Gods of the GADS: Trekking to Dategad, Vasantgad and Gunwantgad

Who wills to spend a chilly winter morning at the base of a mountain??? Probably nobody. But to see the sunrise while standing on a cliff somewhere on the summit of a mountain, you have to reach there before the dawn. And for that, you must undergo an overnight journey.
You might be getting scared of the cold breeze of January, but not if you got some woods and a lighter.

Some mornings are not meant to sleep and chill

Some mornings are not meant to sleep and chill

So our trekking to Gunwantgad, Dategad and Vasantgad started with the firework which was enough to make us warm. A perfect start!!!
Gunwantgad Fort:
Difficulty level: easy
Endurance: easy
What to watch: sunrise
How to reach:
Gunwantgad (Morigiri Fort) is situated at Patan of Satara District, Maharashtra. From Pune, you have to continue on Pune-Bangalore highway towards Satara. From Umbraj, on this highway ( 34 km ahead of Satara), you have to take right towards KARAD – CHIPLUN state highway. 38 km on this highway, you will reach Patan. From there you have to head towards Morigiri village (2 km from Patan) which is the base village. You can ask the localities also for the way. There is a temple on the base of Gunwantgad and from the behind of it, you have to start climbing.
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40-45 minutes of walking will lead you to the top. As I mentioned the only thing to watch there is the sunrise.

The beginning of a beautiful start

The beginning of a beautiful start

With the sun rising from the horizon, Color of the sky gradually changes from dark to a mixture of orange and sky blue.

Let's stop there for a moment !!!

Let’s stop there for a moment !!!

And the white fog on the top of blue Mountain. As the Sun starts to rise, its all Red and Orange

Paint it red!!!

Paint it red!!!

It’s a colorful morning.
From there we started descending. And from the base, our journey to Dategad Fort started.

Dategad fort:
Difficulty level: easy
How to reach:
From Morigiri, you have to head towards Patan and from there, you have to take left towards TOLEWADI Village, which is the base village of Dategad aka Sundergad. In case you get lost, you can always ask the locals for the way. 17 km up hills from there will take you to the base of Sundergad.On your way, you can find a lot of wind turbines at top of the front mountain range.
Keep checking the signboards at each 500 Mt. You will find a ‘ way to Sundergad Fort’ signboard mentioned. From that signboard, the Fort is 3 km away and you can easily take four wheelers to the base.
On the way you will find some beautiful amphitheatre like structures.
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From the base its a half an hour climb to the top.
What to see:
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Apart from some public bath structures, you can find a 100 ft well dug in the hard Rock and steps were built which will take you right to the bottom of the well.
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These are the signs of people living in the fort in ancient time.
some more from top:
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You can find a couple of lord Ganesh and Lord Hanuman idols too.psx_20170109_193708
From there we started the journey towards our next trek.
Vasantgad Fort:
Difficulty level: medium
Endurance: medium
It’s slightly difficult than the previous forts.
Time to ascend: 1.5 hours approx.
How to reach:
From Patan, you have to head in the KARAD – CHIPLUN highway. 28 km on this highway will take you to Vasantgad, which is the base village for Vasantgad Fort. The initial part of the trek might be confusing so better ask any locals for the way.
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You have to cross this jungle which is a fifteen minutes of walk.
But the top of Fort is always visible so you can follow the trails. After one hour of climbing, you will able to see the gigantic walls of the Fort.
psx_20170109_200020From there, it’s a ten minute of climbing.
What to see:
It’s a vast stretched plain surface on the top and you can find a couple of watchtowers both on East and West.
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so that’s all from this weekend. keep visiting for my next blog.

P.S: thanks to PUNE VENTURERRS team without whom it couldnot have completed.