‪Vasota Fort‬

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Praful P
مومباي (بومباي), الهند5 مساهمات
4.0 من 5 دوائر
الأصدقاء • ‪مارس 2024‬
‪Hello Everyone
Recently went on a trek with friends to Vasota Fort, Bamnouli, Satara.
We started on 15th March 2024 Friday, with some members from Mumbai and others later joining from Pune. We took 11005 Dadar Puducherry Express which starts at 9:30 PM from Dadar and reaches Satara around 4 AM.
So the train was a bit late and reached Satara at 4:05 AM, ticket cost Rs. 290 from Mumbai and Rs 145 from Pune.
After reaching Satara on 16th March 2024 Saturday, we stepped out of the railway station to take a rickshaw to go to Satara Bus stand. The auto drivers at the station were charging 400 each auto and since we were a group 9 required 2. But we did not take the ride and walked 10 mins to the main road. At the main road, rickshaw is not always available(this is one big challenge because at times it is tough to get a ride).
But luckily we got a ride who was ready to take in all 9 of us at Rs 40 per passenger (if you are unlucky and require 2 rickshaws, please negotiate a bit they oblige on the main road).
After reaching Satara, we waited there for some time as the first bus to Bamnouli (Base village). Don't miss this bus as the next one is at 9 AM. The stalls outside Satara bus stand serve some good idli, vada and dosa so if anybody hungry help yourself before taking the bus. Word of advice, the roads are not that good at some places so avoid eating or eat very light. The bus started at 5:50 AM. The entire drive is around 90 mins. Ticket prices for male Rs 70 and Rs 35 Female passengers respectively. We reached bamnouli around 7:15 AM
At Bamnouli we had arranged homestay at Anant Jadhav's (Kaka) homestay. Kaka came to the bus stop to receive us. The homestay was beautiful, with clean rooms 2 washrooms and 2 bathrooms with tables set outside for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The homestay costs Rs 1500 per head and includes food, stay, boat ride, forest fees and kaka joins you as guide. At night you can sit outside kaka's homestay for stargazing.
After having breakfast, Poha and tea we started for the trek at 9 AM. The trek starts with a beautiful 75 mins (approx.) boat ride from from Kaka's homestay. At the forest office the officials check your bags and make a note of all the plastic items(bottles, chocolate etc.) and keep a security deposit of Rs. 500, this is refundable provided trekkers return back with all the plastic items carried with them and duly verified at the office on return.
The trek is about 7 Kms, and takes around 5-6 hours to complete. Currently, the trek is not as exciting as the as it is quite hot as the day progresses. At some point you can see beautiful views but there isn't much to see but the fort has a beautiful history which we should be aware.
On the trek be a bit careful at some places as the soil is dry and tends to slip even with trek shoes so be aware. We went up and sat at the fort having lunch that we carried, it is a beautiful experience sitting at the top eating lunch under the shadow of trees.
After lunch we spent some time looking around the fort and started alighting down. Also, point to note trekkers need to complete the trek by 5 PM as strictly mandated by forest officials.
We reached back to Kaka's homestay around 6:30 PM after the trek and return boat ride, had a glass of lemonade served by Kaka and freshened up. At night kaka served us dinner non-veg option is available provided it is informed early.
The next day 17th March Sunday, we started the day early at 4:30 AM as the return bus from Bamnouli to Satara is at 7:30 AM missing this would require a wait till 9:30 AM for the next bus price of tickets is same as mentioned above.
From Satara you can take bus to Mumbai, from 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM there are buses to Mumbai every 30 mins(These buses start from Satara). Also, there are buses coming from other parts of Maharashtra going to Mumbai (But these buses do not start at Satara so tough to get a seat).
Points to Note:
If you are taking public transport don't miss the 5:30 AM bus from Satara Bus Stand to Bamnouli, similarly the 7:30 AM return bus from Bamnouli to Satara Bus Stand.
The trek will be closed in monsoon and will again start in October. Best time to visit as recommended by Kaka
Carry atleast 2 ltrs. per person on the trek as once you start there is no way you will find water anywhere along the trail.
Carry cash as internet does not work in Bamnouli all the time (Only Vodafone, Jio and BSNL work at some places), you will find it tough to pay is using UPI or other online means.
Miscellaneous cost like water bottle, food out of pocket not included in this list but overall cost of the trip is around Rs. 3000
Cost Summary
Train ticket - Rs 290 (from Mumbai), Rs. 145 (from Pune)
Auto to Satara - Rs. 40
Bus to Bamnouli (per passenger) - Rs 70 (Male), Rs 35 (Female)
Home stay (Per person) - Rs 1500 (Includes food, stay, boat ride, forest fees and guide)
Bus to Satara (per passenger) - Rs 70 (Male), Rs 35 (Female)
Return bus to Mumbai (Ticket prices mentioned below is for male passengers based on bus Category)-
- Shivshahi (AC) - Rs 600
- Hirkani (Luxury) - Rs 510
- Lal Pari (Ordinary) - Rs 390.
Summary:
It is a good trek to start of the year, includes a boat ride beautiful views, and a chance to cut off from your daily hustle bustle of work and social media. Kaka makes you feel at home and way to relax and recoup oneself.

Anant Kaka's homestay contact details - +91 9920784879‬
كُتب بتاريخ 23 مارس 2024
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Kayvan126
مومباي (بومباي), الهند13 مساهمة
5.0 من 5 دوائر
العائلة • ‪ديسمبر 2023‬
‪Vasota fort trekking is a rich experience for a nature & adventure lover as you have to go through so many things to feel the beauty of this entire region. It goes like this....
1st - Take a road journey to reach one of the many boat pickup points
2nd - Take a 80 to 90 minutes picturerisq boat ride in the koyna dam reservoir waters
3rd - Trek through koyna wildlife sanctuaries, "sahyadri tiger reserve" for aprox 90 to 120 minutes
4th - Reach vasota fort at the top and enjoy the 360° view to make lifetime memories
5th - Descend through the same route for 60 to 90 minutes and just 10 minutes before finish, drink the purest form of running water from mountains
6th - Take a return boat ride of 80 to 90 minutes
7th - Return road trip to your hotel or home

We took services of "Vasota agro tourism & jungle trekking" based in Bamnoli. We were family of 4 adults and 2 kids. He charged us rupees 750/pp( same for all above 2 years ) which included Breakfast, packed Lunch, evening tea, boating charges, gate entry fees and guide charges. The contact person is Mr Anant jadhav @ 09920784879. They also have room stays and tent stays for river camping 🏕.

Trekking is of moderate difficulty level so anybody from age of 4 years would be able to do with enough motivation. After reaching at top which is Shivaji Maharaj's time fort you can witness mighty Sahyadri mountains on all the sides. ‬
كُتب بتاريخ 25 ديسمبر 2023
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Mukesh_Mumbai
مومباي (بومباي), الهند426 مساهمة
4.0 من 5 دوائر
‪نوفمبر 2021‬
‪We started by boat at 8.30am from resort at tapola. It took us 1 & 1/2 hrs to reach the base boat station. The person who took us by boat accompanied us till the top of the fort and he was very kind to help us. The shivsagar agro tourism (our stay) packed our food (chapati bhaji) for lunch at the top. We started our trek by 10:45 after paying entry fee 30rs per person and checking plastics in our bags (they check it after coming down so one doesn’t throw plastic and food waste in the reserved forest. So, make sure you don’t litter in the nature). you’ll need to deposit 500rs which is refundable if the count of plastic matches after returning from fort. We reached the top by 12:45. Professional trekkers might take 1/1.5hrs and if you have an aged person with you, it might take 3hrs, but make sure you start as early as possible. The trek had approx 3kms of walk with lesser gradient and last 1km was the difficult steep climb. But the view you get to see is worth the sweat while climbing. They say “the best view comes after the hardest climb”. All our tiredness was gone when the fresh cold breeze touched our face and our eyes saw the best view one could ever see. The fort is not well resorted so one can just see some remains of it and a mandir. Had our lunch under a tree shed and we were ready to descend at 2:30. It took us 2hrs to climb down i.e., 4:30. The forest is a reserved home to many Bengal tigers and other animal species. Ultimately, I would say the trek was the worth the pain. I would surely recommend vasota trek if you are in or near tapola.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 13 نوفمبر 2021
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Kaypee333
مومباي (بومباي), الهند39 مساهمة
4.0 من 5 دوائر
‪سبتمبر 2019‬
‪It is nice experience of trekking from jungle to vasota fort , especially when I reach the top of the fort at early in the morning there is beautiful view of sunrise. It feels like we are in heaven.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 30 نوفمبر 2019
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Mandar Inamdar
بوين, الهند93 مساهمة
4.0 من 5 دوائر
الأصدقاء • ‪يناير 2019‬
‪Basic Info: Vasota Fort, a less known Fort to History located between most biodiverse forest in the world. This fort is a must visit place for folks who want to experience of lake side Camping and moderate trekking experience

Difficulty Level: Moderate, you may get your kids with you (preferably 5+yrs), if they love trekking & camping

Routes: If you are starting from Pune it will take 4.5 hrs. nonstop to reach Bamnoli the base village to take a boat ride. So better to start by night as to reach in time. I prefer to start by 11 PM, so as to reach Bamnoli by 3 AM. You may take some rest & then start trekking.

Best time to visit: Fort is in dence Forest near Koyana dam back water due to which it is open to visit to outsiders from October till June only. After February Koyana Back water start going down and you have to walk more in Hot climate, which may be difficult

Other Info for trekking: Vasota rides close at 10am in the morning it takes 1.5 hrs. in a slow noise diesel boat to reach Vasota fort base and 2.5 to 3 hrs. of ascend to reach the top.
Vasota fort closes at 5 pm in afternoon so you have to comeback by 5 PM at Vasota fort base, so It will better if you start as early as possible. If you start by 8 -8.30am @ Bamnoli to get checked in then you have sufficient time in hand to enjoy.
The boat ride takes 1.5hrs to reach Vasota ...... the boat ride is fun and scenic but very noisy.

The mandatory costs:
Entry ₹30/person
Boat Parking ₹150
Tiger entry fee. ₹100
Guide mandatory ₹200
Boat hire. ₹3500
Total for say 5 4150
It takes 20min for the forest and police verification at Bamnoli
Further at Vasota a deposit of Rs 50 per plastic bag/bottle is to be deposited

About the fort:
It was famously defended by Tai Telin a mistress of Pant Pratinidhi a killedar of the fort when he was captured. Vasota always remained with Marathas, Shirkes & Mores in 16th century. Shivaji Maharaj incorporated the fort into Swarajya in 1655 during the conquest of Javli. Shivaji Maharaj renamed the fort "Vyaghragad" (Vyaghra – means tiger), owing to its difficult natural defense. In 1818 the British bombarded the fort with heavy artillery, destroying many buildings on Vasota (Chandika mandir, Daru-kothar, etc.) and looted property worth 5 lakhs.

Tips for good journey -
1) Start you trek in morning only as all boats are leave at same time. It is better to leave early to get enough time to explore Vasota.

2) Night stay not allowed in the Vasota, Forest authority completely ban this for safety purpose for human and for forest. even everyone has comeback before 5pm.

3) Plastic bag & bottles are not allowed in the forest. But Bottles for drinking water are allowed after proper checking from the forest officers. They count bottles at entry & exit so don't spoil or throw anywhere in forest to avoid fines. Please maintain cleanliness of forest.

4) It is always better to stay in group, as forest has wild animals too. Don’t expect to find wild animals (being a forest area), the reason being there are at least a hundred people trekking.

5) All the bags are checked by forest officers, do not carry unnecessary plastic, no alcohol, knifes, matchbox, lighters etc. This is checking is done before you board the boat. This is the last place where we will get water, would recommend each individual to carry 2 liters of water (plastic bottles is also fine)

6) The trek is about 4 kms one way and for those two are not seasoned it will through up challenges, but with the right spirit you should be able to complete, We had a few individuals who have never done, they had some struggle, but finished the trek so don't worry too much.

7) You can opt for paying guest in some of the houses or even rent tents which are generally installed near the boating club area surrounded by water. If it's a big group, they also help for night campfire in the center as well as home cooked dinner. You can enjoy the night, sleep in the tents.

8) Unfortunately, sanitation options are very poorly maintained, maybe you have to compromise on this front.

Things to carry for trek:
A water bottle to carry at least 2 liters of water per person
Sport shoes with good holding grip
Some dry food, as you will not get anything once you left Bamnoli (base village)
Do carry instant energizers like Glucon-D or Tang (especially during sunny day)
Better avoid wearing Gold and other ornaments.

This is place where every nature lover would like to visit multiple time. Have good journey & comeback with good memories.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 29 مايو 2019
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DHAVALCHANDRA
‪Satara‬, الهند35 مساهمة
5.0 من 5 دوائر
العائلة • ‪يناير 2019‬
‪best place to visit all necessary aminities are available . forest,fort,boating and treking everything is possible here according to our choice !!!‬
كُتب بتاريخ 13 فبراير 2019
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GPhadnis
مومباي (بومباي), الهند91 مساهمة
5.0 من 5 دوائر
الأصدقاء • ‪فبراير 2018‬
‪Vasota fort falls in the Jawli region of Satara. The forest is quite dense and requires a prior permission to visit. You have to take a boat ride to reach the base of the fort. It takes around 2.5 hrs to reach atop. Plastics & the other garbeges are not allowed. Forest dept. counts how much platic you are carrying.You are not suppposed to throw plastic on the fort. That is why you find the fort clean. The ascend is gradual but it;s pleasing because the forest protects you from the sun rays int he day time. You have to start early from Bamnoli & so that you can reach back to bamnoli by 5. Beyond that it is not allowed to stay there. You have to carry a packlunch and eat on the fort, There is no water on the way so carry enough water which will suffice till you come down at the base of the fort. On the base, there is a forest dept's office, you can refill water once you come down. Pls carry a good rucksack, wear trekking shoes. Do not carry a handbag/suitcase. it will create difficulties in ascending & descending. The view from atop is picturesque- includes Koyna catchment area(which you cross from bamnoli to reach the base),Nageshwar falls towards right and plenty of bio diversity,flaura,fauna of Sahyadris. Visit the place and enjoy the beauty of Sahydri range in Maharashtra‬
كُتب بتاريخ 12 فبراير 2018
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VAIBHAV D
‪Junnar‬, الهند30 مساهمة
5.0 من 5 دوائر
الأصدقاء • ‪فبراير 2018‬
‪Vasota Fort , a less known Fort to History located between most bio diversed forest in the world.

We are planning to visit Vasota from last three months and finally completed in February. As I told before, the Fort is located in dence Forest near Koyana dam back water due to which it is open to visit to outsiders From October till June only.

Best time to Visit is from October to February. After February Koyana Back water start going down and you have to walk more in Hot climate , which may be difficult.

We have made prior booking for stay, food , forest permission and Boat ride , which costs us Rs.1100 per person. Package included One Dinner, Breakfast, parcel lunch, Tent Stay, Forest Permission, Boat Ride for 13 people. No hot water is available for morning bath, you have choise to have it with Child tap water or swimming in River, which is safe and very near from camp.

We have started around 8.30 AM from Bamnoli through Diesel boat which took around 1 Hr. 45 min. to reach at Tapola base. You have to deposit Rs.500 against the plastic bag and bottles , which refunded if you carry everything back after trip. It took hardly 15 min to complete the formality.

We choose to complete Nageshwar temple darshan first and Vasota Fort in second half. We reached to Nageshwar Temple around 12 AM. Had a great views of Sahyadri trails and Konkan also had first close look of Vasota Fort.

We had small snack breck and immediately started towards Vasota Fort. It took another 1 Hr. 30 min to Reach Vasota Fort. It's starts becoming difficult with passing hour to maintain Pace with our guide and our group of 12 become 4 different groups. With the roads having good footprint and other groups passing by there is no chane to get lost.

We have reached Vasota Fort near around 1.45 PM, have good look of reminders of old glory of Maratha Kingdom and start walking back. Had Lunch, which we carried all the from Bamnoli and rush back to Boat for return journey. Got our deposit back and took long nap of 1 Hr 15.min in Boat which help us to get our breath in place.

Points to note
1. If you don't have treking experience avoid visiting Nageshwar
2. Carry water 2 liter per person
3. If needed drink water from local wells after consultation of guide.
4. Carry minimum required thing's only.
5. Start early in the morning
6. Enjoy the nature and try to be safe, immediate medicl help is 3 Hr. Away.
7. Listen to Nature and your guide it's make you more knowledgeable.
8. Watch your feet, forest has snakes etc.

It's hard to find any animals as most of Young groups always keep making sounds.

One thing is sure , we realy come more close to mother nature after visiting Vasota Fort and Koyana Forest.

We must acknowledge good efforts of Forest Department, Local villegers ,Hotel owners and Boating Club for keeping all the things in place and working conditions. ‬
كُتب بتاريخ 5 فبراير 2018
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Viajero T
27 مساهمة
4.0 من 5 دوائر
الأصدقاء • ‪ديسمبر 2017‬
‪The mandatory costs
Entry ₹30/person
Boat Parking ₹150
Tiger entry fee. ₹100
Guide mandatory ₹200
Boat hire. ₹3500
Total for say 5 4150
It takes 20min for the forest and police verification at bamnoli
Further at vasota a deposit of Rs 50 per plastic bag/bottle is to be deposited

Cost of travel Pune to vasota 380km round trip petrol ₹2000 toll ₹150

Time constraints
If you are starting from Pune it will take 4.5 hrs non stop to reach kaas -bamnoli the base village to take a boat ride ......vasota rides close at 10am in the morning it takes 1.5 hrs in a slow noise deseal boat to reach vasota fort base and 2 to 2.5 hrs of assend to reach the top ....... vasota fort closes at 4 pm in afternoon so you will have to reach by 8 -8.30am @ bamnoli to get checked in and have ample time in hand to enjoy.

The boat ride
The boat takes 1.5hrs to reach vasota ...... the boat ride is fun and scenic but very noisey

Trek
The trek route though throw dense forest with a very wide and clearly
demarcated trail there is no reason of getting lost .the claim that one can find wild animals is a big sham the reason being there are at least a hundred people trekking. The trek is a long trail just like (Raigad minus the balekilla and shorter say by 20%) around 80% is through forest so all you see are trees for most part no scinery no animals and since it opens in Oct there are no waterfalls either....the real fun is only when you reach the top where you have mind-blowing views of valley and Babu kada...and also the patent lake shivsagar view. apart from this in given time constraints there is nothing much to explore at the top ie just 3 spots

Summary
The trek is fun but do not have high expectations as a lot is built up by Instagram and trekking groups also ....considering the efforts to fit in the time constraints travel time and money spent it is a bit overpriced for a group of 5 .

كُتب بتاريخ 24 يناير 2018
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Rahul
الهند41 مساهمة
4.0 من 5 دوائر
زوجان • ‪نوفمبر 2017‬
‪This was long pending and we did it in No-2017. Well organised and managed by Wandering Souls. A Medium level difficulty wonderful trek thru jungle after 1 hour boat ride from Bamnoli. The views from top- Babukada are just too good. Best time to visit is- Nov to Feb. Forest dept is strict about plastic garbage which was a pleasant surprise. One of the cleanest fort and fort routes I have ever visited.

We camped on Bamnoli banks after trek in cold night with campfire, ghost stories, antakshari and all. Overall it was a trek to remember for long. Thanks to Wandering Souls‬
كُتب بتاريخ 22 يناير 2018
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