CST is the biggest and busiest station of Mumbai and can be reached by local train or bus.
Peb, also known as Vikatgad, is a fort located between the panorama point of Matheran and Nakhind. A popular fort trek best explored during the monsoons, this trek gives you a chance to work your muscles on an uphill trek. You will trek through rain-drenched forests of the Sahyadris and scramble over slippery rocks to the summit. The Vikatgad trek is an easy trek and is perfect to kick start your monsoon adventures.
The Peb-Vikatgad trek starts from a dense forest, drenched in rain. The Sahyadris are lush green and the trail takes you through slippery rocks, with shrubs and wildflowers everywhere. There's plenty to see as you climb, and at the top. It is believed that Shivaji Maharaj used the caves along the fort as silos for grain storage. You'll walk through narrow passages and well-preserved meditation chambers, and there are other ancient structures at the top of the beautiful fort. A small temple perched on an outcrop of rocks makes a great photograph from the summit. The views from the fort are scenic on all sides. You can spot Nakhind from the temple as if at arm’s length and the panorama point of Matheran.
Trek through an easy trail to the Vikatgad Fort. | Take photographs near the temple of Vikatgad.| Climb up swaying iron ladders to get to the fort. | Experience monsoon in the misty Sahyadris.
You'll have to catch the Neral train departing from CST at about 05:20 hrs in the morning, which will drop you off to Neral by 07:30 hrs. You'll eat breakfast here and meet the rest of the gang. By 08:00 hrs, you'll take rickshaws or public transport to Jumapatti, and will get to the start point by 10:15 hrs, where you will begin your Peb-Vikatgad trek. Trek through dense forests and climb swaying ladders to get to Vikatgad Fort. You will reach the temple at the summit by 11:15 hours. Walk around the fort, through the narrow passages and peek into the caves. After exploring the fort, descend and head back to Neral station from where you'll catch a train. The trip ends here, leaving you free to head back to Mumbai. You'll be back in Mumbai by about 21:00 hrs.
You will have to purchase your own tickets from the station closest to home to Neral station. Do buy return tickets and put them safely in your bag where they won't get wet. Breakfast will be provided for you, but you have to carry a packed lunch for yourself. By 18:30, you will be dropped off at Neral station and can return to Mumbai.
No refund once payment is done.
No Litter Policy: Participants are requested to carry their own waste back home or dispose of it in dustbins at the base.
Consumption of alcoholic beverages/ drugs is not permitted while trekking.
Smoking is strictly prohibited while on the Peb-Vikatgad Fort trek.
Participants are required to stay in a group at all times with the trek leader in command.