Trek Level : Difficult
Prabalgad is a fort located in between Matheran and Panvel, visible from the Mumbai Pune expressway. The fort is located at an elevation of 2300 feet in the Sahyadri mountains. It is located on a plateau very close to Matheran, but unlike Prabalgad fort does not have a good source of water supply. It was known as Muranjan until it was taken over and renamed by the Maratha forces under Shivaji’s rule.In 1658, Shivaji conquered Prabalgad from the Mughals, after establishing his powers in the Kalyan-Bhiwandi area. When Shivaji attacked the fort, the Mughal Sardar and fort chief Kesar Singh forced himself and the ladies in the fort to commit suicide so as to save themselves from falling into the hands of the Marathas. His mother along with her grandchild hid inside the fort by the fear of Shivaji, but such was the greatness of Shivaji that on finding them he sent them to their village with genuine respect and dignity.
Train halted at Wadala station @ 6:15 am and we switched to Harbour line for a train to Panvel and reached there @ 8:30 am. (For those who do not know about mumbai railways, there are three different railways; Western, Central and Harbour line).
Ready to board
We also arranged a guide and food for us in their place itself which they agreed without any hesistation. Guide informed us that we can go to either of two places,
A steep Mountain climb
The view from there was very beautiful .
One can locate mostly all other trekking places from there viz matheran, Visapur fort. It also gave us a sense of satisfaction after arduous climb for more than 3 hours. Indeed only one achieved the target as it is very very difficult to climb the last 10 ft of the climb.
Conquered the peak.
Beautiful view of the village.
Friends @ the bottom
Autowala’s waiting for us.. You can actually see the peak from here
Finally here is my thought, We can’t plan and expect all things to happen as we planned….. So friends
Till then “Asta la Vista“