiting from Pune, you need to reach Kalyan station first. Thereon, follow the route given below.

In order to reach Khopiwali village or Dehari, one of the following three routes can be followed –

Make sure to reach the base village by afternoon, since limited public and private travel options (state transport buses and private vehicles) are available. 

We chose route 1 and reached Khopiwali village as we had planned to do both the treks. 

You can also choose route 2 and reach Dehari village if you wish to do only the Gorakhgad Fort trek.

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Although we had private transport, going by train is equally wonderful. You’ll be treated to beautiful views like these. It’s commendable how trains continue to operate even amidst rain. However, refrain from train travel in times of really heavy rains.

Food, Water and Accommodation for the Ahupe Ghat & Gorakhgad Fort Trek  

When embarking upon both or any one of these treks make sure you keep in mind the following:

Food and Water

As far as drinking water is concerned, carry 3-4 litres of water per person. Food is available at Khopiwali as well as Dehari village at a reasonable cost of 100 INR to 150 INR per person.

The food is hygienic and typically includes rice, Jowar Roti, Zunka ( Bengal gram delicac y) and Chutney.

Accommodation

Generally, an overnight stay is not required if you wish to go only to Gorakhgad. A lot of travellers start from Mumbai early morning, finish the trek and head back in the evening.  

However, if you wish to go for an early morning trek, you may choose to stay at Kalyan or Murbad or with locals at Khopiwlali or Dehari.

Alternatively, if it’s a 2-day plan covering Ahupe valley and Gorakhgad, one can either stay with the locals at Khopiwali or Dehri village, or stay at Gorakhnath temple at the base of Gorakhgad Fort.

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Although our plan involved returning back on the same day, you could choose to extend your trip over 2 days. I’d most certainly recommend a morning trek, for early morning treks are a different sort of peaceful altogether. You’ll get treated to great views.

The Various Stages of My Ahupe Ghat and Gorakhgad Fort Trek

The entire length of the Ahupe Ghat and Gorakhgad Fort trek can be broken down into various stages. It can differ from person to person. 

I am enlisting all of the seven stages I undertook to embark on the trail starting at Ahupe ghat and ending at Gorakhgad.

Stage One – The Beginning

As a group, we normally go for one-day treks and that too on Saturdays. This gives the body sufficient time to recover on the next day i.e Sunday. This time, however, we decided to give a shot to an extended trek of a couple of days.

We packed our bags in the morning and started our exhilarating journey of Ahupe Ghat and Gorakhgad Fort trek. The rain had just subsided and it was lush green all along the road. En route, we had some tasty Poha (A flattened rice dish relished for breakfast in the region) and hot ginger tea which got our belly full and set up the mood for the trek.

We decided to stay overnight and go for the trek the next morning. An overnight stay at the base village (which in this case was the Khopiwalli village) has its own advantages:

So, we made sure to bunk in overnight at Khopiwali and decided to start the trek the next morning.

Stage Two – Ahupe Ghat Trek

Early morning, we started off towards the Ahupe Ghat trek. Although it tested our endurance, we had a really good time walking through the water streams, climbing through rugged terrains, clicking pictures of the beautiful landscape, and finally enjoying some good home-cooked food at the plateau.

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Walking through streams of the sorts was really fun! What’s great is that this water is generally very clean and fresh, because the water is flowing. On such treks, however, remember to wear waterproof shoes. If not, you’ll have a really tough time.

It took us about 3 hours to complete the Ahupe Ghat Trek

From the top, we could see an expanse of Sahyadris, Gorakhgad, and Macchindragad. The view was magical and we felt like the hills were calling out to us. 

There are 3 hills placed alongside each other in this region –

Macchindragad and Gorakhgad are also referred to as the twin peaks and have been named after two saints – Macchindranath and Gorakhnath. Macchindranath was the disciple of Saint Goraknath.

Without wasting any time, we headed our way along the Gorakhgad Fort trek.

Considering the vastness and density of Sahyadri Hills, it is advisable that you take the help of locals to trace the path in case you find yourself going off the path. Else, you will risk getting lost in the wilderness.

On our Gorakhgad fort trek trail, a villager directed us towards a water stream. From the stream, there was a well-marked path that led to Gorakhgad. 

Stage Three – the Gorakhgad Fort Trek

The Gorakhgad fort trek has a steep muddy and slippery path all along during the monsoons . Hence I would suggest you walk carefully and wear shoes with a good grip.

It took us about 2.5 hours to reach the base of Gorakhgad Trek from Ahupe Ghat

Normally, as a group, we keep agile and fit members spread out in the formation. This balances the momentum of the team. You should try this too.

Moving further on the Gorakhgad Fort trek, we took periodic energy-conserving breaks. These are essential to avoid muscle sprains. It took us approximately 90 minutes to reach the base of Gorakhgad. The temple of Saint Gorakshnath is located here.

Stage Four – The Fort and the Caves

After having a quick snack of hot masala noodles and playing with the baby goat for a while, we headed towards the peak. It’s a reasonably easy walk of about 20-25 minutes until the start of the rocky part of the hill.

At this point, one can find a small temple and a signboard briefing about the rich history of the Gorakghad fort. Most of the forts in Maharashtra have signboards like these which highlight the history of the place.

We took a couple of pictures and moved to climb the rock patch. The initial part is steep and requires manoeuvring. Harness for the ropes is provided in case you are carrying any. Not to mention, we forgot to carry ropes and had to manage it with each other’s support. Post that there are steps itched in the rock to the entrance of the fort which is painted in bright orange. Further steps which are an easy climb, lead to the cave.

The cave in the cliff can house at least 25 people. With pillar-like structures painted in bright orange, the cave is an ideal place for penance and meditation. One team member of ours rightly named this moment as ‘ earning peace of mind.’

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The last part of the summit is more challenging than the rest. In this light, you should be completely prepared. Make sure you carry at least a basic first aid kit with you. It could be useful to you, or to your fellow trekkers. Better to be safe than sorry.

Stage Five – Sinking in the Beauty of Gorakhgad Fort

Now having walked for almost 3 hours, we decided to rest our bodies before attempting the final hike to the zenith.

Sitting at the edge of the cave, I observed the grandness of the cliff. The view from here was mesmerizing. I could see the Western Ghats and Machindragad fort standing tall, covered by a dense green forest.

As the wind blew, we could not take our eyes off Machindragad which looked like a small replica of Gorakhgad.

Although there is a pass that connects both these forts – Macchindragad and Gorakhgad, due to erosion and the growth of jungle, it’s very difficult to reach Macchindragad. Hence, almost all trekkers pursue the Gorakhgad Fort trek only.

Stage Six – Meant for the Strong Willed

The journey on the Gorakhgad Fort trek further up is not meant for those suffering from acrophobia and vertigo. There is no proper route or steps here. Additionally the strong winds make it even tougher to focus on the task at hand.

An individual with a strong mind and nimble on foot should think of going to the top. During monsoons, it becomes extra slippery and difficult. Any wrong landing can cause a fall of over 1000 feet down the valley.

A couple of our team members who undoubtedly are the fittest amongst us decided to give take the challenge of the Gorakhgad Fort trek a notch up. They went from beside the cave and started with a rocky patch that had few notches to hold onto. They climbed the top from here.

Once you accomplish this part, there comes a steep rock patch with small steps which lead to the top. On reaching the top, you see a small temple with a Nandi Idol, a Shivling and a few photographs of Hindu gods.

We enjoyed the grand view of the massive Sahyadri ghat and Ahupe valley extending till Bhimashankar, Naneghat.

As we explored the place, we came across several other smaller caves. We also saw almost half a dozen water cisterns but none were filled with potable water.

Rice Farm

We also spotted a mini rice field on the way, and their neon green colour was really eye-catching. Rice is said to be the second most important crop in Maharashtra and is a crucial part of locals’ meals here. While on this trek, we could totally see why.

Stage Seven – The Downward Descend from Gorakhgad Fort Trek

Having witnessed the slippery paths and steep rocks, we knew that the descent wouldn’t be that easy. Hence, we followed the same s trategy of mixing best with the rest .

We finally reached the base of the Fort where the temple is located. On reaching the base temple, we had some herbal tea and Prasad (holy Hindu food offering)  comprising of Rice, Dal ( lentils curry) and Curry . Mind you it was amazing. Who says Sattvic food (vegetarian meal) can’t be tasty?

After finishing Aarti (Hindu ritual) and offering our prayers, we headed to the base. It was already 5 pm and we needed to rush as it would get dark soon. The descent didn’t take us more than 90-100 minutes and by 6:30 pm, we were at the base of the fort.

One should exercise extreme caution before venturing into unknown waters as they might be home to reptiles and other harmful creatures. When we were satisfied and felt totally relaxed, we moved on to the village base where we had put up. We were already hungry and had requested our host to keep dinner ready. 

It was a great dinner. Being a foodie, nothing matches home-cooked food made village-style – Jowar roti with Zunka (Bengal gram delicacy) and spicy peanut chutney  (Indian dip). It felt like heaven.

Bidding Adieu to Gorakhgad Fort Trek

We had brought groceries with us in case we needed to cook. Since we had such wonderful hosts who treated us with great warmth, we didn’t use much of it. We quickly handed it over to our hosts, distributed chocolates among the kids, and departed back home the next morning. We were beaming with confidence and pride at having achieved two stepping stones (Ahupe Valley and Gorakhgad). 

There is a famous saying in this region, “ If you have lost your confidence, creativity, self-belief or want to accomplish something big; Just head to Sahaydris and its forts, explore it and you shall find the way to deal with the task.”

Sahaydris teach you to focus on the present task, use resources well and keep your mind steady in a difficult situation. That’s what you need to handle any problem. Isn’t it?

Advisory for First Time travellers undertaking the Gorakhgad Fort Trek

For individuals undertaking the Gorakhgad fort trek for the first time (or otherwise), it is important to keep some things and tips in mind. Here’s an experience-based advisory for your benefit –

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Make sure you carry all the essential things, especially food and water. There is no arrangement for these on the trail. Although a degree of planning is required to successfully complete the trek, it’s worth it. Split up responsibilities among the group, and it’ll be fine. This reminds me of an old African proverb, ‘If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.’

Things to Carry for Gorakhgad Fort Trek

When undertaking the Gorakhgad fort trek, here are a few things that you must carry:

The Gokarkhgad fort trek brought me a new sense of confidence and helped me learn the intricacies of nature. It will do the same to you as well. Embark on this adventure and witness nature’s true beauty amidst the lush green forests.

Happy wayfaring 🙂

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