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Trekking
Material
Vasota
 At a Glance
Trek Vasota
Alias Vyaghragad
Type Hill Fort
District Satara
Height above mean sea level 3842 feet
Base Village Met Indavali
Minimum Duration 3 Days (2 Nights)
Region Satara
Transport Reach Satara by train/bus. From Satara reach Bamnoli (35 Km.) by bus. From Bamnoli go by launch to Met Indavali (1 hr). Per launch about 400 Rs/- (1 way) irrespective of no. of members
Time to reach the top About 3 hours from the base
Water Availability Two cisterns are at the top on Vasota, but it looks a bit muddy. Potable water is available at Nageshwar
Best season to visit Any Time
Sights to visit Nageshwar temple, Babu kada, Old Vasota.
Difficulty Rating Simple
Shelter In a temple at Vasota (for 6-7 people max), in Nageshwar temple about 20-25 people.
 Location
Vasota Fort

Situated on the western edge of Satara district, this old warrior offers one of the most thrilling trek in the Sahyadri as far as trekking through forestation is concerned. Dense forest all the way through, panoramic view of the Shivsagar lake in the east and Konkan on the west, wonderful cave at Nageshwar for a stay, makes this a fort of special interest for amateur trekkers and photographers

Having reached Satara by bus/train, one can catch a bus for village Bamnoli (about 35 km,1st bus at around 6.00 am). Hire a launch for Vasota (about Rs. 400 irrespective of no. of people. So it's better to have a group of at least 8-10 people). 1-1/2 journey through launch will take you to village Met Indavali (no habitants at present). From here, 2-2 1/2 hours trek will take you to the top

 
 Precaution
Dense forest cover around Vasota Dense forest is really a thrilling but enjoyable experience. Take care of being in a group all the time! Anyhow try to reach Vasota in a day time. If one wishes to have a stay at Nageshwar (which is most preferred), then leave Vasota by 3 p.m. max, because the forest on the way to Nageshwar is still denser. Way to Nageshwar goes to the right, just about 10-15 min before the top of Vasota. Water cistern at Nageshwar is situated to the right (on about 5 min distance), just before the steps to the cave.
 
 Sight Seeing
Old Vasota, new Vasota fort and khota Nageshwar

Though not too much of remnants are present on Vasota, the view of Koyna backwaters on one side and Kokan on the other side is quite satisfying. The Mahadev temple at the top can also be used as shelter for a small group of 5-6 people. One can also check out the Babu Kada and old Vasota.

 
 More photographs
Koyan backwaters

Serene water, hills all around, lonely launches waiting for the ride to Met Indavali ( forVasota) or Tapola (for Mahabaleshwar).......such a scene has to be experienced.......at least once in a lifetime.

For more photographs follow this link

 
 Note
   All references regarding duration of trek and transport are given with respect to Kalyan
 Contact
   cdeepan@gmail.com                        Deepan Ashok Choudhary
   abhijit.avalaskar@gmail.com            Abhijit Ulhas Avalaskar
   Last updated on : 1st Dec 2005