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Sagargad fort alibag
As usual without any planning and all guns blazing we visited Sagargad fort.
You can start from Khandale Village which is 4 km before Alibag easy to spot the sign board your are at Khandale Village.
Take left or ask for direction till Dhondane Waterfall the path is well marked with steps leading you till Siddheshwar Ashram. You can enjoy the waterfall and visit the Ashram for quick refill of water.
Till here our trek was on Schedule and Monsoon was on our side rains and cool breeze.The place is thickly forested which was surprising and visibility is limited to certain distance. We reached Sagargad Machi / Wadi (Villa
e at base). We asked an local for direction he pointed us correctly though we missed some turn or went in wrong direction and got lost. Word of advice stick on the right side of the plateau from there you can see the fort and walk towards it using basic direction skills.
After 1 1/2 hr of walking we decided to reach an higher point to check the fort location. Luckily we found it and walked towards it through an thick forest growth patch. We could see an path which is well laid out with marking an board for direction this path is used by locals for grazing livestock a family is living near the fort
There were many goats and cattle grazing on the slope near the fort. We were relieved at reaching Sagargad. It has some amazing views of Alibag and Mountains on the other side. We entered the fort which is very small and completely taken over by trees. We walked through it till we reached the Plateau.
We could see Alibag till the factories at Vadkal Naka. We had our lunch and took some pictures of the Vanartok Pinnacle and Takmak tok. You can explore the Bastion and Shivling and Ganesh Temple which is inside the fort marked by an orange flag.
We started our journey back till Khandale and took the laid out route we reached till the plateau quickly here we decided to take the other route which ends at Bamangaon this route is very steep and you have to walk near the edge for almost 70 % of the time.
There is no place on the fort to stay overnight. One can stay in the Siddheshwar temple or at the school in Sagargad Machi. There is a community center at the Khandale village where overnight stay is possible.There is no facility for food on the fort. Packed lunch is necessary.Potable water is available on the fort