so you can get different levels of difficulty in the same trek .. so it’s Chota Packet Bada Dhamaka
I feel Gorakhgad trek in monsoon would be more thrilling …
Also many trekkers like to have night trek, however you need to be extra careful during night trek due to its difficulty.
It is said that saint Goraknath, used to perform penance here and the fort is named Gorakh gad due to that.
History of Gorakhagad can go back up to Satvahan Dynasty.
This fort was used as a stopover point from Junnar via Naneghat during the era of Shivaji Maharaj.
The adjoining Machindragad peak is also named after the teacher-disciple relationship of Machindranath and Gorakhnath.
No major battle took place at this fort.
Difficulty level for Gorakhgad Trek
Easy to Medium
(this trek has specialty that person who is beginner can do it till base level till the first samadhi, slightly experienced person can climb till caves, and good trekker can go upto the top Gorakhnath temple, hence difficulty level varies from easy to medium/semi-hard)
Time to reach
Around 2.5 hours to climb and 1.5 hours to descend down
What to see !
- East = Sahyadri ranges of Naneghat
- Dhakoba सह्याद्रीच्या रांगा आणि ढाकोबा
- South = Ahupe ghat आहुपे घाट
- South-west = Siddhagad.सिद्धगड
- Machhindragad मछिन्द्रगड
Place to stay/take food & water
Water : Clean and crystal clear water available near the caves
Food and stay : You can stay in the caves, I am sure it will be thrilling experience indeed
Vehicle/car can be parked in the base village Dehri
Location (Base village Dehri)
Gorakhgad fort address = Dehri Village, Murbad, Thane 400004 (Google co-ordinates 19.192574, 73.540377)
Gorakhnath temple at base village Dehri = 19.20218, 73.531494
Dehri village = 19.20396, 73.532875
Samadhi (first stage of trek where information displayed by forest department = 19.19265, 73.545044
Height: 2137 feet
How to reach Gorakhgad from Pune and Mumbai
- From Pune
Own car – Drive down, Pune to Murbad to Dehri
- ST bus : from Pune to Murbad (I have not checked with Swargate ST station for availability)
From Murbad to Dehri village by local rikshaw (tum tum) ~45 mins
- It is at distance of about 100-120 Kms from Mumbai and one of the best treks near to Mumbai.
By train from Mumbai – how to reach gorakhgad from kalyan
Go till Kalyan railway station – catch a bus to Murbad (1 hour drive)
Murbad – Mhase village – Dehri [Dehri is 23 Km away from Murbad.] you can get Tumtums or rickshaw for ride
- Return Buses are there from Dehri to Murbad @4:30PM, @5:30PM, @7:00PM, but not on holidays.
from Murbad you can get bus to Kalyan
Precautions [read things to carry on a trek]
- Use proper trekking gears for this trek
- Carry water, I recommend at least 2.5 liter per person (depending upon season, but this is coastal side so more water is better)
(you may like to read in details about gorakhgad fort here)
Gorakhnath temple at base village Dehri (Google co-ordinates 19.20218, 73.531494) – although this temple is also as big to accommodate 50 people it was locked, there are home of villagers .. not sure if they allow to stay inside this temple, so better to plan ur stay at the fort caves ..