Asava fort (आसावा गड़) is located in Palghar on a hill about 1070 feet high. Palghar has eight forts divided into two groups – five sea forts that are along the coast to the west, and three hill forts on the sub-range of the Sahyadris to its east. Asava fort is located at the north tip of this sub-range, with Tandulwadi fort at the southern tip and Kaldurg fort … Continue reading Trek to Asava (Asawa) fort – guarding Palghar and Dahanu
To the north of Mumbai starting from Tarapur Fort close to the Gujarat border, there are 14 forts along the coast covering a distance of approximately 100 km. In this list, between the Dronagiri fort at Uran and Kolaba fort at Alibaug, there is a wide stretch of about 40 kms that seems to be left unguarded. In addition, just south of Uran is the Karanja … Continue reading Cycling to Aware to Bamandev Temple and a new fort – Mardangad
Chirner is a small town located to the south east of Mumbai further east from Uran. Ransai Lake is located close to Chirner, and provides a great view of the Karnala fort behind it. A temple in Chirner is known to have some samples of Gadhegals – symbolic stone markers that contain some really weird imagery. I went cycling to find the temple. read more … Continue reading Cycling to Chirner – Gadhegals and Ransai Lake
Fort George is the only remaining vestige of the Bombay Fort that was built by the British. It was originally a smaller but better protected part of the larger Bombay Fort, that extended from Fort George to Dock Yard. read more >> Continue reading Cycling to Fort George – the last remaining vestige of Bombay Fort
Though Mumbai is a city full of congestion and traffic, there are pockets of green in several places in the city that attract birds and animals like bats. Fruit Bats have been feasting on mangoes left over from the mango season on trees in Mumbai. We were lucky to be able to photograph one just outside our window in Andheri East! read more >> Continue reading Fruit Bats in Mumbai
In a village called Devaloli near Badlapur located to the north east of Mumbai city, is a small historical step well built by the Marathas. Hidden amidst a small village, there are no tourists hounding this place. A perfect location for a cycling adventure! read more >> Continue reading Badlapur Step Well – a rare historical site
Byculla, a bustling area in South Mumbai is famous for the Zoo, and the Bhau Daji Lad museum located in it. But just across the road is another lesser known landmark located inside the Central Railway Hospital compound – the Bharat Ratna Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Memorial Hospital. It is an old building and normally one would easily miss it. But its impressive architecture has an … Continue reading History of Byculla’s Central Railway Hospital
Dahanu and Tarapur are coastal forts in picturesque locations at the northern end of the Maharashtra coast with pristine beaches along side – a great holiday!
Dharavi is known as one of the largest slums in the world, but hidden at one end in it is Riwa Fort (Kala Killa) with a mysterious secret tunnel inside it – a perfect cycling destination!
Tungareshwar is a well known temple and a weekend getaway near Vasai that is also a nice and easy trek. But there is another little known trekking destination – an ancient fort called Kamandurg. An ideal destination for a cycling cum trekking expedition that provides some nice off-road…