Generally we plan events at least a 4-5 days in advance so that everyone is able to arrange personal things accordingly but Ghorawadeshwar was a last minute plan. Nothing was scheduled on Sunday, I called swapnil to check if he is ready. He is always ready for trekking. We checked with few other guys but everyone has something or other planned still we decided to go ahead with the plan.
How to Reach:
Below map will help you identify the location of the Ghorwadeshwar. The caves are located just before Somantne phata toll plaza., There is huge Ganapati statue as well. If you see Ganapati statue or see toll naka, you have come way ahead.
How to Reach to Temple:
There are two main routes to the top.
First one directly takes you to the top of the hill. There is marked trail, you can follow it.
Second path is having stairs. This route has first stop at cave temple.
Ganesh temple as viewed on the way
View on the way
From First patch, there are again two ways to reach top. First is right in front of you, when you reach first patch and second is from the cave template.
The second route is not easy and if you have kids with you, you better avoid it. Also, its risky during rainy reason.
Notification by ASI
When you reach first patch, you will see some caves like below
First Shiva temple
some more caves. Follow the arrow shown in the picture below and it will lead you to another route to top of the hill. This is tricky patch and most of the people avoid it. I fact, I did not use this for first 6-7 times when I visited Ghorwadeshwar. (There are people who visit Ghorwadeshwar on weekly basis)
Tricky patch ahead
There is second Shiva temple after this second tricky patch.
View on the way to top
Once you reach top, you are greeted with fresh air. If you go during rainy season or few months after it, you will see lush green gras on top of hill. You can site here and see pleasant views, see sun rise and even see MCA cricket stadium as well.
This is a nice short trip. Preferable, you short start ascent between 6 to 6:30 and you will complete this by 8:30 to 9. This is not very far from city and its a short hike so you don’t have any excuse for not doing it