5 Best Weekend Treks from Mumbai: When Mumbai gets crazy with traffic, pollution and towering concrete jungle, you just have to take that time out for a hike into the serene hills. The Himalayas are certainly unreachable over the weekend but you have ample options of Weekend Treks Shivaji’s timeless forts, cascading waterfalls, kanda bhajjias and Sahyadaris to look forward to instead of snow and sweaters on a weekend trek from Mumbai.
Here are 5 Weekend treks from Mumbai that will take you into nature’s lap and back in no time at all. The beauty of these treks is that you can go there round the year.
Weekend Treks from Mumbai
Altitude: 2710 ft
Distance from Mumbai: 95km
Duration: 1 Day
This weekend Trek from Mumbai to Rajamachi Wrought with history and a proud witness to the Anglo- Maratha battle, this is a fort you can’t miss if you’re in Mumbai. Located in the Sahyadari Ranges, the 17th century strategic fort that Shivaji built, has the most amazing view of the mountains and the Shirota Dam. There are two routes up and you can choose between the easier one starting from Lonavala or the steeper one starting from Kondivade near Kajrat. Atop the fort are two structures of historical importance – Shivardhan and Manranjan that can be explored. The caves are comfortable camping places if you want to spend the night in the ancient set up. The tranquil trails in Rajmachi takes you past waterfalls, hill ranges and dense foliage.
One Tree Hill Trek
Altitude: 2625 ft
Distance from Mumbai: 90 km
Duration: 1 Day
This weekend Trek from Mumbai is in Matheran which is a paradise perched high in the Western Ghats within reach for the weekend trekkers of Mumbai. The sylvan landscape and the lovely lake forms the backdrop at Matheran and the colonial style architecture stand as a heritage of the colonial era. The region is declared eco – sensitive and therefore no vehicle is permitted in this green region. Medicinal plants and herbs grow in plenty here and the forest here, boasts of the leopard, barking deer and rare species of Nilgiri Wood Pigeon, White Rumped Shama, Brown Wood Owl and Boar. The most adventurous trek route would be One Tree Hill that trails through dense forest and through rocky boulders. This trail from Ambewadi is known as the Shivaji Ladder route. If you plan to camp here, a sleeping bag is a good idea since the nights are chilly. After a trek of three hours and exploring the surrounding area, one can take the return route via Dasturi Nakal and the picturesque Kajrat district to head back home.
Altitude: 1294 Feet
Distance form Mumbai: 186 km
Duration: 2 Days
The ancient hill fort of Maharashtra, with a history dating back to the 6th century built in the Shaivaite tradition, offers a challenging trek in the Western Ghats. Harishchandragad in Ahmednagar region has a cliff that you will have to climb at an incline of 80 degrees, a task that will demand your strength and definitely give you something to boast about later. This route via Nalichi Vaat starts from the stream bed and leads up to the gorge. Climbing gear is advisable and you have the option of tents or the ancient caves for a night camp. The cobra hood shape of the Konkan cliff, the panoramic views of the surrounding hills and stunning sunset are highlights on this trek.
Jawhar – The waterfall Weekend Trek from Mumbai
Distance from Mumbai: 145 km
Duration: 1 Day
The tribal kingdom of Maharashtra is a quaint lesser frequented hill station often called the ‘Mahabaleshwar of Thane District’. Surrounded by lush greenery and amazing water falls, a trek at Jawhar is an out of the world experience. The Kal Mandavi waterfalls flow through the year and can be accessed through a path through green, dense foliage. A picnic lunch here would be perfect before returning to the village. The village itself has some really beautiful spots like the lake and the dam and the cultural heritage of the tribes. Picking up an exquisite Worli painting is an added bonus you don’t want to miss.
Durg Dhakoba Trek
Altitude: 3900 ft
Distance from Mumbai: 175 km
Duration: 2 days
The area between Naneghat and Bhimshankar ranges in Pune has the Durg Fort and the Dhakoba range- the two highest peaks on the plateau giving a view of the green forests, tribal hamlets and vast meadows stretched out below. The climb up to Durg from the Konkan ghats is steep even for seasoned trekkers but the Deccan side can be climbed with ease. Starting from the meadows and fields the trail comes in view of the ranges, pass through serene woods and starts ascending until you reach the top of Durg to view the amazing cliffs, rolling hills, meadows and forests. Dhakoba is another good 2 hours walk from the Durg range with an equally thrilling view.
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