Maharashtra is teeming with hidden gems for you to explore your adventurous side. Camping, trekking, hiking, rafting – it has something for everyone. So take a break from your mundane life, strap on your hiking shoes and satisfy your wanderlust with these lesser-known adventure spots in Maharashtra.

Fort Jadhavgadh

Where: Pune
Spend the day at this historic fort-hotel, where you can indulge in archery, air rifle shooting, badminton, pottery-making and play volleyball, football and cricket (phew)! Once you’re done with all that, satisfy your inner history nerd with a tour of the fort’s impressive museum.
When: Thursday, September 5 onwards

Kalsubai

Where: Border of Igatpuri, Nasik and Ahmednagar
Standing at 5,400 feet, Mount Kalsubai is the highest peak in Maharashtra. It offers a sweeping view of the Sahyadri range and has well-designed trekking routes for those looking to scale the peak. A night trek under clear, starry skies is an experience to remember.
When: Saturday, September 7 onwards

Katraj-Sinhagad

Where: Pune
The route from Katraj to Sinhagad is perfect for night treks. Connected by a single mountain range, you can witness fascinating views of slopes and valleys, as well as the city of Pune lit up at night.
When: Saturday, September 7 onwards

Andharban

Where: Tamhini Ghat
When the weather is glorious, there’s nothing like a 4-hour trek through densely populated foliage and forest. Touted as one of the most beautiful treks in the Sahyadri mountain range, this one is perfect if you’re looking for a weekend getaway in nature.
When: Sunday, September 8

Bhimashankar

Where: Bhorgiri
Break free from your boring routine and head to Bhimashankar, a paradise for nature lovers. All you need is a good pair of hiking shoes, a few friends, the gumption to trek through beautiful forests (and if you’re lucky, witness some wildlife), and you’re all set for a good time.
When: Saturday, September 14

Karnala Fort and Bird Sanctuary

Where: Karnala
This one’s a double delight for ornithologists and trekkers. Located some distance away from the Mumbai-Pune Expressway, the Karnala Bird Sanctuary has a vast species of flora and fauna, and great trekking trails within the park. The ruins of the Karnala Fort are popular with hikers and tourists alike. This is a great trek for beginners and parents who want to introduce their kids to the joy of trekking and bird-watching.
When: Sunday, September 15

Prabalgad

Where: Between Matheran and Panvel
This one (pictured above) is for those who take their treks seriously and love a good challenge. An impressive view, a majestic fort and lush greenery await you at the top.
When: Sunday, September 15