Irshalgad is an iconic boat-shaped hill that is easily distinguishable from afar. Irshalgad is not a fort but a watchtower sort of. It has a pinnacle that was used by the Maratha forces to keep an eye on approaching enemy forces. The climb to the peak can be divided into three phases: The base of the pinnacle, the Needle hole, and the final, technical push to the peak. It is only recommended to go up to the second level, as the final stretch is especially treacherous.
Irshalghad trek is known for its fort, which is located in between Matheran and Panvel in the state of Maharashtra. This fort gives a fantastic sight to watch. This fort is 3700 feet height above sea level and is little moderate graded trek. This fort can be reached from the base village called Irshalwadi, this is where the actual trek begins. This takes around 1-1.5 hrs to reach the top. The Irshalgad fort is too large and ancient. There are many plummets of water flowing from several rocks. You can see many trees, rocks and small creatures while trekking. Trekking to this place before sunrise makes the trek even more glorious and special. As you reach the top of the pinnacle, you can also see other sister forts from that altitude like Prabalgad, Matheran etc. The fort is not exactly a fort, but a pinnacle with distinct shape. The path is little steepy and there is also a water tank on the route.
Chowk is the starting point for the trek. After a 10 min brisk walk, you encounter a steep climb on a well-defined route made up of scree and small loose rocks.
Board the train at Hyderabad (8:40 PM)/ Begumpet (8:49 PM)/ Lingampally (9:12 PM). Reach the station on time. While you pack your bags, make sure you carry snacks, water bottles, quilts etc./ Start your journey with a wide smile.
Your guide will meet you at the station/ at your designated seats.
Lonavala to Base village Irshalwadi ( Day 1)
Irshalwadi to Peak and back to Hyderabad (Day 2)
We will reach Hyderabad around 7 AM. And, we will end our memorable trip here with many new friends.
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