Vasota Fort jungle trek and Camping

Charges 2700/- per person. Join Mumbai's renowned trekking team Mischief Treks for an amazing experience at "Vasota Fort Jungle Trek and Camping". This Vasota Fort Trek at Satara is safe and suitable for girls, women, kids, families, groups, and solo travelers coming alone. On this mountain, there are two forts, the old Vasota fort and the new one. Vasota Fort's difficulty level is moderate and Vasota Fort distance is suitable for beginners, the time taken to reach Vasota fort is considerable for people with average fitness. Vasota fort online booking option is available. Vasota Fort Camping is an easy-grade trek/trail near Mumbai/Pune/Nashik. Pickup and drop facility is available for Vasota Jungle trek from Mumbai - Borivali, Goregaon, Andheri Sion, Chembur, Vashi, and Khargar.Vasota Fort jungle trek and Camping

Vasota Fort Jungle trek and camping at Koyna backwaters

Vasota Fort jungle trek and Camping

Pickup and drop facility is available for Vasota Jungle trek from Mumbai. Vasota Fort is an ancient hill fort situated at an altitude of 1171 mtrs near Bamnoli in Satara district. This Vasota Fort Trek at Satara is safe and suitable for girls, women, kids, families, groups, and solo travelers coming alone. Vasota Fort's difficulty level is moderate and Vasota Fort distance is suitable for beginners, the time taken to reach Vasota fort is considerable for people with average fitness. Vasota fort online booking option is available. Vasota Fort Camping is an easy-grade trek. The fort is situated in the deep forests and valleys of Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary. Situated on the banks of the Shivsagar Lake, Vasota Fort is surrounded by water on three sides. Bamnoli is the starting point for Boating for reaching Vasota Fort. On this mountain, there are two forts, the old Vasota fort and the new one. The older one is not accessible anymore. Later this mountain was fortified and converted into a military station. Vasota Fort History: Earlier the was known as Fort Vasishtha, later it was renamed as ‘Vasota’. In the 12th century AD, this area was under the Boja Raja II. This place was known as the Phanahala Province in those days. Shivaji Maharaj changed the name of the fort to “Vyaghragad” (Vyaghra – means tiger), because of its difficult natural defense.

  • Duration: Overnight trek

  • Height: 1101 Meters / 3614 feet

  • Base Village: Bamnoli/Shemdi

  • Batch Size: 30 Participants only
    (We do not conduct crowded treks with 80-100 people with us, it's against our safety policy.)

  • Fees: ₹2700.00 per participant. (website booking discount)
    The charges include pickup and drop from Mumbai.

Vasota fort Trek Dates:

  • 14-Jan-2022 | 00 Slots Available (starting Friday night)

  • 28-Jan-2022 | 00 Slots Available (starting Friday night)

⚠️ Booking closes once seats are sold out, book well in advance to avoid missing out on the slots.

Vasota Fort Trek - Major attractions:

  • The thrill of walking through a forest and visiting ancient caves

  • Ruins of the fort

  • Nageshwar Temple

  • Babu kada

  • Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary

  • Boat Ride

  • Camping at backwaters of Koyna (shivsagar jalashay)

  • Photography - be ready to get clicked.

  • All the "Masti" which is a USP of Mischief Treks.

Vasota Fort Jungle trek and camping at Koyna backwaters

Vasota Fort Jungle trek and camping at Koyna backwaters

Detailed Itinerary - Vasota Fort Trek and Camping

Meeting Point: "Borivli SGNP Gate"
Three hours prior to the event date and time, we will be creating a WhatsApp group for coordination purposes.
Exact GPS locations for each pickup point, coordinator contact, Live location of bus, etc will be shared in the group.

Bus Pickup Points for Vasota Fort Trek:

10:00 pm : Borivli SGNP Gate
10:10 pm :
Goregaon - Pathanwadi Oberoi Mall
10:20 pm :
Andheri - Start of andheri flyover
10:30 pm :
Bandra - Kala Nagar WEH Bus Stop
10:40 pm :
Sion Station
11:00 pm :
Chembur - Shivaji Mahraj Statue
11:40 pm :
Vashi - Opposite Center One Mall
11:50 pm :
Kharghar - Hotel Three Star
Those coming by "own vehicle" need to reach at the meeting point "Khargar" before 11:40 pm and follow our vehicles to trek location.

Plan for Vasota Fort Trek

Day 1:
Bus journey for Vasota fort and camping event starts at 10.00 pm from Borivli, Mumbai.

  • We will reach the base village Bamnoli for Vasota fort trek by 6:00am. Freshen up and have breakfast. Washroom facility is available here.

  • After breakfast we will have safety instructions and introduction round.

  • By 7.40 am we will be in a boat crossing the Koyna river backwaters to reach Indavli. This is going to be really exciting experience.

  • Around 9.30 am we shall reach Indavli, this is the starting point of Vasota Fort trek. During the trek the greenery would surprise you as the entire patch of this forest remains green throughout the year.

  • Its completely safe to hike this forest region during the day. The ascend is gradual and does not have any difficult or tricky climbing involved. We will be passing through water streams, and dense trees.

  • Exploring the biodiversity of this jungle will be a memorable experience. flora and fauna here is all together different as compared to rest of Sahyadri range treks.

  • Roughly by 1.30 pm we will be breathing fresh air at the peak of Vasota fort and begin exploring historic architecture of Vasota fort. Here we shall have a brief session about history of Vasota fort and its significance in battles fought for freedom of India.

  • After having packed lunch at the peak of Vasota fort we will commence descending back to base by 3.30pm and reach down around take a boat ride crossing backwaters of Koyna river.

  • At 7.00 pm we will be at camping location. Our cozy tents pitched on the banks of koyna will be our home for the night. Group games like "Antakshari", dumb charades, and also play "Mafia game" that shall test your intuitions and judgement skills.

  • Dinner prepared by locals will be ready around 9.00 pm. Here you get to taste authentic local food.

  • Night photography and stargazing comes next. Our Trek leaders love clicking pictures and videos and you can definitely ask them to help you with some amazing pictures and videos. Making reels and videos here is already making us desperate.

Day 2:

  • Wake up to the chirping sound of birds and freshen up by 7.00 am. A beautiful sunrise awaits you.

  • Return journey to Mumbai shall commence by 9.00 am.

  • We will be passing through "Kaas Pathaar" also known as Kaas Valley of Flowers. Kaas has more than 850 different species of flowering plants, The flora of kaas i.e. the entire flowering plants and their related plants are typically restricted to that particular locality only. This is because the plateau is largely formed of basalt which is directly exposed to atmosphere. The basalt is almost covered entirely by a thin cover of soil formed due to erosion and has accumulated a layer of not more than 25 mm or so. The orchids bloom here for a period of 3–4 weeks only during flowering season. Kaas is part of UNESCO World Natural Heritage Sites. The most common flowering plants found in abundence are Pogostemon deccanensis, Eriocaulon spp, Senecio grahamii, Utricularia spp, Dipcadi montanum, and Impatiens lawii.

  • Lunch will be at a "dhaba" on the Highway, You can have lunch as per your wish on your own cost.

  • We are expected to reach back to Mumbai by 7.00 pm.

Vasota Fort Trek Fees Include

  • Pickup and drop from Mumbai ( If opted for )

  • Day 01 - Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 02- Breakfast

  • Toll Charges, Taxes and other govt /local body fees.

  • Entry Fees (govt charges).

  • Expertise Charges.

  • Basic First Aid

Exclusions

  • Any personal expenses such as soft drinks etc.

  • Any emergency evacuations/rescue (if required)

  • Any other expenses that are not mentioned above.

Things to carry for Vasota Fort Trek

  1. Identity proof.

  2. Good and reliable trekking shoes and extra pair of floaters.

  3. Water (minimum 2 Ltrs) Compulsory.

  4. Torch with extra batteries - do not depend on the phone.

  5. Raincoat / windcheater / Poncho.

  6. Keep your phone fully charged.

  7. Mosquito repellent (optional)

  8. Some ready-to-eat food like biscuits, plum cake, etc to keep your tummy happy.

  9. Medicines (if you need any), Glucon D / Electrol / Enerzyl Powder (We will have a basic first aid kit with us).

  10. A haversack to put all your things. Your hands need to be free while trekking.

  11. And most imp thing, carry lot of enthusiasm and team spirit.

You should not carry:

  • Jholas/sling bag.

  • Do not wear sandals, floater, chappal, or ballerinas.

  • Please avoid wearing Jewelry.

  • Alcohol or any narcotic substance.

Caution:

  • Avoid wearing jewelry.

  • Consumption of alcohol or any narcotic substance is strictly prohibited.

  • Wear full clothes and do not use deodorant or perfume

How to Reach Vasota Fort, or the meeting point for Vasota fort Trek:

To get accurate travel info for reaching meeting point and then moving further to the Base village
1. Open Google search tab
2. Type the following words in search window "
My location to Sngp Gate" AND- same can be done for your location to Vasota Fort to find exact info.
3. You shall get the exact time required to travel, modes of travel, and distance (kilometers) from your location

IMPORTANT: Please make sure you are physically fit to complete the event and before registration, you have gone through all the details, Itinerary, FAQ, Points to note, About-Us, Fees, and Disclaimer. Do not register for events without reading and understanding the details mentioned on the event details page.

Cancellation, Rescheduling & Refund Policy.

  • 90% will be refunded if canceled 15 days (360+ hrs) in advance.

  • 75% will be refunded if canceled 10 days (240+ hrs) in advance.

  • 50% will be refunded if canceled 05 days (120+ hrs) in advance.

  • 0% refund if canceled in less than 05 days (120 hours) of the event date and time.

  • 0% refund if the participant drops out, misses bus pickup, does not reach the meeting point on the scheduled date and time.

If the event itself gets canceled, you will be given the option to switch to any other event or any other date, Or you can opt for 100% refund. If you need to cancel your current booking and/or reschedule your booking to any other date, it can be done free of cost if the rescheduling request is sent 120 hours prior to the trek. From 0hrs - 120 hours prior to trek date and time, free rescheduling is not permitted. It will be counted as cancellation done in less than 120hours of event date and time. It's a humble request, please do not give medical reasons, crib, argue or try to blackmail us if you drop out or cancel/reschedule the trek in the last 5days. The basis of the cancelation policy is to protect the participant and the organizers from undue financial losses arising out of unforeseen situations. If the event gets canceled due to the medical/personal emergency of the organising team member, the participants will not have to suffer financial loss. Similarly, if there is a medical/personal emergency at the participant's end, the organizing team will not have to suffer financial loss.

Points to Note and FAQ's

Following are the frequently asked questions regarding Vasota Fort Jungle Trek and Camping.

Q. How do I get all the details about the trek, like charges, meeting time, pickup time and location, inclusion, exclusion, things to carry, etc? Can someone read it out for me on phone?

Ans. All the details are mentioned on this page itself, once you scroll up you will all info on your screen. Sorry we do not verbally provide details on phone as it usually creates lot of misunderstanding and miscommunication. Also, its extremely important to read and understand all the details before you book the event so that you have absolute clarity. If something mentioned on this page is confusing , you can get clarity on chat by clicking on chat with us button on top. To discuss things that are not mentioned on this website we can arrange a callback from one of our trek leaders.

Q: I have booked/paid for the event, is my booking confirmed for the Vasota Fort Trek event?

Ans. No !, your booking can become invalid if you do not submit the "Most Important Details" required for emergency situations. For any Trek/Adventure event the organizers need to have your details at least 24 hours prior to the event. We do not allow anyone to the campsite until we have complete and authentic details of the person. This info is crucial in case of an emergency and is a mandatory KYC parameter. The link for the "personal details form" will be sent on WhatsApp immediately after you complete the booking instructions mentioned on the website. Submitting incomplete/incorrect/fake details in the form will make your booking invalid and no refund will be provided in such case.

Q. Why is submitting emergency contact details and KYC information mandatory?

Ans. Its a standard protocol and also a guideline by Govt of India. We are accountable for every "Human-Body" present at our campsite or trek is our responsibility and in case of any unfortunate event we will be asked by authorities to provide all relevant information about you. In order to comply with the authorities we have to take authentic information from you. Fake/Incomplete information or non-submission of the details will make your ticket (paid amount) invalid and no refund will be provided in such case. You will not be allowed to participate in the event.

Q. If I have opted for "with transport", which vehicle will be provided for the Vasota Fort Trek?

Ans. Transport from Mumbai is generally provided by bus. The bus capacity varies with reference to participant count. 17 seater, 26 Seater, 32 seater etc .. , if the participant count is low we may opt for Qualis/Sumo/ Tavera for transport

Q. Does the cancellation policy/rescheduling policy apply to me if I book on event day or last day?

Ans: Yes, the policy is applicable irrespective of the booking date. The cancellation / reschedule policy is applicable to everyone with immediate effect from the date and time of booking. The refunds/rescheduling requests will be processed based on the date and time of cancellation/reschedule request saent to us and the date and time of booking the event are irrelevant.

Q. What is the basis of cancellation/reschedule policy in case of medical or personal emergency of participant or organizing team?

Ans: The cancellation policy is based on fairness towards the participant and the organizing team. In case of medical/personal emergency, the loss arising out of cancellation/reschedule will be borne by the respective person. i.e. if the organizing team faces an emergency situation and the event gets canceled, the participant will not have to suffer financial loss. Similarly, if the participant faces an emergency situation, the organizing team will not have to suffer financial loss. The cancellation policy is designed with a completely unbiased approach towards the participant and organizing team and is aimed at fairness towards both.

Q. What if there is an issue with transport, i.e. the bus breaks down, AC is not working, tyre gets punctured? will we get a refund?

Ans. Mischief Treks as a team conducts treks only. All the support functions like transport, food etc are sourced from various other vendors to help the participants have it streamlined. Equipment failure can happen any time with any piece of machinery and we can try to get a replacement/repair from the vendor. This may consume time and the trek leader may decide to continue the trek as deemed fit to get the event completed. We as well as the participants have to bare with it. There are no refunds possible in such case. The Trek leader's decision to terminate the trek or continue the trek with available resources will be final and binding.

Q. We are coming by our own vehicle for the event, where should we reach for the event?

Ans. You need to reach the Meeting point at scheduled meeting time. This is where we will be meeting, from here you can follow our vehicles. You will be given exact coordinates after you finish booking formalities. We will be creating a WhatsApp group for coordination, you will be provided all relevant details in the group. Please do not be late, we cannot keep other participants waiting. If you are not able to reach on time you will be considered a Drop-Out and no refund will be provided in such case.

Q. How many people will be coming for the Vasota Fort Trek?

Ans. Depends on the number of people booking the event. Generally, the batch size is approximately 20-25 participants. It is a Public place and we have no access to data on other organizers' bookings hence we cannot comment on the exact number of people planning to visit this place on a given date.

Q. Can kids participate in the Vasota Fort Trek event?

Ans. Age does not matter, Fitness and adaptation is extremely Important. Once we had a 4 year old girl who completed entire trek easily, and sometimes even 22-25 year old people cant complete 10% of the event . If you are planning to trek with a kid , I recommend you to go through this Check this Blog: https://www.mischieftreks.in/Blog/kids-trek-Maharashatra

Q. Is the Vasota Fort Trek safe for solo participants?

Ans. Yes Trek is safe and comfortable. Mostly 40% of the participants come solo and blend in with the trek leaders and the rest of the group.

Q. Is the Vasota Fort Trek safe for girls?

Ans. Mischief Treks has a track record of making our trekking and camping events extremely safe for girls. Normally 60 – 75 % of our participants are females. Apart from standard risks of any adventure activity, Mischief Treks events are safe for girls, women, kids and especially Men.

Q. How long is the Vasota Fort Trek?

Ans. Normally it takes two hours to ascend and two hours to descend.

Q. Can we pay in cash or installment for the Vasota Fort Trek?

Ans. Sorry we do not accept cash payments. For installment scheme you will have to pay one-time processing fee of Rs.500 per person.

Q. What is the last date of booking the Vasota Fort Trek?

Ans. Bookings close once tickets are sold out. Ideally you need to book atleast 2-3 days in advance.

Q. How should I book the Vasota Fort Trek?

Ans. All you have to do is press the Register button on this page and follow the instructions.

Q. How do we get in touch after reaching meeting point?

Ans. We will be creating a whatsapp group for coordination where you will be provided all the necessary information regarding contact person, exact point to meet etc..

Q. Will we be returning at exact time mentioned in the itinerary?

Ans. The Itinerary is for reference purpose only, it is based on average time taken during our previous events. Actual timeline for a particular date depends on Weather conditions, Traffic Conditions, Participants speed and endurance.

History of Vasota Fort

Vasota Fort History:

The known history of the fort starts from the times of Sage Vasishtha. It’s believed that a disciple of Vasishtha, a sage Agasti came to reside on a mountain on the banks of river Koyana. He named the mountain after his mentor and since then it was called Vasishtha mountain.

On this mountain, there are two forts, the old fort and the new one. The older one is not accessible anymore. Later this mountain was fortified and converted into a military station. Over time, fort Vasishtha was pronounced as ‘Vasota’. In the 12th century AD, this area was under the Boja Raja II. This place was known as the Phanahala Province in those days. This fort is more than 1000 years old and was built in a Dense forest and was left ignored for centuries. It was a well-known fort from the medieval periods when the local clans of the south and western parts were trying to conquer more territories to their empire.

In the 16th century, the Maratha empire was expanding under the rule of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Maharaj incorporated the fort into Swarajya in 1655 during the conquest of Jaoli. Shivaji Maharaj changed the name of the fort to “Vyaghragad” (Vyaghra – means tiger), because of its difficult natural defence. The Maratha clan Baji Rao Peshwa was successful in throwing out the Mughal invasion here. In 1706 the fort was taken over by Tai Telini. The following year Peshwa commander Bapu Ghokle fought a battle with Tai Telini, she fought for the fort for eight to ten months. In 1730 Vasota fort fell in the hand of Bapu Ghokle.

Later Around the year 1815, it was used as a prison and amongst other prisoners, there were two British officers, Hunter and Morrison. To liberate them Brig.Gen.Fitzgerald led the British forces in May 1818. They used elephants to make a route through the thick jungles and climbed the nearby old Vasota fort. From its better heights, they fired artillery destroying many buildings on Vasota. This fort was destroyed and looted by the Britishers. The value of the treasure Britishers looted was estimated to be approximately 5 Lakhs Rupiah. The current estimated value of the treasure as of January 2022 is Rs.7,11,81,08,26,851/- only.

After this destruction, the fort was deserted for centuries. Now it is developed as a tourist and trekking spot by the ministry of tourism, Maharashtra government.

Best time to visit Vasota Fort and Koyna Backwaters : ⌚

Timing is crucial if you wish to experience this forest in its best avatar. Best time to Visit Vasota Fort is between November to Mid December and From second week of January to March for Vasota Jungle trek and camping.

January 2022 to March 2022 trekking batches of Vasota fort jungle trek and camping at Koyna backwaters are scheduled by Mischief Treks on weekends. The travel plan for Vasota fort will be as per the schedule mentioned above.

The architecture of Vasota Fort:

Vasota fort is built at an altitude of 1173 meters above sea level and had massive walls constructed to have a stronger defence against attack. At all the cliffs of the mountain, the fortification was done with stone walls to have stronger and durable barricading.

Vasota Fort Trek and camping from Mumbai

  • Venue: Vasota Fort, Maharashtra.

  • Address: Vasota Fort, Choravane, Maharashtra 415718, India

  • Category: Weekend Getaway | Trek | Event

  • Charges: 2700.00 onwards | Discount Offer

  • Event Conducted By: Mischief Treks

  • Official URL: https://www.mischieftreks.in/weekend-day-trek-near-mumbai

  • Saturday, 14-Jan-2023 | 09:00PM-07:00PM
    Sunday, 15-Jan-2023 | 09:00PM-07:00PM
    Saturday, 21-Jan-2023 | 09:00PM-07:00PM
    Sunday, 22-Jan-2023 | 09:00PM-07:00PM
    Saturday, 26-Jan-2023 | 09:00PM-07:00PM
    Saturday, 28-Jan-2023 | 09:00PM-07:00PM
    Sunday, 29-Jan-2023 | 09:00PM-07:00PM
    Saturday, 04-Feb-2023 | 09:00PM-07:00PM
    Sunday, 05-Feb-2023 | 09:00PM-07:00PM
    Saturday, 11-Feb-2023 | 09:00PM-07:00PM
    Sunday, 12-Feb-2023 | 09:00PM-07:00PM
    Saturday, 18-Feb-2023 | 09:00PM-07:00PM
    Sunday, 19-Feb-2023 | 09:00PM-07:00PM
    Saturday, 25-Feb-2023 | 09:00PM-07:00PM
    Sunday, 26-Feb-2023 | 09:00PM-07:00PM
    Saturday, 04-Feb-2023 | 09:00PM-07:00PM
    Sunday, 05-Feb-2023 | 09:00PM-07:00PM
    Saturday, 11-Mar-2023 | 09:00PM-07:00PM
    Saturday, 12-Mar-2023 | 09:00PM-07:00PM