Chambhargad Fort Trek
The Chambhargad Fort trek, one of the many forts in Satara, was built to keep an eye on the town. It is known to be one of the oldest forts in Raigad district.
Chambhargad fort also called as Mahendragad was built to keep a watch on the surrounding region. Due to its closeness to the Mahad region, the fort was used to keep guard on the trading business in the town.
The Chambhargad fort trek stands tall at a height of 365 m and is located near Mahad, with Chambharkhed being the base village. The fort has some old structures and water tanks. From the top, one can easily see the Lingana, Kaldurg and Songad forts. Due to its small plateau region, the entire fort can be explored in half an hour.
The Chambhargad Fort trek starts from Chambharkhed that is the base village. It takes about an hour to reach the top of the fort from the village. The path ascending from the village to the fort is well trodden and takes us to the rear of the fort. During Monsoon, the path becomes relatively slippery and many waterfalls can be witnessed along the way.
How to reach
The base village, Chambharkhed is at a 10 minute walking distance from the Mahad ST stand. There are many ST buses available from Mumbai-Mahad and Pune-Mahad each being 168 km and 130 km far respectively.
If travelling by private vehicle, one can come from Khopoli-Pali-Roha-Mangaon-Mahad-Chambharkhed.
There are no direct trains available from Mumbai or Pune to Mahad, but there are trains for Veer station and from there you can catch a train to Mahad station.