The Sudhagad Fort was known as 'Bhorapgad' before the Marathas took over and renamed it as 'Sudhagad'. This fort was considered by Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj to be the capital of his empire but he eventually chose Raigad instead. This fort sits at an altitude of 2030 feet and has a plateau at the summit. The Sudhagad Fort offers plenty to explore and stunning vistas all around.
The Sudhagad Fort trek is an easy and fun trek that takes you to the lush green hills of the Sahyadris in Maharashtra. You'll ascend mountain slopes covered in thick overgrown forests, encounter gushing waterfalls, navigate some tricky ridges and walk along open expanses with marvelous views all around. When you reach the mist shrouded Sudhagad fort, you'll explore stone cut passages, secret corridors, temples, doorways and small water bodies.
The Sudhagad Fort trek is an easy and popular trekking destination for most Mumbaikers and Punekars who fancy a trip outside the city, in the midst of nature. You can soak up the fantastic views, learn about the fort's fascinating history and click a plenty of insta-worthy pictures.What you'll see on your Sudhagad Fort trek
The Sudhagad Fort is one of the better preserved forts in Maharashtra. You'll climb a grand set of stairs through dense jungles to the top of the fort. You'll walk along secret passages and dark rock-cut corridors. The fort houses the ruins of Shiva temples and the well maintained Bhorai Devi temple.
One of the highlights of this trek is the sight of the massive stone entrance called the Maha Darwaja, an exact replica of the Maha Darwaja at Raigad. You'll also be treated to breathtaking views of Sarasgad, Koraigad, Dhangad,Tail-Baila, Mulshi Dam reservoir and the Ghangad Fort.What to carry for your Sudhagad Fort trek
You will need to be well prepared before you embark on your exciting Sudhagad Fort trek. Carry a sturdy trekking rucksack that will hold all your belongings. Wear your best shoes with a good grip as you will walk through slippery routes. Wearing a raincoat is a must and you can also pack a jacket or a sweater for the evening.
Be sure to carry plenty of water and some snacks if you get hungry on the way. Always pack you basic toiletries, sunscreen and sunglasses. Also be sure to carry an insect repellent as mosquitoes are known to be rampant atop the fort.
Arrive at Dadar, the meeting point by 05:50 hrs. You can get to Dadar by either road or rail. You will be picked up from here, along with your fellow trekkers and driven to the base village which is about 3 hours away. You'll eat a delicious breakfast at the base village and gear up for the trek.
You'll commence the trek by 10:30 hrs and should reach the top by 13:00 hrs. You'll spend time exploring the fort and taking in the spectacular views after which you will enjoy lunch. You'll begin your climb back down by 15:00 hrs to the base village. Once there, you'll indulge in some evening snacks and tea. You'll board the waiting vehicles by 18:00 hrs and head back to Dadar. You'll reach Dadar by 22:00 hrs. Your trip ends here.
Your transport from Mumbai to Mumbai by private non ac bus is added to your cost. You’ll enjoy breakfast, lunch and evening snacks on your trip. The services of an expert trek guide is also included in your cost. Your trip is all inclusive of applicable taxes.
Personal expenses such as soft drinks, extra snacks, etc, any kind of insurance and anything not mentioned in inclusions is not included in your trip.
You can set off on a trek to Sudhagad Fort any time of the year but to get the most out of your trip, the best time to go would be during the monsoon. The cool atmosphere and the luxurious green of the Sahyadri hills makes it a truly scenic trek.
If you’re travelling from Mumbai, most operators offers a meeting point at popular landmarks near Dadar and drive you to the starting point of the trek. You can reach Dadar either by road or railway.
One can also drive their private vehicle to the base village of the trek.
Wear comfortable quick dry shirt/ t-shirt (preferably long sleeved) and track pants along with a sturdy pair of trekking shoes for your trek. Wear a windcheater to protect yourself against the cold and the rain.
Carry a strong trekking sack with a rain cover that will hold bottles of water to keep yourself hydrated during the trek. Also bring along some dry snacks. Be sure to always carry sunscreen and insect repellent cream.
No sort of preparation is needed before undertaking the Sudhagad Fort trek. However, it is always advisable to have a regular fitness regime, so as to not get tired easily.
The Sudhagad Fort trek can be undertaken at any time of the year but it is the most fulfilling and adventurous during the monsoon. The air is cool and fresh and you’ll trek through rain drenched scenery of the Sahyadri mountains.
The Sudhagad Fort sits at an altitude of 2030 feet, making it an ideal beginners trek. It’s an easy and well marked route to the top with a short trekking time.
Carry a rain covered rucksack to store and protect all your belongings and a raincoat or poncho to protect yourself from the rain. Carry a water bottle for body hydration and some extra food to much on during the trek. Be sure to carry your basic toiletries, an insect repellant, and sunscreen.
The trek is graded easy for beginners and is also ideal for experienced trekkers. The trail is well marked, the trekking time is short and requires less stamina than the other fort treks.