17/18th March 2000
One of the beautiful fort which I ever seen in my trekking life after Rajgadh. Salher an Historic fort. It is place where lord Parshuram did his Tapashcharya. His mother Renuka Mata. Both of these temple were build on this fort. The highest fort in Maharashatra & Second higest peak in terms of hight in Maharashatra after Kalsubai. This fort was taken by Chatrapati Shivaji in 1671 & Moughal attacked on the same fort in 1672. Almost 1 Lac Soldier participated in this war. 10000 died in this battle & finally Chatrapati Shivaji own the battle. In 18 century Peshwa occupied this fort & latter by Britisher's. So this is the short History of this fort & hence this was my another long awaiting dream to visit this fort.
On 16th March 2000 night we started from State Transport Bus(ST) at 12:30pmfrom Mumbai Central Bus Depot. Since it was continuos holiday there were heavy rush in the bus. My co-trekker Milind initially denied to travel by this & he forced me to plan the travel by some other mweans like by Train & all. But I was very much determined to go for this place. We found a some good hint from the kind Conductor of that Bus to ask the driver if allows to sit in the drivers cabin. I sparkled by this hint & immediately without wasting a second caught hold of the driver. I requested him when he was cleaning his front glass of the body. He took one glance of we two seeing our need & watching our tight pack Rucksack. He took some time to see nobody around us & forwarded his thought of getting something extra in terms of money. So their was no thought to pay whatever cost since the aim was to go & get it done. Also it was affordable to us & was not that heavy. So without thinking any other thought we started to upload our sacks & occupied the sits which was not that comfortable but it was OK.
As bus started
at 12:30p we were sharing our past experiences sitting in the
front cabin. A nice night view of Mumbai Nasik root we got. We
did plan for three forts in the vicinity of this area called
Salbery region. Those three fort were Salher, Salota & Mulher. Since
this was our first time we was not sure whether we can make it or not
with reference to our economical situation. Any way we reached Nasik
at 5:30am of 17th March & just we were sipping cup of coffe in the
cold, the announcer announced an ST bus was on the to leave Nasik
for Pimpalner via Satana. Though the bus was full
we decided to go since the next bus we
can't take a chance when it will come & all. We
travelled in the Bus alost one hr. standing since
the bus was too full. We left Nasik for Satana
at 6:00am. We reached Satana at 8:30am.
root which lies left while climbing towards Top of Salher Fort.
We started at 2:20p from the temple. We are supposed t o
reach a col between Salher & Salota. On the way we found almost
17-18 rock cuut caves & a seenic view. It's on the other side of
the fort. It was cool atmosphere. At the edge of the strait road
the rock cut steps took us to the col. I was cursing myself since
I could not catch them in Camera though I was carrying one
without Camera Reel. We thought we can get it either at
Nasik/Satana or at the Village. But it was our
bad luck which made us to think another trip to this
place with more preparedness. We was following one of book which
we trusted & we tried to follow as it was explain in
the book. We could not found the first gate of the fort, though
we took one c opl e te round of the Salota moutain. It took
one hr. to take round this scary mountain. We travelled on the
slippery footpath. Really it was scary once we saw the same
root from top. It was our bad luck we could not found t he root.
So at the the last of our trial we found the root but we was not
sure to go or not. As soon we decided to descend down we
was taking a glance where that Salota cave might exist. We was standing
in the col between two forts. Just I got a look of some construction.
Oh! We both breath out a tiresome Hoosh!… It was 4:15pm
Even though if we thought to visit back it was not possible
to make it & come back in the day light. So
we decided to descend to a village Waghambe which lies on the
left of the col heading towards Salota, also a village
called Maldar lies on the right of the col. It took
one hr. to reach Waghambe. Though we decided to visit Mulher we
had second thought which made us to return back to Mumbai
since economically we under estimated the fund requirement. So we decided
to reach Salher on the same & then next day morning to Nasik from
Slaher by ST bus which starts from Salher via shortcut. But as
soon we reached Waghambe we heard Bus typical sound which is coming
towards waghambe from Salher. We ran their & fortunately in
time. Again the ST Bus was full with locals as usual our past
experience we took the driver cabin as our cool way to take
rest since we was swating heavily. Our lips were dried indicating
signs of dehydration. We requuested the bus driver to stop for
a while since our water bottle were alost empty while descending
from Salota to Waghambe on the way. Litterlay I drank almost
one litter of water. But it was quite satisfying trek both we found
since we didn't wasted our valuable time on the way waiting for
transport & all. Also it was my dream to visit
the highest mountain fort of Maharashtra. We left Waghambe at 5:35pm
& reached Satana at 7:15pm. We got a nice sleep out
of our triesome trek, makes us fresh enough to travel
our next journey heading to Mumbai. We had some food & making ourself
fresh during the waiting time for Satana-Mumbai bus.
At 9:00pm we left Satana to Mumbai & the
next day morning we were at our respective home
at around 5:45am. It was overall time optimization as well a
satisfaction of visiting Salher make us to think revisit
these forts with more prepairdness & some more crowd.
So guyes see you then if interested to join my plans
do keep in touch.