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Bhoot Bangla Trek
|Best Time to Visit:||Monsoon|
About the Bhoot Bangla Trek
Bhoot Bangla is the colloquial name for a forest rest house built under British rule. In the time of British rule, the British civil engineer who was in charge of the dam development project that was taking place on three lakes, constructed it to serve as a summer getaway. The structure is in disrepair, in the amongst the forest it looks very much like an bhoot-bangla. There are still the remains of a fireplace, a damaged bath tub, servant’s quarters, and an enormous three-bedroom area. With a stunning views of Tulsi Lake from its balcony it’s easy to imagine the reason they constructed this house far from Bombay’s suburbs. Bombay.
The way for Bhoot Bangla is via a hike of more than 11 km (one way) up to an area along the bank of Tusli Lake. It’s situated within the National Park, away from the majority of visitors and morning hikers.
From here, you can find numerous trails that run across all directions. The northern trail connects you to “Yeoor hill trail,” which takes you to the area with the highest greenness of the park up to Thane. The east-facing trail connects you to “View point trail,” which is the highest point in Mumbai and has stunning panoramas of 3 lakes. The south-east trail takes one to Muland West Gate exit. You can then go back to Borivali East entrance gate via Bhoot Bangla, taking the identical trail to reach the gate.
Hiking trails through forest trails “phantom” trails
- In the middle of a bustling Sanjay Gandhi National Park in the northern part of Mumbai is a historical site that dates back to the British period. The location is secluded and its creepy appearance give it the title Bhoot Bangla (Haunted House). A trip to this house is an absolute thrill not for it’s “spookiness” but because of the beautiful forested trails, especially after monsoon. The tranquil lake that is located next to the house enhances the scenic beauty and provides enough reason to make the trek on weekends.
- The lake supplies Mumbaikars the opportunity to drink water. The trail is connected by an urban legend that tells of an alleged hitchhiker that is always on guard along the forest trail and requests for rides on the trail from people passing by. The forest guards swear by the existence of this elusive entity. It is no surprise that believers and nature-lovers will be at ease, taking a sleigh ride on the trail towards Bhoot Bangla.
Bhoot Bangla is the colloquial name for a forest rest house, which was constructed in the time of British rule. It was the British civil engineer who was overseeing the dam development project that was taking place on three lakes, constructed this to serve as a summer getaway. The structure is in ruin, in the between the trees and resembles the bhoot bangla. There are still the remains of a fireplace, an unfinished tub, servant’s quarters, and an enormous three-bedroom area. With a breathtaking panorama of Tulsi Lake from its balcony It’s easy to understand why they chose to build this house far from suburban areas of Bombay. The way for Bhoot Bangla is via a hike of more than 11 km (one way) up to its banks on Tusli Lake. It’s located right in the middle of the National Park, away from many visitors and early walkers. From here, you can find numerous trails that stretch across every direction. The northern trail connects you to “Yeoor hill trail,” that leads to the area with the highest greenness of the park until Thane. The east-facing trail connects you to “View point trail,” which is the highest point in Mumbai and has stunning panoramas of 3 lakes. The south-east trail takes travelers to Muland West Gate exit. You can then go back to Borivali East gate entry from Bhoot Bangla, taking the identical trail to get to this point.
How do I complete the trek
Day 1. SGNP Entrance gate Borivali East — Kanheri Cave trail – Tulsi Lake Tulsi Lake Bhoot Bangla – Muland West Exit Gate
- Distance: 20 to 22 km roughly.
- Time taken: 5 – 6 hours
The trek begins from starting from the Sanjay Gandhi National Park entry Gate located in Borivali East Mumbai. After getting an entry pass at the Forest counter, you are permitted to drive all the route into Kanheri Cave. Distance to Kanheri Cave from the entrance is around 7.5 kilometers. You can also use the shuttle bus that picks up passengers in Kanheri Cave. It is also possible to walk the long distance by foot even though the trail is packed with visitors.The trekking is best undertaken in the monsoon season, because of its lush greenery and filled waterbodies. It’s possible to be protected by an officer of the forest if you’re hiking in the interior or in the forests. The further treks to Yeoor Hill Trail, View Point Trail, Shilonda Trail or other trails, you’ll need an additional permit ticket. Because there could be wild leopards, it is recommended to walk with the company of others. Avoid trekking solo. The hike from the gate of entry to Bhoot Bangla takes around 11 kilometers. If one chooses to walk until Kanheri Cave, then the real one-way hike is cut down to 4 km. The Kanheri Cave trail is on a motorable highway that runs across Gandhi Samarak. It takes around two hours to get to Kanheri Cave by foot. It is possible to make an extra trip to see the Kanheri Caves that date back to the past, featuring beautiful Buddhist sculptures. The path is narrowed and then stretches into a thick forest. It is now a restricted zone of the Park and require permission to be obtained from the Forest Department. There are numerous streams that run through the trail. In monsoon, they’re full of water and appear very inviting. The trail leads you towards the Forest Department’s Log Hut. This trail is stunning. Watch out for small groups of deer. They are quite frequent on this trail. There’s a huge variety of flowers, including the wild Turmeric as well as Crepe Ginger flowers. In the monsoon season, one is likely to find white crabs buried in the dense vegetation. When you travel along the dirt path there are some rivers that require to be drained. In monsoon, water levels are high , and it’s fun to cross across them with your feet. It is a short walk to the Forest Hut from here is just one-half hour away. The Forest Hut, the way to Bhoot Bangla takes about an hour of trek that follows the perimeter of Tusli Lake.
Along this trail you’ll cross an open meadow before entering another forest trail. There’s a first glimpse at the Tusli Lake on your right near the entry point for Bhoot Bangla. Bhoot Bangla. The trail will then make the opposite direction, when you arrive at the entrance door to Bhoot Bangla. From this point, the trail rises slowly until you come to the ruins of a building, that is surrounded by forests. It is known as Bhoot Bangla. The structure is located on a location, offering an amazing view over the water. It is likely that British engineers made this an escape during summer and also to go on their favorite leisure activity hunting. You can walk towards the lake’s edge to enjoy a stunning views of Tulsi Lake and Vihar lake in the background. You can continue to View Point Trail. View Point Trail to view the three lakes of fame in the area.
The exit point is located in the building by following the same route, and exiting via Borivalli East Gate. Borivalli East gate. It is also possible to exit by taking a different route south until Mulund West gate. But, one must verify at Mulund West gate Forest Guard for permission for the second route.