Kamalgad Fort – Night Trek

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1D / 1N
Availability : Sat, 30 Apr'22
Min Age : 13+
Max People : 15

Highlights

  • Starry night trek to the Kamalgad Fort – Exciting hike to the top
  • The 30 ft. deep shaft of red stone (Geru)मराठी: कावेची विहीर
  • The top is surrounded by a thick forest
  • Explore popular trekking destinations near Wai & SataraThe approaches to the Kamalgad fort are many & easy
  • Panoramic view of Dhom damAnd Mahabaleshwar, Panchgani mountain range
  • Easy trek for allRecommended for beginners with good fitness

Key Info.

Wai

Satara District

Paratwadi

Base Village

4,511

Max. Altitude (Ft.)

7 hrs., 10 km.

Walking (approx.)
Activity LevelMODERATE

Kamalgad Fort, 4511 feet above sea level, is situated about ten miles due west of Wai, Satara. The hill divides the head of the Krishna valley. To the north of it flows the Walki river basin, and to the south the Krishna basin, the two streams meeting at its eastern base. The top of the fort is approached by unfrequented footpaths from Asgaon to the east, from Vasole to the north, and from Nandgane/Paratwadi to the south.

On the rocky top, there is a deep shaft leading some 30-m into the ground, said by some to be a quarry for red Geru stone, which is in abundance here.

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The top of the hill consists of an area of only three or four acres quite flat and surrounded by a low scarp and can now be reached only by arduously scaling the scarp. Formerly the approach was by an artificial funnel or tunnel leading upwards from the base of the scarp and issuing on the top. This funnel is now blocked by a large boulder that has fallen into it.

There are now no traces of any buildings on the top nor of any walls or gateway. There is only a hole which is said to be the remains of a deep well sunk right through the rocky layer constituting the scarp and penetrating to the soil below which seems still to be full of water. The hole is now only eighteen to twenty feet deep though the well was thirty or forty.

Some reports indicate that this ‘hole’ might have been a quarry for red stone (Geru) which is plentiful in this region.

 
The lands belong to the village of Asgaon. There are no Gadkaris in connection with the fort. To the west of the base of the scarp is a rude temple dedicated to Gorakshnath. The builder of the fort is unknown, but it is probably very old.

History of Kamalgad

Even though the exact history of the fort is still unknown, it is said to have been established in the Medieval Period of India. As per records, the fort was under the control of the Marathas. However, later on, it became a part of the British Empire. Under the British, it was used to execute prisoners of war.

The sides of the well which were formed of the natural rock are said to have contained recesses in which criminals were placed to choose between starvation and throwing themselves down into the water. No traces of the recesses now remain. No one lives on the hill, its sides are covered with thick scrub and water is found only at the base of the scarp.

The builder of the fort is unknown. During Maratha times, Kamalgad, Pandavgad and other forts in the area were administered by a Mokasaddar (manager) from Bijapur. Early documents are written in now-defunct Modi script of the Marathi language refer to the fort as ‘Kattalgad’.

In April 1818 Kamalgad surrendered after a slight resistance to a British detachment under Major Thatcher.

Best time to visit Kamalgad fort

The region in and around Kamalgad Fort experiences a bearable climate throughout the year. Hence, it can be visited anytime in the year. However, the best time when the weather is cool and pleasant is from October until the end of March. You can also visit it during the monsoon season, i.e., between the months of July and August when the entire region wakes up with lush greenery and a soothing climate.

Day Wise

Itinerary

Day 0Night Travelling

23:30
Please reach your pickup point and meet with SG-Trekkers representatives to mark your attendance.

23:59
You will be transferred by private bus to base camp or the starting point of the trek.

Day 1Kamalgad Fort – Sunrise Trek

02:45
We arrive at the base of the Kamalgad fort. Our field experts will provide pre-trek information and instructions to all participants.

03:00 – 06:00
Now we start the trek to the Kamalgad Fort. We need to ascend approximately 1,830 ft. It takes about three hours to reach the top from the base.

06:00 – 06:30
Now, You can enjoy the view of the sunrise.

06:30 – 08:30
Explore Kamalgad Fort.
Visit “Red Stone Quarry (Geru)”.
After all sightings, we start descending to the base village via the same route.

08:30 – 11:00
Now we start descending to the base village via the same route.
Reach base village. (Toilets are not available there.)

10:00 – 16:00
Start the journey back to Pune with very pleasant memories and non-biodegradable garbage.
We are going to have a lunch break.
Restart the rest of the journey after lunch.

16:00
Reach Pune and now it’s time to say goodbye to your travel companion. Let’s keep in touch via phone / social media and meet again on another memorable trip.

SEE YOU SOON! 😀


Day 1: Highlights

• Altitude Gain / Loss (ft.): 1,830 / 1,830
• Walk (approx.): 7 hrs., 1० km.
• Meals: Meal after the Trek (Veg. Unlimited)

Ex. Pune

Travel Details

Departure

Fri, 29 Apr 2022, 23:30 hrs.

Travel by

Private Bus

Non AC, Highback Seats
Bus Starting From

McDonald's, J.M. Road

Deccan Gymkhana, Pune-04
Bus Route
Pick-up Points

Deccan > Swargate > Katraj > Wai > Paratwadi (Base)

23:30 – Deccan
23:45 – Swargate
23:59 – Katraj

Important Note
  • Please arrive at your pickup point 15 minutes early so as not to be late.
Arrival

Sat, 30 Apr 2022, 16:00 hrs.

Bus Ends At

Deccan Gymkhana, Pune-04

Important Note
  • We can arrive 1 hour early / late; According to traffic conditions.
  • Your drop point will be the same as the pick-up point.

Inclusion

  • Transport from/to PuneBy Tempo Travellers or Mini Buses or big buses depending on the respective tour group size.
  • 1 Unlimited MealServed veg. meals only.
  • Common First Aid KitWell stocked medicines
  • An Experienced Trek LeadsCertified Mountaineers

Exclusion

  • Any kind of personal expenses.Anything specifically not mentioned in the ‘tour price includes’ column
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