Kohoj

One Day Offbeat Trek to Kohoj with Nature Knights...

Journey is always half the adventure. Destination is the epicenter but not a destiny of an Exploring Mysterious Kohoj Fort; 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 (980 Meters) above mean sea level.

Category – Moderate to tough 3 hours climb; 2 hours and 30 minutes descend
                                                                                                                              
Location – Manor Region, Waghote Village, Manor-Wada Road, Palghar District

At the bottom of the fort is a lake known as 'Pazhar'.

Coordinates ( 19.6700315°N 72.9875099°E )

Minimum age: 10 Years Old.


Standard Trekking Package: Rs.450/- per person (Minimum billing Rs.3500/- or which ever is higher)

Inclusions:
Guide (Minimum 1 Guide or Ratio of 1 guide for every 10 participants), Medical Kit will be available with Guide, Safety Equipment.
note: Meals cost for Mountain Guides during trek has to be borne by customer.


Deluxe Package: Rs.850/- per person (Minimum billing Rs.8500/- or whichever is higher)
Inclusions:

Guide (Minimum 2 Guides or 1- Ratio 1 guide for every 10 participants), Medical Kit will be available with Guide, Safety Equipment.


VIP Package: Rs.1200/- per person (Minimum billing Rs.12,000/- or which ever is higher)
Inclusions: (Minimum 2 Mountain Guides) (or ration of 1:10) whichever is higher.
Trek would be lead by Senior Mountain Guide with good communication skills; facilitators who can engage groups; has exposure of manage corporate offsite and foreign nationals; overall good knowledge travel and out doors etc.


Exclusions:
  1. Local Standard Rural Meals Package: (Village Breakfast / Village Veg Thali Lunch and Evening Tea/Biscuits - Rs.300/- pp). For non-veg thali add Rs.75/-
  2. Cost of Guide meals to be borne by customer.
  3. Any kind of custom menu that is not part of the package
  4. Bottled water/ beverages.
  5. Any kind of insurance
  6. Tips etc.
  7. Un-utilized resources will not be refunded.
  8. Anything that is not included is excluded.
  9. Travel budget (by private transport - ask for quote).

For Deluxe Packed meals or VIP Outdoor meal experiences kindly request for a separate quote.

Note: Adventure sports should always be done under strict supervision of professionals who are experienced and have standard based equipment's to support the activities. We will be happy to help here if you give us an advance notice. 

Contacts:
Asif - 9619182010

Jasmine - 9082189175
info@natureknights.net 


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Tentative 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
9:30 am Start of the trek
12:30 pm/ 01:00 pm arrive at the summit (Kohoj Plateau)
explore the fort/ Plateau
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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Architecture


Kohoj Fort is in a dilapidated state and has remained abandoned for centuries.

Access to Kohoj Fort is via the main trek trail at which breaks from the Kohoj Fort road near the Saltwater lake on the Wada-Manor road. On reaching the plateau of the fort, a temple of Lord Shankar can be seen, which has now been rehabilitated. Two cisterns can be seen in front of the temple. One of the routes descends from the left side of the temple, where seven adjoined cisterns are located. One of the cisterns bears clean water. The other two cisterns have been spoiled, the remaining four being clogged. Few remnants in dilapidated state can be seen to the right of the temple. Fortification is also seen at some of the places on the fort. The other way stretches from the right side of the temple up the hill. Three large cisterns can be seen on this route, one of which is clogged and the other two contain water. This water can be used for drinking. An idol of Lord Hanumana can be seen near these cisterns.

A man-shaped pinnacle created due to wind-erosion is one of the best natural sites on the fort. Different shapes of this pinnacle are evident when viewed from various directions. A temple of Lord Krishna is situated ahead along this route. To reach the highest point it takes another 10–15 minutes. The height of the fort is about 3200 feet. From the top of the fort are seen Tandulwadi fort, Takmak fort, Asheri gad, Mahalaxmi pinnacle and the Arabian sea.

There is no accommodation on the fort. The temple of Lord Shiva can hardly accommodate two persons at a time.


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