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Maharashtra is a paradise for trekkers. More and more people are looking up to it for their rush of adrenaline, and most of the treks being of easy to moderate difficulty level, are accessible even by amateur trekkers.
One of the most beautiful treks is Prabalmachi. Situated in the district of Panvel, the 2-hour trek leads to the village of Prabalmachi on which the Prabalmachi Fort is named. The Fort is about 2320 feet above sea level giving majestic views of the mountains from the top. The place is also famous for its fireflies. You will be taken to a place at night to witness the once in a lifetime experience of watching the illuminating fireflies in action.
The trek is of easy grade which means anyone who is reasonably healthy can easily reach the top. The trek starts from the village or Thakurwadi which is just a 2-hour drive away from the Panvel Railway Station. You will be driven by public or private vehicles.
Enjoy the amazing experience of this trek with transport, trekking, camps, meals, and a fireflies show all included.
Minimum number of people required: 2
The package does not include:
-Any personal expense
-Any other charges not mentioned above
-All expenses incurred due to unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances like roadblocks, bad weather.
06:00 pm - Assemble outside of Panvel Railway Station
06:15 pm - Move towards base village "Thakurwadi" by Local private Vehicle.
07:00 pm - Reach Thakurwadi & move to Prabalmachi. Enjoy the serene view of fireflies lightning your way towards to Prabalmachi.
09:00 pm - Reach Prabalmachi.
09:30 pm - Have a dinner (Veg)
10:30 pm - A night walk to the nearby forest area of Prabalmachi to see fireflies.
12:00 pm - Rest under the millions of stars, sharing your travel experiences with the likeminded people.
05:00 am - Wake up call. Get ready for Kalavantin Pinnacle Trek(optional)
05:15 am - Start trek towards Kalavantin Pinnacle
06:15 am - Reach Top and Enjoy Sunrise, Photography, Take rest for some time.
08:00 am - Start Descending,
09:00 am - Reach Campsite.
09:15 am - Refreshments, breakfast Starts to descend to the base village "Thakurwadi".
10:30 am - Start the journey to Panvel.
11:00 am - Move toward Panvel.
12:00 pm - Reach Panvel railway station.
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Rated : 5.0
A village like place with so much green around. well managed trip. from start to end the trip was filled with fun. experienced guides. locals were nice. tried some traditional food also. a fresh experience. a new start to life as well. thank you guys.
Rated : 5.0
Had a great experience... well organized and well managed...
Rated : 4.0
This was a very peaceful and relaxing weekend that we spent at this camping retreat, hosted by the caretaker, Ranjit and his team there. Once there we didn’t have to spend on any activities, cause the permission and guide charges were already taken care of and included in the package. However, the package did not include lunch and we had to pay for that separately, which was something I wish they could change.
Rated : 4.0
we started our trek from Thakur wadi and reached Prabalgad fort on the top of a plateau. we set up our tents and enjoyed group activities. we had campfire organised for us which was an amazing experience. i highly recommend Thrillophilia to my friends and family.
Rated : 4.0
I came across this activity at the right time because I badly needed a break from routine and spend some time in nature. The trek was easy and everything was taken well care of by the leader, Manish Ji.
Rated : 4.0
Tada waterfall is a hidden marvel that one must explore for adventure. Since its crowded, we booked this trip in advance and it was very convenient at the actual time of touring. We climbed the rocky trail and it was just marvellous.
What is the best time to go for Prabalmachi Camping?
You can go for Prabalmachi camping during any time of the year however, the best time is around winters. The climate between October-February is very pleasant and apt for camping.
The cool breeze and dewy trail during winters boost your experience even more.
Monsoon is also a good time for camping as the area is covered with lush green forests and is a treat to watch.
Nevertheless, this region receives heavy rainfall so adequate arrangements must be made before going.
Summers is very harsh here, so it is best to be avoided. The scorching heat and humidity are not great for camping.
How to reach Prabalmachi from Pune?
You need to reach Panvel before you are taken for Prabalmachi trek. Reach Panvel Railway Station by 6 PM where you will meet the group who will be accompanying you for the trek. From there, you will be taken to Thakurwadi village Base in a private vehicle.
To reach Panvel from Pune which is around 116 Kilometres away, you can opt for bus, taxi or train. The best way will be coming though train as numerous trains run between Pune and Panvel every day.
However, if you wish to come through taxi, then you may hire a taxi directly from Pune till the base location at Thakurwadi for your Prabalmachi trekking expedition.
How to reach Prabalmachi from Mumbai?
Mumbai is at a distance of 47 kilometres from Prabalmachi, which makes it easily accessible through all modes of transportation. You can hire a taxi directly from Mumbai to the base site. You can catch a local train on Harbor Line to Panvel and then reach Prabalmachi in a bus.
You may even opt for a bus running between Mumbai and Prabalmachi. Trekkers coming to Panvel Railway Station by 6 pm will be taken to the base location by us in our private vehicle. Hence, you have numerous options to choose from.
Is this Prabalmachi Camping safe for Solo Travelers and Female Travelers?
Prabalmachi camping is completely safe for solo and female travellers. We mostly have around 40% or even more female and solo travellers with us in our batch. We pay special attention to the safety of our guests. Separate accommodation is provided to men and women to make them feel comfortable and at ease.
Are PickUp and Drop facilities available from Mumbai?
No, pickup and drop facilities are not available from Mumbai. You need to reach the base location at your own. However, travellers coming to Panvel Railway Station by the specified time will be taken to the base site by us in our own private vehicle.
What are the activities included in the package?
After you reach the Thakurwadi base camp, you will begin your Prabalmachi trekking excursion which will take about 1:45 hours to 2 hours. On reaching Prabalmachi camps, enjoy the bonfire, have dinner and retire for the night.
Next morning, explore the nearby tribal village which is a great way to know more about the local people, their traditions and capture the beauty of the place which will stay with you forever.
Reach the camping site in Prabalmachi after an awesome experience at the village and then, begin your descend from Prabalmachi camp to Thakurwadi base site.
What is Prabalmachi famous for?
One of the many things that contributes to the popularity of Prabalmachi is the renowned Prabalgad Fort. Standing at an elevation of 2300 ft. in the Western Ghats, the fort is a beautiful fort standing in between Matheran and Panvel.
The scenery from the fort and the lush green valley makes it a paradise for all nature lovers. It is one of the most preferred places to visit in Prabalmachi. Other than this, trekking is yet another famous activity which has earned a lot of popularity to the place.
The adventure freaks love to trek to Prabalgard fort and Prabalmachi peak for an exciting experience. The natural beauty, flora and fauna has enhanced the overall fame to this place.
What are the days this package is available?
The Prabalmachi camping package is available once a week, that is every Saturday. You can book your package online or give us a call directly.
What are the inclusion in the package?
Meals are included in the package, which are dinner on Day 1, after reaching Prabalmachi camps and breakfast on Day 2. Accommodation is provided in camps on double sharing basis. Men and women are given separate accommodation.
Camping and trekking are included in your package.
Special forest department permissions are arranged by us and no extra cost is applicable.
Local guides are included in the package who will accompany you throughout the trek and camping.
Transportation to and from Panvel Railway Station is included in your Prabalmachi camping package.
Where are fireflies found around Prabalmachi?
The fireflies can be seen at Prabalmachi plateau in Sahyadris. These gorgeous little flies can be spotted just for two-three weeks before the beginning of the monsoon. The fireflies are an exceptionally beautiful sight to experience as you watch them quietly from a distance.
These play around in large numbers at night and the look of such mesmerising flies is undoubtedly breathtaking. Ensure not to light any torch or talk to anyone, as these fireflies are quick enough to hide and wash out the entire scene.
Is Kalavantin Durg trek difficult?
Kalavantin Durg trek is considered to be of moderate to difficult level. The zigzag carved stairs at the edges of the rocky mountain without any guardrails and the steeper trail upwards makes it a little difficult, especially for faint hearted people. However, it is an adventurous trek for someone in lookout for adrenaline rush and audacious experience.
What is the night stopover facility?
The night stopover is arranged at Prabalmachi camps which is available after your trek. The camps are available on double sharing basis. Men and women are given separate accommodation at the camps.
What is the batch size usually?
Usually, each batch size of Prabalmachi trekking is between 10-12 people. This includes men, women and children. We do not exceed more than this as we believe in focusing on each and every guest going with us, without making it a chaotic experience.
What is the condition of mobile connectivity?
The mobile connectivity is quite poor in the region. You might get bleak signal at some points, but that lasts for a minute.
Can we smoke or drink alcohol during the trek?
Drinking or smoking is strictly prohibited during Prabalmachi camping. Anyone found doing so will be barred from taking part in the expedition from immediate effect, without any refund.
Can you tell me about Prabalmachi in details?
Prabalmachi stands at a height of around 2300 ft. in the Western Ghats which is situated between Panvel and Matheran that comes under Raigad District, Maharashtra. It is a tactically placed plateau which forms the base villages of Prabalgad and Kalavantin Durg.
It overlooks the gorgeous valley which slopes down to meet the enormous Arabian Sea and offer the surreal panoramic view of the Sahyadris. Prabalmachi offers the best that any true nature lover would like to see. From the lush green slopes to the cool pleasant weather, untouched hillside village to the gorgeous flora and fauna, Prabalmachi has everything to offer.
The sight of fireflies just before the onset of monsoon is something that brings thousands of tourists here every year. The scintillating view of fireflies late at night, dancing and enjoying in a large group with mighty hills as backdrop is something to remember forever.
Just ensure not to scare them with any noise or light, and simply watch them under a dark sky and their dim light. Prabalmachi is also blessed with huge rocky cliffs, swanky grasslands and striking hilly terrain. It forms a perfect short getaway from nearby cities like Pune and Mumbai.
Anyone who wishes to take a break from the chaotic city life can have a blissful experience at this beautiful place. Not only natural beauty, but Prabalmachi is also famous for its man-made excellence like the Colossal Prabalgad Fort. It is one of the main attractions in Prabalmachi which depicts the courage and vigour of the rulers in olden times.
Other than Prabalgad Fort, the Kalavantin Fort is yet another attraction that brings a huge number of people to explore this place. Used as a watch tower during the earlier times, the daring Kalavantin fort is now a dream destination of all adventure enthusiasts.
The zigzag stairs carved at the edge of the mountains, without any rails make it an enticing and daring place to visit. This has contributed to the uprise of Prabalmachi camping in this hilly region. Travellers visit Prabalmachi for experiencing the most adventurous trekking expedition of their life.
Prabalgad and Kalavantin Fort has become the favourite spots of all adventure junky, with the tiny village- Thakurwadi contributing as the base location for uphill Prabalmachi trekking.
In all, Prabalmachi offers a perfect amalgamation of natural beauty, man-made excellence and adventurous experience which is still untouched and relaxing to the mind, body and soul.
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