THE MIGHTY (AMK) ALANG, MADAN, KULANG (AMK) FORTS
Tour Durations: 05 Nights & 06 Days
Mumbai - Nasik - Fort Alang -Fort Madan - Fort Kulang - Nasik - Mumbai
Trekking in Maharashtra is not that risky
like any Himalayan trekking. It is very much
thrilling which could give a lifetime experience.
The range of Sahayadri is the most important
trekking region in the nearby states
Arrive at Mumbai airport. Our representative will
well-come you. Move to the hotel. If time permits we
will visit Gateway of India or Drive towards Nasik.
Stay at hotel in night.
Drop the unwanted luggage in a strong room, the trek
leader will provide you the information about trek
and the terrain. Visit Famous but less visited
temple of Amruteshwar. Reach to the Top of Fort
Ratangadh, See the beauty of Sahayadri and stay in
the caves for night.
Reach to the Village Udhawane. Overnight in Village.
Climb to top of Fort Alang by evening. Stay on the
top of the mountain for Night and enjoy the beauty
of nature. The sunset and dawn on the mountains are
Start the Trek toward Fort Madan. Stay in the base
village in the night.
Climb Fort Madan and stay in the cave at night. This
is difficult level climbing.
Descend from Madan and stay in the village at night.
Climb Fort Kulang. Stay on the top of the mountain
Return to Nasik in late evening, take rest.
Leisure time, you can visit old shrines on the bank
of Godavari river.
Morning start towards Mumbai. Visit few monuments
and places, enjoy shopping. Overnight in hotel
Catch your international flight for onward journey.
Height: 1479 Meters (4852 ft)
Village at the base: Udhawane or Ambewadi
No specific history is known about this fort.
Earlier the fort was in captivity of Mughals, the
Maratha warriors won it from them, then Mughal king
Aurangzeb won it form Marathas, Peshwas had it in
their captivity, at the time of British Maratha war
in 1818 the British won it from Peshwas. One history
says that Alang was handed to the Peshwas (Prime
Minister of Maratha State) by the Koli Kings of
Kulang and Alang on the Ahmadnagar frontier of
Igatpuri, about ten miles south-east of Igatpuri
station, are two blocks of precipitous flat-topped
rocks. Kulang and Alang are about two miles distant
from each other, Alang being almost entirely in the
Ahmadnagar district. Their tops are inaccessible,
the old way of approach having been destroyed. The
two blocks are separated by the smaller mass of
Madangad, which, like its neighbours, was rendered
inaccessible by the destruction, in 1818, of the
rough staircase leading to it through a cleft in the
almost perpendicular rock. Alang can also be climbed
from Kulangvadi village about two miles to the
north, but with great difficulty and some danger.
The crags in this range are the steepest of any in
the collectorate and hardly afford foothold for any
but the smallest brushwood. Under strict conservancy
the ledges between the chief scarps show a better
growth. To the east of Alang is the steep pass known
as the Husband and Wife, navra-navri, from two
curious pillars of rock that jut up from the ridge
dividing the Nasik and Ahmadnagar collectorates. The
pass is passable en foot though difficult.
Path and the Summit:
The speciality of Alang is its long traverse. After
reaching its door the traverse is of one hour. A
small cavern dug in between the traverse can be used
for resting. After finishing the traverse a water
source is available (Till winter end). 50 meters
from this source is the Jain style cave. It is the
best place to stay. The cave has two sections. It
has a source of non-potable water. From the side of
this cave a small sand route leads us to the top of
the fort. At the top there is a lake comprising of
seven water channels or hauds. Remains of a storage
building and a temple can be found at the top. The
fort covers a huge area. One end of the fort climbs
down in a pass between Alang and Madangad. This
route is very difficult and requires leader who is
expert in rock climber.
from the summit
From this fort we can see Kulang and Madangad,
Kalsubai, Ratangad, Patta, Aad, Avandha, Bitinga,
Jeevdhan, Naneghat, Sidhagad, Bhandardara dam and
Ghatghar power station.
Madan: (4841 ft)
Madangad is considered to be one of the most
difficult forts to climb among all the forts in the
Sahyadris. The area of the fort is quite small as
compared to Alang and Kulang, its adjoining forts.
There are only two water tanks on top of the fort.
The area visible from the top of the fort is quite
scenic. One can see Alang, Kulang, Chota (small)
Kulang, Ratangad, Ajyagad, Katrabai, Dangya
Pinnacle, Harihar and Tryambakeshwar
Kulang: (4822 ft)
Kulang is fort with highest base to Top height in
Maharashtra. The route is hard and itís quite
difficult to climb.