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Asherigad (Night Trek)

1500
Duration
1 day

Description

Located in Khodkona village, Asherigad is a fort that represents a layered slice of the history of Maharashtra. The fort itself was built 800 years ago under the Shilahara kings. Since then, the fort has been ruled by the Portuguese, the Maratha Empire, and the British. 

At close to 2000 ft above sea level, the summit offers a gorgeous view of the Manor area and a birds-eye view of the busy Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway. Witnessing the sunrise with such a view is always special.

About the trek:

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Base village: Khodkona
  • Summit height: 2000ft
  • Time taken to climb/descend: 2-2.5 hrs climb / 1-1.5 hrs descent
  • Total distance of trek: 3 km
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Meeting point: Churchgate Station ticket counter (10:45 pm)
  • Departure point: Churchgate Station ticket counter (2:00 pm)

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Highlights
  • Close to Mumbai
  • Less frequented and no crowds
  • Beginner friendly
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Itinerary

10:45 pm: We will meet at the Churchgate station ticket counter by 10:45 pm, and board the 11:23pm Virar Fast. 

1:00 am: We arrive at Virar station. You can also choose to join us here directly. We’ll board our private jeeps that will take us to the base village of Khodkona.

3:00 am: Arrive at the base village. We’ll do a quick round of introductions, some warming up and start our trek to the summit. Torches out. Let’s go!

6:00 am: After a long climb through cobblestoned trails and steep ladders, we will reach the summit. It’s hard to imagine how they must have built something like this in the first place!

6:30 am: As we await the sunrise, we will find a place to relax. You can walk around the spacious fort, imagining the rich stories that the fort holds. This fort is also home to an ancient rock-cut cave temple of the local village deity. This is contrasted with the presence of a giant canon from colonial times. 

7:00 am: As the sun rises, the details of the fort will become clearer. Look out for the Portuguese coat of arms carved into the wall. It is also time to hog on the breakfast we have arranged for you at the summit!

8:00 am: We start our descent back to the base village.

9:30 am: Just as we had arrived, we will board our jeeps and start our journey back to Virar station.

11:30 am: Reach Virar Station. It's time to bid adieu! Goodbyes are a reminder that we shall meet again. Until next time, Vagabonds!

Inclusions
  • Train transport (General compartment) from Churchgate to Virar and back
  • To and fro transport from Virar station to the base village (private taxis)
  • Breakfast
  • Refreshments
  • Trek guide charges
  • Assistance by Vagabond EMs
  • First Aid assistance
Tariff
  • Regular: Rs. 1,500/- (+5% GST)
  • Vagafam*: Rs. 1,350/- (+5% GST)

*Vagafam is anyone who has joined us on 3+ experiences in the past

Things to Carry/Wear
  • Snacks (non-perishable)
  • Headlamp/torch (mandatory)
  • Drinking water (minimum 2 ltr)
  • Warm clothing (sweater/jacket)
  • Sturdy shoes with grip
  • Trekking pole (optional but very useful)
  • Camera (optional)
Important Notes
  • Meet your Experience Manager at the Churchgate ticket counter at 10:45 pm sharp. Please DO NOT miss the 11:23 pm Virar Fast from Churchgate station. Feel free to board this train from any other station (Please check M-Indicator) but if you miss this train, you will NOT be able to join us for the trek.
  • If you are joining us at Virar station directly, please note that we will gather at Virar station ticket counter by 12:55 am. Please plan accordingly. 
  • Please eat dinner and join us for the trek. Once we start the trek, there will be no amenities for food.
  • This is a trek and not a nature trail, we will be ascending and descending slopes through the course of the trek.
  • Please wear sturdy closed footwear with a good grip and one that won't tear.
  • Do not carry sling bags or any bag that dangles. Try keeping your hands free at all times.
  • For those of you who haven't trekked before, don't worry, we at Vagabond encourage you to take your time and have a great experience climbing with us. A Vagabond trek isn't about speed, it's about the group experience. For those of you who have trekked before, we encourage you to encourage the beginners and help them through the way.
  • A day prior, you will be added to a WhatsApp group with all the other participants and your assigned Experience Manager. Further instructions will be shared on this group and you can coordinate your travel with your co-travellers. If you have any doubts before this, feel free to WhatsApp us on 74000 54929
Who is this experience best suited for?
  • There isn’t an age restriction on any of our experiences, everyone is welcome. However, the average Vagabond customer is anywhere between 20 – 32 years old. The experiences involve a good amount of time spent with the group. Depending on what experience you’re opting for, there could be a lot of walking and physical exertion.
  • It’s important to understand that most of our experiences include very rustic accommodation and not a luxurious means of transport. These may be basic in their facilities, but the hospitality is homely and comforting. If you’re someone who doesn’t like compromising on your comforts while travelling, this experience may not be very enjoyable.
  • Most of our trips have a healthy number of solo travellers. We encourage you to join us solo, especially if you’re tired of waiting on your friends. We promise you’ll return with many more.
  • We try our best to be responsible travellers. Everyone is welcome to explore with us, but we pay utmost importance to cleanliness on all our experiences. We encourage you to #LeaveNoTrace behind while you discover the beauty of the outdoors.
  • It’s important to understand that in a limited amount of time, only a limited amount of experiences can be had. We like to cover a few places in-depth rather than just ticking off a long list of things to do and places to go. However, if you are that kind of traveller, on almost all trips you can feel free to wander by yourself to places of your interest.
  • At a Vagabond Experience, it’s important to stay open-minded and positive when things don’t go as planned. The essence of traveling in a group is being able to help each other out when in need. The weather could go bad, and plans could get altered. In such situations, we urge you to have faith in your group leader to make the most informed decision for the group.
Why Choose Vagabond

Years of experience: We’ve been leading trips around the country since 2014. Our time in this field has helped us learn things about places and people that would not be possible without the amount of experience we have. This knowledge about the destination contributes to a more wholesome and enriching group experience.

Footfall: Since our inception, we’ve led more than 4,500 people on treks, backpacking trips, camps, and outdoor experiences. Be rest assured, we’ve dealt with all kinds of people.

Safety first: Given the time we’ve spent in the travel field, we know and believe in the importance of safety. All our Experience Managers are first-aid certified, and carry a well-equipped first-aid kit on every trip.

Solo / female traveller friendly: Over the years we have noticed a trend in the increasing number of solo and female travellers on our trips. Many of our trips end up having a good amount of solo female travellers.

Group size: We’ve come to realize that taking large groups of people compromises on an intimate interpersonal experience. Thus, our trips are led with a fairly small group of travellers who find it easier to get to know each other over the course of the trip.

No discrimination: At Vagabond, we believe that your age, social class, gender or sexual orientation shouldn’t determine if you’re allowed on a trip or not. Anyone and everyone should feel safe and welcome to experience and explore new places.

Flexible itinerary: On a Vagabond experience, you’re free to stray away from our scheduled itinerary and explore the place on your own. You do you. We’re not your travel guides. We’re here to facilitate a better understanding of the location and help you experience it in your own comfort zone.

Mindfulness to nature: Over the years we’ve seen the places we visit turn filthier and less pristine. We don’t want to contribute to that any further. At a Vagabond experience, we encourage you to reduce your waste and leave the place cleaner than it was. Check out #LeaveNoTrace

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Cancellation Policy
  • Cancellations made 7 days or more in advance of the event date will incur a 20% cancellation.
  • Cancellations made within 3 - 6 days will incur a 50% cancellation fee.
  • Cancellations made within 48 hours to the event will receive no refund.

3.8% of all booking amounts are payment gateway charges. This amount is not refundable.

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