Night Trek to Vikatgad
Located in the same mountain range as Matheran, Peb fort is a enjoyable trek for a day’s outing.
The fort derives it name from the Goddess ‘Pebi’; Peb is also called ‘Vikatgad’ for its supposed shape of the Elephant Headed God, ‘Ganesh’. The trek to the top involves surmounting a small rock patch and a ladder. The fort is famous for its caves which are maintained by disciples of Swami Samartha and the meditation chambers carved out from the rock inside the mountain. To get inside the meditation chamber, one has to crawl through a narrow passage in the rock and then climb down into the meditation chamber. The chamber is very well maintained with tiles on the floor for ppl to sit and meditate.
The fort also has a temple dedicated to Swami Samartha on the top and has the footwear or ‘Padukas’ worn by the great saint kept on the top. The view of the entire Neral and Karjat region from the top is worth the climb. Another attraction of the trek is the only standing Bastion or Buruj facing the Panorama point of Matheran, the view from here is just too beautiful to describe.
Day 0: Saturday, 25th Feb 17
Start with the train (Time table given in Travel Help) from Mumbai at 11:18 pm)
Meeting Point: Neral Railway Station, Near Ticket Window on East at 01: 15 am
Day 1: Sunday, 26th Feb 17
Start trek at around 2:00 am.
Reach Peb Fort by 05:30 am and Rest on Top
Morning fort Exploration.
Breakfast at around 8:00 am
Trek towards Matheran by 9:00 am