Mighty Traverse - Prabalgad
Prabalgad ('Prabal' meaning 'strong') was one of the difficult forts of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Prabalgad is a huge mountain with a vast forested plateau atop. It lies between Matheran and Panvel at an elevation of 2300feet (702meters), not more than 60Kms away from the city of Mumbai, in the Western Ghats.
Prabalgad stands prominently from Panvel, the Mumbai-Pune Expressway and the Old Mumbai-Pune Highway (NH4). It can also be viewed from Matheran and all the nearby forts. It shares an interesting divide with neighboring Kalavantin Durg.
The fort was called “Muranjan" and "Pradhangad",. Prabalgad was known to have been built during the Bahamani era and later changed hands between the Marathas and the Mughals. Shivaji, is known to have spent a few days of his life, as a child, on the fort when his father Shahaji moved here during a conquest with the Nizam and Mughals. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj changed its name from “Muranjan" to "Prabalgad" during the Marathas Empire days.
During the British rule, Prabalgad was to be developed as a hill station, but due to shortage of water, the British decided to develop Matheran instead.
The flat top area of the fort is covered by dense forest making the traverse very challenging and exciting. There is a Ganesh Temple on the top with some old buildings, stone ruins & a few water tanks. Many ramparts of the fort are still intact.
Be ready to explore the hidden treasures of the fort. The trek below Prabalmachi, climbs the fort from the traditional North Route, traverses the forests of the fort, explores the South end with the water tanks and ramparts and finally descends through the Poinj Route.
The price for a typical weekend trip includes the following:
a.Dedicated transport organised by OAPL allows participants to arrive and depart fresh on an exhausting adventure trip without having to drive themselves, making their journey safe and relaxed.
b.Odati Adventures organises transport in air-conditioned vehicles from the place of commencement of the trip as noted in the communication until return to the place of commencement of the trip.
i.Any additional mileage requested by the client for special drops and pick-ups will be arranged only if it does not inconvenience other participants and will be charged extra.
c.Typical transport includes MUVs like Toyota Innova, Chevrolet Tavera or equivalent. Such MUVs accommodate at least 7 passengers including the driver.
d.For larger groups, OAPL may organise air-conditioned mini-buses.
e.The choice of transport is entirely at the discretion of OAPL alone.
f.Participants on activities can use the vehicle for depositing their belongings so that they may not have to carry excess baggage on the trip. However OAPL will not be responsible for any loss or damage to their belongings left in the custody of the vehicle or its driver/caretaker.
g.Transport start point is Bandra and route followed is fixed. Participants will be picked up and dropped at fixed points along the route only.
For activities conducted within city limits we will use local modes of transport viz. auto rickshaws, yellow taxis and public ferry services.
a.Services of a qualified leader from Odati Adventures.
b.For safety reasons, OAPL ascertains a Client: Leader ratio of at least 8:1 for regular treks.
c.For Technical (Rock Based) activities additional resources are allocated for support as needed.
d.Tents – if needed
e.Changing tents – for water-based activities in Monsoons
4.Technical and Safety Equipment
a.Safety gear is provided for all rock-based activities.
b.Odati Adventures employs the best and certified hardware for all its activities.
5.Basic First Aid Kit
Breakfast - En-route
Lunch - Packed Lunch or freshly prepared local fare whenever available
Refreshments - En-route
All participants are provided with a refreshment packet for nutrition on trail.
All meals are vegetarian (and eggs wherever possible).
En-route stops could include stops at restaurant of various grades as available like local dhabas that serve local flair or small chai shops, popular bus stops or any available restaurant / hotel serving a small spread of meals / snacks.
Packed lunch typically includes
Vegetarian salad (thickly diced)
Sandwiches – Butter / Cheese / Jam sandwiches or a combination of the same.
Fruits – seasonal fruits as available and convenient to carry.
Thepla(A type of flat bread made of wheat flour with spices and other condiments to add flavours
Accompanied by sweet mango pickle / green chilly pickle / pickle of any variety
Curd (Dahi) – is another great accompaniment to Theplas.
Snacks – Kachori or Farsan Mixture
Sweet – Local Indian sweet like SoanPapdi / RasGullas / GulabJamuns etc.
7. Service Tax as applicable.
1.Bottled water and table drinks.
a.Participants will have to pay separately for soft drinks, non-vegetarian dishes, exotic meals or meals at exclusive / high grade restaurants.
b.Special vegetarian meals can be prepared on request and will cost extra.
3.Telephone & other expenses made by participants.
4.Emergency / medical evacuation whenever required.
5.Insurance (of any form).
6.Any item not included in the “Rate includes” section above.
Bandra Station (W)
Bandra, Sion, Vashi, Panvel.
Toyota Innova or Equivalent
1hr 45min to 2hrs.