Trek at Mahuli Fort | Karvi bloom
They are mostly converting the Mahuli fort into a nature park, which can be seen by the construction activity that was going on at the base.
As we started moving towards the top the view started changing and it was greenery all around throughout we were accompanied by Karvi flowers which bloom once in seven years at some places they were fallen on the ground and gave the appearance of a very beautiful carpet.It was very hot and there was no breeze at all, but the beauty of these Karvi flowers made us forget half of our troubles. There were also some areas which were large open green meadows at various points of the trek where we could rest and enjoy the slight breeze.
The route to the top was scenic and very beautiful and we could see different types of flowers mainly the Karvi and it wasn’t even the time for their complete bloom, according to the articles I’ve read after returning they will be in their peak during 2016.All the other flowers and birds on the way were also beautiful and made us forget the heat which was getting stronger as we continued with the trek.
The Trek is considerably easy till the top if not for the heat which made it tiring only the final portion of the trek is a little difficult as you have to do some rock climbing to reach to the Mahuli Fort top. After the difficult patch you see a ladder, climb it and you have reached the Mahuli fort.
It is actually not a fort but ruins of a fort. We couldn’t go about exploring the fort as we were late and it would take more than 2 hours to explore the whole fort. So we sat under a tree had some snacks and visited the Maha Darwaja which we had seen in the map of the fort, This is also the only place where you can refill your bottles with drinking water.We filled our bottles and did a little bit of photography of the forts and its ruins and then started heading back down. The descent was much easier as compared to the climb but it did take a toll on our toes. The descend was non-stop and we reached the base village in 2 hours, Visited the hotel and had some breakfast of poha and mazaa, and called up our rickshaw guy who had dropped us to the base village, by the time we had done with our snacks the rickshaw arrived.
We sat in the rickshaw and headed to Asangaon station, the frequency of trains back to Mumbai is less so after a wait of half an hour at the station the train arrived, we boarded the train and headed home.