The base village, Bari, is at about 600m ASL in Akole taluka of Maharashtra. Bari is a farming village and has a lot of homes which are open to hikers and trekkers for food and accommodation.
How to Reach Bari Village with Local/Public Transport:
1. From Mumbai: Take a local train till Kasara railway station which is on the central line. Alternately, you can also go to Igatpuri, catching an express train.
Options of ST buses as well as shared Jeeps from both Kasara and Igatpuri are available. Buses going to Akole, Pune, Sangamner, etc. all have a stop Bari.
If you can’t find any direct mode of transport from Kasara, take a shared Jeep or bus till Ghoti. There are a number of options available from Ghoti.
These services start as early as 5 AM but avoid opting for bus/shared jeeps in the night. You can hire a direct Jeep till Bari from Kasara/Igatpuri for 3500 to 4000 INR. This can be shared by around 8-11 people and will be a good option if you have a big group. (You can find contact details for this in the “Local Contacts” section.
2. From Pune: Catch an Igatpuri bus leaving from Shivajinagar bus stand at around 1:30 PM and reaching Bari village around 8:00 PM. Contact your guide and they will arrange accommodation for you at nominal costs.
Alternately, travel till Nasik, catch a bus to Igatpuri, and get down at Ghoti. As mentioned previously, multiple options available for Ghoti-Bari (22 km) travel.
If you’re interested in some bus-hopping, travel to Sangamner from Pune. From Sangamner, go to Rajur or Akole and catch a bus going to Kasara or Igatpuri or Ghoti (all stop at Bari Village) from Rajur or Akole. Direct bus for Igatpuri via Bari is available from Sangamner at 5:00 AM. Use the same method to get back.
How to Reach Bari Village with Private Transport:
Bari village is accessible by road. Just make sure that you download the area before starting your journey because you might lose the signal multiple times on the way.