20th July 2014, Sunday.
It was cloudy, humid and climbing up with raincoats in the rucksack is tiresome. On some stretches, we even wore our hats! The sun had managed to burn holes in the cloud cover above us and kept us thirsty, sapping water from our bodies. It was the wind that sustained us!
The gradual ascent was easy. No steep slopes or deep valleys immediately besides us. We found white arrows painted on the rocks, showing us the direction towards our destination.
On the top of the fort, there are two water cisterns, with clean clear drinking water.
↑ Water cisterns atop Asave fort ↓
There is a big rectangular deep well with steps on one side to climb down into it. The water was almost at its bottom & it was quite safe to explore it using the steps.
We had heard that there is a cave too, & so we decided to descend from the steeper route (not the same one we had taken to ascend). Though we didn’t find the cave, we reached the foothills safely & soothed our burning throats with ice cream cones at Boisar station.
Overall, an easy climb doable in 1-day & enjoyable in rains & suitable weather.
HOW TO GO?
Get down at Boisar & from Boisar west, plenty of rickshaws and tumtums go to Asave fort.
Asave Fort is located in Boisar east, near Viraj Factory situated on the highway at Warangade village.
Cost: 4 people in 1 rickshaw for 100/- & 10/- per head in tumtum.
Get down at Viraj Factory & find a tarred road that is on the same side as the factory is, on the road and enter in. This road will wind by the factories. You will see a muddy path that goes towards the Asave Fort. Take this muddy path and cross the 1st stream that lies between the tarred road and the muddy path. If you are on the right track, you will cross a cement bridge on the muddy path & reach a fork.
Google Map from Boisar to Viraj Factory in Warangade village: http://bit.ly/1nwDYTv
Screenshot of route from Viraj Factory to Asave Fort’s top:
Asave fort is the tallest hill in this area and there are 2 small hillocks to Asave’s right. Climb these 2 small hillocks to reach the Asave fort. Otherwise, there is a steeper inclined path that directly goes to Asave too. Take the road going to the right at the fork for easy climb towards hillocks OR the steeper inclined road directly to Asave on the left, at the fork.
We took the easier climbing hillocks route while ascending and the steeper narrower direct route while descending.
The one-way up easier hillocks route is around 3 km from Viraj factory to Asave top.
Some lovely FLORA & FAUNA that gave us much delight enroute!
↑ Can you guess what these may be? ↑
↑ Mushroom breathing through its gills underneath its umbrella ↑
↑ Fire ants - 1 bite and you will remember them for lifetime! ↑
↑ Peek-a-boo ↑
↑ Cup & saucer plant’s flower ↑