Trek to Asava (Asawa) fort – guarding Palghar and Dahanu

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

Cycling to Aware to Bamandev Temple and a new fort – Mardangad

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

Cycling to Chirner – Gadhegals and Ransai Lake

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

History of Byculla’s Central Railway Hospital

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

Kamandurg – an ancient fort near Vasai

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…

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