Timings : All year
Time Required : 1 day
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Ahivantgad is a fort in the Nasik district of Maharashtra. Ahivantgad and Achala are twin forts. The top of the fort resembles more a wide plateau than the peak of a hill.
Though the fortifications have more or less disappeared, one can still find the remains of some of the palaces atop the fort. Within the fort lie the crumbling remains of two massive entrance gates. There is an idol of Hanuman at the top and a few lakes scattered around the plateau. There are a number of caves on top of the fort, but one may need a guide in order to locate the one suitable for accomodation.
Rail: The base village of Daregaon is closest to the Nasik Road railway station. Local trains are easily available from both Pune and Mumbai. Mumbai being closer to Nasik than Pune as far as the distance is concerned.
Road: Nasik is well connected by road to the major cities of Maharshtra. Nasik is about 171km from Mumbai and 210km from Pune respectively. NH 3 and NH 50 make the city easily accesible by road. From Nasik, frequent state terminal buses ply to Daregaon village via Vani-Nanduri road.
Approx trek time : 2.5-3 hours
Availability of Night Trek : Accommodation is possible in one of the caves situated on top of the hill. Trekking during the night can be undertaken if proper resources are available..
Base Camp : Daregaon
Days required for the trek : 1 day
Difficulty level : Easy to Medium
Height above sea level : 4030 feet
Nearest Airport : Nasik
Nearest Railhead : Nasik Road
Region : Sahyadris
Starting point of trek : A little before Daregaon village from the base of the hills
Type : Hill fort