Irshalgad Fort, Matheran Overview

Built at an elevation of 3700 feet above sea level, Irshalgad Fort is the sister fort of Prabalgad Fort. It was constructed during the Bahmani Sultanate. The attraction is surrounded by dense forestation and has several thrilling trekking trails. The Irshalgad pinnacle also serves as a perfect spot for mountaineering. The panoramic view of the Western Ghats from the top of the attraction is worth the visit.

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Irshalgad Fort Trek

The closest railway station is Karjat Railway Station from where you will have to hire a taxi to Irshalwadi village. If travelling by road in a private vehicle, one can go up to Chowk/Chauk village. It takes about an hour to then reach the fort.

You will have to eat in Irshalwadi before you start your trek as there is no food or lodging at the fort. It can also get very windy and wet during the monsoons, so do carry a windcheater, poncho or raincoat. Shoes with a strong grip are essential.

While the fort is not too large, there are many water cistern cuts in the rocks. You can only do the trek with artificial rock climbing equipment which is provided to you. It takes about 2 hours to ascend and 1.5 hours to descend.

The best time to do the trek would be between August and March avoiding peak summer and monsoon months.

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