Prabal Fort

Prabal Fort รีวิว, Matheran

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ปูน, อินเดีย2,025 ผลงาน
พ.ย. ค.ศ. 2021
Travellers especially from Pune, please read my review of Kalavantin Durg to know complete details of this trek.

Route is very simple. Use old Pune Mumbai Road - Lonavala, Khopoli, Chowk, Shedung Junction. You will come across following three loot maar (Toll) posts on this route:

1. Before Shirgaon Pratishirdi

2. Kusgaon

3. Shedung

Shedung junction is at 500 meter distance from Shedung Toll Plaza. Take right turn & follow main road that pass thru village Belvali, Vardoli & finally to Thakurwadi Parking area the starting point of trek. I have attached photo of Thakurwadi parking area. Parking fee is Rs.50 for car.

The distance from Pune Vishrantwadi to Shedung Junction is 100 km.
Distance from Shedung Junction to Thakurwadi is less than 5 km.
It is two and half hour journey from Pune to Thakurwadi.

Don't use google map, as it does not fetch Thakurwadi village.

Prabalgadh and Kalavantin Durg are adjacent to each other. So trek route is common till the Prabalmachi village at the base of Kalavantin & Prabalgadh junction.

The right road at the Mahalaxmi Hotel leads to Prabalgadh. I have attached the photo of Mahalaxmi Hotel diversion spot.
First it is trek on plain ground then uptrek then a very tiring rocky mountain patch.
After crossing the very tiring rocky mountain patch you come on the top of plateau.

There are two points:

1. Kalavantin Durg View Point to the left. Visited this during our Kalavantin trek.
Food stall is there serving snacks, lemon juice, cucumber, biscuits, wafers, chips.
It is a must place to visit to see the Kalavantin Durg like helicopter / drone view.
It is taller than Kalavantin Durg hence helicopter / drone view of Kalavantin Durg is possible.

I have attached photo of Kalavantin Durg view point & helicopter / drone view type amazing mind blowing photos of Kalavantin Durg from Kalavantin Durg view point.

2. Kalaburuj point, temple, rajwade to the right
From this view point, one can see scenic view of dam water & Irshalgadh.

Visit both the points.

Trek time from Thakurwadi to Prabalmachi village is 1 hour.
From Prabalmachi village to Prabalgadh is 1 hour.
At top of plateau it will take 1 hour maximum to visit both the view points.

The road on the plateau is thru dense trees. Apart from these two points there is nothing much.

You need not worry about food water accommodation on this trek. Plenty of food stalls are available right from the Thakurwadi the starting point of trek to Prabalmachi village to both the fort.

Food & Hotel accommodation arrangement is easily available at Prabalmachi village.

Any individual or group of individuals can visit either Kalavantin or Prabalgadh empty handed for a one day trip as all basic needs of food, water, washroom facility is easily available at Prabalmachi village.

Please do read my review of Kalavantin Durg for more detailed information.

This information as well as information in review of Kalavantin Durg will make your mind totally clear.

Best time to visit immediately after rainy season, winter & early summer.
Neither Kalavantin trek nor Prabalgadh trek is risky or dangerous.
It is risky only during rainy season.
Prabalgadh rocky mountain patch trek is tiring if do it fast otherwise nothing.
Take your time do trek of the rocky mountain patch. If you do it fast, it will take only 15 to 20 minutes.

Photos are tagged & described in an easy to understand manner. Do see the
photos & description.

All the best.
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Sarang Pandharkar
มุมไบ (บอมเบย์), อินเดีย23 ผลงาน
ส.ค. ค.ศ. 2019 • เพื่อนๆ
Prabalgad is located in Raigad district near Panvel. To reach Prabalgad, Thakurwadi is the base till where one can drive their vehicles. Thakurwadi is around 15 Km from Panvel stn. One can hire entire Rikshaw for Rs. 230-250 till Thakurwadi. After reaching Thakurwadi, one can enjoy breakfast (Poha & Maggie) in the parking area at reasonable rate. From parking area actual trek starts. First destination is Prabal Machi which is base for both Prabalgad & Kalavantin pinnacle. It will take around 1.30 Hrs to reach Prabalmachi. There are some fantastic spot like waterfall, scenery, swings enroute Prabalmachi where one can halt for sometime. Route is quite good. In rainy season, some spots become sleepary so always be cautious during rainy trek.
After reaching Prabalmachi (Which is actually a flat terrain) one can opt trek either for Kalavantin or Prabalgad. Route for Prabalgad from Machi is flat at start then approx 2 Km patch is a stony path. Due to wear and tear, lots of big rocks, stones have fallen down on original footsteps of Prabalgad. Due to which is becomes risky in rainy season.
At the top there is nothing much to see. You can see Kalavantin pinnacle from Prabalgad for which you have to walk around 10 mins from entrance of Prabalgad. It will give you spectacular views from top. This spot is called as "Mandayechi Sond". On top you can see lots of fog. Descend during rainy season become tough due to sleepary rocks and continuous water.
In the entire trek, you can see dense forest on both sides of route which will give you extra boost while trekking.

This trek is,
Moderate - for those who are fit and do exercise on daily basis
Tough - for those who come just for trek with no daily exercise

Children's are advisable to trek till Prabalmachi only.

You can get Pohe, Maggie, Cucumber in all shops to eat. One can also get proper lunch Pithle + Bhakri or normal Dal ,roti, sabji with Rs. 100

One can enjoy trek for checking stamina, nature and local people and food...Prabalgad gives you all this...so enjoy your trek...all the best
เขียนเมื่อ 12 สิงหาคม ค.ศ. 2019
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Spices of Life™
มุมไบ (บอมเบย์), อินเดีย199 ผลงาน
ส.ค. ค.ศ. 2019 • เพื่อนๆ
This place is located in between the panvel and matheran region of Maharashtra. We had a sudden plan to outreach this place and were off to it! We had our bikes so it went pretty easy for us to get through to the base village. Once the trek started, there were rocks pouring on us at the midway. We held our nerves & reached the top.
The admiration at the top has its own fan base. A pretty good experience. Would love to visit here again. Would rate difficulty level as 3. Need to be alert every minute! We enjoyed to our fullest!
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Shirish P
มุมไบ (บอมเบย์), อินเดีย5 ผลงาน
ก.ค. ค.ศ. 2019 • เพื่อนๆ
We happen to be a average trekking squad who had experience in past treks at Karnala, Lohagad, Raigad, etc. We began our journey from panvel to Thakurwadi village at around morning 9 AM. It started raining from there . Whoever calls this trek as medium I believe they have only been upto Prabalmachi which is the base point for prabhalgad and Kalavantin Durg. Don't mistaken prabhalmachi as Prabhalgad. Its quite an easy way upto Prabhalmachi where we can enjoy good scenic views while hiking. Get to enjoy a few small waterfalls . Roads are not that good honestly. It will be tiring. But it will be worth it since the views are phenomenal. The actual trek actually starts from Prabhalmachi. We reached Prabhalmachi around 1:30 as we were clicking pics resting and moving on. It was raining very heavily that day . It can be quite risky during heavy rains because the route to prabhalgad is kind of an average rock climbing . Huge rocks and dense forest. One rock slips and then it can become quite difficult. It was down pouring so heavily that few went back . We decided to give it a try. From the dense forest, with heavy rains and winds we made our way through the rocks to this gigantic Mountain Prabhalgad at around 3:45 PM. From Prabhalgad you can view the scenic and another fort which is Kalavantin Durg. The beauty of the place is mesmirizing and a feeling of satisfaction that you have actually made it to the top .We reached at around 6:30 PM to thakurwadi.
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Amravati, อินเดีย171 ผลงาน
มิ.ย. ค.ศ. 2019 • ครอบครัว
Don't trust Google for location.
Start your trek from Vardoli.

It's one of the most difficult trek in Maharashtra.
Takes upto 4hours to complete this trek.
Small hotels serving water, nimbu Pani and quick bites, etc are present along the route.
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Swapnil J
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เม.ย. ค.ศ. 2019 • เพื่อนๆ
Machi Prabal is the base village for two of the best treks around Mumbai. The place is located in Raigad district and can be easily reachable from Panvel.

How to reach Machi Prabal?

Take a train to Panvel and reach out to the Panvel ST depot, which is on a walkable distance from the railway station and it takes 10-15 mins to reach ST depot from Railway station. Train tickets may cost you around 30 INR from Kurla railway station. From Panvel ST depot take ST bus to Thakurwadi, which is the actual Base village for this amazing Trek. Journey to Thakurwadi may take 35-50mins and it costs around 20 INR for a single journey ticket. The last bus to Thakurwadi is scheduled for 7:20 PM, if you missed the last Bus then there's the other option of Private Auto-rickshaws. Auto-rickshaws may take around 200-300 INR to drop you from Panvel to Thakurwadi. Trek to Machi Prabal starts from the point where ST drops you and it takes 1hr to 1½hrs to reach Machi Prabal from that point. One has to pay 50 INR to the entrance gate. On the Machi Prabal, there are few Hotels, which can provide Tents, rooms and Food on affordable prices. Their Chicken Thali costs around 160INR and Veg Thali costs 130INR, Thali includes unlimited food. They do serve some other food items.

Machi Prabal is the base point for the Kalavantin and Prabalgad. It takes 1-1½hrs to reach Kalavantin from Machi Prabal. One can choose to experience early morning trek and witness the Sunrise. Various forts can be seen from the top of Both forts. There are marked arrows to guide you throughout the Trek.

Prabalgad Trek:-
To reach Prabalgad one can take the same route of Kalavantin. One can divert their way from the point, where steps to Kalavantin starts. The way is going parallel to the Mountain wall, and it's easier than the Kalavantin Trek. In between, there are many small tea/ juice centre. Once you reached on the top, on the left there's an excellent view to Kalavantin.

Final descend from Prabalgad to Thakurwadi can take around 1½ to 2hrs. Reach the same spot and take ST bus for Panvel, the last Bus from Thakurwadi to Panvel is at 8 PM.
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Dipen S
เนวิมุมไบ, อินเดีย36 ผลงาน
มี.ค. ค.ศ. 2019 • เพื่อนๆ
A small trek to Prabalgad. It's between Matheran & Panvel in Raigad District. It was okay trek until I reached on top and got lost in this dense forest.

I love the smell of forest and the chichi koochy sound made by birds. It's been really long I have been to such a place. It's a feeling, I can't describe in words and I always want to get away from civilization. Imagine how it would be listening to chirrup, chirp, twitter, tweet, whistle & wee wee sounds when you get out of your house by the way "wee wee" is the sound I make 😋

I wouldn't recommend this trek for small kids. It's risky and too many rocks on the way however prabalmanchi is a place till where one can trek and also rent a tent 😉
Wee wee for now and don't forget to follow me on Instagram @ramatajogee for more beautiful stories 🤗🙏 Namaste
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dsumit1998
Panvel, อินเดีย22 ผลงาน
ธ.ค. ค.ศ. 2018 • เพื่อนๆ
Very beautiful place to visit in winter season as we can still enjoy the greenery and cool climate. The top view is just awesome.
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Sriram I
Thane, อินเดีย17 ผลงาน
พ.ย. ค.ศ. 2018 • เพื่อนๆ
Prabalgad, Kalavanthin, Ishalgad are adjacent peaks. Did Prabalgad as a night trek in Nov, when the weather is relatively better. Accessible from Panvel station - autos take around Rs.250-300 one way till base village. After around 1 -1.5 hours of start, you will reach Prabalmachi, a stop point with eating, very basic bathroom and camping facility. Tents are provided by the canteen guy. The trek till this point is relatively easy. Post this, to reach Prabalgad, it gets little steep with rocky trails. Another, 1.5 hrs and you will reach the top. After Prabalmachi, ask someone the directions in the village as the path splits to Kalavanthin, which is an adjacent peak. While the trail is marked and obvious, during night treks a guide is required. Given the forest area, one can easily get lost. After reaching the top, one can also do other points like Kalaburuj, Rajwade etc. The view of Kakavanthin durg from Prabalgad is beautiful - In the moonlight, it was breathtaking. You can pitch your tent on the top. It gets quite cold in winter - carry proper clothing.
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Siddharth Aalambayan
มุมไบ (บอมเบย์), อินเดีย23 ผลงาน
มิ.ย. ค.ศ. 2018
The Prabalgad Trek Itinerary (Applicable if you want to catch the sunrise)

Wake up: 3:00 AM
Depart Mumbai(Andheri East): 3:30AM
Reach Prabalgad/Prabalmachi/Kalavantin Durg Trekking Point Base: 5:00AM
You’ll be going off of the main highway, into the Shedung road and be absolutely off road before you know it.
(It’s a little off of the Mumbai Pune Expressway, from its entry point)
The trek takes anywhere between 1 & 1/2 to 2 hours.
You’ll come across, lemon water selling ladies, sugarcane juice sellers etc.
Reach Village Base, where one can set up camp: 6:30AM
Trek the difficult part, reach summit: 7Am
Witness sunrise and a beautiful panoramic view of Panvel and the city as well as the Western Ghats.

Note: The Village base camp has a detour which takes you via a longer trek to the Kalavantin Durg fort.
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