Irshalgad Fort in Low Budget by Public Transport from Mumbai and Pune

Irshalgad Fort Information:

The Height of the fort is 22oo Ft., It is Pinnacle type structure, located between Matheran and Panvel in Maharashtra. The area of the fort consist’s of several water cisterns cuts from the rock.
Irshalgad Fort Low Budget.
Morbe dam from irshalgad fort
Morbe dam from irshalgad fort

Best time to Visit:

June to February ( I have been in summer also)

Video Explanation :

How to reach base village:

chouk railway station
chouk railway station

By Public Transport:

How to reach Irshalgad From Mumbai:

Reach Panvel Station, which well connected to Mumbai, Once you reach Panvel station,then head to the bus stop which is 15 minutes walk away. Hoop into any bus going towards Karjat and get down at Chouk Station. You need to cross the railway sation and then enquire some locals about Irshalwadi village which is the base village of Irshalgad fort.

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How to reach Irshalgad From Pune:

Reach Karjat station, which is easily accessible by any express train coming towards Mumbai, once you reach Karjat you can board any bus going towards Panvel and get down at Chouk and reach Irshalwadi village.

By Private Vehicle:

From Mumbai:

Dadar – Panvel – Chouk – Irshalwadi = 60 Kms Away from Mumbai.

From Pune:

Pune – Lonavala – Khopoli – Khalapur – Chouk – Irshalwadi = 100 Kms Away from Pune

If you are going by Private Vehicle opt self Driven Cars on Rent

Food and stay arrangement:

You need to carry your own food.

You can camp at the base village, not much space on the top. Carry A Perfect Tent.

Water availability:

Throughout the year its available.

Things you need to carry:

  • 2 litres water
  • Snacks like biscuits, ready to eat food
  • Glucon D

Places to see:

Two water tank on the top of the fort, you can locate Manikgad, Karnala, Prabalgad, Chanderi from there, the best thing to see is mesmerizing Morbe dam.

Irshalgad fort
Irshalgad fort top

My personal Experience and Guidance for you to reach:

Start from Chouk station and enquire locals about Irshalwadi village. As you head towards Irshalwadi, you can spot Morbe Dam towards your right side. Chouk to Irshalwadi is a 90-120 mintues walk. Once you reach Irshalwadi, you will find a small school from where you need to head towards the left and walk through the village and then you would find a temple on your right side. Go straight ahead keeping the temple to your right.

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Once you reach the first patch to climb from big rocks you will find a route on the left side which is the correct path to reach the top.(Don’t go straight climbing). If you go straight to the top you can encounter a dangerous path.

First you will find a water tank ascend to the top. After the water tank you will also find a small temple to your right and a wooden ladder to ascend to the top.Once there, you will find a window like structure which is usually seen from the base village.

From this window structure, you need to head towards the left, . After this point you come across one more water tank, This tank comes to the left of the top to enjoy better view I recommend to go on the right side of the top. Now you can sit back, unwind & soak in the calmness with an awesome view of the dam.

bath in the morbe dam
bath in the dam

To sum up the cost of trek:

Dadar – Panvel (Indian Railway) = Rs. 40 (return)

Panvel – Choul (State Bus Transport) = Rs. 40 (return)

Snacks = Rs. 20

So here you go, a complete guide to trek to Irshalgad in just Rs. 100. If you have any queries , please feel free to contact me. I am just like you. Share it if you found it informative.

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8 thoughts on “Irshalgad Fort in Low Budget by Public Transport from Mumbai and Pune”

  1. Isn’t dis sound so simple ,trekkers?Trek in merely 100 bucks including banana that you can buy..lol..beyond my imagination..it’s nt just trek,its economical too..who else can make it possible for you all other than my friend..exceptionally blessed to trek,Gautam Vaishanav

  2. Hi Gautam

    Thanks for sharing soo deep information, which is very helpful for new trekkers for this place.

    One information which u might need to change is that St bus from Panvel to chowk is Rs 25 return 50.
    & Also advise people not to climb Irshalgad final patch in heavy rain (after nedhe).
    And in summer it’s very hot & humid due to the dam water vapour fly around this place.

  3. Hi dear. Thanks for the information written in a very beautiful manner. I wanted to ask whether the route is confusing? i mean is there a need of local guide. Is there any risk of getting lost on the way

    • If your a first time trekker then you will need a guide. In the blog i have also embedded a video also abt the trek. Feel free to go through it.


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