Crossing the dam was the easy part. The tough path came later.
The path through the jungle. Crossing the forest, you have to take a left and actually go on the other side to reach the top. The cloud covered peak was the ultimate goal.
There is a route down there. There is! Believe me!
The numerous waterfall in the mountains. As the rains descended on the hills, the number of waterfalls increased completely submerging the marked arrows.
This is not a leech. A incest found on the wet barks of trees, many had the impression that this was the leech.
Another of the exotic wildlife. Crabs, lots and lots of them.
The Hanuman temple at the top of the fort.
The breathtaking view of the valley from the cliff. The clouds made it difficult to see the land below.
More hikers at the cliff. The water falling from the top is pushed and thrown back because of the strong winds from below. This wind has lead to spectacular rock formations
A human like structure formed at the Kahoj fort. By the time we had reached the top, it was raining heavily and the clouds made visibilty possible only till a few feet. I was not able to take a picture standing at the foot of the rock formation.
The narrow path up. The slippery rocks, the heavy rains and a sharp fall makes it quite dangerous to reach the top.
Another view of the valley and the mountains beyond. This is what made me walk all the way up inspite of rains, pain in my limbs and utter exhaustion. Heaven!
How to get there? – Take the train to Mumbai’s suburban station of Virar. From Virar take the shuttle service to Palghar. Shuttle service is available from morning 6:30 AM to late evening 10: 30 PM. From Palghar travel toward Manor in state transport bus. The village Waghote is away from the main highway. You may have to enquire with the ST buses in the stand. Its the cheapest way to get there. From Waghote, it takes through fields to actually reach to the foot of the mountain which is dense forest.
Going up – Path is through dense forest hence past hikers have actually marked the route using arrows. Follow the arrows. Its advisable to have your own marking system in case of finding your way back. Its a gruelling climb above. Experienced hikers may take 2-3 hours to go up. Inexperienced hikers like me took more than 4 hours. The difficulty level is medium so take care where you put your foot.
Water and Food – Take your own water and food. There is no restaurants near Waghote nor there is source of water above so be sure to carry water and food that will give you much needed energy even when if it makes your bags heavy. Trust me!
Getting out of there– This is important. Even scientifically getting down is easier than going up, look at the time. The last bus that will take you to Palghar is at 7:30 PM. Again the time and the arrival of bus is not certain. Waghote is far away from any highway and unless you plan to camp there cooking your own food, get any available ride out of there. Although you will find fair amount of traffic near Waghote, you will find mostly trucks there.
Tips – The trek is tough. Its a tough climb up there. Rains make it quite difficult to climb with your added heavy wet clothes. . Also the soil becomes unstable risking firm footing. Have enough water and food. Also its a good thing to have essential like medicines and way to burn a fire, and light to see in the dark. Follow the arrows or mark your own road. Its a jungle and a dense jungle. Respect that!