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 1: Sunday, 18th June 17
We will be starting with the CST - Karjat Fast Local (Time table given below)
People may board the same Karjat train from the station of their convenience and meet us in the train directly. (Get into second boggy from CST side)
Meeting point For Pune people : Neral Station at 8.00 am on West side ticket counter.
Breakfast at Neral
Start trek at around 9:00 am.
Reach Vikatgad Fort by 12:30 pm
Have Lunch @ Vikatgad Fort.
Leave for Matheran by 2pm
Reach Matheran by 5pm and proceed towards Dasturi Naka.
Take Taxi Till Neral Station
Reach Neral Station by 6pm.
Evening Refreshment @ Neral.
Catch the train from Neral.
Reach Dadar by 9.30pm - 10pm
Members are requested to take return ticket till Neral by their own.
Board the second last compartment which is the second one from CST side.Everybody will board the same local and we meet in the train itself