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Query 6 years, 11 months ago #734

Has any one heard of or done a trek to a place Irshalgad ? Would like some information on this. Have heard it is a must visit and not too crowded. Where is it located . ?

Re: Query 6 years, 11 months ago #735

Irshalgad is a fortress located between Matheran and Panvel in Maharashtra, India. It is a sister fort to Prabalgad. The area of the fort is not large but there are several water cisterns cut from the rock. The Nearest Station is Karjat which can be reached both from Panvel and Lonavala. One of the incredible features available on this trek is the spectacular sunrise and its reflection in the waters of Morbe dam located nearby. The route from Chowk station to Irshalwadi is about 2 hours with very easy hiking. Soon we reached Irshalwadi and took some rest.

The name Irshalgad itself is a misnomer as Irshal is not a fort but actually a pinnacle. This is the reason why it hardly figures anywhere in history. Shivaji captured the complete region of Kalyan and Bhiwandi, up to Rairi in May 1666. This fort too, would have come under the Maratha rule at that time. Another important significance of this area is that Chowk village located 2 hours from the base of the fort is the birth place of Netaji Palkar who was a close associate of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.

APPROACH TREK: - The route goes from the left side of the Irshalgad. The initial route is easy and affords a simple hike leading to a flat plateau from where you see the left pinnacle towering above you like a tower from a fairy tale. The route goes around from behind the pinnacle. This path goes along till the right hand side pinnacle and again circles around on the front . Unfortunately this is not the correct route to reach the top of the pinnacle. While heading ahead on this route, keep an eye on your right side for an arrow marked on a big rock. You have to climb from this point up the rocky patch and you reach a wooden ladder to go to the top. In the monsoons, it is advisable to avoid this route entirely, for the sake of safety.

Happy Trekking

Re: Query 6 years, 10 months ago #745

Have been there , its a nice place , some pics attached


Re: Query 6 years, 10 months ago #746

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