Explore The Ancient Culture of Western India
The Sahyadris, as the Western Ghats are known in Maharashtra, have played a major role in shaping and inspiring the history and culture of this region and its people. More than fifteen centuries before the rise of the Marathas and their famous ruler Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, Buddhist monks carved rock-cut caves and monasteries into the hills. These stand tall even today, and are testimony to the diversity that has touched this unique land. Many a Maratha or Mughal fort was a place of prayer and meditation as far back as the 2nd century B.C, before they became military fortifications and garrisons. The Sahyadris in Maharashtra are dotted with numerous forts, ancient temples and caves. Many are popular weekend walks and hikes for the ever-growing legion of outdoor enthusiasts. But we know the secrets to ones that are not as crowded or well-known, too.
LOCAL HERITAGE AND CULTURE
Outbound Adventure can lead you through any one of the different trails and routes that examine the rich heritage, history, and culture of the region and its people.
Some examples of rock-cut caves we can visit are Bedsa, Bhaja, Karla, and Kondana. We can organize a hike to any one of the numerous forts that dot the hilltops of the Sahyadris from Lohagad and Visapur, to Karnala, Tung, Tikona and more. For a first hand experience of local culture we can also arrange overnight stays and rustic living among the local populace.
Some examples of heritage hiking options in the Western Ghats:
A hike that covers one two or more forts.
A Buddhist heritage walk that takes us from one set of rock-cut caves to another.
A circuit walk/trek of the several ancient stone temples.
Interactive walks with a local tribal who will enrich our knowledge on the many plants, roots, seeds and flowers as well as their uses.
One can choose a combination of the above covering 3 or 4 in a single day or more.