Weekend Excursions - Monsoon Treks

Weekend Excursions 2018-09-06T15:49:37+00:00

If you cannot join any of our camps or safaris for timely reasons but still feel the desire to get out of town and into nature, why don’t you come along on one of Wild Holidays’ weekend excursions? So many beautiful places are only around the corner and wait to be explored.

Organized in cooperation with Bhavan’s Nature and Adventure Centre (BNAC) these hikes of various difficulties lead you from Mumbai to various surrounding natural and cultural sights. These treks not only allow you to enjoy clean air and explore nature, but also are informative and personality enhancing. It is our goal that you benefit by gaining knowledge on biodiversity and wildlife. They should also raise awareness on your role in our environment. If you’re patient and a little lucky you might even discover the local wildlife along the way yourself.

The majority of our short treks take place during monsoon time. The specific departure dates will be announced here. If you are interested to organize a weekend trek for your family and friends we are happy to customize a trip to your personal interests. We look forward to welcoming you on our next adventure!

Ranthambore Tiger Park & Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

Ranthambore National Park is located on the northwestern part of India in the state of Rajasthan. This National Park of Rajasthan is famous in the world for Tiger Reserve Project and the world’s largest collection of nearly 264 species of Indian native animals such as Marsh Crocodiles, Hyenas, Jungle Cats Chital, Nilgai, Chinkara and Sloth Bears that offers the tourists a unique natural experience. The Ranthambore National Park has a large tiger population. In 1982 there were 44 tigers living in Ranthambore National Park. But 2005 there were only 26. In 2008 there were reportedly 34 adults and 14 cubs, due to efforts to reduce poaching, but it remains an ongoing problem. In 2014 the number of tigers was reported at 62. Reptiles found in Ranthambore National Park include marsh crocodiles, monitor lizards, cobras, Indian pythons, vipers, tortoises, and the Indian Chameleon. Birds that can be found in Ranthambore include cuckoos, parakeets, sandpipers, storks, flamingoes, owls, and many more.

Keoladeo Ghana National Park formerly known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary in Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India is a famous avifauna sanctuary that hosts thousands of birds, especially during the winter season. Named after the dense jungle that surrounded an old Shiva Temple, this 29 square kilometre man-made wetland is renowned for migratory birds – ducks, geese, waders, raptors, flycatchers and more. In winter, avid birders and ornithologists flock to the park to observe and study the feathered beauties. With more than 370 recorded species, KNP used to also host the Siberian crane. It is a World Heritage Site.

  • Introduction to local biodiversity by Wild Holidays guide
  • Learnings on the history of the region
  • Ranthambore Tiger Park & Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary with marvelous 360 degrees view on the region
  • Deeg Palace
  • Tiger Safari
  • Ranthambore Fort
  • Bird Watching
  • Cycling in the park ( Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary)

Starting from Rs 14,800 – per person (6 days – 10th Nov. to 16th Nov. 2018)

Fees include:

– Transportation

– Stay

– Food

– Tiger Safari Charges

– First Aid Kit

– Expertise Charges

– All Activities

Fees exclude:
– Any personal expenses
– Items NOT specified in the above in Inclusive

Boost up your this Diwali Vacation with Ranthambore Tiger Park & Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary – 19th Nov. to 25th Nov. 2018, 

If you wish to travel at a different time or/and if you wish to travel with a group of your friends or family, Wild Holidays is happy to customize this trek to your specific needs and requirements. Just drop us a line!

Trek to Karnala Fort

This beginners trail leads us to Karnala Fort, one of the many forts located in the jungles around Mumbai, about 10 km away from Panvel. Famous for its distinctive, thumb shaped pinnacle it offers visitors a marvelous 360 degree view from the top. The fort is part of the Karnala Bird Sanctuary which is also the base camp for our trek. The hike takes 1.5 to 2 hours along the local forests and gives you a good opportunity to discover a variety of insects, butterflies and birds – if you are lucky to might even spot a peregrine falcon, rasses macacs or a golden-fronted leafbird!
  • Introduction to local biodiversity by Wild Holidays guide
  • Learnings on the history of the region
  • Karnala Fort with marvelous 360 degrees view on the region
  • Karnala Bird Sanctuary

Starting from Rs 1400 – per person

Fees include:
– Transportation
– Snacks
– Lunch
– First Aid Kit
– Expertise Charges

Fees exclude:
– Any personal expenses
– Items NOT specified in the above in Inclusive

The monsoon season provides the best setting for trekking in a green and lush nature! During the monsoon, the fort is also covered with mist and clouds, creating a unique atmosphere.

Kick start to your monsoon with the Karnala Trek – 15th July, 2018, Sunday

If you wish to travel at a different time or/and if you wish to travel with a group of your friends or family, Wild Holidays is happy to customize this trek to your specific needs and requirements. Just drop us a line!

The destination of this trek is to one of the many remaining signs of the Maratha Empire: Lohagad Fort or the “Iron Fort”, its name referring to its impressive fortifications. Lohagad is part of the Western Ghats and rises to an elevation of 1,033m and offers a beautiful view on Visapur Fort. During monsoon time the fort is covered with mist and clouds, creating a unique atmosphere and spectacular views. The 3-4 hours trek from the base village to the top allows us to spot a variety of insects, butterflies and birds, including the beautiful Malabar Whistling Thrush.  This trip also allows you to see the famous ancient Bhaje caves.
  • Introduction to local biodiversity by Wild Holidays guide – including birds nesting in the Fort’s walls
  • Visit of Bhaje Caves, a group of 22 rock-cut caves dating back to the 2nd century BC
  • Introduction to Lohaghad Fort, and nearby Visapur Fort

starting from Rs 1599,- per person

Fees include:
– Transportation
– Snacks
– Lunch
– First Aid Kit
– Expertise Charges

Fees exclude:
– Any personal expenses
– Items NOT specified in the above in Inclusive

The monsoon season provides the best setting for trekking in a green and lush nature!

Trek to Lohagad & Bhaje Caves – 12th August, 2018, Sunday

If you wish to travel at a different time or/and if you wish to travel with a group of your friends or family, Wild Holidays is happy to customize this trek to your specific needs and requirements. Just drop us a line!

Overnight Trek to Bhimashankar

This two-day trip is perfect for nature and culture lovers as it leads us to the Bhimashankar temple, a great example of Nagara style architecture dating from mid 18th century. This 5-6 trek to the hilltop is known to be one of the best in the Sahyadri Ranges. The ascending via the ladder route of Shidi Ghat and Ganesh Ghat is a memorable experience. The forest of Bhimashankar is a paradise for nature lovers as it hosts several exotic species of wildlife such as the elusive rust-colored giant squirrel — the state animal of Maharashtra – and catsnakes.
  • Introduction to local biodiversity by Wild Holidays guide – the forest is home to the rust-coloured giant squirrel and cat snakes
  • Visit of Bhimashankar Temple
  • Ladder route
  • 1-night camping in local village – note that participants must bring their own sleeping bag
starting from Rs 2200,- per person

Fees include:
– Transportation
– Snacks
– Lunch
– Dinner

– First aid kit
– Expertise charges

Fees exclude:
– Any personal expenses
– Items NOT specified in the above in inclusive

The monsoon season provides the best setting for trekking in a green and lush nature!

If you wish to travel at a different time or/and if you wish to travel with a group of your friends or family, Wild Holidays is happy to customize this trek to your specific needs and requirements. Just drop us a line!

Overnight Trek to Raigad Fort

This medium level trek takes us to the historical heart of the Maratha Kingdom – to Raigad Fort, located in the Raigad district of the state of Maharashtra. Located at an altitude of approximately 2,700 ft above sea level, the Raigad Fort was build in the 14th Century by the Maratha king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaja. From 1674, Raigad served as the capital of the independent Maratha Kingdom, which was to become the Maratha empire covering much of western and central India. The hike to the top  takes beginners around 3 to 4 hours. One amazing experience that you will never forget is if you join this trek at night.
  • Introduction to local biodiversity by Wild Holidays guide
  • Visit of Raigad Fort
  • Visit of Jagdishwar Temple
  • Rope way from foot hills to the top of the fort (fee: Rs.140,-)
  • Amazing night trek experience
Starting from Rs 2700,- per person

Fees include:
– Transportation
– Snacks
– Lunch
– Dinner
– 1 night stay
– First aid kit
– Expertise charges

Fees exclude:
– Ropeway
– Any personal expenses
– Items NOT specified in the above in inclusive

The monsoon season provides the best setting for trekking in a green and lush nature!

If you wish to travel at a different time or/and if you wish to travel with a group of your friends or family, Wild Holidays is happy to customize this trek to your specific needs and requirements. Just drop us a line!

Trek to Tungareshwar

This excursion leads you to the across the Tungareshwar hills – part of the Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary – and up to the Tungareshwar temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Declared a protected area since 2003, the sanctuary incorporates the Tungareshwar river and its numerous waterfalls. The trek will provide the occasion to discover the local biodiversity, birds including the White-Rumped Shama, Common Lora or the Asian Fairy Blue Bird and butterflies such as Common Leopard, Angled Sunbeam and Gaudy Baron. If you are lucky, you might also encounter several species of snakes including the Bronzback Tree Snake, Russel’s Viper, Sand Boa or Spectacled  Cobra!
  • Introduction to local biodiversity by Wild Holidays guide – Tungareshwar is reknown for its butterflies (including the Orange-Tailed Awl Butterfly and the giant Atlas Moth), birds, snakes and plants, including orchids and ferns
  • Visit of Tungareshwar Temple, and nearby ashram
  • Walk through waterfalls

Starting from Rs 750,- per person

Fees include:
– Transportation
– Entry fees
– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Evening tea
– Expertise charges

Fees exclude:
– Any personal expenses
– Items NOT specified in the above in inclusive

The monsoon season provides the best setting for trekking in a green and lush nature! It also gives beautiful volume to the Tungareshwar river and its waterfalls.

If you wish to travel at a different time or/and if you wish to travel with a group of your friends or family, Wild Holidays is happy to customize this trek to your specific needs and requirements. Just drop us a line!

Overnight Trek to Rajmachi

This 2-day trek leads us to the beautiful hills of the Sahyadri Mountain range – the 1,600 km long range runs all along the west coast of India – and up to the Rajmachi fortifications. The local fortress was once used as watchtowers for the Sahyadri region. It consists of the Shrivardhan Fort and the Manaranjan Fort, in between which lies the old temple of Shri Bhairavnath. This overnight excursion will provide the occasion to spot a variety of insects, butterflies and birds, along the the customary nature trail! The hike to the top of the hill is fairly easy and offers a spectacular view.
  • Introduction to local biodiversity by Wild Holidays guide
  • Visit of Shrivardhan Fort and Manaranjan Fort its spectacular view points
  • 1-night in village homestay in Rajmachi village
Starting from Rs 2,200,- per person

Fees include:
– Transportation
– Snacks
– Lunch
– Dinner
– 1 night at homestay
– First aid kit
– Expertise Charges

Fees exclude:
– Any personal expenses
– Items NOT specified in the above in inclusive

The monsoon season provides the best setting for trekking in a green and lush nature!

If you wish to travel at a different time or/and if you wish to travel with a group of your friends or family, Wild Holidays is happy to customize this trek to your specific needs and requirements. Just drop us a line!

Trek to Malshej

This one day trek leads us to the mountain pass Malshej Ghat, in the Western Ghats in the Pune district.  The picturesque site is nestled in the loft rugged hills. The area is well known for its vast flora and fauna. With a little of patience you will be able to discover the local wildlife, including quails, rails, crakes, flamingos and cuckoos.
  • Introduction to local biodiversity by Wild Holidays guide
  • Good place to spot birds, insects, butterflies and about 30 species of moths
  • Visit of dam
  • Bath in waterfalls pools

Starting from Rs 1,850,- per person

Fees include:
– Transportation
– Snacks
– Lunch
– First aid kit
– Expertise charges

Fees exclude:
– Any personal expenses
– Items NOT specified in the above in inclusive

The monsoon season provides the best setting for trekking in a green and lush nature!

If you wish to travel at a different time or/and if you wish to travel with a group of your friends or family, Wild Holidays is happy to customize this trek to your specific needs and requirements. Just drop us a line!

General Rules and Regulation

  • Do not litter
  • No smoking, tobacco and strictly no alcohol
  • Respect the heritage
  • Team spirit is important
  • Be attentive

Any violation of the above rules will be dealt with disciplinary code, and may involve expulsion from the trek or event, and no refund is admissible in such cases.

In case of any injury, sickness, accident, death or any other casualty or loss or damage of valuables or luggage or any equipment, Wild Holidays, their instructors, organizers, volunteers or any other person involved wholly or partially, either individually or jointly, shall not be responsible in any manner for the same and no claims of the participants, parents, guardians, relatives or friends of participants will be entertained.

The leaders’ decision will be final and binding on all members. No Arguments will be entertained.

Adventure activity is arranged considering normal weather. In case of occurrence of any natural calamities, if event is cancelled, in such circumstances NO REFUND will be provided.
Register with payment only if you are sure. NO REFUND will be entertained on cancellations.

The Wild Holidays reserves all the right to change/deviate/cancel the plans without prior notice. No arguments/suggestions will be entertained.