Time Required : 1 day
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Makarandgad (or Madhumakarandgad) is a hill fort in the state of Maharashtra. Believed to be comprised of twin peaks, Madhu and Makarandgad, the fort has thus derived its name.
Situated n the district of Satara, the fort rises to an elevation of 4000 feet from the ground There are freshwater cisterns and tanks of water in the fort. The top of the fort is more of a plateau than a hill, and has a Mallikarjun Mahadev temple. The way to the fort has a huge Gamdevi temple. The fortifications sre all gone, and not much remains to be seen. The dense orests of Javli surround the fort from all sides. The beautiful backwaters of Koyna and Shivsagar dams can be seen easily from the top, along with the peaks of Pratapgad and Mahabaleshwar.
Rail: Kalyan railway station falls on the Mumbai-Kasara line, and is as such connected to the North and East India quite well. Local trains are available from Mumbai as well as Pune which makes the conveyance hassle-free.
Road: You can choose to proceed either via Mahad and Poladpur to the base village, or via the Mahabaleshwar route. State terminal buses are available from Mahabaleshwar to the base village of Hatlot. Their frequency is very less though. There are direct buses from Mumbai and Pune to Mahabaleshwar.
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Approx trek time : 2.5-3 hours
Availability of Night Trek : Available.
Base Camp : Hatlot village
Days required for the trek : 1 day
Difficulty level : Easy to Medium
Height above sea level : 4075 feet
Nearest Airport : Mumbai
Nearest Railhead : Kalyan
Starting point of trek : From the village of Hatlot
Type : Hill fort