Blue skies and mountains – what more could an adventure seeker ask for? This highest hill-fort in the western Indian state of Maharashtra offers views that will captivate the imagination. It also allows trekkers a chance to imagine one of the fiercest battles in Indian history that was fought here in the 17th century.
Koleshwar plateau as seen from atop Mt. Kamalgad near Wai, Maharashtra, India. Developers are lobbying to make a “New Mahabaleshwar” hill-station on Koleshwar. Can you believe it? I trekked through the dense forest of Koleshwar and it will indeed be sad to see all the trees cut down to make another “hill-station” where the city slickers can go for a “weekend getaway”. Then again, if I don’t intend to do anything about this, then I have no right to complain. Right?
An elderly local (81 years old) by the name of Mr. Gogawale, who was as fit as an 18 year old, told us that Drona from the epic Mahabharata had spent some time on this plateau.
Gateway to Heaven? Jagged peaks in between Mt. Kulang (L) and Mt. Madangad (R) near Igatpuri in Maharashtra, India.
I almost lost my life on this 3-day trek after I pulled a stupid stunt after getting lost… Rule #1 in trekking – think before climbing up! Ask yourself, can I climb back down the same route? If the answer is no, then do not keep climbing.