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 Trekking event is safe and suitable for girls, women, kids, families, groups, and solo travelers coming alone. It is an easy-grade trek/trail near Mumbai/Pune/Nashik. Pickup and drop facility is available from Mumbai - Borivali, Goregaon, Andheri Sion, Chembur, Vashi and Khargar.

Vasota Fort Jungle trek and camping at Koyna backwaters
Vasota Fort Jungle trek and camping at Koyna backwaters

Vasota fort jungle jungle trek and camping

Vasota Fort is an ancient hill fort situated at an altitude of 1171 mtrs near Bamnoli in Satara district. 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. 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. Shivaji Maharaj changed the name of the fort to “Vyaghragad” (Vyaghra – means tiger), because of its difficult natural defence.

  • Date: 12-June-22, 19-June-22, 26-June-22, 03-July-22, 10-July-22, 17-July-22, 24-July-22

  • Venue: Mumbai - Vasota - Bhandardhara - Mumbai.

  • Address: Koyna, Maharashtra.

  • Category: Weekend getaway. Easy-level is suitable for beginners.

  • Duration: Overnight trek

  • Height: 1101 Meters / 3614 feet

  • Base Village: Indavali

  • Batch Size: 25 Participants only
    (We do not take a crowd of 80-100 people on treks, it's against our safety policy.)

  • Fees: Rs.2700 per participant.
    (website booking discount)
    Rs.3200 2700/- per person with a pickup and drop from Mumbai.

Vasota fort jungle Trek Dates:

  • xx-xx-2022 | 25 Tickets available

  • xx-xx-2022 | 25 Tickets available

  • xx-xx-2022 | 25 Tickets available

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

Vasota fort jungle 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 Bhandardhara

  • Photography - be ready to get clicked.

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

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Vasota Fort Jungle trek and camping at Koyna backwaters

Vasota Fort Jungle trek and camping at Koyna backwaters

Bus Pickup Points for Travel to Vasota Fort trek and camping:

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

Detailed Itinerary for Vasota Fort trek and camping Koyna backwaters from Mumbai

Details of Vasota Fort Trek and camping at Koyna river backwaters travel plan

Meet Mischief Treks trek leaders at pickup point.

  • 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 - of Vasota Fort Trek and Camping

  • 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.

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

  • Ending the itinerary here is making me sad, I wish it could continue for a much longer period but need to get back to work and slog for the coming week so that next week again we get to go back in the arms of nature. The thought of next weekend adventure keeps me going on and on...

Note : We will be creating WhatsApp group for pickup and meeting point coordination 3 hrs prior to event date and time. Exact GPS locations will be shared in the group along with live location of the bus and mobile numbers of contact person for the event.

Inclusions and Exclusions for Vasota fort trek and Camping at Koyna Backwaters

INCLUSIONS

  • Pvt bus pickup and drop from Mumbai

  • Breakfast.

  • Lunch.

  • Evening refreshment for the day.

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

  • Kaas Entry Fees (govt charges).

  • Expertise Charges.

EXCLUSIONS

  • Camera Charges

  • Anything other than mentioned above in inclusions.

THINGS TO CARRY for Vasota fort trek and Camping at Koyna Backwaters

Things to carry for Vasota fort Jungle trek and Camping at koyna backwaters

  • Identity proof (must)

  • Mosquito / Insect Repellents.

  • Extra pair of clothes.

  • Camera, Powerbank (optional)

  • Water (minimum 1 Ltr) Compulsory.

  • Some ready to eat food like biscuits, plum cake etc.

  • Medicines (if you need any), Glucon D / Electrol / Enerzyl Powder.

(We will have a basic first aid kit with us)
  • Toiletries, Cap / Scarves and Sunglasses.

  • Rain gear windcheater / raincoat / poncho.

  • Haversack to put all your things.

Caution:

  • Avoid wearing jewelry.

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

IMPORTANT : Please make sure you have gone through the disclaimer and FAQ / Points to note, before booking the event.

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.

Vasota Fort History:

History of Vasota Fort

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. January to March is the best time to visit here.

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.

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 Jungle Trek and camping

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS - (FAQ) & Points to Note:


Q. How do I get all the details about Vasota Fort Jungle Trek and camping, 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 Vasota Fort Jungle Trek and camping?
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 atleast 24 hours prior to the event. We do not allow anyone to campsite until we have complete and authentic details of the person. This info is crucial in case of emergency, and is a mandatory KYC parameter. The link for the "personal details form" will be sent along the ticket confirmation email. Submitting incomplete/incorrect/fake details in the form will make your booking invalid and no refund will be provided in such case.

Q. How do we get in touch after reaching meeting point for Vasota Fort Jungle Trek and camping?
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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. Is the bus AC or Non-AC for Vasota Fort Jungle Trek and camping?
Ans.
The bus for Vasota Fort Jungle Trek and camping is a Non-Ac bus. The weather is already cool.

Q. What is provided in meals / food during Vasota Fort Jungle Trek and camping?
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Dinner will consist of veg options. rice, chapati, daal, seasonal veg, salad. Packed lunch will be available for the trek.

Q. How many people will be coming / participating for Vasota Fort Jungle Trek and camping?
Ans.
Mischief treks is renowned for conducting small group size trek. We do not prefer conducting treks with over crowded batches. The batch size for Vasota Fort Jungle Trek and camping is limited to 25 participants.

Q. Is washroom / changing room available for Vasota Fort Jungle Trek and camping?
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. During Vasota Fort Jungle Trek and camping, At the breakfast point we will have a changing room and washroom available. Around 1-2 am we will stop for washroom break of 20 min on highway. Next washroom break will be at Breakfast point around 6am for one hour. There are 3 washrooms in that base village where we will have breakfast.

Q. Is Vasota Fort Jungle Trek and camping safe for girls?
Ans.
Mischief Treks has has a track record of making our trekking and camping events extremely safe for girls. Apart from standard risks involved in any outdoor activity, Vasota Fort Jungle Trek and camping is completely safe for girls / women as wells as men. Normally 65% to 75 % of our participants are females.

Q. Is Vasota Fort Jungle Trek and camping safe for solo participants?
Ans.
Yes, Vasota Fort Jungle Trek and camping organised by Mischief Treks is safe for solo travelers. Mostly 30% of participants come up solo and blend in.

Q. How should I book tickets for Vasota Fort Jungle Trek and camping?
Ans.
All you have to do is press the Book ticket Button on this page and follow instructions step by step for booking Vasota Fort Jungle Trek and camping.

Q. What is the last date of booking Vasota Fort Jungle Trek and camping?
Ans
. Bookings for Vasota Fort Jungle Trek and camping close once tickets are sold out. Ideally you need to book atleast 2-3 days in advance.

Q. Can we pay in cash or installment or on spot ?
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 in addition to the event charges. On spot payment not possible because the booking process closes prior to the event date and we have limited tickets available.

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.

Q. What if the Vasota Fort Jungle Trek and camping event gets cancelled, will we get a full refund ?
Ans
. If the Vasota Fort Jungle Trek and camping event itself is cancelled, you shall be given option to reschedule to next date OR switch to any other event on any other date OR you can opt for full refund.

Q. What will be exact pickup and returning time ?
Ans.
The timings are mentioned in itinerary section. 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 cooperation, Etc. The Bus hired by us is just like OLA/Uber hired by you, the vehicle can breakdown or the driver can be lazy. This is not in our control and we all (participants and organizers) as a team have to bare with unforeseen situations.

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 sent 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.

Covid-19 Safety guidelines

  • Every member of the group (participants/leaders/ clients & staff) has to wear protective mask/face shield while talking to each other.

  • The bus (if opted as transport) will be completely sanitised before picking up participants.

  • Every participant is instructed to keep safe distance from other participants right from start till the end of the event.

  • Every participant has to carry a sanitiser spray bottle while coming for the event and use it regularly.

  • Do not share food/snacks you bring along. (we will miss this fun- Dabba Party)

  • Carry additional unused mask as backup.

  • It should be ascertained from the participants that they are not residing / have not traveled in a containment zone and have not come in contact with any person who was tested positive in last 14 days.

  • Ascertain whether any participant has any symptoms of Influenza like illness (ILI) like fever, dry cough, weakness, severe body ache etc. at the time of beginning of activity. If it is so then he/she should be asked not to participate activity and be evacuated on medical grounds and should be asked to report to local health authority with his own expenses.

  • Strictly avoid eating gutkha, pan masala, cigarette or sniffing which induces spitting, coughing or sneezing.

  • Avoid touching external surfaces and touching your face when in outdoors.

  • If the location of your adventure activity is crowded then be prepared to leave or wait for the crowd to disperse/for your turn.

  • It is mandatory that a participant informs the organizers if he tests positive for Covid within 14 days of returning from adventure activity. It will help the organizers to inform and alert all other persons in the group, so that they can follow the medical/government norms in this regard. Here it is absolutely essential that the participant observes transparency and informs the organizers/group leaders about his Covid test results.


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