Kalavantin Durg – Prabalgad – Kalaburj

Our friend Yogi, who had come from Chennai for one week to cover as many trekking areas as possible, wanted to do 2 treks in one day. We extended it to 3, and planned to visit 3 forts, Kalavantin Durg Prabalgad and Kalaburj.


It has one of the riskiest climbs. Although the actual climb is not long, but it has very steep stairs, with few steps’ heights reaching almost to your knee. These stairs are cut through the mountain itself.
The Durg sits on a broad base and goes straight up. Once you reach the top, it offers you a beautiful panoramic view of the valley which looks very beautiful.

View from Kalavantin Durg
Beautiful view from Durg
Kalavantin Durg view from bottom
Kalavantin Durg's Steep Climb


If you are planning to go by public transport then you will first have to reach the nearest railway station, Panvel, from there you will get regular autos to Durg’s parking. From parking, you walk up for 3kms to the base village and start the actual trek. Along the way, you’ll have places to eat and stay.

If you are going by your own vehicle then put “Kalavantin Durg Parking” in Google maps or click here.

All of these three share the common starting point.

Entry fee: ₹50/person and you have to make an entry in the register while going up and coming back. This fee will work for Prabalgad and Kalaburjas well.
Best time to go: Any season except monsoon


It has one of the toughest climbs. The actual climb starts after walking for around 1km from the base village. The incline is tough because it has no flat path in between. There are rocks all over the ascent which will take a toll on your legs. Have an ample amount of water with you and some chocolates. Once you reach the top, you need to walk for around 500m to reach the actual spot with the flag and idol of Shivaji Maharaj. From the point, you can have a very good view of Kalavantin Durg along with the valley and be amazed by the beauty of it. A very big advantage is, the guides there have marked the whole way superbly, so you won’t miss the route. You can enjoy the bonfire and camp at the top.

Kalavantin Durg View from Prabalgad
Prabalgad Top

HOW TO REACH: Same as Kalavantin Durg as both of these share the common parking place.

Entry fee: ₹50/person and you have to make an entry in the register while going up and coming back.
Best time to go: Any season, but prefer the winter season


It shares the climbing route with Prabalgad. Once you reach the top, you’ll see a board with instructions. Path to the right will lead you to the Kalaburj and it’s around 2.5 km from the board. The route is well marked, just follow the trail, red ribbons, and white marks. If you’ll go just after the monsoon season, you can enjoy a dip in the open water. It wouldn’t be as clean as one might expect but will surely be refreshing after the tough climb. Reach to the saffron flag and enjoy the view of the dam and valley.

Kalaburj Water Pool
Water Pool near Kalaburj
Dam from Kalaburj
Dam from Kalaburj

How to reach: Same as above 2.
Entry fee: Same ₹50

Runner’s View: A complete loop of Kalavantin Durg Prabalgad and Kalaburj will be approximately 16 km with a total elevation gain of 780 m.

If you liked this post then you will definitely love to visit Harihar Fort. Read about it here.

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Harihar Fort Trek: How to reach and what to expect

Harihar Fort Trek: How to reach and what to expect

Harihar Fort, famous for its staircase which is carved out of the mountain, is in Nashik, Maharashtra. Before you reach the top, you will experience many beautiful and scary moments, including the steep stairs and narrow paths.

Starting of Trek

The trek starts from the base village, Harshewadi. You’ll have to walk or rather climb for approx 2.8 km to reach to the top. To enjoy the sunrise, you will have to start early in the morning, i.e. around 4:30-5 am from the base village. Since it will be dark, so it is advisable to carry a torch.

After climbing for around 1.5km you will reach the base of 90 steps staircase. During night time it will be difficult to climb and you’ll have to be extra careful. To make the climb easy small holes have been chiseled in the stairs so that we can hold them with our hands.

Harihar fort stairs
Starting of the Climb

From the top you’ll experience two kinds of views. One would scare you a bit when you will look down towards the stairs. Another one will give you calmness when you will shift your gaze to the vastly spread mountains.

Harihar fort stairs top view
Stairs view from the top

Post this, a narrow path with a moat on one side will take you to the top. Here you will see a kund(small water body) along with Shivaji Maharaj’s effigy sitting right next to it. During the rainy season, you can have a dip as the water will be clean but in the offseason, diving into the pool will not be a great idea.

Harihar Fort Narrow path
Harihar fort pond

A few meters away from this place, there is yet another small hill with the signature saffron color flag. Which marks the end of the trek. Climb the hill, sit for some time and enjoy the cold breeze. If you have started early to see the sunrise as we did, wait for the sun to rise, make the time-lapse video if you want. It’s worth spending time on this hill.

Sunrise from Harihar Fort Top
Sunrise from the Top

Post sunrise, climb down the hill, walk few meters to the left and you’ll have another spectacular view with many other famous forts in view. Be careful while opening your food, as monkeys will appear out of nowhere and force you to either leave the place or give away all your food items.

Harihar Fort View

While going back from the trek, do not forget to visit an old temple. Once you come down the stairs after walking for 300m you’ll have to take a right from your usual route, which will take you to the temple. Here also you’ll have a small kund which you can utilize in your own way.

It is advisable to carry enough water and snacks, as you will not find many shops there.

A ₹10 fee is charged by the forest department for this trek and you’ll get a receipt for that.

How to reach:

If you use public transport, then you’ll first have to reach Nashik from wherever you are on Earth. Take a bus from Nashik to Trimbakeshwar (famous for its Jyotirlinga temple). From here there is no public transport to the trekking area, you will have to book an auto for the base village, Harshewadi, which is around 12 km from Trimbakeshwar.

If you are going on your own, then put Harshewadi Village in Google maps and you are good to go.

If you are from Pune, then contact ONACHEAPTRIP. As the name suggests, this guy organizes regular treks in a very reasonable price.

Best time to go: 

Try to go right after the rainy season as you’ll find fresh water in all the small water pools and there will be greenery all around.

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