Vasota Fort – One Day Jungle Trek, Boating

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One Day
Availability : N/A
Min Age : 7+
Max People : 30

Highlights

  • Beautiful trek in evergreen Koyna wildlife sanctuary
  • 4 hrs. boating in Shivsagar (Koyna) dam
  • Explore Vasota fort & know about surroundingsVisit unknown historical monuments in dense forest
  • Fun-filled & exhilarating trekking experienceMust do trek nearby Satara
  • Easy trek for allRecommended for beginners

Key Info.

Jaoli Region

Satara District

Bamnoli

Base Village

3,660

Max. Altitude (Ft.)

6 hrs., 8 km.

Walking (approx.)
Activity LevelEASY+

Vasota Fort is one of the famous forts for trekking in the Sahyadri Mountains. This trek in Maharashtra is known as one of the best treks of this region because of its wilderness and beauty. As situated amidst the evergreen forest of Koyna Wild Life Sanctuary Vasota Fort offers the best experience of a jungle trek. Route till the fort from Met Indavali is all covered with huge trees and the liana spread over miles. The canopy offers the best site for spotting various species of butterflies and birds.

The sanctuary is home to a wide variety of animals Leopard, Sambar, Barking deer, Porcupines, Grey Jungle fowls, Wild pig, Hanuman langur, Rhesus macaque and Flying Squirrel etc.

#1Vasota Fort aka Vyaghragad

Vasota Fort straddles the Ghat line, protected by a bear-infested jungle. It is inaccessible except by a long and arduous trek. It has two forts, an old one and a newer one. It is possible to visit the new Vasota Fort through thick jungles.

At Bamnoli (Base Village) regular motor ferry services are available that take us to Met-Indavali from where we can walk on the western shores of the lake. Proceed along an arm of the Koyna Lake to the west. The route is now thickly forested with no human habitation. Climb through the dense forest by a tricky route to reach the top of the fort.

Entrance in the dilapidated state, remnants, Hanuman temple and Mahadev temple are the only monuments still standing on the fort. But the plateau offers a breath-taking view of the thick forest and the Koyna Back Waters. The hill where Nageshwar Cave is situated can be seen from the Kalkai Machi. From here one can observe both sides of the Ghat area as well as long drops in the Konkan.

The most fascinating point is Babu Kada, which offers a spectacular view of the steep cliffs of the mountain range falling straight deep in the Konkan area. The mountain in front is known as Old Vasota Fort.

#2History

Vasota fort is attributed to the Kolhapur Shilahara Chief Bhoja II (1178–1193) of Panhala. Vasota always remained with Marathas, Shirkes & Mores in the 16th century.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj incorporated the fort into Swarajya in 1655 during the conquest of Jaoli. Shivaji Maharaj renamed the fort “Vyaghragad” (Vyaghra – means tiger), owing to its difficult natural defence.

The fort was held in 1806 by a woman called Tai Telin. It was famously defended by Tai Telin a mistress of Pant Pratinidhi a Killedar of the fort when he was captured. Bapu Gokhale, a Peshwa commander, drove her out after many fights in 1810.

Later, around the year 1815, it was used as a prison and amongst other prisoners were two British officers, Hunter and Morrison. To liberate them, Brig. Gen. Fitzgerald led the British forces in May 1818. They used elephants to make a route through the thick jungles and climbed the nearby old Vasota fort. From its better heights, they fired artillery destroying many buildings on Vasota (Chandika Mandir, Daru-Kothar, etc.) and looted property worth 5 lakhs and captured the fort and liberated all the prisoners.

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 1Vasota Fort - Jungle Trek, Boating

03:30
We arrive at the base of the Vasota Fort. Have a rest for a while.

05:30 – 06:30
Refresh yourself. (Public toilets are available there.)
Have breakfast & tea. (Packed your lunch in your empty tiffin.)

07:00
Our field experts will provide pre-trek information and instructions to all participants.

07:30 – 09:00
You have to go by boat to reach Vasota fort; after travelling about 12 to 13 km by boat, we reach Met Indavali.

09:30
We will start our trek by completing all the formalities required to enter the forest at the Forest Department check post.

09:30 – 11:30
Enjoy the vast & dense forest of Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary while moving towards Vasota fort.
On the way, we stop to visit some of the historic war monuments in the nearby forest.

11:30 – 12:00
Reach the top of Vasota fort. Rest for a while. Lunch break.

12:00 – 14:00
Explore Vasota fort.

To the south, you can visit one of the majestic cliffs of the Sahyadri, the “Babu Kada”. To the north, there are remnants of an old structured Shiva temple as well as an old prison structure. In the centre of Vasota Fort, you will find the foundation of the building structure, large water ponds as well as small and joint water tanks, limestone mix grinders, etc.

14:00 – 18:30
Now we begin to descend; It takes 2 hours to reach the base. Returning by boat, we reach the base village.
Have some snacks and tea.

18:30 – 22:30
Start the journey back to Pune with very pleasant memories and non-biodegradable garbage.

22:30
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.): 1,480 / 1,480
• Walk (approx.): 6 hrs., 8 km.
• Accommodation: N/A
• Meals: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Evening Snacks & Tea

Ex. Pune

Travel Details

Departure

Fri, 25 Feb 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 > Satara > Bamnoli (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, 26 Feb 2022, 22:30 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.
  • A Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Evening Snacks & TeaServed veg. meals only.
  • Forest Entry PermitsKoyna Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Ferry Boat Fare2+2 hrs. up & down journey
  • 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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Vasota Fort – One Day Jungle Trek, Boating

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Aman Kshirsagar

Solo Traveller

I like it…

03-Mar-2022

Sameer Shaikh

Group Traveller

Wonderful trip. Good Planning. Informative and cheerful guide.

22-Dec-2021

Kaustubh Thorat

Solo Traveller

It was a great trekking experience with S G trekkers for my trek to Vasota…
1) Trek leaders helped immensely during ascend as well as descend especially during difficult sharp descend…this was definitely moral boosting for me
2) Time discipline was perfectly managed…they were always to the schedule and at the same time providing sufficient time for sightseeing etc..
3) History of the Vasota fort its importance was very well explained by trek leads
4) Being 1st batch to reach Vasota after a gap of 20 months, our group was 1st group to reach the top and we could enjoy the same to the fullest extent without worrying about crowd
5) places selected for having Food etc. were excellent
6) Extremely nice weather with all greenery around best views of Sahyadri range with Nageshwar caves in front of us..finally travel by boat was icing on the cake ….
Overall a great experience and full credit goes to team SG trekkers – Vishal, Swapnil and entire team 😊👏👏💐💐

26-Oct-2021
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