Mahuli

A laid back hamlet, a tiny wild life sanctuary and a gateway to ancient fort located few km away as you climb the off beaten hill path. Time stands still, it takes you back in times to a stage set 2000 years ago.

The only sign of modernization is a lone electric cable and a narrow tar of a so called road, both of which terminates at our base camp.

The village looks older than the Malgudi village, but equally interesting. The Climb upto the fort promises lots of romantic views of lush green trees, shrubs and wild flowers. I will not elaborate on describing the place more and spoil the surprise awaiting to be quenched. 





Mahuli Fort. Altitude around 2815 feet above mean sea level.


Trek Category: Moderate (3 to 4 hours climb; 2 hours to descend).


Best Season: July to March 


Location: 5 km off Asangaon railway station, Shahpur region.


Reaching there: Asangaon on Mumbai-Nashik highway (91) Kms from Mumbai. 5 kms inside on to the left is the Mahuli village. A temple and a humble home of Mataji Geetabharati is at the base. Temple dormitory and camp area can be reserved. Mataji provides authentic maharashtrian vegeterian food on advance information.

Budget for custom trek with small groups.



Custom Trip Fee Per Head (Includes transport and breakfast)

Rs.1450/- per person. (Minimum billing 6 persons), 1 Guide and Transport.
Rs.1350/- per person. (Mnimum billing 7 persons to 13 persons), 1 Guide and Transport
Rs.1250/- per person (Minimum billing 14 persons to 25 persons), 2 Guides and Transport

Camping facility on the banks of lake available at hardly 30 minutes drive from this fort with facilities like Kayaking, Barbecue, Fishing, Swimming etc.. click here for more details


For Bookings / Registrations click here

Trip Fee includes. 
Experienced Trek Guides with safety equipments and first-aid.
Transport
Breakfast (1 Local or South-Indian breakfast item + Tea/Coffee)
Evening Tea or Coffee.
Carry your own packaged lunch

Extra wholesome village meal from our-side will cost you Rs.300/- per head.

Excludes
Any meals or menu not mentioned above.
Any customization like team games, adventure sports, camping (can be organised at additional cost).


To design Custom trips for large group of over 25 persons or more kindly get in touch with Asif (call / sms : 9619182010 / asif@natureknights.net / natureknights@gmail.com)
   

Suggested Trip Plan
6:00 am Start from Andheri West S. V. Road.
Pickups along the way.
6:10 am Vile Parle East, Western Express Highway
6:15 am Vakola East, Western Express Highway
6:20 am Bandra East, at Kanalanagar Bus Stop,  near exit of Sky Walk
6:30 am Sion Lunch Home, Near Sion Station
6:45 am Ghatkopar on Eastern Express Highway
6:50 am Vikroli on Eastern Express Highway junction, on road connecting from Powai
7:00 am Eastern Express Highway (after Mulund Checknaka)
7:30 am Junction of Kalyan and Mumbai - Nashik Highway.
breakfast on the way
9:00 am Trek starts
12:30 pm expected time to reach the fort
exploring fort, forest, caves have lunch at the fort
2:30 pm start back for the base village
5:00 pm arrival at base village
5:30 pm depart for Mumbai
8:30 pm / 9 pm arrival in Mumbai

History: The creator of this fort is unknown. In 1485 this place came under rule Nijamshahi dynasty. When Shahaji Raje became the secretary of Nijamshahi, Mughals of Delhi tried to end Nijamshahi. In 1635-36, Shahaji Raje transferred himself with Jijabai and Shivaji to Mahuli. When Khan Jaman attacked the fort, Shahaji asked Portuguese for help, who refused and Shahaji surrendered.

Shivaji took this fort from Mughals on 8 Jan 1658. In 1661 it was given back and was won again by Shivaji. In treaty of Purandar, in 1665, Marathas lost these forts again. In Feb 1670, Shivaji Maharaj tried to conquer Mahuli, but failed, thanks to an alert Manohardas Gaud, who was the in charge of the fort. Thousand of Marathas were killed. Manohardas Gaud, soon gave up his position and Alveerdi Beg took over. On 16 June 1670, after two months, Moropant Pingle conquered the forts and Mahuli, Bhandargad and Palasgad became part of Swarajya. Till 1817, Shivaji's dynasty owned the fort and later by the Britishers.

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