The trek route to the fort goes through a lush green and thick jungle. It is one of the best treks in Maharashtra. Even the fort top has thick vegetation. The route to the top has continuous climbing without any long plateau. There is an open temple of Vaghdev (Tiger God) on the way to the fort. You need to take a right turn after going ahead of this temple. From this point, it takes about 2-3 hours to reach the top of the Asherigad fort. The trek route also has an iron ladder to move towards the top. A valley on one side and steep climb on the other side gives thrilling experience while trekking over here. Some steps have also been carved out on mountain rocks which help you to reach atop. There are some water tanks on the way to the fort and also on the top of the fort. One big water tank sometimes contains pink coloured lotus flowers. While doing Asherigad trek, you can see Kohoj Fort to the South-West from the top and Adsul pinnacle.
Various kings of different dynasties had their control on this fort. It was built by Bhojraj of Shilahar Dynasty about 800 years back (13th century). Then it was under the reign of Bhimdev III (King Bimba). The fort was further won by Portuguese rulers in 1556 and strengthened during their reign. In the 17th century, Mughals gain the control of Asherigad fort but it was immediately taken back by Portuguese. You can see some relics of Portuguese origin while doing Asherigad trek. After that, during the Battle of Vasai, the prince of Peshwa rulers – Chimaji Appa (younger brother of Bajirao Peshwa) captured it in 1739 from the Portuguese. In the end, it was finally won by the British in 1818.
Fort Height: 1664 Feet (507 meters) above Sea Level.
We assemble at Boisar Railway station at 7:45.
(Board a 5:24 Churchgate – Dhanu local reaches Boisar station at 7:38 )
07:45 am – Catch up with the other enthusiast.
08:10 am – Finish with the breakfast
09:00 am – Proceed towards the base village in a private Vehicle.
09:30 am – Post introduction, we start the hike going through the forest trail.
12:15 am – approximate time to reach the top, share the lunch and the experience, spend time exploring the fort and the lakes on top.
01:00 pm – Start the return journey.
03:00 – ETA to the base.
Get fresh and head towards Boisar station.
Grade : Moderate