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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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Food availability

Food is easily available at the base village of Dehari. You may carry your own food with you for your convenience.

Water availability

There are water cisterns with potable water in the fort. Carrying your own water would be a good option though, owing to safety reasons.

Tips and Tricks

Machindragad, the twin fort of Gorakhgad, lies at a distance of 1500 feet from the latter peak. Paying a visit there would be a nice experience.

Gorakhgad Trek Route

The trek starts from behind the temple in the village of Dehari. The path staarts ascending gradually as soon as the we start walking on it. The path is surrounded by thick vegetation from all sides. This path will lead us to a small clearing. After climbing precariously along this path for around 15-20 minutes, we reach another clearing. Omce this clearing is in sight, a slight trek downwards leads us to the base of the fort. From this point, we keep walking till we come across a signboard which has on its display the details of the trek. We now take the path going up from the signboard. This trail eventually gives way to rock-cut steps which lead up to the peak of the fort.

How to reach Gorakhgad Trek

  • 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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