The Best Short Trek To Do In March - Sinhgad Raigad Trek
You'll find the most important details you need to know about this trek here, ranging from average cost to the nearest airport, aswell as a brief description of what you should expect on this trek.
FYI - This is part of a series of blogs that describe and detail the best short and long treks around the world per month. The trek per month is not random, I chose the best treks with the best climate conditions per month. Type in April in the search bar of my blog section and find out what the best treks to take are in April.
Name of the Trek: Sinhgad Raigad Trek
Location: Maharashtra, India
Nearest Airport: Pune Airport
Average Trekking Duration: 3 Days
Distance: 30 km
Highest Altitude: 1,311m
Best Month To Go: March
Average Temperature: Around 10-22 degrees centigrades
Average Cost: The total trek will cost you around USD $52 to $55. In this, you will get round the trip all Vegetarian meals available for three days, entry fees, and guide charges. You will need to take care of your camping gear.
Solo travelers would love to indulge in the tranquility of the trek. However, if you were aware of the route, the total cost expense would come up close to USD $42 to $45 if you do not wish to travel with the operators. Carry your food or cook wherever you can on the trail if you are going solo.
What to Expect?
Sinhgad Raigad Trek is also called as a jumbo trek, owing to the trekking route it crosses in the Sahayadri Range. Sinhagad especially is a popular trekking spot readily accessible from Pune. Located at the height of 1,311m reaching this point will not be an issue.
Therefore, you commence from the Sinhagad base, and this will take about an hour and a half to reach the summit. Proceed towards Rajgad trek right after you have your breakfast. At around 2 pm, halt near Gunjavane and take rest. By the end of the day, you will reach Paal Khind at the end of Rajgad trek where you can retire for the night.
In the next day, after completing the breakfast, start towards Torna and by 10 am, you should arrive at the highest summit of the trek. From Torna, trek further to reach Bhatti via Valnjai Darwaja and enjoy the view from the hilltop. Finally, trek towards Mohari and end the day. The route between Torna and Bhatti crosses steep roads, and despite just taking 2 hours, this would make things extremely tiring.
On the last leg of your trek, get ready for more adventure. It is a 6-hour long trek, and you will reach Paane via Boratyachi Naal. Once you cross this, you will be reaching Raigad Fort by 3 pm. Spend some time around the historic fort and start descending one of the treacherous steps towards Mahad, is a challenge by itself. You should reach Mahad to conclude your hike.
The Raigad trek is ideal for those who love mountaineering through the strenuous routes and hike for as much as 5 to 6 hours at a stretch. It has awe-inspiring views of high altitude and imposing forts all around making the route more scenic.