Kohoj

Journey is always half the adventure. Destination is the epicenter but not a destiny of an Exploring Mysterious Kohoj Fort from a new route; This lesser known mysterious fort stands on the beautiful hill on the road from Manor to Wada.

Kohoj is a moderately difficult hike to the top in monsoon is a fresh experience. The treks takes around 3 hours to climb uphill and slightly less than than while climbing down. The hike to Kohoj fort has all ingredients for a pleasant small eco-adventure landscapes reflecting in small lakes, hills, plateaus, misty atmosphere, flora and fauna (wild and domestic), remote hamlets, the two very peculiarly human like shaped pinnacles are the guiding lighthouse to this. This mysterious fort plays hide and seek in the monsoon clouds.

The view from the top is mind blowing. You will also find water tanks on the top. Dheraj River , the vaitharna river, Bandre dam and Tak-Mak.



Altitude - 3200 feet above mean sea level.

Category – Moderately tough 3 hours climb; 2 hour descend
                                                                                                                              
Location – Manor Region.

Fixed Schedule Trek Date: July 27, 2014 (Sunday)

Trek Fee: Rs.1250/- per head. (Trek is on July 27)
20% Discount for Students below 18 years old.
(For students kindly carry your photo id with age proof).
Minimum age: 10 Years Old.

Terms of trek and cancellation policy

Planned Schedule:

6:00 am Andheri West, Merwans Bakery (S. V. Road)
6:15 am Andheri East, (near exit of Metro Station on Western Express Highway)
6:30 am Goregaon East, (Western Express Highway)
6:40 am Madal East and Kandivali East (Western Express Highway)
6:50 am Borivali East, Western Express Highway (near Luxury bus boarding point opposite to National Park Main Gate)
7:00 am After Dahisar Toll Naka
7:30 am Vasai / Virar on Western Express Highway (Mumbai - Ahmedabad Highway)
Breakfast on the way
9:00 am Start of the trek
12:30 pm arrive at the summit
explore the fort
02:00 pm Start return trek
05:00 pm start return journey
09:00 pm expected time to be back on Andheri subject to traffic conditions.

Kohoj is located about 104 km from Mumbai off the Mumbai - Ahmedabad Highway. Upon reaching Manor you have to take a right turn under a newly built flyover and take the Manor - Wada road. It is approximately around 10 km from the right turn. A few minutes drive on this road and one can see the Kohoj fort on your right. At the bottom of the fort is a lake known as 'Pazhar'.



History

Very few of the historical evidences are coherent to this fort. Looking at its well-dug cisterns, the fort can be said to be belonging to Bhoj-period. But no such evidences are available.

The fort is said to be about 800 years old and finds a mention in the Purandar treaty along with 22 other forts which were surrendered by Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj to the Mughals on 11 June 1665.

In 16th century, Portuguese captured this fort from the King of Gujarat. They constructed fortifications and bastions on this fort. Later, in 18th century, Peshwas conquered this fort in their campaign of 1737. Afterwards the fort remained under the British rule.



More information about  the fort.

Kohoj has a moderately difficult gradient, the final destination of this trek is a main plateau about 3 hours hike from Vaghote village which is situated a the base of the fort. To reach the highest point it takes another 10–15 minutes. The height of the fort is about 3200 feet.

Upon reaching the main plateau one can find a small temple of God Shankar. A little towards the right are two small water cisterns. These cisterns have potable water. A few minutes walk towards the opposite side reveal several water cisterns.

At the edge of the main plateau there are many small water streams flowing downwards. But the winds up on this plateau are very heavy. With the already heavy winds blowing against the streams, the water from the streams rise back up and you end up having an experience of a lifetime.



On the path leading to the top of the fort there are three more cisterns and a stone idol of Lord Hanuman can be seen. Some evidence of fortification can be sighted as well.


Atop the fort is a stone structure which resembles a human figure. This human like figure can be seen from the main plateau as well as from the base of the fort. Towards the right of the human structure is a small temple of Lord Krishna. It also has an old mutilated stone deity which could not be identified.

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