From trekking three peaks at the same day to sleeping under the moonlight on a full moon to watching Sunrise and sunset sitting at the top of a mountain : Trek to Satmala ranges

Once upon a time, there were heroes. who fought with bravery and courage till their last drops of blood , who had built thousands of forts across Maharastra, who were India’s answer to the Spartans – the Marathas. Maybe Britishers have destroyed all the forts but couldn’t destroy the legacy set by our warriors. And to witness that legacy, you must trek to those forts.
It’s another weekend. Another trek. So let’s welcome you to one of the adventures trekking -The Satmala ranges.

the beauty of the ranges that, from different peaks you get different views and each one more splendid than the previous.

the beauty of Satmala ranges that, from different peaks you get different views and each one more splendid than the previous

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From trekking three peaks at the same day to sleeping under the moonlight on a full moon to watching Sunrise and sunset sitting at the top of a mountain. Let me take you on a journey less traveled.
Treks covered : Ankai Fort, Tankai Fort, gorakhgad peak and katra peak.
How to go : as all these peaks are nearby you can go easily from one base station I.e Ankai killa station. If your train doesn’t stop there, You can also start from Ankai station which is just a 2km walk or Manmad junction which is 7km from the base village of Ankai – Tankai Fort. There is no chance of getting lost as all these peaks are completely visible from the highway and train lines.
Main station : Manmad junction

Difficulty level : medium. But you have to walk a lot as there are no public transportation facilities available for traveling. So keep enough water with you. And if you are planning for a night stay, then carry foods with you.
Ankai Fort – Tankai Fort :
These are two separate forts but located on a single mountain. There is a common passage for both the forts. On the base, you will find a Jain temple, and if you are a Jain follower you can get the lunch there.

Jain temple at the Base of Ankai fort

Jain temple at the Base of Ankai fort

For others, you have to be lucky enough. And the base of the forts, you will find lots of Jain caves and a temple. You can keep your baggage there. It’s safe as people are there to watch. That will make your climbing easier. from there,you can get the glimpse of the main entrance of Ankai fort.
the tall and broken walls of the fort

the tall and broken walls of the fort

as you start climbing the stairs, the half broken gates and walls will welcome you to the history. you can see the passage that connects Tankai fort from there.
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after 15-20 minutes of climbing, you will reach the top of the fort which is a plateau. you will find a couple of ponds, lakes, and caves.

a small holy temple sorrounded by water from all side.

a small holy temple surrounded by water from all side.

there is live on top of this broken fort

there is life on top of this broken fort

and some glimpse of broken temples
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its time to reach the top and as i mentioned earlier, from the top you will get different views everytime and this time you can see the highway amidst the ranges.

mountains are the beginning and the end of all natural scenery

mountains are the beginning and the end of all natural scenery

i feel the spirit moving over me when i see mountains beneath my feet

i feel the spirit moving over me when i see mountains beneath my feet

stand on the top...that view will look more beautiful than your journey

stand on the top…that view will look more beautiful than your journey

from there start descending and the passage will lead you to Tankai fort. and again you will find of small patches of water and a different view of ankai.

mountains sorrounded by water patches
mountains sorrounded by water patches
some more from gallery
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well its difficult for me to upload the complete series in one blog because of the beautiful landscapes of all forts. so wait for my next blog to witness the sunset, to live the fullmoon night and to wake up with the sunrays faling on yourface.
signing off