24 June 2019 | 2 min read

Love Trekking? The Asawa Fort Trek Is Under 3 Hours From Mumbai


For Mumbaikars, it’s that time of the year when we have gotten quite used to the rains. For most people, it means woes related to being wet all the time and the roads turning into an experimental artist’s DIY canvas, though for the travelers, it also translates into one of the best times to get out of the city and explore the beautiful mountains of the Western Ghats.

With cloudy landscapes and forests that turn into lush green picnic spots, there’s a lot to do if you’re planning a hiking trip in the monsoons. Though for this one, we’d focus on one of our favorite destinations in the range: Asawa Fort. Only a part of the whole Asawagad trek, Asawa fort is located near Palghar, and if you’ve been anywhere around the region, you’d know that this region boasts of some immaculate topography.

1. How To Get There

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The usual route is from Pune, from where you’d have to make your way to the village of Varangade and head to the fort. Around a 1,000 ft high, the trek shouldn’t take you so long, though if you’re going in the monsoons, there’s a good chance a lot of your time would be spent trying not to slip on rocks – so make sure you wear a good pair of footwear and carry a flashlight as well.

Our suggestion, though? Start from Mumbai and hire a car from Zoomcar which will allow you to choose the route you want to take {did someone say road trip?}. Be careful, though, especially if you’re traveling at night and during the rains, as it can get treacherous {even if the view, in the end, is worth every effort}.

2. Things To Do Here

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For those just planning to chill for some time and get back in a day, there are quite a few forts, sunset points, and waterfalls to explore around the area. For the more adventurous, though, we’d suggest taking your camping equipment and setting up at the best vantage point you could find, as it’s worth it waking up to the view of the mighty Western Ghats in the distance.

If you’re going that route, make sure to pack enough battery packs and power banks, as the region is not very connected in the urban sense.

Have you planned your monsoon getaway yet?

Featured image courtesy – Pexels



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