Korigad with ‘Speaking Wheels’

Korigad is a fort located between Pune and Lonavala. The availability of a better access route from Lonavala makes it a favorite for trekkers from Mumbai and Pune alike. Built somewhere before 1500 this fort stands tall 923m above sea level. A small village ‘peth shahapur’ is the nearest village at its base. Nearby this fort are the forts of Tikona, Lohgad, Tung and Visapur. All of these forts are a days trek and can be easily done with a guide or a frequenter. Named after a local goddess ‘Koraidevi” this fort is currently under renovation for restoring its heritage.

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Historic Hampi – Day 2

The Tungabhadra is formed by the confluence of the Tunga and Bhadra rivers flowing from the western ghats of India. We set out at 05:30 to the nearby Matanga Hill. This hill is on the eastern side of Hampi with arguably one of the best views from its top.

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Historic Hampi – Day 1

The empire is long gone, and what stands before today is just a small reflection of the might, grandeur and ultra luxurious lifestyle of the Vijayanagara empire whose commercial capital was Hampi. The landscape instantaneously reminds you of the famous bollywood blockbuster “Sholay” with breathtaking boulders strewn across in an almost selectively haphazard way.

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Trek to Vasota Fort

It is understood in 15th century the fort was alternatively ruled by More’s of Jawali & Shirkes of Chiplun. In 17th century it was included in Maratha Swaraj by Shivaji Maharaj & it remained with Marathas till 1818 and it was used to keep prisoners & ammunition due to it’s strategic safe location.

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The Summit (Day 3) – drenched in body not in spirit

The rain had turned into hail and the wind had picked up decent speed. We hurried back towards Kuari Top and began our descent to the ‘bhagrabadda‘ site. We were greeted by another trek team from IndiaHikes that had camped there for the night on their way to Pangarchula. The packed lunch we had in the tent at bhagarbadda camp was the best one or the most satisfying one.

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