Trek to Kothaligadh


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The cave and the temple carvings date back to the 13th century. Not much is known about the history until the 18th century. In 1684 Aurangjeb sent Abdul Kadir and AlaiBiradkar to capture this fort. After a small skirmish, the fort was captured by Abdul Kadir. Aurangjeb honored Abdul Kadir and renamed this fort as Miftah-ul-Fateh ( Key to success). Many attempts were made later to win this fort by Maratha Army but, were not successful. In 1716, this cave was captured by the British. Then later on, on 2 November 1817, it was recaptured by the Marathas under the leadership of Bapurao who was general of Bajirao Peshwa. The fort was recaptured by the British, on 30 December 1817, by Captain Brooks. The British had the fort till 1862 as an outpost for vigilance on the surrounding valley and the hills all around it.

The locals say that this is not actually a fort but a sort of lighthouse from where the directions were given to know the advancements of the enemy. In fact, it can be called a watch tower to keep a vigil on the Mawal area in the greater province of the Maratha.


  • 26 PM :- Board Karjat Train from CSMT
  • 20 PM :- Reach Karjat Station & Meet the Team at station
  • 30 AM :- Reach the Base Village by Public Transport & Start the trek to Kothaligadh
  • 30 AM :- Breakfast & Tea at Pethmachi
  • 30 AM :- Reach the Top
  • 30 PM :- Start Descending to base village
  • 00 PM :- Lunch
  • 00 PM :- Reach Base Village with amazing memories and start our return journey towards Karjat station


  • Travelling From Local Transport From Karjat to Karjat
  • Morning Breakfast & Tea
  • Lunch
  • Forest Entry Charges
  • Expertise & Guide Charges

Things To Carry

  • Luggage packed in big good trekking sack
  • Complete spare set of extra clothes & socks if required
  • Water bottle (2-3 liters) compulsory
  • Glucon-d energizers and personal Medicine
  • A sweater/warm wear/rainwear
  • Wear comfortable clothing during treks (full sleeves)
  • Good trekking/sports shoes (sandals, chappals, floaters not permitted)
  • Torch with Extra pair of Batteries (must) during night trek
  • Camera, Binocular (Optional) Identity proof (must)
  • Toiletries (Napkin, facewash, tissue paper, etc.)
  • Cap, goggles, sunscreen, moisturizer, mosquito repellent, etc.
  • Slippers (optional – at the end of day/trek so that your feet can relax)


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Trek to Kothaligadh