Fort Height- 2135 feet
District – Thane
The fort is named after saint Goraknath, who used to perform penance here. It was used in the era of Shivaji Maharaj, mainly as a stopover point from Junnar via Naneghat. The adjoining Machindragad peak is named after the teacher-disciple relationship of Machindranath and Gorakhnath.History of Gorakhagad can go back upto Satvahan Dynasty.
Trek starts from Dehari village. Take the trail to right side of the temple. This trail passes through jungle, after 15 minutes you will come up on plateau from where you can see the Gorakhgad very clearly.
After First plateau the trail goes up and down without much steep for 15 minutes then we enters in the very dense jungle situated at the base of fort. There is temple of Shiva. From this point trekking gets steeper at some point 80 degrees. There are stairs at some point but most are broken. Carefully move upwards.
Temple of Shiva
There is rope fixed for support till the first door of fort.
After the first entrance you will reach on the first cave. On the left hand side of the fort there is cave and Gorakhnath’s carved out in the cave, further agead there is one cistern.
On the right side of fort there are nine caves integrated in to a single cave.
As soon as you cross the last water trench and climb down a little on the rock, you see a near-vertical climb. Again, the initial 10 minutes of climbing are tough and tricky. Once you get to the top of the hill, spot a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. From here, you get to see 360 degree view of several Sahyadri ranges around you, even as winds blow fiercely.
How To Reach
Base village for fort is Dehari located in Murbad District.
Route from Pune
There are two routes to reach Dehari village from Pune
Pune-Ale Phata-Malshej ghat-Dehari Total Distance-165 km
Pune-lonavala-Karjat-Kalamb-Dehari Total distance- 150 Km
Route from Mumbai
Mumbai-Thane Kalyan-Murbad-Dehari Total Distance-
You can live in the caves .
Food And Water
There is no food available on the fort.
Though there are many cisterns are available on the fort only some of water is drinkable. I will suggest to bring your own water.