Sri Malang gad is a fort near Kalyan in the Raigad district of Maharashtra. It is known popularly as Haji Malang, which is one of the most famous among the three sufi shrines located on the hill. The structure of the fort is three-storeyed, and each tier has a specific name.
The lowest, Pir Machi, is a plateau upon which the famous sufi shrine is situated. The next higher level, Sone Machi, is a rock-projection and is the lower part of the fort. Upon the summit of the hill lies the citadel. The hill top has limited fortifications and not much remains of the fort are extant as well. There are some water cisterns though which are a reservoir of fresh water. Copper pipes have been installed carry the water to the lower levels. The crowd here is composed mostly of devotees who throng the sufi dargah at any time of the year. The annual urs festivities held during the month of February are a nice tourist attraction.
Approx trek time : 3-4 hours
Base Camp : Vaishakhare village
Days required for the trek : 1 day
Difficulty level : Medium-Difficult
Height above sea level : 2596 feet
Nearest Airport : Mumbai
Nearest Railhead : Kalyan
Starting point of trek : A little ahead of Vaishakhare village where a bend towards the hills takes place.
Type : Hill fort