Time Required : 1 day
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Jivdhan is a hill fort in the state of Maharashtra. It is a part of the 'famous five' fort in the Sahyadri mountain range. The other forts which are a part of the famous five include Naneghat, Shivneri, Chavand and Hadsar.
Although the fortifications have crumbled down, there are well built water tanks atop the fort. There are large stone constructions which were used presumably as warehouses or granaries. From the top of the fort, the peaks of Harishchandragad is visible to the North-west, Hadsar to the North-East and Chavand to the East. The pinnacle is an upright block of stone, about 60 metres in height, and is known popularly as Vanderlingi. The western side of the pinnacle has an idol of goddess Jivai, who is supposed to be the patron deity of the fort.
Rail: Kalyan is situated between Mumbai and Kasara rail line, and is therefore connected well with Gujarat, north and south India.The frequent availability of passenger trains provide an additional benefit in the form of hassle free conveyance.
Road: The base village of Ghatghar can be reached from Kalyan via state terminal buses. Moreover, the village of Vaishakhare is easily accessible from Kalyan via road, which is just a 10 minutes walk away from Ghatghar. Kalyan is well connected to Mumbai through Nagpur-Aurangabad-Mumbai Expressway.
Approx trek time : 3-3.5 hours
Availability of Night Trek : Available. Accommodation can prove to be a major obstacle though.
Base Camp : Ghatghar village
Days required for the trek : 1 day
Difficulty level : Medium to Difficult
Height above sea level : 3750 feet
Nearest Airport : Mumbai
Nearest Railhead : Kalyan
Starting point of trek : From the base village of Ghatghar
Type : Hill fort