Posted: July 18, 2011 by DP in Uncategorized

Grade : 4 on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 as tough

How to reach : Tringalwadi is a small village which can be approached from Igatpuri on the Mumbai – Nasik road. After driving up the Kasara ghat one comes to a toll naka. Some 200m before this toll a left road branches out to take us Tringalwadi which is 8kms inside. Once you are driving on this road all you see is mountains and lush green fields. During monsoon multiple waterfall are formed on this misty mountains giving it a postcard look. The road ends at the Tringalwadi village afterwhich one needs to cross a few green field and a small stream to reach the base of the fort. At the base there is a cave aka pandav leni. The climb starts from here and goes up gently ending at a small plateau. From here one can view both sides of the mountain and have a clear glimpse of the manmade Tringalwadi dam. The dam is created for preserving the mountain water.

From the plateau the climb leads us to the fort entrance. The uniqueness is seen here. A well hidden entrance leads us to the steps which take us to the top of the fort. One needs effort to scale the first step. Apart from a small temple on the top and Lord Hanuman statue near the entrance, there is hardly anything to look at the top as most of the fort lies in ruins.

The descend is done from the other side of the fort taking steps. This takes one down to the plateau area. Further descend get us to the base village. It is recommneded to take a private vehicle for this trek. Approaching it from Kasara or Igatpuri using public transport can be time consuming and inconvenient.

Duration : Around 2 hours till the top

Availability of food / water : Portable water available in cisterns on the fort

Essential : Rain gear, ample water and good shoes are a must. Extra pair of clothes in case of monsoon

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