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Kulangadd Trek, Igatpuri Overview

Kulanggad is a hill fort in Maharashtra. It is the highest hill fort in the state, with the summit rising to an elevation of about 4800 feet. The fort presents a very scenic view of the other peaks surrounding it.

The peaks of Kalsubai, Dhakoba and Naneghat, among others, are visible in different directions from the peak of the fort. The fort still has remnants of large rooms, which were used probably as storerooms. There is a considerably large cave towards the right side of the entrance to the fort. Water cisterns are available at the top, along with some water tanks. The ascent to the fort goes through neatly rock-carved steps.

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There is a spacious cave at the top of the citadel which can accommodate around 25 people at a time.

Water availability

Water suitable for drinking is available at tbe top. Carrying your own water with you would be advisable though.

Tips and Tricks

1) Ghatghar dam is lies in close vicinity to the fort. It is advisable to visit the place at night, as it is lit up in enchanting manner. 2)

Food availability

The trekkers are advised to carry their supply of food along with them, as the trek is considerably time consuming. Food is available in the base village too.

Trek Routes

The trek follows a prominent trail from the base villageThe trekkers must be prepared for an arduous uphill climb, as the trek is very exhaustive. Arrow marks have been painted throughout the climb, therefore it is quite easy to pick up the trail. The first plateau is reached after crossing a waterfall. We need to walk for about 30 more minutes in order to begin with the actual climb. After walking for some more time, a flight of steps appear in front of us. Caution must be taken while walking through them because the stairs go missing abruptly. After reaching the second plateau, a set of stairs completely exposed at the other end must be crossed to get to the entrance of the fort. From that point, another set of stairs will take us to the top of the fort.

How to reach Kulangadd Trek

  • Rail: Igatpuri junction falls between Mumbai and Nashik Road stations. Local trains from both the places halt at Igatpuri. Local and Passenger trains are available from Pune too.

  • Road: Local trains are available from Igatpuri bus terminal to the village of Bhavli. From there, the base village is a 3-4 hour walk through a straight road. NH 3 which connects Mumbai and Agra passes through Igatpuri.

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Approx trek time : 6-7 hours

Availability of Night Trek: Not available.

Base Camp: Kulangwadi village

Days required for the trek: 1 day

Difficulty level: Medium to Difficult

Height above sea level: 4820 feet

Nearest Airport: Nashik

Nearest Railhead: Igatpuri Junction

Starting point of trek: From the base village of Kulangwadi

Type: Hill fort

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