Time Required : 1 day
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Manikgad Fort is located on a hill in Manikgad village of Maharashtra. The fort is about 1,878 feet high and is impregnable from three sides. The upper part can be reached only from the south.
Presently the fort is ruinous and the village has been deserted. Trekkers are advised to travel in groups. It was not a fort in its true sense, but more of a checkpost sort of thing. Within the fortifications are the crumbled remains of a large stone gate and a flour grinder of made of stone. There is a small Shiva linga at the top alongside a temple with no deity inside. There are cisterns of water and a prominent reservoir within the fort along with some storehouses. One can still see a somewhat decrepit gate with the carving of Ganesha at the top of it. The fort presents a very commanding view of the valley surrounding it, with Karnala pinnacle and Prabalgad fort visible prominently.
Rail: Local trains are availbale from Kalyan as well as from other major cities to Karjat. The frequency of trains is less but the trains ply on a regular basis.
Road: The fort is clearly visible while travelling across the old Mumbai-Pune Highway. Direct buses are available from Karjat to the base village of Vadgaon, or via the chowk.
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Approx trek time : 2.5-3 hours
Availability of Night Trek : Available.
Base Camp : Vadgaon village
Days required for the trek : 1 day
Difficulty level : Easy to Medium
Height above sea level : 1876 feet
Nearest Airport : Pune
Nearest Railhead : Karjat Junction
Starting point of trek : From the village of Washivali a few minutes before the base village
Type : Hill fort