Rainy Season is the most anticipating season of trekking in Maharashtra. The mountains here are usually bald and dried, but when the rain comes, they are covered in green velvet of freshness.
My husband loves bike. He has a Classic Royal Enfield 350 which he is madly proud of. It’s very special, and it took him more than a year of waiting to get it. And ever since he got his dream bike, he’s been bugging me to go on a long bike ride with him. I’m so not into it especially during summer. But he betted it’s going to be so much fun riding in the rain, and the sound of that intrigued me more than ever.
So we decided to go for a bike ride in the rain…
As usual, I got up early and packed some food. I made some waffle and scrambled egg sandwiches, brew some coffee into a flask and packed some fruits and snack. In the backpack, we had the raincoats, some towels and cameras.
Our destination: Korigad Fort
Korigad (also called Koraigad, Koarigad or Kumwarigad) is a fort located about 20 km away from Lonavla in Pune district, Maharashtra, India. Its date of construction is not known but likely predates 1500. It is about 929 m above sea level. The closest village is Peth Shahpur.
This fort was incorporated into his kingdom by Shivaji along with the forts of Lohagad,Visapur, Tung and Tikona in 1657. On March 11, 1818, Col. Prother tried to take over this fort but even after a prolonged siege could not make any headway. Finally on 14 March, by igniting the stored ammunition by means of a loose cannon ball he succeeded and this fort went to the British.
How to reach there
We started from Pune early morning using NH4, a Pune- Mumbai national highway to Lonavla. The good thing about being on the bike is you don’t have to pay toll. You can also reach Lonavla by Pune-Mumbai Express Highway, but bikers are not allowed in this route. The old highway has more sceneries anyway, and we did enjoy it.
At Lonavla, keep driving toward AambyValley, you will find a lot of viewpoints to enjoy. During monsoon, the mist and fog usually cover the road so you have to go slow and be very careful.
Keep driving toward AambyValley. The Fort is elevated just on your left at the village of Peth Shahpur. Park your vehicles at the foothill, and then you can follow the trail up to the fort.
Important note on driving: You have to cross Lonavla pointviews early morning because the traffic could get really bad during the day. We’re stuck in traffic for like 2 hours, but be able sneaked through the gaps between the car, and made it out. If you go with a car it would take hours to pass the traffic. To avoid the traffic in Lonavla city, take a Lonavla-Mulshi route though the condition of the road isn’t at all appealing.
How we did it
Riding in the bike was fun (and cold). The rain was just drizzling along the route, but when it got heavy, we stopped and hide under the tree.
We had a power breakfast at one of the viewpoints in Lonavla. We dunked waffles in hot coffee. It was ridiculously delicious.
The viewpoint in Lonavla was really misty, and we could barely see anything there.
Then we got on the bike again. The air was really cool and fresh. And soon we reached the base village of Korigad fort.
Korigad Fort trek is not difficult at all. The trail is easy to follow and it would take roughly about 45 minutes to 1 hour to make it to the top.
There are beautiful views on the sides as you walk by. Another portion of the trek leads you into a small jungle.
It’s so green everywhere.
As you get closer to the fort, there are stone steps to climb up.
Yaseen has to realize soon that he’s growing up, and he wouldn’t be able to sit on his dad’s shoulders anymore.
But we made it. Yay.
And here’s our trophy…
There’s a giant plateau on the top where we enjoyed our lunch and spending some family time 🙂
There isn’t much of the fort left, but you could imagine how magnificent it once was from the ruins that were left.
From the top, you have the amazing 360 degree view. It was pretty awesome.
My boys were very happy playing with the old cannons. Well, boys will always be boys.
We didn’t realize how big the fort was until we were up there. It was gigantic.
Up there, it was like we were on top of the world.
There are two ponds on the fort. They were used to harvest rain water in the ancient time. We saw a lot of people swimming there that day.
Here are some more pictures I want to share with you…
To reward ourselves for conquering this fort. We had lunch at Toni Daa Dhaba, a famous restaurant on NH4 on our way to Pune. I will tell you more about this amazing restaurant later.
We can’t wait to go back to the mountain again next week. Next fort, another destination, another road side restaurant… we will tell you all about it later.