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Raireshwar-Kenjalgad-Kamalgad trek coming weekend

Posted by itrekz on June 9, 2008

iTrekz would be visiting the forts Kamalgad and Kenjalgad and the massive plateau of Raireshwar coming weekend, marking the beginning of its monsoon treks. We would be visiting these forts in the sequence RaireshwarKenjalgadKamalgad.

We would be departing from Mumbai on Friday, 13th June night. Reaching Bhor early on Saturday, 14th June, we would start with Raireshwar in the morning and in the latter half would visit Kenjalgad fort. We would be camping in a Khavali village at the base of Kenjalgad or walk towards Wasole village (approx 8 kms) at the base of Kamalgad on Saturday depending on the situation then.

Sunday morning, 15th June,  starting early we would visit Kamalgad fort and head on our way back towards Mumbai. We will try and make it to Mumbai as early as possible.

Some minimalistic jots about these forts…

Raireshwar, standing more than 4500 feet tall, still bear the mute witnesses to the oath of Swarajya that Shiv Chattrapati took here in 1645. The temple is a humble one with a Shivling and an idol of Lord Raireshwar (Shiva). Raireshwar is a thickly forested plateau overlooking the backwaters of Dhom and standing next to Kenjalgad.

Kenjalgad (4269 feet) can be reached from Raireshwar via the Shwandara route in two and half hours. A beautiful view of the Dhom lake below and Kamalgad fort standing on the other side of the backwaters. The rock cut steps of Kenjalgad are really nice bit of work.

Kamalgad is a fort standing 4522 feet tall in front of Kenjalgad on the other side of Dhom backwaters. Dense forest and thick vegetation is one of the hallmarks of Kamalgad and in monsoons, it surely is a treat. Wonderful topographic view of the surrounding region including Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani from the Balekilla, provided the mist and fog clear its thick network!


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